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Southeast Asia’s yachting and marine industry magazine

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Tom Howard’s passing


Derani Yachts to be regional dealer for Sirena Yachts


The Innovative Hanse Line


Bay Regatta dazzles again


Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference precedes SYS


Aquila 36 joins Tiger Marine Charter Fleet


Elegance & Individuality – the Catamaran Saona 47


Thailand Yacht Show


Behind the scenes at Racer Marina


Singapore Yacht Show lives up to the hype

A colourful and caring gure in the Phuket yachting scene left us recently, we look back at his work with the schooner Seraph.

Founded in 2006, Sirena Marine was the rst production yacht manufacturer in Turkey & has built more than 250 motor yachts and 90 sailboats to date.

Rob Williams runs us through the full Hanse line with the layouts and power units available for each boat.

Simon James and Kae Wattana turned in their usual wonderful performance of hosting “the party that sails around.”

Marieke Derks and Zara Tremlett combine for this summary of the APSC, held just before the SYS.

Tiger Marine Charter’s addition of an Aquila 36 further enhances their day charters through the stunning topography of Phang Nga Bay.

Asia Marine, pioneers of yacht chartering in Thailand, showcases another of its Fountaine Pajot collection.

Ao Po Grand Marina was once again home to the TYS in late February as visitors got a peek at some of the biggest boats & brands in the industry.

We talk with Khun Noom, head of Racer Marina’s maintenance team. The marina is the only full-service marina in the Hua Hin-Pranburi area.

Held at One Degree 15 Sentosa Cove, the SYS continues to be the benchmark for yachting shows in the region.

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Global leader in luxury yachting activities continues to pursue strategic development in emerging Asian markets

Camper & Nicholsons Asia Announces New Commercial Director & Expansion Plans in Asia

Camper & Nicholsons Asia announced its new Commercial Director and expansion plans in Asia at a press conference during the Singapore Yacht Show 2018, earlier this afternoon. With a recent expansion of the Sales and Charter teams, Bart Kimman comes on board as the company’s new Commercial Director. Bart will be spearheading the company’s strategic growth in the Asia market, working closely with Managing Director, Carmen Lau. “We are delighted to welcome Bart to the Camper & Nicholsons Asia team. Bart has an extensive experience in super yacht brokerage, charter and new build. This is all enhanced through his extensive knowledge of the Asian market garnered over 20 years. He is a great addition to our dynamic executive team, creating a true customer-oriented service for the Asian market where he will also help us to speed up in reaching full potential of Camper & Nicholsons in this market,” commented Carmen Lau.

Camper & Nicholsons Asia

In 2017 Camper & Nicholsons International, announced its joint venture with their existing shareholder, Lai Sun Development Company Limited. This resulted in the launch of Camper & Nicholsons Asia. With a tremendous network of ultra high-net-worth (UNHW) Asian clientele and extensive existing operations throughout the region, the partnership between the two players is seen as a strategic and long-term investment.

Experienced Team in Asia

Working alongside Carmen Lau and Bart Kimman to further develop the Asian market, is an experienced sales team based in the Hong Kong office and a charter team in Thailand, that has been a three-time winner of the best charter company in Asia. The following team members will ensure high-level of service and ethics, as well as provide a full-fledged yacht service, including Yacht Sales, Yacht Charters and Yacht Management: l l l l l l l l l l

Charmian Siu, Listings and Intelligence Manager, Hong Kong Hugo Van Schaik, Sales Broker, Thailand Adam Essex, Sales Broker, Hong Kong Karen Ball, Sales Broker, Hong Kong Kenny Chan, Junior Sales Broker, Hong Kong Sytske Kimman, Charter Broker, Hong Kong Wenny Chow, Charter Broker, Hong Kong Lies Sol, Charter Marketing Manager, Thailand Kay Monney, Charter Marketing Manager, Thailand Taranee Kerdsup, Office Manager, Thailand

Thailand - The Next Superyacht Destination

The seas surrounding Thailand make for some of the most beautiful and uncluttered cruising grounds in the world. With first-rate marinas, shipyards and excellent marine support services, Thailand is known to be the next superyacht destination among high net worth individuals. According to Kimman, “Over the years, we have seen increasing numbers of superyachts visiting Phuket and this shows a positive outlook on the superyacht market in Asia. Establishing an office in Thailand made sense for us to further expand our presence within the region.” The potential of the Asian market is therefore significant to the future of the yachting sector. Through this expansion and opportunity to leverage on such a prominent local Asia partner, Camper & Nicholsons looks to strengthen its brand globally – reinforcing its standing as the world’s leading yachting company. For more information, please visit

About Camper & Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons International is one of the oldest marine leisure companies in the world, founded in 1782 as a shipyard in Gosport, England. Today, Camper & Nicholsons International is the global leader in luxury yachting activities with 14 offices around the world and the company’s operational headquarters is located in the Principality of Monaco. Camper & Nicholsons have been involved in over 4,000 yacht projects since 1782 and today, it has over 70 yachts in our charter management fleet and over 44,000 gross tonnes of yacht under management.



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New Fjord Models Out Now

Introducing the NEW i7700 EST Control System hift and Throttle Actuators Two new exiting Fjord Models have just been released by Hanse Yachts The Fjord 44 Open has a spacious and luxurious deck layout featuring an outdoor galley, options of aft seating/lounges and a long-fixed bathing platform is standard. She has the options of a second cabin and air-con in her attractive/luxurious area below decks. Speeds of 35 – 40 knots depend on engines. The Fjord 38 Xpress outboard powered offers a choice of deck layouts with a strong emphasis on entertainment, bow seating and long rear-side platforms. The double berth and bathroom below make this an ideal high-speed tour boat with shallow water operations. Is 38 – 43 knots fast enough? For more details contact: SEA Yacht Sales Thailand: +66 81 370 1995 Malaysia: +60 17 4196933 (Malay & Chinese Speaking) +60 12 429 3000

The NEW i7700 actuator contains both the shift and throttle actuator within one compact housing and are not only powerful enough to manage the shift and throttle functions on the most extreme applications, they are also exceedingly responsive and robust. The actuators are linked to the control heads via a single 1/4” (6mm) CANbus cable making cable routing incredibly easy. In addition, the i7700 actuators have a mechanical back up “get home” feature which allows simple manual control should the need arise.

Style, Control and Functionality The simple to install i7700 electronic control system replaces the existing mechanical control system. Why wrestle with your mechanical controls when you can have the benefits of electronic controls for a fraction of the cost of a new engine. The smooth movement of the electronic controls enables much greater handling of the throttle and a fluid transition between gears. This translates into better control of the boat in all applications ranging from sport fishing and cruisers to commercial vessels. You will find it hard to go back to mechanical controls after the smooth and reliable response you get from the i7700 electronic controls. Regardless of the type of engine and drive, i7700 can provide precise control and comfort for your boating application.

Single Lever Operation The ability to synchronize the engines and control cruise with one lever is incredibly useful. This feature enhances your boating experience by making it easier to control your boat regardless of the speed.



Control Head Styling The control heads are ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and control. Available with or without universal trim switches, they each also include easily adjustable drag and detent adjustment pins to suit the operator’s preference.


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Suitable for all engines with mechanical shift and mechanical throttle. Single or twin engine applications. Inboard, IO and Outboard. Supports up to three stations.


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Mechanical override “get home” feature Trolling mode Add a station kits available – total of 3 stations Meets: ABYC P-24, CE, EN 60945 Neutral warm-up Dual engine RPM synchronization for single handle operation Incorporates neutral start protection Adjustable control lever drag and detent settings Works on 12v systems Programmable shift delay Comes with 30’ of harness to connect actuators to control head Utilizes standard CCX633xx type control cables – Xtreme type recommended Optional independent trim switches (HA5491) HULL CO., LTD. HEAD OFFICE 167/3 Moo 4, Na-Jomtien Sattahip, Chonburi 20250 Thailand Tel: +66-(0)38-23-8131 / 2 Fax: +66-(0)38-23-8133 Email:

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Phuket-built Wow captures St Maarten’s Heineken Regatta Photo by Tim Wright

After sailing halfway around the world, the Stealth 14GT Wow has recently won the St Maarten’s Heineken Regatta in the Caribbean. With a small but competitive fleet of multihulls and winds from 5 to 20 knots it was a picture-perfect regatta held in true paradise. Wow fended off the very quick Seacart 30 Mortica shipped all the way from Australia for this year’s run of Caribbean regattas. The well-sailed Mortica has been the boat to beat for the last few years in most regattas along the East coast of Australia but had to settle for 2nd place in this one. Wow was designed by Alan Carwardine, partnered with Roger Diggelmann, who manage the Phuket-based boat yard Asia Catamarans, builders of the Stealth range of cats. Owners David Liddell and Helen Rudd had the boat built to do what they always dreamed of doing – fast cruising around the world with the intent of circumnavigating while doing as many races and regattas along the way. The boat left Phuket in 2016, sailed across the Indian Ocean and into Cape Town. Now after crossing the Atlantic they are based in the Caribbean before continuing on thru the Panama and across the Pacific at some stage in the future.



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Compass Fresh Compass Fresh began in 2012 as a provisioning company exclusively to supply superyachts in and around Indonesia. Compass has supplied food for Bill Gates, Sheikh Mansour, Abramovich and many others on board their private yachts with high levels of acclaim and success. Compass differs to any other food company due to a purchase-to-order business model which guarantees freshness and high yields which its superyacht clients demand. Compass receives the orders, purchases, packs, and ships out (normally by air cargo) to destinations as remote as Sorong, Ambon and Maumere. All ground logistics, permits and cargo delivery are handled by Compass from trucks to speedboats and helicopters for delivery. In 2015, realizing that the purchase-to-order business model is superior to the supermarket model of ready stock, Compass launched Compass Fresh, one of Bali and Indonesia’s first online supermarkets specializing in home delivery. It quickly became the biggest in Bali and is looking to continue to expand the concept throughout Indonesia. Compass Fresh developed its own App to create an easy platform for ordering. The app is available for free in iStore and Google Play. It is far superior to any others currently in Indonesia.



At the same time Compass also developed proprietary software systems for managing the administration and warehouse operations in a smooth and streamlined way. Over the last few years, Compass was able to expand its offshore reach to local charter boats such as Amanikan, Amandira, Seven Seas, Dewi Nusantara, Alila Purnama and others. Compass also secured the exclusive supply to Amanwana in Moyo due to its superior product freshness. This gives it a constant flow of orders and product through its system and increased sales volumes. Compass Fresh also has exclusive distribution for Jakarta-based healthy snacks Mia Chia and has placed it in Frestive Supermarkets, Bali Deli, Ayana Resort and many other outlets around Bali and Eastern Indonesia. Compass Fresh set up and owns Mama Mia Fresh Pasta, which has had success in home delivery and wholesale all around Bali. In 2018, Compass Fresh signed an agreement with a 25-hectare hydroponic farm in North Bali to brand, sell and distribute its own range of products on their behalf under the brand name Fresh Farm. This product is already distributed to Aerowisata, Papaya, Ayana, Nihiwatu and a growing list of top buyers.

Position Summary

Currently, Compass Fresh is:

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The leading superyacht provisioning company in Indonesia The leading provisioning company for the liveaboard charter boats in Indonesia The leading supplier to remote resorts (Amanwana, Meridian) in Indonesia The leading home delivery company in Bali and one of the leaders in Indonesia The only distribution company to own its own brand of farm fresh produce, set to become one of the biggest in Indonesia The only distribution company to own and produce its own brand of fresh pasta The only company to be able to deliver on a purchase-to-order business model that guarantees freshness while eliminating spoilage A company boasting a huge range of revenue streams: su peryachts, charter boats, cruise ships, restaurants, cafes, hotels, resorts, villas, home delivery. In short, Compass Fresh is the most unique and dynamic food distribution company in Indonesia.

The Next Steps Compass Fresh is permanently evolving. It is currently in the process of moving into a strategically placed four-floor warehouse on Sunset Road, Bali. This increases its total floor space by 300% and thus prepares it for the exponential growth it is already experiencing and it anticipates gathering speed and momentum. It is in the process of increasing its infrastructure in key markets in Papua and Flores to continue to dominate the supply to the multi-million-dollar charter and superyacht market. It is gearing up our distribution to deal with the rapid expansion of its business through the launch of Fresh Farm and increasing Home Delivery demand. Compass Fresh aims to establish itself as the pinnacle of the new wave of online distributors in Indonesia. For further information and details, please contact General Manager, Luke Prokopavicius.

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Tom Howard sadly passed away in early April: so much of Tom's life over the past two decades was spent restoring and maintaining the schooner Seraph, which he sold a couple years back. The following was taken from a story SEA Yachting published about the restoration of the boat some time back. A favourite character in the Phuket yachting scene, Tom used to hold court at Jimmy’s Lighthouse regaling people with his stories and adventures.

Tom Howard at the helm.

Tom Howard (left) & Gunter Nutt (right) competing in Classic Class at Phuket Raceweek for the Seraph Perpetual Trophy. 116-year-old Seraph.

If you’ve been around Phuket for any length of time, it’s hard not to have heard of, or seen, the 112-year-old schooner Seraph. And this remarkable lady has quite a story to tell from her infancy as a Danish fishing boat to her being running aground in the Similan Islands in 1991. Seraph is the shortened version of Seraphim – one of the Archangels who protected God in Biblical lore. A six-winged angel, the Seraph sat at God’s right hand. His upper pair of wings covered his eyes (he may not look at his Master), the middle pair were for aeronautic purposes with the lower pair to cover his private parts. SY Seraph sails with a full complement of six sails/wings. Seraph was built in Denmark, and launched from a shipyard outside Copenhagen in 1906, as a ketch-rigged fishing vessel with no engine. She was as a “buy boat”, meaning she would go out to the fishing trawlers to buy their catch and then sell it at market. She had a wet hull - plugs in her side let the North Sea in keep the fish fresh. In the early 20s, she was fitted with an engine; in a fishing town in northern Denmark She fished the North Sea for 70 years, and then in the late 1970s, she was bought by a Dutch couple, who took her to Holland, and converted her into a liveaboard schooner, with a schooner rig. She sailed the Med and the Indian Ocean before ending up in Phuket in the late 80s. On New Year’s Eve 1991, while Seraph was moored off of Island 1 in the Similans, a squall hit, and the ship dragged anchor, as she headed towards a reef. The captain tried to pull off, but the steering broke, he lost reverse gear, and he couldn’t go backwards, moving forwards instead, landing Seraph on a reef. The skipper was inexperienced and Seraph should never have been moored in that location in the first place. Seraph’s insurance company wrote it off, and Mark Horwood bought if for a song, taking his dive company up to retrieve her along with caulkers to patch her up (the filled hr vessel with plastic bottles full of air to help raise her). Mark, who had a long love with classic schooners himself, took her down to Phuket to begin her long relationship with the Ratanachai Shipyard. Khun Pong, the senior woodworker at Ratanachai, was an apprentice when Mark first brought Seraph in, and to this day, he will drop everything else he’s doing when Serapharrives in the yard and won’t let anyone else oversee her repair. Seraph was originally made out of oak frame and oak planking but oak is not a good warm water wood, and as it has deteriorated, it’s been replaced with takean tong, which is much better because termites and worms don’t like it. Mark recovered, restored and re-rigged Seraph in her current configuration – a gaff-rigged schooner. He used her as liveaboard dive boat for over a decade, when diving was still a sedate sport in these parts, taking divers on gentle cruises in the Andaman and up to the Similan Islands, ironically where Mark salvaged her. When the market changed, and people became focused on the frequency of dives, Mark decided to sell her to Tom in March 2002, who had moved to Phuket following his retirement from the IT business in the UK. Tim McMahon, was the captain at the time, and she was refitted at Ratanachai from May-July of that year, then set sail for Pattaya, where she was leased to Gulf Charters for three years. She arrived in Ocean Marina in September of 2002.



Tom himself hails from Harpenden, a small town 25 miles north of London - nowhere near the sea at all. His father was in the Royal Navy during WWII as a submariner, where he developed his love for the sea. When Tom was about 7, his dad, after an encounter at a public house in London, conspired to buy a 45ft 1911 North Sea fishing boat - much to his mother’s annoyance - she got seasick in the bath. The boat took three years to repair, and Tom had one holiday on it, but unfortunately his dad died and the family was forced to sell the boat. So, you see, Tom puts his love for Seraph down to a genetic weakness. Tom actually bought his first boat, a small 30ft Beneteau named Bonne Coeur, with a friend in 1985. When the friend married, the pair sold the boat. “Marriage, new families and new boats don’t go particularly well together,” he recalls. Tom started his professional career in sales and then formed a computer hardware and software company, developing an e-commerce distribution system that unfortunately faltered with the crash. So, he decided to retire to Phuket in 2002 (He had been coming here on holiday since 1994 to compete in the King’s Cup). Tom brought Seraph back to Phuket in May of 2005, after she had fallen into disrepair and became termite-infected. Tom then hired Aussie Tony Knight as skipper and decided to keep the boat in Phuket. There was a huge refit at Ratanachai, which included a wrapping and gassing. She took a break in her refit and appeared as a Committee Boat in the first Phuket Raceweek in July (Tom created a trophy for the Seraph Classic Class in that regatta carved from 500-year old wood from Seraph’s rudder). Seraph then went back into Ratanachai to complete her overhaul, emerging anew in September. She since appeared as a committee boat for the Bay and King’s Cup regattas and she also raced in the class she sponsored at Phuket Raceweek – problem being, stemming back to her days as a wet hull fishing vessel, she’s designed to sail with a lot of weight.

(In 2013, Tom also restored a 63-foot motor yacht constructed by the British Royal Air Force to act as a rescue and backup ship for the RAF, renaming it Marie G after his beloved mother.)

Derani 22

Sirena 58.

Sirena 58 forecabin.

Sirena 58 stern.


erani Yachts, based in the Phuket Boat Lagoon, Thailand; have recently been appointed as the exclusive dealers for the Sirena Yachts brand of long range explorer yachts for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Founded in 2006 Sirena Marine was the first production yacht manufacturer in Turkey, with more than 250 motor yachts and 90 sailboats built to date. At the company’s recently expanded 155,000 square-metre facilities located in Bursa Orhangazi, Sirena's vision is to develop world renowned brands by integrating the talent of world-leading designers such as Rob Humphreys and Germån Frers, with its hard-won manufacturing expertise and considerable engineering know-how. Sirena Marine comprises the award-winning Azuree sailboat brand, the outstanding Euphoria luxury sailboat series and the company's newly born motor yacht division, Sirena Yachts. In 2014, Sirena Marine set out

Sirena 58 mid cabin.

to produce a new line of motor yachts with a difference. From a generous flybridge to aft seating areas to wide open spaces, the brief called for an exciting new breed of expedition vessels. Bold, sophisticated and spacious by design, they currently produce the 58, 64 and 85-foot models with plans for another 2 models. The innovative hull design has undergone rigorous testing at the renowned Wolfson Unit at the University of Southampton, including three rounds of towing tank testing. Sea Keeping tests have also been conducted on a self-propelled scale model of the hull. The result is an innovative, low drag, canoe-shaped body capable of planing at high speed or semi-displacement cruising when in low fuel consumption mode. Equipped with gyroscopic stabilisers, it offers the ultimate in smooth cruising, not to mention optimised comfort at anchor; the perfect yacht for explorative, family adventure.


The Sirena Yachts 64 was the first model of the line to be launched and made its world debut at Boot Dusseldorf in 2017.

Sirena 64 foredeck.

Sirena 64.


The Sirena Yachts 64 was the first model of the line to be launched and made its world debut at Boot Dusseldorf in 2017. The interior and exterior living spaces provide generous volume normally seen on much larger vessels for serious world family cruising in great comfort. From the earliest design stages, the main concept of the interior was about comfort and light. Large glass windows provide a good view of the sea and let in plenty of natural light. Interior style is defined by a skilful use of white, carefully mixed with a touch of dark colour defining frames and panels. Oak combined with wenge woods and a light and soft moquette carpet on the floors amplifies space and underlines the design.

The fully enclosed galley and dining table are located midships with the lounge aft opening onto the large cockpit with dining table. On the foredeck there is more room for dining at the convertible table plus the option for a Jacuzzi below the sun lounger. The flybridge is enormous with dining and lounging areas and wet bar. The aft end of the flybridge has enough room for sun loungers or can be fitted with a crane. The Sirena 58 is second model in the range of a projected line of five motor yachts planned for the near future by Sirena Yachts. Like her predecessor the 64, she benefited from the development of the hull underbody intended to be efficient, and to have best performance

The hull design was developed in depth, including extensive tank testing at the Wolfson facility in Southampton. The result is a pleasant sea kindly low drag canoe body capable of planning at high speed or cruising in semi displacement, low fuel consumption mode. The hull stability is well matched to the needs of the gyroscopic stabilisers to ensure cruising or anchoring in great comfort. Powered by Caterpillar engines with a choice of 850 or 1,000 horsepower the boat can reach a top speed 26 or 28 knots and cruise at 10 knots for over 1,200 miles with 10% reserve fuel. The standard layout is three guest cabins and four heads with the option for a 4th guest cabin. There is also an option for a two-berth crew cabin with head and separate access through a door from the submersible platform.

at a wide range of speeds, from displacement mode up to planning condition. She will be able to go to all corners of the world, cruising in comfort and safety with low fuel consumption. Aesthetically she shows the strong purposeful character of an expedition yacht having full headroom throughout, large uncluttered deck areas, large glass window surfaces and a fly bridge which it is larger than the norm. The volume inside the yacht is very impressive for a yacht of her size. The joinery work built out of high quality woods and fabrics, offers several options available regarding interior layout to maximize the enjoyment of life at sea according to each individual need. On the main deck the saloon is central and the close attention paid to ergonomics and use of the available space is also evident. Having the galley located


The Sirena 58 is second model in the range of a projected line of five motor yachts planned for the near future by Sirena Yachts.


Sirena 64 main cabin.

near the stern is perfect for setting the table in the cockpit thanks to the complete absence of steps, creating a single spacious area for both indoor and outdoor living. With the huge lateral windows running full length without interruption and another window on the cabin-top, an impressive amount of natural light permeates the interiors, bringing out the best of the contrasting colours of the oak and wenge woods. The Sirena 58 is available in a two or three cabin interior layout. The two-cabin layout has significant interior volumes, with a 16 square metre full beam midships cabin and an almost 20 square metre forward master cabin. The forward cabin has direct access to the large living area on the foredeck, a design solution usually only found on much larger yachts. The Sirena 58 is also available in two different three cabin versions. Retaining the forward master cabin, the midships cabin can be divided into two cabins, all with en suite heads. Alternately the midships cabin becomes the master and the fore cabin is reduced in size with no access to the foredeck and a twin cabin is added between the two larger ones and all cabins are en suite. Details of the new Sirena Yachts 85 Raised Pilot House were announced at the 2018 Miami Yacht Show. The new flagship of the Sirena Yachts fleet is already under construction although with delivery expected in 2019. Once again, the exterior design will be by Germån Frers Naval Architecture while Cor D Rover has been chosen for the interior. The Sirena 85 builds on the success of the yard’s current flagship, the Sirena 64. The hull characteristics and design are an evolution

Sirena 64 saloon.

of her smaller sister with low resistance and a sea kindly hull that performs efficiently and with a minimum of fuel consumption through all speed ranges. Powered by twin 1,400hp MAN V12 engines the boat will have a top speed of 25 knots and a range in excess of 2,500 nautical miles when cruising at ten knots. The interior will be offered in either a four or five-cabin layout, with the option for a main deck master suite with a private fold-out balcony direct access and direct access to the foredeck infinity pool. Other key features on board the Sirena 85 include a transom tender garage, which can be transformed into a beach club, and dining space for all ten guests on the flybridge under the shade of a hardtop Bimini. For more details on the range of Sirena Yachts in Asia contact Ian Hewett at Derani Yachts, or call +66 833 88 9090.


Innovation & Excellence –

Hanse Yachts H

anse yachts abound in innovation, have sparkling performance, are setup to sail short-handed and have high standard accommodation. Hanse is continually advancing construction techniques and materials to enhance strength and all boats have comprehensive options. Each had a variety of packs available including cruising, instrument (B&G standard), comfort and performance packs to name a few; some have basic and upgrade packs. It is easy to customise your boat with a variety of hull colours, deck finishes, internal timber, floor and upholstery available. Add to this a prodigious list of individual options and you can really see just how you can make the boat individually yours. What follows is a brief profile of each of the Hanse Range with the layouts available and power units for each boat.

Hanse 315

A great boat for couples or young family boat. She has a large master cabin aft with the option of a closed forward cabin or open berth area. Twin wheels are not standard as they are for all the other boats but an option. Tiller steering is standard. Engines are approx. 14hp or 21hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification â‚Ź72.300.

Hanse 388


The new model has great interior light and storage; featuring new cockpit options. She has a choice of 2 or 3 Cabin Layouts Engines are approx. 21hp or 29hp. Price -factory in Standard Specification €119,750

Hanse 348

Her internal space is a pleasant surprise. The smallest of the 8 Series, she has a choice of 2 or 3 Cabins. Engines are approx. 21hp or 29hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification €95,800.

Hanse 418

Another new model with great interior light and storage; featuring new cockpit options. She has a choice of 2 or 3 cabin layouts with 1 or 2 bathrooms. Engines are approx. 39hp or 57hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification €151,900

28 Hanse 455

A popular model and a stand-out in her size range. She has a choice of 3 or 4 cabin layouts with bathrooms forward and aft. Engines are approx. 53hp or 72hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification€191,200

Hanse 505

A popular size with flexible layouts to suit many uses. She has a choice of 3 or 4 cabin layouts with bathrooms forward and aft and a choice of an additional bunk cabin or utility room. Engines are approx. 75hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification €257,900

Hanse 575

One of the bestselling big boats ever. She has a choice of 3, 4 or 5 cabin layouts with 2 or 3 bathrooms. Engines are approx. 107hp. Or 146hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification €379,000

29 Hanse 548

A standout with twin forestay options and amazing detailing internally and externally. She has a choice of 3 or 4 cabin layouts (including a “silent” master cabin) with 2 or 3 bathrooms. Engines are approx. 110hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification€363,100

Hanse 675

Hanse 588

Her innovative design and detailing, internally and externally, leads her class. She has a choice of 3, 4 or 5 cabin layouts (including a “silent” master cabin) with 2 or 3 bathrooms and options of a crew cabin or utility room. Engines are approx. 110hp or 150hp. Price ex-factory in Standard Specification €424,300

An incredible yacht with luxury and style She has a choice of 3 or 4 cabin layouts; 3 or 4 bathrooms; and options. Engines are approx. 150hp or 218hp. Price ex-Factory in Standard Specification €1,039,000

For more details contact: SEA Yacht Sales. Thailand: +66 81 370 1995 Malaysia: +60 17 4196933 Malay & Chinese Speaking) +60 12 429 3000


Photography by Scott Murray

Lead-in More than 250 sailors representing 21 nationalities signed-up for the iconic Bay Regatta held 31st January to 4th February, 2018 in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces. A four-day travelling regatta around Phang Nga Bay that stopped at a different anchorage each evening for a party under-the-stars, The Bay Regatta is famous for visiting some of the region’s best beachfront spots. Often referred to as the “fun regatta” and the “world's most scenic regatta”, it is a regatta like no other and one that attracts the serious and less serious racers. Having raced around the karts of Phang Nga and Krabi sailors are unanimous in their praise; “stunning”, “spectacular”, “there's no other regatta like it” are just some of the comments received from last year’s participants. “The Bay Regatta’s route is unique. While most regattas head to open water, we race around the islands and why wouldn’t you when you have the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay on your doorstep?”, said Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia. The fleet of more than 30 boats was split into six classes and despite the beauty of the sailing route, the on-water competition was high. In the Racing class crews from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Russia challenged for the title. Last year's winner Megazip was back to defend her crown and reignited her rivalry with the well-prepared and campaigned Beneteau First 44.7 Fujin. However, the Hong Kong-registered Red Rum and Vitalii Plaksin’s Farr One Ton, Uminoko, who placed first in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2017 Cruising class, would challenge for the title as well. A strong line-up of locally-based cruisers was split into Cruising A and Cruising B classes, and all stood a good chance to win. Baby Tonga returned and is looking to improve on their second-place last year while Fargo Express (second in IRC 2 at the 2017 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta) is always dangerous. In the Bareboat Charter class, which saw a 40% growth in entries, crews looked forward to some friendly competition in one of the best cruising destinations the world has to offer. The 10-strong multihull fleet was split into two class – Multihull Racing and Multihull Cruising. Last year's Multihull Racing winner Twin Sharks was back to defend their title and under the experienced leadership of skipper John Newnham are always difficult to beat. The Stealths – Asia Catamarans Hurricane, Phantom V and Twister 2 – tend to not to follow script and will race hard like usual, as will the smaller multis in the class – Bladerunner 9, off-line and Fugazi. In the Multihull Cruising class, Rick Fielding’s Mojo hoped to make it two wins in a row and will go head-to-head with Raptor 2001, a regular on Thailand's sailing scene. “We have a mix of international and local crews, and sailors of more than 20 nationalities. We have added some new stopovers to the route this year, but the regatta's travelling nature remains unchanged and the 30-plus boats competing this year enjoyed four days of excellent racing in the best cruising grounds in the world,” added Ms. Wattana.


The Bay Regatta was launched in 1998 by a group of Phuket-based sailing enthusiasts and a photographer who wished to showcase the stunning beauty of the area.

Megazip takes Bay Regatta’s

Top Honours for 2


straight year


Now in its 21st year, The Bay Regatta continues to showcase the beauty of the Andaman — the islands, beaches and hidden coves – and combines this with a fun beachfront social programme. Wrap up On the fourth and final day of the Bay Regatta, Chang Race Day, PRO and race organizer Simon James continued the regatta’s two-start format as all the monohulls crossed the start line together followed by all the multihulls. Another great sailing day greeted the participants as they sailed a short loop around some of the islands off the coast off of Krabi’s Railay Beach, before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers. After all the boats crossed the finish, they headed back to Phuket, where they celebrated the final prize giving and dinner at Kan Eang 2 restaurant, overlooking Chalong Bay. The four-boat Racing Class was already decided before the final race as Sergey Khamstov’s Megazip won the title for the second-straight year earning three firsts and a second-place for a five-point score over the four-day event (last year, the boat’s skipper was Aleksandr Trofimenko). Steve Manning’s Red Rum took second spot, with eleven points. Vi-

talii Plaksin’s Uminoko and Gary Baguley’s Fujin were next, tied at 12 points apiece, but Uminoko took third as a result of winning the class on day one. In Cruising A class, Niels Degenkolw and his all women’s’ team took first in every race except when they finished second on day three, thereby keeping’s Niels invincibility streak alive, as he won his class in the Bay Regatta for the umpteenth time. Amazing, indeed, as the Dane is coming off recent reconstructive knee surgery on both knees at Phuket’s Vachira Hospital and sitting in Phoenix for a four-day regatta can’t be easy. Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor took send overall with Stanislav Pechenkin’s Russian crew Southern Breeze 3 came in third. Cruising B was won by all the Thai-crew of Marigold, skippered by Ket Mangklaseranee. They turned three first-place finishes into a convincing overall lead. Mig Wehrle’s Aqua came in second overall but had the regatta’s cutest entrant-Mig’s three-month old son Lucas on board. Paul Baker’s Isabella, Greg Brennan’s Toot Yai (Big Butt), and Woodrow Christensen’s


Linda finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. The Bareboat Class ended up going to George Brown’s Kinnon as Denis Aksenov’s Venture was forced to “retire” on the final race due to use of an improper sail. Russell Waddy’s Allsail Kingsman and Andrew McDermott’s Fei Jian were third and fourth overall in this division. Fugazi was the star of the show in racing multis, winning line honours in all four races – but when their handicap was applied that was only good for fourth overall. John Newnham’s Twin Sharks tight-knit team of Alfie Rowson, Jason Corall (flew in from New York), Tam Keawwantha (flew in from Ireland), took first overall in this ten-boat class, Alan Cawardine’s Asia Catamarans Hurricane came second

and George Eddings Blue Nose was third. Multihull cruising was a two-boat affair and Robert Hossack’s Raptor 2001 whupped Rick Fielding’s Mojo in all four races. Simon James did a tremendous job as PRO setting the courses, manning the starts and keeping things in order. Kae Wattana and her Regattas Asia team made everyone happy on shore, providing plenty of good food and drink and good entertainment. Sean Getchell’s Epic Charters stepped up and provided a superb committee boat, Hakuna Matata, and Captain Brent McInnis did great work steering the photographer’s rib. A big shot out to Simon’s team on the water—Susie, Cathy, Chandran & Eddie—as always, made sure all the starts and finishes were correctly posted and recorded.




iger Marine Charter, which recently welcomed an Aquila 36 to their fleet, offers day charters to the surrounding waters and islands in Phuket and Krabi, including majestic Phang Nga Bay and famous Phi Phi Islands. “We are excited to see guests exploring new destinations aboard the Aquila 36,” stated Yvan Eymieu, Manager of Aquila International Sales and Distribution. The Aquila 36 is a power catamaran that blends plentiful live aboard space and qualities perfect for socializing with rugged strength and control. Offering the conveniences of a large yacht including topside summer kitchen with smokeless grill, the Aquila 36 has cockpit seating for over two dozen adults and two comfortable cabins with private en-suite heads. Powered by efficient and reliable twin

250 horsepower Mercury Verado outboards, the Aquila 36 provides spirited performance and excellent fuel economy. Add its open water capabilities, wide stance and twin sponsons, and the boat is remarkably stable making it exceptionally comfortable at speed or while at rest. Tiger Marine Charter has become one of the largest and most successful charter companies in Phuket, with a tremendous reputation winning the “Award of Excellence” from Trip Advisor for three years running. “We have expanded rapidly in the last three years as I retired from my career as an airline pilot form Cathay Pacific Airways and was able to devote my full attention into Tiger Marine Charter,” says Richard Hayes, the CEO & Owner of Tiger Marine Charter in Phuket. “We had one boat when I retired three years ago we now have seven and will continue to expand.”




“Over the years the big draw for Phuket's tourism has been the Phi Phi islands. They are beautiful and have lovely waters. Koh Phi Phi was put on the map after the movie The Beach was filmed there. “Subsequently it ended up on everyone’s bucket list to go there but its 26 miles away from Phuket so you need a fast boat to go there and back in one day and still have time to explore the islands. “There is mass tourism going there with ferries as well as join-in boat charters, but for the more discerning a private boat charter for the day is defiantly the way to go about it. “We started our tours to Phi Phi with speedboats as our bigger yachts could not make it there and back in a day while allowing for quality time onshore. There are many speedboat companies in Phuket doing these tours

but I wanted something fast, very comfortable and something very different from the average speedboat and I have been looking for years. “I went to the Phuket Rendezvous boat & lifestyle show in Phuket in January 2018 and I saw the AQUILA 36 on display. I walked on and within one minute knew this was the very boat I had been searching for and called the Sales Manager who was on board, Simon Theseira of Simpson Marine and said ‘I will take it’. Simon went to get the champagne and we shook hands on the deal straight away. “I went through the import and registration process in Thailand and by February the 18th we had her licensed and ready to charter. I have never looked back and she is out almost daily. “Aquila are producing her baby sister this year, the identical boat but at 30 feet, the


AQUILA 30. Naturally, I have already placed my order in for hull number 5 and we expect her in December in time for what’s going to be a very busy high season in Phuket. “I can see Tiger Marine Charter having a fleet of these AQUILA models, so allow me to tell you why. Her lines are beautiful, she is very spacious and she is fast. Being somewhat between a speed boat and a larger catamaran it’s difficult to know which class to put her in, so we class her as the most luxurious speedboat in Phuket. “She is licensed for up to 20 passengers and two crew. We run her at a maximum of 10 passengers and two crew giving those on board lots of space to move around. “She has sunbeds on the foredeck, a

at 10 feet below the ocean surface, we can put kayaks on and floating Jacuzzis and we have plenty of room for ice so cold beer and soft drinks are available to you all day. There is a stove so we can make you a delicious Thai lunch. “This is not a ‘normal’ speedboat. This is pure class and fun and run by an incredible crew of two. We think it’s the most fun speedboat in Phuket, as she is a catamaran, she rides the waves beautifully giving a smooth safe ride and giving the customers a secure and safe feeling. “My Aquila 36 is called Sha Shi after a Zimbabwean river, which is where I am from, is available for you to view or sea trial with Simpson’s team or come and charter us. We guarantee you a wonderful day. “Simpson Marine, the agents for Aquila

shaded dining area and seating at the back. We often get asked in the initial charter enquiries if the boat is suitable for infants or parents. The answer to this is a big ‘YES’ as she has two cabins, they are air-conditioned, so on a long hot day the little ones or the parents can get a comfortable nap in. And both cabins have an en-suite shower and toilet. “So you see now why it’s a boat for all groups and we cruise at between 20 to 24 knots, getting you to the Phi Phi islands in an hour and a bit. But Phi Phi is not the only place we go as this boat with its shallow draft is so versatile. We do tours into the famous Phang Nga Bay, which is rich in beauty and hidden caves that will blow you away. Our crew have been bought up in this area, and as they are sons of fishermen, they know every cave and every rock. Then there is the three-island hop down to Maiton Island, with crystal clear turquoise waters and beautiful marine life and corals for snorkeling yes alone the dolphins that we see there almost every trip. “The size of this beautiful boat allows us to put toys on board such as a Snuba set, which is a floating compressor and you can “snorkel”

in Southeast Asia, have been incredible with their after sales service and support, and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them and the Aquila. “Oh, one more, the price, you remember the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ - for me, the Aquila was worth every penny.

ABOUT AQUILA Recognized globally for its high-quality, advanced composite manufacturing capabilities, Sino Eagle Yachts builds Aquila Power Catamarans in a state-of-the-art facility to exacting standards. With one of the most talented teams in the industry providing the combined knowledge and extensive experience, Aquila has established a game changing new standard of power catamaran innovation. Leading the way in the market segment, Aquila continues to pave the way with strong international sales of the award-winning Aquila brand. Uncompromising design coupled with unmatched industry experience, engineering and manufacturing by world class builders, make up the Aquila line of true pure-bred power catamarans. For more information visit


Phuket’s Newest Charter Boat goes live! 2018 Fountaine Pajot Saona 47


he newly released Fountaine Pajot catamaran; the Saona 47, has now been launched from La Rochelle in France, and Asia Marine are very proud to announce that the very first Saona 47 in the Asia Pacific region has now arrived in Phuket and is now available to charter. ‘LOLA II’ is the newest charter yacht currently available in Phuket and offers its guests a superbly equipped boat, with which to explore the wonders of Phang Nga Bay and The Andaman Sea. With 4 very spacious double cabins, a twin bunk cabin and a dining table, which converts in to an additional double berth, this new Saona 47 can accommodate up to 12 guests.




Furthermore, she has air conditioning throughout and an on board water maker too, making her the perfect charter boat. She comes complete with touch screen GARMIN electronics and an excellent FUSION sound system too. In addition, to make things easy, she also has an electric winch for hoisting the mainsail and a dinghy davits to make your charter stress free, allowing you to kick back and relax. The Saona 47 boasts expansive living areas for enhanced cruising pleasure. The huge cockpit area is intelligently designed for entertaining and features an extended aft platform to easily facilitate a host of leisure activities, including it’s own gas bar-b-que at the stern. Up front, the foredeck has a huge sun lounge area, and guests can also share in the cruising experience at the raised helm station, or really chill out on the 9 square metre upper lounge deck. The outside living space on this boat really is amazing! Inside, the exquisitely crafted saloon has abundant natural light and her comprehensively appointed galley has an island bench and ample storage and lots of refrigeration and freezer space for both extended cruising and chartering. Her optimized weight-to-volume ratio delivers exceptional balance, stability and exceptional performance for an unforgettable sailing experience at any speed.


The Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 – A dynamic catamaran delivering cruising pleasures designed to be shared.

For more information and rates on chartering the Saona 47 and for Fountaine Pajot yacht sales enquiries, please contact Asia Marine at Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina or PhuketYacht Haven Marina. Vincent Tabuteau Founder & CEO Asia Marine

Paul Stamp Senior Broker & Operation Manager Asia Marine +66-(0)81-827-6075 +66-(0)91-824-7966


S TYS guests enjoying show atop Ocean Emerald Photo Credit - PHUKET BEST GROUP.

ome of the world’s most prestigious marine lifestyle brands were displayed at Ao Po Grand Marina for the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, which took place from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February. The growing destination for the world’s high-spending yachting community, Phuket hosted thousands of nautical lifestyle enthusiasts, including potential buyers and charterers who were invited to climb aboard and experience an impressive display of watercraft featured in the show. Yachts, superyachts, catamarans, sailboats, sports-fishers, dinghies, tenders, water sport boats and day cruisers, were all available to try out in addition to exclusive activities and alluring social events. The Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), presented by Verventia Pte Ltd, organizers of the Singapore Yacht Show, and sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, is fast becoming an event of


truly international standing, bringing together leading brands and dealers to present their most popular products at the show. This year’s exhibitors include Asia Marine, Asia Yacht Agency, Azimut Yachts, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Cholamark Boat Co, Fraser Yachts, Lee Marine, Multihull Solutions, Northrop and Johnson, Princess Yachts, Sky Marine, Sunreef, and Sunseeker, amongst many others. Visitors were able to admire and even get on board stunning superyachts from some of the world’s biggest and best-known brands in the industry, including Feadship, Ferretti, Heesen, and Perini Navi. Unlike any other boat shows in the region, TYS is a “Try-it-and-See” event which offers an immersive experience for both seasoned aficionados and newcomers alike. Morning cruise trips, live demonstrations and vibrant parties allow visitors to discover the luxurious yachting lifestyle. Interactive activities - hopping on board for a quick cruise at sea or trying out the latest in water toys - let interested visitors try everything out first hand. Sustainable

Phang Nga Bay, with its emerald green waters and stunning limestone islands, once again played host to the third edition of the TYS.

View of Ao Po Grand Marina - Fly Board Demonstration Underway.


mobility and some of the latest developments towards mindful conservation at sea were also be part of the show at TYS, with electric boats and cars presented by sponsoring partners Torqeedo and BMW.


The stellar line-up at this year’s show included some of the world’s biggest and best superyachts, including the 90m Cassens-Werft-built Lauren L, the biggest yacht ever to be exhibited at any show in Asia, presented by Titan Fleet Management, alongside Feadship’s 60m motor yacht M/Y Paraffin which was presented by Fraser Yachts. For those looking for an exquisite and timeless yacht, this is one of the most luxurious yachts available for charter or sale on the market. She can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms and has ample interior and exterior space for relaxing and entertaining. Her wine cellar is as enviable as is the range of toys and tenders on board. The Ferretti Group’s Custom Line 47m M/Y Happy Days was also available for private viewings with Lee Marine. A powerful motor yacht with a top speed of 28 knots, this is the perfect yacht to discover the Andaman Sea. Also included in a fleet of some 15 superyachts is the 38m classic sailing yacht S/Y La Numero Uno, the very first yacht built by one of the most elite names in the industry, Perini Navi. One of the most luxurious sailing yachts available for viewing at the show, she is available for charter through broker Asia Marine.


Multihulls remain popular at the Thailand Yacht Show due to their fantastic interior and exterior space, as well as the great stability they provide while underway and at anchor. Visitors to the show were treated to look at some of the world’s most prestigious brands - Fountaine Pajot presented by Multihull Solutions, and Sunreef exhibited by Northrop and Johnson. The ITAC 54, designed by world-renowned Italian naval architect Riccardo Bulgarelli, made its world debut at the show. Presented by Multihull Solutions, Asia Pacific’s leading multihull specialist, this new long-range passage-making catamaran delivers the features and performance of a 70ft monohull with the benefit of being easy to handle without additional crew. Offering the finest in luxury appointments and finishes at a price that challenges production power catamaran models, the ITAC 54 combines impressive power with economical range. Northrop & Johnson presented the 18m sailing catamaran S/Y In the Wind, built by Sunreef Yachts, producers of some of the best catamarans in the market. With the space to accommodate eight guests, her saloon opens seamlessly into the cockpit offering the space of a larger vessel. Set up for adventure chartering, guests have access to stand-up paddle boards, dive equipment, and wakeboard among other activities. For those looking to trial a catamaran


at sea and get a feeling for the enormous space and stability they provide, the ever-popular HYPE hosted a series of morning cruises around Phang Nga Bay and some of its iconic limestone islands. Guests were able to venture out and enjoy some swimming and snorkelling before the show opened.


The Thailand Yacht Show offers something for everyone and every budget from superyachts and charter holidays to all other aspects of the leisure marine lifestyle. The latest marine toys and water sports such as stand up paddle boarding by Sea-Doo, and the latest cool water craze, the Schiller water bike, were all available for trials at the open Demonstration Platform. Visitors could chill while floating on bean bags from Soo Santai or attend live demonstrations and be amazed by professionals showing JetBlade and JetSurf equipment.


Complementing the Show was a glamorous social calendar which includes electric private parties on board superyachts, a floating VIP Lounge, supercar parades and VIP morning and dinner cruises. Visitors started the day enjoying panoramic ocean views by cruising around the Bay’s paradisiacal islands on board the luxury catamaran HYPE, which departed

every morning from the marina to offer the perfect initiation to yachting in Thailand. During the day, those considering hiring or purchasing a yacht or a boat or any of the latest water toys were able to fully appreciate the products and enjoy Thai hospitality, as well as experiencing the fun of yachting, by joining scheduled cruises or sea-trials on board selected yachts and boats on display. Guests enjoyed sumptuous food and wine offered throughout the day on and off the water. Thai cooking lessons, street food vendors, night markets, sommelier-led wine tastings and chef demonstrations completed the experience. The youngest members of the family were able to enjoy a day out at the Show at the TYS Kids Club, where dedicated activities were offered just for them whilst their parents discover the best of the yachting world. To end each day the best way, visitors could board the lavish catamaran HYPE to party till late or head to Sunbrella’s D'Deck Bar to groove to live DJs over sunset cocktails. Combining the best aspects of yacht charter, the boating industry and luxury lifestyle events, the Thailand Yacht Show attracted industry professionals and consumers alike and is fast becoming the focal point of the developing luxury charter yacht business in Asia Pacific.

The TYS is unlike any other boat show, with visitors being able to actually get out on the water and try out a whole range of watercraft.


classes ToG’sdelivermultiple multiple storylines Photography by Scott Murray

The ToG is the only regatta in Thailand conducted from a marina, as Ocean Marina provides an ideal in-water and onshore base for the regatta to operate from.



The regatta, founded in 2005, is the largest multiclass sailing event of its kind in Asia.



Eighth Edition of Singapore

Asia’s biggest boat show presented an impressive line-up of the world’s most prestigious superyachts and boating brands, along with a glamorous social calendar.

Simpson Marine had a successful SYS, selling an Aquila 36 & Lagoon 50 and debuting the Oceanis 51.1 & the Sanlorenzo 78.


ome of the world’s most impressive yachts and superyachts were docked at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove for the eighth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show, which took place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April. The region’s business hub for luxury yachting, Singapore hosted the best-known and most prestigious brands and dealers as well as thousands of leisure marine lifestyle enthusiasts – all of them potential buyers and charterers. Nearly half the approximate 18,000 visitors fly in from around the region to view the biggest display of boats and yachts in Asia, and enjoy a social calendar replete with glamorous parties, networking events and high-end entertainment. For the eighth year in a row, the calibre of the local industry players and leading in-

ternational brands showcasing their products at SYS, continues to reinforce Singapore’s position as the “Monaco of the East”. Exhibitors include Feadship, Lurssen, Fincantieri, Benetti, Gulf Craft, Amels, Heesen, Westport, Burgess, Camper & Nicholsons, Y.CO, Princess Yachts, Ferretti Group, Azimut, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Simpson Marine, Beneteau, Hong Seh Marine, Multihull Solutions, Leopard, Reel Torque, Sunreef, Lee Marine, SG Boating, ProMarine, Derani Yachts and newcomer to the region, Nautical Habitat… to name just a few! On top of the amazing line-up of yachts and exhibiting brands, SYS 2018 offered a non-stop social calendar and a whole host of activities for everyone. Visitors of all ages enjoyed a curated schedule of live demonstrations, trials, luxury retail, giveaways, wellness workshops and yacht cruises.


Yacht Show Dazzles Attendees



Derani Yachts had the Axopar 37 & 28 in the water, drew lots of interest and had multiple sales.

The art of luxury living was epitomized by the stellar line-up at SYS 2018. Yachts and superyachts entirely new to the market in Asia and the world, were presented by some of the most respected brokers and builders, including Granocean 80 by Asian custom yacht design & build company Granocean, which made its global debut. Simpson Marine, probably Asia’s bestknown yacht dealer, present at every edition of SYS since the very beginning, took the lead with the presentation of the Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 – the first of a new generation, featuring taut lines, a new stepped hull and a stylish deck plan. They also displayed the Beneteau Grand Tourismo 46 – a stylish and harmoniously designed boat with a bold sporty look featuring Air Step® technology; and the Lagoon 50 – an elegant 15-metre catamaran with a new visual identity inspired in the 50s style and featuring unparalleled accommodation possibilities. Another of Asia’s largest importers and distributors of luxury yachts, Boat Lagoon Yachting returned once again to the SYS to announce the debut of Princess 30M – the latest addition to the M Class range and one of the largest vessels on display, stretching the boundaries in hydro-dynamic design, space and comfort. Also in their line-up was the Princess 55 – featuring a vast flybridge boasting L-shaped seating which converts to a sunbed, twin helm seats, a wet-bar and a further U-shaped seating area, leaving great space to enjoy with family and friends. Hong Seh Marine presented the new

Riva Perseo 76 by the Ferretti Group – a striking yacht with its sporty features and elegance, further enhanced by its colour shades; and Ferretti 780, part of the Tai He Ban collection – a special new range with design customization aimed specifically at the Asian market. Italian yacht builder Azimut Yachts introduced Grande 27 Metri in Asia for the first time. Recently crowned winner of the 2017 World Yachts Trophies’ “Most Achieved” Trophy in the 80’ to 125’ category, it features the use of carbon fibre, a construction choice that allows volumes and surfaces to be increased in size while keeping the same weight maintaining excellent levels of dynamic stability. The Australian and Thai company Multihull Solutions unveiled the French-built Fountain Pajot MY 44 – a spacious brand-new motor catamaran powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 350 pod drives delivering exceptional handling over a 2000-nautical mile range. This motor catamaran has a combined living and accommodation space of over 50sqm, more than most inner-city apartments. Luxury catamaran manufacturer Sunreef debuted the Sunreef Open 40 in Asia – a dynamic, sporty day catamaran with a focus on fast cruising and lifestyle. Naturally balanced, this yacht doesn’t require stabilizing systems and provides a fast and safe navigation experience, a potential that this model explores to the fullest. Joining this year’s Asian premieres was also Absolute 58 Fly – the perfect union between ergonomics and technology, ensuring low consumption, manoeuvrability, silent movement and reliability; and Maritimo 51 – a genuine long-range luxury motor yacht for those looking for space, comfort and power.


STRIKING YACHTS, SUPERYACHTS AND CATAMARANS Over 80 luxurious vessels were docked at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove; visitors were able to admire the best collection of superyachts to be exhibited in Asia. Amongst them were: u



La Familia, the stunning 55-metre yacht launched by Amels in 2015, is part of a limited-edition line. This beautiful su peryacht boasts a helipad on her topmost deck, an extravagant owner’s suite, a main saloon featuring folding balconies and an exceptionally practical beach club on her stern for when the water is just too inviting. Aquamarina, a living embodiment of Italian design, was launched in 2006 by ISA. This great-looking private yacht will be on display for the first time ever at a boat show. Her sleek exterior, finished in an aquamarine pearlescent paint belies a rich and traditional interior, reminiscent of a renaissance Italian villa. Lady Azul, a 40-metre yacht built by Heesen Yachts, was launched in 2001, then exten sively refitted in 2015. Accommodating 10 guests in five suites, the owner’s suite in the bow is forward-facing and flooded with light from expansive windows. Designed to enjoy destinations to the full, there is extensive storage for water sports equipment, tenders, dive equipment and more.


Happy Days, a stunning 34-metre yacht launched in 2013 by the Ferretti Group as part of their Custom Line range. It was spe cifically built for an Asia-based clientele. Her interior is bold and modern epitomizing Italian craftsmanship.

YACHT TOYS AND LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS Gadgets are an essential addition to any superyacht charter holiday, and the SYS presented an impressive array of the latest yacht accessories for nautical enthusiasts. Located in the centre of the marina display, the Floating Leisure Hub celebrated the best in boating and water sports. Visitors were able to try out the latest marine equipment, sample stand-up paddle boards, fishing equipment, kayaks and more or watch the professionals demonstrate the jet surf, fly board and wake boards.

EVENTS AND SOCIAL CALENDAR Complementing the show was a glamorous social calendar, which included electric cocktail parties on board superyachts, a floating Lounge bar, a Boardwalk Retail Village, supercar parades, wine and gin festivals, as well as wellness and creative workshops for kids. The fun continued at night with glamourous VIP dinners, chic yacht parties and unique networking events.



SENTOSA BALL AND SILENT AUCTION The celebratory “All That Glitters” Sentosa Ball, opened the social proceedings. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the W Singapore at Sentosa on Thursday 12 April, this was a fun and glamourous evening bringing together the world’s leading yachting personalities, Asia’s most influential people, yacht owners, and industry captains in an extravagantly stylish setting. A silent auction was held during the Sentosa Ball with proceeds going to the Biosphere Foundation.

The Singapore Yacht Show is Asia’s leading yacht and lifestyle show, fully supported by the global yachting industry and the Singapore Tourism Board. It provides nautical lifestyle seekers with an unrivalled opportunity to discover some of the world's finest superyachts and boating brands in an elite and highly social setting. Held at the award-winning ONE°15 Marina in Sentosa Cove, this globally-recognized on-water exhibition epitomizes luxury lifestyle and brings together the biggest number of world-class yachts in the whole of Asia, consistently showcasing more regional premieres than any other event in the region. With glamorous parties and an enviable range of prestigious products and lifestyle brands – from supercars, fine wine and high fashion to fine art and masterclass timepieces – make the Singapore Yacht Show a firm fixture in your social calendar (

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