Huon’s Helping Hand Community Grant – Round 5

Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough would like to thank Huon Aquaculture for there support with there Helping Hand Community Grant.

This Grant has allowed us to upgrade someone of our safety equipment aboard Bendigo 1 keeping it in-line with the latest in marine technology.

The main purchase was a new AIS unit which allows Bendigo 1 to track and be tracked on the water. This provides us and other vessels with real time data of the location and heading of all vessels using AIS in the area.

Red Triangles = Possible Danger Vessels, Blue Triangles = All Other Vessels

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Rotary Charity Sail Day 2016

First training session using AIS

Bendigo 1 – Maintenance

Thanks to Franklin Marine, Bendigo 1 is currently at Franklin Marina under going some much needed maintenance.

Maintenance Includes:

  • Relocation of main battery switches
  • New power and earth connection leads
  • Upgrade Radar, GPS, Navigation Card
  • Depth sounder fitted to our A Series Raymarine chart plotter at the helm
  • Plumbing on motor upgraded
  • AIS fitted (Boat Position Tracking)
  • Refitting of canopy and new fixing system
  • New canopy cover
  • Bilge pump hoses upgraded
  • Stainless steel wire being replaced
  • New berthing ropes
  • New connection for charging starter batteries
  • Fresh coat of paint on the back deck.
  • New gas bottle

VMR Kingborough would like to say a special thanks to Laurence and his team at Franklin Marine.

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Coxswain Course – Part 3 (2015)

On the 13th of November 2015 VMR Tasmania members training for their Coxswain certificate met at VMR Dodges Ferry for part 3 of their course. The weekend was dedicated to navigation and rules and regulations.

Out on the water we used charts to plot courses and marking waypoints. We used navigation methods like Cross Bearing Fix, Position Lines, Running Line and Dead Reckoning. This allowed us to identify our location in the bay with out using modern technology like our chart plotters. Even to our surprise using the GPS compass built into the iPhone we where able to find our location.

It was another great weekend with a special thanks to Surf Life Saving Tasmania and Tom and Gary from VMR Queensland


Duty Group Report B/C – 26/27 September 2015

Saturday 26th of September:

Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough provided a community service run, around to Frederick Henry Bay. The weather was fantastic and gave crew, good experience navigating around Betsey Island.

Sunday 27th of September:

  • Another great day out on the water with crew training in berthing the boat and navigating in and out of the marina.
  • Providing marine assistance to a member of the Margate Marina with engine trouble.

Bendigo 1 to Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

On the 12/07/2015, Ben, Tony, Reg & Ian met at Margate Marina for a 14:00 departure to take Bendigo 1 up to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. In the morning (13/07) Bendigo 1 will be having an inspection to make sure it is survey compliant. It was a quick trip to the RYCT from Margate around 1 hour, with the wet weather holding off. After it is inspected on Monday it will be taken back to the Margate Marina by another crew.

Project: Shed Roofing


The roof on our shed had started to full apart with the white fiberglass sheets breaking up. These sheets needed to be replaced so rain, sticks and leaves wouldn't fall in.


On Saturday the 27/06/2015, Ben, Glynn and Hannah met at the shed at 9:00 am to but the new sheets of roof up. We measured to length, cut to size, removed the old sheets then installed the new ones. This now allows more light into the shed which is better for OH&S and also mean the rain and animals cant get in. We finished up at around 12:00PM just before the wind set in.

Assessment by Surf Life Saving Tasmania – June 2015

On the 6th of June 2015 Surf Life Saving Tasmania came down to Marine Rescue Kingborough to asses the crew aboard Bendigo 1. The crew where give tasks like how much fuel and time would it take to respond to an emergency call out and a man overboard exercise. We had a great day and the weather couldn't of been better, Thanks to the crew for all your hard work and passing the assessment in flying colours.