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Hot yachts lined up for Boat Asia 2005

Source: Chaplin Public Relations

Exhibitors Reveal Products to Be Showcased at Asia's Foremost Boat Show

Boat Asia's exhibitors have released details of some of the yachts that will be arrayed at Boat Asia 2005.

Ferretti Group, Riviera, Lee Marine, Simpson Marine and MBR have all confirmed that some of their hottest new models - now making waves on the international scene - are likely to be featured at the show.

An 'on-water' exhibition, Boat Asia takes place in Singapore from 14-17 April 2005, organised by Suntec Integrated Media the exhibition arm of Suntec Singapore.

Said Suntec Integrated Media's Director Roel van Leeuwen, "We're thrilled to see the full range of different yacht products on show next year and clearly, already at this early stage, we can see great variety and diversity developing. Whether customers are browsing for a superb flybridge sports fishing boat, a high performance boat, a sailing clipper, or a luxury motor cruiser with advanced and fashionable styling and all the home comforts, you'll be able to see a stunning selection of products at Boat Asia 2005."

Ferretti 500

Ferretti Group

Ferretti Group will reveal a number of stunning designs at Boat Asia, including the Ferretti 500. Innovative, sophisticated design; compact dimensions, that nonetheless include space for a complete and comprehensively equipped flybridge: these are significant features of the 500, one of the new Ferretti yachts for 2004.

A completely new design, this motoryacht offers exceptional cruising performance. It combines the ease of handling of a 50' craft with the comfort typical of larger yachts. The interiors are exclusive and the salon is, in particular, large, bright, comfortable yet practical.

The 500's manoeuvrability and compact dimensions make it feasible to sail without a crew. However, there is enough space for a crew cabin if required.

The Bertram 390 is a leader in the 40 ft. offshore convertible class. It combines real luxury in an exceptional layout with the offshore range and incredible solid deep-V ride you expect from a Bertram.

The Bertram 390 project aim was to develop the best sportfishing boat in the 40 foot size range; to design a boat at home in the Northeast Canyons and on the Bahamas Banks, as well as all the other oceans and markets of the world - in short, a Bertram. Winner of the European Yachts Trophy 2004, the high performance Pershing 50 will also be on display from Ferretti Group.

Riviera R51

Riviera and Lee Marine

Thailand-based Lee Marine, the distributor for Australian brand Riviera, will display the latest Riviera flybridge convertible to make waves in the region, the Riviera R51.

The R51 challenges the burgeoning express and motoryacht market. The biggest Riviera, it is a lifestyle accoutrement and comfortable floating home. But the big attraction is 'the magic carpet in the sky'.

If the sportscruisers deck is a balcony, then Riviera's 51 flybridge is a roof top terrace with views as far as the eye can see. It is a lifestyle centre that looks down on the open-deckers at water level. With five-star amenities, you can cruise, muse and enjoy the views from the top storey.

With twin 700 hp Caterpillars, keyless ignition and the 8 hp bow thrusters, the R51 is a user friendly drive. A lot of effort has gone into making this Riviera a superb fishing boat.

Aside from a generous amount of floor space and raised combing height, the cockpit is positioned a desirable distance from the water. The helm station is well aft for a big view when fighting fish, while the Marlin door is a new outward opening design with a much improved seal when backing-up.

Azimut 68

Simpson Marine (SEA) Pte Ltd

Leading the charge for Hong Kong and Singapore-based Simpson Marine will be the Azimut 68.

With her long flowing lines and a beam of 5.50 meters, the Azimut 68 is certainly something new and different. A powerful, flybridge motor yacht with stunning good looks, she dazzles everyone with her amazing performance and superb accommodations including a mid-ship full beam Master Suite.

US brand Sea Ray will also be well represented at Boat Asia 2005, with two models: the Sea Ray 335 and 355 Sundancer.

The Sundancer range has all the comforts of home with mobility. With its extra-large V-berth, fully equipped galley and spacious salon, the 335 Sundancer is more than just a home-away-from-home; it's also a powerful sport cruiser. Its twin 5.0 MPI Bravo© II MerCruiser© sterndrives will get you wherever you're going in a hurry!

The 355 Sundancer meanwhile provides additional living and storage space. Serious captains will appreciate its cockpit crammed with SmartCraft™ diagnostics, waterproof electronic switchpads and plenty of space for additional electronics.

On a more sedate note, Simpson Marine will also be displaying a thoroughbred sailing yacht, the Bénéteau Océanis 423 Clipper.

In the wake of the fabulous Océanis 411, the Océanis 423 features the latest innovation by Bénéteau in the field of cruising pleasure: exceptional lighting thanks to the panoramic hatch and a 2.10 meter headroom in the saloon, owner's island berth, en suite heads with separate shower in the fore cabin and a deck plan designed for utmost pleasure under sail or at anchor. In fact, everything you need for a fun-filled family cruise.

Princess V70

Marina Bahari Raya Pte Ltd (MBR)

Singapore-based brokerage MBR will showcase Princess Yachts International's newest and largest of the V Class Sports Yacht range, the all new Princess V70.

The V70 epitomises the 'performance without compromise' philosophy. Powered by twin diesel duoprop sterndrives, her performance is pure V Class. The saloon incorporates a large seating area, cocktail bar and beautifully crafted galley.

The owner's stateroom has an en-suite bathroom and the surprisingly large cabin aft has its own washing facilities. The twin sunbeds on the aft deck lead to an open air cockpit and dining area including a wet bar/BBQ whilst twin garages give storage for both a tender and wetbike. Triple glass doors open up the cockpit to an exceptionally spacious deck saloon where the hard top enables the enjoyment of the outdoors under the sun or the stars.

In addition to boat exhibits from the abovementioned manufacturers, Boat Asia will include static and booth exhibitions by other yacht brands such as Luerssen Yachts, Sunseeker Asia Limited and Starship Yachts.

Preparations for Boat Asia 2005 are well underway and the organisers have aggressively promoted the show around the region and also internationally.

Sales and awareness drives have been conducted at SEAS in Nice, the Beirut Boat Show in Lebanon, MAATS in Las Vegas, USA and the Sydney Boat Show 2004, complementing an earlier visit to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show at which major boat exhibitors including Riviera had already been successfully signed. Boat Asia 2004, held in April this year, drew visitors from 44 countries and showcased 76 exhibitors from over 15 countries.

Further information about Boat Asia 2005 may be obtained from the official website boat-asia.com and also from the organiser’s website suntecintegratedmedia.com.

Content contributor: Chaplin Public Relations 28 Oct 2004

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