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  • in reply to: Cairns to Darwin Guides #2463

    Ross
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    Hi Dave,

    Have a look under Publications. http://kccyc.org.au/publications/

    Cheers

    Ross

  • in reply to: WA Agriculture Restrictions #2426

    Ross
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    In theory, if you land on WA soil with food such as fresh veggies, fresh fruit, honey etc. you should deposit it in the bin provided by quarantine. Good luck finding the bin in the Kimberley!

    Perhaps this is not as silly as it sounds. This is part of a post from a recent Fremantle Sailing Club forum page on this subject. (written by crew off a cruising boat recently arrived in Freo from NSW. Slightly changed for privacy reasons)

    we did not consider our honey until we had reached Fremantle. We rang the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Quarantine) only to be told that we would have to take the offending honey to the International Airport to be disposed of! After ringing the Fremantle Port Authority and finding they had an office at which there was a “quarantine” bin where the honey could be left, we took the honey to this office. We were then given a document stating that honey from NSW had been disposed of there. Not sure who, if anyone, took any notice of this document”

    In reality, every vessel leaving Darwin for the Kimberley, whether they be private, charter, commercial fishing or cruise liner, will almost certainly have some food on board they should not be taking into WA under WA quarantine laws.

    WA Fisheries have bordered our vessel at sea in the Kimberley, and they were only interested in checking our safety gear, my skippers ticket, our fishing off a boat licenses, and looking for illegally caught fish and illegal crab traps in our possession. There was no interest in looking for quarantine related foods.

    The only place I have been instructed to declare what fresh, or unprocessed food I had on board, was when entering Thursday Island from Darwin. I didn’t actually go ashore except to pay for fuel on the wharf. I was told to eat the food or dispose of it before I landed on the mainland, and that Quarantine would be inspecting the vessel when I landed. When we didn’t arrive on the day I predicted, they phoned me on the sat phone to find out when we planned to land. They were waiting for us at Yorkeys Knob, and confiscated our frozen meat and the minimal amount of fresh food we hadn’t eaten. The quarantine inspectors were polite about it, but they certainly weren’t going to let us ashore with any NT food.

    My thoughts – Try to do the right thing in the circumstances, and let common sense rule.

    Cheers, Ross

     

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  • in reply to: Cat wrecked in Kimberley's #2399

    Ross
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    No, I didn’t get it from Ray & Barb. But I know where they are. I’ll try to get in touch with them.

    Ross

  • in reply to: Cat wrecked in Kimberley's #2392

    Ross
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    Hi John, I dont like publishing unconfirmed info, but the feedback I’ve received is that the rock is approx 14 47.715S 125 11.186E which is just south of Scott Straight.

    Again, unconfirmed, but I think a degree of scepticism needs to be exercised around this issue. Going by the video, there is no doubt the cat got into trouble, but judging from the youtube and the web posts following that, things become a little harder to understand. This is further emphasized by the owners use of the term “dodgy” in his own web site.

    Click on the photo below. Not somewhere I’d suggest to be sailing at night.

    Ross.

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  • in reply to: KImberley by Trailer Sailer #2377

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    Great work with the video guys. Good to see more and more trailerable vessels venturing well into the Kimberley and away from civilisation. It’s far from impossible these days with fuel efficient outboards and proper planning. Well done!!!

    Ross

  • in reply to: KIMBERLEY FUEL PRICES #2362

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    Hi Pete,

    Its been a few years since I’ve been across the top, but my experience is to expect Gove, Weipa and Horn/TI to be about the same price for diesel as you would pay in the capital cities. Cant comment on ULP – never bought any at these places. You can contact Sea Swift in Cairns for Horn and TI, and Sea Swift in Gove for Gove. Sea Swift will probably give you a good idea what Weipa will be as well.

    Expect to pay about $3.00 litre for Diesel at Dog Leg Creek, and from the Shorelands Barge at Truscott. ULP will be about 10% dearer.

    Cheers,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Fuel drop #2335

    Ross
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    Hi Fuzz,

    Your fuel is pretty much limited to the info in the above posts. IE (From east to west) Honeymoon Bay Camp in Napier Broome Bay, Paspaley Pearls pearl farms in Vansittart Bay, Osborne Islands or Kuri Bay, and Dog Leg Creek in Yampi Sound. Paspaley will need plenty of notice, payment in advance etc.

    You can also get fuel from Shore Barge in Darwin, who service the Truscott air base at West Bay, in Napier Broome Bay. I’m assuming you need ULP for outboards, so you will need to order it in advance. Diesel is common and carried in bulk, but ULP will normally need to be ordered in 200lt drums.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Inflatables and crocs #2331

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for backing me up with your take on small RIBS and inflatables in croc country. I sometimes get the impression that some people think I’m pulling their leg about how dangerous crocs can be when you’re in a small dinghy.

    We’re currently in North Queensland on our way to Darwin on our boat, and it amazes me how ignorant many yachties are over there of the dangers of crocs. It’s not uncommon to see couples rowing ashore in a tiny inflatable, only just big enough to float 2 people. That’s suicidal behavior anywhere near the coast north of Cairns, and rapidly heading that way south of Cairns as well.

    We also see people swimming off their boats in FNQ. I’d be more worried about the Irukandji and Box jellies than the crocs.

    Cheers, Ross

  • 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

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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: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley coast in 2018 #2445

    Ross
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    Hi Jason,

    Download the Fuel in the Kimberley page under Anchorages in this website.

    Cheers,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley coast in 2018 #2420

    Ross
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    Hi Geoff, May will still be pretty warm, with the chance of rain. June – August are the best months weather wise.

    You can try the truck freight websites to get your vehicle/trailer to Derby. There are plenty of trucks backloading from Kununurra to Perth that go close to Derby. They will drive to Wyndham to pick up a load. Try http://www.freightseek.com.au/ There are others on line where the truckies look for loads and quote you directly.

    I have no experience with the Whaley brand, but I’ve owned 2 polypropylene tenders (Plaka and Polycraft). A little heavy, but they are bulletproof. You can run them onto rocks and oysters, and the worst damage will be a few scratches. Definitely a good way to go. I wouldn’t go any smaller than the 3.1M for 4 people, or bigger if you can.

    It’s hard to give you any ideas on provisions without knowing what you have on board for fridge/freezer capacity. Every boat is different. If you like fishing, you will be eating plenty of fish. Check a few of the posts here for a few ideas to get you started. http://kccyc.org.au/topic/galley-and-provisioning/#post-1343

    Except when you are motoring between anchorages, I doubt if there will be much schooling going on. Your teenagers will find plenty to do, especially if you have a good tender for them to use and explore. No mobile or internet out there, so forget that option. Plenty of movies on a hard drive is always a good idea.

    Have fun,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley coast in 2018 #2396

    Ross
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    Hi Noords, The plan looks good to me. My only comment is that it looks like you have an overnight stay on Montgomery Reef. The channel inside of the reef is generally considered a day anchorage. The reef fully covers at HW, and if it blows up overnight, you will be exposed in an anchorage that would be hard to navigate out of at night. Make sure you record and keep your track on your plotter on the way in.

    Cheers Ross.

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