cyclone shelter in Bonaparte Gulf

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    • #3033
      Neringa
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      Hi.

      We are intending to cruise the Kimberley, Darwin to Derby, mid April to July in 2020. As we are intending to leave April 14th or there abouts I would like any suggestions for cyclone holes or plans of actions should a late cyclone develop in the area of Bonaparte Gulf. Currently we are planning to sail around the 14th of April and to sail directly to the Berkley river after leaving Darwin.

      Any pearls of wisdom on the above from those with experience of the area would be greatly appreciated.

      Cheers Mark

    • #3034
      bingo
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      Gday mark,  There’s a couple of creeks not far from Fossil head just south of    Port Keats   cheers. Steve

      • #3035
        Neringa
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        Thanks Steve.

        I will have a look on the charts. Cheers Mark

    • #3036
      Neringa
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      Hi Steve.

      Are they the creeks that run into Wadeye?

      Cheers Mark

    • #3037
      bingo
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      No,  If u zoom in (google earth) south of port Keats (wadeye) you’ll see an airstrip, flood plain either side,  to the left of the airstrip is a small outstation, further left again are 2 creeks. Big mob crabs in them creeks to,  cheers. Steve

      • #3038
        Neringa
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        Hi Steve. They looked so shallow on Google so thought it couldn’t be them. What tide do you need to get into them?  Would the rivers running into Wadeye also provide suitable shelter up some of the smaller side arms. Don’t have a lot of experience with cyclone shelters so any comments of experience would be greatly received.  Cheers Mark

    • #3039
      bingo
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      Gday Mark, Generally speaking u can access most creeks and rivers on the top half of the tide even lower in many cases, sandy gutters with in the creek  and river mouths are pretty much the norm,  there usually easy enough  to find can also shift from year to year with the big tides . If unsure, steady as she goes on an incoming tide keeping an eye on the sounder,  once in u can normally find a deeper hole somewhere suitable to tie off (mangrove trees). I also think some of the gorges ( fitzmaurice, king George, Berkeley) etc would be suitable depending on the situation, rainfall to date, river flows etc  There’s some pretty good weather apps (cyclone tracking)  etc u can download, giving u plenty of time to stay ahead of what ever may  eventuate. Mid April onwards highly unlikely.     cheers. Steve

    • #3040
      Neringa
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      Thanks Steve, all very much appreciated.  Cheers Mark

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