Infinite Yachts Asia to represent French builder in Thailand
French boatbuilder OCEA Yachts has chosen Infinite Yachts Asia to represent the company on the Thai market.
Infinite Yachts specialises in the sale of new and used boats, as well as yacht management and charters. Initially located in Golfe-Juan, France, the company has since opened three other offices in Saint-Tropez, San Remo and, in 2016, in Phuket to represent Sunreef catamarans.
“Business in Europe is somewhat erratic, especially in winter,” explains Giovanni Toumi, manager of Infinite Yachts. “This is why we looked for another location. We considered the United States, but there are too many competitors.
“Asia, on the other hand, still has only a few brokers,” he adds. “The ports are developing very quickly and it is very open to international trade. Today, the market is booming. Phuket already has four marinas, and a fifth is under construction for yachts up to 100m. Now is the right time to be there.”
OCEA Yachts is a pioneer in aluminium shipbuilding and industrial construction. The company has four production sites located along the French Atlantic coast, and delivers 15-20 vessels of up to 85m annually. These include fast patrol boats, passenger vessels, environmental vessels and yachts.
“These products are quite different from what the Italians or the Dutch offer,” says Toumi. “Of course, because of the aluminium construction, but also because the shipyard is highly organised and very professional in its approach. This is true for construction as well as for the development of custom yachts.”
The two partners will be present at this year’s Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous, which opens next Thursday (January 10) in Phuket. OCEA Yachts’ presence in Thailand during the show will be enhanced by the recent arrival in Phuket of Akissi, the OCEA Classic 85 built in 2008.