Asia’s premier boat show re­turns

Here’s an op­por­tu­nity for boat­ing en­thu­si­asts to check out some of the world’s finest su­pery­achts, writes Alan Teh Leam Seng TRAVEL FILE

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ICAN still vividly re­mem­ber my first yacht­ing ex­pe­ri­ence years ago in Langkawi. It is not some­thing I can eas­ily for­get. Stand­ing on the deck with the sea breeze gen­tly ca­ress­ing my face, I saw a pair of gulls glid­ing grace­fully above while a lit­tle fur­ther away, a school of dol­phins skimmed the wa­ter sur­face as they tried to catch up with me.

Many a time I have caught my­self at my work­sta­tion dream­ing about this per­fect mo­ment, al­ways hop­ing to be able to re­live it at least once. So imag­ine my ex­cite­ment re­cently at find­ing out that a ma­jor yacht show is to take place soon.

My leave has been ap­proved, the dates are clearly crossed out in my cal­en­dar and bus tick­ets have been pur­chased. I am all set for the Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show 2017 from April 6-9 at ONE°15 Ma­rina Sen­tosa Cove.

Yacht­ing en­thu­si­asts like my­self can look for­ward to the re­gion’s big­gest an­nual show­case of boats and yachts. I just can­not

Sen­tosa Cove is lo­cated on the east­ern part of Sen­tosa Is­land.

The ac­tiv­i­ties go on till late at night.

wait to set eyes on the gleam­ing new mod­els from renowned brand names like Princess Yachts, Simp­son Ma­rine, Hong Seh Ma­rine, Fer­retti Group, Leop­ard Cata­ma­rans and Az­imut Sin­ga­pore.

The 65m Am­brosia will surely be a stand­out among the bevy of float­ing beau­ties. I can al­ready imag­ine ven­tur­ing onto one of its four ex­pan­sive decks or dip­ping my feet into its on-deck jacuzzi or swim­ming pool. This dream yacht even comes with a he­li­copter land­ing pad.

At the same time, I must also keep an eye out for the Ocean Emer­ald. This uniquely de­signed boat was re­cently fea­tured in the re­make of the film Point Break. Imag­ine how en­vi­ous my friends will be when I post a selfie with this yacht in the back­ground.

The par­tic­i­pa­tion of lead­ing Asian yacht deal­ers, Simp­son Ma­rine and Hong Seh Ma­rine, augurs well for boat builders in this re­gion. Vis­i­tors can look for­ward to im­pres­sive de­buts like Beneteau Ocea­nis Yacht 62 and Bos­ton Whaler 370. Those look­ing for a lovely day-boat or week­end cruiser can check out the Cranchi Z35 which is both spa­cious as well as fu­el­ef­fi­cient.

Over the years, cata­ma­rans have steadily gained mar­ket share in South­east Asia. The pop­u­lar­ity of this boat cat­e­gory is mainly due to its ex­pan­sive in­te­rior and ex­te­rior spa­ces as well as great sta­bil­ity. Cata­ma­ran en­thu­si­asts will be glad to know that HH Cata­ma­rans will show­case its state-of-the-art, car­bon fi­bre, high­per­for­mance boats dur­ing the show.

Go­ing strong into its seventh year, the Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show 2017 aims to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for en­thu­si­asts to learn more about the world’s best su­pery­achts and in­ter­na­tional boat brands.

As for me, I can say I have been there and ex­pe­ri­enced the lifestyle of the rich and fa­mous at least for a fleet­ing mo­ment. A mo­ment very much like the one I had in Langkawi. Both will surely re­main etched in my mind for a very long time to come.

For more de­tails of the Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show, visit www.sin­ga­porey­acht­show. com. Or email info@sin­ga­porey­acht­show. com / con­tact +65 6304 7950.

There is no greater feel­ing than be­ing on

a yacht and go­ing wher­ever you want.

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