Surf club is really motoring along
Sawtell surf lifesaving club have wasted no time getting their two new outboard motors into the water.
"We aim at turning a motor over every two or three years while they still have good resale value and to cut down on maintenance," club spokesperson Ian Dellar explained.
"But we struck it lucky with two motors coming up at the same time, along with funding help, so we jumped in and bought them."
The timing of the purchase has been perfect with the crowds flocking to Sawtell enjoying ideal beach weather.
"Sawtell Rotary put up $3000 for one motor and Gary Usher from Toormina Hotel has been fantastic with his assistance to get the second one," Dellar said.
"This is not the first time Sawtell Rotary have come up with substantial cash to allow us to make a purchase.
"It's not just motors we need to turn over."
In fact, the IRB hulls are also changed, turned over every three or four years.
Dellar said the new motors may look fairly standard but had to be modified for specialist use.
"New props and a couple of other things are added so they can be used for rescue work.A
"Without the help of our supporters it would be much harder for us to continue the work the public expects of us.
"It's not just a matter of getting out there.
"We need specialist equipment to do our work."