Ships carry lifeboats (also called ship’s boats), and lifeboats of quite

different type are owned and manned by the Coast Guard in the USA, the Royal

National Lifeboat Institution in Britain, and equivalent bodies in other

countries. Private pleasure craft are not big enough to have dinghies which can

serve as lifeboats, though the better-quality inflatable dinghies are a good

compromise. The true ship’s lifeboat for a yacht is the inflatable Liferaft