|SYS cements grip as top show in region|
The Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) welcomed some of the world's most prestigious vessels to the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove. This sixth edition of Southeast Asia's premier annual yachting and boating event took place between April 7 th & 10th.
Singapore continues to reinforce its position as the "Monaco of the East" and the calibre of brands and dealers exhibiting at this year's Show reflected this. Exhibitors include local players Azimut Singapore, Hong Seh, Multihull Solutions, Northrop & Johnson Asia, one of its most revered yachts of the last few years, Lady Candy, a majestic 56m based in Hong Kong. This is no ordinary yacht, her interior layout has been revised and maximized ensuring guests the ultimate luxury, while her owner brought a touch of Asia to her styling with light woods and neutral tones appearing throughout.
The full-beam owner's suite, unusually, is on the upper deck aft, where it can take advantage of the 180-degree panorama over the private aft deck. This stunning yacht also benefits from an advanced stabilization system SG Boating, Simpson Marine and Supratechnic, as well as international leaders Grand Banks, Fraser Yachts, Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Sunreef.
The Show also welcomed back new and returning superyacht builders, including Amels, Baglietto, Benetti, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen, Lürssen, SilverYachts and Westport. International yacht brokerage company Fraser Yachts returned to once again, with a line-up of three motoryachts Azul A, Triple 8 and Sensation.
The world-renowned yacht builder Amels famous Dutch shipyard displayed its stunning 55m M/Y La Familia, one of the highlights of the Show. Since the yacht's delivery last year, the owner has voyaged extensively and is now cruising the beautiful islands of Southeast Asia. An Amels 180, La Familia has a timeless and elegant Tim Heywood exterior design, with the owner's choice of interior design by Lambert & Thurnherr.
Bene tti returned to the Lion City with one of its most revered yachts of the last few years, Lady Candy, a majestic 56m based in Hong Kong. This is no ordinary yacht, her interior layout has been revised and maximized ensuring guests the ultimate luxury, while her owner brought a touch of Asia to her styling with light woods and neutral tones appearing throughout.
The full-beam owner's suite, unusually, is on the upper deck aft, where it can take advantage of the 180-degree panorama over the private aft deck. This stunning yacht also benefits from an advanced stabilization system for the comfort and enjoyment of guests.
Ever-present at SYS for each and every edition since it launched in 2011, Simpson Marine presented a wide range of vessels from its prestigious portfolio this year. Recent dealer acquisition Sanlorenzo returned to SYS under Simpson Marine's stable prestigious banner with the Asian Premiere of the sleek SL104, the breathtaking Indigo. Sanlorenzo is one of the leading superyacht builders in the world, renowned for its made-tomeasure approach and it is regarded as a top builder of yachts over 24 metres in length.
Celebrating over three decades on the water, Lagoon is the world's leader in luxury production catamarans from 30-78ft. Simpson had three on the water at the SYS including the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht, the 560 Imagine and the debut of the 450 SporTop. Another stunner on display was the Monte Carlo Yachts 86, the winner of the 2015 Asia Boating Awards "Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht over 25 metres." MCYs are fast, sleek and very comfortable with a stylish interior design along with luxury amenities and impeccable furnishing worthy of a superyacht, designed by celebrated superyacht designer studio Nuvolari & Lenard. Simpson also had a MVY65 & Monte Carlo 4, a great option for a 40ft flybridge, on display as well as a Beneteau Oceanis 38.
Superyacht toys and accessories never fail to excite and delight serious buyers and gadget enthusiasts alike. Long-standing exhibitor Supratechnic was back with a bigger presence than ever, boasting an even greater array of Jet Skis, amphibious vehicles and outboard engines.
Quadrofoil, an eco-friendly Jet Ski raised on four hydrofoils that slice through the water, made its Asian debut. U-Boat Worx, a name synonymous with safety and adventure, returned with its CExplorer 3 personal submarine. This three-person underwater vehicle can carry passengers to a depth of 1,000m in a spacious fully air-conditioned interior, providing an unobstructed 360-degree view under the sea in unparalleled comfort and maneuverability.
Multihulls have long been popular in Southeast Asia, and have been particularly well received at the Singapore Yacht Show. Not only do they offer fantastic interior and exterior space, but they also provide great stability while underway and at anchor. This year, visitors to the Show were treated to new offerings by such prestigious brands as Sunreef, Fountaine Pajot (presented by Multihull Solutions), Lagoon (presented by Simpson Marine), Aquila (presented by MarineMax) and Seawind (presented by Corsair Marine).
For the first time, Sunreef showcased a world premiere at the Singapore Yacht Show. The Sunreef Supreme is an audacious line of yachts and superyachts designed to become the world's most comfortable and spacious range of lifestyle-oriented boats. The first unit from the range, the Supreme 68 was the second world premiere unveiled at SYS. A 68ft (21m) sailing catamaran with a total living space of over 280sqm, she offers the luxurious surface areas of a much larger superyacht, packaged within a unit below 24m.
Multihull Solutions returned to SYS with an unprecedented number of launches, showcasing three new Fountaine Pajot models: the Victoria 67, the Saba 50 and the Lucia 40. While the Victoria 67 and the Saba 50 have already made appearances in the region, they were officially launched at SYS 2016. Similarly, this year's yacht show was the first time the Lucia 40 has been presented in Asia Pacific.
From its quality craftsmanship, design and engineering pedigree, to the refined elegance and luxury interior styling of its craft, Plymouth-based Princess Yachts epitomizes the best of British manufacturing. At the Show, Princess Yachts showcased Project 31@50, the return of the first ever model to be built by the brand which has undergone a unique restoration in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary.
The Princess 75 motoryacht also made her regional debut. The ingenious design of this eagerly anticipated yacht offers efficient, agile cruising, with the latest modified deep V-hull enabling passengers to plane at lower speeds. With a choice of three engines, she can reach speeds of up to 35 knots.
Fraser Yachts showcased an extraordinary line up at this year's Show. The 50m motoryacht Sensation, boasting five well-appointed staterooms with ample accommodation for up to 12 guests, graced Singapore shores for the first time. The impressive 43m superyacht Triple 8 (43m), built by Royal Denship in 2009, made her way over to Singapore for the show from Australia.
Also joining the Fraser fleet was recently refitted motoryacht Moonen-built yacht 34m Azul A. Comfortably accommodating up to eight guests in four cabins and with a crew of six to cater to guests' every possible need, she is 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 allows guests to cruise in ultimate comfort.
Feadship, the highly renowned Dutch yacht builder enjoys making a splash at the major boat shows with innovations that go above and beyond as they introduced an in-stand "4-Senses" movie theatre. This completely insulated and soundproofed space included the world's largest curved LED television, giving an impressive 105 inches of screen on which to show a Feadship movie. The audience is given a true treat for the senses - in addition to the spectacular visuals and surroundsound, different scents are emitted that accompany what is happening on the screen - as well as the occasional gust of sea-breeze.