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Big Mama is our home, and Ragamuffin 111 as well as Samurai, are all part of the Big Mama Sailing family fleet.

Three beautiful sailing vessels to choose from, all offering a authentic & dependable sailing experience. 

The choice is yours?


We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Explore & discover the hidden gems of Magnetic Island and our stunning surrounding region.

This is how we live.

This is our lifestyle.

We love what we do and love sharing our ocean backyard with others.


With 23 beautiful beaches and bays to choose from on Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Palm Islands and Outer Great

Barrier Reef, you can enjoy sailing in our paradise without the crowds, either on our day trips, overnight charters OR sail away & escape

for two hours into the sunset, & feel pleasantly relaxed, while admiring the stunning views.

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Explore Our Ocean Backyard

There's something pretty unique about having the ocean as your backyard and a home you can

take anywhere in the world with nothing but a slight breeze.

That's the beauty of life on board Big Mama for Lisa & Stu, their son Fletcher and precious boat

dog Coco!

Jump aboard and discover what life is like for this sailing family whilst discovering some

of the best kept secrets, most stunning beaches in our region, as well as The Palm Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. 

Meet Big Mama, Ragamuffin 111 & Samurai

Big Mama is a beautiful (18 m) ketch rigged yacht. Built in Bloomfield, Far North Queensland. Big

Mama is our original vessel of Big Mama Sailing, offering Half Day, Sunset Sails, Full Day and Private Charters.

Big Mama has plenty of deck space to relax in bean bags and a aft area, with plenty of shade and a comfortable upright bench chair. We provide catering

on board Big Mama and bring your beverages is welcome- we do not have a bar on board.

Ragamuffin 111 (14m) is a German Frers sloop design, a racing vessel & our smaller vessel. She is

one of Syd Fisher's famous vessels named Ragamuffin & she was number 3.  

Syd Fisher is described as one of Australia's most successful offshore sailor.

Ragamuffin 111 is a BRING YOUR OWN EVERYTHING option(beverages and nibbles- not catered).

This vessel is not suitable for small children 4 years and under, as well as guests with mobility concerns and poor fitness level or limitations.

Safety is our highest priority. 


Samurai (18m) is a Sparkman and Stephens design, and a new addition to the Big Mama Sailing. This vessel was built in Perth by Veale Engineering and launched in 1979. We purchased  Samurai October 2023. She was quite neglected & we are proud to have restored this beautiful vessel, giving her a new lease of life on the water. Samurai, boasts of large spacious deckspace and a comfortable open planned interior. Two heads (toilet/showers) and will offer overnight adventures, as well as cater for larger private groups on her private day charters.


 About Our Tours & What Makes our Sailing Experience UNIQUE & you leave us feeling INSPIRED

  • Unique & authentic  sailing experience, exploring the hidden gems of Magnetic Island

  • Eco Tourism Certified- We are committed & passionate about our environment, especially the ocean & ensure our impact is reduced. We SAIL, rather than motoring as much as we can

  • Please visit our Eco Tourism Page for more information

  • Help us raise money for the Magnetic Island Turtle Hospital. Both our boats have recycle bins on board, dedicated to raising money, while promoting the importance of recycling and we donate this money to support sick and injured turtles

  • Award Winning

  • Owner/ Operators

  • 12 guests MAX on board Big Mama & Private Charter MAX 14 guests

  • 10 guests MAX on board Ragamuffin 111 & Private Charters MAX 12 guests

  • 10 guests MAX on board Samurai Overnight Charter, 12 MAX on a Private Overnight Charter & on private day trips, up to 18 guests and MAX 20

  • We offer a Half Day Adventure Island Sail, Sunset Sail, Private Charters & Private Full Day Charter as well as an overnight charter

  • Pick up/drop off from Townsville and Magnetic Island

  • Children friendly

  • We are happy to modify any of our sail options to suit the interest of your group

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