Morris yacht for Port
TOURISM tycoon Chris Morris is hoping his helicopter business really takes flight in the Far North after deciding to base a purpose-built superyacht with helipad at Port Douglas.
The multi-millionaire is permanently shifting his 33.5m charter yacht Flying Fish at the tourist destination after it was based in Townsville for 12 months.
Mr Morris said the vessel, which will make its way to Port next month, would be better placed to pick up passengers.
“There’s not a lot of people in Townsville,’’ he said.
“We could have got charters, but we had to relocate it every time to sort of pick up people at Cairns or Port Douglas.
“And by the time you’ve done that, you’ve spent many thousands of dollars in fuel.
“There’s a lot more money up in Port Douglas and Cairns than there is in Townsville.”
The Flying Fish has a helideck, accommodation for up to eight guests – including four luxury staterooms, a main saloon, spacious living and relaxing areas over three decks, and a captain’s cabin plus accommodation for up to four crew.
The sleek-looking vessel, which has a top cruising speed of 11.5 knots (21km/h), was originally owned by notorious Sydney stockbroker, the late Rene Rivkin
Mr Morris, who also owns Nautilus Aviation, said his su- peryacht would be used to help “We’re well placed to proclients explore northern Aus-vide that sort of service.” tralia. The Compushare founder,
Nautilus has bases inthrough his Colonial Leisure Cairns, Townsville, Darwin,Group, also owns: the Daintree Weipa, Horn Island, andEco Lodge in the Daintree Mount Isa. Rainforest; the Orpheus Island
“The beauty of the FlyingResort, off Ingham; and Mt Fish is you can land helicoptersMulligan Station, west of on it,’’ Mr Morris said. Cairns.
“There’s not a lot of those He said basing the Flying sorts of boats that can do that. Fish in Port Douglas would
“That means we can supplyhelp grow his “Northern Esfor other things, or we can landcape” tourism brand, encoura small helicopter on there andaging clients to also visit the people can go off and explore. Reef, rainforest and Outback.
Tourism tycoon Chris Morris' superyacht The Flying Fish will be permanently berthed at Port Douglas