Phuket is the hub of cruising in Southeast Asia and offers dozens of spectacular destinations for day and overnight charters. Thailand’s biggest island is also home to an enormous range of yachts for charter, with Asia Yacht Agency among companies offering dayboats, classic motor cruisers, superyachts and sailing yachts.
A member of the Thai Yachting Business Association, Asia Yacht Agency is among the leading charter companies in Phuket and currently has access to over 30 charter boats including models from the world’s leading luxury yacht brands, such as a Riva 70 and a Sunseeker 90.
Founder Olivier Payen has been based in Phuket since 2005 and in the boating business for over four decades, while his business partner Worawan ‘Poom’ Hokprasit has worked in the yachting industry for 15 years, having previously specialised in hospitality in five-star hotel and resorts.
“We have many boats for day and overnight charter in Thailand, from a small luxury boat of 26ft up to a 135ft superyacht,” says Worawan, the company’s Charter Director and a Board Member of TYBA, which is organising the inaugural Thailand Charter Week from November 16-21.
The seven smallest boats, including an Admiral 40 sailing yacht, are suitable only for day charters, while all the larger models can do both day and overnight charters.
The range of larger motor yachts include the 65ft L’Orientale built by Cheoy Lee in 1978 and refitted in 2018, a Sunbird 80 that also had a refit last year, a Spanish-built Astondoa 102, the 34m Moonen Xanadu and the 135ft Rodriguez Ocean Emerald, designed by Norman Foster and one of Asia’s iconic charter yachts.
The Thailand Charter Week (TCW) will run from the 16th to the 21st of November 2019 and be coordinated with the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. The TCW will not be open to the general public as it is a business to business charter event aimed at promoting Thailand as an international charter destination.
For the first year the target is 15 to 20 crewed charter yachts from 15 metres and above and 40 international charter brokers. The format will follow 3 days of on-water display at the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina followed by a 3 day familiarisation cruise around the waters of Phuket and the Andaman Sea.
The TYBA will employ the services of Lux Inc Media to provide organisational support and promotion of the show. Lux Inc is well known across the Asia Pacific region for providing high quality, luxury publications, digital media and Lifestyle events such as Yacht Style magazine and the Penang Rendezvous.
An organising committee of TYBA members will run the event with the participation of Fraser, Camper & Nicholsons, Northrop & Johnson, Asia Yacht Agency and other local charter companies. There will also be tentative collaboration with MYBA as discussed at the recent MYBA charter show in Barcelona.
This months Grow Boating we are delighted to announce that Asteri, a sister company to Asia Yacht Agency, will be our drinks sponsors. Asteri is the official distributor for Thailand for Zodiac, Bombard and Avon RIB’s. www.asiayachtagency.com/ There will be a light buffet sponsored by the Speakeasy Yacht Club and special prices on your favourite local drinks. Come and join in the fun, everyone is welcome. There is no entry fee, just drop your business card or register at the bar. We hope to see you at The Speakeasy Yacht Club, Royal Phuket Marina from 5pm. The Grow Boating Networking Evening is proud to support the Thai Yachting Business Association.
The French RIB brand aims to become the best value for money in the industry!
A second youth for the Bombard RIB brand
With 2 ranges of RIB (Explorer and Sunrider) and 2 ranges of foldable boats (Commando and Typhoon), Bombard has built its reputation around functional, safe and reliable marine boats: safety on the sea is no joke.
A symbol of robustness, Bombard wanted to go further with a new design and a wider range of colors and materials. A wide choice of options and accessories also completes the standard equipment, allowing you to configure your boat according to your water activities.
But Bombard has especially focused on price in order to provide boats that are 20% more affordable on average, positioning the brand as the best value for money in the industry!
As a full-fledged brand of the Z Nautic Group, Bombard benefits from Zodiac’s expertise, both in terms of design and after-sales services, with an exceptional 2-year warranty for the hull and 5-year warranty for the tube.
This new offer will enable the brand to accelerate its international development. The launch is scheduled at the Nautic in Paris-France on December 8th; then in Phuket-Thailand on January 4th, 2019.