We have a FP Orana
44 spending cyclone season in Cairns, since we have family
here and plan to continue our circumnavigation
in April. Here's what we've found:
in Cairns, Port Douglas, and in between charge about $800/month for a cat slip -- sometimes at 150% of mono, but sometimes discounted. You can get a solid mooring
with some research
up the Trinity Inlet in Cairns for about $250/month. I have been able to find reliable well-recommended folk to move the boat into the mangroves in a cyclone alert.
here (and elsewhere in Oz) seem to require $10M public liability insurance
-- in addition to standard hull/equip insurance
, and that additional rider cost us $700/year. We've settled on a mooring, and such insurance is not required.
here to date has been rainy and breezy, but no real damaging winds yet ... we've read of hail and thunderstorms in Brisbane, along with floods, but not sure how it relates to marina locations.
Marinas here include Marlin Marina, owned by state government
, in Cairns, BlueWater Marina, privately-owned, and located well up a river and virtually cyclone proof (limited openings), Yorkeys Knob, seawall enclosed but rather exposed even if it's exempt from mandatory relocation in a cyclone, and Marina Mirage, in Port Douglas. The first and last marinas listed require that you move your boats in a cyclone alert.
Happy to elaborate ....
s/v ile de Grace