Swanage RNLI

Past & present boats

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Saving lives off the Dorset coast from Swanage since 1875.

Phyl & Jack (D-752)

July 2012 to present

Launching from a trolley or davit, the D class lifeboat is ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions.

The D class lifeboat has a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize.

First introduced into the fleet in 1963, the design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction and the latest version (also known as the IB1-type) was introduced in 2003.

It was donated to us by Mrs Phyl Cleare and is named in memory of her and her husband. Sadly Mrs Cleare passed away in early 2012 but she told us in 2011 that she had made provision for a new lifeboat for us. Mrs Cleare had also funded our previous boat D-613 ‘Jack Cleare’ in memory of her husband, the boat before that, D-475 ‘Phyl Clare 2’ and our very first ILB D-406 ‘Phyl Clare’.

The crew are delighted with the new boat but we were sad to see D-613 leave Swanage.

Phyl & Jack (D-752)
  • Equipment onboard: A first aid kit and oxygen set, anchor and rope, towing rig, VHF radio, handheld VHF radio, GPS Chart plotter, 2 white illuminating flares, 2 red distress flares, compass, survivors lifejackets, thermal space blankets, oars, spare propeller, fire extinguisher, toolkit, sea anchor, torch and a lightweight stretcher.
  • Length: 4.9 metres
  • Beam: 2.0 metres
  • Engine: 50HP Mariner outboard
  • Speed: 25 knots
  • Range: 75 nautical miles (3 hours full speed running)
  • Crew: 3
  • Construction: Hypalon fabric hull divided into 7 seperate sections

AIS (Automatic Identification System): Both the lifeboats here at Swanage are fitted with AIS which shows their position to the Coastguard at all times. If the lifeboats are at sea and in range then their position should be displayed on the map below.