Spirit is the most luxurious mothership operating along the coast of Australia. Providing five-star cuisine and exemplary service for guests, and able to access the most remote locations, Spirit is the perfect home base for an adventure fishing expedition. Imagine the thrill you’ll offer your guests fishing up and down the Great Barrier Reef, then returning them to Spirit for refreshing cocktails, an unforgettable meal and a peaceful night’s sleep.

From September to December the Great Barrier Reef enjoys visits from Giant Black Marlin. This legendary fishery is accessed in comfort and style by M.Y. Spirit. Why not try a hand at game fishing under the watchful eye of Captain Martin.

If guests choose to take a break for a day, they are welcome to fish off the back of Spirit, use our numerous water toys, or simply relax in the hot tub on Spirit’s deck.

Spirit serves as a home away from home for fishing outings that can last for a few days or up to a week at a time, allowing unique access to some of the world’s most remote fishing locations.


During our Mothership charters, start your day with a leisurely breakfast on board Spirit, with freshly baked breads, continental breakfast or egg dish of the day. When ready to board your game boat, your freshly packed Gourmet lunch will prepared and served when the time is right by the crew of game boat. While you are catching your world record Black Marlin, Spirits crew will be preparing for you return. Chef Jo prides herself of preparing exquisite food that is catered to the preferences and needs of our guests. Inquire for further details upon booking.


Captain Martin and Chef Jo DeBanks have been in the yachting industry globally for over 25 years. Their early years saw them running high-end dive and adventure charters in places as remote and exotic as Africa and the Middle East. From there, charters for the rich and famous ensued, before they eventually ending up running a globally based yacht specializing in game fishing and diving. After over a decade and two around-the-world trips, they decided to make Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef their home, providing unparalleled access to the pristine waters off the east coast of Australia.

Their love of the ocean is evident in all they do; being passionate and experienced in all water sports enables them to easily cater for the most discerning and adventurous of guests, while still producing the luxury and service expected.

Cordon Bleu-trained chef Jo’s passion for food came early on in life from her mother, herself a life-long chef. It was a natural progression to combine her love of the ocean and natural talent, enabling her to produce dishes of the highest standard. All tastes are catered for from the well-appointed galley over which she presides.

Alongside Captain Martin with his vast experience and their hand-picked crew, you know you are in safe hands.