Quick­ies’ boats re­vamped

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas-based reef tour oper­a­tor Quick­sil­ver Group is spend­ing more than $1 mil­lion on the re­fur­bish­ment of ves­sels Quick­sil­ver V and Ocean Spirit.

At 39 me­tres in length, Quick­sil­ver V will be high and dry at the Cairns Slip­ways for two months un­der­go­ing her an­nual me­chan­i­cal ser­vice and a ma­jor in­ter­nal re­fit.

This will in­clude a to­tal new servery and bar area, in­ter­nal stair­way, new seat cov­er­ings and even the toi­lets are get­ting a makeover as they mod­ernise the ves­sel with con­tem­po­rary colours and fur­nish­ings.

Ocean Spirit, the 32 me­tre sail­ing cata­ma­ran, will also be on the slips for three weeks to re­design a new servery and bar area to en­hance the main cabin. This fol­lows on from three weeks in De­cem­ber when the top deck was re­placed with new floor­ing and fit­tings. Hav­ing only pur­chased Ocean Spirit six months ago, the group has now in­vested al­most $200,000 in her re­birth as a premier sail­ing ves­sel. This has in­cluded new sails.

Tony Baker, Quick­sil­ver Group manag­ing direc­tor, said ‘‘While all our ves­sels are re­fit­ted each year, this year we will see ma­jor work car­ried out on our fleet and plat­forms. The 2014 year will start with two of our ves­sels at the ship­yards for an ex­tended pe­riod while we make sure our in­vest­ment in our fleet high­lights our com­mit­ment to the tourism in­dus­try. A lit­tle later in the year we will also be look­ing to bring two of our Outer Reef ac­tiv­ity plat­forms from Moore Reef and Agin­court Reef back to Cairns for ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment works. Although the past few years have been tough we recog­nise the need to rein­vest and keep our prod­ucts to the stan­dard of a five star reef oper­a­tor."

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