Jet Sprinter pow­ers up for adren­a­line-charged tours

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IT’S not of­ten the skip­per of a reef boat asks pas­sen­gers to fas­ten their seat belts.

But that’s what you’ll have to do once the new boat in town, gets up and run­ning.

The 12m jet-pow­ered boat is ca­pa­ble of 48 knots and high-speed turns, adding a whole new di­men­sion of speed and power to the Low Isles trip.

Built in Perth over 11 months to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of Reef Sprinter’s Steve and Cathy Sher­well, the Jet Sprinter will carry 14 pas­sen­gers and a skip­per to Low Isles twice a day, fit­ting in around

sched­ule. “It’s a lot of fun,” Mr Sher­well said as he waited for the boat to land in Cairns this week.

“It’s the first boat in Aus­tralia to run on two 500hp IVECO turbo diesels pump­ing wa­ter through DOEN jet drives.

“I had to go and up­grade my ma­rine en­gi­neer­ing ticket so I could drive it.”

The new boat will clearly be aimed at tourists with a sense of ad­ven­ture.

“ is de­signed for the ad­ven­ture tourist look­ing for a quick snorkelling trip com­bined with an ex­cit­ing boat ride,” Mr Ker­swell said.

“We can do 360 de­gree spins.

“That’s why the belts are a good idea.”

Mr Ker­swell wants to run a few more sea tri­als in lo­cal wa­ters be­fore in­tro­duc­ing pas­sen­gers to his new ves­sel, but he ex­pects to do his first trip to Low Isles be­fore Christ­mas.


In a spin: the new boat Jet Sprinter

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