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  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2328

    Ross
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    Hi Matt and Bec

    You’re correct about being late in the season. There’ll still be some boats out there, but by now they will be thin on the water. Not many cruising boats will have internet available in the Kimberley, so you’re unlikely to see a reply to your post from anyone still cruising between King Sound and Bonaparte Gulf.

    All the best

    Ross

  • in reply to: Anchorages in the Kimberley #2323

    Ross
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    Hi Wade,

    I’ve yet to get to the Sale River. But here’s some info written by Denis Ford, I have no idea how accurate the info is, so take care.

    Cheers

    Ross

     

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  • in reply to: Trailer sailer in the Kimberley #2322

    Ross
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    Great video John. Thanks for putting it up on the forum.

    You obviously made it through with the croc teething ring.

    Cheers, Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2317

    Ross
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    Hi Dave and Julie,

    The new R&R is in the water and currently sitting at Port Douglas for a few weeks while Ros and I are home for family stuff. Photo below. Still heading for Darwin before the wet season, but we’ve given up all hope of reaching the Kimberley this year. Back there next year for sure.

    Looks like you had a great trip and its good to see you found the KCCYC anchorages helpful. I agree that a few of the FSC’s cruising guide details are a little out. I’ve found a couple of inaccuracies over the years, but by the time I get back to land, I forget to tell the FSC guys about them. Some I have pointed out in the KCCYC anchorage docs. The errors have been fairly obvious to see when we actually arrived at the places. Your comments reinforce the fact that skippers cannot rely on GPS plotters, the official paper charts, or any other published documents for navigating much of the Kimberley waters. There is no replacement for good seamanship and common sense.

    You’ve still got lots of the KC to explore. Hope we see you out there in future years.

    Cheers,

    Ross

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  • in reply to: derby to wyndham #2311

    Ross
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    Gidday Bad,

    Langgi is about the weather worn rocks on the beach, rather than rock art. It’s also a restricted cultural location, part of the Dambimangari Permit system required in this general area. See this link for details about the permit. http://www.dambimangari.com.au/visitor-location-schedule

    The Dambi website also gives you the location of many other places to visit around the area.

    Cheers, Ross.

  • in reply to: derby to wyndham #2304

    Ross
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    Hi Geoff,

    March/April is the start of the east/southeast trade winds, therefore I suggest the best direction to travel is from Wyndham to Derby to avoid heading into the breeze.

    For fuel range, have a look at Fuel in the Kimberley Coast in the Anchorages pages. http://kccyc.org.au/anchorage-pdf-downloads/ it contains milage from my logs between fuel stops.

    Do a key word search in this forum with words like RIB, or inflatable for relevant comments on inflatables. In general, a true inflatable tender is unsafe in Kimberley waters. A RIB is better, but still has the risk of being bitten by a croc. The risk with a RIB is relatively small if you use common sense. Also take a personal EPIRB, hand held VHF, and if possible, a hand held sat phone with you when going ashore in remote areas. If for any reason you get stuck ashore, swimming back to your boat in croc country is not a recommended option.

    The tide pretty much affects everything you do on the water in the Kimberley. If you’re thinking about travelling slowly, or saving fuel, you’ll be working the tides, which you may need to factor into your plans about how far you can motor each day. Except for a few rivers like the Berkeley and King George where you need to cross bars on a rising tide, the tides don’t generally cause a problem at most anchorages. Make sure you let out enough chain to account for the depth at high water, and also allow for tidal flow, which can be 5-6 knots in some areas, particularly the big rivers. A scope of 5 times the maximum depth is usually safe. Take a quality anchor, big enough for the boat, and with an all chain rode. It’s possible you could find yourself sitting out a 25-30 knot southeasterly for days on end, and you need to trust your anchor.

    Have a great trip.

    Ross

  • in reply to: Inflatables and crocs #2296

    Ross
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    We had a RIB for 7 years cruising the Kimberley and NT coast. Never had it chewed, but we often pulled it out at night if we were anchored in rivers, or anchorages where we saw crocs.

    We have met 2 different couples who had their RIB or inflatable tenders deflated by crocs, one while they were in it. Plus we’ve heard stories about others. We’ve had plastic fenders chewed by crocs when they’ve been left tied over the side at night. I dont think they are being aggressive, rather they mouth them to see if they taste good, especially if the fender or RIB pontoon has been in contact with dead fish or smelly bait.

    Another down side of RIB’s is that you have to be very careful around rocks and oysters. Fish hooks and spikes on fish fins can also be interesting.

    Chances are, you wont have a problem, but take a few puncture repair kits anyway.

    Cheers,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Kimberley tide predictions #2286

    Ross
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    Austides CD has a chart with all the tides stations. The software also has the advantage of being able to change time zones when you cross borders, for example from NT to WA.

    It gives tides for the next 7 days from the current date, or you can set the date you want to see, plus 7 days. Also shows moon cycles and a tide graph for the 7 day date range. Very handy in the Kimberley for seeing the neaps and springs in a graphical format.

    Heaps better than paper.

    Cheers, Ross

  • in reply to: Crew exchanges #2281

    Ross
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    Hi Jeff,

    I can’t comment on the new service Aviair have recently started. But Aviar (was Slingair) have been around for a while, with a good reputation.There’s been talk of a scheduled air service between Kununurra and Kalumburu for some years. I’m glad to see its started.

    An alternative to think about is to charter your own flight from Aviair or Shoal Air. If you have 4 people coming in, or 2 coming in and 2 going out (IE at least 4 one way fares) it may be economical to charter a small plane. That way you can load your stores on the Kun to Kal leg at no extra cost.

    I cant recall the exact cost the last time we did it, but it was around $1300 – $1400 for a Cesna 210 for the return trip Kun – Kal – Kun.

    Cheers, Ross

  • in reply to: Kimberley tide predictions #2250

    Ross
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    Hi Nimiane,

    Your Navionics, CMap etc. chart plotter should have tides in most of the Kimberley tide stations. Although, they are not always accurate.

    The best and most accurate I have found is a CD produced by official Australian Hydrographic Service. Austides 2017. Is available from The Chart Shop in Fremantle, or Boatbooks.

     

    Regards Ross

  • in reply to: Fuel drop #2223

    Ross
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    Hi Ando,

    I assume you are aware that fuel, including ULP, is available at Dog Leg Creek in Yampi Sound. From there to the Prince Regent, the only hints of land based civilisation are Paspaley Pearls at Kuri Bay. Not sure how keen Paspaley would be about storing your fuel. They are a big organisation, with big company rules. Generally, they don’t encourage cruising vessels to visit them. But, a phone call couldnt hurt.

    There is also the fishing camp at Freshwater Cove, south of Deception Bay. The camp has recently been taken over by the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, and I don’t know what their policy is about storing fuel for cruising boats. Again, I suggest you contact them direct. http://www.wandjinatours.com.au/

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2218

    Ross
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    Hi Mark,

    Unfortunately, I have been held up in Qld finishing our new boat and at this point have no set date when we will get to the Kimberley this year. It’s likely that the beach party will be truly disorganised this year, and it may not happen at all, because I’m the person who organises it. My apologies.

    There are new owners at the Berkeley Lodge this year, and as yet I haven’t approached them to see if they will still allow us to hold the party in their bar. We may need to change the venue next year.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Internet coverage #2211

    Ross
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    Hi Tramp,

    Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground in Napier Broome Bay may have wifi available to clients for a fee. Ring them to find out. Expect it will be slow.

    Only other place I know of is around Koolan Island which runs an Optus mobile phone antenna.

     

    Regards,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Berth available for rent in Darwin #2234

    Ross
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    Hi Barry,

     

    Have you contacted Cullen Bay Marina office direct? They usually know what’s available with the private owners.

    Regards, Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2230

    Ross
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    Hi Tony,

    Only alternatives I know of. – Get a lift into town from Honeymoon Bay (About $200 but not sure) and fill jerry cans at the Mission petrol station.

    Paspaley Pearls in Vansittart Bay. But they want a min 5000 litre order.

    Regards,

    Ross

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