Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport, at the top of the Gold Coast, now has more of both after fitting twin 300 hp Mercury Verado outboards onto it largest vessel, a 9.5 metre Noosa Cat 3100.
The FourStroke Verados replace a pair of 300hp two strokes and the improvement has been stark.
“We’ve got higher top end speed. We’ve got much better turning and reversing is just a different world,” said VMR Southport’s President, Steve Pomas.
“The extra reversing proficiencies will definitely aid in our manoeuvrability, especially when negotiating tight areas with large boats,” said Steve, who’s also a Senior Skipper.
Based on The Spit, overlooking the Southport Broadwater and with the Gold Cost Seaway just around the corner, VMR Southport has a history going back to 1969 when local volunteers first banded together to assist boaties and fisherman cross the notoriously dangerous Southport Bar.
Along with the Noosa Cat 3100, VMR Southport also operate a Noosa Cat 2700 and are now building a Noosa Cat 2400 walk-around which will be powered by twin 150 Verados.
Dallas Hersey, Mercury’s Sales Manager for Government & Commercial in Queensland, convinced Southport to repower with the 300 hp Verados.
“The feedback I have received has been very positive,” he said. “They’ve got performance, lots of torque and good fuel economy that matches the two strokes especially in the mid-range.”
With VMR Southport carrying out up to 200 on-water ‘activations’ every month – from towing home boats and scattering ashes to putting out fires and responding to medical emergencies – their newly repowered Noosa Cat is a better asset than ever before.