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Yacht Review: Charters In Asia-Pacific Waters

Yacht Review: Charters In Asia-Pacific Waters

After her delivery from the Amels yard in the Netherlands in June 2017, Lili has already racked up some serious mileage – touring stunning off-the-beaten-track locations such as Norway, the Seychelles islands and the Maldives.

She is available for charter with Imperial, which also represented the owner during the completion of the build at Amels. Perhaps the most highly customised Amels 180 to date, Lili perfectly captures the continuous evolution and ongoing success of the Amels Limited Editions range.

We’re confident in saying that the Amels 180 is the most successful 55-metre superyacht design ever, with more than 20 deliveries since 2007,” comments Rose Damen, Amels Commercial Director. “Lili’s owner brought many fresh new ideas to her creation, including an extended huge sun deck with a custom-made pool – plenty of outdoor spaces for everyone on board.

“We’re able to create a personal style that complements Tim Heywood’s original Amels 180 design very successfully”.

Together with the Amels design team, Tim Heywood extended Lili’s sun deck by three metres to 28 metres in length – creating a huge outdoor luxury space of almost 175 square metres. The bridge deck has also been extended, offering both sun both sun and shade.

Bespoke dining room chairs feature a cut-out square that appears to frame the rich ebony table

Lili’s folding balcony from the VIP suite on the principal deck provides a private spot to enjoy sea breezes in the morning. Further aft on this deck, additional folding balconies port and starboard offer uninterrupted views for fresh al fresco indoor dining for all 12 guests on board. These balconies create an unobstructed majestic view to the sea, and let sea breezes inside for a gentle, more informal and al fresco dining feeling.

The Amels paint team did a remarkable job. The application of Castle Tan gloss on the hull makes Lili very distinctive, while the unforgiving Jet Black on the superstructure – which is extremely challenging to perfect – makes a stunning contrast. The engineering required to turn these curves into reality is considerable, and any blemish would show up in the paintwork. Such is the attention to detail and quality of finish at Amels that Lili looks very much the jewel that Tim Heywood intended.

Lili has such an unusual paint scheme, and jet black gloss across challenging curves and stairwells – any tiny fault would stand out”, Rose Damen explains. “We are well known for the high quality of our paintwork, so it was very important to us that we got it absolutely right. It is a remarkably successful look, and exactly what the owner wanted.

She’s a very personal yacht, but also one that is widely admired and has already proven a popular charter choice. It has been very humbling to see how enthusiastically owners have responded to Tim Heywood’s design over the years.

“Outdoor furnishings have warm tones, which reflect the teak wood and the hull’s Castle Tan – all artfully highlighted with blue marine colours of the sea. Working together with the owner, interior designer Laura Sessa and her team developed a luxurious finish with a very rich use of soft furnishings in velvet and silk.

“The masterpiece is without any doubt the owner’s stateroom on the bridge deck which opens out over a huge aft deck. It was a challenge, in rooms full of light, to create a bold design language that both complements the views outside without forgetting the interior character. The full beam stateroom’s windows offer breath-taking views – glass on three sides with a 180-degree panorama – while the extended aft deck is in effect a private, shaded terrace – an owner’s deck.

“With a view to offering Lili for charter, the owner also created a second stunning 77 square-metre master suite on the principal deck. The suite has a spacious stateroom, office, and private lounge with an exclusive folding balcony to bring in the cool ocean breezes and enjoy the relaxing sound of the sea.

“By adding an indoor gym and four lower deck suites (a total of six spacious suites for 12 guests), Lili is thus perfect for charter clients who want their own spaces to retreat to – as well as the shared lounge spaces and shared sun deck and beach club.

“In stairwells and corridors, very light and high-gloss sycamore is structured with strong geometric black recesses. High contrast dark woods including ebony Macassar make frames in structural elements as well as cabinets, tables, chairs and even bed covers. The bespoke dining room chairs feature a cut-out square that appears to ‘frame’ the rich ebony table.

“The artworks on board are displayed in bold, dark frames, too. These are also echoed in the dark frames around the large windows – with dark shutters connecting with the exterior’s jet black superstructure. This clever design has framed the ever-changing views themselves as pieces of artwork. Soothing whites and light toned walls and carpets provide further contrasts, accentuating the bright sunshine that pours over the surfaces.

“Interior design is very visible in the connection between bespoke furniture and interior materials. For example in the owner’s suite, the custom button-tufted ottoman is mirrored in the same tufting style created on the wall behind the bed. Each space in Laura Sessa’s creation is like a Haute Couture collection, sharing a theme that complements the yacht’s form while providing new points of interest and different impressions.

Sofas are custom-designed for serious lounging in this light and airy layout

“The premier salon emphasises relaxation with an over-sized sofa facing an over-sized huge 105-inch curved 4K television screen. The careful use of mirrored surfaces in the bathrooms – including the shower door – increases the feeling of space.

Superb master suite is among the many features on this highly-customised Amels 180

“Splashes of colour in the lower deck guest suites provide individuality. Everywhere, the disciplined, geometric design requires the highest level of precision craftsmanship and carpentry. Very crisp and sharp joinery, insets and fittings are in perfect alignment and symmetry. “Over the years since we introduced the Amels Limited Editions concept”, Rose Damen continues, “our Amels design and engineering teams have fed back thousands of hours of custom engineering into the design.

“The platform has changed enormously since the first Limited Editions yacht in this segment, Deniki, was delivered in 2007. That includes major changes such as helipad, full-beam bridge deck lounge with larger windows facing aft, plus the extended decks, lengthened beach club and a newly enlarged galley on the principal deck.

“Perhaps even more importantly, the lengthened Amels 180 platform contains thousands of small details that we’ve developed – many representing the changing market and technology innovations, but also we’ve listened to feedback from clients, captains and from the teams here at the yard. The boat has got better, better and better again. In terms of reliability, it’s virtually the perfect yacht platform”.

Aside from Tim Heywood’s timeless exterior lines, about the only thing Amels hasn’t changed is the yacht’s hull shape. That gives clients a lot of confidence – knowing the proven pedigree of their yacht’s underwater body and its performance in all kinds of weather and sea state. The Amels platform is famous in the superyacht world for its seakindliness and manoeuvrability – captains and crews are very enthusiastic about the difference.

The yacht has a slender hull with a narrow forefoot, giving her a fine entry and good seakindly qualities – even in a big swell. The low superstructure (low metacentric height) and heavily-built, stiff full displacement hull makes her very solid and smooth in the water with comfortable periods of roll. This is a hull shape that has successfully circumnavigated the globe, cruised in the Arctic Circle and explored remote Melanesian islands without any modification.

The longevity of that naval architecture is the result of upfront investment in research and development, collaborating with parent company Damen Shipyards Group and their extensive analytical resources. Having that experience with the platform gives Amels absolute control of the production process and allows the yard to achieve the very highest quality.

Lili represents what can be achieved in engineering and design when a yacht builder is willing to be versatile and flexible, listening to owners and willing to make things possible. Her fast delivery in just over a year from signing, impeccable high quality and substantial owner customisation make Lili a perfect example of owners making the most of the Amels Limited Editions approach, a yard spokesman concluded.

Words by Ross Wolfe | Images courtesy of Jeff Brown

*** This article is republished from issue 43 of Yacht Style.

Dolce Vita And Gulf Of Thailand

Dolce Vita And Gulf Of Thailand

Dolce Vita, as the name implies, is set up for those who want to enjoy the good life, and her cruising waters alternate between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, depending on the monsoons.

Much has been written about Phuket already in this Charter Focus, but little about Ko Samui and the Gulf, which actually boasts many more attractive offshore islands than better known ones off Thailand’s West Coast.

Lovely beaches of Ko Samui

A few large yachts have previously based at Ko Samui and Ocean Marina south of Pattaya, but it is taking time for the Gulf to become a really regular charter market.

From Ocean Marina in Jomtien-Pattaya, for example, one could voyage across the Gulf to the delightful summer royal capital of Hua Hin, where anything from extraordinary hedge-shaped topiary to elephants playing polo can be found.

Or voyage up the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok, as writer Joseph Conrad once did when he was a sea captain, savouring the vibrant riverbank scenes and perhaps arranging to tie up at a rice barge pier outside the charming Oriental Hotel, scene of many important episodes in the city’s past and present. There is indeed a Joseph Conrad Suite in the Old Wing, and one dedicated to another golden era writer and traveller, Somerset Maugham.

Ko Samui, most famous of the Gulf islands and like Phuket boasting an airport with connections to Bangkok and elsewhere, has its own stable of five star resorts, and is popular for regattas.

Chumpon (northwest of Ko Samui) is developing a marina, and the islands between Ko Chang and Cambodia are very spectacular and attracting cruising yachts and charters.

Omer Malaz’s Numarine, located across the Bosphorus from Istanbul, is a large modern yard going from strength to strength, and which now has a global marketing footprint. There are a wide range of models. First two of the Numarine 105 Hardtops were delivered last year. The yard says they have “assertive elegance” and “virile bravado”. How could one possibly disagree with such a description?

“You’ll be proud to welcome your discerning guests aboard the 105 Hardtop, which combines graceful aesthetics, ultra-modern interiors and advanced high-tech engineering to deliver the ultimate luxury performance with a sensory experience like no other”, says a spokesman.

“The luxurious custom finishes and hand-selected high-end materials used throughout the Numarine 105HT offer an absolutely first-class experience, and the impressive exterior provides plenty of refined al fresco space to entertain those on board.”

Designer Can Yalman, who has been with Numarine since it started, is once more responsible for the distinctive exterior styling and sophisticated interior. Eight guests can be accommodated in the ensuite cabins and a full-beam master stateroom with sofa, dressing table and large en suite bathroom.

For more information on the location and rates, please visit www.asiamarine.com.

Words by Joe Lim | Images courtesy of Asiamarine

*** This article is republished from Issue 42 of Yacht Style.

Exotic Charters Lovely Locations

Exotic Charters Lovely Locations

The first citation read: With Sytske and Bart Kimman at the helm in Hong Kong, and Lies Sol in Phuket, this multinational team in Asia actually places more charters than a fast-increasing spectrum of other local companies. Operating to benchmark MYBA standards, their experience helps to ensure clients have trouble-free holidays afloat.

Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess Yachts, has been visiting Asia-Pacific waters for over 20 years, and encouraged fledgling superyacht charters here.

Accolades for Burgess Yachts were based on a slightly different perspective: Jonathan Beckett, Chief Executive of Burgess Yachts, booked for the first very well-attended Superyacht Rendezvous in Asia, during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Show in 1997, and has been active in these waters ever since. Burgess Yachts now has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, and offers sales and management services apart from charters. Both operations have undoubtedly provided the experience and commitment on which the charter industry in Asia-Pacific waters has grown.

Singapore-based Burgess Yachts executive Jean-Marc Poullet advises that about 90 per cent of their agency’s superyacht charters continue to focus on Phuket and the Maldives.

“Asia’s two great archipelagos, the Philippines and Indonesia, still have restrictions on foreign flag charters, so until those issues are resolved, the type of vessels we handle – substantial superyachts- will not be chartering there except in very special circumstances.”

Yacht Style and Burgess Yachts are currently considering an indepth report on the multi-faceted regulations that cover the charter industry in Asia-Pacific, with a view to establishing more Med and Caribbean-style models which have led to significant income for countries that supported their introduction.

Charters in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and the Philippines, are of course possible using a wide spectrum of smaller craft, from luxury phinisis to the latest sail and power multihulls, and from Hong Kong pleasure junks to quite large motor yachts operating under Asian companies and Asian flags.

Sophisticated Asian charterers and owners have been making fun-filled passages for many decades. Now their numbers are swelling.

In Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia, Lies mentions new listings like 39m Lady Azul, 30m Dallinghoo, 27.5m Orient Pearl, 40m Gaia Love, 47m Tiare, 46m Mutiara Laut and 38m Adelaar. But there are lots more, which can be perused simply by googling the agents or emailing.

On following pages we look at some of the options in more detail, with the accent on exotic destinations this year. Space precludes an exhaustive line-up, so remember outfits like Boat Lagoon Charters and Sunsail and The Moorings and Dream Yacht Charters have offerings too, and where once only Burgess Yachts stood, two decades ago, there is now also Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, Hong Kong-owned Camper and Nicholsons, Y.CO and a spectrum of others.

Words Bruce Maxwell | Images courtesy of Lies Sol

5 Yachting Personalities in Asia-Pacific (Philippines)

5 Yachting Personalities in Asia-Pacific (Philippines)

The island life in the Philippines, in places such as the well-visited Boracay, the idyllic coastline of Cebu, and the fine beaches on the island of Palawan are a perfect choice for island-hopping yacht charters.

With the initiatives from the yachting dealers, national organisations and privately-held associations, they continuously help to develop the boating scene in the Philippines through expansion plans and campaigning yachts around the Southeast Asian circuit, all the while creating new interests and understanding the marine environment and improving the state of our oceans, are a foster of deep respects for the sea.

In this edition, we shine the spotlight on five outstanding yachting personalities in Yacht Style’s “Who’s Who of Yachting in Asia,” who have gone on a quest to make a difference in the yachting scene and around the region.

With a big number of entries every year, the Top 100 “Power List” salutes the people who have helped to give the industry a “personal face,” is a testament of how the yachting industry is still vibrant and dynamic, and continuously reinventing itself to meet future challenges.

Here, Yacht Style features 5 outstanding yachting personalities in the Philippines:

CACHERA Thomas (PHILIPPINES) 
Having lived near Marseille-La Ciotat, Cachera has been very well versed in refit shipyards and luxury yachting. He moved to the Philippines in 2013 for a feasibility study and became well acquainted with Robin Wyatt until he was declared lost at sea in October 2015. Cachera took over as Managing Director and saved Europa Yachts Philippines set up by Wyatt, representing Beneteau, Lagoon and Azimut Yachts in this emerging market. The company has grown rapidly and was ranked fifth largest distributor worldwide for Lagoon catamarans in 2017, delivering in particular the world’s first Lagoon Seventy7 in mid-2017.

ECHAUZ Ernesto (PHILIPPINES)
“Judes” and his yacht Subic Centennial are regulars on the Asian sailing circuit and they won the Rolex China Sea Race in 2008. Echauz actively supports young Filipino keelboat sailors wishing to participate in regional regattas and develop their sailing skills. Together with this crew, he won the San Fernando Race 2017 and hopes he will inspire others.

ORDOVEZA Ray (PHILIPPINES)
Ordoveza was a past Commodore of the Manila Yacht Club and is one of Asia’s best known big boat skippers on both the Asian and international sailing circuits. This veteran yachtsman won the IRC Racing Class in the Subic to Boracay Race 2013 on his Excel 53 Karakoa, which arrived close to second in the first Philippine Sailing Championship 2016 / 2017.

ROLLIN Jerry (PHILIPPINES)
As International Race Officer (IRO), Rollin has officiated at many Asian racing events including the Raja Muda, the Boracay Cup, the Commodore’s Cup (Philippines), Hong Kong Hobie Championships and many more. He was the driving force behind the first President’s Cup, and helps organise the Philippines Hobie Challenge, one of the most interesting multihull regattas in Asia.

SORIANO Andy (PHILIPPINES)
Soriano is an accomplished and talented owner-driver, and the past winner of Mini Maxi World Championship in 2014 with his Mills-designed 72-footer Alegre. His offshore and inshore wins go back to 2008 when he first campaigned the original Alegre, a 68-footer. Soriano joined the 52 Super Series in 2015 and continues to race in this competitive fleet.

Superyacht Charters In New Caledonia Start May-Sept Season

Superyacht Charters In New Caledonia Start May-Sept Season

Stepping aboard the 37m Monte Fino Masteka 2 at Port du Sud Marina in Nouméa, there was a distinct sense of déjà vu. I first reviewed this vessel when she arrived at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney eight years ago. Later we did a helicopter photo shoot off the Gold Coast. Now she is offered at US$100,000 a week to explore the world’s largest lagoon, or the Isle of Pines, or the Loyalty Islands, in the stunning waters of nearby New Cadonia.

Inviting jacuzzi on the foredeck provides another gathering place. After a multi-million dollar refit last year, Masteka 2 looks the same or even better shape than when we reviewed her on delivery eight years ago.

That’s half the rate for a larger superyacht. Bear in mind that Masteka 2 has a superb master cabin with an ensuite jacuzzi bath on the principal deck, and below, there are two VIP doubles, two twins and two Pullmans. So, the vessel can accommodate 10-12 guests, and at US$14,000 a day, that translates to only about US$1,200 per head for an extraordinary experience.

An Australian owner commissioned the original Masteka, which combines names of the children. This was a 29m Monte Fino. He sailed her far and wide across the Pacific with Captain Carl Brandes, and was so impressed he ordered a larger Monte Fino from the same yard.

When she was delivered, Brandes and an Australian overseer, Phil McIntosh, proclaimed her the best Monte Fino ever built. Elegant classic interiors are by British designer Dick Young, and naval architecture was handled by another Briton, the late great Ed Dubois.

Some years of chartering in Australia and Fiji followed, if the owner was not making private trips with family and friends. Then recently she was bought by a New Caledonian group, who wondered why Fiji was getting so much hype. Now Masteka 2 has the first foreign superyacht charter license in New Caledonia and is offered there during her May-September 2018 season.

The vessel underwent a multi-million-dollar refit in Sydney in 2017, as superyachts are wanting to do, and when we were invited to Noumea for a short cruise in late November last year, she looked in first class condition, comparable with her debut at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Chateau Royal, which has 108 spacious suites spanning seven floors at the southern end of premier Anse Vata Beach, plus a huge aquatonic indoor spa pool, is an enthusiastic promoter of watersports in New Caledonia.

Apart from its sponsorship of the Windsurfing World Cup mentioned in the previous feature, and involvement with Masteka 2 charters, a 25m Ferretti called Iroue and 11m Boston Whaler 345 Conquest named Edisse are both part of their “mix and match” charter options available at Port du Sud Marina.

The latter two are run by Frenchman Michel Bonnet, who used to drive Mangustas and Leopards on the French Riviera before discovering New Caledonia. Iroue is very nicely outfitted and equipped, and suitable for shorter voyages and smaller groups than would book Masteka 2.

Masteka 2 has her own custom Castoldi 5m tender but using the Boston Whaler to reach some snorkeling and dive spots is recommended, and for fishing. Rods and reels are only 15s-20s, thus trolling is a light tackle affair. The lagoon is so large that it has deep water and big fish, making it unnecessary to troll outside the reef, although that too can be an exciting prospect.

The well-kept Ferretti 25m Iroue is available for smaller groups and shorter voyages, and perhaps for an evening cocktail party cruise

Southeast trade winds can set up a small swell over longer fetches inside the lagoon, but Masteka 2 has “under way” and “at anchor” stabilisers which mostly take care of the motion. Settling back with a glass of French shiraz to enjoy the passages between tiny islets and over turquoise waters, we alternated between lounges and dining tables on the principal aft deck, the well-appointed salon beyond, and a lovely lounge and bar on the upper deck behind the wheelhouse.

An eight-guest jacuzzi forward of the wheelhouse wasn’t used during our time aboard but looked inviting. Other accoutrements include water-skis, wakeboard, inflatables, towable tubes, kneeboard, snorkeling gear in all sizes, and more fishing equipment. Plus paddleboards, single and double kayaks, diving hookah, subwing and so on. Scuba diving requires making arrangements for extra gear and possibly a dive master when booking.

Itineraries in New Caledonia are likely to involve the lagoon and the Isle of Pines, a half day trip away, and custom routes can be honed with the help of Laurie, the captain, and the New Caledonia Cruising Guide discussed in this feature’s companion piece. It is installed aboard Masteka 2. Seven days for such a schedule is just sufficient, but 10-14 days would be more relaxed, and after all, that is the object of the exercise.

To explore the remoter Loyalty Islands, it is probably necessary to pre-locate the vessel there. Fly into Noumea, spend a few days in a Chateau Royal suite, sample the high-end beach and town life, and then take Air Calédonie to Ouvéa, Lifou or Maré, wherever Masteka 2 is waiting. Lifou has vanilla plantations, like Tahaa in French Polynesia’s Society Islands, a mecca for those taken with the taste. We sometimes stop off at Tahaa, in the same lagoon as Raiatea, on the way to Bora Bora, and the scent of vanilla lies heavily in the air. Plenty of interesting New Caledonians are about, including Melanesians with different perspectives on how Pacific societies will progress, and the multi-cultural melange of southern Grande Terre.

The sun was setting on a Sunday as we motored back into Port du Sud one last time, having voyaged across the lagoon to historic Amédée Lighthouse, and returned via Îlot Maître, where Bora Borastyle over-water chalets are located. Other weekend boaters converged on the same channel.

For more information, please contact Laurie, or visit www.oceanalliance.comwww.chateau-royal.nc and www.cruising-newcaledonia.com.

10 Good Reasons to participate in the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS 2018 (FORMER PIMEX) ROYAL PHUKET MARINA, JANUARY 4 TO 7

With just a few months to go before the inaugural PHUKET RENDEZVOUS in 2018, we can’t deny that the excitement is building up. For those still contemplating if they should book their flight to the Southeast Asian holiday resort destination, we have 10 good reasons why you should join us at the Royal Phuket Marina from January 4 to 7, 2018.

REASON 1 – Strong focus on water display

Leveraging on its 14 years of experience with the PIMEX show, Royal Phuket Marina offers optimal on-water display with a superyacht berthing extension nearby at Koh Rang Noi and a yacht owners hub with tender services to the show. There will be a minimum of 40 yachts on display at the January event with Thailand’s leading yacht dealers in attendance and already a minimum of 5 Asian yacht premieres!

REASON 2 – Optimal location & access in Phuket Ideally located, the Royal Phuket

Marina venue will be easily accessible by car (550 indoor and outdoor parking spaces) and by regular shuttles from 10 key high-end hotel and resort partners.

REASON 3 – Ideal timing: wealthy Property owners & Yacht enthusiasts in Phuket

Organised during the first week of January, the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS 2018 will capture local residents and visitors – including villa owners and yacht enthusiasts – before they head back home. This is the time when the largest number of business jet moves are registered at Phuket airport.

REASON 4 – Wide Display of Luxury Lifestyle Elements and Properties

Luxury lifestyle brands and partners – from high-end properties, supercars and classic cars watches and jewellery, to fine food and beverage – will have the opportunity to showcase their products and enhance the atmosphere of the show. Several of the islands’ leading resorts, hotels and property developers are already confirmed – from recently opened luxury real estate developers Coldwell Banker, to Andara Resort & Villas and The Slate – offering a touch of elegance and class to tropical living.

REASON 5 – Fun Ambiance for all

Combining luxury lifestyle with family fun, the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS is set to be the must-visit event in Phuket’s calendar. An exciting programme of fashion shows, kids’ workshops, and panel discussions – including waterfront property living – will enhance the visitor experience and, with an emphasis on stimulating side events, the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS will have something for everyone!

REASON 6 – Well-Curated Workshops & Activities

The PHUKET RENDEZVOUS 2018 will appeal to every sense, from well-curated photography workshops to food and beverage classes and other interactive activities.

REASON 7 – Strong Show Visibility

Extensive media buzz and visibility will attract a minimum of 8,000 to 10,000 visitors over the four days. With an already booming database of 36,000 potential visitors, outdoor billboards booked across the island, plus over 70,000 accumulated followers on Instagram / Facebook, and growing every day, the visitor’s promotion will be at the very centre. In parallel, exhibitors and sponsors will benefit from interviews and features with a comprehensive list of media partners.

REASON 8 – Great Parties

From the beats of international DJs, Hype floating parties and Café del Mar party, all visitors will feel the vibes of the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS 2018. Buzz and thrill guaranteed.

REASON 9 – The CHRISTOFLE YACHT STYLE AWARDS 2018 Staged in Phuket

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary and the inaugural edition of the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS 2018, YACHT STYLE will be launching the CHRISTOFLE YACHT STYLE Awards on the 4th of January, to become the annual event recognising the best of what marine and waterfront have to offer. More than 25 category awards are to be bagged – and these will be the very first Awards of 2018, all staged in Phuket!

REASON 10 – The ultimate resort Destination

Because what better place to indulge in life’s luxuries than Phuket? Don’t be surprised if you bump into jetsetters like Kenzo or Naomi Campbell.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected] and more information about Phuket Rendezvous 2018 can be found here.

China’s “Next” Superyacht Yard

Words Bruce Maxwell PHOTOS As Credited

Cheoy Lee builds in composites and steel near Macau, but like Jade Yachts of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, is presently more focused on commercial craft. Yantai Raffles in North China is renamed Pride Yachts, but its Illusion 88m and other larger project vessels are taking time to evolve.

Heysea Yachts, on the other hand, is moving aggressively into the superyacht market, and is in the process of setting up a truly international sales networks. So far they have enlisted Doug Hoogs in Florida, Yachting Partners in Europe, and Tony Ross and Jason Chipp of Ensign Brokers in Australia. A dealer in Malta has been appointed.

Chairman Allen Leng points out that most Chinese yards are part-owned by Europeans, Americans or overseas Chinese, building as OEMs many of the brand name boats that are sold in these markets abroad.

Heysea Yachts by contrast is proudly Chinese, and Leng is passionate about the innovative design and very high quality of his vessels. This is the only Chinese mainland yard to be ranked in the world’s Top 30 Builders in Boat International’s most recent 2016 Global Order Book.

Founded a decade ago, the 66,700 sqm facility is situated in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, also near Macau. Heysea Yachts first had to ride out the 2008 GFC, but since then has delivered 100 vessels over 17m. The initial Heysea range included 60-70-78 and 82 feet models, and was augmented by the Asteria 95 and 108.

Over 15 Heysea 78s have been sold, more than 20 Heysea 82s, and the Asteria 108s are heading into double figures. In addition the Zoom 58 to 76 series was introduced, and is proving very popular.

A 42m cat was commission for the China Cup International Regatta held in Daya Bay just north of Hong Kong, and other 35-50m models are on the drawing boards, some reaching fruition with for example the two 41.5m sales.

Chairman Leng was at Singapore Yacht Show in April, and CEO Fang Yuan at the Sydney Yacht Show in August, signalling their determination to expand into regional and international sales. Well-known production foreman George Mei, previously with Kingship and Nisi Yachts, has taken over that role at Heysea.

An exclusive feature on the emergence of this yard appeared in Yacht Style #37, and a further update on the latest superyachts is scheduled for YS#41.

Royal Distinction: Princess 62

Words Nic Boyde      Images courtesy of Princess Yachts

“The straight-line drive twin 900hp diesels provide excellent low-rev torque (which gives great low-speed acceleration), and this baby’s up on the plane and away. 30-32 knots is quite fast enough, thank you.”

Princess Yachts have placed their latest offering in between their 56 and 68 footers in their Flybridge range, and they are going to show their latest creation at the Cannes boat show in early September, where the boat will have pride of place in an extensive Princess line-up.

Main Deck

The Princess 62 is all Princess. From the silhouette, the clean lines of the superstructure, the huge saloon windows, “distinctive ad understated,” which provide both plentiful light, great views, and an elegant and dynamic look, and the under-the-hatches efficiency with an optimised hull shape and twin Volvo 900hp in-line diesels, she’s unmistakably royalty.

Princess Yachts are famous for their meticulous design and workmanship. Perhaps less well-known is their adoption of leading-edge technological advancements, especially in infusion technology. They have been able with the Princess 62 to include features normally available only on larger vessels.

Saloon

From the top; the flybridge, which is a completely new design and manages to provide a large dining area, a sunpad aft and a circular forward seating area that can be converted into a sunpad as well. Plenty of room for the entire ship’s complement.

All of whom can also be accommodated within the saloon too. The cockpit’s seating area is close to the bar-cum-galley at the rear of the saloon, flanked on starboard by a small friendly seating area. Forward are two more lounge/table arrangements and then right forward starboard the two-seater helm and yet another two seats to port.

Dining table near bar

Just when you thought we’d done the seating, there’s more. The walk-through foredeck has a couple of the usual sunpads all the way forwards, but towards the rear of the space against the saloon’s fore windows, there’s a distinct entertaining space with yet more seating. To be able to offer eight seating areas on a boat this size is really something.

Master suite

Twin cabin

Master head

The centre-line forward companionway leads down from beside the helm position to the cabins below where two doubles and a twin, all with en-suite heads, provide comfort and luxury amid typical Princess quality and workmanship. The head for the forward cabin has an extra door to enable it to act as the day-head too. The cabins are all soaked in natural light from the hull glazing. An additional crew/passenger twin cabin can be provided aft of the engine room (above the drive shafts) to sleep another two persons. An ideal place to park your teenagers.

Princess, like some of the top Italian yards, take extraordinary care over their fitouts, and they seek to improve on their signature Princess Design Studio styling with every new model. In this boat they deliver a tranquil environment with their usual meticulous detailing. They use elements that include a hand-made coffee table, suede, bronze mirrors and Japanese wallpapers, not to mention the timber, glass and leather, all within an overall layered geometry that makes perfect sense when you enter the space.

If all that isn’t enticing enough, now it’s time to talk about the performance. She has a shallow draught at just under 5ft, and waterline length of 62ft, not including the power-lift swimming platform behind the cockpit. The straight-line drive twin 900hp diesels provide excellent low-rev torque (which gives great low-speed acceleration), and this baby’s up on the plane and away. 30-32 knots is quite fast enough, thank you, and the fuel tank capacity of 3,400 litres will handle the weekend warrior who likes to zoom, and provide a decent cruise range if you are prepared to come down to a reasonable cruising speed.

The boat is designed for six, perhaps eight, passengers and provides eight places for them to sit and socialise, two or three places to dine, at least three places to sunbathe. When you need a quick five minutes of peace and quiet, you can have it, and if you want to socialise, well, you’ve got all the room you need for a proper party and then some. For more information, please visit www.princessyachts.com.

 

Ferretti Custom Line: Navetta 33

Words Suzy Rayment and Nic Boyde

“Great workmanship, balance, symmetry, a focal point, and scale and proportion, all delivered within an overall unifying design concept. This is what Ferretti and their designers do so well.”

When you have as many brands as Ferretti Group, each with their own ranges on offer, it is a serious proposition to decide to refresh their top semi-custom superyacht line. The Navetta semi-displacement series make up most of the Custom Line offers and this new quad-deck 33 is the second “new” yacht in the series, following the Navetta 37. The next will be the Navetta 42 – watch this space.

Following on from the Navetta 37, the Navetta 33 is the second model in the new series and the third project in the latest generation of Custom Line yachts. It joins an unrivalled fleet of semi-displacement superyachts that includes the Navetta 42 that is currently in development, the first of which has already been sold off the stocks.

Relaxed entertainment space

A truly capacious galley

Elegant indoor dining

A master suite to satisfy the most discerning

There are some major innovations and distinctive features that were introduced with the Navetta 37 and these include a bulbous bow which delivers a performance at the top of its class in terms of seaworthiness and stability, and, not incidentally, gives an economic and practical cruising range of about 2,000 nautical miles. The yacht also offers fabulous spaces to passengers across all four decks: from the wide-body master suite forward on the main deck, through to the four guest cabins on the lower deck.

Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO, believes, “The Navetta 33 will define the nautical landscape in the years to come with its irresistible beauty… It’s essentially in a league of its own… I am not surprised that we’ve already sold five units ahead of the launch.”

Whirlpool tub under (or among) the sun pads

Thanks to the external terrace on the starboard main deck and the sliding windows on the aft upper deck, the lounge areas and interior and exterior dining areas are spacious and bright. By contrast, the open-air sun deck with a pool and a large sun pad is designed to provide privacy.

Pure relaxation space aft

The Upper Deck is where it all happens if you like the fresh air. There is a choice of aft and saloon configurations – basically a choice of more or less formal dining. Both choices provide for half the rear space to be shaded. Forward is the Captain’s cabin and the Bridge. Around the superstructure, two gangways lead to the foredeck with plenty of seating and some sunpads, or you can retreat to the semi-shade of the aft upper deck, or escape to the three-fourths shading of the Main Deck cockpit.

This is enormous, and by opening the rear saloon doors the space becomes contiguous with the saloon, which is very roomy indeed; it comfortably dines ten, and amidships houses the companionways that lead up and down through the boat. If this space was any bigger you’d have to sub-divide it, or it would be a cavernous hall. As it is, it’s one of the best boat interior spaces we’ve seen. Clean, bright and simple. The kind of simple that is very, very hard to do.

Right forward is the master cabin, with his-n-hers bathrooms, and in the forepeak itself a mini-garage capable of taking the second jet-ski. No, one is not enough.

Down below a more or less conventional cabin arrangement: crew to the lower forepeak with their own companionway leading down from the Main Deck port-side galley. Three doubles and a twin make up the rest of the passenger accommodation amidships, with the engine room behind that and the main garage, with its sub-surface floor, occupies the central part of the stern and takes a 5m tender and the other jet-ski.

Ferretti’s signature very smart garage design

This is a serious boat, so no outdoor helm position on the roof. Instead the sun deck has just an instrument arch with a small, fixed bimini that provides a little shade, lots of sunpad space, and beneath the biggest of the sunpads is a whirlpool tub.

The other thing to bear in mind when buying a Ferretti of any marque, is that they take their interior design, their fitout and furnishings and their detailing very seriously indeed. You expect to see great workmanship, but you also need balance, symmetry, a focal point and scale and proportion, all delivered within an overall unifying design concept. This is what Ferretti and their designers do so well.

For more information, please visit www.ferrettigroup.com.

Chartering Strong: Accelera Yacht

INTERVIEW BY Olivia Lock

A brief background about yourself – How did you grow your passion for the yachting industry and how did your active involvement with Accelera Yacht come to be?

Thanks to the influence of my family, which has been involved in the yachting industry for three generations, I have developed a strong interest in sea culture and yachting. In the past decade, I was actively involved in the luxury lifestyle industry and noticed good development prospects and  an expanding potential in the Chinese market – that it will be the most rapid growing market in the Asia Pacific region.

I do hope to raise our brand awareness and further promote and popularise Accelera Yacht to people not only in the yachting industry but across other industries as well.

What sets Accelera Yacht apart from her competitors in the boating industry?

We focus on high-quality charter services, but apart from that, we also offer a variety of sea-related activities in order to fulfill the needs from different clients. We also offer catering options onboard our well-facilitated kitchens. Michelin-level chefs can also be invited onboard upon a client’s request. Moreover, we are working with professional partners providing DJ and music, photography and aerial photography.

Facing keen competition in the market, we are keen to maintain good relations with all our valuable partners and agents . We also strongly believe that quality service is a key element in boosting one’s reputation and market share in the industry, and we are confident with the level of service we provide.

Having been active in the charter market for a couple of years now, what can guests onboard Accelera’s charter fleet expect from such a bespoke luxury experience?

Our three years of experience in the high-end yacht charter market has yielded a variety of routes and destinations provided for clients. In response to the lack of large luxury yachts for charter in Hong Kong, we offer three yachts at more than 90 feet in length, which can accommodate up to 132 guests. These yachts are very popular with companies seeking unique business entertainment opportunities, and can also be chartered for private use– parties, family gatherings and the pure enjoyment of comfort and luxury.

In addition, due to a recent law in China that restricts all chartered yachts (regardless of size) to accommodate a maximum of 12 people, including guests and crew, we see many clients coming over to Hong Kong for tourism or business, and many of them are highly likely to charter a yacht for their pleasure.

What advice can you offer first–time clients looking to charter a yacht? What is your typical client profile?

We have to first determine the number of guests on board, the requested charter period, number of destinations and any other client requirements. We then recommend a suitable yacht and will encourage our guests to come aboard for a site visit before their trip. The most popular yacht charter would be our 98-feet luxury yachts. We do offer a 92-feet option, but clients tend to go for the former due to its spaciousness, streamlined aesthetic, well-facilitated kitchens and fully-equipped facilities.

In our three years of charter operation, foreign clients account for roughly 65% of our clientele base, with the rest either local or mainland clients. We hope to grow our high-end mainland clientele by delivering an excellent charter experience whilst taking advantage of Hong Kong’s attractive nautical environment and well-developed marine and yachting culture.

Could you share with us some recommendations for yacht charter destinations?

Most of our Hong Kong clients choose to depart from Central Pier No. 9, and if they choose the sailing route from Central to Repulse Bay, Deep Bay and Stanley, wonderful views of the Victoria Harbour can be enjoyed. Alternatively, the route from Central to Lamma Island provides the opportunity to sample the area’s local seafood. For better water quality and beautiful scenery, the route from Central to Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung would be ideal.

Our clients usually opt for daily charters over shorter routes instead of overnight or week-long trips. This year, we will be launching a night charter programme in response to market demand. We will be offering different packages so stay tuned for more.

Your thoughts on the current market for yacht charters? What trends do you see emerging and how does that affect the industry in the future?

The economic decline over the last couple of years has definitely impacted the luxury industry. Despite this situation, the market for luxury yacht charters is still experiencing high demand and we have kept our regular network of clients, agents and cooperative partners.

Moreover, besides our 90-foot yacht fleet, we plan to build yachts ranging from 86-feet and above to cater mainly to the charter market.

Accelera has shown a strong commitment towards social responsibility initiatives. Could you tell us more about the company’s current efforts in contributing back to society and helping the community?

Apart from managing our yacht business, we do possess a strong sense of responsibility to contribute back to the community. We have established a foundation fund that provides Accelera scholarships to 18 outstanding students in the Hong Kong Sailing School in the hopes of encouraging and support them in the yachting industry. We also provide summer internships for youths to gain experience working onboard a yacht.

The company also reaches out to various tertiary-school students through engaging lecture programmes designed to promote the development of the marine and yachting industry and attract prospective talents onboard.

We participate in charity services, including social welfare activities and golf charity events from time to time. We also sponsor and participate in children disease association events. Meanwhile, we are also focused on ocean and marine conservation and have organised various events and activities to promote marine environmental protection. We hope to draw more attention to this cause through educating the public on the importance of marine life and the quality of our oceans.

Is there anything exciting coming up in the Accelera pipeline that you would like our readers to know about?

When an Accelera customer decides to commission a yacht, we hope to be able to integrate new energy resources, state-of-the-art technology and environmental protection initiatives into the design and manufacturing of the vessel.

In addition, our main focus is the Asia Pacific region. We hope to expand our business to include more cooperating partners and develop our brand further. We look to the future and we hope to invite international luxury brands to work together with us to create more innovative luxury yachts.

Do pay close attention for more of our future developments.

 

For more information, please visit www.accelerayacht.com

 

40th Cannes Yachting Festival: Sunseeker Yacht 131

In Southampton, which overlaps with Cannes, the yard unveiled two world premieres, the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MK 11. Alongside these, Sunseeker showcased the 96 Yacht, Predator 68, Manhattan 52 and the San Remo. Multiple model launches are set to continue as part of a long-term product plan that will see new model introductions across the 50-155 feet size range over the next five years, including additions to the Manhattan range.

Probably their most spectacular presentation, however, was in Cannes, where backed by Britain’s famous Red Arrows aerial acrobatic team, the yard showed a full line-up of eight models, including the debut of the Manhattan 66, one of which Sunseeker Asia CEO Gordon Hui revealed in his Yacht Style Guest Column last issue will be delivered to a client in Thailand.

Having already sold 43 boats since its launch in January, this innovative new model for 2017 “is designed to maximise space and entertainment options with exceptional panoramic hull and salon windows providing light-drenching living spaces”, says a Sunseeker spokesman.

“Throughout the main deck, there is a strong focus on creating generous, useable open-plan social spaces. Exterior lines flow effortlessly from the bow seating and sunbathing areas to the expansive cockpit adjoining the well-equipped aft galley and salon on the main deck. Optionally, the galley can be specified below, creating an even more expansive entertainment space in the salon.

“The newly-configured flybridge also creates the feeling that you are on board a much larger craft and has been designed with relaxation in mind, with extensive seating, large forward sunbathing areas, and a well-equipped wet-bar. “Clever design continues through to the wide hydraulic bathing platform, capable of launching a Williams 385 Jet RIB, and transom beach club where an optional barbeque, fold-down transom seat and overhead rain shower truly set the Manhattan 66 apart from its peers.

“The optional twin-berth cabin has separate access through the transom and enjoys a dedicated wet room and ample stowage. Thanks to the galley being situated on the main deck, there is room enough for four very spacious cabins below, including two large twin cabins, a forward VIP suite and a stand-out full-beam master suite with its own private stairway access from the salon, a first for Sunseeker in this size range”.

Other models shown in Cannes were the 116 Yacht, 95 Yacht, 86 Yacht, Predator 68, Manhattan 52, Predator 57, and the San Remo. In Monaco larger models, such as the Yacht 131, one of which is presently cruising in Hong Kong, and the Yacht 155 are more appropriate. These vessels can cost US$30-US$50 million.

As reported last issue, Sunseeker has announced a strong performance for 2017, with revenue up 10 per cent and volume up 15 per cent versus 2016, plus a substantial improvement in profit.

Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker, said: “Sunseeker is a global leading luxury brand which is a profitable, stable business with excellent growth potential. We have a strong forward order book, with 50 per cent capacity already sold for 2018.

“Helping this is our delivery of exciting new models, such as the hugely successful Manhattan 52, which is our fastest selling model ever, as well as the Predator 57 MK 11, Manhattan 66, and the new 76 Yacht, which is already proving to be extremely popular”.

Sunseeker models are widely sold throughout Asia. Gordon Hui’s Guest Column outlining vessels in the various cities and ports can be read online in Yacht Style #39 via Magzter.

Asia-Pacific “Next Big Thing” For the Superyacht Industry

WORDS Bruce Maxwell PHOTOS As Credited

Could old money Europe, world #1 economy America, Middle East oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs really be overtaken by Asians, particularly Chinese, plus a few resurfacing Japanese, and the financial elite of Australia and New Zealand?

As Feadship alone had six vessels at various stages of construction and delivery for Asia-Pacific owners, it was hard to find fault with his statement. One order, perhaps two, have been the extent of concurrent Asia-Pacific builds by superyacht yards in the past. Six was simply staggering.

Lürssen’s recently announced 120m Project Thunder, an Espen Øino design, is clearly Asian. “The name is derived from Leigong, a mythical god in Asian culture”, said a Lürssen lady. “The vessel will be delivered toward the end of 2018, and is expected to cruise mostly in Asian waters”.

Benetti, which like Feadship established a presence in Asia several decades ago, has a whole fleet of superyachts in Asia-Pacific seas and oceans, most of which qualify for Top 100 in the following pages. The largest vessel in the yard’s history, at 107m, is presently under construction at Livorno for a well-known Australian, reports local media, with delivery in 2019.

Sheds at picture-postcard Royal Huisman are taken up with construction of an 81m schooner for another Asian buyer, after the yard delivered a 43m sloop, Sea Eagle, to Taiwan’s Dr Samuel Lin, who has founded the Tang Prize, a biennial award aimed at matching Norway’s Nobel Prize, “to encourage more research that is beneficial to the world and humankind, promote Chinese culture, and make the world a better place”.

There are many other examples, including strong custom and limited edition sales for Amels in Australia and Asia, and for increasingly larger SanLorenzos, which like Sunseekers have inbuilt Chinese equity, but perhaps it is the philanthropic Dr Lin who provides subliminal clues about new-breed Chinese superyacht buyers.

They are certainly nationalists, despite the current Taiwan Straits divide. This applies equally to the wealthy Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia, and to those in most major cities around the world. Confucianism and Taoism may have bowed to the semi-socialist dictates of governing 1.5 billion people, but capitalism flourishes too, and sophisticated customs and cultures still pervade. Chinese invented the compass, the stern-post rudder, gunpowder, paper making, and the printing press.

Farouk Nefzi says flatly that Asia-Pacific billionaires are almost on a par with those of Europe and America, and increasing at a far faster rate. He warns that the superyacht industry isn’t keeping pace. Essential marketing in the region is far too low. As a result, only the core yards are benefitting. Others are contracting. Prior to his marketing and branding role at Feadship, incidentally, Nefzi ran Holland Yachting Industry for many years, and is regarded as a forward-looking guru of the superyacht scene.

A New Zealand jeweller named this vessel VVS1 after a class of diamond, and Canadian designer Greg Marshall shaped her to look like one. Here she explores sheltered waters in Fiji, one of 50+ private yachts voyaging in the South Pacific this year

The 73m Feadship Hasna has just been delivered to a prominent Australian home loans entrepreneur, and a 69m sold and still managed by Thailand-based Australian dealer Joshua Lee, the son of a former Cathay Pacific pilot, was being officially named in early September.

But the others revolve around a group of like-minded colleagues in Hong Kong, and the 44m Moon Sand, which was #100 in Yacht Style’s Top 100 Superyachts of Asia-Pacific last year.

We can’t go into detail, but suffice to say they wanted vessels that were slightly smaller, allowing better options and berth availability at marinas in Scandinavia, Europe, the Indian Ocean and Asia, while still retaining the Feadship pedigree and performance. Feadship didn’t build smaller vessels, but when it came to four such orders, the directors said okay, and a new 34m class was born. They keep turning up on the China Coast, Letani being last to arrive.

Hong Kong business people have always had a penchant “for buying by the brace”. Sai Kung boaters will recall a pair of throaty offshore powerboats suddenly appearing at Club Marina Cove in the 1980s, and the trend continues.

Originally-named Family Day and Lady Lau were much-used Codecasa 65ms for Hong Kong owners. Built with the same hull and complex systems, they achieved considerable cost savings, yet in profile look nothing like each other.

A fine line is trodden between look-alike or completely custom vessels, however, and colours also enter the equation. Luxury car buyers, for example, will often only order a model if it comes in a colour that nobody else has, making it distinctively theirs. When the first Porsche 911s appeared, this was a serious problem that prominent Hong Kong dealer Herb Adamczyk ran into.

Sales agents have much-reported opinions about what sort of boat Chinese would really prefer. In earlier days, plenty of shade was a prerequisite, because lighter-coloured skin was more distinguished than the dark brown hues of sun-exposed farmers and indeed seafarers. Ensuring mahjong tables and karaoke sets were aboard was regarded as essential. More entertaining space was preferable to elaborate bedroom suites, as smaller motor yacht owners often limited their voyages to day trips.

Chinese owners have tried adventurous hull artwork. This one shows a Tang Dynasty emperor’s warhorse Saluzi

Fung shui and geomancers still play a part. Nowadays these stereotypes are fading somewhat, although the quest for better stability in a seaway and at anchor, to allay seasickness, is an ongoing concern. Solutions include buying bigger boats, fitting better stabilisers, and multihull configurations such as the White Rabbits in Singapore.

The bottom line is that if Arabs are more conservative in their use of superyachts, and the Russians and Indians are known to throw a wild party or three, then the Chinese are probably more like the Europeans and Americans, and the Japanese seem to be making a comeback too.

Those who have accumulated the significant wealth required to own and run a superyacht doubtless have traits in common anyway, and that is definitely true of the IT billionaires, of which China now has a significant number.

Another factor in the Asia-Pacific market is an underlying hankering to “do-it-yourself”. Early superyachts like Van Triumph in Hong Kong and Evergreen in Taiwan were built at Asian commercial shipyards. Asean Lady came from Yantai Raffles on the Bohai Gulf, and lately New Zealander Graeme Hart has come up with his 107m Ulysses and 116m built at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

Like Hart the Singapore owner of White Rabbit E, kept at Marina at Keppel Bay, has previously owned Feadships. But WRE was built at North West Bay Ships in Hobart, Tasmania, and the next 84m WRG, styled and design by Oceanco luminary Sam Sorgiovanni, is nearing completion at Echo Yachts south of Perth, only a short flight from the city state.

Echo Yachts has already built a composite 46m “tender and toys” vessel for WRG, called Charley, which was shown at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show. Such confident orders indicate, says Echo MD Mark Stothard, that yards like his are capable of very high-quality one-offs and custom series at attractive prices, but only astute Asian owners have so far realised what can be done. Next door to Echo is German-owned SilverYachts, which has built four vessels to 77m, and Austal, supplying many of Asia’s fast ferries.

The system works in reverse too. Back in the 1980s Pekka Koskenkyla, the founder of Nautor’s Swan, built a series of Mirabella super sailboats near Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, flying in specialists in each related trade. The same technique was used for the classic Nero, largest vessel shown at Monaco only a few years back. Corsair Yachts of Britain was in charge of that project, but the build took place at Yantai Raffles, now Pride MegaYachts, in China.

In fact many of the medium-to-large motor yachts and sailboats sold in the West today, including some very well-known brands, are actually built at yards in Taiwan and China, under careful supervision, but that is another story.

Cheoy Lee, launched in Shanghai in 1885 and based in Hong Kong from 1949 until a recent move back to Doumen near Macau, was China’s first superyacht yard, and still builds on demand between commercial orders. Shaw Vee King’s Sea Shaw in Singapore, for example, had her hull built at Yantai Raffles, and she was completed at Cheoy Lee, overseen by Dutch designer Frank Mulder. Heysea Yachts is the latest mainland up-and-coming 40m+ builder.

Last but by no means least, Horizon in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second city, is Asia’s largest boat builder, and it hovers around the top 10 in the world. It too is gradually building bigger superyachts in both composites and steel, and vessels like Sunone, which commutes between Kaohsiung and Shanghai, made Yacht Style’s Top 100 list last year.

The list itself includes superyachts kept at Asia-Pacific marinas, some of those built here and others that are Asia-Pacific owned but are cruising elsewhere. Visitors that have spent a reasonable time in Asia-Pacific waters during calendar 2017 or are expected early 2018 also qualify, and a few new builds nearing delivery are mentioned too.

As with all such lists, some subjective decisions have to be made, and a few vessels may be missed, but a wide spectrum of reliable sources contribute to this annual Yacht Style compilation, so we hope it reflects the latest state of play as accurately as possible.

Remember some of these vessels are available for charter, and doing so for a week or two is a good way to get an initial feel for the superyacht lifestyle, in which experienced captains and crews try to give owners and guests truly unique cruises. Asia-Pacific waters are in general the most pristine in the world, and our cities are among the most fascinating.

Finally, this year we have added a page to list some superb superyachts that fall just outside the latest Top 100 cut-off, and a new aft section of “selected stories”, in which aspects of the Asia-Pacific superyacht scene are discussed in more detail.

For any suggested future additions, or comments on the list, please contact Yacht Style Associate Editor Bruce Maxwell at [email protected] and copy Publisher Gael Burlot at [email protected].

 

The Seventh Majesty 135 Superyacht Sold to a Repeat Client

Supplied by Gulf Craft, an Emirati yacht and boat builder, the exclusively designed 41-metre, technologically advanced Majesty 135 superyacht has been sold to a repeat client, who is also a proud owner of the 2015’s long-range motor yacht from the Nomad Yachts series. This new acquisition makes Majesty 135 superyacht the seventh masterpiece sold thus far.

The owner has named the newly acquired yacht “Lulwa”

M/Y Lulwa can be spotted afar from “Her timeless exterior styling resounding the DNA of Majesty Yachts,” said Notis Menelaou, VP of Sales of the Emirati yacht and boat builder. “The Majesty 135 boasts exceptional features in every aspect and the volume that is offered on the Majesty 135 is not seen in any yacht of its size, while her innovative layout takes her to a class of its own.”

Featuring a generous sized sundeck with a curved wet bar, a Jacuzzi on the fly-bridge and a Williams Diesel-jet 505 tender, every inch of this superyacht has been optimised for entertainment. Jet skis can now be launched from the forward peak crane, while a ‘beach club’-style deck at water level offers a perfect spot for family fun and relaxation. Other on-board facilities, include a hot tub in the master en-suite, a cold storage room and the main saloon-side balcony to enjoy a bit of sunshine and gentle breeze.

Created to serve the aspirations of boating and yachting enthusiasts, what makes the award-winning manufacturer one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards, includes catering to customer’s changing taste profiles and requirements, and growing alongside their long-standing customers to ensure they get what they are looking for in a yacht.

M/Y Lulwa is powered by twin MTU 2,600 hp engines and can achieve a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. The 350-gross tonnage superyacht has a range of 3,310 nautical miles when operated at the economical speed of 12 knots. Technical features include Zero Speed stabilisation, fuel purification, and an integrated control and monitoring system.

Alongside the brand’s proficiency in naval architecture and top-quality construction, Gulf Craft also based its merit upon the continuous innovation, advanced engineering, paying attention to detail, and reliability are some of vital traits on which the Majesty Yachts brand has built its reputation.

Another glorious achievement of The Majesty 135 lies in its state-of-the-art ‘smart home’ technology where the audiovisual entertainment system, lighting, and dining and cockpit tables can be controlled remotely at the touch of a button via the smartphone app.

With each unique creation that roll-out from its production facility, Gulf Craft aims to meet the diverse requirements of its discerning clientele, and transform their coastal experience into an unforgettable journey worth indulging in.

For enquiries on the Majesty 135 Superyacht, please visit Promarine and for more details about the Emirati yacht and boat builder, visit Gulf Craft.

 

Space Station: Sunreef Yacht

Words Nic Boyde      Photos Courtesy of Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef yacht have achieved surprising chartering success in Singapore with their 21m power sailing catamaran: Eagle Wings is the first sailing unit within Sunreef Supreme 68 line – which is almost indistinguishable from its sister craft, the Sunreef 68 power catamaran (clue: the sailing version has a 28m mast on the roof). Internally there is little difference. Both have a little over 3,000 sqft of space (the power version has slightly more), and on a 21x10m boat that is a great deal of space.

Flybridge (with not a curve in sight, except on the model)

We are speaking about sailing version of the yacht and here is power cat

The design approach taken for the passenger cabins is unusual. Most cats put the cabins in the (usually) narrow hulls, with the passengers sleeping fore-to-aft, the rest of the interior space being given over to saloon space. Not this baby.

The four double passenger cabins all have en-suite heads – the “master” cabin having a larger head and additional walk-through storage. The beds are elevated: they are actually over the water between the hulls, and passengers sleep sideways to the direction of movement. The cabin floor space is at the same level as the bottom of the companionways – and the companionways are wide enough to accommodate a chair-lift.

Forward lounging area, mind the corners

The engine rooms and crew accommodation are also encompassed within these twin hulls, as is the substantial garage (or “toy room” for owners who eschew the boring old tender and stick in a jetski and a RIB). The garage backs onto a huge lift-platform at the rear, flanked by two grand sweeping companionways leading up to the cockpit from the raised rear of each hull.

Foredeck

From the outside it looks like what it is: a great big slab-sided boat that delivers stacks of space. It is perfectly feasible to dine 16 – provided you have the furniture – in the main saloon. This enormous saloon could easily be larger: the cockpit, gangways and foredeck are very substantial too, and we haven’t yet considered the flybridge with seating for 10, plus two at the helm, and a fridge to protect the cold drinks from the elements. The cockpit, unusually, is more of a communication space than somewhere to sit and read. It helps the saloon feel bigger, and the rear doors open across almost the whole width of the saloon. Side windows open too.

If you want the sailing version your engines are smaller (max 2x225hp vs 2x800hp) and the draught is deeper at a fathom, while the power version draws a little more than half this. The power cat has bigger fuel tanks (up to 7k litres vs 4.5k for the sailer), while the sailing version has a combined sail area of 2,500 sqft. That’s quite a lot of sail, and the mast isn’t stepped to the bottom of the boat (That holy, spacious saloon). Instead the mast is stepped to a carbon-composite beam at flybridge floor-level. The power version’s flybridge doesn’t lose space to a mast, halyards or sheets: instead there are six sunpads beside the helm station.

Acres rather than square feet with games table and side opening doors, and expansive dining space

Sunreef Supreme 68 Power version. This unit is not based in Singapore

The saloon is big enough to dine many more than the passenger complement of eight. The sailing and power Supreme are fully customised, so both types can successfully have galley up or down. The ‘lost’ passenger cabin is moved to the front of the saloon, becoming the master suite and taking up the full width. And the remaining saloon space could still dine 16!

For more information, please visit www.sunreef-yachts.com.

The New-Generation’s Riva Flybridge Range Has a New Member

A preview of the newest 90-foot yacht Riva 90

The 90-foot yacht Riva 90 is the latest arrival to join the new generation of Riva flybridge range of fleet, alongside the highly successful Riva 100 Corsaro and the Riva 110 Dolcevita models that were recently introduced at the 58th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

To construct Riva 90, Ferretti Group has collaborated with Officina Italiana Design, a studio founded by designer Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, combining steady product and process innovation with cutting-edge technological solutions to realise a superstructure yacht meeting great performance.

And what came out of the production facility boasts of a typical world-class Italian craftsmanship based on the heritage of Italy’s centuries-old yachting tradition.

Taking the boat out for a sail is going to make recreation more enjoyable than ever and safe as the Riva 90 is crafted to bring outstanding performance at sea for experienced yachtsmen, without compromising on the yacht’s exclusive design and timeless appeal – it’s all the goodness in one package.

A choice of three engine configurations is available for the Riva 90′

One of three types of engines is available as a configuration option, catering to the needs and yacht owner’s personal preference: The first; her pair of MTU 12V 2000 M96L engines (1948 MHP each) nudge a cruising speed of 22 knots up to a maximum speed of 26 knots. The second; thanks to the twin MTU 16V 2000 M84 engines (2218 MHP each), it comes as another option for yacht owners to achieve a full speed up from 24 knots to a maximum speed of 28 knots. The third; features a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M93 engines (2435 MHP each) to propel the boat at a higher cruising speed of 26 knots and a maximum speed of 30 knots.

The 90-foot Riva 90 yacht is custom-made in close partnership with internationally renowned consulting boat designers, in-line with Ferretti Group’s “Made-To-Measure’ approach to further distinguish themselves in the international boating sector.

The new yacht can easily be recognised by its sleek and dynamic profile, emphasising on the exterior styling, taking cue from its predecessors. According to Ferretti, “the generous use of glass for the hull-mounted windows, from the stern to the wide-body owner’s suite on the main deck and on the raised pilothouse,” will pack premium features into the Riva 90 to present another of its steady increasing yacht selection for buyers or investors, also to ensure they get the yacht they want.

The Riva 90 has an underway and zero-speed stabilising fins as standard (upon request), also including the Sea keeper gyro stabilisers.

At the stern area, features the innovative Ferretti Group’s patented concealed stairway system, which has already been installed on the new 56 Rivale. Almost every yacht carries an innovative tender garage, but the Riva 90 presents a Williams 395 tender and a personal watercraft, which can be launched independently to enable it a graceful drift in and effortless dock.

Riva is a brand of Ferretti Group, an established group on 1968, specialising in the leisure boating industry, has expanded its portfolio with the inclusion of Riva 90’, on top of its existing range of fleet consisting the Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line.

 

The new Riva 90 is set to be launched in early 2018.

 

For more information about the Riva flybridge range, please visit www.riva-yacht.com.

Explore 10 Things to do in Myanmar when Onboard Northrop and Johnson’s Yacht

Explore 10 unique things you can do when onboard Northrop and Johnson Yacht charter and enter another interesting and thought-provoking world. Unlock ’new’ and exciting charter destinations in the southern region of the Mergui Archipelago where there are over 900 largely uninhabited islands. Explore the diverse precincts of each of the island; stop at one of the various dining areas to enjoy the best food and beverage experiences, access the fishermen’s huts and small sea gypsy villages as well as the uninhabited, unspoiled and pristine island leading to the green jungle, sandy beaches and sand spits. Discover a remnant of the past, the beautiful landscapes, the spectacular rock formations and the gorgeous underwater reefs.

Here are some of the fascinating destinations in a sample itinerary to give a taste of what you might expect in this beautiful part of the Southeast Asia region:

Day 1 | Welcome to Kawthoung & Explore the Barwell Island (25 nm)

After a warm welcome, your tour guide will take you on an orientation sightseeing starting from Victoria Point, a small border town of Kawthoung, while awaiting clearance. See all the sights and stroll down the fresh food market. Tuck into the local delicacies such as Kawthoung fried chicken and wash down with local Myanmar beer or freshly pressed sugar palm juice, and the hand-rolled cigars, all symbolic to kick-start a great journey. For the more adventurous, cruise to Barwell Island and stay overnight to enjoy a tremendous first anchorage just southwest of the sand spit.

Day 2 | Kayak through the Mangrove River and Sight-See the Pulau Bada Island (25 nm)

Enjoy the fascinating waterfront anchorage between Bada, Caws and Potter Island with white-sand beaches and sand spits. Water lovers can spend the day relaxing in the comfort of Poni Island’s west beach or snorkel underwater to view the coral reefs. At the northern end of Pulau Bada’s west beach is a little mangrove river great for kayaking at high tide, where it leads from the beach to the inland and into the mangroves.

Day 3 | A Place of Wanderlust, Bliss & more Adventures on Great Swinton Island (22 nm)

Make sure you get yourself fully recharged the night before you set on a journey to the Great Swinton – a place of wanderlust, bliss and adventure. Visit them all, from the beautiful beaches to the magnificent scenery and the adrenaline jungle walks. Relish the nature’s best and keep a lookout for local birds and other wildlife and get into the water to snorkel and dive. Make a trip to the charming waterfall nearby with more mangroves.

Day 4  | Lampi Island – Salet Galet (18 nm)

Kayak through the Mangrove River on Lampi’s west coast. The area is mainly uninhabited with occasional fishing villages where the birds, including sea eagles and hornbills and fruit bats thrive. Often macaques are seen on the beaches foraging for food. Continue to Pu Nala where the small village is, and there is a Buddhist temple.

Day 5 | Clara Island’s Shell Beach, Coves & Clear Blue Inlets (12nm)

Clara is said to be one of the prettiest islands in the area – shell beach, coves and inlets with exceptional clear waters, great for snorkelling. Take a dip at the Waterfall Bay with calm and crystal-clear water, located towards the northwest side of the island and soak up the sun on the white sandy beach.

Day 6 | Great Swinton Island (24nm)

The Northern Bay of Great Swinton is said to be a great place for more snorkelling, swimming and kayaking. You may want to head to dive the ‘Shark Cave’ and swim through the cave, which is home to several (harmless) reef sharks. Come sundown; your crew will prepare a bonfire and take your time at leisure to relish in a wonderful evening with barbecue on the beach.

Day 7 | Beautiful Scenery in Loughborough Island & Easy Hiking Spots in South Twin (27nm)

After a restful night’s sleep, embark on a journey and visit a small village populated by Moken and fishermen and a small local school where they welcome visitors. Navigate the creek on the east side of the island by kayak and delight in the beautiful scenery along the river stream. The rugged South Twin island has a small beach and a bay where a yacht or two can anchor. This island has easy spots, perfect for trekking for beginners, to climb to the top of the island, then head down for a dip in the water where there are deep, large rock structures forming gullies, long swim passages and overhangs. In the shallows, you’ll find fine table corals and other marine life hiding amongst the boulders, keep a look out for the colourful, but hard to spot, ribbon eels.

Day 8 | From an Adventurous Day to a Relaxing Close at Macleod Island (46 nm)

Head to Horseburgh Island for a swim and snorkel on the way to Macleod on a leisure time possible. View the uniquely man-made Myanmar Andaman Eco Resort, offering a ‘civilised’ spot for delicious cocktails (in USD) and traditional massage. Trek from the jungle through to the peak, offering spectacular views at the top.

Day 9 | Visit the Many Small Beaches on Davis Island (35 nm)

There are many small beaches to explore on this large and highly-scattered cluster of the Aladdin Group of Islands. Densely wooded with two main peaks of about 450 m high, it offers an intimate journey for adventure seekers. But that does not stop there, just off the eastern shore of Davis Island, is a 5.5 m high rock surrounded by a reef, making it a wonderful place for snorkelling.

Day 10 | Swim-Through Lagoon on Horseshoe island – Lighthouse Island (30nm)

Cock’s Combe Island is part of the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea, which has an interesting swim-through into a lagoon and is accessible during low tide only. Embark on a sea adventure, snorkel around Horseshoe Island before you head for a lovely lunch on the beach. Return to Kawthoung in the afternoon.

 

Make every moment beautiful when onboard Northrop and Johnson’s Yacht and explore the top 10 things you can do in the ‘new’ and exciting destinations at the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea in Myanmar.

 

For more information on Northrop & Johnson Yacht Charter and itineraries, please visit www.northropandjohnson.com.

 

Superyacht Sanlorenzo SL104 M/Y INDIGO joins Simpson Yacht Charter Central Agency fleet

The superyacht Sanlorenzo M/Y INDIGO for Simpson Yacht Charter is the latest edition of the Simpson Yacht Charter Central Agency fleet.

This immensely ultra-modern yacht measuring at 106 ft (32m) is an ideal sailing catamaran for a tropical climate, tailored according to the specific requests, styles, and desires of each individual owner.

“She is well suited for coastal cruising, explorations and event charter. Guests simply have to step on board and leave the rest to Simpson Yacht Charter” – Reanna Wang, Simpson Yacht Charter Business Development Manager.

Based in Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket, Simpson Yacht Charter is a luxury charter in Asia which has already made successful charters in various Asian countries such as Phuket and Thailand. However, for guests who want more freedom to sail to destinations beyond Phuket may do so by customising the itineraries to suit their personal needs, with travel options extended to beautiful warm destinations of Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Anambas Islands, Singapore and more.

Whether it’s a vacation or a business retreat, M/Y INDIGO superyacht has certified Thai crew licensed for all waters, each with many years experience chartering in Asia to provide hospitality and optimal yachting experience for all guests to sail in safety and comfort, whilst enjoying best first-class coastal meals.

M/Y INDIGO launched by Sanlorenzo is specifically tailored to undertake long range cruising of up to 24 m. The fully vessel aims to offer all guests superb dining experience with exceptional service, all whilst luxuriating in the contemporary design and expansive decks, along with a spacious and light saloon plus the pure luxury of her cabins.

Clean lines and rectangular silhouettes form the outstanding features of the interior, with the use of natural materials such as wood, marble, linen and silk.

Characterised by the plush and refined interior, Sanlorenzo SL104 is crafted with finishes to the highest standards; American cherry wood forms the most outstanding features of the interior design in harmony with the furnishing to exude a touch of luxe for a modern coastal living, and modular sofas are ideal additions in this setting to allow guests the flexibility for lounging and interaction.

To rest and relax, the Sanlorenzo SL104 also offers four double bed cabins options, equipped with ensuite bathrooms that are able to accommodate up to eight guests.

Other notable features of the leisure decks is the expansive flybridge that offers stunning 360 degree views and an ideal place to soak in tranquillity whilst overlooking crystal clear waters.

One of the various leisure decks features a spacious living space with a fully equipped kitchen where guests can take in a breath of fresh air and dine in style in the ‘alfresco’ area and enjoy the natural seascapes of the region. Guests can also indicate a preference from a wide range of gourmet options specially prepared by Italian chefs.

When not making use of the indoor space, head over to unwind in the deck Jacuzzi or recharge and rejuvenate at either one of the sunbathing lounges; one on fly deck and the other on aft cockpit deck. What’s more, water lovers now have a whole host of activities to look forward to, from seabobs and jetskis to windsurfing and renting of diving equipment for water skiing and wakeboarding. In addition, a professional dive instructor will join the guests to explore the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean as well.

 

M/Y INDIGO’s charter rate is:
80,000 EUR per week + 30% APA + local VAT
13,500 EUR per day (8hrs) + expenses + local VAT
*** APA stands for Advance Provisioning Allowance including fuel, food and another provisions, port charges, customs, utilities, and similar additional expenses during yacht charter.

 

To discover more about M/Y INDIGO, please visit www.simpsonmarine.com.

Climate Change Probably Won’t Affect How the Top One Per Cent Lives

The livable yacht offers a sense of style and a beautiful spot where you can move around freely and independently in the comfort and luxury of your coastal home.

How does it feel like to live an avant-garde life on water? Now you can with the new generation of floating homes made possible. Miami-based Arkup, founded in 2016, pioneers fully solar powered and sustainable livable yachts, has just unveiled a high-end movable floating [email protected]

This floating residence or a vacation home is designed with a purpose in mind – one that resembles a livable yacht with an extensive space that can be converted into smaller multi-purpose areas incorporating an event venue, a large dining hall, a few living rooms, a gym or a luxurious spa! And these floating homes offer more than just a living space, too.

Living on water is unique and exclusive with an elegant view of the seascape directly from the Master Bedroom

Large spaces can be turned into a party venue or a large dining hall, overlooking the bay with an unobstructed view and experience the feeling of the gentle breeze, listen to the sound of the rushing waves and spend the rest of the relaxing evening away sipping on your favourite tea.

Due to the countless headlines made about hurricane winds that have destructed homes, have inspired innovations in the architectural business to think of primary ways to build hurricane-proof homes. Designed with cutting-edge technology and technical innovation in mind, this “future-proof blue dwellings” can withstand extreme weathers and destruction.

The livable yacht is fully customisable and adaptable to a variety of water conditions from lakes and seas to oceans and rivers, Arkup livable yachts can be shipped globally or manufactured under license.

Thanks to the four hydraulic spuds that will stablise the yacht and help it attune to the high winds and surging waves with its self-elevating system, which Arkup describes it as a new generation of movable homes “of living on water, making you feel 100 per cent safe and protected.”

YPI’s Asian Offices Salute Milestones

Latest 52m Seven Sins shown by Sanlorenzo at Monaco Yacht Show is offered for sale by YPI

None of the world’s leading private yacht agents have that sort of commercial experience and financial clout behind them. In the last five years, Yachting Partners International (YPI) sold 45 superyachts, which is a spectacular record. In 2016, for example, one YPI broker alone, Matt Albert, sold the 5th largest brokerage yacht, the 72m O’Pari 3 built by Golden Yachts of Greece, and the 10th largest, the 61.5m Russian-owned Amels Solemar.

YPI’s French CEO Laurent Debart has spent 20 years in Asia, and like YPI Asia Chief Liz To speaks fluent Mandarin and other dialects. He has also sailed a Trans-Atlantic Double-Hander, and is getting a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Laurent Debart, YPI’s present CEO, spent 13 years with highly successful BRS Asia, which now employs over 80 staff and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta and Mumbai. BRS Shanghai was handling 17 million tons of iron ore per annum soon after its inception.

Debart speaks Chinese dialects, French, English and Spanish, served in the French Navy, holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, has sailed in a Trans-Altantic Double-Hander, and is getting a Private Pilots’ Licence.

 

Liz hails from Sai Kung in Hong Kong, has offices in St George’s Building, and runs the YPI Shenzhen office as well

Recently appointed YPI Asia Chief, Liz To, hails from Sai Kung on Hong Kong’s scenic East Coast. The daughter of a commercial captain, she herself had a pleasure vessel licence at 18, and enrolled for further courses at the Marine Services Training Institute. She worked briefly for BRS, and with YPI Management handled one of the first Feadships to arrive on the China Coast.

She too is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and commutes between YPI’s Hong Kong and Shenzhen offices, spending her spare time fishing, cooking and travelling.

A full service agent like YPI looks after all sorts of private yachting aspects, such as new builds, yacht management, sale and purchase of brokerage boats, yacht charters and crew recruitment.

Their principal offices are in Monaco, and YPI also has a very strong presence in London, Paris and the South of France. They play a prominent part at the European boat shows reviewed in this issue.

In China new builds include projects such as Heysea Yachts’ stunning 46m displacement offering, the Heysea 152. This leading Chinese yard has just sold two more 41.5m yachts, to Australian and Chinese buyers, and is one of the selected stories at the end of our Yacht Style’s Top 100 Superyachts of Asia-Pacific cover feature.

The Heysea 152 is an axe-bow design with a fully customisable layout for up to six well-appointed suites. Engineering, electronics and equipment are from well-known European and American suppliers, and the whole package is offered for sale exclusively with YPI Brokerage for a very interesting US$18.68m. Delivery is within two years.

Other YPI projects can be perused. A really exciting one at the moment is a 105m, but of course vessels this large come with a really exciting price tag, and are not for everyone.

Liz To sees yacht management as a prominent part of YPI Asia’s growing business, particularly because staff have a deep understanding of local and international regulations, and of Chinese etiquette. “Our management model is specifically tailored to Chinese yacht owners’ preferences and expectations”, she says.

 

One YPI broker impressively sold the 61.5m Solemar, shown here, and the 72m O’Pari 3 in 2016. The agency has handled a spectacular 45 superyacht sales in the last five years

Increasingly clients want to charter as well, to get a better feel for lifestyles afloat, or to try out vessels that they may be interested in buying. YPI offers custom charters in Asia-Pacific waters, and further afield in popular Med or Caribbean locations.

“Our team of charter brokers is devoted to finding the best charter choice for our Asian clients, and aims to develop a lasting relationship with them so that we can better understand their needs and preferences, both for charter now and in the years to come”, says Ms To.

“YPI Asia ensures client expectations are surpassed, and we offer an all-inclusive package. This covers the hire and insurance of the yacht, crewing cost, fuel and water sports equipment, guest catering, soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as harbour fees and local taxes.

“The package can include a Chinese-speaking escort, and a one-stop shop with Traveller Made agencies for related visa, flights and other arrangements. This approach differs from the traditional booking of charter yachts. YPI is proactively promoting Asia as a yachting destination, and is an early member of APSA, the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association”.

Exclusive 46m YPI Project with China’s Heysea Yachts is available for US$18.68m

Another service starts with career talks to students who want to study maritime or hospitality-related subjects. “Thanks to our close relationships with yacht owners and builders, we can provide advice on crew job opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region”.

When Alex Braden and Mike Everton-Jones founded Yachting Partners in 1972 – both have since retired, Braden only a decade ago – they wanted to establish a yachting company that, true to its name, worked as a partnership.

From the beginning they instilled a collaborative mindset, looking outward and viewing other brokerage houses as collaborators, not competitors.

Said Braden: “We always had the idea that we should become an international company, a company with no borders, and that business could be successful and profitable while also being honest and caring”.

This worked, says a latter-day spokeswoman. “YPI’s ethical approach has brought clients back again and again, in the knowledge that, whatever yachting service they are looking for, they can trust YPI to work openly and honestly with them to provide the best experience.

One of the most innovative designs being shown by YPI in Monaco, Seven Sins has an extensive pool and beach club set-up

“And wherever they are in the world, clients also benefit from our relationship with the 160-year-old shipbroker Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS). This in-depth shipping knowledge of everything from commercial law to building regulations offers owners a peace of mind that is undeniably necessary in today’s yachting world, as yachts are built larger and larger”.

Concludes CEO Laurent Debart: “I am very proud that YPI is celebrating this milestone. As one of the three oldest yacht brokerage companies, and the only one connected to a shipbroking company like BRS, our experience continues to set us apart.

“Yet while this is an opportunity to look back, we also look forward to embrace an exciting new phase for the company, and to finding ways to shape the superyacht stories of the next generation”.

For more information: www.ypiyachts.com
YPI Asia Hong Kong office is located at:

3/F, St George’s Building, Central. Tel (852) 6110 9970. London, Paris, Antibes and Monaco are other hubs. Regional offices, sometimes shared with BRS, are in Athens, Beijing, Dubai, Geneva, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mumbai, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Singapore and Stamford US.

Enjoy a luxurious, spirited dash across the ocean with Princess’ V Class Range

The exterior view of V65 shows clean flowing lines outlined by the spear-less double curvature deckhouse glazing, fitted with contemporary hull windows as well as coloured canopy styling blades

Based in Plymouth, England, Princess Yachts is more than a showcase; it has an enviable reputation for blending all the traditional qualities of undeniable craftsmanship, refinement and luxury into their range of Princess V Class. Such design concepts are distinct properties of the V Class Range as seen in the V65 sports yacht.

The V65 luxury super yacht emphasises on voluminous space, lightweight, resin-infused composite material, optimised for higher lift and lesser drag, as well as planning hull at low speed and greater efficiency and enhanced fuel economy.

Powered by two Man V12 engines, the adrenaline-fuelling sports yacht V65 can reach a speed range of 36 to 38 knots, needed for dynamic acceleration – one that delivers speed, efficiency, agility and poise.

Hand stitched upholstery complements the fine detailing of the soft angled geometry furniture

Over at the cockpit area, Princess V65 boasts a specific signature V Class styling and hand stitched helm seats in Nero Black leather with Brown Taupe detailing. The combination of materials and timbers are used throughout the modern-stylish interior layout, injected with a creative flair as captured perfectly by the soft edges and facetted geometry that defines the interior joinery. The overall fashion lines run smoothly through the internal bulkheads and headlining contrasting with the carefully selected V Class colour palette.

Featuring the Saloon View of Princess V60 sportsyacht

Each of the model yachts also has a well-equipped dining area leading to a fully equipped aft galley. Over at the sun pads, both V65 and V60 yachts are designed to look like a huge terrace indicating a perfect sanctuary to relax and whisk away stress.

At the lower deck of V65, it consists of four beautifully crafted cabins offering a natural view. The large living space within can hold up to eight guests in four cabins while V60 can accommodate about six guests in three cabins. Another main highlight of the V Class Range is that the flexible deck saloon models can be climate controlled or opened to the elements via sliding doors and a retractable sunroof.

The full beam master stateroom of the V50 has an inviting sanctuary whilst the forward cabin enjoys the option of scissor berths

The new V50 is powered by two Volvo IPS 600 engines that can reach speeds up to 32 knots. This sports yacht offers all the flexibility needed for prospects to choose between an enclosed or open main deck configuration, the option to retain the lower deck saloon as an entertaining space or convert it to a double berth, or even specify this area with a third cabin. The saloon in V50 offers L-shaped seating or sunpad aft leading to the spacious and airy saloon and helm seating.

What can be more satisfying than to dwell in entertainment onboard and appreciate the beauty of the sea and have a great time out indulging at the coastal kitchen, the V65, V60 and V50 in the Princess V Class Range is built for elegant living and lavish recreation at its best. So, take your sailboat out and relish in the precious moment of tranquil and beautiful life in a marine environment.

 

Be first to see the dynamic V65 and V50 at Boot Düsseldorf in January 2018 followed by the V60 later in the spring.

 

For more information about The V Class Range, please visit www.princessyachts.com.