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Old 05-04-2021, 19:26   #1
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Navigating Brisbane Waters, NSW, destination West Gosford

Hello all,

I am not sure if this is the best place for this inquiry, so if not, can a moderator move it.

My vessel draws 1.95m. I will be attending a Coxswain's course in August, in West Gosford and am wondering if it'd be practical to take Anika-J there. From aerial views, the water looks pretty skinny!

I have GPS and sounder and will have the relevant paper map, but nothing beats local knowledge. I will be coming North from Greenwell Point.

Can this be done relatively easily, or is it an impractical idea? TIA, KL
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Old 05-04-2021, 23:26   #2
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It looks like you will have adequate depth to sail up there. Follow the recommended route on the chart from Broken Bay into Brisbane Waters and you should be fine. Iím currently anchored down in Pittwater but my draft is too deep to get into Brisbane Waters.

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Old 05-04-2021, 23:45   #3
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don't forget the rip bridge !. what is your airdraft ?

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Old 06-04-2021, 00:00   #4
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Definately doable. We ran 2.5m into there without touching. Toughest areas are the Wagstaff/Ettalong zone and the just shy of the Woy Woy entrance. Stick to the markers and outside of bends in the channel to Brisbane Waters. Avoid the Rip bridge with tide against you as it hammers through there, but is deep. Last half of run up tide to get in and aim for shy of high to get out or it will be tough motoring. Entrace from Broken bay is ok unless south or SW winds. Once you are in the main bay of Brisbane Waters, it is relatively good with 3-5m, but shores shallow quickly in bays.
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Old 06-04-2021, 03:49   #5
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Re: Navigating Brisbane Waters, NSW, destination West Gosford

We moored at Pretty Beach for 20 years. The channel depth changes from time to time so ask the marine rescue people what the status is. (From memory their base is at Point Clare)

The area near Little Box is a barred entrance and the waves can break there in rough weather.

Enter on the last hour of a decent rising tide. Most of the time the deeper water is quite close to the shoreline. Heading in, you can often have breaking water close to port.

Across Lobster Beach is often shallow.
Be very aware of leeway when you are going around Half Tide rocks. I generally go full speed around there. When you get to the starboard marks at the outermost end of Half Tide Rocks, you often have to turn sharply to stay inside the next port marker that you will meet, especially if there is a strong run in tide.

Strictly observe port and starboard marks, and also the cardinal marks.
The water also often looks shallow off Wagstaffe Point but should not be critical.

Also as an earlier post mentioned, be aware of your mast clearance under the Rip Bridge. Also at low tide there is only a couple of meters of water under the bridge.

There are a couple of courtesy moorings in Hardys Bay, and some good restaurants and cafes at the head of the bay.
Also be aware of the ferry timetable so you don't have to fight them for channel space.
Also, last time I went out of there a couple of years ago, it was very early in the morning and I could not see the markers because of glare from the water.
Upstream of the Rip Bridge, the channel can get shallow in places but the bottom is soft.



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Old 06-04-2021, 15:55   #6
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Vertical clearance of the Rip Bridge is 11.9 m.

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Vertical clearance of the Rip Bridge is 11.9 m.

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Sign in the centre of the arch reads 17.4 metres at MHWS
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Interesting, Takamoana. I got the number off my C-maps for the area on an object query. Maybe the OP should make the effort of finding out from Waterways?

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Interesting, Takamoana. I got the number off my C-maps for the area on an object query. Maybe the OP should make the effort of finding out from Waterways?

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Navionics states 17.2 metres at the centre and not less than 11.9 metres for 36 metres either side of center. However, looking at the avatar of the op, I doubt vertical clearance should be a problem.
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Hi, Takamoana,

I didn't even try and look up the mast height for the Holmes 48. Well done, with the center height, though. (It's not enough for our boat.)

And, thank you.
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Hi, Takamoana,

I didn't even try and look up the mast height for the Holmes 48. Well done, with the center height, though. (It's not enough for our boat.)

And, thank you.
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Thank you everyone: why I love this forum. All replies read and understood and I will measure our air draft (never needed to know this before now). And the highest points are my two flexible VHF aerials, so I think I will be OK.
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I read here a few years back that AUSHO no longer updates raster / paper charts. You can still correct your chart manually using references like these for any new obstructions etc on your route.

It looks like you will be passing under this bridge (11.9m approx). Apparently its an area with high water turbulence.

http:// Bridge you will be passing under
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