The main character is the pilot who somehow picks up a symbiotic organism that helps him through many situations. (I vividly remember one episode where he needs to play a pipe for hours on end to mesmerise a bunch of giant spiders)
The ship is owned by either a wealthy person or research organisation. They go from planet to planet doing research. One of the other characters is a young girl who happens to be very intelligent.
I used to have the series in paperback years ago and lost them during one of my numerous house moves.
Cannot for the life of me remember the series name or the author - doh!!!
Can anyone remember anything about this series?
Thanks in advance