Tall ship to start day trips

AFTER 20 years of servicing the Whitsundays as an overnight sailing vessel, the 66-year-old tall ship Derwent Hunter is about to embark on a new career as a day-tripper.

Director and owner of Tall Ship Adventures Jo Ladd said the move was about keeping up-to-date with the needs of tourism in the area.

"It was basically recognising that there's a niche in the market for traditional sailing options as day trips," Ms Ladd said.

"At the moment there's only high-performance yachts and catamarans (offering day trips) and not everybody wants to stay overnight," she said.

"(By changing to day trips) we're making the tall ship experience available to families, weekend visitors, maybe people in the regional area and wooden boat enthusiasts."

Ms Ladd said the change of use was a slight expansion for the business.

"We'll be running with extra crew members. There will be more marketing which will create more work and we also have a marine naturalist who's working with us now."

The Derwent Hunter will depart on its first day trip tomorrow, Friday January 6, from Port of Airlie at 8am. For information call 4946 7124.


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