VF7 Carrum

Flotillas Victoria

Patterson Lakes
Victoria
3197
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VF07 Carrum Coast Guard
Launching Way,
Carrum
Victoria 3197

PO Box 657,
Patterson Lakes
Victoria 3197

Phone: (03) 9772 7638
Fax: (03) 9772 7638
Mobile: 0417 765 772

OPEning hours / Radio Monitoring Hours
  • 8am to Sunset Weekends and Public Holidays
  • 24 hours SAR callout
call sign
  • VF07 - Carrum: 907H or VMR367
Radio Frequencies Monitored
  • VHF: Channel 16 and 67
  • 27Mhz: Channel 88 & 86
Resources
  • CG07: Stabi-craft Supercab Vessel
  • CG07: Mitsubishi Canter LWB Truck

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Meeting: 2nd Tues of each month, 7.30 pm.

Training: Mondays 7-9 pm

Female members: 6

Public Training courses: monthly boat licensing.

Average call outs per year: 100


History of Coast Guard Carrum

The inaugural meeting of Flotilla 7 was held at a private residence in Chelsea on Tues 15th Feb 1966 at 8pm.

The executive was made up of:

  • Commander, Reg Skinner
  • Deputy Commander, Bill Hills
  • Staff Officer, Bob White
  • Training Officer, Alf Priestley

From day one in 1966 to 2011, Bill Hills is still a member of VF07, a remarkable achievement.

The 2nd meeting was on 10th March 1966, this time in the chook pen at the Patterson River Marina.

The April meeting moved into the feed shed, then later portable offices were obtained to conduct Coast guard meetings.

In 1971, the flotilla established its base at the Patterson River Motor Yacht clubrooms at the mouth of the river overlooking Port Phillip. In 1978, Flotilla 7 moved to the Carrum Life Saving Club.

In December 1986, Flotilla 7 moved again, this time to St. Aidens Church of England hall in Macleod rd.

Whilst at this location, plans started for the completion of a purpose designed building on an area of land leased from Melbourne Water Corporation. The location was Launching Way, very close to Patterson River.

On the 11th Jan 1992, the current VF07 building was officially opened by the then Mayor of Chelsea, Councillor Maurie Portingdale.

Initially, members used their own vessels for Coast Guard operations, until a 19ft fibreglass half cab was obtained and served the flotilla for seventeen years.

In 2001, the flotilla received a government grant and an order was placed with Bass Strait Boats, for the construction of a 7.47m fibreglass monohull vessel. It was fitted with two 150 hp Yamaha two stroke motors.

After using a 4wd as a tow vehicle for three years, the flotilla received another grant, and in 2004, the current Mitsubishi Canter was purchased. Werribee and Safety Beach also received the same light rigid vehicle.

The Yamaha motors gave good service , but they eventually needed replacing, and in 2007, as a result of another government grant, the motors were replaced with two Honda 200 hp four stroke motors which still power the vessel today.

In late 2011 we received a new vessel, a Stabi-craft 9.2m powered with 2x250 hp motors, valued at $400k

The flotilla is the busiest in the state at the moment averaging approx 120 assists per year, and with 60 members and more waiting to join, the future is looking bright for Flotilla 7.

Matt Semmens – FC VF07