Arancia-class lifeboat

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Arancia inshore rescue boat at Gyllyngvase beach
Class overview
Name: Arancia-class Inshore Rescue Boat
Builders: Arancia Industries, New Zealand
Operators: Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution
In service: 2001–
General characteristics [1]
Displacement: 165 kg (364 lb) without engine
Length: 3.88 m (12.7 ft)
Beam: 1.73 m (5.7 ft)
Propulsion: 1 × 30 hp (22 kW) Mariner outboard engine
Speed: 26 knots (30 mph)
Capacity: 8
Complement: 2

The Arancia-class inshore rescue craft is a class of small inflatable rescue boat (IRB) operated by Surf Life Saving Great Britain, Surf Lifesaving Wales and the RNLI of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Arancia inshore rescue craft originates from New Zealand where it is made by Arancia Industries Ltd. It is used worldwide by lifeguards and police authorities as well as by Surf Life Saving Great Britain and the RNLI Lifeguards that serve the shores of the UK.

The Arancia surf rescue craft is also used in Surf Rescue competitions to demonstrate the high speed rescue skills of boat crews around the world.

When in use it carries up to two crew and is primarily used for surf lifesaving duties

Other small boats operated by the RNLI include the X-class lifeboat, XP-class lifeboat and Y-class lifeboat

The RNLI have placed Arancias at lifeboat stations to supplement Atlantic 85s. Two stations in Wales, Aberystwyth[2] and Criccieth now have these as permanent resources after a trial period.


  1. ^ "Arancia". RNLI.
  2. ^ Administrator, walesonline. "RNLI lifeboat's Welsh church blessing is UK first". walesonline. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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