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  • 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
    Keymaster

    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: Darwin to Perth October advice #2207

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Eventide,

    I’m not sure about the sailing weather between Broome and Perth that time of year, but it will be getting pretty warm and sticky in the Kimberley from around September. It can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to living in tropical conditions.

    Regards,

    Ross


  • Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Michael,

    The Berkeley lodge has new owners, and I haven’t contacted them since they took possession, so I’m not 100% sure. But last year they were allowing fly in/out crew transfers, and they were charging about $200 as a landing fee and 4WD transfer from the airstrip to beach. They have their busy times during the day, particularly if they have lots of guests, so talk to them about the best time to arrive.

    The direct phone number at the lodge is (08) 9254 3268

    All the best,

    Ross

     

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2192

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Tony,

    Not that I’m aware of.

    Dog Leg Creek will be open for business.

    McGowan Island is not selling fuel.

    Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground will truck 200lt drums in for you if you arrange it with them. Alternatively, you can arrange to truck your own fuel to Honeymoon and they will store it for you for a fee.

    Shorelands Barges from Darwin are still running a fortnightly service to Kalumburu. You can buy fuel from them.

    If I get any updates on fuel availability, I’ll include it in the General Information Anchorage leaflet

    Regards, Ross

  • in reply to: Leaving a boat in the Kimberley #2169

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave, With a 1000NM range you should comfortably get between Truscott and Dog Leg Creek. My last boat had a similar range, and we have done that part of the coast several times with fuel to spare. Our problem was running short on ULP for the outboard on our tender. We do a lot of exploring in the tender. It’s not hard to spend days in one area if you are prepared to go exploring the creeks, islands, inlets, beaches etc.

    You are correct about trying to go too far. With just 4 weeks from Darwin to Dog Leg Creek and back, it would be a quick trip, and there’ll be many places you would have to bypass. I suggest you aim for the Hunter River area and judge from there if you want to go further west, or turn back to Darwin. The Prince Regent is not that much further on, and if you have the time and fuel, why not go there?

    Be wary about putting yourself on a time schedule to get somewhere by a certain date, particularly if you have to pick up or drop off crew to a deadline. It can ruin your trip. There are many factors that can slow you down. If the weather turns bad, you shouldn’t put your safety at risk to get somewhere, just because someone has arranged to be dropped off, or picked up on a certain date. If you are transferring friends/crew, ensure they are flexible about dates, and they can change their schedule to meet yours.

    Have fun, Ross

     

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2168

    Ross
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    Hi Barry, It’s difficult to suggest just one place to visit. It appears you will be on a mission through the Kimberley, so an easy one to get into, which wont take you far off track, is the Palm Island and Swift Bay area.

    If you’re going to the King George, you should go the extra 50 miles to also see the Berkeley River. It would be a shame to sail past it.

    Ross


  • Ross
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    Hi Tramp.

    Other than flying in by charter aircraft, Wyndham and Derby are it. Both are quite a distance off the beaten track, do your numbers, as you may find it less costly in time and dollars to fly your friends in, rather than you going well out of your way to pick them up. See http://kccyc.org.au/charter-aircraft-contacts/

    You can now charter the aircraft used by the recently restarted Cockatoo Island Resort to get crew and supplies in. They fly out of Broome. I learnt about this in the last few days. You can also buy a beer at the bar on Cockatoo as well – welcome news. It is run by Dean Kemp, who operates the fuel barge at Dog Leg Creek in Yampi Sound.

    Regards,

    Ross

  • in reply to: DeLorme Inreach Weather by Sat #2143

    Ross
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    Hi Mark,

    Did you use the Optus card at Koolan? We bought an Optus SIM for an iPhone and tried it about 6-7 years ago, but with very poor reception. We were relying on it to get some important emails at the time, and ended up motoring across King Sound to pick up the Telstra 3G at Cape Leveque.

    Perhaps they have boosted the signal these days.

    Ross

  • in reply to: Satellite phone and data #2126

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi guys,

    I dont know much about either the GO or Inmarsat systems. I have a KVH V3, which is excellent for both phone and data. It was the best to suit my needs at the time I bought it.  But it has one downfall – that is it cant be taken ashore, or off exploring in my tender. I also have a standard Iridium handset with the cheapest plan I can get, purely so I can chuck it in my backpack when I go ashore in the Kimberley in case something goes wrong and I need to call for help.

    Ross

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2123

    Ross
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    Hi Dave, Contact Joy and Les at Honeymoon Bay Ph: 08 9161 4378. They will get you a to/from Kalumburu for about $200. You will need to charter a light plane out of Kununurra to Kalumburu. See the Napier Broome Bay Anchorage details in the Anchorage page for charter contacts. You may be able to share a ride with others if it’s only 1 person coming out.

    The Drysdale is only accessible by tender for deep keel vessels. Except for the anchorage just inside the mouth at Curran Point.

  • in reply to: Leaving a boat in the Kimberley #2037

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave,

    I’ve been talking to Shore Barge and there is a possibility they may improve the fuel arrangements at Truscott to a more permanent system for future dry seasons. But that wont be confirmed until next year. Shore Barge are the only sea freight supplier to Kalumburu, and supply the fuel for the town including the town’s mains electricity generators, therefore their delivery schedule has to be reliable, give or take a few days for unforeseen problems such as weather. Obviously there’s no guarantee, but you can feel comfortable that they will be there close to a prearranged schedule date. I have found them to be reliable and helpful.

    The only other option is getting fuel off one of Paspaley Pearls mother ships. Their policy is 5,000 litre minimum orders and it must be ordered and paid for in advance before the mother ship leaves Darwin or Broome. They are a large commercial pearling operation and don’t encourage cruising boaties approaching them for small amounts of fuel and food etc. unless it is an emergency situation.

    Have you considered carrying fuel bladders to get extra range?

    Ross.

     

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2114

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave and Julie,

    If you want spectacular scenery with relatively sheltered anchorages and short to medium day sails between anchorages, I suggest the east Kimberley is the place to start. Depends how long Julie will be on board as to how far you want to go. But think about flying crew in/out of the Berkeley River Lodge airstrip, and/or Kalumburu.

    Ros and I usually pick up friends at the Berkeley, then cruise west via the King George, Napier Broome Bay and Vansittart Bay, then drop them at Kalumburu to fly home. This works well for us – we can get them off the boat before the 2 week rule kicks in. But if you want people on board longer, you can get around the corner to the Osborne Islands, Mitchell River and Swift Bay/Palm Island area. Depends on how fast you cruise and how long you linger at anchorages, but allow 4 – 8 weeks to do all this area justice. The tides and currents in the east Kimberley are also less of a problem compared to the west Kimberley. But they are still an issue, particularly for sailing vessels, so factor this into your timetable.

    If you pick up crew at Horizontal Falls, you either need to go back there to drop them off, or keep going to the Hunter River, them chopper out to the airstrip at Mitchell Falls. (Alternative is to charter a float plane to wherever you want, but expensive) There are plenty of spectacular anchorages and places to see out of HF, but if you are there for only a few weeks, you will probably be restricted to an area between Yampi Sound to Secure Bay area. If it was my choice between the HF area and the east Kimberley for a first time cruise, I would choose the east.

    Hope this helps.

    Ross

     

  • in reply to: Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2017 #2106

    Ross
    Keymaster

    Hi Don and Suzanne & Kevin and Jamie

     

    We would love to catch up on the water somewhere. I’ll email you direct with some contact details when the time gets closer.

    Ross

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