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Singapore Yacht Show 2014 to feature luxury yachts valued at half a billion

March 18, 2014

Luxury yachts valued at half a billion will reach the fabulous Southeast Asia yacht charter destination -  Singapore for the Singapore Yacht Show 2014. The event will be hosted by ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, running from April 10 to 13, 2014.

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With this year’s event presenting Asia’s largest-ever exhibition of luxury boats and yachts, and with Sunseeker Asia dubbing last year’s event “by far the best show in Asia”, there is a distinct buzz for this, the fourth edition of the show.

Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of event owners Singapore Yacht Events, says the fact that many significant brands have chosen to make their Asia debut at the show is testament to SYS’s track record of attracting high net worth individuals who are eager to discover all that yachting has to offer.

Among the yachts exhibiting in the region for the first time is the brand new and elegant 88 Motor Yacht by Princess Yachts and a luxury Indonesia motor sailing yacht Dunia Baru, presented by NJ Asia, which makes her international debut.

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Other notable vessels include the sleek Silver Bullet yacht tender by Chris Craft, which visitors might recognise from Twilight – Breaking Dawn, the striking 67m S/Y Vertigo, which is one of the world’s most awarded superyachts, the stunning 50m explorer yacht Exuma and luxurious 60m charter yacht Cloud 9.

Singapore now holds the title of the most expensive city in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most recent survey, and WealthInsight ranked it as the third highest city in the world for resident multi-millionaires*.

Super Yacht Exuma - Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma - Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

As a result, the appetite for luxury goods in Singapore has never been stronger, and the Yacht Show has shown dramatic growth reflecting the desire for leisure pursuits befitting the affluent cosmopolitan locals. More than 11,000 unique visitors registered for the 2013 Singapore Yacht Show, with more than 70 vessels (22 over 20m) and 2,513sqm of exhibition space on display representing 100 luxury brands.

Lürssen is the latest in an expanding roll call of prominent superyacht builders exhibiting at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show, which includes Alloy Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Perini Navi, Palmer Johnson, Gulf Craft and Rossinavi. Lürssen has launched 50 superyachts, including 10 in excess of 100m, and has a strong focus on the East.

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

Joining the varied collective of luxury brands sponsoring the 2014 Singapore Yacht Show are Maxim Trader and Luxaviation.

The Singapore Yacht Show 2014 runs from 10 – 13 April at ONE °15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove. Tickets are $50 for a single day or $80 for a multi-day pass and can be purchased from the visitor registration page.

* According to a 2013 WealthInsight report.

Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride 2014 to be once again sponsored by Sunseeker Yachts

March 07, 2014

Sunseeker International is pleased to announce that it will be once again sponsoring the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride, running on Sunday, July 6, 2014. This will be the 8th year that Sunseeker’s very own employees will be participating in effort to raise as much money as possible that will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support. All money raised will in turn improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional, as well as financial support. Cricketing legend, David Gower OBE, helped launch this year’s Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride campaign aboard the new flagship Sunseeker 155 Yacht Blush.

Pictured left to right: Event Organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls, David Gower OBE, Sunseeker Operations Director Wayne Moore & Bill Temple MD of Primera Sports

Pictured left to right: Event Organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls, David Gower OBE, Sunseeker Operations Director Wayne Moore & Bill Temple MD of Primera Sports aboard Sunseeker 155 superyacht BLUSH - Image credit to Sunseeker International

“Not only has the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride raised thousands of pounds for people with cancer, but it is a healthy way for those to take part to have fun and enjoy the countryside,” said David. “I’ve been pleased to support the event for a few years now, both on the bike and off.”

There will be five circular courses, the 25-mile ride through Charborough Park, the 38, 48 and 60-mile rides, and the more challenging Macmillan 100 miles.

The charity ride attracts around 800 cyclists, and it has raised more than £1million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

First shots of Sunseeker 155 superyacht BLUSH at sea

March 07, 2014

Sunseeker International is thrilled to share the very first shots of their flagship Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush at sea. Luxury motor yacht Blush represents a masterpiece of design as well as engineering excellence.

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH - Image credit to Sunseeker International

The Sunseeker 155 Yacht Blush continues to be put through her paces before she is officially handed over to her new owner Eddie Jordan and The Jordan Family Trust. Over the next few weeks the expert team at Sunseeker will inspect and test every part of this stunning feet of engineering and design.

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush - side view

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush - side view - Image credit to Sunseeker International

Early feedback from the Sunseeker team already confirms that the Sunseeker 155 luxury yacht Blush is exceeding performance expectations across the board and is handling exquisitely.

Sunseeker 155 motor yacht Blush - aft view

Sunseeker 155 motor yacht Blush - aft view - Image credit to Sunseeker International

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Dubai Boat Show 2014: Swift yacht sales within hours of the show opening

March 07, 2014

This year’s 22nd edition of Dubai International Boat Show has been marked by swift yacht sales within hours of the show opening, with Dubai-based Sunseeker Middle East signing a deal for the flagship 48-metre superyacht SS 155, worth more than AED 153 million (£25.5 million).

48m Sunseeker superyacht SS 155

48m Sunseeker superyacht SS 155

The tri-deck motor yacht SS 155, Sunseeker’s newest flagship, is the largest and most advanced yacht that they have ever produced. Accommodating up to 12 guests and 10 crew, the yacht is ideally suited for long distance cruising, with the latest generation of hull design.

Sunseeker Middle East said that they were naturally delighted to be among the first exhibitors to sign a deal on the first day of this year’s show, and to have again sold one of their flagship products, following the success of their 40 metre range.

Leading Turkish megayacht builder, Bilgin Yachts Shipyard, reported a sale of a 50 metre superyacht worth AED 114 million (€22.5 million) on day three of the show, according to Yildirim Bilgen, Sales Executive, and Mustafa Aksu, Sales Manager, Bilgin Yachts Shipyard. The luxury yacht Bilgin 164 was sold to an Egyptian national and boasts six magnificent staterooms – an owner’s suite on the main deck, as well as a VIP cabin and four guest cabins, all situated on the lower deck.

Motor yacht SS 155 by Sunseeker - aft view

Motor yacht SS 155 by Sunseeker - aft view

Solid leads and sales have also been reported by more international and regional yacht and boat manufacturers within the first days of the show, with big deals expected to continue to take place. Small to medium sized boats are proving a big hit with visitors, as the leisure boating community continues to take advantage of growing inner waterways and marinas.

UAE-based Al Shaali Marine has opened the show with a bang, with the sale of their 88-foot yacht AS 88, which was debuted at the 2014 Dubai International Boat Show. Sold to a local owner of a real estate company in Dubai, the luxury vessel is worth more than AED 9 million and is expected to be based locally.

“We proudly unveiled the AS 88 for the first time here in Dubai, knowing that the Dubai International Boat Show draws serious buyers for our luxurious yachts and vessels, and were delighted to have been able to announce its sale on the first day it was debuted,” said Dr. Sultan Al Shaali, Chief Executive Officer of Al Shaali Marine.

Luxury yacht SS 155 by Sunseeker - Interior

Luxury yacht SS 155 by Sunseeker - Interior

Bahrain-UAE-Oman-based specialists in marine engines, sports boats, and yachts Delma Marine are bullish about their first day of sales, reporting more than AED 4 million within the first few days, off the back of their unique Mercury engines, high speed amphibious vessel the Quadski, and their Boston Whaler line of sports boats.

“We’ve had interest from everyone – from locals, to expats to international visitors – and we’ve definitely seen an increase in sales already compared to last year,” said General Manager Waseem Ben Khadra.

Showcasing more than 430 boats on display – including the stunning 88.5 metre mega yacht Nirvana and 88 metre superyacht Quattroelle, two of the show’s largest ever superyachts – and over 750 exhibiting companies and brands, The Dubai International Boat Show, running from 4 – 8 March 2014 at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi continues to be the leading platform for sales in the Middle East, with a number of stunning launches, great deals and exciting activities taking place.

It’s now easier than ever to attend the show thanks to convenient public transportation options. Visitors can take RTA water taxis or shuttle buses from parking in Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi: Gateway Towers at the entrance to Palm Jumeirah (shuttle buses), Al Sufouh Beach Parking opposite Dubai Knowledge Village (shuttle buses and water taxis), Dubai Marina Mall (shuttle buses), SkyDive Dubai (shuttle buses and water taxis). Shuttle buses are also available from the Nakheel and Dubai Marina Metro Stations.

The Dubai International Boat Show is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm to 9:30pm daily. General admission is AED60 per person for all attendees, while children under 12 will be admitted free of charge (they must be accompanied by an adult at all times). Access to the Marina Display Area may be restricted at certain times.

Lurssen to attend Singapore Yacht Show 2014

February 28, 2014

The leading German builder Lurssen represents the latest addition to the fast expanding line-up of prestigious superyacht manufacturers, which are expected to attend this year’s Singapore Yacht Show. The shipyard, which has launched 50 superyachts, comprising 10 in excess of 100m, has a strong focus on the east and is looking to tap into the region’s increasing affluence and appetite for marine leisure activities.

Luxury motor yacht Solandge launched by Lurssen in 2013 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury motor yacht Solandge launched by Lurssen in 2013 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“Lürssen has always been very active in Asia, not only with our yachting but also with our navy business. We feel that now the Singapore Yacht Show has developed into a very positive and busy event that gives us the opportunity to further enhance our activities in Asia,” commented Sales Director Michael Breman.

This is set to be a busy year for Lürssen, as it will be delivering three superyachts between 66m and 105m. The company joins a host of renowned superyacht builders that will be exhibiting at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show, including Alloy Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Perini Navi, Palmer Johnson, Gulf Craft and Rossinavi.

With an ever-growing number of vessels and companies on display, and Sunseeker Asia dubbing last year’s event “by far the best show in Asia”, there is a distinct buzz for the 2014 edition, which takes place 10 to 13 April at the ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove.

Singapore is home to an international business-focused population, ranking third highest city in the world for resident multi-millionaires, according to a 2013 WealthInsight report. It is also the burgeoning Asian wealth management epicenter, with total assets of S$1.4 trillion under management with 500 licensed players in the city-state.

As a result, the appetite for luxury goods in Singapore has never been stronger, and the Yacht Show has shown dramatic growth reflecting the desire for leisure pursuits befitting the affluent cosmopolitan locals. Over 11,000 unique visitors registered for the 2013 Singapore Yacht Show, with more than 70 vessels (22 over 20m) and 2,513m2 of exhibition space on display representing 100 luxury brands.

“We are delighted to welcome Lürssen along with the other key industry players to this year’s edition of the show. It goes to show that the opportunities in Asia are real and not just rhetoric,” says Singapore Yacht Show Managing Director Andy Treadwell.

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Dubai International Boat Show 2014 to feature three Sunseeker yachts

February 27, 2014

Sunseeker Middle East will be displaying three luxury yachts from the Sunseeker range at the upcoming 22nd edition of the highly anticipated Dubai International Boat Show, running from March 4 to 8, 2014. These will include the striking Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht.

Dubai International Boat Show

Aerial view of Dubai International Boat Show - Image credit to Sunseeker

On display at the show will be the Manhattan 53 yacht, motor yacht Manhattan 63 and the 80 Sport Yacht; which will be making her Middle Eastern debut at the show.

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht - Image credit to Sunseeker

The Dubai Boat International Boat Show will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) – next to the Le Meridien – Mina Seyahi.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Eddie Jordan inspects his Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

February 24, 2014

Formula 1 mogul, Eddie Jordan, inspected the brand new Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH for the first time since her launch last week. Commissioned by The Jordan Family Trust, the striking 155 motor yacht BLUSH represents the largest vessel Sunseeker has ever built and is already drawing attention from around the world.

Eddie Jordan with his Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Eddie Jordan with his Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

The impressive fusion of engineering excellence and breath-taking design means the Sunseeker 155 superyacht BLUSH is a magnificent sight to behold as she rests in Poole ahead of sea trials due to start next week.

Eddie Jordan aboard his Sunseeker 155 luxury yacht BLUSH

Eddie Jordan aboard his Sunseeker 155 luxury yacht BLUSH

Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International, commented: “It was a real pleasure to show Eddie Jordan around the 155 Yacht now it is actually in the water. He has been involved in every step of the design and manufacture of this stunning new yacht so it is a real honour to show him around our joint creation.”

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Swanwick Marina to once again host British Motor Yacht Show

February 21, 2014

Following a huge success of the inaugural event in 2013, Premier Marinas is once again collaborating with the three biggest brands in UK motor yacht sales for the British Motor Yacht Show 2014.

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht to be displayed during the event

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht to be displayed during the 2014 British Motor Yacht Show

From 16th-18th May Premier’s Swanwick Marina on the Hamble will host this unique collaboration between Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Sunseeker Southampton and Fairline Southampton. A world away from the usual frenetic international shows, this is a boutique show where buyers can view the latest models in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.  Each company will once again be focusing on the best of British motor yachts with a stunning line up of new yachts that will be displayed both onshore and in the water:

From Fairline, the Squadron 42, Squadron 48, Squadron 65, Targa 48, Targa 48GT, and T38 GT.

From Princess, the Princess 52, 88, V39, V52, V57 and the all-new motor yacht S72.

From Sunseeker, the Portofino 40, San Remo, Manhattan 55, Manhattan 63, 68 Sport Yacht and 80 Sport Yacht.

The show is free to members of the public interested in purchasing a yacht from a leading British manufacturer and the show is expecting a 1,000 visitors in the course of the three days.

James Lumley, Sales Manager at Sunseeker Southampton, said: “The British Motor Yacht Show is a great idea to help support the marine industry. The south coast of England is a perfect location for us to showcase the best of British boat design and manufacturing. I am delighted that the three biggest quality brands in the UK have teamed up to make this show a reality.”

Max Whale, Marketing Director at Princess Motor Yacht Sales, said: “This show is designed to provide a platform for a yacht purchase just prior to the beginning of the European yachting season. First and foremost, it is really a ‘best of British’ motor yacht sales and promotion event.”

James Barke, Managing Director at Essex Boatyards, said: “It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motor yacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise. In the general context, we are stronger if we work together. Symbolically, this show is hugely significant.”

Pete Bradshaw, Chief Executive at Premier Marinas, said:
“Last year’s show was a massive success all round, and we are proud that Swanwick Marina’s beautiful surroundings will once again provide the backdrop for this unique event, bringing together the biggest names in British motor yacht sales.”

Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht takes to the Thames

February 17, 2014

When two British icons get together, there is a truly amazing sight to behold. This was undoubtedly the case when the Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht by Sunseeker Yachts took to the Thames last week.

Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht photographed against the stunning back drop of Tower Bridge by Tom Benson

Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht photographed against the stunning back drop of Tower Bridge by Tom Benson

Photographed against the stunning back drop of Tower Bridge, the 40 Metre Yacht really was a breath-taking sight to see. And their iconic British nature is not the only thing that the 40 Metre Yacht (example is superyacht Sea Rider V) and Tower Bridge have in common. In fact they share many traits such as stunning design, intricate detail and fine engineering.

The shot above was taken last week by photographer Tom Benson and Sunseeker thinks they do a fantastic job of showcasing the streamlined profile of the 40 Metre Yacht and its sharp ocean-going bow. However, what this picture doesn’t show is the yacht’s equally striking interior, which spans across three decks.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Some of luxury superyachts to be showcased at Dubai Boat Show 2014

February 14, 2014

This week saw the organizers of the eagerly awaited Dubai International Boat Show 2014 unveil a list of yachts that will be showcased at Dubai‘s leading, largest and most prestigious marine & leisure event. The list includes such breath-taking vessels as the striking 85,5m mega yacht NIRVANA – one of the largest superyachts on display.

Oceanco Yacht NIRVANA

Oceanco Yacht NIRVANA to be showcased at the 2014 Dubai Boat Show

Built under the code name Y707, the 88,5m (290’35”) motor yacht Nirvana represents the largest yacht of her generation delivered by Oceanco to date. Nirvana is a stellar achievement of her Owner, Oceanco and Sam Sorgiovanni, who has created her exterior styling and lovely interior design. She offers elegant and comfortable accommodation in 6 luxurious cabins, including a generous master suite, featuring an office and a private exterior deck area with a whirlpool. Further accommodation is offered in one VIP suite with a lounge and his & hers bathroom, as well as four double VIP cabins.

SAFWA 1 yacht

De Birs built motor yacht SAFWA 1

The superb 2013 DeBirs 85 RPH motor yacht SAFWA 1 will be also displayed at the event. This truly unique vessel has demonstrated to be a worldwide success and was recognised as one of the top five best designed Super Yachts in the world. The main salon’s open plan and generous layout provides a full bar/owner’s galley, a dining table that also converts into a coffee & game table arrangement, plus a spacious sitting area that permits the owner to entertain a large number of guests. In addition, SAFWA 1 features the popular forward salon that offers several functional areas, which comprise a private sitting area/family room, a home theatre and the owner’s office – all in one!

Tecnomar Nadara 30 superyacht Zahraa - Photo by AA Photodesign

Tecnomar Nadara 30 superyacht Zahraa - Photo by AA Photodesign

The Admiral Tecnomar Group will be also present at the event, showcasing the beautiful Nadara 30 superyacht ZAHRAA, launched in 2013. Boasting a striking bronze coloured hull, with red waterline and design metal grids at aft, ZAHRAA has been beautifully penned by Tecnomar Centro Stile. She features luxurious and elegant accommodation for 8 guests in 4 deluxe cabins, including the Owner’s suite aft on the lower deck, as well as one VIP cabin and two double guest cabins.

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht

The gorgeous 2013 superyacht Sunseeker 80 Sport by Sunseeker Yachts is another jewel to be exhibited at the Dubai Boat Show 2014. This sporty 25-metre performance craft can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests and a crew of 2/3. Equipped with twin MTU 12V 2000 M94 diesels, Sunseeker 80 Sport can reach an amazing top speed of up to 44 knots.

GULF 75 EXP Yacht

GULF 75 EXP Yacht

The premier Middle Eastern shipyard, Gulf Craft, will also attend, displaying some of their finest yachts, including the all-new GULF 75 EXP yacht. This super vessel is a result of exceptional craftsmanship, brilliant engineering, and the passion for building. Accommodation is offered in a gorgeous owner’s suite, featuring a full-width bathroom with rich black and gold mosaic detailing, a shower, sink, toilet and bidet, as well as a dressing area. Moreover, there are two spacious guest staterooms with en suite bathrooms, instead of the conventional four guest-rooms.

Superyacht Majesty 105

Superyacht Majesty 105

Majesty Yachts will be also well presented at the show. Gulf Craft will be exhibiting luxury yacht Majesty 105 and superyacht Majesty 135. To create a spacious superyacht and to maximize the flow of natural light into the interior, Gulf Craft has engineered the Majesty 105 in an effort to encompass the needs of its clients as efficiently as possible. Majesty 135 yacht is a result of years of research, development and experience. Luxury and exclusive elegance are at the essence of her design, with exterior styling and naval architecture by the Gulf Craft design studio and interior design by Cyrille Bieri Designs.

Majesty 135 Superyacht

Majesty 135 Superyacht

Permare will be showcasing a special edition of superyacht Amer 92′, able to well display the capability in customisation of the Italian shipyard. The vessel boasts beautiful interior decoration, characterised by Art Déco elements. Madron burl, stained glass, green onyx, golden tapwares and valuable silk are just some of the elements that have been used. Amer 92′ is also fitted with two gyro stabilisers to enhance the comfort on board.

Amer 92 Yacht

Amer 92 Yacht

Dubai International Boat Show 2014 will be once again hosted by Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, located on the Dubai waterfront and will run from March 4 to 8. The exhibition represents the most anticipated event in the Middle Eastern maritime calendar. This year, it is expected to welcome over 840 leading international, regional and local exhibitors from 50 countries. The event provides exhibitors with a unique opportunity to showcase boats and products to the Middle East’s marine investors and enthusiasts.