Escape to new lux­ury yacht in Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW mil­lion-dol­lar lux­ury yacht is ply­ing the wa­ters off Port Dou­glas.

Named Escape, the boat is owned by Port Dou­glas busi­ness­man Gra­ham Jones.

The French-made Beneteau sail­ing yacht is 58-feet long and was re­cently sailed from the Whit­sun­days to its new home in Port Dou­glas.

But be­fore it be­gan its jour­ney here, it was built in France and then “bro­ken down” and shipped out to Aus­tralia by con­tainer ship where it landed in New­cas­tle.

Once in New­cas­tle it was re-as­sem­bled and then sailed to the Whit­sun­days.

The Escape can carry up to 10 peo­ple and has three stately cabins that can sleep six peo­ple and needs just two crew­men to run the ves­sel as well an au­to­matic pilot which can nav­i­gate the boat when cruis­ing at sea.

The mono-hull yacht is ideal for trips to Low Isles, the Outer Reef and Lizard Is­land.

The founders and di­rec­tors of Ca­lypso, Cathie and Gra­ham Jones, ar­rived in Port Dou­glas in 1992 and be­gan work­ing in the tourism in­dus­try.

This in­cluded start­ing Sail Port Dou­glas, skip­per­ing boats for com­mer­cial day cruises and char­ter boat com­pa­nies and manag­ing Port Dou­glas tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tres.

Mr Jones has al­ways had an in­ter­est in boat­ing and has com­peted in 19 Syd­ney to Ho­bart Yacht Races.

Es­cap­ing: the new lux­ury ves­sel

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