The Trent class lifeboat was one of the first ‘hard chine’ hull design for the RNLI with a sheer line that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery. In the Trent, the engine room is aft and space limitations led to one of the twin MAN diesel engines is turned around, driving the propeller in a conventional manner, while the other works through a 'V' drive. The propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with the two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water.
March 22nd, 2019
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