Thee Singapore Yacht Show 2017 recently wrapped up at ONE°15 Marina Club and there was a plethora of world-class yachts exhibited from equally world-class boat yards.
Singapore Yacht Show 2017 saw 20 regional premieres, and with almost 70 boats being exhibited. With numbers like that, it’s difficult to pick the standouts. Nevertheless, we’ve chosen five we think were the standout yachts at this year’s show.
Though its exterior dimensions already qualify it for membership in the superyacht club, with a length of 41m, its imposing size isn’t the most impressive thing about Ocean Emerald. A stunning example of modern naval architecture by Foster & Partners, Ocean Emerald was built by Rodriquez Yachts in 2006 and refitted in 2015. It features five cabins (housing up to 12 guests), with two of those being oversized VIP staterooms. An ultra-luxurious, contemporary interior with floor-to-ceiling windows. And did we also mention Ocean Emerald is a movie star? She made an appearance in the 2015 action movie Point Break.
“Genre-defining” is a term that’s been grossly overused these days, but we think Ambrosia is fully deserving of such an accolade. Its 65m length and a displacement just shy of 1,500 tonnes mark it out as a titan among superyachts. With a 12.5m beam and living spaces spread out across six decks, Ambrosia also has an outdoor spa pool, beach club and helipad. Our favourite feature though, is its ‘Stargate’ dining area. The ceiling is illuminated by hundreds of fibre optic lights, echoing the constellations found in the northern and southern hemispheres. That’s impressive in itself, but even more so is how the ceiling is mounted on an electrically operated turntable that’s linked to the ship’s GPS system. What this translates to: a mirror image of the night sky of wherever Ambrosia is in the world.
Catamarans in the superyacht class are an uncommon sight, so the 46m-long Charley, built by Echo Yachts in Western Australia, already stands out in that respect. The largest composites craft ever built in Australia, Charley also features an oversized carbon fibre catamaran tender housed at the stern. While Charley is built for pleasure, it has plenty of serious equipment, with a decompression chamber and an advanced sonar suite for underwater adventures. It may be impressive, but that’s nothing compared to its mothership (yes, Charley is a support vessel). The 84m-long White Rabbit Golf, which when completed in mid-2018, will be the world’s largest trimaran superyacht.
Princess Yachts 32M
For all of Princess Yachts’ reputation and half-century of building stunning craft entirely in Plymouth, the 32M represents the English boatyard’s first foray in the 100-foot-and-up class. At any rate, the 32M is magnificent. It’s built with the same attention to detail and with the same sort of superlative seakeeping that any Princess Yacht has, only now on a bigger platform. The 32M’s 7.1m beam means guests will never feel claustrophobic, an impression that extends to the full-beam master suite and VIP cabin.
An Italian grand tourer sports car on the high seas is how we would describe the Azimut 95RPH. The acronym stands for Raised Pilot House, a feature which frees up valuable room for living spaces and cabins. One effect of that increased space is an exceptionally roomy flybridge of some 60 square metres, comprising a 10-seater dining area, bar, jacuzzi and sunbathing deck. The Azimut 95RPH will accommodate up to 10 guests in four cabins, each with an ensuite bathroom.