NEW catamaran for Cottage Point Marine Rescue is the largest twin-hulled vessel in the NSW fleet.
Nestled in amongst the million-dollar yachts and motor boats at the Sydney International Boat Show marina, the Marine Rescue volunteers from Cottage Point were proudly showing off their new baby, an 11.5m catamaran built by Sailfish Catamarans in Alstonville, inland from Ballina on the NSW North Coast.
The new rescue vessel, known simply as Cottage Point 30, was only delivered last month and has yet to be used in a real-life rescue. It is due to become fully-operational in the coming weeks.
The new arrival is the largest twin-hulled vessel in the Marine Rescue fleet and is designed for offshore rescues up to 35nm while also being able to navigate the shallow waterways of Broken Bay. It is powered by twin 300hp Suzuki engines and can reach speeds of around 28 knots.
Chris Gillett, Sydney region controller for Marine Rescue NSW (pictured), was on board Cottage Point 30 at the marina to demonstrate the boat’s capabilities.
He was also helping to promote the service’s free app which allows boaters to log their journey details and then have Marine Rescue track their movements so their location is instantly available in the event of an emergency.
The app also makes it easier for boaters to log on and off, helping to prevent those false call-outs when Marine Rescue wastes valuable time and resources searching for vessels whose owners have failed to notify them of their return.