Updated at: 09-09-2021 - By: Lucas

Boaters often refer to their boats as their “home away from home.” For many, it is the only place they can truly call their own. A lifeboat is an integral part of every boater’s survival equipment. It is used to evacuate the boat if necessary and keep the boat dry and free from water damage. 

There are many different types of lifeboats including center consoles, tender boats, deck boats and more. This article will give you a brief overview of the different types of lifeboats and their uses.

Open Lifeboat

Open Lifeboat

An open lifeboat is a large, inflatable boat that is designed to be thrown into the water and then inflated with an emergency air supply. The idea is that you would use it as a temporary rescue craft. 

Open lifeboats are usually brightly colored and they are equipped with a flotation device called a “life ring” which allows you to attach the boat to your own vessel. If you are a good swimmer, you can stay in the boat until help arrives. Otherwise, you can get out of the boat and onto a passing boat or ship.

The open lifeboat shown here is the “Rescue Craft” model. It has an additional ring on the bow that makes it easy to attach to your own boat. This model also has an aluminum float tube in the floor which gives it a little more stability. You can find open lifeboats in a range of sizes from 18 feet all the way up to 45 feet.

An open lifeboat is a device used by a ship’s captain to indicate to his crew that he needs help getting the ship back to port. An open lifeboat is usually a small boat with a large, yellow inflatable raft attached to the front of it.

The captain of a ship will throw an empty lifeboat into the water if necessary. Then, if there are people in the water who need rescuing, the captain will throw the full lifeboat into the water. The crew members of the ship can then jump into the empty lifeboat and make their way to safety.

Closed Lifeboat

Closed Lifeboat

A closed lifeboat is a type of boat that has a rigid hull with a small opening in the bottom for escape. It is usually only used when the entire crew must get out at once. It is also called a “duck boat” or “rat trap”.

A closed lifeboat is a boat with an airtight, watertight, self-contained hull that has been designed to float and provide emergency flotation for a small number of people. It is most often used in conjunction with a larger, open-hulled boat to transfer people from the smaller vessel to the larger one when there is a danger of capsizing.

A closed lifeboat is one that has been designed so that it will float when fully loaded and watertight. It must be capable of withstanding the pressure of its own weight and that of whatever it is carrying. Lifeboats are required to have a capacity of at least 44 square feet per person.

Lifeboats are designed to keep people alive until rescue can be effected. They are generally constructed of fiberglass or polyethylene. The shape is usually a cylinder or a parallelepiped (box). The ends are rounded off to create what is known as an “S” curve. This allows the boat to float upright and makes it less likely to overturn.

It can be either motor or sail powered. The advantage of a closed lifeboat is that it provides a safe haven for people in the water. However, it cannot be used for getting out of the water. It can only rescue people who are already on board.

A closed lifeboat is a type of safety device used to prevent passengers and crew from being thrown overboard in the event of a shipwreck. It consists of a canvas or vinyl bag that is secured to the deck of the boat with straps. 

The bag has a hole in one side and a rope or chain attached to the other. In the event of a capsize, the crew members can cut the line that holds the lifeboat to the ship and throw the lifeboat into the water. This allows the passengers and crew to escape safely.

A closed lifeboat may also be referred to as a “safety bag” or “life raft”.

Free Fall Lifeboat


A free-fall lifeboat is a smaller version of the aforementioned boat. It is used to rescue people who have fallen overboard from a smaller vessel. The free-fall lifeboat is secured to the larger vessel by a cable that runs through a pulley system. 

As the boat is lowered into the water, the cable is reeled in and the boat is then free to fall under its own weight. When the boat hits the water, it is launched into the air by the force of the falling cable.

Lifeboats are usually square-shaped with rounded corners and are made of fiberglass. They are 30-feet long, 6-feet wide and 9-feet high. They have two sets of davits, one on each side, that are used to secure the boat to a larger ship. 

They also have a crutch that extends from the stern to the bow. This crutch is used to keep the boat upright when it is being hoisted aboard the larger ship.

Free fall lifeboats were developed during World War II and they have been an essential part of maritime survival ever since. They are now required by law on all boats over 14 feet in length. 

They are extremely useful for when the boat is not under power or it has lost its propulsion system. The occupant(s) simply have to let go of something (like a rail) and allow the boat to right itself. Then, they can climb into the free fall lifeboat and be evacuated to safety.

A free-fall lifeboat is a self-contained, self-sufficient, inflatable survival craft that provides you with a safe way to descend to the water if your plane or balloon crashes. It also comes in handy for descending from an altitude of 10,000 feet or more. It’s made of strong, thin material and is about 4 feet long. Two handles on the sides make it easy to carry. It has a small built-in compass, a first aid kit, a waterproof container to hold food and water, and a knife.

Fireproof Lifeboats

Fireproof Lifeboats

These boats are constructed to withstand very high heat and also to remain watertight. The material of construction is a vinyl-coated fiberglass. The vinyl coating is a thick, tenacious layer of paint-like material that makes the boat fireproof. The vinyl-coated fiberglass is extremely strong and durable. It can withstand very rough usage and will not rot, peel or crack.

A lifeboat is a boat that is required to be in constant readiness to rescue people who are in the water. A fireproof lifeboat is one that has been designed to withstand the intense heat of a fire. These boats are required by law to be in constant readiness to go to a burning ship at the earliest possible moment.

These boats are usually about 14-feet long and are light enough to be lifted out of the water by one or two people. They are basically just big enough to hold a few people and supplies. These boats are not meant to be used as a “stand-alone” vessel; rather, they are part of a larger life raft system.

These boats are designed to withstand the intense heat and flames of a fire. They are equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for those trapped inside during a fire. They also have a built-in telephone for use by first responders. They are constructed of non-flammable materials and have an automatic sprinkler system.

Lifeboats are required by law to be built with certain characteristics. One of those is that they must be able to withstand the impact of a 500-pound weight dropped from a height of 20 feet. This is called “one-fifth full-scale load” and it tests the strength of the lifeboat’s construction.

In addition to this, the boat must be able to withstand the impact of a 150-pound weight dropped from a height of 30 feet. This is called “one-tenth full-scale load” and it tests the strength of the lifeboat’s construction.

A fireproof lifeboat must also be able to withstand the impact of a 50-pound weight dropped from a height of 40 feet. This is called “one-quarter full-scale load” and it tests the strength of the lifeboat’s construction.

These are the three types of loads that are tested when a boat is constructed to meet the requirements for being a fireproof lifeboat.

Hyperbaric Lifeboats

Hyperbaric Lifeboats

A hyperbaric lifeboat is a small, inflatable boat that has been designed to withstand extreme pressure. It is used by divers when they have to spend a long time underwater. A hyperbaric lifeboat can keep a diver alive for up to four hours. 

It features a tough, thin rubberized fabric that is extremely resistant to punctures. The seams are sealed with a special laminated material called “ized”. This material is an amazing blend of polyethylene and nylon. It provides the strength of the nylon and the resistance to punctures of the polyethylene.

A hyperbaric lifeboat can be used for recreational diving or as a commercial diving vessel. It can be purchased by the individual diver or by the dive shop that sells scuba equipment. Many recreational divers use their own hyperbaric lifeboat because it gives them more control over the dive. They can choose where they want to go and how long they want to stay there.

A hyperbaric lifeboat is a small, inflatable boat that is used by the U.S. military to get soldiers and equipment to safety in case of a water landing. The boats have a tiny, one-person cockpit and are designed to float for hours at a time. They can be inflated with a small pump and deflated and packed away in a small bag.


Why are free fall lifeboats located at the aft of the vessel?

It’s simple. At the stern (back) of the vessel, there is a large propeller that pushes the lifeboat away from the ship. However, there is a counteracting force at the bow (front) of the vessel. This force is created by the natural reaction of water to the movement of the hull of the boat. Therefore, when the boat moves forward, the reaction of the water is to push it back.

The aft of the boat is clear of the propeller and thus has no counteracting force. This means the diver or soldier has a free-fall when he or she is at the stern of the boat.

Life rafts are located at the aft of the boat for a similar reason.

Why are rescue boat located always on the port side of the ship?

The reason is to make it easier to load and unload the boat, and also to make it easier to train and drill the crew that will serve in this boat. 

What do lifeboats contain?

The lifeboat will contain food, water, medical supplies, flares, safety equipment, navigation equipment, communications equipment, survival equipment, and other equipment that will be needed by the crew. 

How are lifeboats operated?

Lifeboats are primarily deployed when the ship is in danger of sinking or in the event of an evacuation. Lifeboats are large, rigid, inflatable boats. They are normally kept in the ship’s boat deck, but in some ships they may be located on the car deck.

The boats have paddles which are used to get the boats into the water. Once in the water, a crew member attaches a rope (sometimes called a “lash line”) to the boat. Then, another crew member gets into the boat and pushes it away from the ship until it is a safe distance away. Then, he lets go of the rope.


The types of lifeboats that we are going to discuss in this article can be used in many different kinds of watercrafts such as airplanes, sailboats, powerboats and even large cruise ships.

Lifeboats come in many different sizes and shapes and they are usually attached to the hull of the boat. A lifeboat is an important piece of equipment that is used to save the lives of the people on a boat that has run into trouble.

There are several different types of lifeboats. We are going to discuss the most common ones in this article. Hope that after reading this article, you will be able to easily distinguish between each type of lifeboat.