Moorings in Darwin?

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  • #1270

    XTsea
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    Looking at spending the wet season in Darwin and maybe topping up the kitty a bit.

    We are 6.5m beam, so Bayview (only one spot available at $2100 per month!) or Cullen (no liveaboards, no dogs) are our only options as far as marina’s go.

    Are swing or pile moorings available to lease anywhere?

    We could leave XTsea out on a mooring and hire a furnished place on shore for a LOT less than Bayview want.

  • #1328

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi XTsea. Dont know of any swing moorings or piles. The only place I am aware of where yachts anchor is in Sandgroves Creek between the Duck Pond and Bayview.

    But you need to consider what you will do if a cyclone comes through while you are at anchor. My guess is your insurance will be worthless if you are not in a cyclone rated marina.

    All the best,
    Ross

  • #1329

    Kevin
    Participant

    Hi XT Sea,
    It may be worth a call to the Darwin Sailing Club to get the contact number for their multihull section. Most of them haul out for the wet, they have a dedicated yard. We are at the Golburn Islands at the moment. Have you guys made Gove yet? Cheers, Kevin and Janie

  • #1330

    XTsea
    Participant

    Still in Weipa Kevin/Janie.

    Trying for a mooring at the moment with the ports.

  • #1331

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi XT Sea. How did you go with a mooring? I have friends who anchor in Sandgroves creek year round. I can put you in contact with them for further info on this option if it helps.

    All the best,
    Ross

  • #1332

    XTsea
    Participant

    Hi Ross,
    Southern Goulburn Island as I write. No reply from the ports as yet, I’ll phone them in the morning to see if I can get a real person to speak to.

  • #1333

    Ross
    Keymaster

    I’m assuming “Ports” means the “Duck Pond”. Be a little wary! We’ve spent a few months living on board there over the years, and although we found it very entertaining and met some interesting people in the commercial boating and fishing industry, you have no control over who parks next to your vessel. It’s not uncommon to have your neighbour angle grinding rust off his steel prawn trawler with the swarf going over your boat, or they fire up a tied old diesel main with a dry exhaust stack and cover your deck with sticky diesel soot.

    But if you manage to get a berth in the northern end of the duck pond, the vessels there are smaller and less likely to cause grief.

    Most of the people we met in the duck pond were great, but it’s not a place for young kids, unless you want them to get an enhanced education.

    Happy sailing,

    Ross

  • #1339

    XTsea
    Participant

    Just updating what happened with this.

    After contacting Ports to ask about moorings we were told there was a waiting list of about 10 yachts ahead of us.

    We eventually found someone on the hard at Dinah Beach who had a fore-and-aft mooring in Sandgroves Creek that was free. He was kind enough to offer that to us for the wet season for free.

    The tides make it somewhat of a challenge to get ashore during springs, but we are secure and comfortable.

    We have purchased a cheapie car which we will resell before we head off to the Kimberly’s in April or so.

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