Trailer Boats in the Kimberley

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    • #3827
      RobPaddo
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      Gday All

      New member currently planning a trailer boat trip from derby (or if possible cygnet bay) with the aim of getting to horizontal falls area in 2024 We are used to remote boat travel and are experienced boaties.

      Would love to hear stories and information from people that have done the trip in trailer boats as well. The tides are our biggest worry or where we want info and also places to see things to not miss and any relevant info.

       

      Cheers

      Rob

    • #3828
      Grith
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      Hi Rob When you say trailer boat do you mean trailable yacht or powerboat?
      I am currently cruising in company on the Murray River with perhaps Australia’s most experienced Kimberley’s trailer sailers and hoping to emulate their Kimberley’s feats of now over 20 years in my 28 foot trailable Imexus.

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    • #3831
      Blechy
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      Hi Rob.
      We have done this trip 5 times now in early April every year. April ensures waterfalls are still running and the dreaded Easterlies haven’t kicked in, although the trade-off is that it can be hot and humid and you can get a late cyclone or thunderstorm, although with caution you can stay safe. Tides rule EVERYTHING in the Kimberley. With common sense there is nothing to worry about, make sure you have enough water under you when anchoring and don’t try to tackle any narrow passages at half tide on the springs. Fuel is usually available at Dog Leg Creek and a good anchorage and permanent Water can be found just around the corner at Silvergull Creek. Telstra have a tower now on Koolan Island and coverage extends about half way to horizontal falls so Weather Forcasts can be obtained. Consider extending your trip to Doutful Bay as this will include Montgommery Reef and there is a great waterfall (Ruby Falls) in Red Cone Inlet. We left from Cygnet Bay the first year although I have heard that they don’t allow launching there any-more. (a phone call would tell you). We now launch from Derby and leave our Ute and trailer at Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park who will run you to and from boat ramp and store your vehicle for a fee. Be careful of King Sound as with wind and big tides working against each other it can become quite rough, although we have never had too much trouble in early April. Enjoy your trip!.

      Mark Blechynden

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