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Increase inyacht owners choosing
management services in Phuket
The number of yacht owners signing up for yacht management services in Phuket has more than doubled in the last year, according to Simpson Marine, Asia's leading yacht broker and dealer.
The increase comes ahead of the high season for yachting in Phuket, at a time when many owners haul out their yachts for annual cleaning, repairs and maintenance.
Simpson Marine has seen growing demand for the managed services it provides through its Yacht Care Programme this year, as the owners of yachts in Phuket seek ways to ensure their boats are properly looked after when they are not using them. These services are particularly popular with overseasbased yacht owners.
Sergio Loiacono, Simpson Marine's Country Manager for Thailand, said: "Many of our customers who keep luxury yachts in Phuket live overseas, and need a full-time professional partner to take care of their yachts when they are not around.
"In particular, we see a growing number of customers who live in Asia or Russia taking advantage of Phuket's excellent transport links to keep a yacht here and visit the island for regular cruising throughout the year.
"For these customers, it can be particularly difficult to find the right service support in Phuket, or communicate with marine contractors in a different time zone or language. But by opting for yacht management services, overseas owners can enjoy carefree yachting, knowing that their boat will be in pristine condition when they arrive for their next cruise."
Phuket is growing in popularity as a yachting destination, with owners drawn to the island by its reliable climate, idyllic scenery and easy transport connections. The number of direct flights serving Phuket from destinations such as Hong Kong and Singapore has grown in recent years, while the island also boasts excellent connectivity for Russian yacht owners living in cities such as Vladivostok.
Phuket also has the right marine infrastructure to support owners seeking a home for their yachts, with a choice of four marinas and further expansion underway. As a result, the island is especially popular with owners living in Singapore and Hong Kong, where it can be difficult to find a berthing space.
Simpson Marine's Yacht Care Programme provides a full range of services to support yacht owners keeping their boats in Phuket, including airport transfer, routine service and maintenance, repairs, the supply and installation of new equipment and the provision of captains, stewardesses and crew. The dealer's 30-strong service team is also able to provide customers with multilingual support, thanks to staff able to speak Russian, Thai, French, Italian and English.
Ahead of the busiest time of year for yacht charters, Simpson Marine has launched a new Phuket yacht charter service, to meet growing demand for luxury yachting holidays in the region.
The company, Asia's leading yacht dealer and broker, set up the new service to provide customers with high quality yacht charters in Phuket and Langkawi, giving them the freedom to explore the spectacular scenery of the Andaman coast.
Phuket Charter offers customers a fleet of brand new Lagoon catamarans, a range that is especially popular for cruising in Asia thanks to the boats' expansive interiors and their reputation for safety and comfort at sea.
Sergio Loiacono, Simpson Marine's Country Manager for Thailand, said: "Our new Phuket yacht charter service is perfect both for experienced sailors and for those new to cruising. It allows families and groups of friends to enjoy the yachting lifestyle in Southeast Asia without having to buy their own boat.
"The Andaman coast offers stunning scenery, excellent food and an ideal climate for sailing. Guests on our new Lagoon catamarans can choose between relaxing on board these spacious yachts, swimming in the turquoise waters or exploring the tropical islands that stretch between Phuket and Langkawi.
"For yacht lovers thinking of buying their own yacht, a charter holiday provides the perfect opportunity to 'try before you buy', giving those onboard a taste of life as a yacht owner. Whatever their interest in yachting, our new charter service will help customers to create a truly memorable holiday in one of the world's most beautiful cruising destinations."
The company's fleet of Lagoon cruising catamarans are renowned for their comfort, stability and easy handling at sea. The yachts' twin hulls create extensive interior spaces perfectly suited to group dinners with family and friends. Each catamaran is equipped to the highest standards with air conditioning, a water maker and a generator. The yachts also feature top square mainsails, helping guests to enjoy the thrills of sailing even in light winds. The service offers bareboat charters in Phuket for more experienced yachtsmen and women, allowing them complete freedom and independence to explore the area at their leisure.
For novice sailors or those seeking complete relaxation during their cruise, Simpson Marine also offers crewed charters from Phuket and Langkawi, with the company's experienced captains and crew on hand to ensure guests can relax in style and comfort. A professional skipper will sail the boat, while an onboard chef prepares first-class food for guests. Yacht owners can also benefit from the company's yacht charter management service, which offers out their yachts for charter by Simpson Marine's experienced team. The service lets owners generate additional revenue when they are not using their yacht, helping to offset some of the costs of ownership. Simpson Marine also provides a comprehensive turnaround service at the beginning and end of each charter, ensuring that each yacht remains in perfect condition ahead of its next cruise. Charter yachts can be picked up and dropped off at Simpson Marine's offices in Phuket and Langkawi, with the route between the two islands offering the perfect itinerary for a relaxed week's cruising.
About Simpson Marine
Simpson Marine has nearly thirty years of international new and second hand yacht sales experience in Asia, and a reputation for delivering exceptional service and taking care of customers in all aspects of yacht purchase and ownership. Its wealth of experience in Asia, combined with on-the-ground expertise from the region's most qualified individuals, provides unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge across twelve offices in seven countries with its main service centres in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
Simpson Marine is the preferred choice of full service provider of some of Europe's most desirable yacht brands. Currently the group represents Azimut, Beneteau sail, Beneteau power and Lagoon amongst others. Founded in 1984, Simpson Marine has helped many hundreds of new and experienced yacht buyers in all parts of Asia enjoy the pleasure of yachting. As pioneers of the industry throughout Asia, Simpson Marine provides the largest and most experienced post-sales service in the region; a team of people brought together by a passion for yachting.
Customers interested in yacht charters can check availability and charter rates on the new Phuket Charter website. Yachts are available throughout the peak cruising season, which runs from November until March.
For more information, please visitwww.simpsonyachtcharter.com or call +66 76 239 768.
Key services include:
• New yacht sales
• New yachts constructions
• Yacht brokerage
• International yacht charters
• Yacht servicing, management and maintenance
Media Contact: Aileen Toh Regional
Simpson Marine (SEA)
Tel: +65 6274 3359