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RNLI - Running Costs?

During 2010 it cost approx. £145,400,000 to run the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (approx. cost of £397,000 per day). For every £1 donated, around 78p is spent on the rescue service itself, which includes the cost of the crew, the boats and the station properties as well as sea safety and education, 19p is used for fundraising and 3p for support.

Graph of RNLI Running Costs - 2006

Any surplus of income over expenditure is held in the RNLI?s reserve fund, which is used to guarantee the RNLI?s boat building programme and other capital projects.

Lifeboat Costs

All weather lifeboats (ALB)

RNLI - all weather lifeboat - severn class

Lifeboat Class


Cost - New Build

Tamar Class


£2.7 million

Inshore Lifeboats (ILB)

RNLI inshore lifeboat (ilb) - atlantic 75

Lifeboat Class


Cost - New Build

D Class (IB-1)



B Class - (Atlantic 85)



Lifeboat Crew Personal Equipment

Crew Protective Equipment - Costs?

Crew Lifejacket (ALB)


Crew Lifejacket (ILB)


All in-one Drysuit (ILB Only)


Waterproof Jacket (ALB)


Waterproof Trouser's (ALB)


Crew Safety Helmet


Thermal Suit


Steel Toe Capped Boots (ALB Only)




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