Escape to new luxury yacht in Port
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