MX Show productions showcased a stunning array of luxury yachts — some of the best that the leisure marine industry has to offer —at Boat Asia, which took place from 18-21st April 2013 at the Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore. Over 30 yachts from 6-50m formed the centrepiece of the boat show, exhibited both on and off the water. This year, participating brands included Bavaria, Beneteau, Carver, Cabo, Fairline, Grady White, Grand Banks, Horizon, Lago, Odyssey, Princess, Prosail, Raymarine, Riviera, Silvertrone, Stealth, Zar and others. Marine infrastructure is once again well represented and supporting marinas of Boat Asia 2013 included the Marina at Keppel Bay, the Changi Sailing Club, Raffles Marina, RSYC, Yacht Haven and Nansha Marina. Taking centre-stage at the Marina at Keppel Bay this year was Vava II, a 97-metre superyacht commissioned by a Swiss-Italian entrepreneur for his wife. Built by Devonport Yachts at Plymouth, England, the hull was subcontracted to Appledore Shipbuilders and launched in 2009, at which time she was claimed to be the largest British-built superyacht. Also putting in an appearance at the boat show venue was Benetti's stunningly opulent 213ft yacht Ambrosia, a six-deck triumph of yacht styling by Stefano Natucci with interiors by yachting classicist Francois Zuretti.
Tango 5, the latest Horizon EP115 from the EP Series, Horizon's much-praised long-range expedition series of ocean-going vessels will meanwhile make its maiden appearance at Boat Asia 2013. Commissioned by a Singapore-based client, the yacht was designed with ocean adventure in mind with five state rooms, an extended cockpit for fishing and a customised dive area. New this year to Boat Asia, Reel Torque Yachts presented the impressive Cabo 52, flagship of Cabo's Express fleet of sleek flybridge sports fishing yachts. Adventourous visitors with a hankering for big game fishing enjoyed viewing her large, beamy lines, huge fishing cockpit and full customized options.
This year, Boat Asia featured a brand new hosting programme for high-net worth visitors from China and Indonesia. There was also a gala event for the cream of Asia's boating high society and the leisure industry. An impressive line up of charter yachts ranging from power boats to sailing boats and catamarans with full crewing and catering services was presented from such established charter specialists as Azurea Luxury Yacht Charter, Lloyd Marine, SG Yachting and Sunsail. Meanwhile the engineering and supply side of the boating industry was represented by leading brands such as Aquila-Nova, MAN Diesel, Maggie Catene and YMC Marine amongst others. Held at the award winning Marina at Keppel Bay, this premium location exuding style and sophistication provides a smooth launch pad to the stunning marine parks around the region. Sailing enthusiasts were pleased to find that the Royal Yachting Associated (UK)-accredited Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA) also participated in the boat show. KBSA is the only RYA-accredited sailing academy in Singapore offering customized private and corporate charters, as well as team building and team bonding programmes.
As always, Boat Asia redefines luxury not only on the water but on land too, with its lifestyle exhibitors and sponsors. This year, Boat Asia put together one of the most impressive set of lifestyle brands ever seen in a boating setting. Corum was the "Official Timepiece" and had its classic nautical chronometers on display. MasterCard hosted Boat Asia's VIP Island Suite and tantalized members' palates with a world-class gastronomic spread from Gaggenau in conjunction with renowned star chef Ryan Clift, the culinary impresario from Singapore's renowned, awardwinning Tippling Club.
McLaren Automotive was Boat Asia's "Presenting Sponsor" this year, while Land Rover, made an appearance as the "Official Car" of the boat show. For those preferring to take things at a slower pace there was the Mumm Champagne Floating Bar, another new attraction this year was the waterfront fashion shows by Sophie Martine of Paris. Also on hand were premium camera manufacturer Leica as well as premium luxury mobile phone maker Vertu. Paul and Shark returned as the "Official Yachting Wear" sponsor.
Officially launched at the Cannes Boat Show last September, Boat Asia 2013 has grown and played a central role in developing the boating industry in Singapore and the region, with a firm commitment to promoting the business of yacht dealers and their brands, as well as marinas. Exhibitors at Boat Asia 2012, routinely transact business worth in the tens of millions of dollars. Regardless of your taste or pleasure in yachts, whether you're a long time boating aficionado or a new enthusiast exploring new water sports hobbies, there was something for everyone at Boat Asia 2013. For more information please visit www.boat-asia.com