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Old 28-11-2012, 23:08   #1
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New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

Hello, Im looking for a place to moor a boat south of Coffs Harbour and North of Southwest Rocks NSW Australia. Coffs has a great Marina, however im not sure that their are any mooring options in the marina, just berths.

Does anyone know anything about mooring balls in either the Nambucca River or the Bellinger River? Ive looked into the the Urunga Sailing Club online and it looks like there are moorings available, but is a sailboat able to get across the bar into the ocean with ease?A Mooring at Southwest Rocks wouldn't be bad either. Please let me know if you have any information
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Old 29-11-2012, 13:33   #2
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Re: New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

FWIW,

I would hesitate to call the marina at Coffs "great"! In fact, I believe it to be quite dangerous: the docks are falling apart, the piles are rotting, and the breakwater has big subsurface holes in it. In NE gales, a severe surge is developed in the marina and waves frequently overtop the rock wall.

There are no pile moorings or buoys there.

The anchorage outside the marina is marginal in many conditions, with mediocre holding and lots of surge and swell getting in through the East facing entrance.

Years ago when Cal Crawley was managing the place things were different in the marina. He took care of maintenance and went out of his way to welcome cruising yachts. From what he told me, infighting between the fishing fleet, the local yotties and the council interfered with running his business to the point that he walked away from it. The new operators raised the prices dramatically and stopped doing maintenance.


We avoid going to Coffs when possible, and anchor carefully in the outer harbour when we do stop.

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Old 29-11-2012, 14:48   #3
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Re: New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

Jim,

Are you back in Pittwater? Anchored in your favourite bay?

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Are you back in Pittwater? Anchored in your favourite bay?

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Roger that... will be here a few more days then looking for northerlies and heading for Tassie.

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Re: New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

When you were there before you sailed North we saw you most weekends without realising who you were !!

We are the 44 FP catamaran that went into the mooring just near you.

Not sure if we will see you this weekend. The boat is in Beashel's yard in Elvina Bay having some work done.

Safe trip south. When will you come back?

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When you were there before you sailed North we saw you most weekends without realising who you were !!

We are the 44 FP catamaran that went into the mooring just near you.

Not sure if we will see you this weekend. The boat is in Beashel's yard in Elvina Bay having some work done.

Safe trip south. When will you come back?

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Assuming that all goes well, we'll come north again when it gets too damn cold for our aging bodies... likely sometime in April.

If you get out of the yard, give us a hoy and come by for a cuppa. IF the wx doesn't cooperate, we could be here the following weekend, but I hope not!

Cheers,

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PS For the OP, sorry to divert your thread. I promise to try to be better in the future!
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FWIW,

I would hesitate to call the marina at Coffs "great"! In fact, I believe it to be quite dangerous: the docks are falling apart, the piles are rotting, and the breakwater has big subsurface holes in it. In NE gales, a severe surge is developed in the marina and waves frequently overtop the rock wall.

There are no pile moorings or buoys there.

The anchorage outside the marina is marginal in many conditions, with mediocre holding and lots of surge and swell getting in through the East facing entrance.

Years ago when Cal Crawley was managing the place things were different in the marina. He took care of maintenance and went out of his way to welcome cruising yachts. From what he told me, infighting between the fishing fleet, the local yotties and the council interfered with running his business to the point that he walked away from it. The new operators raised the prices dramatically and stopped doing maintenance.

We avoid going to Coffs when possible, and anchor carefully in the outer harbour when we do stop.

Cheers,

Jim
Jim, you forgot to mention one of the greatest dangers, visiting the amenities!

Disgusting..............
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Re: New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

A lot of the rivers and inlets along the east coast now have live web camera's, pick the place you want and type in web cams for where you want to see the bars,

It will give you some idea on what to expect,
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A lot of the rivers and inlets along the east coast now have live web camera's, pick the place you want and type in web cams for where you want to see the bars,

It will give you some idea on what to expect,
Thanks so much Mr. B for some USEFUL info! somehow i feel the direction of my post went in a direction i hadn't intended! I know Seabreeze and Coastalwatch have cams in a lot of different places, i just don't know if they have the bellinger river or nambucca....
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Re: New South Wales, Mid Coast Moorings!

If you're willing to go a bit further South, Camden Haven is a better option, safer bar crossing and more acessible.
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