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Hi, the wife and I are planning a 4 week caravan and boating holiday in and around airlie beach in July, I was wondering if a 4 metre tinny is capable or useful to get around and do abit of fishing and sight seeing? Can any help or give some advise thanks, cheers

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Honestly, I'd be slightly worried about crocodiles in a small boat....We went for a lovely walk at Shoal Harbour, but my friend kept us well up the beach away from the water line. We did go out sailing one day. I don't think I would plan to go out to one of the Whitsundays from AB in a small boat.

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I have sailed the Whitsundays numerous times & the problem with a small boat in the Whitsundays is the sudden tides & swell which can happen rather rapidly depending on the winds, tide & currents. I wouldn't want to be out in the passage in a 4m tinny with 15-20knot winds as the eddy currents can create choppy conditions with waves.

You would be best to check with the weather conditions on the day & ask local advice before heading out.

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You will not have crocodile issues in the Whitsundays.

Im sure as a responsible boa owner you will be careful and check tidal info as well from local authorities.

There are lots of small boats that size zipping about within the waterways. I havent seen any in the open water though.

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Hey Dale - how did you go on your trip with the tinny?

I am going up to AB in October and taking our 5m tinny and looking to do some of the same exploration.

If you have time, I would be grateful to hear about your experiences, where you went and what you did etc?

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