Hi Delmar it sounds like you are going to be getting around a bit, piracy
is always going to be a problem. Its a bit like muggings in a big city it will always happen but like a lot of places if you keep a watch out, avoid certain areas and never travel alone you won't have a problem. Once you are are within 200km from OZ you won't have any pirate problems as the coast gard patrol these areas. Cyclones: if you avoid our area between Oct and May you will avoid the worst of them. You mentioned you want to travel from Darwin to the Barrier Reef this may present some problems as between May and Oct the prevailing wind
is going east to west. Some cruisers travel across just before or just after the Monsoon season to avoid a grueling windward bash or just travel at night and pick up an evening offshore
breeze. The boat we are buiding is a Peter Snell design 10.5 Easy that has been designed with the virgin boatbuilder
in mind. It utilises a multi chine ply fiberglass
construction with mini keels and 9.9 outboards in pods. I could never afford to buy one so building is the answer. let me know as you get closer and i can fill you in on some great places to visit.
P.S. nothern Oz is very densely wooded its just as you go inland things get a lot drier.