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Running costs

​Keeping a modern fleet of lifeboats ever-ready to go to the rescue from over 230 lifeboat stations is an expensive business. Add to that crew training, running a lifeguard service on more than 200 popular beaches and campaigning for water safety, and the pounds start to add up.

It costs around £460,000 a day to run the RNLI, all of which is generously donated by the public. This might sound like a lot, but we think the 22 people rescued a day (on average) are worth it. Below is a breakdown of the costs of our rescue kit; for more detailed information see our annual report.

Lifeboat fleet

Shannon class​

£2.2M​

​€3M

B class​

£214,000​

​​€291,000

D class ​

£52,000​

​​€71,000

E class ​

£560,000​

​​€762,000

Hovercraft ​

£400,000​

​​€544,000

 

Lifeboat crew kit

Gloves​

£20

​​€27

Boots​

£54

​​€73

Waterproof trousers (all-weather lifeboat crew)​

£249

​​€339

Waterproof jacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)

£349​

​​€475

Drysuit, including boots (inshore lifeboat crew)

£750​

​​€1,020

Thermal undersuit (inshore lifeboat crew)

£225

​​€306

​Thermal top

​£50 ​​€68

Lifejacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)

£459

​​€623

​Helmet

​£263 ​​€358

Lifeguard fleet

Rescue watercraft​

£10,000            ​

Inshore rescue boat​

£13,000​

Patrol vehicle

£24,600​

All-terrain vehicle​

​£7,000

Lifeguard kit

 

Full wetsuit​

​£245

​Sunglasses

​£40

​Shorts

​£30

​Cap

​£15

​Fleece

​£50