As the name suggests, Boarding Boats are generally used to access the All-Weather lifeboat moored off-shore.
In many locations they also proved invaluable being used for searching, helping moor large boats that have been towed in by the the All-Weather lifeboat, taking persons out of the water, allowing fast access to shallow or close-inshore waters near the stations.
Most boarding boats are EA-16 most of which are ex D-Class retired from SAR use. Sillinger built boats are also used and Malahide type boats that are only used at stations north and south of Ireland.
Note: Table below is a work in progress. Any further information will be welcomed.
Rosslare Harbour (Ex D Class ILB D-343)
Ballycotton (Ex D Class ILB D-570)
Valentia (Ex D Class ILB D-457)
Achill Island (Ex D Class ILB D-513)
Arranmore (Ex D Class ILB D-529)