We are planning to cruise
the Kimberley coast next season. Have heard some stories of very cheeky crocs and attacks on dinghies. Just trying to separate fact from hysteria.
We have a 3.1m RHIB dinghy
with a 6hp outboard
and have had comments like "You won't be able to take that to the Kimberley or the crocs will bite it and sink you," or "Whatever you do don't leave your dinghy
in the water
or the crocs will attack it."
I am born and bred in croc country in north Queensland
and have fished mangrove creeks in croc habitat all my life. I am well aware of the dangers of crocs and the precautions required. My experience has always been though that they tend to shy away from people and boats. Actual attacks on boats or people in boats I always thought were very, very rare and were usually associated with someone going for a Darwin Award
by doing something stupid like hanging limbs over the side or cleaning fish
over the side.
I do know that these beasties can get very used to people being around especially if they get given an occasional feed of fish
scraps etc. so they can lurk around boats which means you most definitely need to take care and keep your wits about you.
But I have also seen how some people either seem to get totally paranoid about them and exaggerate the danger
or just the opposite and be so blasť that they are really putting their lives in danger
. Like the guy in prime croc country that told me that it was ok to swim upstream of a particular bridge as the crocs didn't go upstream of the bridge. He was seriously going to get into the water
for a dip.
So, any cruisers out there that have cruised the Kimberley and experienced the crocs first hand? What say ye? Is my dinghy destined for croc food
? Is is too small? Do i need an aluminium dinghy just to stay alive? Were you always winching out your dinghy when not in use? Did any crocs have a nibble of your dinghy or outboard
Thanks in advance.