TINNY CAPE YORK

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HI GUYS I,M DOING MY FIRST TRIP TO THE CAPE, CAN ANYONE TELL ME IS A 10 FT TINNY ANY USE UP THERE OR AM I WASTING MY TIME CHEERS PAUL
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Reply By: sweetwill - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 12:02

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 12:02
hello paul st4.
the last time I was in the general store at the Daintree Village the lady told me of a 4.5 m croc that lives just up from the boat ramp, needless to say my kayak stayed on the roof cheers Bill.
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:10

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:10
yeah thats what i,m worried about but there must be a lot of tinnies go out Mmmm thanks Bill
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Reply By: stevo - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 12:20

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 12:20
Hi Paul -------- Took a similar size right to the top in June last year -- no big probs --- be aware of those bigtooth lizards near the waters edge at all times --- the s.e. wind prevails 90% of the time on the east coast which can limit use on many east spots. Off the beach at Loyalty & Seisa at the tip is good and certain possies down the west coast --- make sure the outboard is well protected from the dust which is very thick particularly if at school holi times --- cheers.
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:15

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:15
Yeah thanks Stevo it is aroof topper so i am worried about launching the thing ?
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Reply By: tonysmc - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 14:06

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 14:06
Paul,

I took a 10 foot tinny to Cape York years ago and I don’t think I would consider doing a trip there again without one. My biggest regret was that I didn’t use it more. The main reason was with all the croc stories tended to put me off, however I have lived in the topend for over 20 years now, still with the same10 foot tinny, and have found that most of the croc stories are unfounded and told by southerners who “know someone or heard about” .
How many people in Australia have been actually killed by a crocodile while in a tinny?
You have more chance being killed in vehicle accident on the way up or by bees than being killed by a crocodile while in your boat. So take and use it and take lots of tackle as the fishing is great.

Cheers

Tony.
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:13

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:13
yeah thanks TONY it is a roof topper so i am worried about the launching of the boat ?
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Follow Up By: tonysmc - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 09:41

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 09:41
Mine is also a car topper and I wouldn’t want to take a boat to Cape York that I had to tow. I found that being a small boat it was easy to drag down to the water, however it was more of a pain carrying the motor down to the boat. If it was very sandy I would attach the motor first, however this was not always possible. Perhaps a set of those attachable or fold up wheels may be of benefit.

Tony.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:35

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 17:35
Good fishing above and below Kalpower Crossing, Lakefield. Just keep your hands in sight. Escape River out past Jacky Jacky airstrip is always worth a try, just watch the tides. Ramp can get a bit muddy at low tide.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt L (WA) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 18:27

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 18:27
I can tell you there is no fish around Kalpowar crossing and probable all of the Normanby , White spot wiped them out last August in the 100's of thousands and thats no bull . Check fish kill in Normanby River.
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:17

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:17
yeah thanks TONY , its a roof topper so i am worried about launching the thing ?
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Reply By: Ray - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:03

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 19:03
What do you mean by a TINNY? I aaalways thought that a TINNY was a can of beer.
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:11

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:11
yeah Ray you,ve got me thinking of my tinnie full of beer now
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:47

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:47
Hi Paul,

Spent a bit of time in the top end with a 3.5mt tinny. Saw some crocs bigger then the boat (which scared the bleep outer of me) but after a coupla years I got used to them. It had a decent amount of freeboard.

Treat them with the respect they deserve though

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: david m5 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:53

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 20:53
its worth getting the DVD made by The Gall boys about their trip to the top end They use a Sea JaY 3.7 nomad tinny with four big boys in it . looks like the way to go, no problems at all
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 15:40

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 15:40
I took a 3.5m tinny on my cape york trip and I wouldn't joke about not taking it on my next one. It's an essential bit of kit. Easy to launch at the beach etc.
We even went right out from Seisa past Possesion Island etc and caught plenty of tuna and Spanish Mackeral.

Leroy
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Reply By: silkwood - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 18:59

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 18:59
I've had my 3.7m (plastic!) Porta-Bote in NT around plenty of crocs. I'm heading up to the Cape next year and wouldn't dream of not taking it. Biggest mistake I made a number of years ago was listening to people bagging the Bote and telling me not to risk it around crocs. Take your tinnie, you won't regret it. Mind you, 10' is smaller than most crocs ;-)

Can you put a set of fold-up wheels on your tinnie? Would make launching a lot easier in many situations.

Cheers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: Paul ST4 - Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:26

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:26
hey thanks for that mark but i,m still worried a 10 foot is too small
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