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    615 bar Crusher or 6200 yellowfin quintrex

    Both good brands. The Bar Crusher has more a cult-like following, will probably hold its value better. One key difference is the Bar Crushers are quite narrow for their length. The Yellowfin will be a wider boat and probably longer too (BC tend to overstate length). But with the narrower beam, the BC will likely ride better, although won't be as stable at rest as the Yellowfin. Both good rigs from respected brands. For me I would go the Bar Crusher, they're built well and typically get a good wrap by their owners. Although I'd also be looking at Surtees, i.e. the original NZ Company that Bar Crusher copied (and continues to copy).
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    New fishing Boat

    In my experience we rarely get assists concerning newer engines of any make and when we do, it's generally unrelated to the engine itself (fuel/battery/kill switch, etc). All of the late model engines are very well sorted nowadays. Very rarely if ever do I see assists of ETEC powered vessels, which is not bad considering they're probably the most common late model engines on Sydney waterways, usually on Quinnies and Stacers which are rigged with them from factory. MRNSW use Suzuki outboards, but that's due to a supply deal with Suzuki, not necessarily because they're reliable. Water Police and Maritime around here run Mercurys (Verados) and Yamahas.
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    Thankyou Marine Rescue

    Government funding does not cover the costs to run a Marine Rescue unit, not even close unfortunately. MRNSW rely on all 44 units to fundraise all year round, in addition to donations from vessel assists and local sponsors. Kudos to OP for donating, every dollar is needed. The costs to keep a unit running are astronomical. At Solander for instance, in the last 6 months they have incurred over $200k of expenses relating to repowering one of the vessels and replacing the dock at Hungry Point, which was more than 30 years old. Then consider the yearly fuel and maintenance costs for two 600hp Kevlacats and the ROIP radio operation, the government contribution covers maybe a little more than half of what it costs to keep the place running. You also have other expenses, for instance recently at Solander there was an ongoing problem with human garbage breaking into the Port Hacking vessel and stealing equipment which made the papers. A security fence and gate needed to be installed at the dock. Then when one of the vessels was off the water for maintenance, a centre console rigid inflatable was used as a backup, short lived unfortunately, as someone decided to trespass onto the grounds and snap the aerials off, cut the fuel lines and take a knife to the seats.
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    Replacement Clears Needed

    Might be pot luck with that guy, we had some clears done by him and they were shocking beyond belief. Took them back and he didn't want to know about it, told us he's too busy to sort them out and to come back in "maybe a couple of months". Dirt bag. Ended up having them redone elsewhere, paid twice but lesson learned, some people just don't stand by their work.
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    Foreshore drive boat ramp

    It happens all the time at Foreshore/low tide, handbrake can only lock the 2 rear wheels and particularly on rear drive cars, front wheels are free to turn because they're not connected to anything. So the only thing holding many cars in place is the rear wheels. When they get on the slippery stuff, the car will slide straight in unless you can engage the front brakes (which will still have grip further up the ramp), as old mate has done in this situation.
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    Foreshore drive boat ramp

    Foreshore drive is a bit different to a normal ramp, the facility is on land leased by the Port Authority (was previously govt but then privatised), so the council doesn't maintain it. So I think you will have to direct your complaint to the port authority. It's a famously slippery ramp, always bring something to chock the rear wheels.
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    Members Boats.

    ^^ That's actually a Mercury 115 in the first photo. Nice rigs those Islanders, I know a bloke with a 580C and he loves it. Similar in a few respects to a Savage 585C which is what I have.