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  • in reply to: X gate weather predictions #1928

    Ross
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    Hi Hagen,

    Also check out Iridium Go. I’ve heard good reports on it, and it uses the PredictWind app for marine weather forecasting, which I believe is what XGate also use. PredictWind has a free version of the weather app, which may be OK for coastal cruising where you cant get mobile phone reception for BOM forecasts. Off shore – perhaps the free version may not be suitable.

     

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boat Insurance #1927

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave,

    Many marina’s require visiting vessels to be insured. Boat insurance is worthwhile from a liability point of view anyway. Just one example – If a friend, or one of your crew slips on your boat’s deck and suffers a serious injury due to your negligence, it’s possible their lawyer, or their insurer will be chasing you for the costs and compensation.

    A marina example might be – you moor your boat with it’s bow sprit and anchor protruding into the marina’s walkway, which is disallowed at most marina’s, and someone walks into the anchor and is hurt, you can just about guarantee the marina’s insurer will be coming after you for the costs. Normally, your boat’s liability insurance would cover such costs.

    Perhaps you should insure your boat for a minimal, but reasonable figure, and with a high deductible to keep the premiums down, but make sure you include at least $10M Liability cover. It’s relatively cheap.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Name Change #1887

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Michael,

    A name change is a little difficult, in that we would mean changing logos, new search engine optimisation, email changes etc. From my point of view, it’s a lot easier to add the new info to the KCCYC website. Hopefully most enterprising yachties will find it with a bit of google help and the addition of a dedicated Northern Australian coastline web page, or set of pages. (Yet to come.)

    I agree – there is very little info on the coastline between Cape York and Darwin. I’m in the process of adding some north Australian coast info to the KCCYC website. Its mainly coming from my own website http://www.coastalcruising.com.au, which I’ll shut down because I haven’t had time to maintain it since I started this site.

    My problem is getting the time to write the info to include in this web site. I love the sailing and exploring part of the “job”, and I also enjoy researching and writing the content. Fortunately, Ros and I have still got a few years of sailing and exploring left in us, and many anchorages in the Kimberley Coast to include in this web site. But I’d also love to start on the north coast.

    I get invaluable help from mostly Darwin based members like yourself, who regularly visit the Kimberley. But to start on the north coast would require input and help from skippers who spend time up there.

    Any sailing related information on the northern coastline from Cape York to Darwin, as well as the Kimberley, is always appreciated, and I’ll definitely shout a beer for anyone that helps me out with useful input. If anyone can help, please get in touch with me through the contact page.

    Ross Squire.

     

  • in reply to: Don’t use Crab Traps in West Australian waters. #1873

    Ross
    Keymaster

    I asked for an update on this issue and our Member’s response was as follows.

    Ross, I did not pursue the matter in the local magistrates court because after considerable “argy-bargy” the fine was reduced, in the most part to a warning and although I still felt wronged in principle I paid the reduced ($100) fine because it was all too hard!

    “I was offered the opportunity to collect my traps from Broome office. I explained the only reason I would be in Broome would be as I transited thru by boat and asked what exception they could apply to allow me to collect the traps so as to safety take them back in NT waters. No sensible response. So,the traps remain in Broome office, the department will not dispose of them until I advise that I do not intend to collect them. They remain there!

    To add to this sorry saga, I was in Darwin a few weeks back and was told about another KCCYC Member who had almost exactly the same thing happen last dry season. He had legal drop nets on board for crabbing in WA waters, and his traps were stowed below, because he lives on his boat in Cullen Bay Marina and had nowhere ashore to leave his traps. They confiscated his traps and fined him $200. They told him he could collect his traps from Broome, provided he wasn’t on the boat when he went to Broome to collect them. Last I heard, was that he is so pissed off, he was going to drive to Broome to pick them up.

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  Ross.
  • in reply to: Firearms #1823

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave,

    To clarify my point about firearms in Marine Parks, a Dept. of Parks and Wildlife officer sent me the below email.

    A person may be in possession of a firearm however unless otherwise authorised it must be stowed and disassembled (bolt out etc). See attached Reg. 12, these regulations apply for all “CALM Lands” including marine and national parks. General firearm regulations for WA would also apply as any other public lands/waters, for example licensing and any restrictions on that licence.

     

    12.          Possession or use of firearms, spears, restricted devices etc.

         (1)     A person must not, without lawful authority, have in his or her possession on CALM land a firearm or ammunition unless that thing —

                      (a)     is completely stowed within a vehicle or vessel; and

                     (b)     in the case of a firearm, is unloaded and disassembled.

                   Penalty: a fine of $2 000.

    CALM land means land, or land and waters, to which these regulations apply, and includes caves and parts of caves on or under that land;

    See here for a map of the WA Marine Parks. https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/marine/marine-parks-and-reserves

    Regards,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Firearms #1821

    Ross
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    Hi Dave,

    We’ve definitely noticed an increase in the croc population over the 9 years we’ve been sailing the Kimberley. But that might be because we’re getting better at spotting them and know where to look. Parks and Wildlife Rangers did a croc survey last year, and reported a 300% population increase in some areas since culling was banned in the 1970’s. You will probably notice a difference in croc numbers after 15 years.

    We’ve had a few close encounters with crocs over the years, but nothing to the point where I felt it required shooting a croc. A hasty retreat and a bigger dinghy is our first line of defence, along with plenty of common sense. We don’t own a gun, so the question never really came up anyway. We’ve had crocs follow us in our dinghy, and come up to the dinghy when we’re fishing at anchor. A whack with an oar, or a stab with a gidgy will frighten off the smaller ones. If it’s bigger than 2M, we move on.

    We’ve never had a situation where a croc has come up to the dinghy and we haven’t spotted it coming without enough time to move away. But on the other hand, I know a very experienced couple who live in the Kimberley on their boat, who, in their words, had “the mother of all crocs” surface right next to their 3.6M tinny in a creek while they were flicking lures for barra. It wasn’t aggressive, and they very quickly started the outboard and moved on.

    I know people who carry licensed guns on board, but when we’ve spoken about guns and crocs, the story usually is that they never have the gun in their dinghy when a croc has looked like it might be aggressive. Nobody that I’ve met carries a gun with them in their dinghy, and that’s generally when a croc might be a problem. I think the inconvenience and safety issues of taking a loaded gun on every dinghy trip, would far outweigh the very minimal chance of encountering an aggressive croc that could not otherwise be avoided, or moved away from.  

    It’s also highly unlikely that you will have the time, or thought processes that are fast and calm enough to find a stowed weapon on a dinghy, aim it and shoot a croc that has caught you by surprise and is aggressively attacking. More likely, panic will be the reaction, which is not a time to be using a gun.

    A few other things to consider if you intend carrying a gun on board.

    Defence against crocs will not be a reason the WA Police are likely to consider as a valid reason for owning, or carrying a firearm.

    The law requires any firearm must be kept in a locked gun safe. This also applies on a boat. There would probably be some difficult questions to answer if Parks and Wildlife Rangers, Fisheries Inspectors or Police found a loaded firearm in your dinghy, or a firearm hidden on a cruising vessel without a gun safe.

    I’m fairly sure it’s illegal to take firearms into some National Parks. The same may apply to a Marine Park. I’ll see if I can get an answer from Dept. of Parks and Wildlife on that one.

    If a gun is licensed in WA, and you want to sail interstate, your WA license is invalid, and paperwork is required. I think some states may even seize your gun until you leave the state. The same would apply if you are sailing into WA from the NT or eastern states. IE. Another state’s gun license is invalid in WA without going through some police paperwork.

    The time is quickly approaching where cruising yachts will require Visitors Permit to go ashore on large parts of the Kimberley coastal land and islands under native title. No firearms ashore will be a condition of those permits.

    The fact is, you will no doubt come across crocs but, stupidity and lack of common sense aside, you will be very unlucky to be attacked by an aggressive croc in the Kimberley coast, and therefore I think it’s difficult to justify carrying a firearm on board to defend against such an attack. Carrying a firearm on a dinghy might even lead to a false sense of security, which could override common sense. I think the best form of defence against crocs, is knowing that given half a chance, they will eat you. Therefore, take every precaution you can to stay off their dining table. The General Information section of the KCCYC Anchorages has more on this subject and is worth a read.

    All the best,

    Ross

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  Ross.
  • in reply to: Trailer sailer from Wyndham to Derby #1812

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi John,

    We have met a few couples out there on very small craft. One young couple and their dog had sailed an about 24ft cat from Cove to Yampi Sound (where we met them) on their way to get work in Karratha. The cat had no cabin and its hulls were too small to live in. They were living and sleeping in a small tent they pitched on the wing deck. Whats more, he was almost blind without wearing glasses, and had lost his glasses overboard hundreds of miles back down the track. It didn’t seem to bother them at all.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley in 2016. #1810

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Lyn and Ken,

    I think it may be a busy season. I’ve heard about quite a few boats heading up from Perth this dry season.

    I’m holding another get together at my place, probably early March. I’ll send out info on a newsletter in the next week.

    Also planning the Berkeley River Beach Party for early July. The Berkeley Lodge guys aren’t back after the wet season for a few weeks yet, so I cant set a date until I talk to them. I’ll send out invites to all as soon as I have a definite date, probably first week in July.

    All the best,

    Ross

     

  • in reply to: Searching for a cruising guide #1802

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Verena,

    Try Amazon or nautical book shops such as Boat Books Australia and The Chart and Map Shop.

    Regards,

    Ross

     

  • in reply to: Hello From Derby (Intro) #1790

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Boydy, Good to hear from you. Plenty of people use Derby as a base to head into the Kimberley, mainly trailerable power boats going to the Yampi Sound and Camden Sound areas.

    One bit of advise for that area – your Hood 23 will need a decent motor and plenty of fuel, as the tidal currents up there are very strong and if you try sailing everywhere, you could spend half your time going backwards. Even motoring against the tide in a small sailing vessel can be a challenge.

    If you aren’t already a member of the Mary Island Fishing Club, its probably worth joining, as that’s where you’ll find the guys with heaps of experience in that area.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Seeking advice on Best anchorages #1764

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Querida,

    12 days will be very tight to see much at all, because many good anchorages require some fairly big side tracks where you will easily loose days getting in and out, as well as the days it takes to explore them. Tides will also govern and slow your progress in and out of anchorages. But here’s a few I can recommend that aren’t too far off your route.

    King George River. (Can only get in and out at high tide)

    Freshwater Bay

    Rainforest Ravine

    Hanover Bay

    Deception Bay

    Silver Gull Creek

    Coppermine Creek

     

     

  • in reply to: anyone heading to the eastcoast from now on #1758

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Helen and Pete,

    Most people cruising the Kimberley will be there now, and the boats heading east usually head back to Darwin in Sept and Oct, with the aim of leaving Darwin to cross the Gulf of Carpentaria and down the east coast in Nov or early Dec, when hopefully the strong southeasterlies are easing in strength, or if your’re really lucky, change to northwesterly. You will likely catch up with boats heading east in Darwin.

    All the best,

    Ross

  • in reply to: Looking for WA crab pots in Darwin #1721

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Give BCF a call. Pretty sure I saw some there.

    Ross

  • in reply to: Weather to Head East #1719

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Kia Orana,

    The southeasterlies start to drop off around October, and the later you leave it after September, the less chance of strong southeasterlies. From late November, you might even be lucky enough to get a norwesterly breeze. I’ve crossed W to E 7 times between late Sept and Dec and I’ve yet to see any sign of a breeze from anywhere near the west. People tell they do exist though.

    My strategy is to sit in Gove and wait for a reasonable weather window to head across the Gulf. Anything under 20 knots for a few days is reasonable to me. Dont try it in anything from the east over 25 knots – you won’t enjoy it!

    You need to consider cyclones in December. Although unusual to get a cyclone in December, it is possible. If you’re still in FNQ in Dec, keep a close watch on the weather and consult “Cruising the Coral Coast” for the nearest bolt hole if you see a cyclone forming.

    The toughest part of the trip can be down the Queensland coast from Cape York to Cairns, where you’re just about guaranteed to get southeasterlies. Be prepared to spend a few days into  15 – 25 knots on the nose. If you’re a power boat, staying close to, and in the lee of the reef can significantly reduce the short, steep seas in this area. If you’re sailing, you’ve got lots of tacking to look forward to.

    Have a great trip,

    Ross

     

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley in 2016. #1879

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Sea Lynx, In answer to your registration question. As far as I can see, nothing has changed about the 30 day rule for NT boats in WA waters. I copied the below paragraph off the Dept of Transport website about 30 seconds ago.

    “Boats currently registered in another state receive a three month period of grace after first being used in Western Australia waters. Vessels entering from the Northern Territory have 30 days. After this period of grace the vessel must be registered with Department of Transport.”

    I read this as meaning that you have 30 days from when you first take your boat into WA waters. So, if you first took your boat to WA waters last year and were there for 30 days, you would be required to register the boat in WA if you want to take it back again. I suggest it would be worthwhile registering your boat in WA, as it would be deemed unlawful not to do so, which could jeopardise your boat insurance policy.

    From what I read on the DoT web site, you don’t need to travel to, or take the boat to Wyndham to register it. It can be done on line. The forms and info are available at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/recreational-boat-registration.asp

    It looks like the DoT would deem an unregistered NT based vessel as a Foreign Pleasure Vessel, and there is a form for a 3 month temporary registration for this purpose, with a small fee attached. It seems if you want to stay in WA waters for longer than 3 months, it would require full registration, which would mean a full registration fee, and another application form.

    The Foreign Pleasure Vessel Registration Form is at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/marine/MAC_F_RB-RFPV-1014a.pdf  I suggest you phone the DoT Marine department first to confirm this is the correct form.

    Are you aware that you require a WA Recreational Skippers Ticket? Recreational Skippers Tickets don’t exist in the NT, but if you take your boat into WA waters you must have a valid WA RST, or a valid interstate RST. This might be the story you are hearing about having to travel to WA, because you can only get a WA RST from a registered provider in WA, which does mean you have to travel to WA to get the ticket. Alternatively, you can get an interstate RST in any other Australian State, which is valid in WA waters. I sent out a newsletter to all members on this subject last year, which resulted in many Darwin members sitting for a Queensland RST at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, and others getting their RST when they made an interstate trip.

    Confused?

    All the best,

    Ross

     

     

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