Hey there, new to the forum but very interested in trying out before I buy and wonder if anyone knows anyone in Broome that owns a Blokart that I might be able to test drive..;) Very keen to get one as I live 300mtrs from Cable Beach so could see myself down there most days when I do get one. Anyway great forum loads of info and expect to see me make a few contributions in the next 12 months.
Hi Andy G,Andy B here I am the dealer for blokarts Perth.
If your down this way drop by and I will let you have a go in mine or better still let me sell you one
All jokes aside I think the blokarts would do very well up there,you certainly have the beach for it.
If I had my way I would buy half a dozen Blokarts regestewr a business name and rent them out to holiday makers just a thought
I believe there are a few blokarts up in Derby that sail regularly so I'm told,but if you need any more info let me know, my details are also on the Blokart web site under Clubs.
Cheers Andy G
from Andy B
Hey Andy B, thanks for the welcome mate. I think that I will end up buying from you anyway in March or there abouts. Looking at the Pro with 4mtr and a few of the necessary add ons. Would love to set up a rental business but with the local shire up here it would be difficult to get approval for that sort of 'Fun' operation as even the dudes who walk the camels have had trouble getting approval[}:)]. Stuck my head over the dunes this morning and with a 2mtr low tide there was a good 4kms of hard sand beach and a steady 10knts just screaming for Blokart......Arrghh! Anyway thanks again if I am down you way soon I will definitely stop in.
Post some photos of your beach, it sounds unreal!!
Perhaps a Seabreeze roadtrip??
Here you go guys....what do you think? At a low tide beach runs hard sand as far as you can see in any of these pics....are you jealous? now you see why I need a Blokart. So that's just the beach you can check out the wind for yourselves :) Come visit.
Shame about all those speed humps sunbaking on the beach.
I lived in Broome for 9 months in 05, walked the beach every day, quite often would see blokarts on the northern part of the beach. As you know this is the nudey end, (not me though), One guy would sail his blokart in complete starkers, was not very attractive with his tackle hanging out,
Cable does look excellenent for blokartng, but please wear clothes
mmm..interesting feedback. I dont think I would be brave enough to sail a Blokart butt naked for fear of getting sand rash on the old block and tackle so dont worry about that. Cisco mate, I have sailed Arrow cats and A classes in Darwin for 11 years so dont think that will be an issue with learing and I have also found that if you learn on your own rig you can start making your tweaks to your set up straight away therfore improving things immediatley resluting in going faster even faster!
As for your prediction of 25kmph I would be happy with that as it is exactly 25kmph faster than I am going at the moment. Plus I would imagine that 25kph low to the ground in a Blokart would still feel pretty quick
Not sure why there are not more off the beach boats here, but I guess it might have something to do with the fact that the fishing is so damm good who the hell would want to go sailing!. I have seem some small beach cats over the past 19 months and a couple of dedicated locals are in the process of establishing a sailing club so I am sure things will grow in the near future.
No speed bumps in the 4th photo :) oh and some of those speed bumps in the first pics are european backpackers that I am sure would love a ride in a Blokart . Your all welcome to come on up and see for yourselves.
yep, looks pretty good to me. Now get down to Andy B's and get in amongst it!!
Better still he might deliver one to you and stick around for a sail as well!
Wow, That beach looks great. Winter would be even better when not as many beach goers around. I have found that 20km/hr plus on the beach is a great relaxing ride and still plenty of fun to be had. Anything faster is just a bonus.
In regards to learning on someone else's blokart - I only ever went in a blokart for 5 mins before I went online and found myself a cheap second hand one. My husband and I now own one each and yes, still learning but way better in your own blokart. You can go harder and if you break it you dont feel as bad as if you hurt someone else's rig.
Hopefully will get over to your part of the world maybe this year so would love to catch up and checkout that beach!!
Us old WA landsailors have had an Eye on cable beach for only 30years , its graet to see some photos at last.
experience suggests to me that you will have some official resistance to Authorized sailing on the beach , but if you get the numbers up in a real club . it would have to help. I suspect that you would want to go to the other end of the beachand find a nice little spot and just go play'
25kph in 10knts. ! pump up ya tyres Cisco!
. A little wildlife warning. landyachts scare the bejesus out of horses,[}:)] so you might want to do the experiment with the camel operators before you decide to show off the to german backpackers.[}:)]
Now that we have a face in the north, what can you tell us about 80mile beach?
yes children, thats EIGHTY MILE beach. almost next door.
When the tourists all leave in summer , what are the beaches like then?
keep in touch, neighbour
Ok this is getting hard now reading all the awesome feedback about how much fun Blokarting is I cant wait! 70kphr! Oh yeah that's what I want to hear.
I think the best time would be in November as we get a great deal of 15knt see breezes consistently and there are less bodies and vehicles on the beach to contend with. Good thing about having so much beach is that I am sure that I can find a area where I virtually have enough beach to myself to be able to sail without upsetting anyone at almost any time of the year.
Yeah I am not sure about the local authorities and the regs re using a Blokart so might just ask at the rangers office anyway to be sure rather than get in trouble. I think I will be staying well clear of the camels too Once I have it mastered then I think i will have to do a bit of a road trip to 80mile beach, as 140km of hard sand would be hard to resist if your a Blokart sailor I am sure have attached some pics. Don't know much about 80mile except that it is 80 miles long! Still looks pretty good and the pics show the sand looks pretty hard too. Hey Cisco thanks for the advice about sport or pro, will make sure my tires are pumped up too.
MMMMMM mate its even better than I expected. now thats what we are looking for.Add that one to the list of beaches before I die
Ok so I am new and have one burning question, its to do with sail size. I have read a little bit about the various sail sizes, body weights and wind speeds but are still not sure what the best sail size is for all round use. When I buy should I get a standard 2/3 mtr to start with or should I just go hammer and tongs knievel and go stright for a 4/5mtr sail? The winds (breezes sorry Cisco) here in the northwest can be most of the time moderate and others light. I want to go really fast and crash to get it out of the way (I learn by my mistakes better). So what do you suggest? Andy B I know you will say get 1 of each size for all conditions and i might if you give me a nice discount :) but serioulsy can someone help me with the physics side of things in this department.
In a strong wind, you'll go faster with a smaller sail than a larger one. If you only want one you'd need to get one for the most common conditions in your area.
That said, within a couple of months you'll get another sail anyway, its inevitable!
I cant believe I being the Blokart sailsman here,
The local Blokart sailsman here in Kalgoorlie would probably recommend a 4m sail for most winds , if Your a +85kg lad you might want consider a 5.5.for the light days. your beaches are up there with the best in the world so a blowie will sail almost as well as a MINI EXPLORER. which with a bit of imagination and limited skills , you could build yourself!!!!!
Now thats it from me for selling a Blokart, You sailmen do the rest yourself, ya slackers
( dear Laurie, isnt it about time they started paying to advertize)
Hi Andy ,having started a club from scratch I found the most important thing you need to find out is that you must have in writing from the right powers to be that you are allowed to sail on the beach in the first place.
You only get one shot at this so you have to sell yourself and anticipate their rejections to why you can't sail there,build a positive case and approach it from this angle,Blokarts do not harm the environment and are non poluting,colourful spectical from a tourist point of view and most importantly is it gives the youth of an isolated town another sporting outlet which any Shire worth it's salt should get behind(good pr for the Shire)and another thing is not to give up at the first hurdle,let your enthusiasm drive you.
Now that you have permission to sail on the beach what Blokart would suit your needs, I would recommend the pro simply for the salt factor sailing on the beach.
Strenght wise there is almost no difference and to use the words of the manufacturer "it's not worth putting pen to paper"between the two.
Blokarts come standard with a 4m sail and that's the one I would recommend anyway.
Andy if things pan out for you up there I will assist you by discounting a pro Blokart considerably for you,but as I said before, if you can make it down to Perth I am more than happy for you to test sail the sports as well as the pro at Belmont Park.
If you would like more information you can e-mail me, my details are on the blokart web site under dealers W.A
hope this helps
Having watched the thrashers and bashers sail, I ( not that I would ) would be avoiding the stainless bling thing. seen a few benders on a windy day.
the powdercoating is quite well done on the regular job and you can pull out a little rubber plug and spray in the fisholene.
( apologies for using the forum like a salesman Laurie, I will try not to mention the brands(of fisholene) or the discounts I can offer
One of the Sandgropers members recently sailed a fair stretch of 80 Mile Beach and suggested it would be good for a marathon. Just as good with no speedhumps, horses or camels to contend with. (Nudity is optional I am told.)
The added bonus of course is that those coming from the south don't have so far to travel
thats why we needmore info . so we dont turn up in the windless, bird migration season, without the right permissions to use the beach, and then try and sail it from the wrong end
after visiting Broome a few years back before I had a blokart, Cable Beach would be great!! Especially when the sea breeze sets in.
As for sail size, depends on your weight and what wind speeds you want to sail in. I am currently too heavy!! 100+, have all 4 and use them all, the 5.5 up to about 15kts, 4 probably 13-20, 3 18-25 and the 2 when its blowin a gale and I wanna be crazy!! Yes goin out in SW fronts comin across Sandy Point in Vic is crazy!! but gee you go quick.
Hope this helps.
The dream job? Sitting on Cable Beach hiring out blokarts!!!
Hi Gang, sorry about the no reply have been flat out at work with only one day off in 19 days. I will do some research on 80mile beach and post on separate post shortly. Will have to chat to a few of the locals here to get the info so could be a while. I don't think that I will be sailing starkers so no worries about that! Cant wait to get my kart and let you all know how good it is up here.
thanks Andy, my next , next holiday is depending on you
Hi guys the coast watch dude at 80 mile beach north of Port hedland has some blow karts. Graeme sailed his class 5 landyacht on 80 mile beach when we went away for 4 months late last year. It is 80 miles of beautiful beach. Caravan park right on the beach and easy access. Would be great for a regatta.
These are some phot's of 80 mile beach