|Singapore Yacht Show continues to turn heads|
The 5th Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), allowed Singaporeans and visitors to the Lion City a chance to see some of the world's finest superyachts and international yacht brands in an elite and highly social setting, giving them a chance to enjoy luxury yachting at its finest.
instantly recognizable as the big sister of the Spirit 54', which featured as James Bond's yacht of choice in the film Casino Royale. Synonymous with style, performance and innovation, Wally has been creating show-stopping yachts for over 20 years. A spacious sports cruiser that blends practicality with indulgence, the Wally 47 cuts through waves like a performance speed boat while the teak decks and carbon-fibre components offer the finishing of a sleek, modern superyacht. Mike Simpson, Managing Director of Simpson Marine asserted: "Despite terrible weather, the serious buyers were not deterred and came out in full force. We could not have asked for better results and we continue to see year-on-year growth at the Show. The buyers came from across the region, including Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand, this clearly demonstrates the Show's importance and reach in Asia." Other highlights of the Show included the attendance of the Oceanco-built, M/Y Anastasia, a 75.5-metre superyacht - the largest yacht ever displayed in Asia. Built by worldrenowned shipyard Oceanco, she has won a number of prestigious awards including the World Yacht Trophy for Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht over 40m. Yachtzoo returned and debuted the 69m M/Y Saluzi, the largest permanently based yacht available for charter in Asia. This former mini-cruise ship recently completed an extensive refit that has transformed her into a unique and highly stylish floating beach house with very low fuel consumption. Her 32 crew take care of up to 32 guests, accommodated in two masters, seven VIPs and seven deluxe cabins, spread over 1,650sqm of guest space across five decks.
An ever-present supporter of the Show, Northrop & Johnson Asia had an impressive line-up of six yachts this year, including the 51.8m M/Y Jade 959. Accommodating up to 12 guests, her outdoor cinema with karaoke system and abundance of watersports options make her the perfect family charter yacht for the adventurous at heart. N & J Asia also displayed two beautiful sailing yachts, the 28m Sparkman & Stephens ketch S/Y Letizia and the 34m custom-built Ocean Runner. And Northrop also showcased the groundbreaking Heliotrope 65, the first solarassisted luxury catamaran yacht.
Fraser Yachts returned with two exciting yachts: the 51m M/Y Aldabra and the 34m M/Y Azul A. The striking M/Y Aldabra, which was co-presented by Edmiston & Company, features a sophisticated and sporty exterior design with a beautiful, light interior. Six guest cabins sleep up to 12 guests and the full-width owner's suite features a dropdown balcony. Combining relaxed luxury with ocean-going capabilities, M/Y Azul A has recently undergone a major refit, and now accommodates up to eight guests in four cabins in real style, with a crew of six to provide for guests' every possible need. The ideal cruising yacht, her 2.3m draft enables her to reach those beautiful shallow spots inaccessible for some yachts of this size, and her modern stabilization system means that guests can cruise in ultimate comfort.
As one of the first worldwide yachting brands to invest in the Asian market, Gulf Craft continues to use Singapore as its platform of choice to present its everexpanding range of yachts to the region. This year, Gulf Craft showcased a number of larger yachts, the highlight of which was the regional debut of the Majesty 105.
But it was not just an impressive and diverse line-up of yachts that the Show had on offer. A wide range of tenders were on display, alongside yacht accessories and toys offering new and fun ways to enjoy time on the water as well as some new technology to bring relief to those who love yachting but suffer from seasickness.
Van Dieman Luxury Craft, the specialist custom superyacht tender manufacturer, hosted the international debut of its convertible Sports Limousine. Designed to give maximum volume, versatility and comfort, the 5.5m Sports Limousine provides guests the flexibility for use in multiple situations: transportation, fishing, diving, water skiing and more.
U Boat Worx, a name synonymous with safety and adventure, showcased its C-Explorer 3 personal submarine. This three-person underwater vehicle can carry passengers to a depth of 1,000m in a fully air-conditioned and spacious interior. Providing an unobstructed 360-degree view under the sea in unparalleled comfort and maneuverability, this really is the ultimate toy. Building more custom inflatables for yachts than any other company in the world, FunAir is a market leader in its field. FunAir builds a variety of inflatables including yacht slides, climbing walls and floating trampolines, bringing friends and family together for adrenaline-pumping fun on board (or off!) your yacht. For those worried about seasickness on board, Seakeeper's gyro stabilization systems use state-of-the-art technology to reduce uncomfortable roll by 70-90%, helping everyone enjoy yachting in the utmost comfort. The Show ended on a high note at the Exhibitors' and Sponsors' Closing Party, held on all three floors of ONE°15 Marina Club's Iconic Tower with a celebratory glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne.