Mor­ris yacht for Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Daniel Bate­man

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

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