Lifeboat FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our lifeboats.

Want to know more? See our lifeboats and stations pages.

How much does a lifeboat cost?

A D class inshore lifeboat costs £52,000, a B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat costs £214,000 and a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat cost is £2.1M.

How much does it cost to train a lifeboat crew member?

It costs £1,527 a year to train one lifeboat crew member.

How many RNLI lifeboat stations are there?

There are 238 RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Many of our stations welcome visitors – find your nearest lifeboat station here.

Do you receive any government funding for your service?

Our lifeboat service receives no UK government funding and less than 2% of the RNLI’s total funding comes from government sources.

As a charity, 94% of our total income comes from donations and so our lifesaving service relies on the generosity of our supporters. Read more about how your support helps.

Do you allow people to arrange trips on a lifeboat?

Unfortunately not. Our lifeboats need to be ready 24/7 to provide a lifesaving service whenever required.

Trips on our lifeboats are also not possible due to insurance purposes. 

How many lifeboats do you currently have?

There are 349 lifeboats in our lifeboat fleet based at our lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland and 108 lifeboats in our relief fleet.