By THE NATION
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.
Vrit Yongsakul, Managing Director, 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.”
“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.”
Yongsakul added that yachting was also a social sport where friends and families sail together in several yachts to their favourite islands, the same way owners of luxury sports cars or motorcycles do on weekends, helping to cement long-lasting friendships.
According to Yongsakul, global experience shows that 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 Bt80 million to Bt450 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 it lighter, stronger and more fuel-efficient and with an interior design that is bright and airy,” 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 investments in its own maintenance infrastructure that includes its own Bt1,200 million, 80-rai service and maintenance facility. It has more than 80 staff.
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.