Bendigo 1 – SOLD

UPDATE: Thankyou to everyone who inquired about the sale of Bendigo 1, Bendigo 1 has now been sold.


Sale by Expressions of Interest - Ex Volunteer Rescue Vessel “Bendigo 1” has been managed and maintained by Volunteers since 2006. Vessel has had regular maintenance intervals including engine servicing, slipping, antifouling, prop guard and insurance inspections. Capable of carrying up to 11 people on board with 2 sleeping beds forward. Galley includes a 2-burner gas top stove, system has been re-evaluated/certified in 2017.

Bendigo 1 has recently been slipped (Oct 2020) for Annual Maintenance.
For any information or to submit a letter of offer please email [email protected]
Seeking offers over $35K

Builder: Steber Boats (NSW)
Length: 9.8 meters (32 Feet)
Built: 1978
TAS Rego: 29820
Beam: 3.1 meters
Draft: 750mm (2 Feet 6 Inches)
Crew: 3-4 (Max 11)
Hull Construction: Glass Reinforced Plastic (Fiberglass)
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 2 x 4LHA-HTZE Diesels – 110kW @ 3300rpm
Engine Hours: 1300~
Max Speed: 20 Knots
Crusie: 13 Knots (15 litres per hour per engine)
Fresh Water: 100 Litre stainless steel tank


  • 406Mhz EPIRB (GPS Fitted)
  • Safety Equipment Grab Bag
  • Life Ring
  • Raymarine Autopilot System
  • Raymarine Depth Sounder
  • ICOM VHF Radio
  • Bennett’s Trim Tabs
  • Fire Blanket
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Gas and Bilge Alarm

Work continues getting our new vessel rescue ready

Although COVID-19 has placed some challenges on our organisation, getting our new vessel ready for summer has started to continue after we took a small break to ensure our volunteers where kept safe during these uncertain times.

Installation of our Raymarine electronic equipment from Bendigo 1 continues which includes Chart Plotter's, FLIR (Infrared Night Vision Camera), Radar, GPS, AIS & Depth sounder.

We continue to work with the necessary anchorites (AMSA, MAST & SLST) to ensure Kingborough Rescue 1 has the relevant paperwork to allow it to operate as a rescue vessel in our Tasmanian waters.

Our on water Boat Lift System is currently being built by a local company PFG Group at Goodwood, Tasmania.

New Vessel is on its way!

Since our last update we have been extremely busy behind the scenes organising transport and ensuring our new vessel is compliant to operate in our local Tassie waters.

Our new vessel was lifted on March 3rd by Burpengary Crane Hire and put on the back of a truck from Gradco (Heavy Haulage Specialists) at Marine Rescue Bribie Island. From there it will make the long drive (approx 1,750km) down to Melbourne where it will be placed on a ship bound for Tasmania.

A big thank you to both Burpengary Crane Hire and Gradco for their assistance in ensuring that the new vessel arrive to us safely.

To stay up to date on the progress of our new vessel, like our Facebook page or keep an eye on our website for further details and updates as well as information on the official launch.

Photo Credit – Marine Rescue Bribie Island 445 Facebook:

Out of Date Flare Collection – SAT 29/02/2020

We will be collecting out of date flares on Saturday, 29th February 2020 between 10.00AM and 2.00PM for a $5.00 donation at Oyster Cove Marina.

If you can't make it to us you can call into any of the other Volunteer Marine Rescue units around the state.

• Wynyard Yacht Club - Old Bass Highway, Wynyard
• Ulverstone Marine Rescue - Ulverstone Boat Ramp, West Ulverstone
• Tamar Sea Rescue - Beauty Point
• Freycinet Marine Rescue - Maria Street, Swansea
• St Helens Marine Rescue - The Esplanade, St Helens
• Dodges Sea Rescue - Tiger Head Road, Dodges Ferry

Replacement Vessel and AirBerth

We are extremely excited to announce that we have been successful in our grant application with the Tasmanian Community Fund.

This grant will allow us to purchase a replacement marine search and rescue vessel as well as an air launching berth purpose fit to respond to incidents as well as expand and provide additional services to various communities of southern Tasmania.

The vessel and launching berth will enable faster response times in emergencies, provide assistance to Tasmania Police in a search and rescue capacity, and provide water safety to a number of community groups and events. The vessel has a proven hull design, modern outboards and is fitted with current navigation and radio equipment, providing a safer and reliable vessel for our volunteers.

The vessel was used by Marine Rescue North Stradbroke Island and is an 8.8 metre Noosa Cat powered by twin Suzuki 250hp outboard motors.

While it’s still early days, over the next few months we will be organising transport, minor maintenance, electronic fit out (migrate from current vessel to new), testing and crew familiarisation.

To stay up to date on the progress of our new vessel, like our Facebook page or keep an eye on our website for further details and updates as well as information on the official launch.