The money in boats

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

EF­FORTS to en­tice more for­eign­flagged su­pery­achts to our re­gion are well worth­while.

Here is a very lu­cra­tive mar­ket that fits right in with what trop­i­cal north Queens­land has to of­fer.

We’re al­ready on the page – Port Dou­glas, with its six res­i­dent su­pery­achts at the Reef Ma­rina, is now the sec­ond big­gest port for such ves­sels out­side of Rozelle Bay down in Syd­ney — a home to huge ves­sels.

We al­ready have the fa­cil­i­ties – very large boats can berth in Cairns (the big­gest ocean lin­ers are an­other mat­ter) – and the three main en­gine mak­ers all have work­shops in Cairns too.

Of course what su­pery­acht own­ers get ac­cess to is one of the world’s best cruis­ing coasts, from here all the way to PNG.

Fan­tas­tic ocean and reef en­vi­ron­ments, amaz­ing land-based tour­ing, pri­vacy and seclusion, and first world ameni­ties. What’s not to like.

At Port Dou­glas they walk from the new su­pery­acht berths to a won­der­ful re­furbed/new ma­rina and fur­ther on in a short dis­tance to world class restau­rants. It’s easy. It’s small. And above all it’s very ca­sual.

There are all sorts of spin offs from this type of visi­ta­tion. Oc­ca­sion­ally they book rooms for their crews in lo­cal re­sorts to give them a bit of dry land time.

They shop lo­cally for pro­vi­sions and fuel. They use lo­cal guided tours, world’s best mar­lin fish­ing char­ters and other ser­vices. Money goes around. There’s an­other thing too – this type of visi­ta­tion con­fers a pres­tige that Port Dou­glas de­serves. It has the small foot­print that suits our desti­na­tion and in­deed our way of life.

In an ever more crowded, dirty and un­sta­ble world, this is the place wealthy peo­ple will steadily ap­pre­ci­ate more and more.

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