ALL HANDS ON DECK

Noth­ing says lux­ury more than cruis­ing through the vast open wa­ters in your own op­u­lent ves­sel. The Peak checks out some of the top lux­ury su­pery­achts at the re­cent 2017 Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show.

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Contents - TEXT JOANNA LEE IM­AGES SIL­VER YACHTS, ECHO YACHTS, THIERRY AMELLER - BENETTI YACHTS & BLUE IPROD

Noth­ing says lux­ury more than cruis­ing through the vast open wa­ters in your own op­u­lent ves­sel. ThePeak checks out some of the top lux­ury su­pery­achts at the re­cent 2017 Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show.

When faced with the eter­nal sum­mer that is Sin­ga­porean weather, noth­ing sounds bet­ter than the bound­less body of wa­ter and the feel­ing of the wind against your face, comb­ing through your hair. Even though I didn’t get to set sail into the open sea, this year’s Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show def­i­nitely gave a taste of not only the yacht life, but life aboard the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous su­pery­achts.

The city state’s ONE°15 Ma­rina was filled to the brim with 94 of the lat­est in­no­va­tions in lux­ury su­pery­achts, ves­sels grand and op­u­lent enough to host a glit­ter­ing soirée. Light danced off the metal of each ves­sel and the decks pro­vided vis­i­tors with a com­pli­men­tary hot-stone foot mas­sage. New yacht toys were on dis­play and ready for play, while su­per­car pa­rades, fash­ion shows, pop-up bars and gourmet food stalls com­ple­mented the main event and served as respite in-be­tween tours.

One of the high­lights came from Echo Yachts, the largest su­pery­acht builder in Western Aus­tralia, which de­buted its new pride and joy – the 46m com­pos­ite cata­ma­ran shadow ves­sel named Charley. Claim­ing to be the largest com­pos­ite resin in­fused ves­sel ever built in Aus­tralia, Charley holds spa­cious in­te­rior and ex­te­rior ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. Its size­able car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity al­lows for a myr­iad of ten­ders and wa­ter toys of your lik­ing, as well as con­trib­utes to the su­pe­rior sea keep­ing and fuel ef­fi­cient per­for­mance. The con­struc­tion and de­sign of Charley took 2½ years to flesh out – from in­cep­tion to han­dover – re­sult­ing in an ex­em­plary stan­dard of fin­ish cour­tesy of the lat­est 3D de­sign, five-axis mould cut­ting and vac­uum resin in­fu­sion tech­niques em­ployed by the ship­yard.

So it isn’t the food of the gods, but a sin­gle look at its lav­ish in­te­ri­ors and one would think that it was in­deed a ves­sel built for them. Benetti’s 65m Am­brosia is a sight to be­hold and, un­doubt­edly, sports one of the most beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors on show at SYS, one that re­flected an al­most re­nais­sance-like re­gal qual­ity. The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling was en­trusted into the hands of con­sul­tants Ste­fano

Natucci and FranÇois Zuretti, with the for­mer giv­ing the yacht tra­di­tional Benetti lines that re­flects Am­brosia’s high-tech spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Top­ping it all off, the 2017 SYS also saw a mag­nif­i­cent sil­ver surfer in the form of an enor­mous 77m ves­sel. De­signed by Espen Oeino, the Sil­ver Fast is the fourth and most ad­vanced yacht in the highly cel­e­brated SILVERYACHTS se­ries, as well as the world’s largest and fastest alu­minium mo­tor yacht with con­ven­tional propul­sion. This sleek beast is ca­pa­ble of hair-rais­ing speeds of more than 27 knots, and long-range cruis­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of a max­i­mum of 22 knots. De­spite its size, Sil­ver Fast is also ideal for cruis­ing in ar­eas that many large yachts are un­able to ac­cess, thanks to its 2.6m shal­low draft. Though it isn’t the most vis­ually ex­trav­a­gant ves­sel, it def­i­nitely stood out as a so­phis­ti­cated, and clas­si­cally styled and fur­nished su­pery­acht that de­liv­ers. Sil­ver Fast was also one of the new mile­stones that was achieved at the 2017 SYS, be­ing the largest yacht on dis­play, along with a record num­ber of World and Asian pre­mieres.

The show didn’t end at night though – as dark­ness fell, the su­pery­achts were il­lu­mi­nated by a lit up ONE°15 Ma­rina, ring­ing in the time for calm wa­ters and din­ing on the bay.

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01 Mea­sur­ing a great 77m, the Sil­verFast was the largest yacht on dis­play at this year’s Sin­ga­pore Yacht Show. 02 West Aus­tralian com­pos­ite cata­ma­ran Charley on the open sea. 03 Lux­ury loung­ing on the top deck of Am­brosia.

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