Trailerboat expeditions

Submitted: Friday, Dec 29, 2017 at 13:37
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I am planning on a trip down to Flinders Island via Hogan Island and the Kent group of islands in the autumn during settled weather systems in my 6.1 m boat .
I just wondered if any other people have done or know of anyone who has done a similar trip.
I plan on leaving from Port Welshpool.
Thanks Tony
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Reply By: Member - silkwood - Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 at 13:23

Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 at 13:23
Possibly the wrong forum for this inquiry. But if you get an answer elsewhere, could you post it here? Seems a brave move for a 6m boat. Be keen to see if others have done it.

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Follow Up By: Member- Tony C - Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 10:35

Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 10:35
Yes Mark, possibly the wrong forum. Not being aware of another site that covers exploring Australia like ExplorOz thought I would try here first. I didn't know this site was excusive to 4wd travel, but take your point. Do you know of any sites that would cover this topic better?
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Follow Up By: William P - Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 10:50

Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 10:50
From Forum Rules "This Forum is for discussing issues relevant to self-drive camping/caravanning adventures in Australia."

Is this Self Drive Camping or Caravanning - well make your own mind up.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 at 19:08

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 at 19:08
Well that was a great reply. The OP had accepted he has in the wrong place and you gave him a scolding. He asked for suggestions regarding another forum that would be more suitable, your rewply should have given him a suggestion or two if you wanted to be helpful.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 at 22:24

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 at 22:24
One could assume that he would be driving the boat himself & would be in Australian Territorial waters, does that qualify the enquiry?

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Reply By: duck - Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 at 20:20

Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 at 20:20
I have done it in several small craft but all have been inflatable boats
1) in the early eighties several surf club members & myself did in Inflatable Zodiacs to show how good they were
2) helped Hans Holestup to strap a mini moke to a 16' Avon inflatable & he crossed, the same year a guy tried to cross in a VW beatle but the Gov stopped him & I no he was going to give it a 2nd go, don't no if he did
3) I did a section of the trip with Malcom Douglas in a 23' Zodiac in about 87/89
4) I crossed in a 12'6" inflatable 92
5) Crossed again in 2011 in my 7.2mtr inflatable Rib
It can be done but the weather has to be with you or you will be sitting on one of the many islands waiting for good weather, its a great trip/adventure

Note: This year a guy followed the Sydney to Hobart fleet in a inflatable thunder duck (about 4mtrs) by himself & took him 3days

A lot have done it in small craft, kayaks, wind surfers & jet ski's, But some a small number have never been found

Do your home work well & expect the worst & when its bad it will be your worst nightmare

what type of craft do you have?
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 09:02

Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 09:02
You mean Hans Tholstrup, he also circumnavigated Australia in a 4.1 metre boat. He was also the one that wanted to drive an amphibious Volkswagen across Bass Strait but was prevented by red tape, he did try to cross Sydney Harbour but got into difficulties.
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Follow Up By: Member- Tony C - Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 11:06

Monday, Jan 01, 2018 at 11:06
Thanks Duck, I was great a fan of Malcolm Douglas and he has been an. inspiration to me. I have that film of him crossing Bass Strait in both the Quintrex 5m Fishmaster and the one of him going from Melbourne to Hobart in that 23' Zodiac you mentioned.
I followed with interest Rob Penticott's trip around Aus in a pair of 17' Naiad RIB. These boats must be very seaworthy safe boats to handle the conditons they went through.
I'm aware of Hans Tholstrups trip around Aus in his boat i think was a Carribean Couger and his later voyage to Japan in a Haines Hunter about 5.4.

I was planning on awaiting for some good settled weather during Autumn however would be prepared to sit out a change if it occurred. My boat is 6.1 Surtees Gamefisher.
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Follow Up By: duck - Thursday, Jan 04, 2018 at 20:34

Thursday, Jan 04, 2018 at 20:34
I did mean Hans Tholstrup,( Bad speller) but he was not the guy I met, The Guy I met was a lot younger, I had met Hans several times we both had this friend who was this radical Navel Architect "Len Hedges" , Hans crossed Australia west to east in a Daihatsu scout/scat? 4x4 a year after I did it in a Suzuki 540cc two stoke 4x4, he also went to look for Lasseter’s Reef in a Haflinger 4x4 he did a lot of he's trips alone. This was back in the mid & late seventies
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Jan 04, 2018 at 08:23

Thursday, Jan 04, 2018 at 08:23
Jump onto some sea kayaking forums and you’ll get a heads up pretty quickly. Plenty of sea kayaks cross bass strait these days using that route. They spend a lot of time looking at forecasts etc as you would expect.
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