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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          • #3902
            Ian
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              Hi Rob

              we are planning to depart Derby 29/30 April in a 6.4m Stabicraft in company with another 6.5 plate boat. You are welcome to tag along with us for awhile if you like.
              have talked to Paspaley and no problem to order fuel from Kuri bay if you want to go that far.

              when were you planning to leave Derby?
              ian

          • #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

            • #3882
              RobPaddo
              Participant

                Thanks for the Reply’s, Good info Mark thanks! Yep we are talking Trailer boats as in Fishing boats not sail. This site has a wealth of info so thanks for everyones input. We are not planning to go until 2025 but it’ll come around quickly no doubt!

                Any other relevant info i much appreciated always! we are planning roughly 10-12 nights on the water launching out of Derby and shooting up towards horizontal Falls, Montgomery reef, Croc Creek and any other recommended must see locations……

                cheers

                 

                Rob

              • #3883
                Grith
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                  Hi Rob

                  We might see you up there as 2025 around May is our plan for that area as well.
                  We are heading for The Great Barrier Reef this August to October to try the 2-3month live aboard process on our yacht having maxed out at 6 weeks to date.
                  We are intending being out in The Kimberley’s much longer which is more difficult in trailerable engine only boats. Our trailerable 28 foot yacht also has a 115hp Yamaha so can move around relatively quickly or against tidal currents on the plane if required but chews a lot of fuel doing that.
                  How big is your boat and engine?
                  Your fully loaded fuel consumption at your preferred motoring speed?
                  Your projected fuel carrying capacity?

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