THE legendary 20-meter Maxi Yacht Apollo and its business, Apollo Adventure Sailing, is on the market.
The sale of this business includes the Apollo Maxi Yacht, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) permit and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) permit.
It also includes company website (domain), email addresses, a large range of spare parts including extra mainsail, headsail, engine parts, tender and stores, and scuba equipment.
Both the vessel and the business are being sold together.
Apollo was one of the most sought-after Maxi sailing boats in the Whitsundays and catered for 27 passengers and three crew.
"After competing in races all over the world and winning the famous Sydney-Hobart race, she was converted into the ultimate Whitsunday sailing adventure (sail and dive), " he said. "The boat sails passengers around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands for three days and two nights, taking in the sights that this amazing location has to offer.
"Apollo has been operating in the Whitsunday area since the late 1980s and the current owners had managed the boat for two years prior to being given the opportunity to purchase the vessel outright in 2010.
"Over the last eight years, the current owners have been able to significantly grow the business through strategic advertising and marketing.
"The business is busy all year round with backpackers flying into Cairns, Sydney, and Melbourne daily, and traveling South or North along the East Coast. During this time, backpackers take in the sights of Australia's popular cities, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, and Cape Tribulation, before flying home.
"Apollo currently operates from Coral Sea Marina Resort formerly known as Abell Point Marina, a major gateway to the Whitsundays, its 74 islands and the Great Barrier Reef. It sails passengers through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands stopping along the way at beautiful diving/snorkeling sites including Blue Pearl Bay, Langford Island overlooking Hayman Island, and the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. "
Apollo, designed by Ben Lexan, was originally built as a racing boat and had a proud and extensive racing history.
"This includes the Sydney-Hobart where she was placed first, second (three times) and third (twice), " he said. "She's also the winner of the South China Sea Series. Apollo has won every major race held on the East Coast of Australia including Sydney-Brisbane and Brisbane-Gladstone.
"The vessel also set the record for the Sydney-Southport race. She's the winner of the Kenwood Cup, the Around Hawaii Island race, Cairns-New Guinea race, Hobart-Honiara race and six consecutive grueling Whitsunday Fun Races.
"After retiring from racing, the Apollo was refitted as a charter boat. "
as a passenger onboard Apollo you will get to spend 3 days exploring all the top destinations in the Whitsundays. Sail at top speeds and enjoy every minute of your adventure that is perfect for 18-35-year-old backpackers, and those who are looking for a social trip.
Your trip will begin at Coral Sea Marina, where guests will depart early in the morning, giving the chance to enjoy the full day sailing, exploring, and relaxing. Your first stop will be at the northern end of the islands, where you will get the chance to snorkel or dive in some of our favorite locations, such as Luncheon Bay or Blue Pearl Bay. Here guests will get to explore the beautiful corals and marine life up close, even taking the chance to enjoy a free dive for both introductory and certified divers. New and experienced divers can explore the reef at length, getting to see it in a whole new way, enjoying the colorful corals and friendly fish and sea turtles. Apollo is a full-service dive vessel with her own onboard dive crew and all necessary equipment. On Apollo, we even have night dives for certified divers.
Call Sean from yachtsailing.com.au on 0413892531 to view and ask for recent reports and specifications.
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