Glamorous yacht parties, exhilarating watersports experiences, gourmet eateries, bustling bars and show-stopping supercar parades entertained guests for a four-day celebration of the yachting lifestyle. With footfall at a record high, there was a greater contingent than ever – estimated at more than half – of visitors from overseas.
Potential buyers and charterers came from all around the Asia Pacific region, from as far away as Japan, China and Australia. They were greeted by impressive lineups of yachts and boats from long-standing supporters, including Azimut Yachts, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Ferretti Group, Hong Seh Marine, Princess Yachts, ProMarine Yacht Sales, Simpson Marine, Sunseeker and many more.
Over 30 local and regional yachting premieres from the world-leading brands were showcased at SYS 2019, making it another outstanding year for the region’s biggest boat show.
Most of the principal international yachting brands continue to invest in Asia’s only truly international boat show, with longtime supporter Princess Yachts, represented by local dealer Boat Lagoon Yachting, showcasing a 13-strong fleet and three regional premieres.
Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director of Princess Yachts commented: “We have been participating in the Singapore Yacht Show since its inception and have seen it go from strength to strength with each edition. Our commitment to this show and to the region is clear, demonstrated by us having more yachts on display here than even at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. We are seeing a real emergence of the South East Asian market and increased excitement and enthusiasm for yachting.”
With the weather staying fine and the rain holding off, total visitor footfall over the weekend was well up on last year even though there were several other major events happening concurrently – the Singapore Rugby Sevens, the opening of the Jewel Centre at Changi Airport, the Presidential Elections in Indonesia and Songkran festival in Thailand.
This certainly added to the festive mood as yacht brands, builders, brokers and dealers reported a busy four days full of activity and interest. Marine Italia Executive Director, Paul Grange was happy to share that his team was flat out with a constant stream of enquiries. Reporting the sale of at least two yachts in the first two days alone, Grange said: “We are delighted by the activity levels and results that we have achieved since we’ve started representing Azimut Yachts in Singapore in 2018. With three Azimuts sold in the run-up to the Singapore Yacht Show and a further two yachts sold during the show, it is clear that there is a genuine demand for Azimut’s truly Italian yachts in the region.”
Returning exhibitor Leopard Catamarans, presenting four boats this year, noted an increased amount of interest in sailing catamarans, in particular the newly launched Leopard 50. “While power catamarans are still very popular, we’ve noticed a big change among our clients, with many of them veering towards the sailing catamarans this year. We are absolutely committed to Asia and Singapore, building the brand strongly in the region,” said Kit Chotithamaporn, Regional Manager for Leopard Catamarans.
Andrew de Bruin, General Manager of Multihull Solutions, the dealer for Fountaine Pajot, reported another successful showing with the sale of three yachts, including one of Fountaine Pajot’s Alegria 67 sailing catamarans, which was making its Asian debut. “The Singapore Yacht Show is always a must-do boat show, with a focus on the region’s dealers and manufacturers. We put our best efforts into this Show as it has a great track record of delivering the customers and rewarding our big team of multihull specialists,” he said.
Longtime supporter Simpson Marine, showcasing a massive 16-strong fleet – their largest-ever display, and a record for any single exhibiting company in the history of the Show – featured two Asian premieres from Sanlorenzo, three from Lagoon and one from Beneteau, as well as displays from Monte Carlo Yachts and Aquila.
Group General Manager, Richard Allen, enthused: “SYS is such an important show for us. We are very proud to represent several world-leading brands and we always do well for all of them here. We have taken pole position ever since the show started and we’ll be back in even greater force for the 10th Anniversary edition next year!”
Over at Singapore-based dealer Hong Seh Marine, Executive Director, Edward Tan, commented on the quality of clients visiting the Show. “People are coming to look at a variety of yachts, from the small Boston Whalers and mid-sized Riva Yachts, all the way up to large custom build yachts that we carry from the Ferretti Group. The Singapore Yacht Show draws good quality clientele and it is definitely the place to be for people who are interested in yachting and want to learn more about it,” he said.
In addition to the impressive on-water yacht showcases, show visitors were treated to the revelation of new concepts by some of the major superyacht builders.
SilverYachts and Espen Øino International unveiled their brand new series of superyacht catamarans at the Singapore Yacht Show. Construction of the 35m SpaceCat power catamarans, will commence in China next month.
Jona Kan, Executive Board Member of SilverYachts commented: “As Asia’s leading yacht show, it seemed like a natural choice to unveil our new series of yachts here. The launch of the SpaceCat at the Singapore Yacht Show, along with our decision to build these vessels in our new Chinese shipyard is a clear statement of the great potential we believe the region holds for yachting. We are confident that these new yachts will appeal to an Asian client base and are excellent for the beautiful cruising areas in this region. We very much hope to be able to premier the SpaceCat at one of the next Singapore Yacht Shows.”
Other major global yachting brands and builders were celebrated at the 15th edition of the Asia Boating Awards held at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel prior to the opening of the Show. Dutch superyacht builder Amels was awarded Best Semi-Custom-Built Yacht (above 120ft) for the recently delivered Volpini 2, while Sunseeker picked up the Best Sportscruiser (above 55ft) award for the Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht.
Italian powerhouse builders Monte Carlo Yachts and Riva Yacht were awarded Best Flybridge Yacht (above 55ft to 80ft) and Best Flybridge Yacht (above 80ft to 110ft) respectively for the MCY 70 and Riva 110 Dolcevita. For the full list of winners, please click HERE.
Organisers Verventia believe strongly in the potential for leisure boating businesses in the region and are constantly seeking to improve the show experience and the return on investment for exhibitors and sponsors.
Wade Pearce, Show Director of the Singapore Yacht Show said: “We have a big team and we put our all into making the Singapore Yacht Show work, so it’s good to hear that it continues to contribute to the development of the industry in Asia. Feedback from participants tells us what we’re doing right and what we need to change. In that way, the Show hopefully strengthens every year, and we are making some big changes for our 10th Anniversary Edition next year.
“SYS is well established as a world-class platform for industry professionals looking to meet new prospective clients in Asia. For those newcomers interested in exploring the world of yachting, this is where they can see everything and meet everybody,” he continued.
Many of them will have yachts on display too, some of which have never before been seen in Asia. The Singapore Yacht Show is the central marketing platform driving the development of ultra-high spending yacht tourism in Asia – something that ASEAN governments and local communities really need.
The beautiful 59-metre M/Y Seawolf boasts the utmost in luxurious accommodation, advanced tenders and a world-class crew with unbounded expertise in expedition yachting. For those seeking to explore some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sites, she is Antarctica-bound later this year and, for a very modest fee, you can join the expedition.
The 40m custom M/Y Be Mine was built by Lürssen in Germany at their Bremen shipyard in 1991 and last refitted in 2017 in New Zealand. This luxury vessel’s sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of Beiderbeck Designs. Previously named Leonora, her luxurious interior was designed by Celeste Dell’Anna.
Built in 1983 and last refitted in 2017, M/Y La Numero Uno’s impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends. She has recently received a fresh look with SYS’ Official Fabric Partner, Sunbrella, who helped create a new onboard experience with marine canvas and upholstery fabrics.
An imposing model in terms of interior spaciousness and overall dimensions, her profile evokes the harmony and elegance typical of Sanlorenzo’s tradition with elements recalling the great transatlantic liners of the 30s. At 38 metres LOA, the Sanlorenzo SD126 is the flagship of its semi-displacement hull SD fleet.
The Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition is an Italian design icon, blending performance, style and incredible engineering. Built in 2018, she cruises at 23kn and reaches a top speed of 25.5 kn. At 36.60m, she can sleep up to 10 guests and features an interior and exterior design by Gian Marco Companino Design.
The customised Numarine 105XL has impressive exterior areas, providing plenty of luxurious and refined alfresco space for the guests’ entertainment. The yacht is fully equipped for all your needs, whether that be an overnight trip or a long-distance expedition onboard, your requests will be catered to by her highly experienced crew.
Immerse yourself in one of the most luxurious raised pilothouse yachts in the world. The Princess 30M is a luxury yacht of remarkable sophistication. The Princess Design Studio captures the very essence of your interior design ambition and, with class-leading interior volume, you’ll have all the space possible to realise it.
Reputed Dutch superyacht builder, Feadship is once again partnering with the Singapore Yacht Show, supporting our project to persuade governments to change regulations and allow foreign superyachts to cruise and charter in their waters. It is the general consensus of experienced hands in the industry that this would immediately attract yacht owners to come here for the winter, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars into local economies. At the same time, it will also enable and attract people from all around Asia, who have never had the opportunity before, to experience this wonderful lifestyle first-hand, thus growing the industry and the economic benefits for the region.
Four days of innovation and expertise with the latest new products and technologies, the Singapore Yacht Show is South East Asia’s premium yachting and luxury lifestyle exhibition and offers an unbeatable arena for professional networking and idea exchange.
Spread across Sentosa Cove’s ONE°15 Marina, it will showcase over 100 exhibitors, a dazzling collection of yachts and luxury goods and will attract over 16,000 visitors from all over the world. Don’t miss out on being amongst the latest new products, innovations and technologies from the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers. The Singapore Yacht Show is bigger and better than ever before and has something for everyone. More new products, more new features and more new angles for attracting new business and strategic deal-making.
With almost 90 yachts and other water vessels on show, the 2019 Singapore Yacht Show is the place to be for yachting enthusiasts, water-lovers and aficionados of all things beautiful. Palm Beach’s GT50 will make its Asian Premiere, blending performance and style, the latest in the GT series is capable of 40kn. With the new open layout, the GT50 Open embraces the sea with simplicity, ensuring owners can enjoy their time on the water. Aquila Yachts are bound to attract major attention with their regional premiere of their Aquila 36, whilst Dufour Yachts will be debuting its Grand Large 460, designed to make sailing a pleasurable experience at all times. Leopard Catamarans, always pushing the boundaries of catamaran design, will be displaying their next-generation Leopard 50, as well as their 40, 43PC, 51PC models. Prestige Yachts, a jewel of French marine engineering, will display their innovative and elegant Prestige 630. With bold, clean exterior design and generous living spaces, the 630 has a level of equipment normally reserved for larger, cruising yachts.
The Yacht Show team at Verventia are also proud to announce a new partnership with Jakarta’s first international-standard marina and Yacht Club, the Indonesia Navy Club, whose owners and operators will be on-hand to showcase the project currently under development. The yacht club will be managed by ONE°15 Marina and is set to open February 2020. This new relationship will play an important part in Verventia’s mission to engage with governments and help drive the growth of the yacht tourism industry in Asia.
Both AXA Insurance and Prudential, are, amongst other things, major players in marine insurance services, and can cover all aspects of personal and yacht ownership insurance. Hi-end audio equipment manufacturer Beyerdynamic will be exhibiting their range of exquisite headphones. ELKA Design will be showing their range of taps and fittings for the nautical market and CeramicPro | NanoShine will be displaying their range of protective ceramic coatings, specifically produced for the marine industry.read more
Focusing on exterior amenities and big deck space, day boats cover a wide range of craft and specific criteria for potential owners. Whilst some opt for ease and comfort, others cater to adrenaline junkies and those designed purely for elegance and style. Due to their diverse scope, day boats can vary significantly in budget, from little more than SGD1,000 to well into six figures.
Once you have chosen the vessel of your dreams you can begin planning fun-filled days on the open water. Owning a day boat opens up endless opportunities for entertaining family and friends, be it island-hopping, fishing and cruising to simply sunbathing and sipping a drink somewhere beautiful.
Here are ten of the most advanced and well-crafted day boats on display at the Singapore Yacht Show, including some that also offer accommodation for occasional overnight use.
One of the finest models of the Silvercraft series, the 36 HT features impeccable finishes and its robustness, built for fishing, coastal or the open sea while being easy to handle and some of the largest swells on water with efficiency. The modern shape, unmistakable style, and ample floor space make it the ultimate boat to have.
Designed and hand-built in England, the Princess R35 combines revolutionary performance capabilities, stunning design, quality, and race-bred technology. Designed in partnership with world-famous Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies and Pininfarina, the R35 is a powerful expression of intent from a company hitting a rich vein of form.
As the first in a new family of Boston Whaler express models, the 350 Realm combines impressive capability with purposeful features and unsurpassed comfort. For entertaining friends and family, chasing deep-sea fish, or spending long days at anchor, the 350 Realm is perfectly suited for any adventure.
Performance, style, innovation and safety. The Rebel 47 is dedicated to those who live the sea as a state of mind. The increase and use of the spaces onboard – rational, elegant and comfortable – make cruising even more pleasurable, without giving up the performance and safety which are typical of this category.
Offering three cockpit seat layouts, the Antares 8 is unique for a boat this size and its liveability and excellent seakeeping sets it apart from other motor cruisers in this category. There is a real double cabin below the wheelhouse at the bow of the boat, with storage and a shower ensuite, so you can stay on board for a few days.