SINGAPORE YACHT SHOW WRAP UP

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Held at the award-winning ONE°15 Marina Club, the show epitomizes luxury lifestyle, bringing together world-class yachts, glamorous parties and a range of prestigious products and brands, including supercars, beautiful timepieces and hand-crafted jewelry, as well as showcasing some of the region’s most luxurious waterside properties.

The 2015 show was excellent and despite spots of bad weather, the show welcomed an abundance of quality visitors. “Serious buyers and boating enthusiasts showed up despite thunderstorms and rainy weather. Our exhibited yachts received great attention and we made interesting new contacts,” says Bart Kimman, managing director, Northrop & Johnson Asia.

Northrop & Johnson Asia displayed five yachts in this year’s show, including the showstopper HELIOTROPE 65 — the first luxury solar-assisted power catamaran in the world, built by Bakri Cono and marketed by Northrop & Johnson Asia. Due to increased demand, production of these semi custom-built yachts will move to a new shipyard near Rayong, Thailand, to be officially opened the end of May.

Classic Sparkman & Stephen-designed 91-foot LETIZIA was a favorite with sailing aficionados and serious buyers were entertained. During the show, a substantial price reduction of $100,000 was announced for the barely one-year-old Monte Carlo 65- foot NORMA, now offered at $1,850,000. Sleek Azimut 55 Flybridge, SHEDA II, with a newly refitted interior, is on the market for $420,000 reduced from $460,000 aiming for a quick sale.

The largest carbon composite sailing yacht built in Asia, designed by Massimo Paperini, the 112-foot OCEAN RUNNER wowed visitors with her expansive flush decks, minimalist modern interior and functional cabins and berths. More than 50 VIP guests graced her deck during a pre-show cocktail party organized by Northrop & Johnson in association with Luxury Events Network, still leaving abundant space to admire the clean lines of the yacht.

Northrop & Johnson’s exceptionally styled, sleek booth was shared with Royal Huisman, showing the model of the 45-meter Royal Huisman, SEA EAGLE, built for a Northrop & Johnson Taiwanese client and expected to be launched later this year.

State-of-the-art timepieces from renowned watchmaker Arnold & Son, Northrop & Johnson’s strategic global partner, also were exhibited in the Northrop & Johnson lounge, attracting many visitors who admired the exceptional craftsmanship and beauty of the exquisite hand-finished watches.

Saturday afternoon saw a Concours d’Elegance of classic and heritage cars, which provided visitors with a taste of sophistication from yesteryear.

The 2016 Singapore Yacht Show promises to be even bigger than this year's show; dates have already been set for April 7 to 10, 2016.

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