New boat will be boost to service
Bigger, better and safer for VMR
AFTER countless barbecues, blues sessions and big donations, Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday is getting their new boat.
The 12-metre, twin 425hp engine powered Noosa Cat 4400 Flybridge is an impressive machine, sure to be a significant boost to the rescuers when it arrives in early 2016.
VMR Whitsunday president Ray Lewis said the new boat would make our local waters safer for everyone.
“The new boat will be a huge step forward for VMR Whitsunday, and will be bigger, safer and more comfortable in a wider range of condi- tions than the current boat,” he said. “We believe that the Noosa
Cat 4400, which was chosen after an extensive 12 month quotation and evaluation process, will allow VMR Whitsunday to provide a higher level of support to Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance Service and Whitsunday island resorts, as well as the local and visiting boating community.”
It’s easy to see how these improvements will be realised through the new boat, as VMR Whitsunday currently services more than 13,000sq km of Whitsunday and internation- al water.
With the new craft costing more than $800,000, Mr Lewis said the purchase was a community effort including a $100,000 donation from Rotary.
“That is added to $160,000 from the state through Marine Rescue Queensland, and the balance has been raised through sponsorships, donations and callout fees,” he said.
To celebrate the purchase of the vessel, VMR Whitsunday is offering 20 per cent off its memberships in the lead up to Father’s Day on Sunday, September 6.
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