Published: Monday, 15 February 2016

The inaugural Thailand Yacht Show in Phuket (Feb 11-14) wrapped up with a lineup of impressive superyachts, a number of interested buyers and plenty of cold beer and cider.

Thailand Yacht Show Wraps Up With Quality Visitors

(Photo: Show Organiser Andy Treadwell, Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Gov't Officials/Phuket Best Group)

Held at Ao Po Grand Marina, Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn opened the show along with a number of government officials.

This brand new international yachting event offered a dynamic presentation of on-water lifestyle, world-class yachts, glamorous parties, a remarkable range of luxury products and all the best-known boating brands.

“In order to stimulate growth in the leisure marine industry in any strategic location, you have to look further afield,” says TYS Creator Andy Treadwell. “We have to encourage overseas yacht owners to come to discover Asia with their boats, and at the same time persuade wealthy lifestyle-seekers from all over the region to come and try out yachting. TYS is all about visibility, not only locally, but also internationally.”

‘Quality visitors’ and ‘quality enquiries’ made an impression on the dealers and brokers at the show.

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(73m M/Y Titania)

“Usually at boat shows in Asia we expect to meet a large number of people who have never been on a boat before, and want to ‘have a look’ out of sheer curiosity,” says one of the international-brand brokers. “But here at the very first edition of TYS, we are immediately talking to visitors with genuine interest, who have done the research already, and now want to see what the product really looks like. It’s very refreshing.”

Over 40 sailing and motoryachts were displayed ranging from 12.9-metres to the largest yacht at the show 73m M/Y Titania, presented by Burgess Yachts. Also showcasing were Marine Max, MGC Asia and Northrop & Johnson Asia.

Local brokerage firm Lee Marine provided a big presence at the event, with a party celebrating the opening of its new offices at Ao Po Grand Marina, as well as displaying the largest fleet of boats in the company’s 18-year history. The impressive lineup included the Pershing 92, 72 and 46, along with the Ferretti 731 and 720. Also being displayed were the Riviera 525 SUV, Riviera 48 Flybridge, Maiora 103, 35-metre Custom Power Catamaran, Sunseeker Manhattan 63 and the Jeanneau Yacht 57.

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(Lee Marine team)

Boat Lagoon Yachting presented the 22.3m Princess Yachts 72 offering an expansive flybridge equipped with a wetbar, as well as the 13.3m Wider 42.

Yacht sales and brokerage company Simpson Marine displayed a four-yacht lineup including the Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 70 designed by award-winning Nuvolari Lenard, as well as the Lagoon 560 Imagine, Lagoon 620 and the Aicon 85, listed for brokerage.

Visitors were also impressed by the on-water demonstrations at the Demo Platform, with Sea-Doos, JetSurfs, jetskis, stand-up paddleboards and inflatable water toys on display. One of the highlights of the demonstrations included a display of daredevil antics by the reigning Flyboard World Champion Suksan Tongthai.