John and Lynne have an enviable lifestyle; they live aboard their luxurious sailing yacht Sydney Sundancer and divide their time between picturesque Sydney Harbour and the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Sydney Sundancer is both their home and their business. They have combined their love of sailing, travel and great food and turned it into a thriving charter business – John is a master mariner and Lynne is a master chef. Every year for the last 19 years they have sailed the 1,200nm north to the Whitsunday Islands from Sydney in June and returned in early November. John and Lynne had Sydney Sundancer built in 1986 to their own custom design and incorporated several special features including a built-in ironing board. This was the subject of much discussion during construction, and has
been used twice in nearly 20 years! She is is 54ft (16.2m) long and has sleeping accommodation for up to 12 people. John and Lynne prefer to host up to three couples in their own private cabins while they have their own quarters in the stern of the ship. The large rear deck has an area for alfresco dining and can be completely enclosed. John and Lynne chose a life afloat to further their lifelong fascination with the sea and to spend more time doing what they love. John says: ‘We get million dollar views without the high taxes! I love looking out of the portholes and seeing 18-footers flying past at water level with Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background; standing on the bow of the yacht, watching dolphins swimming below; jumping off the transom to swim with magnificent fish and amazing corals. All this and earning a living from making guests happy while sharing their adventure in paradise.’
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