Sceale Bay

Sceale Bay was once a port used by coastal traders but is now not used. The jetty shown on the chart was demolished in 1972. The anchorage at the settlement offers shelter in winds from southwest to northeast. Both the northern and southern points of the bay are guarded by extensive reefs and must be given a wide berth. The chart's depiction of the reef off Cape Blanche is perhaps misleading. The small island shown is actually barely above the high water mark and consists of bare and rugged rocks. In recent years it has been colonised by seals, which should not be molested. The northern reef, which extends one mile southwest from a point southeast of Point Westall is very dangerous. In light weather its outer end breaks only intermittently, making the reef look shorter than it is. When entering the bay, steer well clear of both reefs and also avoid the rock to the west of the settlement.
[ image: Sceale Bay launching ramp.]
Sceale Bay launching ramp is to the right. The average yacht cannot anchor any closer in than this.
When the boat ramp bears south it may be steered for cautiously. The anchorage north of the ramp is shallow and weedy, but small sandy patches are easily seen and the anchor should be dropped in one of these. Any moorings in the anchorage are for small motor boats only and should be avoided.

 A general shop has recently been opened at Sceale Bay, and a public telephone is located about 100 metres east of the boat ramp. A dinghy may readily be beached near the boat ramp, but parts of the beach are rocky.