Rescue off Coral Bay

Yesterday we found ourselves about 15 nm off the coast at Coral Bay. 
'we suddenly lost all power on the boat. No radio, GPS, SOUNDER & unable to start the motor.  we were out of phone range. 
'The batteries were both brand new & topped up before our trip up. We'd been out twice since our arrival without any problems. 
'we checked all we new how to on the boat & were unable to establish a cause. 
'With no apparent option I activated the emergency beacon. 
'the response was everything you could hope for. 
'Given the remoteness of our location just added to the thanks we feel for our emergency services. 
'The boat will now visit a specialist to identify and rectify whatever the problem is before we venture out again. 
'I just felt it necessary to write a brief report & express my sincere thanks to our emergency services. 

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 great outcome! good to

Fri, 2024-04-26 11:41

 great outcome! good to hear.

no doubt it was Bernie that got to you

great bloke, drops everything to help out and that costs him money! 

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 Good to hear. All too often

Fri, 2024-04-26 12:15

 Good to hear. All too often these experiences don't end as well.

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Brilliant, Marine Rescue just needs more volunteers

Fri, 2024-04-26 13:04

 At least we are being resourced  much better thanks to DFES.  Great outcome and reinforces just how important EPIRBs are 

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Fri, 2024-04-26 15:48

Good outcome. See you soon. 

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Not good at all. Thankfully

Fri, 2024-04-26 21:09

Not good at all. Thankfully you did get back safe and the boat in 1 piece.  Hope you get the tub sorted


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Great reminder to check all

Sat, 2024-04-27 08:03

Great reminder to check all our safety gear is up to date and were it should be..

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It's great that this had a

Mon, 2024-04-29 16:11

It's great that this had a good outcome. I must admit I'd be pretty stressed to lose all power well offshore. Definbitely makes you appreciate the emergency services and a good EPIRB! 


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Tue, 2024-04-30 11:22

 Just out of curiosity, who came and got you?

Was it one of the charter boats or was there marine rescue in the area?

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 It was Jake ( Ranger) &

Tue, 2024-04-30 18:00

 It was Jake ( Ranger) & volunteer sea rescue man  also named Jake who came out in the Coral Bay sea rescue vessel. 
'As Jake ( Ranger) said "we need more volunteers ". 

The two Jake's were incredibly helpful & my wife & I cannot help but praise them for their service. 

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 I should also mention that

Tue, 2024-04-30 18:05

 I should also mention that the charter boat Thunder responded to the emergency & was more than willing to tow us in had it been necessary. They established that we had water & food & no injury. They were then contacted by radio to confirm that the sea rescue were on their way. They very kindly offered to stay until help arrived. 
I have been very remiss in not acknowledging their help & consideration. 

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 Cheers for the info.It would

Wed, 2024-05-01 07:41

 Cheers for the info.

It would be hard to get people volunteer as not many perminant residence there.

Those that are are working most days. With all the boats going there it would make sense to have a DOT boat there perminantly. 

Maybe with the town getting a hospital and police station (or so I have been told) that may change. 

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Helpfull tip

Tue, 2024-04-30 19:54

Would like to be kept up with what the problem was in the end.
Tip for all boats is to carry a length of two strand wire (red/black) with a built in fuze & alligator clips on each end so you can bypass all other elec things on your boat in the case of Emergency.Connect direct Batt to radio/DSC/sounder/usb port for Phone charging ect.

P.s ,multimeter essential.


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 Please note that I speak

Wed, 2024-05-01 16:51

 Please note that I speak from a knowledge base of zero. 
'The Yamaha motor is serviced regularly. The batteries were replaced before leaving Perth & had been topped up  

The VST fuel filters had been replaced in February last year. 
'We now know that on the day in question the fuel pump suddenly & without any warning ceased to function. This solved the motor issue. 
The loss of electrical power remains unsolved at this time. Perhaps there's a major fault in the battery distribution control system. 
'We know that the house battery was flat when checked on return. The start battery was also low possibly due to attempts to get the motor started before resorting to the EPIRB. 

'The bad news is there are no fuel pumps available in Australia apparently. A minimum of 8-10 weeks from Japan. 
Until the fuel pump is sorted we are unable to establish what the power problem is likely to be. 
'We've shortened our stay at Coral Bay & hope to eventually get a new fuel pump. 
Meantime we've learned a great deal about fuel pumps, VSTs & filters in the VSTs. We've also learned that Yamaha fuel pumps can fail suddenly & without any warning. 

I really appreciate your suggestion above but I'm not sure I could do it with the ease you suggest. 

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I hope it's not your ECU

Wed, 2024-05-01 19:05

 Symptoms appear similar, total loss of electrical power to the motor.  My radio / sounder / gps on separate electrical buss so they remained operational.  Final cost of repair $7,000 as new ECU incompatible with gauges so they had to be replaced. Very interested in final diagnosis 

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 Will do my best to update

Wed, 2024-05-01 19:37

 Will do my best to update when fuel pump is finally replaced. 

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 You will be an expert by the

Thu, 2024-05-02 13:23

 You will be an expert by the end of it!

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 This may be of interest to

Fri, 2024-05-03 15:14

 This may be of interest to those following this thread. 
'Yamaha dealers in Perth do not stock fuel pumps apparently because in their experience they rarely fail. This is contrary to a number of sites on the internet. Only when a problem arises do they order one in. No doubt the quoted cost of $1500 dollars per pump (there are 2) without necessary extras & labour might play an important role.

My owner's manual clearly states that fuel pumps should be inspected/replaced at 300 hours or 3 years. 
So far the only reasonable way I've found to asses a pumps function is to connect it directly to a battery & compare it's sound with that of a brand new pump. I cannot imagine this being done during a service especially when no new pumps are available for comparison. 
Sadly it seems that it's both quicker and cheaper to order new pumps from USA via the internet. 
Obviously I still have a great deal to learn. 

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Logging on

Sun, 2024-05-05 08:23

What channel do people use to log on / off in coral bay and who monitors it? When logging on what information do you need to give? I'm heading up there in few weeks and this story has made me think I should probably be a bit more cautious about safety as i plan on going quite deep. Will definatley check over all my gear.


sorry dumb question but I did skippers ticket many moons ago and have never logged on before, bit silly I know. I think there are probably a lot of us who should take it more seriously lol 

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 Check this mate, not sure

Mon, 2024-05-06 16:16

 Check this mate, not sure when it was printed but has most the info you need. I usually chat to ther crews before heading out up here to see what frequency they monitor on VHF.


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Link attached?

Mon, 2024-05-06 19:09

Hey Sea-Kem,

is there meant to be a link attached?


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 Sorry mate yeah, Spicey has

Tue, 2024-05-07 07:33

 Sorry mate yeah, Spicey has pasted below.


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Coral Bay Radio

Tue, 2024-05-07 07:06


Hey mate copy and paste this link it will get you info on  Coral Bay Marine Radio Frequencies. Think these stations are monitored out of Exmouth and local 72 or 73. Can check in with the charter office next to the IGA and bakery as they used to have a log in system. Not sure if they still do but could point you in the right direction I'm sure. 


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Tue, 2024-05-07 10:44

 Thanks guys, appreciate your help

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 Sealure- we where actually

Wed, 2024-05-08 13:53

 Sealure- we where actually at the ramp when ur freinds and sea rescure where putting their boats we did the quick ferry for them from parking to ramp etc..such little help but at that point i was hopefully 3 minutes saved could have been a boaty..i must admit i had an empty feeling in my gut watching these guys drop everything to help u..ur friend and wife[ sorry didnt catch their name] particullay had a pale look on their faces as they where not in the know u where safe at that stage..after they where half way down the passage we saw Bernie and he mentioned u had been spotted and were empty feeling disappeared so quickly....funny how even a stranger in trouble... as a fellow boater i felt it was one of my mates....the relief i felt and strangley knowing that if it had been me, im sure my mates would do the same


so glad u got home safe in the end...this is all that matters...

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 My friends mentioned your

Wed, 2024-05-08 20:24

 My friends mentioned your help & truly appreciated it. They were very anxious for our safety at the time. Please let me thank you on their behalf. They are back in Perth. 
'Many thanks for your kind words. 

The response of everyone who knew of our troubles certainly helps restore one's faith in human nature. 
'Our very sincere thanks to you all.