Dual Yamaha four stroke outboard engines have been selected to power the latest rescue boat to be launched in Victoria. A pair of Yamaha F150 model outboards grace the transom of the Coastwatch Rescue boat operating out of the coastal town of Ocean Grove.
With the rig set up by Yamaha dealer Geelong Boating Centre, the Coastwatch Rescue boat is required to operate in both surf conditions and open ocean. Ocean Grove is situated to the seaward side of the notorius Rip, the entrance to Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.
Based on a Gemini 7.0m RIB hull, the Coastwatch Rescue boat is built to survey requirements. This presented a unique set of technical requirements for the Geelong Boating Centre technical department to satisfy.
“The dual Yamaha F150 outboards were specifically selected for their operational suitability,” said Cameron MacDonald of Geelong Boating Centre.
“Quite apart from the fuel efficiency and quiet operation of the Yamaha F150 four stroke engines, the Coastwatch rescue group wanted the manoeuvrability and towing capability of a twin rig. And of course with 300hp on the transom the rig has blinding speed to reach emergency situations quickly.”