Given the size of the island nation, an impressive line-up of over 100 superyachts and motor boats will be packing into ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove in April for the sixth edition of the highly anticipated Singapore Yacht Show.
Despite the daily downpours during the 2015 edition, business boomed and the same sentiment is being predicted for April’s event. The combination of the show and conferences, not to mention various other luxury and lifestyle offerings is definitely encouraging further development in this growing market place.
This year the Singapore Yacht Show offers visitors an all-round experience with a range of events set to tantalize.
The glamorous Friday evening Red and Black Gala dinner at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, kicks off a weekend of festivities that includes supercar parades, fashion shows and live cooking demonstrations by MasterChef Asia Judge Audra Morris. A notable addition to this year’s show will be a brokerage section, where professional brokers present pre-owned yachts and boats which are either less than five years old, over 40ft in length, or have a minimum value of $250,000.
But the main event is still all about the boats and this year the line-up is impressive.
Sunreef Yachts, one of the world’s leading designers and builders of luxury sailing and power catamarans, will showcase the Sunreef Supreme Line and its first unit Supreme 68, the world premier of the revolutionary sailing catamaran, the second-ever world premiere unveiled at a Singapore Yacht Show.
World-renowned Azimut will be showcasing its new Azimut 66 Fly, making its Asian debut alongside the Azimut Atlantis 43 and Azimut 50 Fly.
A big success story from last year’s Singapore Yacht Show, Simpson Marine is back to present a range of vessels from its prestigious portfolio of brands including Sanlorenzo, Beneteau, Monte Carlo Yachts with the Monte Carlo 86 making its first appearance at the show, and Lagoon who will present the Lagoon 630 and Lagoon 450 SporTop, making her Asian premiere.
Fincaniteri will join the growing list of Superyacht Builder’s Association members exhibiting in Singapore. The Italian shipyard made waves in 2015 with the launch of motor yacht Ocean Victory, which was moored in Singapore during the show and has since remained in the Asia Pacific region on the owner’s maiden voyage world tour.
Another exciting addition will be Australian yacht builder Silver Yachts who is still on a high following the launch of the super-sleek and eco-friendly Silver Fast in Monaco last year.
A regular on the show circuit, Princess Yachts will be presenting Princess 88MY, Princess 75MY, Princess 72MY, Princess 68, Princess 56 and Princess 52 from the Flybridge range. They will also have the Princess S72 from S Class and V39 from V Class and will be showcasing Project 31 (see this issues’s Onboard Showcase section) and Jeanneau Velasco 43F. The impressive 43m motor yacht Triple 8 built by Royal Denship and currently cruising South East Asia will be presented for sale by Fraser Yachts.
Other local players include Reel Torque, Hong Seh, Asia Pacific Superyachts, SG Boating, Multihull Solutions and Supratechnic who will take pride of place next to international leaders Grand Banks, Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, Benetti, Burgess, Northrop & Johnson, Amels, Feadship, Westport, Heesen Yachts and Lürssen.
Superyacht Australia, the industry body representing all the boat-building, service, marina and refit providers on the continent, will be hosting a major Australian Pavilion in the exhibition halls with many of the country’s leading suppliers and manufacturers showing their wares to the ever-increasing boat-buying public of the region.
Another important element to the show are the toys on display and by toys we mean serious adrenalin-boosted toys. Long-standing exhibitor Supratechnic will be back with an even greater array of jet skis, amphibious vehicles and outboard engines. Quadrofoil will be making its Asian debut, an eco-friendly Jet Ski raised on four hydrofoils that rapidly slices through water. U Boat Worx will be returning with its C-Explorer 3 personal submarine.
Running in conjunction with the show is the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC April 5 to 6) which will this year discuss recent economic developments of key Asian economies of China and South East Asia and the implications on business and the yachting industry in particular. In addition to market updates, APYC delegates will also participate in discussions on opportunities arising from significant developments in legislation of yacht charters in Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.
This story first appeared in YachtStyle.