surf boat

noun
a strong, buoyant rowboat with high ends, adapted for beaching and passing through surf.

Origin:
1855–60; surf + boat

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Time and effort made this less popular than using the surf boat.
Equipped with a surf boat and breeches buoys, a keeper would determine the best way to aid those in distress.
When weather and surf were too violent to launch the surf boat, the alternate method of rescue was the breeches buoy.
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