Kimberly transit to Kuri Bay
Thanks to chris for the inspiration to post, and the info on how to insert text, but will save that for another day.
Big trip that cost us a lot of money ($4000 in boat fuel alone and over 1000kms), but compared to the peeps on Orion who payed $20K plus for a cabin with a view I think we got to see alot more. Thanks to the crew way up yonder who let us stay on empty barges and house-boats and who supplied fuel, its handy to know the right people!
The highlights: Hells Passage in full run, scared the beejesus out of me and I go to war zones on occasion to shoot (pics), waking up and checking the anchor and finding a lunar eclipse well under way (seriously thought I was dreaming!), and having a big saltie smash the back of our transom, launch itself over the 8hp Merc auxillary, and eat the drainpipe off the bait board. Hope it didnt get stuck in its throat. Amazing he knew exactly where the only bit of fish flesh and blood was on the boat after we washed it fearing such attention. Every day just got more amazing, we saw no other trailer boats north of Cone Bay. We missed Montgomery reef by 5kms after wisely turning around in a 40kn easterly and ran for cover to the closest Island, where we found a lagoon, tranquil waters, and a hole in a reef full of GT's! If you ever get a chance go to kingfisher island, it has everything.
Id like to say we had an epic, but we didnt. I will say we had a close call one night when we pulled the anchor and only one of us just woke up to the alarm. Had we grounded in the extra-ordinary 10m deep canyon we were now surrounded by, the boat would have probably filled with water on the 50o slope before she floated herself. And there were crocs everywhere. We threw caution to the wind and went deep into huge mangrove swamps both in the 8m and in our $800 blow up. You really need to keep your wits about you and be so on the ball, you get the feeling that you are seconds away from disaster at any given moment, buts that was probably just the Indiana Jones in us after a few too many tequilas.
We carried a tonne of fuel on-board, and went thru it twice
A Kimberley convoy would be a good idea for next year if anybody is interested.
PS Salt is probably gonna be for sale now Ive done this trip, which was her third big traverse of the area. Let me know if you want any details