Hi. Just starting to plan for a trip to the Kimberley’s in 2019. We have a small cattle dog on board. Has anyone had a dog on a Kimberley trip? I know they may attract crocodiles. Is it doable to take a dog on board to this area knowing they may need to stay aboard for most of the trip?? Dave
Plenty of people take dogs on board in the Kimberley without incident. You have to keep it out of the water to stay croc safe. Also be aware that the dog smell will attract crocs to your boat at anchor. Speaking from experience, when a croc is sitting 10 metres off your stern waiting for something to fall or jump off your boat, it makes you very careful when getting in and out of your tender.
I’ve heard stories of small crocs sitting in a yacht’s sugar scoop stern, but not heard of any coming into the cockpit or onto a cat’s boarding platforms. I guess if the boarding platforms are very close to the water line, it would be possible. I think crocs are wary of getting out of their comfort zone, and its unlikely they will get in a location where they are in danger, or feel threatened. They would want an fast escape route, and most boat’s cockpit’s don’t fit that bill.
If you use common sense, you should not have a problem with crocs. EG If a croc stalks your boat, and you feel uncomfortable, move anchorage.