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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 13 Apr 2006

Boat Asia 2006


Boat Asia 2006 Reveals Display Boats Line Up

Boat Asia 2006 - Asia¡¯s leading leisure boat show for yachts, powerboats, super yachts and marine equipment & accessories - will be held at Sentosa Cove, Singapore from 20-23 April 2006.
Boat Asia 2006 will see many boats being exhibited in Singapore (and Southeast Asia) for the very first time.
Both hardy annual exhibitors and newcomers to the event will use the opportunity to showcase their latest, hottest yachts. Suntec Integrated Media, the show organiser, has revealed some of the display boats confirmed for this year.

Jongert 40T

Taking pride of place this year will be the Jongert 40T ¡°Number One¡±, a superyacht in the clipper class. Built in 1999 by the renowned Jongert B.V. boat yard in Holland, this 136.5ft beauty is the masterpiece of naval architect Tony Castro with interior design by Peter Sijm. Boat Asia is proud to welcome Jongert to Singapore this year.

Riviera 42

Boat Asia is pleased to welcome back Riviera, a regular Boat Asia exhibitor. This year, the Australian brand, always a favourite and a public draw card at Boat Asia, will be displaying the Riviera 47 flybridge convertible, offering penthouse-like views and all-round performance in its class.
With staterooms accommodating between 5 and 7 persons, a spacious saloon and full entertainment package, this boat is ¡°a real party machine¡±.

Ferretti 731

World leader Ferretti Group will be exhibiting the luxurious Ferretti 731 through their dealer Pen Marine, a Boat Asia regular.
Ferretti 731 is the new expression of the Ferretti style, from the unusual symmetric perspective of the spaces that dominates both the interior and the flyingbridge layout, to the ship owner¡¯s cabin that presents the most important innovations of Ferretti in terms of light and space exploitation.
Placed lengthwise, it has a large panoramic window on both sides allowing an open view of the sea from each viewpoint inside the boat, and a spacious shower, separated from the bathroom by a sliding door.

Horizon 53

Taiwan¡¯s Horizon Yacht Group is currently undergoing expansion befitting the East Asian country¡¯s largest builder of luxury yachts.
This year, Horizon will be exhibiting the Horizon 53 under their sole SE Asian distributor Kingfisher Marine. Featuring state-of-the-art SCRIMP vacuum infusion hull construction, a 3 cabin layout and twin Caterpillar C12 700HP engines in a surprisingly spacious ¡®stand up¡¯ engine compartment, Horizon 53 is the Taiwan brand¡¯s ¡®entry level¡¯ yacht with a 300+ nautical miles cruising range and 26 knots top speed.

Grand Banks 47 FB

Peninsula Boating, besides being the South East Asia dealer for Grand Banks and Four Winns, is also the operator of Singapore's most innovative boat sharing scheme. Peninsula Boating will display two products at Boat Asia 2006, the Grand Banks 47 Flybridge and the Four Winns 378 Vista.
The Grand Banks 47 FB is from the Eastbay series of planing hull boats. With a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top speed of 32 knots, this vessel can take you over 320 nautical miles at that speed.
The version on display will be the 3-cabin galley up version, providing maximum sleeping accommodation for the owner. With a hardtop on the flybridge and a large bimini covering the aft cockpit, she provides all the attributes required for fast cruising in the tropics.

Four Winns 378 Vista

Peninsula Boating will also display a Four Winns 378 Vista, the flagship of the Four Winns range at a full 42 feet in length. Built in the USA, Four Winns offer a range sport boats and express cruisers from 19-42 feet. Perfect entry-level powerboats, they offer all the comfort and quality expected from an American manufacturer building 6,000 boats a year.
The 378 Vista is a voluminous party and family boat, available in both petrol and diesel shaft drive installations. Fully loaded with electronics, TV/DVD, refrigeration, generator and air-conditioning, she represents extremely good value for money.
Simpson Marine, one of the more established brokers in Singapore, will showcase a variety of boats, some of which are making their Singapore and Asian debuts.

Beneteau Flyer 12

Making an appearance for the first time in Asia are the Beneteau Flyer 12 and Beneteau Trawler. Whilst the Flyer provides fun-a-plenty with its IPS propulsion system and 35 knots speed, the Trawler is a modern version of the classic trawler hull design giving a compelling combination of old world traditional charm and the latest in construction technology.

Sea Ray 290

New to Singapore, are Sea Ray 290 and 270 Amberjack, a neat blend of sports cruiser and sports fisher! They will make their local debut alongside the Sea Ray 240 Sundeck - a spectacular speedboat perfect for those day trips to nearby islands and able to comfortably seat 10 people.
As for classic sailing boats, Simpson Marine will also be showing the Beneteau Oceanis 343 and the Oceanis 523. Whilst the 343 exemplifies the best in Berret/Racoupeau Team design and is optimised for speed and performance, the 524 focuses on comfort with its stunning 4-cabin cherry wood interior and full air conditioning. We can¡¯t wait to see these two beauties at the show!
Also fresh to South East Asia is Cranchi, which will be presenting their Endurance 41 through distributor Starship Yachts. Cranchi's range amply covers different needs, from 27 footers to 50 footers, and the brand recently announced plans to further extend into other categories such as a new fishing line and a new Hard Top line.

Chris Craft Speedster 20

Singapore dealer Marina Bahari Raya will be displaying two brands - from Chris Craft, the Chris Craft Speedster 20 and from Grady White the Grady White Seafarer 228 and Sailfish 282.
With the Chris Craft Speedster range you would be forgiven for thinking you were getting into a sports car. It is the only 20-foot boat in the industry with a standard V-6 configuration that gets up on plane in less than 3 seconds and runs in the mid-50s in open water. MBR will also showcase the user-friendly Sunstream hydraulic Boatlift.
Best Dealz International Pte Ltd will show the Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran. Fountaine Pajot from Aigrefeuille in France has extensive experience in voyaging catamarans, and the Lavezzi 40 shows that heritage. This is a substantial cruiser with good performance and spacious accommodation.
Visitors to Boat Asia 2006 will be able to make appointments to view the display boats this year through an innovative ¡°Book a Boat Viewing¡± system on the Internet. More details are available on the Boat Asia website

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