Jet Sprinter powers up for adrenaline-charged tours
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