Arrival of region’s biggest shipment of private yachts in Thailand

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Boat Lagoon Yachting Co., Ltd., Thailand’s largest importer and distributor of luxury yachts with more than 23 years of experience, has made history in the region’s yachting industry with the importation to the region of the largest single shipment of luxury yachts, worth over Bht 1,400 million.  The shipment comprises nine luxury yachts manufactured in the United Kingdom by one of the world’s leading luxury yacht builders, Princess Yachts, with sizes ranging from 62 feet to a superyacht of over 100 feet.

Mr. Vrit Yongsakul, Managing Director of Boat Lagoon Yachting Co., Ltd., said, “This very large shipment helps further solidify Boat Lagoon Yachting’s position as Thailand’s leading importer of luxury yachts and one of the largest in the region.  It adds to the 200 boats we already have in the water throughout the region, giving us the economy of scale to further invest in the most comprehensive after-sales and maintenance facilities.”

He said, “We are seeing surging interest in the yachting lifestyle, especially in Thailand.  It’s largely being driven by the appeal of the absolute privacy that luxury yachts provide an owner together with giving the owner an ability to reach beautiful and uncrowded beaches, and at any time at the owner’s pleasure.  Because of the level of comfort and luxury of modern yachts, it’s like taking your own condominium with you, complete with living room, kitchen and bedrooms.”

Mr. Yongsakul said that yachting was also a very social sport where friends and family take several yachts out together to go cruising to islands in the way that owners of luxury sports cars or motorcycles will go out in groups during weekends, helping to cement long-lasting friendships.

According to Mr. Yongsakul, global experience shows that the yachting lifestyle increases in popularity as a country’s per capita GDP approaches US$10,000, and with Thailand’s per capita GDP now at around US$ 6,000, the sport is seeing rising interest.

The fleet of new arrivals includes a Princess 62, Princess 64, two Princess S65s, a Princess 68, two 80-foot Princess 75 Motor Yachts, an 88-foot Princess 88 Motor Yacht, and a 100-foot Princess 30M superyacht with prices ranging from around Bht 80 million to Bht 450 million, each.

“The Princess 62 is the newest addition to the Princess line of luxury yachts and incorporates the latest ship-building technology to make the yacht lighter, stronger and more fuel-efficient and with an interior design that is bright and airy,” Mr. Yongsakul added.

Boat Lagoon Yachting offers a comprehensive range of yachting products and services to suit every need and every occasion, including new and pre-owned yacht sales from world-class brands such as Princess, Jeanneau, Prestige and Wider, yacht rentals, yacht management and after-sales services.

Boat Lagoon has made substantial investment in its own maintenance infrastructure that includes its own Bht 1,200 million, 80-rai service and maintenance facility.  It has more than 80 staff, with many experienced staff including expatriate engineers.

Boat Lagoon Yachting has nine offices in five countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Maldives, as well as five branches in Thailand in Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Koh Samui and Phuket.

 

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