Fishing Cape york

Submitted: Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 18:40
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Have a 3m tinny and a 3.5 hp outboard. Boat does not need to be registered in NSW. Also have option to borrow a 8 hp motor which is the maximum size for the boat, but with this motor need to register the boat.
Any advise on if the 3.5hp is to small for the tides experienced at the Cape ?
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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:20

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:20

A 3m tinny in croc country! You wouldn’t get me in that boat for all the money in China. LOL


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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:41

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:41
Agree, I would be more concerned about the size of your boat than the size of your motor.
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Reply By: Wilko - Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:38

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:38
Hi Hinchey,

A 3mt tinny is a little small when you concider crocs get get up to 7-8mt (averaging 4-5).

You may be ok but there isnt any 2nd chances if you find one that thinks you look tasty or is just in a bad mood.

Remember you are in their world, they are the top of the food chain.

I've used a 4mt tinny in FNQ but it had deep freeboard. Even then i saw a croc that dwarfed the boat,

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: George_M - Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:54

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 20:54
If you plan to take your tinny into the fresh-water reaches of the Cape rivers then you should be ok - just remember that there'll be crocs in there with you, and they'll be much longer than your tinny, and weigh about 750 kg more!

In the salt-water, tidal, reaches of the Gulf rivers, some of which will be a kilometer wide, you'd be taking a real risk with the wind, waves and general turbulence/flow even without mentioning the munchies in the water.....

You may not realise just how small a 3m tinny is until you find yourself in some out of the way spot, near the mouth of a large river, and start to wonder about your escape plan if something goes wrong.

At the VERY least, I'd take the 8HP outboard.


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