Quick cat thun­ders through Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

TWELVE me­tres of spe­cially de­signed ocean cruis­ing ves­sel pow­ered by 600 stal­lions – the Thun­der­cat is cer­tainly a force to be reck­oned with.

Don’t be fooled, though. This beast is as smooth a ride as can be found on the wa­ter.

Owner-op­er­a­tors Asher and Julie Telford de­cided to get “hands-on” with their new­est boat and Mr Telford trav­elled to Bris­bane to over­see its de­sign and con­struc­tion. “I’ve worked here for 15 years in this in­dus­try and I wanted to build a boat that solved all the prob­lems that I’ve come across,” he said.

Mr Telford’s main con­cern was to make it speedy yet sta­ble.

“We can go out in rough weather and do the same speed that we can do in calm weather be­cause of the unique de­sign of the hull,” he said.

“Even when it’s rough it’s just a slow roll.”

Thun­der­cat has only just joined the cou­ple’s first boat, Ton­garra, on the wa­ter but it’s al­ready had full bookings ev­ery day.

Mr and Mrs Telford said this was in large part thanks to the sup­port they had re­ceived from all in­volved.

“We just want to say thank you to ev­ery­one who’s been so sup­port­ive – agents, friends, col­leagues and the crew,” Mr Telford said.

Mrs Telford noted the cou­ple’s ded­i­cated staff had been es­pe­cially help­ful.

“We just want to thank them for be­ing sup­port­ive of the boat,” she said.

“They’ve had an emo­tional in­vest­ment in this as well.”

Mean­while the sta­ble speed­ster has proved an in­stant hit with the cou­ple’s young boys.

“(Our son) was dreaming the other night go­ing ‘boat, boat, boat’,” Mr Telford said.

Now, the Telfords want you to be dreaming of your time on the wa­ter. “Our num­ber one goal is for ev­ery­one vis­it­ing the Whit­sun­days and tak­ing a trip with us to have the best time pos­si­ble,” Mrs Telford said.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit thun­der­catwhit­sun­days.com.au.

WEL­COME ABOARD: Asher and Julie Telford and the Thun­der­cat Whit­sun­days staff.

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