After a decade of saving lives in both the D class and B class lifeboats, in 1983, Lifeboat magazine featured an interview with some glowing reviews for the B class, from the crew:

Frank Dunster, Hayling Island: ‘It was like the difference between driving a Mini and a Rolls Royce … We find that as the Atlantic has so much manoeuvrability, you can go into shallow water, get close to a casualty and away in seconds.’

Roger Trigg, Southwold: ‘The greatest advantages the Atlantic has over the D class inflatable stem from the fact that the Atlantic has two engines: more reliability, better seakeeping and of course more power. Then, with navigation lights and searchlights, she has the capability of night work and she has a righting capability too.’

John Hodder, Lyme Regis: ‘In most seas the Atlantic is a heck of a lot drier than the D class.’