Published: Friday, 12 February 2016

Yacht sales and brokerage company Simpson Marine is now offering tailor-made charter holidays direct to the Chinese market.

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The company, which represents some of finest yacht brands, provides a full range of sales and after-sale services through its network of 16 offices in seven countries. Simpson Marine represents Beneteau Group (Sail, Power, Lagoon, MC), Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts and Viking and has sold over 2,000 yachts to Asian clients over the last 30 years. Making yachting easy is at the centre of the company's strategy.

“Customers across Asia are keen to understand more about yachting and need quality support and advice on how to get started and take part in this exciting and enjoyable pastime,” says Simpson Marine Managing Director Mike Simpson.

The China market offers a huge opportunity with increasing numbers of Chinese wanting to experience the thrill and freedom of getting out on the water.

Simpson Marine's charter division, Simpson Yacht Charter, offers luxury charters on Lagoon catamarans and selected power yachts including the award-winning Monte Carlo Yachts 70. Guests can choose their yacht and with professional help plan an itinerary around some of the 100 plus islands around Phuket including Phi Phi Islands, Coral Island, Koh Sirey, Crabi and Similan Islands.

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Guests are offered freedom regarding the duration of charter allowing them to choose from two days to two weeks or even a day trip. 

A professional crew composed of a skipper and chef (and more if needed) will be provided and guests will be taken care of in the best possible way to make their holiday a unique and relaxing experience.

"A yacht charter is the first step to ownership since the guests can experience yachting lifestyle at its best in a beautiful location, on a great yacht fitted with all the comfort amenities, and taken care of by attentive, professional crew," explains Simpson Marine China General Manager Angel Zhou.

"We can see more Chinese guests travelling to very remote destinations, including North and South Poles, to experience something unique and different,” continues Zhou. “Yacht charter can provide guests with the feeling of independence and freedom as they can decide where and when to go next and they can enjoy maximum privacy on their own private 'island-yacht’.”

Simpson Marine Thailand also provides the Yacht Care Program that takes care of boats purchased by overseas owners who do not reside in Thailand by providing maintenance and service while the owners are away. In addition, for those who wish to benefit from some financial income to cover operational costs, Simpson Marine can also place the yacht into charter while continuing to maintain it.

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"This is a comprehensive and carefree solution for absentee owners that is one of the strong pillars of our strength in Thailand," ensures Zhou.

In 2015, Chinese charter guests accounted for 10 per cent of Simpson's total charters and this number is expected to grow especially with the company actively promoting yachting in China.