Golfing Legend Jack Nicklaus’ Westport 130 motor yacht Sea Bear to debut at Boat Asia 2012

February 28, 2012

Motor yacht Sea Bear, launched by the US shipyard Westport in 2005 and belonging to golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, known also as “Golden Bear” will make her debut this April at Boat Asia 2012. The Westport 130 Sea Bear superyacht features naval architecture by William Garden and exterior design by Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects.

Westport 130 luxury motor yacht Sea Bear

Westport 130 luxury motor yacht Sea Bear

The luxury yacht Sea Bear is a floating museum, which houses 36 unique pieces hand-selected by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as well as items personally donated from their home collection. The vessel comes courtesy of Boat Asia exhibitor KOP Group.

The Westport 130 superyacht Sea Bear’s main showcase piece measures 50 by 36 inches and is placed in the main saloon. Created by artist Pat Morell the piece is made of cherry and features bas-reliefs of all Jack Nicklaus’s major championship trophies, including the US Amateur. Sterling silver plates list the years, venues and scores associated with each victory. A centre plaque features an overview of Jack’s illustrious career, printed on parchment paper.

The news of the Sea Bear yacht’s involvement in this year’s boat show comes amidst numerous other exciting exhibitor signings including Vicem Yachts Turkey, Changi Sailing, Nansha Marina China, Yacht Haven Phuket, LOPE HK, X-tra, Lloyd Marine, Paul & Shark Yachting and Azurea Lifestyle. Also taking part will be Grady White, Chris Craft, MAN Engines, Suzuki Outboards and Seadoo, whilst Boat Asia stalwarts like Gulf Craft, Horizon Yachts and SG Boating, whose brands include Leopard Catamarans, Fairline, Chaparral, Robalo, and Meridian, will also feature prominently. The yacht trade is also well represented with yacht shipment experts Peters and May.

At the waterfront, Boat Asia 2012 will return with its highly popular Lifestyle concept, featuring prestigious brands such as Audi, Gaggenau and Mumm Champagne in addition to a wide range of 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.

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.

The event will also showcase the increasing use of “green” technologies in boat building and design. There will be some interesting products in this segment to reduce the carbon footprint for environmentally conscious boaters. The “green boats” on display will exhibit such innovations as solar films and panels, solar electric power and fuel cells.

Said Herman Ho the managing director of show organizer TMX Productions, “I’m extremely pleased to announce the presence of Sea Bear this year; this will give our boat show an added attraction in this the 20th year of its occurrence.”

Boat Asia 2012 takes place at Marina at Keppel Bay from 12-15th April 2012. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Boat Asia is the showcase in Asia for luxury yachts up to 50 metres. This year, 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.

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