Owner operators Chris and Ellen Pike have been involved in
long range passenger charter vessels based out of
Gladstone for over 26 years.
Chris has extensive knowledge of the Great Barrier Reefs – Swain Reefs, Capricorn Bunker Group, Shoalwater Bay and the Coral Sea areas.
Prior to charter work in Queensland Chris and Ellen had their own Boat Building establishment in Tasmania’s beautiful sunny port of St. Helens where they built Rock Lobster, Abalone and Scallop vessels for the fishing industry there. Chris has been a professional fisherman for over 30 years and works with the Tura which is a multipurpose vessel in Tasmanian and Victorian waters from January to August each year fishing for Rock Lobster,
Danny has been involved in the long range passenger
charter service and research charters for over 22 years and
many of you would have met him when he was a deckhand
starting out at 16 years of age. Danny has been with Tura
Charters for the past 15 years, skippered the Tura for 8
years and is now Master and part owner of the Eastern
Voyager, has extensive knowledge of all areas of the Swain
Reefs, Coral Sea and Shoalwater Bay (which is his favourite
area to charter – he is a very keen mud crabber) .
Danny has voyaged and skippered on all of our southern charters and research trips in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.
Bill has been involved with Tura Charters over the past 15
years especially with the Tasmanian and Victorian Research
and passenger Charters and has been skipper of the Tura
here in Queensland for the past 5 years. (Is known as the
Red Emperor Whisperer and very good on the drift).
Bill has had over 30+ years experience in the abalone and fishing industry in Tasmania and has extensive knowledge in all areas of fishing and diving both here in Queensland, Victoria and especially Tasmanian waters.
and Research work and available in Queensland from mid
September to December .
As a boat builder Chris converted both the “Tura” and “Eastern Voyager” to exacting standards for passenger safety and comfort and are both unique to other passenger charter vessels chartering out of the Gladstone harbour as our current certification allows us to work anywhere within Australia’s Economic Zone.