|The Arun-class lifeboat was a fast all-weather lifeboat designed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for service at its stations around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. They were operated by the RNLI between 1971 and 2008. The first prototype boat entered service at St Peter Port in 1972 but moved on to Barry Dock where it was stationed until 1997. Two more boats were introduced in 1973 and 1974 and then full production started in 1975. By 1990,46 Arun-class boats had been launched. The design was developed for the RNLI by J. A. MacLachlan working for naval architects G. L. Watson of Glasgow. Initially proposed with 'chines' along the hull to disperse the spray and improve stability when underway at speed, this caused a high deck above water which proved difficult when trying to get people aboard from the water, so the chines were dispensed with on the second boat and the deck curved down nearer the water.  The first three boats were built with wooden hulls and were respectively 51 feet 7 inches (15.72 m), 52 feet (16 m) and 54 feet (16 m) long, the extra length due to a rounded transom. All differed in superstructure design, 52-01 having a raked back superstructure front with the flying bridge at the after end. 52-02 introduced forward raked wheelhouse windscreens, had a unique wheelhouse side window pattern and retained the aft mounted flying bridge. On 52-03, the flying bridge was moved to the forward end of the wheelhouse, the front of which was rounded. From 54-04, the forward flying bridge was standardised and the forward raked wheelhouse windscreens were reintroduced. The side windows were recessed from the superstructure sides. 54-04 had a Glass Reinforce Plastic hull and this was standardised for future boats. 54-04 to 54-07 retained the rounded transom but from 52-08 a square transom was reintroduced. The final external change came with 52-11 which had flush sided forward wheelhouse windows and this was a feature of all subsequent boats. The large watertight cabin gave it self-righting capability. Two survivor cabins are situated below decks where first aid and emergency equipment is stowed. The hull is divided into 26 watertight compartments as protection against sinking should it be holed. There is also a flying bridge above the main cabin with an auxiliary steering position which can be used when additional height or visibility is required during an operation. The boat won a Design Council award in 1982. Two Caterpillar D343 460 hp (340 kW) diesel engines were fitted to boats up 52-14, subsequent boats being fitted with two Caterpillar 3408TA 485 hp (362 kW). Fuel tanks have 620 gallon capacity which gives an operating range of 250 nautical miles (460 km). 
||52' 0" - 15.85m|
||Port Stephens NSW|
||New South Wales|
||2- caterpillar 460 hp|
||30 KVA onan|
||Achillies 11ft RIB + 6hp outboard|
||To AMSA 2C survey 6|
||To amsa 2c survey for 6|
||To amsa 2c survey|
||Deluge fire system engine room|
||12 24 240 V|
|2-raymarine C140 interphased plotter/sounder/radar, raymarine FLIR infrared camera, AIS, raymarine wind instruments, 2-VHF 2-HF + radio direction finder
2-VHF 2-HF + radio direction finder
||Offered for sale ARUN 52 "Danial Thain" (formerly "Spirit of Tayside 52-09 ) is in current AMSA 2C survey for 6 maintained in operational condition but now retired from service with Marine Rescue NSW Port Stephens.
Suit use for commercial crew transfer or conversion to private use for safe comfortable offshore cruising on wilder parts of the Australian coast. Vessel air conditioned with current and comprehensive navigation electronics and RIB on back deck.
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