Meet the Team

Our Vision:

We are a unique, boutique operation with ongoing efforts toward the protection of Whales and Dolphins and to help make Port Stephens a model of Ecotourism. We are comitted to long term growth, improving our skills, Imagine, sailing and our services, to give our guests fun, educational and personal cruises and friendly professional charters at best value.

Imagine, dedicated to the protection of Dolphins and Whales…


Yves Papin – Owner/Skipper

Bonjour! French skipper Yves is onboard  Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. He has a great passion for the protection of Dolphins & Whales and loves being out on the water sailing, something he has been doing for most of his life. Yves loves to chat with guests onboard to be sure you are enjoying the cruise and let you know some interesting facts about the local wildlife!


Frank Future -  Owner/Skipper

Frank FutureFrank usually skippers on Friday and Saturday. He has been sailing boats for 40 years and has a very deep passion for the marine environment. Frank is currently secretary of Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia and has been an official observer at the annual International Whaling Commission meetings. He is an active member of Port Stephens Tourism and the Port Stephens Eco Network.


Pete – Skipper/Deckhand

Pete ThomsonPete is Imagine’s third Skipper. He lives on his own yacht and also holds an offshore Yachtmaster ticket. He tried to run away to sea at 6 y.o and has been sailing since the age of 12 y.o. Pete has mastered vessels professionally both here and overseas and loves to share his experience of nature and the sea with others, making him an excellent addition to the Imagine Team. Pete drives on  Tuesdays and Thursdays but also works as a deckhand during the week.


Ayla – Office & Sales Manager

539409_570264766316926_1780693023_nAyla is a ‘local’ in the truest sense. Spending her entire 21 years in Port Stephens and working at various locations throughout the Port means she has a good knowledge of the area and attractions.  Ayla works in the office working Tues – Sun you will most likely catch her on the phone, thou she does love to get out on the boat when she can!


Anne Marie – Accounts

anne marieAnne Marie keeps an ever watchful eye on the Imagine’s Accounts. She is developing a great love for Port Stephens and tries to bring her family and friends out for the Imagine experience whenever possible. Along with Ayla in the office she will quite often answer the phone or email enquiries.


Roger D – Deckhand/Chef

mtcrogerdRoger is Imagine’s Chef  cooking up a storm on the dinner cruises as well as private charters.  He and wife Sally operate a Bed and Breakfast called ‘Boataba B&B’ so he is used to providing information with a smile to everyone he meets!


Bruce – Deckhand/Chef

BruceBruce is our go to man when things get busy. He is a keen sailor and a local of 40 years. Ask him about his many sailing trips on the ‘South Passage’  He is an active Deckhand during the week, as well as our chef on Monday & Tuesday Night dinner cruises.


Priscilla- Deckhand/Dive Master

25992_462155323833259_2007621924_nImagine’s Newest Staff member, but not new to the Port.. Priscilla has been working for Seascape & Lets Go Dive Adventures since 2010. Keen to develop and expand her knowledge as a deckhand, and also help out as a Dive master once Summer hits on our Snorkelling Marine Discovery Tours.


Some of the team you may have had the pleasure of speaking to or sailing with over the years! Although they are not working with Imagine anymore there is a chance you might see them out on a cruise.

Richie- Deckhand/Dive Master/ Photographer

Rick – Office Manager/Deckhand

Jane – Skipper/Dive Master

Didj- Deckhand/Dive Master/Photographer/Chef

Alies- International Intern

Roger- Deckhand/Dive Master