So here is a turn-up for the books … a photograph of the first rescue boat that was stationed at Shelly Beach – Caltex Endeavor.
She was built in 1986 and has had a few refits and rebirths since then … but the original hull is still in active service. The tanks that were built in the original design were taken out quite a while back, and jerry cans were put in under the seats … and then10 years ago the jerry cans were replaced by three stainless steel tanks – two under the seats and 1 up front (85l). The hull was also foam filled at this stage.
The superstructure was removed in 1989. It was not very well ventilated and was very hot so some of the guys got seasick inside it. So we removed it and donated it to a local nursery school were it still in their play-yard, in daily use and in perfect condition!
Caltex Endeavor is the heaviest 7m in NSRI’s fleet weighing in at over three tons. And according to Eddie Noyens, “ This rescue craft has been my baby since 1988, when I joined the station, and I have been totally in love with her since then!”
She is on her 4th set of outboards. Originally they were 90’s, replaced twice, then a set of 115’s and now a new set of 115 Evenrudes.