Route from Hillarys to Rotto

Hello all,

New to boating, and wanted to ask this question about going to and from Rotto from Hillarys Marina.

From what I have seen people tend to come out of hillarys and head south along the coast to the Trigg / Scarborough sentinal and then head out , rather than just heading straight across from Hillarys.

This also seems the same coming back home. Is there a particular reason for this?

I'm using a 5.5 Savage.



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Sun, 2018-02-25 12:41

There is a lot of reef straight out from Hillarys so unless you know the hole in the wall then going via the southern cardinal marker is a better idea. I'm sure you've studied the maps and seen where the breaking waves are marked.

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Marmion Reef.

Sun, 2018-02-25 12:59

 Gets very shallow in places so best head south to the Cardinal marker & play it safe.


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Mon, 2018-02-26 10:07

 Also when the easterlies are pumping in the morning it’s nice to run down the coast then head towards Rotto with the wind up the back side. 

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Mon, 2018-02-26 13:39

 Whitfords Sea Rescue is running a one day Safety Convoy on the 7th April (subject to weather).

Cost is $60 per boat as we escort you over and back and then how to get into and out of the bays. Will stop for lunch and time on the island.

Great way to learn how to get over there and around the island safely

Just go to website to register or call me if you want more info




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 Defiantly worth the $60 to

Mon, 2018-02-26 17:30

 Defiantly worth the $60 to do the convoy. I did it a few years ago and it was a great day. 

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I just mapped it out on the

Mon, 2018-02-26 21:17

I just mapped it out on the Navionics webapp as I've wondered that myself. The difference is 14.3nm through the gap to 14.8nm around the south marker. I'd personally head through the gap and keep an eye on the sounder try and pickup a few spots on the way there as you'll be cruising along that 30m contour line for a lot of it.


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