Builder who helped Australian couple prepare for yacht trip said he thought the ...

The man who helped an Australian horse racer and his wife prepare their luxury yacht for a worldwide cruise expressed his surprise at the couple's adventure. 

Florida-based Gabriel Fabre said he found John and Yvette Nikolic's romantic trip unusual because the duo were only new to sailing.       

'I thought it was a little strange because he was not experienced at sailing,' Mr Fabre told the Herald Sun. 

The man who helped John and Yvette Nikolic (pictured) prepare for their luxury yacht adventure said he thought the trip was 'strange'

The man who helped John and Yvette Nikolic (pictured) prepare for their luxury yacht adventure said he thought the trip was 'strange'

John and Yvette Nikolic had purchased their luxury yacht for $335,000 late last year

John and Yvette Nikolic had purchased their luxury yacht for $335,000 late last year

'It's strange for the trip he wanted to do, but that's not my business.'

The Nikolic's reportedly bought the boat for $335,000 late last year and set about repairing it, including adding satellite equipment and carrying out engine work.

Mr Fabre, who spent two months preparing the yacht, described John as a 'very nice guy' and added he was shocked by news of a dramatic drug arrest on the Shenanigans boat.

Fijian police last month allegedly found 13 bars of cocaine worth $20million, $15,000 worth of ecstasy tablets, $20,000 cash, two handguns and 97 rounds of ammunition on the Nikolic's boat. 

John, 45, is still believed to be fighting for life in hospital after reportedly drinking a toxic substance following the dramatic drug arrest.     

A crew member who was kicked off the Nikolic's luxury yacht just weeks before the drug bust believes he is lucky to have escaped prison.       

A crew member who was kicked off John and Yvette Nikolic (pictured)'s luxury yacht just weeks before alleged $20 million drug bust believes he is lucky to have escaped prison

A crew member who was kicked off John and Yvette Nikolic (pictured)'s luxury yacht just weeks before alleged $20 million drug bust believes he is lucky to have escaped prison

Fijian authorities are seen searching the vessel following the arrest of the Nikolic's

Fijian authorities are seen searching the vessel following the arrest of the Nikolic's

Yvette Nikolic begged the magistrate in court to let her see her critically ill husband at Lautoka hospital

Yvette Nikolic begged the magistrate in court to let her see her critically ill husband at Lautoka hospital

Mark Shea claimed to The Herald Sun when he got on the boat he was told not to approach the couple's room.

'I was told not to go anywhere near their room. I'd love to know where they found the drugs,' he claimed.  

Mr Shea told the publication he dodged a bullet when he was kicked off the boat, after the Nikolic's responded to his advert looking for work. 

'I could be in prison in Fiji right now. I was very lucky,' he said.     

The Nikolic's claimed to be on a romantic trip of a lifetime when Fiji police swooped on their luxury yacht. 

Yvette is behind bars, charged with importing millions of dollars' worth of cocaine and firearms.  

Yvette is said to have begged the magistrate in court to let her see her

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