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Old 02-08-2016, 21:38   #1
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Great Barrier Reef.

Had some really nice weather out at Hardy reef with some friends....







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Old 03-08-2016, 00:34   #3
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Re: Great Barrier Reef.

Looks very nice! We've been having some very similar weather here in Montenegro for the past two weeks, dead calm in the morning and late in the day. I just wish the water was as clear to get in some snorkling time.
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Nice.One day...
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Re: Great Barrier Reef.

Doesn't get much better than that.

I'll be thinking of you while slopping on antifoul in near freezing 30 knot westerly winds in Brisbane
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Re: Great Barrier Reef.

Nice photos...

Do you drop anchor and stay the night there?

How deep is it there? When I look at Hardy Reef on the chart it looks like on the edges of the reef it goes very quickly to 50m.
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Nice photos...

Do you drop anchor and stay the night there?

How deep is it there? When I look at Hardy Reef on the chart it looks like on the edges of the reef it goes very quickly to 50m.
Yes, we stayed a few nights. There are several places you can anchor in reasonable depths.

Where most of the photo's were taken inside Hardy lagoon it's less than 10 metres, clear sand (a few bommies but very easy to see).

There's also anchoring at line reef ~ 15 metres, Hook reef, and some public moorings a few miles away on bait reef.
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Re: Great Barrier Reef.

Awesome!

THX for sharing!

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Yes, we stayed a few nights. There are several places you can anchor in reasonable depths.

Where most of the photo's were taken inside Hardy lagoon it's less than 10 metres, clear sand (a few bommies but very easy to see).

There's also anchoring at line reef ~ 15 metres, Hook reef, and some public moorings a few miles away on bait reef.
Thanks.. although it looks like you cat people will mostly have the place to yourselves, just sharing with lifting keel and perhaps some shoal draft monos who can get inside Hardy Reef.

I found this thread about it Hook Reef Coral Sea Australia
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Thanks.. although it looks like you cat people will mostly have the place to yourselves, just sharing with lifting keel and perhaps some shoal draft monos who can get inside Hardy Reef.

I found this thread about it Hook Reef Coral Sea Australia
Sorry we were without internet for a while and I never saw this post.

You can certainly get into Hardy Lagoon with any reasonable draught mono. Noelex's comments in that thread about the entrance being 1.5m deep and 4m wide would apply at low tide. (And I suspect it's quite a bit deeper than that, and certainly wider than 4m, our beam is closer to 7...)

You don't enter at low tide, as mentioned, it's a waterfall then. At high tide we see 3-3.5 metres water on our sounder, and there's quite a bit more in the middle of the channel - our sounder would be looking more at the edge of the channel than the middle.

The only problem with arriving at high tide is that the entrance can be hard to locate, it's helpful to get GPS marks (I can pm you some if you like) or do a low tide survey and get a position, which is what we did.
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BTW, pretty sure the mono in the photo draws 2.1-2.2m.
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Sorry we were without internet for a while and I never saw this post.

You can certainly get into Hardy Lagoon with any reasonable draught mono. Noelex's comments in that thread about the entrance being 1.5m deep and 4m wide would apply at low tide. (And I suspect it's quite a bit deeper than that, and certainly wider than 4m, our beam is closer to 7...)

You don't enter at low tide, as mentioned, it's a waterfall then. At high tide we see 3-3.5 metres water on our sounder, and there's quite a bit more in the middle of the channel - our sounder would be looking more at the edge of the channel than the middle.

The only problem with arriving at high tide is that the entrance can be hard to locate, it's helpful to get GPS marks (I can pm you some if you like) or do a low tide survey and get a position, which is what we did.
Whew! Thank you for that. It will be quite some time before we get there but with this thread I had just started a new dream.
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Re: Great Barrier Reef.

As I sit here with the stove running and the drizzle drizzling you brought a smile to my face. Thanks!
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As I sit here with the stove running and the drizzle drizzling you brought a smile to my face. Thanks!

My pleasure! And thanks for your comment!
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