A NEW $3 million catamaran will shepherd tourists to the Great Barrier Reef out of Port Douglas.
Jenny and John Edmondson (with seadog Jock) on their new vessel, Wavelength 6. Pic by Shane Nichols
Wavelength Reef Cruises has welcomed a fourth catamaran into its fleet at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, after the 20m vessel steamed up the coast from Brisbane on the weekend.
Wavelength 6 was designed by Sydney-based naval architects Incat-Crowther and built by Brisbane based Aluminium Marine.
Equipped with more storage space and greater seating comfort, the vessel can carry 48 passengers and will take them to the company’s 15 mooring sites within the Great Barrier Reef marine park.
Wavelength co-owner Jenny Edmondson said the new catamaran would boost the company’s carrying capacity for Reef trips.
“Basically we turn a lot of people away when it’s busy, so it will give us a lot more capacity,” she said.
“And obviously the cats run a lot better during poor weather, so there’s a bit more comfort for our passengers.”
Wavelength, which was founded in the 1980s, is the second-longest running Reef operator in Port Douglas.
It is also the only outer Reef tour company that is still owned by Port Douglas locals.