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The 43-metre S/Y Bella Ragazza Relaunched and Ready for Charter in South-East Asia

May 08, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

After an extensive refit, the 43-metre luxury sailing superyacht Bella Ragazza was relaunched from Oceania Marine’s Shipyard in New Zealand. Over the 4-months refit, sailing yacht Bella Ragazza received a new teak deck maintenance work on the rig and refurbished interior. Looking fantastic, she is ready to cruise the waters of New Caledonia and South East Asia in summer 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

Built to the design of Dubois Yachts at Vitters Shipyard in Holland in 2004, Bella Ragazza has a distinctive accommodation layout for a yacht of her size. She can accommodate 10 charter guests in 5 well-appointed cabins. Her incredible interior by Rhoades Young Design has been maintained to the highest standards, which included some work carried out during her refits in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

The decor is simple, yet tasteful, with soft colours and lovely furnishing. Welcoming ambience onboard invites charter guests into the living spaces, where there is plenty of room for dining, entertainment and leisure.

Accommodation is offered in 5 cabins in the following layout: owner’s stateroom, three double and two twin cabins.

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

The large salon is separated into two parts: deck salon, which offers awe-inspiring views, and lower salon, which is an ideal place for lounging and dining. Sailing yacht Bella Ragazza has all the latest technology for entertainment on board: there is a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and Bose sound system.

“Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.”

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

A variety of water toys is provided onboard to ensure charter guests will enjoy the water activities to the fullest. Carbon fibre kayaks, snorkelling equipment, guests and crew tenders are just some of the items stored in the garage for leisure activities.

It was certainly a busy time for Oceania Marine, as right after this project, the next one needed to be commenced. Superyacht Be Mine is now undergoing a major refit based in the facilities of Oceania Marine in Port Whangarei.

Oceania Marine Group Managing Director, Martin Gleeson commented:

“For some years our company has been promoting New Zealand and, in particular, Port Whangarei as a world class refit option for the superyacht fleet. That promotion together with a very successful record of projects completed at Oceania Marine shipyards places us as one of the top choices, internationally, for refits. We have also grown the Groups capabilities to the extent that we can now deliver all aspects of a complete rebuild including removal and replacement of the yacht’s interior if required.” 

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.

Bella Regazza also has availability for Christmas 2017 in Thailand and Malaysia. Luxury charter yachts are booking up fast this yer, so do not miss out on the opportunity to secure the dates now.

Explore the Philippines this summer aboard charter yacht ANTONIA II

March 31, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

32m/105ft luxury yacht ANTONIA II is available for charter this summer in the Philippines – a destination where demand for luxury charter yachts far outstrips supply far away from the crowded charter grounds of the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

M/Y ANTONIA II - Built by Azimut

M/Y ANTONIA II – Built by Azimut

With developed marina facilities and knowledgeable local guides, there is nothing to stop your charter party from experiencing paradise on Earth. Built by Azimut in 2007 and last refitted in 2013, superyacht ANTONIA II has perfectly integrated exterior styling by Stefano Righini and stately interiors by Galeazzi Design.

Luxury yacht ANTONIA II - Formal dining and salon

Luxury yacht ANTONIA II – Formal dining and salon

The main salon and formal dining area create a classic environment with warm brown panelling complementing plush ivory and cream furnishings. Large windows along the port and starboard sides flood the interior with natural light during the day and concentrated lighting in the ceiling illuminates the focal social areas throughout the evening long into the night.

The lounge area is ideally situated for group gatherings, with a table and bookcase for daytime study and a comprehensive bar located by the sliding glass doors that lead out onto the main deck aft.

“Superyacht ANTONIA II is available for Southeast Asia charters this summer from $ 75,000-$85,000 per week plus expenses. Reserve your dates or find out more and contact CharterWorld now.”

Both the formal dining area and the alfresco option seat up to 8 guests, with the latter offering shade from the midday sun while retaining excellent views of the Philippines bays, beaches and coves.

Superyachts ANTONIA II - Sundeck with Jacuzzi and sunpads

Superyachts ANTONIA II – Sundeck with Jacuzzi and sunpads

Cool off during the day with a dip into the Jacuzzi on the sundeck aft, or dine alfresco with the best views on board and choose whether you want shade or full sun with the retractable cover. A bar and sun loungers add to the outstanding features of the sun deck to make it the favourite spot of sun worshippers and party lovers alike.

The selection of water toys will entertain your party and give you even more from your destination. As well as a 4.5m/15ft tender to get your group to the best secluded beaches, motor yacht ANTONIA II contains: 1 x jet ski, snorkelling equipment, fishing equipment and inflatable toys.

M/Y ANTONIA II - Master suite

M/Y ANTONIA II – Master suite

The on board accommodation is designed for a maximum of 8 guests over 4 cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 1 double cabin and 1 twin cabin, all of which have en-suite facilities.

Superyacht ANTONIA II is available for Southeast Asia charters this summer from $ 75,000-$85,000 per week plus expenses. Reserve your dates or find out more and contact CharterWorld now.

Borneo Safe for Superyachts and Yacht Charter

March 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

As announced by Asia Pacific Superyachts, North Borneo and East Coast Borneo, as well as Southern Philippines are now regarded as completely safe for visiting superyacht and yacht charters.

Aerial shot of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Aerial shot of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

“These areas are now deemed as safe, based on the new JWC insurance underwriter’s committee issuance of the updated JWLA 022 bulletin as of Dec. 10, 2015 (superseding JWLA 021)”, announced Asia Pacific Superyachts Borneo GM, Alvin Teh.

BORNEO Aerial shot of Manukan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

BORNEO Aerial shot of Manukan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

North Borneo / East Coast Borneo and Southern Philippines no longer appear on the list of dangerous water perils and there is no need for a special permission by insurance underwriters to enter, stopover or operate a vessel in this area or any port listed in this areas. The yachts are no longer required to pay additional and costly premiums for this purpose.

BORNEO Orang-utan at Rehab Sepilok

BORNEO Orang-utan at Rehab Sepilok

JWC Insurance is the well known for regulating insurance underwriting ruling for vessels operating round the globe. Prior to the positive changes from the underwriter’s committee of insurance underwriters, as many as 80% of APS potential clients thanked Alvin for his honesty, but turned away from Borneo due to restrictions by the insurance underwriters.

The updated bulletin changes all of that and is well timed as cruising seasons starts soon, notes Alvin, adding: “North & East Coast Sabah Borneo coastline is now deleted from Joint War Committee (JWC) of high risk perils area zoning in late December 2015 by the JWC committee review. Not it’s time to visit ‘paradise’ in a safe and peaceful ESSCOM Sabah security zone cruising heaven within the world coral triangle zone.”

Captains and owners may contact Alvin Teh at borneo@asia-pacific-superyacths.com with any queries on travelling around North Borneo and the East coast.

APS Indonesia brings some of the world’s largest private yachts and charter yachts into Indonesia

September 30, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

It has been a great year for Asia Pacific Supeyachts (APS) Indonesia. This year, the company has successfully brought some of the world’s largest private yachts and charter yachts into Indonesia, a fabulous Southeast Asia yacht holiday destination.

Benoa Harbor in Indonesia - loading superyacht

Benoa Harbor Bali – loading superyacht

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia and Philippines Director Richard Lofthouse participated in the Monaco Yacht Show 2015, as part of the APS delegation at MYA. Richard stated: “It has been another huge year for APS Indonesia. We have brought some of the biggest yachts on the planet into Indonesia and this year has been no different. We have also seen a lot of return clients thus far this year which is very gratifying. There is so much to explore that once our clients trust our ability to support then throughout the archipelago, they want to come back for more.”

It has also been a very important year for the Philippines. The recent establishment of APS there has seen some of the world’s largest yachts visit this fabulous country.

Benoa Harbor Bali - plane loading on superyacht

Benoa Harbor Bali – plane loading on superyacht

Richard Lofthouse, who has also pioneered the APS push into the Philippines, said: “We weren’t expecting three ships in the 100m range to support in our first year of operations.  Thus we had to scramble hard. Nobody had ever brought ships of this size into the Philippines before and it was a process to be able to deal with that. In the end we managed it and were able to provide the levels of support APS is known for.”

“Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia stern to facility in Benoa Harbour, Bali is booked through to September this year. It is the only area in Bali where your berth is guaranteed. And, APS Indonesia is the only company in Indonesia that can process Duty Free ship spares. Over the years we have saved our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in import tax,” added Richard.

Seal Superyachts Philippines opened by Asia’s premier support agency for Private Yachts and Charter Yachts

September 21, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

With increasing interest coming from Captains of private yachts and charter yachts enquiring about cruising the Philippines archipelago, a fantastic Southeast Asia yacht holiday destination, Seal Superyachts, representing the oldest and most respected Superyacht Agency in Asia, are delighted to announce the official opening of a new Philippines office – Seal Superyachts Philippines.

Luxury superyacht Double Haven in the Philippines, a fabulous Asia yacht charter destination

Luxury superyacht Double Haven in the Philippines, a fabulous Asia yacht charter destination

Providing local knowledge and support for Superyachts across all destinations in the Philippines, Seal Superyachts Philippines is based in the duty-free port of Subic Bay on the island of Luzon. Having seaplane services on site in Subic Bay enables the company to fly fresh provisions, spare parts and guests directly out to meet their Superyacht in any location. Furthermore, Seal Superyachts Philippines can also arrange dry-docking, anti-fouling and shipyard works for visiting Superyachts, who are considering basing themselves in the area for a prolonged period.

The new Philippines office complements the company’s regional network in SE Asia and the South China Sea. It will allow seamless trouble-free cruising south to Sabah & Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, as well as west to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

El Nido Palawan Philippines

El Nido – Palawan – Philippines

Offering spectacular cruising locations perfect for a luxury superyacht charter, the Philippines boasts a breath-taking scenery, fabulous islands & bays, superb diving, as well as fantastic land-based nature attractions in such amazing places as Palawan, Cebu, Busuanga, Hundred Islands and Bohol, to name but a few.

New Asia Pacific Yacht Charter Destinations to be Present at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show

August 13, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Asia Pacific Superyachts will be amongst the first-time exhibitors at the upcoming Monaco Yachts Show, to be held in Monaco from 23 to 26 September, 2015. APS will be located at QH28 Stand to provide visitors, superyacht Owners, Captains, managers and other industry professional with valuable new information regarding the exhibiting regions of Asia Pacific, including Bormeo, Cambogia, Fiji; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Philippines; Seychelles, Singapore; Sri Lanka; and Tahiti. Grodon Fernandes, leading the APS Phuket and Myanmar region teams and co-organiser of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will be there to present this fascinating yachting region together with other agents.

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

In discussing why it was decided to join MYS this year, Fernandes explains, “It became important to us to have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with our past and future clients so we can help provide answers to owners and captains directly about cruising destinations and new regulations”.

The preeminent Superyacht Agency  assisted over  300 superyachts over the past 15 years and the APS director noted that APS agents are looking forward to connecting with their past clients as well as those interested in a first-time journey or in returning to the Asia Pacific area. Private meetings may be arranged in advance by contacting Captain Charlie Dwyer at: charlie@asia-pacific-superyachts.com

“The APS Stand QH28 will share custom itineraries uniquely crafted of their regions by the APS network of superyacht experts”, continued Fernandes:  “There’s exciting new changes coming up for Superyachts interesting in returning or cruising the Asia and Pacific areas. We’ll be at MYS in force to share our new information and knowledge with our past clients and future clients.” 

Videos playing at the exhibit will showcase the most thrilling and least visited yacht charter and yachting destinations around the world, with APS agents ready to point out some of their secret anchorages, gorgeous cruising waters and new cultural activities while visitors enjoy cold refreshments.

HYS Yachts delivers 45m Luxury Explorer Yacht CKLASS – A former fisheries vessel

July 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Philippines-based refit and restoration yard, HYS Yachts, has successfully delivered motor yacht CKLASS, a former Japanese fisheries vessel, converted into a luxury explorer. Previously known as ‘Sakae Maru’, superyacht CKLASS is expected to enjoy the waters of the fabulous Southeast Asia yacht charter locations at least for one season.

45m explorer yacht CKLASS under sea trials

45m explorer yacht CKLASS under sea trials

The conversion of luxury yacht CKLASS began in April 2013, and was completed in May 2015. The vessel now boasts a private owner’s penthouse suite with Jacuzzi, an open-air lounge aft, a generous 60 square meter saloon, a bar, formal dining, as well as kitchenette area. Moreover, there is an amazing al fresco dining deck, a helideck and an outdoor entertainment platform. CKLASS also offers a gym, a cinema, four gorgeous en-suite guest suites and a huge tender deck, which can be also utilized as a beach club lounge area with fold-out water-level side terraces.

New exciting 43m explorer yacht project with four design options unveiled by HYS Yachts

April 17, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Philippines-based company, HYS Yachts, has proudly unveiled four amazing design options for a new exciting 43m world-class, long-range explorer yacht project. Each 43m HYS superyacht design can be fully customized to the most specific requirements of the client.

43m explorer yacht Optimus design by HYS Yachts

43m explorer yacht Optimus design by HYS Yachts

The 43m HYS expedition yacht design variations include motor yacht OPTIMUS with an aft beach club with seating, bar, massage and gym facilities; luxury yacht THALASSA with space for one 8m unlimited air draft tender and other water toys; superyacht PONTUS  with space for dual 8m unlimited air draft tenders; and AETHER yacht with two 7-meter low-profile tenders, as well as a helideck capable of landing a 2-ton helicopter.

43m superyacht Thalassa design

43m superyacht Thalassa design

Each 43m HYS luxury yacht design will be constructed upon a 43-metre Japanese government ice strengthened hull with dynamic positioning capability. The vessels will boast such new features as a zero speed stabilizer system, dynamic positioning capability, an 8,000 NM range, and much more.

43m luxury yacht Pontus design

43m luxury yacht Pontus design

HYS Yachts, well known as the world leader in explorer yacht conversions with 10 successful conversions completed to date, stated that their 43m explorer yacht projects will not be a typical conversion as is generally understood by yacht owners or the yachting industry. These will be “Highbred” yacht projects.

43m super yacht Aether design

43m super yacht Aether design

Unlike typical conversions”, HYS Naval Architect Simon Jupe explainswe aren’t just re-arranging existing spaces of an existing  vessel… this is a full-on new build executed on top of an exceptionally engineered and maintained Japanese government hull and prime mover system.

APS Philippines provides support for recovery of famed warship found by motor yacht OCTOPUS

March 30, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, motor yacht Octopus has recently made history with one of the most important WW2 discoveries in recent history. Boasting the state-of-the-art equipment, the 126-metre mega yacht Octopus found the wreck of Japan’s biggest warship Musashi in the northern Philippines.

126m superyacht Octopus - Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

126m superyacht Octopus – Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines was proud to provide logistical and shore support for the mission which was challenging on many fronts. APS Philippines representative Richard Lofthouse said of the find, “We are thrilled to be able to provide support for the vessel on this mission. There were plenty of logistics involved and our team was tested to the limit; but we were able to meet the challenges. APS Philippines is a relatively new operation so this was a big task. We are thrilled to be part of it and the result is a reflection on the professionalism of the ship and the ground support.”

Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, staged a live-stream tour of the sunken Japanese battleship as reported by CBS Tokyo which includes a video of “Underwater exploration of the Musashi wreck”. It was further reported debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicate that the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi was blown into pieces in an undersea explosion 70 years ago.

Experts from a research team analyzing a live feed from an unmanned underwater probe Friday said they believe the Musashi suffered at least one explosion while descending in the 3,280.84-foot deep sea. Except for an initial series of partial photos and images of the ship, Friday’s more than 2 ½ hour feed was the first detailed imagery showing the current status of the ship.

“The Musashi sank in October 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea during the battle of Leyte, losing half of its 2,400 crew. It was last seen disappearing into the water in one piece. The wreck is actually very damaged,” said David Mearns, a marine scientist on the Musashi research team. “It appears she suffered at least one, if not two, magazine explosions which would have sheered off the bow and the stern, and its entire middle section of its super-structure.”

The research team, sponsored by Microsoft co-founder and entrepreneur Paul Allen, was the first to successfully locate the ship, just ahead of the 70th anniversary of the war’s end later this year.

55m motor yacht ARK ANGEL wrapped by HYS Yachts

March 23, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Based in Subic Bay Philippines, HYS Yachts, well known as the world’s leading yacht conversion facility, is breaking new ground in the Asian region by being the first to “Foil Wrap” the full exterior of one of their superyacht projects, motor yacht Ark Angel. The 55-meter superyacht Ark Angel represents the largest yacht ever wrapped in Asia.

55m super yacht Ark Angel wrapped by HYS Yachts

55m super yacht Ark Angel wrapped by HYS Yachts

Foil wrapping – originally a German born technology – enables a special type of “shrink” film to be semi-permanently grafted to prepared surfaces of virtually any size or shape.

“The beauty of this type of application is that it’s so much faster and cost-effective than traditional painting methods,” HYS President Mark Prangnell says. “We wrapped the entire hull and superstructure of Ark Angel in just two weeks and for about half the cost of applying a typical painted finish.”

Prangnell notes that painting the same surface area would have taken approximately 3 months.

“We see this technology as the next step in exterior yacht finishing,” Prangnell continues. “This material not only looks great, but its ease and speed of application ensures minimal impact upon a project’s build timeline and budget.”

Foil wrapping is available in a wide spectrum of colors and includes a 5-year warranty.