Originally Posted by resilientg
WOTNAME, thank you,
That's a bit better set of info you gave me.
is cool for me, and yes i will wait until after the cyclone and moonson seasons are both done.
If anyone's got names of any good cruising books
for the trip i would like to have the names so i can get a copy.
Alan Lucas "Cruising the Coral
Coast" used to have good info up to Thursday Island but I am not sure how up to date the later editions are - e.g. does it have the info that Ian R posted earlier.
Given you stated experience level, I would recommend the inside route
through to the tip of Cape York rather than Boatman's suggestion of the outside route
The inside route can be day sailed all the way to the tip and has plenty of SE protected anchorages
for you to get your sea legs into top form. By the time you get to depart the Torres Straits, you will be ready for the several day crossing of the Gulf. Sure day sailing
is slower but you do see more!
The outside would be best in you are in a hurry and you have the experience - al la Boatman.
As others have suggested, going over the top is no mean feat but each stage is only a little more difficult than the previous section so you will have a chance to develop your skills bit by bit.
As I see it:
Townsville to Port Douglas - level 1
Port Douglas to Cooktown - level 2
Cooktown to Thursday Island - level 3
Thursday Island to Cove - first multiday passage
- level 2/3
Cove to Darwin - either off-shore or coastal level, level 4
After Darwin you will probably know whether you want to continue exploring remote
coastlines or want to do fast passage
making to say Broome (or perhaps Derby). The Kimberly is a tough but interesting coast, you will be using all your skills developed by now and then some. Either way, it will test you a bit. Let's call that level 5
IMHO, from Broome you will just want to head
for Perth perhaps via Carnarvon or Geraldton. Port Hedland, Dampier and Exmouth (also Ningaloo) are possible provisioning
points if necessary - well Exmouth and Ningaloo not so much.