Over 80 yachts and superyachts, including more than 30 local and regional yachting premieres, on display
With four days of excellent weather the Singapore Yacht Show 2019 (SYS 2019) achieved a record number of visitors at more than 16,000. On show for them were over 80 yachts and superyachts and 150 brands across the marine area and other luxury lifestyle sectors.
Running April 11-14, 2019 at the ONE ̊15 Marina Sentosa Cove, the organisers of SYS 2019 estimate that more than 50% of the visitors were from overseas. This included a large number from across Asia but also good numbers from Australia, Europe and the US.
In terms of overall size regarding yachts and exhibitors, SYS was of similar size to recent years. It attracted a core of international brands including long-standing supporters including Azimut Yachts; Boat Lagoon Yachting, Ferretti Group, Hong Seh Marine, Princess Yachts, Gulf Craft, ProMarine, Simpson Marine9 Sanlorenzo, Beneteau, Aquila and Fairline, Grand Banks, Sunseeker, Beneteau, Lurssen and others.
The event held over 30 local and regional yachting premieres including three from Princess, two from Sanlorenzo and others from Ferretti, Fairline and Grand Banks among those being showcased. Princess Yachts, working in conjunction with its dealer, Boat Lagoon Yachting, had a fleet of 13 vessels on display including the three 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 big Cannes show in September. We are seeing a real emergence of the South East Asian market and an increased excitement and enthusiasm for yachting.”
Marine Italia Executive director, Paul Grange, explained 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, he added: “ “We are delighted by the activity levels and results that we have achieved since we’ve started representing Azimut in Singapore in 2018. With three Azimut Yachts 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.”
Leopard Catamarans made a return to the show for 2019 and exhibited four models. Kit Chotithamaporn, Regional Manager for Leopard commented; “We 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.”
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 the Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67 sailing catamarans which was making its Asian debut.
“SYS 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.
Long-time supporter, Simpson Marine, showcased a 16-strong fleet; their largest ever display, and a record for any single exhibiting company in the history of SYS. This included 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, commented: “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!”
Singapore-based dealer, Hong Seh Marine’s 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, mid-sized Riva Yachts, all the way up to large custom-build yachts that we carry from the Ferretti Group. SYS 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.”
SilverYachts and Espen Øino International unveiled their brand new series of superyacht catamarans at the 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,” he added, “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.”
Wade Pearce, SYS director, 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.”