Port Douglas grows in popularity with Spirit
THE Reef Marina at Port Douglas continues to emerge as one of the challengers to the current set of more traditional superyacht destinations as the latest motor yacht makes the seaside town its home port. Arriving last Thursday,
can entertain up to 12 guests and has five staterooms.
Extra features include a spa, a large spacious sun deck designed for entertaining and state of the art AV equipment from top to bottom.
It has a permanent crew of seven based in Port Douglas.
For captain Martin Debanks and his wife Jo, who is
fulltime cordon-bleu trained chef, it was “no hardship” choosing Port Douglas as its home port.
“We have lived in some of the most incredible places around the world, but the Tropical North has been home since the early 2000s,” he said.
“It was always our dream to bring a charter of this calibre to the east coast of Australia and we were lucky enough to pick up in Montenegro last year.”
The Reef Marina general manager Rob Cruz said there were now six vessels permanently berthed at the marina, in addition to casual visiting superyachts, injecting an estimated $9600 — $12,000 per vessel, per day into the local economy.
“We knew there was a lot of potential for growth, which is why the building of a superyacht hub at the The Reef Marina has been a key part of our $5 million refurbishment over the last three years,” he said.
Mr Cruz said Port Douglas was a world class destination that had the very best to offer.
He believed its appeal would only increase once the Marina’s $100 million waterfront redevelopment was completed. Jedda is a 15-month-old catahola cross and loves to be with a family. She has a lot of energy and loves living where there’s plenty of space for her to run and explore.
Captain of Martin Debanks and The Reef Marina general manager Rob Cruz.