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We were also keen to cruise the Kimberley by our own means after an amazing adventure on the Kimberley Quest II in 2010. We are based in Mandurah WA. Like Bingo and many others out there we have always had boats and spent most of our spare time out on or in the water. We visited boat shows intent on finding the ideal boat for Kimberley cruising. We did our research and we were almost set on a power cat when a chance catch up with a sailing mate soon had us questioning if we were on the right track. We were convinced to try sailing and as complete novices we chartered an 11m sail cat in the Whitsundays. After a week we were hooked! Nothing compares to the silence when those motors are turned off and the wind is propelling you along. The 11m Fountaine Pajot Mahe suited us and the two of us can manage her while still having a complete hull with queen bed and separate head free for visiting family and friends. Without getting too detailed about the reason for our choice it is important to consider the following… a catamaran offers you comfortable cruising be it powered by motors or the wind….generous space and storage, reasonable fuel storage, reasonable water storage and at anchor you will have good saloon visibility and therefore a connection with the amazing Kimberley scenery no matter the weather. Ask yourself …do we have time to cruise at a leisurely pace and choose weather windows suitable for sailing? If not then a power cat may be your vessel of choice. It sure sits well with us when we are filling our tanks with 200 litres of diesel alongside a thirsty power cat pouring in1000’s of litres. Remember – sail cats do have motors and when there is no wind or the wind is stronger than we feel comfortable sailing along in, we drop the sails and put on the 30hp volva penta sail drives and happily cruise along at 6 knots. Good luck with your decision making.
Cheers, Kevin and Janie
We have plans to head north into the Kimberley in 2017. This will be our fourth season of cruising the Kimberley. We have not enjoyed this cold Perth winter! Looking forward to returning to our favourite anchorages and exploring the rivers and bays we have yet to visit. The plan is to leave Mandurah early April and be in Broome by the end of May. We will have four months in the Kimberley then head for Darwin early October, reprovision and head east to Gove, then down to Groote Is. and follow the coast around the gulf to the east coast of Cape York. When the winds allow, we will sail southward down the east coast to Mooloolaba. In 2018 we will head back up the Qld coast, across the top and back to The Kimberley! We have completed a number of modifications to our Mahe 36 sailing cat ‘Sojourn’ and can’t wait to be back on the water!
Kevin and Janie
We have had success using a sat sleeve on our iPhone. We were able to download a weather forecast from BOM for minimal cost while cruising the Kimberley. BOM has developed a text only single page 3 day forecast which is a very small download size. Have a look at http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/lite/ The forecasts are available by zones and we booked marked the following two most useful zones when in the Kimberley. This eliminates the need to search the BOM site each time you connect.
1.Northern Coastal Waters Zones
2.NT/WA border to North West Cape All Coastal Waters Zones
You will need to turn off all other updates on your phone that use data while in the Kimberley and dedicate the phone to this (not much use for anything else while remote!) You will also need to arrange a SIM with satellite data. We had a $15 per month casual plan and happy to share details if you are interested. We were also able to send and receive email. We are heading off to the Kimberley again in 2017 so will look out for you.
Kevin and Janie
Sail Cat ‘Sojourn’
12/04/2015 at 2:04 pm in reply to: Share cost of Charter Flights in/out of Kimberley Coast #1654
Just updating you on contact details for anyone interested in flying family, friends or crew into the Kimberley on the dates detailed in the initial post. We will soon be heading to the Kimberley and difficult to contact unless you have a sat phone so please direct any enquiries to Calan Dumbrell on mobile 0415772349 and he will be able to assist you. Look out for us in the Kimberley!!
Janie and Kevin – on board the sail cat “Sojourn”
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
Tip: Parap Quality Meats filled our bulk meat order for 2014 cruising and the beef, chicken, lamb and pork was superb! The guys there will also cryovac your order into serving sizes on request, saving us the time and effort, which we appreciated. We recommend them if provisioning from Darwin.. Regards, Janie and Kevin
We love the open fire method of cooking the huge Kimberley oysters Ross! Will give that a try this year. You seem to have the provisioning well and truly sorted Dave. We were somewhat daunted by the task initially but we were surprised to have judged the quantities quite well by the time we reached Wyndham 12 weeks after leaving Broome. We had success with some planter pots of greens. Parsley, spring onions, perennial spinach, mint, and basil for the pizza. Snow peas will sprout really quickly and can be harvested in a week – delicious on a wrap with vegemite and cheese once you have run out of fresh greens….We were advised to take Kipfler unwashed potatoes with us and this proved to be a great tip. They lasted weeks longer than the washed spuds we also had on board.
The old camp oven had a work out last year. Many roasts, dampers and other delicious creations were enjoyed and shared with other yachties. Don’t forget to take a fold up spade if you plan to have a few beach fires. We are going for the soda stream option this trip, it will save us on the storage room needed for soda and tonic water etc. (and weight ! – more room now for some extra red wine?)
We also had a yoghurt maker on board. This is fantastic if you enjoy yoghurt with your breakfast. Easy-Yo has a website where the yoghurt maker and the sachets of yoghurt culture can be brought in bulk. Just mix with water and leave overnight. Each sachet makes a 1kg tub. We like the Greek, Natural, Coconut and Greek with Honey flavours.
Can anyone recommend a butcher in Darwin to fill a bulk order for our next trip? Looking forward to reading more tips re provisioning from the kccyc members.
Cheers – Janie and Kevin “Sojourn”
We plan to be in the vicinity of the Berkeley River in July 2014.
Regards, Kevin and Janie Dumbrell ‘Sojourn’
Apologies for not replying to you earlier. I have been extremely busy preparing to sail. We are now in Jurien Bay on our way north. Am I still able to help with info? Happy for you to give me a call for a chat if that suits. Mobile 0488 710 660