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Old 26-10-2015, 09:44   #16
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Re: Sydney Harbour Anchoring Map / Clearance

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I'm thinking of taking a cruise down that way this summer and the Hawkesbury River upstream of the railway bridge appears a very interesting place. Do you know the extent of overhead hazards upstream of the bridge and the clearances?
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I took our Marauder 27 with an air draft of 11.3m up the Hawkesbury River all the way to Windsor several years ago. If you can get under the railway bridge 11.5m high water springs then it is possible to explore this area. However a 39foot boat is likely to have a much higher mast unless in a tabernacle and able to be lowered.
The river is tidal all the way to Windsor and there is enough depth for a yacht as long as you stay to the outside of bends.
It is quite scenic to Wisemans Ferry with sandstone cliffs and little habitation. Past this point it becomes much less scenic meandering through low fields. Avoid the weekends since there are many water ski boats around some of whom take great delight in spraying you with water. Perhaps it is just their friendly gesture to cool off yachties on hot days.
Once under the rail bridge there is the M1 road bridge 11.8m to contend with and thereafter a number of high tension power lines that are much higher.
If you cannot get under the rail bridge there is still a lot of waterway up Cowan Creek and Pittwater to visit. It is 60 NM from the mouth of the Hawkesbury to Windsor. Alan Lucas book on the Hawksbury gives a lot of detail with maps.
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Old 26-10-2015, 19:29   #17
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Re: Sydney Harbour Anchoring Map / Clearance

[....it is permissible to pick up an empty mooring.....but do not leave your vessel...and surrender the mooring (nicely) upon the owners request...,

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and if you like Sydney......keep it a secret.



While it is true that picking up empty moorings is very common practice note that it is an offence that gets you a $250 fine if the owner is a real nark and reports you to the RMS. True even if you give the mooring up nicely on request. Guess how I know !!!!!

The pink public moorings technically have a 24 hour limit on them. I have never seen RMS do anything about it but just a note.

........ and yes keep Sydney and Pittwater a secret.

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Old 26-10-2015, 20:22   #18
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And of course don't forget to come and visit the one and only Gods country. Tassie
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Old 26-10-2015, 22:14   #19
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Even though we are 35' our high aspect ratio rig wont let us past the Railway bridge, but the rest of the region looks lovely.

And thanks for the CBD recs and mooring ball notes.

I recently noted that the lat/long given by the Border authority for yacht clearance in Sydney, in Neutral Bay, is on land. Noonsite suggests there is a quarantine buoy but gives the same lat/long. I suppose we will see it (and we will call in as rquested on 16VHF on arrival) but does anyone know its whereabouts?

It is a bit ambitious of us to point at Sydney for first landfall and if the weather doesnt cooperate we will have to make landfall further North and work our way down.

And I promise not to be anymore public about Sydney than posting on CF
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Old 26-10-2015, 22:20   #20
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Well nevermind, I had emailed the Port Authority with my question and rcived a most prompt and detailed response, The location of the Neutral Bay clearance berth was given as 33°50.490'S, 151°13.043'E.

I am off to plot that now.
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Old 27-10-2015, 00:04   #21
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Even though we are 35' our high aspect ratio rig wont let us past the Railway bridge, but the rest of the region looks lovely.

And thanks for the CBD recs and mooring ball notes.

I recently noted that the lat/long given by the Border authority for yacht clearance in Sydney, in Neutral Bay, is on land. Noonsite suggests there is a quarantine buoy but gives the same lat/long. I suppose we will see it (and we will call in as rquested on 16VHF on arrival) but does anyone know its whereabouts?

It is a bit ambitious of us to point at Sydney for first landfall and if the weather doesnt cooperate we will have to make landfall further North and work our way down.

And I promise not to be anymore public about Sydney than posting on CF
Most important, you MUST give 96 hrs notice prior to arrival and best to arrive during the working week, cheaper than paying overtime charges for AQIS.
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Old 27-10-2015, 01:22   #22
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Generally agreed that Coffs Harbour is a good place to clear, smaller and easier.

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Generally agreed that Coffs Harbour is a good place to clear, smaller and easier.

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I have heard that too. Though somewhat more expensive if the its a timber vessel, as the "wood inspection team" (or whatever they are called) arent located there.

Someone else may be able to confirm that. But I remember reading it here a while back.
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Generally agreed that Coffs Harbour is a good place to clear, smaller and easier
I have heard that same thing said about Coffs and Newcastle but I have never heard any specifics about complications or hassles from anyone clearing in Sydney. Always makes me curious if it is reality or one of the infamous "cruiser rumors" that circulate without basis. Do you have any inside info?
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Newcastle is a much safer harbour than Coffs. Also much better facilities.
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