Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
ocean | 27 WATER MAR K New Superyacht's South Seas Charters An Australian entrepreneur has invested in a 138 feet superyacht built in the Richmond area of Vancouver, where Sovereign Yachts was located before that yard split between Canada and New Zealand, and he plans to offer charters in French Polynesia, Fiji and the East Coast of Australia. Formerly called Status Quo, the vessel has been renamed Keri Lee, and on arrival in Australia is expected to base in Brisbane, the Whitsundays or Cairns. The sale was handled by broker Grant Torrens. australia Gold Coast Cruise Terminal Dropped The Queensland boating industry has welcomed the State Government announcement to enhance recreational boating facilities on the Gold Coast, despite scuttling the proposed cruise ship terminal. The Boating Industry Association of Queensland said it was glad the government had not "thrown the baby out with the bath water." BIAQ General Manager, Barry Hibberd, said there remained an important future for recreational boating on the Gold Coast, although the cruise ship idea has been scrapped. "This is good news not only for the Gold Coast but also for many communities along the Queensland Coast," Mr Hibberd said. "New superyacht facilities on the Gold Coast will attract world attention and these vessels will spread wealth along the coastline from Gold Coast to Thursday Island as they make voyages up and down the Queensland coast. 'There will be a healthy economic ripple affect along the coast flowing from this decision." Mr Hibberd said Queensland had the opportunity to become one of the world's best sailing destinations along with the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the South Pacific. "As a cruising destination Queensland will become one of the pearls of the Pacific," he said. Mr Hibberd said the task at hand now was to develop the recreational boating facilities and public areas in harmony with the environmental aspects of The Spit.
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