Boat Directory: Mothership Operators

Thinking of fishing this fabulous fishery? The Black Marlin Fishing Blog – Fishing Charters – Boat Directory is an alphabetical listing of the professional fleet who also contribute reports to this blog. If you have any interest in fishing with any one of the amazing boats, please use the links below to visit each boat’s website directly.

This page shows a list of operators who offer mothership charters out of a range of destinations.

Abel Tasman III

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Work Phone: +61 7 5526 4144Website: Visit the website

Abel Tasman III is a luxury 75ft Salthouse motor sailor. This unique vessel offers the ultimate charter experience by allowing guests to cruise to their destination with the reliability of twin diesel motors or the peacefulness and tranquility offered by being under sail.

Experience nature in its purest form, crystal clear waters and beautiful blue skies that seem to go on forever. Enjoy the complete outdoors with the breezes and the sun or retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of the main saloon, truly the best of both worlds in so many ways.

This elegant charter vessel features a luxurious master stateroom with spacious ensuite bathroom and jacuzzi, and a twin berth cabin with ensuite, both privately located aft of the main saloon. There is also a double berth guest cabin with ensuite located forward of the main saloon catering for up to 6 guests in 3 separate cabins.

The huge outdoor aft deck is perfect for cocktail parties and the massive main saloon features a panoramic ocean view through large windows.

Whether planning a special occasion, looking for the ultimate family holiday, creating the perfect dive charter, or just want an exclusive getaway for the weekend, then Abel Tasman III is your perfect luxury charter vessel. Imagine the peace and serenity of an intimate honeymoon for two or the diving adventure of a lifetime with some of your closest friends.

Abel Tasman III is supplied with a professional captain and dedicated crew, so you can spend your time doing as much or as little as you like, knowing that an experienced team can either show you the ropes or just help you to relax by looking after all the finer details.

Atlantic Princess

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MothershipWork Phone: 61 408 422 242Website: Visit the website

Ready, Set, Adventure

Atlantic Princess is an exemplary motor yacht that delivers classic and luxurious vacations.

Looking for adventure and exploration trips to the world’s largest water bodies such as The Great Barrier Reef, the Atlantic Princess offers luxury and comfort. She caters for a wide range of personal preferences, which may include one-day out on the Gold Coast or a liveaboard adventure in tropical North Queensland.

With the Atlantic Princess as your mothership, you are guaranteed of a remarkable cruising experience after your Marlin and game fishing adventures.
As your home at sea Atlantic Princess offers a large aft deck and upper deck ideal for outdoor entertaining while enjoying a BBQ and drink after a hard days fishing.

Atlantic Princess caters for up to 8 guests overnight in 3 Staterooms each with their own ensuite offering comfort and relaxation. Equipped with deluxe natural amenities, bathrobes, slippers and individually controlled air conditioning.

Our reputation for quality and service are unsurpassed and the new owner has over 30 years experience in the boating and charter industry and along with the crew, we will continue to give our clients the best cruising experience possible.

We also host corporate events or Whitsunday Island hopping holidays. The highly valued and experienced crew are always happy to help look after everything you may desire.

Australian Fishing Expeditions

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Capt. Laurie WrightWork Phone: 07 4095-2260Website: Visit Website

Captain Laurie & Julie Wright and have been ‘hooked up’ and organising sport fishing charters on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia for over 20 years. Their team work and dedication has come about through their love of the region and its fishing potential.

Having both fished and traveled the world for many years they understand what all avid anglers desire to make their experience that “fishing trip of a life time”.

Australian Fishing Expeditions is a luxury fishing charter company with the finest, modern sportsfishing boats and luxury motherships, operated by professional captains and crew available. This style of fishing expedition allows the avid angler the freedom to roam the 150 nautical miles expanse of reef system where the continental shelf abuts the outer Barrier reefs from Cairns to Lizard Island. This is the ultimate game fishing experience and is available for those purist big fish anglers, and is the best way to enjoy your angling adventure.

Beluga Expeditions

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Beluga is a 34.7M custom built Moonen explorer-style motor yacht built in 2006 and last refitted 2011. She was built as a go-anywhere yacht with a robust elegant style, a wide beam, and therefore unusually large volume for her length.

Beluga, being an explorer displacement yacht, is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system which reduces roll motion effect and results in a smoother more enjoyable cruising experience.

Beluga is built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards. She has a cruising speed of 10 knots, max speed of 13.50 knots and a range of 4500.00nm from her 45,000.00l supply.

Beluga’s interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 5 staterooms, including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds. She normally typically carries up to 6 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.

Beluga comprises of four impressive decks, providing privacy and numerous dining and lounging options. See the website for details.

Blue Martini (Far North Sport Fishing)

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Work Phone: +61 7 4099 3188Cell Phone: +61 498 466 498Website: Visit the website

Our recently refitted 70′ Mothership Blue Martini provides the combination of luxury and comfort for extended long-range charters to remote locations along the Cape York Peninsula and beyond. Blue Martini has three separate levels and multiple dining areas. Our on board chef creates haute cuisine from an extensive galley which is served by our on board hostess. We are also fully licensed with a fantastic vintage wine list.

Blue Martini can sleep up to eight guests in air-conditioned comfort across two ensuited queen cabins and two twin share cabins. A full daily housekeeping service is provided and array of water sport equipment is also available.

Emerald Lady

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Work Phone: 0437 765 012Website: Visit the website

EMERAL LADY can be chartered in the majestic Great Barrier Reef and surrounding areas on Australia’s north east coast or anywhere in the South Pacific.

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. It offers hundreds of picturesque tropical islands and world famous beaches.

You can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, helicopter tours, kayaking, standup paddle boards, waterskis, swimming and many other activities at any time you wish as the yacht carry all those equipment for you.


  • 45 guests
  • 4 cabins
  • 8 guest overnight capacity
  • Cabin configuration 1 Master 1 King 2 Twin


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Ocean Trek ChartersWork Phone: 0428231230Website: Visit the website
Explore some of the most beautiful and remote locations on earth from a position of uncompromising comfort

MV Mustique is a superbly appointed 110 ft luxury motor yacht available for Mother Shipping or private charter. She has earned her outstanding reputation for highly personalised and exclusive service while exploring the most sought after and remote destinations around Australia and the Pacific.

Mustique’s features and facilities are second to none, and on board dining and accommodation are guaranteed to please the most discerning guest.

If it’s a superb mother ship you’re looking for look no further – you will find everything you need and more aboard Mustique.

South Pacific II

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Rob SigantoWork Phone: 0417275799Website: Visit the website

South Pacific II is one of Queensland’s most famous and favourite classic ocean going timber vessel. Built in 1964 by esteemed Brisbane shipwright Norman R. Wright & Sons the 72ft iconic vessel is steeped in history.

In 2017, South Pacific 2 underwent a major refit on all decks, galley and engine room providing it with all the modern features while remaining its unique character. With capacity for up to 8 guests, mother shipping includes a skipper, chef and hostess with pricing starting from $4,500 per day.

Each year she will follow the rough itinerary below:

  • July and August, South Pacific II will operate in the Whitsundays.
  • September, she heads to Lizard Island where she will run as a mothership up until late October operating around the Ribbons and Jewell Reef.
  • November she heads to Lockhart River to mothership around the Bligh Reef area before returning to her Brisbane base in late December.

Vessel specifications:

  • Major fitout in 2017 to replace the galley, replace all beech decking with new and opening of the aft deck area by reducing the head height of the aft cabin.
  • 72 feet (22 metres)
  • Equipped with stabilisers and steadying foresail for offshore comfort
  • Four air conditioned cabins and 3 bathrooms
  • Central galley and dining saloon with seating for 10 guests
  • Spacious upper and lower decks
  • Large swim platform with boarding ladder
  • Flat screen TV, video, surround sound stereo
  • Soundproofed engines with 240 volt generators,
  • Water maker, ice maker, extensive refrigeration and freezer capacity and serviced by computerised electronics