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.

Bendigo 1 – Major Overhaul – Part 1

Work has begun aboard Bendigo 1!

Thanks to some of our valued sponsors, supporters and fundraising by our volunteers, we are upgrading some of our saftey and navigation equipment aboard Bendigo 1. Work that is currently being done includes a Rewire of the Helm, New Navigation Equipment, 360° Search/Spot Light, FLIR Night Vision Camera and a Lift-raft.

A huge thanks to the below sponsors and supporters!




















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

Track us now:

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.

All Work is Proudly Been Done By…


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.