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Written by Administrator    Monday, 23 July 2012 09:24    PDF Print E-mail
delivered its first Hanse 355 to Phuket
A Hanse 355 recently arrived in Phuket after the most unusual trip from the Hanse Yachts shipyard in Greifswald, Germany. Patrick, the French owner, decided to get her across Europe via waterways and motored through Poland, Germany, Luxemburg and finally France, reaching Marseilles after a six-week romantic passage. "Nothing like Europe in spring", said Patrick, who then sailed from Marseille to Corsica and finally on to Genoa from where the boat was shipped to Phuket. Asia Marine, Hanse Yachts agent for Thailand, received this elegant grey hull, teak decked 35-foot sloop in Phuket in late November 2011. After a quick importation procedure she was immediately included in Asia Marine's Bare Boat Yacht Charter fleet and was at work for Christmas. She hasn't stopped since.

The trip via waterways across Europe.
The boat
"It is the 5th model that we have delivered in Asia," says Vincent Tabuteau, Managing Director of Asia Marine who brought a Hanse 545 to Phuket 18 month ago. "I am impressed by the creativity of the Hanse engineering teams. Model after model, from the Hanse 315, Hanse 630, Hanse 400, Hanse 545 and now Hanse 355, the brand has made no compromises on its original concept but have improved the performances, fittings and design. It is truly remarkable." Elegance, speed and superb sailing characteristics are standard as are the self-tracking jib trademark of Hanse Yachts. There is enough space in Hanse 355 for you and your family; plenty of storage space and, on request, there are one or two aft compartments. The modern yacht furniture design with round shape is obviously based around practicality; you will fell at home aboard on your Hanse. Three choices of forward cabin arrangements are available and this boat is equipped with the traditional 3-cabin layout with 1 head. "The owner of this Hanse 355 wanted a comfortable boat which could also be maneuvered single handed. The boat is perfectly adapted for tropical living," says Tabuteau. She is very popular for charter as it is a good alternative to heavier monohulls, especially for the regattas. As we know Hanse yachts are good racers. Remember the Hanse 400 S/Y Venture who won the King's Cup regatta in it sclass last year. ASIA MARINE LTD is the HanseYachts dealer for Thailand, and has delivered five Hanse models to Phuket, the Hanse 315, 400, 545, 630 and now the 355. Through ASIA MARINE Ltd the smaller models are proposed for bareboat charter. Inquire for a sea trial or your next holiday cruise at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Vincent Tabuteau +66(0)81 827 60 75. Specification: Hanse 355
  • LOA 10.59 m | 347
  • Hull length 10.50 m | 344
  • LWL 9.60 m | 315
  • Beam 3.55 m | 116
  • Draft 1.92 m | 63 (standard)
  • 1.52 m | 49 (option)
  • Displacement approx. 6.36 t | approx. 14,021 lb
  • Ballast approx. 1,845 kg | approx. 4,068 lb (std)
    approx. 1,925 kg | approx. 4,243 lb (opt)
  • Engine 13,3 kW / 18 HP
  • Fresh water approx. 240 l
  • Fuel tank approx. 90 l
  • CE Certificate A (ocean)
  • Mast length above WL approx. 16.43 m | approx. 539
  • Total sail area approx. 64.86 m | approx. 698 sq ft
  • Main sail approx. 35.25 m | approx. 379 sq ft
  • Self-tacking jib approx. 29.61 m | approx. 319 sq ft
  • Rig I 14.10 m | 463
    J 4.20 m | 138
    P 13.18 m | 432
    E 4.45 m | 146
  • Design judel / vrolijk& co
  • Interior Hanse Yachts Design
Hainan Rendez-Vous again mesmerizes China's millionaires with superyachts, private jets and every other category of ultra-lifestyle luxuries as organizers have announced that exhibitor and sponsorship slots for the pioneering event have entirely sold out.
Taking place for the third consecutive year from April 5th to April 8th on the idyllic shores of Sanya, the Hainan Rendez-Vous 2012 comprises Asia's largest yacht show, a private jet exhibit, and showcases of luxury brands, fine art and international real estate. Visitors to the glamorous four-day affair also enjoy a steady flow of stunning entertainment, seminars, fine dining, parties and celebrity appearances.
Last April's Hainan Rendez-Vous drew some 15,000 elite visitors from across greater China, as well as a who's who of the international yacht and private jet industries and throngs of reporters from overseas and domestic media. Indications are that an even greater spectacle and fanfare will surround the 2012 edition, for which organizers are using a special purpose barge to extend the show out over the water, adding over 1,000 more square metres of exhibition area.
Over 130 yachts are expected to moor in Sanya harbour for the event, a good number of them sailing all the way from Europe. The fleet will include at least five 50metre plus yachts in the Marina.
More than 300 VVIP guests will be zoomed to and from the show aboard private jets, and the presence of 21 of the world's most advanced private aircraft have been confirmed for the show's static display at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.
Organizers say that the overall exclusivity of Hainan Rendez-Vous will be raised to a whole new level at the 2012 edition, with more private VIP parties and rare brands that are the ultra-lifestyle world's absolute crme de la crme.
A new and exciting highlight for the 2012 show will be "Design for Mobility", an exhibit curated by the founders of Born Designers, the famous yearly gathering of avant-garde creatives in Courchevel, France. The exhibit will bring several internationally acclaimed designers to Sanya, along with the latest design concepts for land, sea and air travel.
Also making a visual splash will be the show's fine art showcase, once again curated by famous Paris and Shanghai gallery owner Magda Danysz. More details on participating artists and their works will be revealed soon.
Further activities and attractions under planning include an art forum, a wealth seminar, special VIP and VVIP lounges, gala dinners and after parties, and other surprises. Stay tuned for further details that are sure to be exciting, because when China's elite come together anything can happen, and Hainan Rendez-Vous 2012 is where the party takes place.
Getting the most from your batteries and battery charger
By Shane Granger, Captain HV Vega
Quite a few problems with premature battery death and loss of capacity can be traced directly to the way a battery bank is wired into the system. Rule number one is always make sure your cables are twice the suggested size and that the connectors are both crimped and soldered.
Rule number two has to do with how the batteries are grouped electrically. A look at the illustration shows a right and wrong way to do this. The correct way feeds the positive into one end of the line and the negative from the opposite end. This forces the batteries to receive an equal charge. Doing it the wrong way tends to charge the first battery fully while the last one never reaches a full charge.
Rule three says always place the charger sensor on the positive terminal of the last battery in the line. If you place it on the first battery then that battery will reach full charge before the others and cut the charge rate before the others have fully charged. By placing it on the last battery in line it will not cut back the charge until the entire battery bank is fully charge.
In the illustration I assumed a simple 12-volt battery bank but the same principles also hold true for 24-volt banks.
Boat Asia celebrates 20th anniversary in 2012, strengthens its position as Asia's leading boat show with new luxury yacht charter segment

Boat Asia 2012, Asia's leading boat and lifestyle show, returns to Marina @ Keppel Bay from 12-15th April 2012 in what will be the 20th anniversary of the event. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Boat Asia in conjunction with strategic partner Marina @ Keppel Bay is the showcase in Asia for luxury yachts up to 50 metres.
Boat Asia 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. Boat Asia 2012 is expecting an anticipated crowd over 15,000 visitors and over 100 exhibits from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, US, Middle East, and China.
"Amidst a highly volatile economic outlook, particularly in Europe, luxury yacht brands recognize that the serious growth prospects lie in still-booming Asia, where much of the real purchasing power lies," Said Herman Ho, Managing Director of TMX Show Productions. Boat Asia has provided these brands and their dealers and distributors with the opportunity to make quality sales contacts amongst high net worth Asian clients from India, China, Singapore and South East Asia.
With a 19 years track record, Boat Asia 2011 saw a whopping USD 30 million in boat sales sealed within a four-day period. Over 10,000 quality visitors passed through the show's gates and serious business was transacted, such as the sale of a tri-deck Horizon superyacht for over US$11 million.
In 2012, Boat Asia will once again feature stunning line ups from leading yachts brands such as Azimut, Beneteau, Chaparal, Cranchi, Fairline, Ferretti, Gulf Craft, Horizon, Leopard, Meridian, Monte Carlo, Nautor Swan, Pershing, Riva, Riviera, Robalo, Sunseeker and many others.
At the waterfront, Boat Asia 2012 will also return with its highly popular Lifestyle concept, featuring prestigious brands such as Gaggenau, Audi and Mumm Champagne in addition to a wide range on on-land exhibitors from resort operators, charter companies, clothing and fashion brands, swimwear and sports and nautical watches. Off-the-water activities will include car displays and test-drives, a nautical fashion and swimwear show at the waterfront promenade, jazz performances, wine and whisky tasting and an exclusive timepiece showcase. The event will also partner with some of the leading private members clubs in Singapore.
"Boat Asia 2012 this year have a special focus on the growing interest in luxury charters from corporations and private banks and will, for the first time, feature an exclusive luxury private yacht charter segment," said Herman Ho of TMX Show productions, himself an avid boater. The event will also showcase the increasing use of 'green' technologies in boat building and design.
Yacht enthusiasts both old and new who are keen to get their feet wet are urged to set sail for Marina @ Keppel Bay from 12-15 April 2012.

About TMX Show Productions Pte Ltd
TMX Show Productions Pte Ltd (TMX) acquired Suntec Integrated Media (SIM) in November 2007. TMX focuses on conceptualising and managing specialised sports and lifestyle events for (targeted) industries and market segments. Boat Asia (conferred the Best Boat Show in Asia by the prestigious Christofle Asia Boating Awards 2007) is Asia's leading leisure boat and luxury lifestyle event. For more information on TMX, visit www.tmx.com.sg.

Go Boating Thailand delivers the first Majesty Yacht to Phuket
From an order placed in September 2011, the new Majesty 56 arrived via water on her maiden voyage from Singapore during Mid November. This boat, being placed under a shared ownership programme, was heavily modified to cater for her three owners very different usage styles. The flybridge layout was modified to add extra seating and lounging areas, plus a larger Bimini shade, and a tender lift was added to launch and retrieve her Sea Doo Jet ski, or 3.4 M RIB.
Fishing and diving set ups were added as two of the owners are heavily into diving. The tender lift makes for easy boarding with tanks and diving equipment. With a three-cabin, three-head, layout and excellent use of space, this 56ft Majesty feels more like a 63-footer once aboard. Her crew are cared for very well as there is an aft crew quarters for two with shower and toilet facilities.
During her first three weeks of use through December TRILOGY as she is named, clocked over 115hrs of use. Trips to the Similans, and Koh Lanta have already been undertaken along with the usual more local destinations around Phuket. Powered by twin Volvo Penta D12 800's TRILOGY cruises very happily at 23 knots. Tropical spec air-conditioning was fitted as standard keeps her owners cool and comfortable. Majesty Yachts are capable of taking on customer special requests, when it comes to the main deck, bridge and lower level custom layout changes.
For more information about Gulfcraft and its range of Majesty Yachts from 44ft - 135ft please contact:
Go Boating Thailand Co Ltd. RPM Marina. Phuket., 0870566301, www. goboatingthailand.com.
SEA Regatta/Boat Show Calendar 2012
Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Jan 9-14)
Singapore Straits Regatta (Jan 26-31)
The Bay Regatta, Phuket (Feb 1-5)
Neptune Regatta, south of Batam (Feb 5-11)
PIMEX, Phuket Boat Show (Mar 29 – Apr 1)
Hainan Rendez-vous, China (Apr 5-8)
BoatAsia, Keppel Marina, Singapore (Apr 12-15)
Singapore Superyacht Show, One degree 15 (Apr 27-29)
Top of the Gulf Regatta, Pattaya (May 4-8)
Samui Regatta (May 28-June 2)
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (July 18-22)
Borneo International Yachting Challenge (July21- 27)
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Port Klang – Langkawi Malaysia (Nov 16-24)
King's Cup, Phuket (Dec 1-8)
Thailand is No. 1 sailing destination in Asia
Thailand leads in Asia, attracting international sailors year-after-year
Thailand was voted the favourite sailing venue and best regatta location in Asia in a survey conducted at the 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta of international sailors from around the world.
Thailand was voted as having the best sailing grounds and destinations due to an ideal geography, good weather conditions and beautiful scenery.
The sailing survey was undertaken by the Top of the Gulf Regatta (www.topofthegulfregatta.com) in co-operation with the Phuket King's Cup Regatta (www.kingscup.com), with the aim to find out sailing trends in the region, provide useful information in helping to attract more sailors to the region, and to improve facilities and services in the region.
The survey found that of the sailors who came to the 25th Phuket King's Cup Regatta, 53% were resident in Asia and 47% lived outside of Asia. Over 27% of the survey respondents were found to have been sailing in Thailand for more than 10 years, while 53% are relative newcomers – sailing in Thailand for only 1-3 years.
The survey found that Thailand is a popular sailing destination for international sailors, with many returning numerous times to enjoy the cruising grounds and sailing events Thailand has to offer. There are five major regattas in Thailand that local and international sailors are aware of and have participated in, including the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Top of the Gulf Regatta, Phuket Raceweek, Samui Regatta and the Bay Regatta – Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi.
Thailand's Andaman Coast, home of the Phuket King's Cup, Phuket Raceweek and Bay Regatta is well established as a cruising and regatta destination. On the opposite coast, the Gulf of Thailand, the Top of the Gulf Regatta continues to grow attracting a large mixed fleet of 200+ boats each year from youths sailing in dinghy classes, to beach catamarans, multihulls and the big boat monohull fleet.
Of those surveyed, 62% have, at some point, brought their boat to Thailand from another country. The most popular ports of entry were found to be (in order of popularity): Phuket, Samui and Pattaya. Of those yachts coming to Thailand from overseas, 60% stayed approximately one month while 40% stayed approximately six months.
Asia continues to be a popular sailing area with 32% of the respondents saying they have been sailing in Asia for more than 10 years, 14% for 4-6 years and 40% were newcomers (having sailed in Asia for only 1-3 years).
When asked how they found out about regatta's/sailing events in Asia, 74% of respondents said "Friend/ Sailing community", followed by 54% who said "specific event website".
One of the aims of the survey was to find out what kind of people, and from where, attend the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, and other sailing events in Thailand. It was found that participants in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta are truly international with 32% from Europe, 23% from Australia and New Zealand, and 20% from Asia, as well as strong participation from US, and Russia.

New Island Spirit 36 Catamaran introduced and built in Thailand

Island Spirit Catamarans has built an excellent reputation over the years for their great sailing beautiful cruising catamarans. Now with the move of their manufacturing facilities to Thailand, the first boat produced in Thailand will be the new Island Spirit 36. Available in a 4 cabin charter version, 3 cabin cruising version and a tropical day sail version with a starting price of only $230,000 USD FOB factory Thailand. More details can be found here: www.islandspiritcatamarans.com
Advanced Technology
Using Lightweight Resin Infused Composite Structure the hulls and decks of all IS-CATAMARANS are vacuum-infused under a negative pressure of -1 atmosphere. Using hi-density DIAB Divinycell pvc closed-cell foam core, high-quality ISO vinyl ester resins. The Vacuum Infusion Process created a hull & deck that is at least 35% lighter weight, and far stiffer, than any comparable boat manufactured by traditional single-skin hand-lay or vacbagging techniques. These new catamaran designs are ideal for the sailing conditions here in Thailand where it sports a very open design to provide maximum airflow in the hot tropical climate and being locally manufactured provide the buyers with easy access to the factory during the build process as well as optimizes after sales support here locally in the region.
Gulf Charters Thailand is proud to be representing the new Island Spirit Catamarans in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. The Island Spirit 36 is available for order now in your preferred version. Gulf Charters is also offering two incentive programs with the Island Spirit 36 for initial customers:
Fractional Ownership: Through the Gulf Charters fractional ownership program a customer can purchase a 1/4 share in the catamaran with the yacht being managed by Gulf Charters for the owners. While it is not in use by the owners it is available for charter which will offset the ongoing cost of ownership.
Charter Management Program: Gulf Charters manages a fleet of yacht in the Gulf of Thailand, any customer who would like to purchase the 4 cabin charter version of the IS 36 can add that to the Gulf Charters fleet and earn a great return on their investment.
Please contact Ron Patston of Gulf Charter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +66 87 940 0816 for more details on these programs.