AB Yachts Brings Italian Craftmanship To Malaysian Shores
May 25, 2017 | BY Nafisa Dahodwala
Wooden decks, customised berths and silk fabric cushions is what you can expect from enterprising couple Dato' Sri Rozita Ramelan and Datuk Omar Mustapha's first forays into the Malaysian luxury yacht market.
The founder and owner of the luxury retail brand, Kabinet Prive, Dato' Sri Rozita Ramelan, is a well-known figure amongst the elite Malaysian society. A businesswoman, mother and wife, she effortlessly juggles her roles as she makes her way from one appointment to another.This year will see the confident and stylish Rozita and her husband Datuk Omar venturing into the luxury yacht business after having secured the exclusive dealership for Malaysia and Brunei with Azimut Yachts, one of the world’s leading yacht builders.
The birth of AB Yachts Malaysia Sdn Bhd began with the couple’s quest for finding a ‘perfect house on the water.’ Both Rozita and Omar are avid divers and enjoy the pleasure of being out in the open sea. However their diving excursions were occasionally marred by the less than satisfactory living conditions on certain live-on-board boats.
Not ready to settle for anything other than the best, the couple made a trip to Italy and landed on the doorstep of Azimut Yachts. The exquisite Italian workmanship showcased in every aspect of the yacht made the couple realise that the builders took a special pride in crafting each vessel and that’s where their love affair with Azimut Yachts first began.
However they soon came to the realisation that there was no dealer for Azimut yachts in Malaysia to look after the sales service aspect of the yachting business. Converting this glitch into a business opportunity the ever- enterprising couple embarked upon the journey to introducing a new line of luxury yachts to other potential buyers in the Malaysian peninsula.
Established in 1969 by veteran Paoloa Vitelli, Azimut yachts currently holds a standing of being one of the world’s leading manufacturers for luxury ships and yachts. The company which started with chartering sailing boats, soon became a global luxe yacht giant. Currently Azimut has five series of yachts between 34 and 120 feet including a range of sporty and high performance cruisers.
Malaysia, with its enchanting coastline is no stranger to the luxury yacht market. With the introduction of AB Yachts the couple hope to give sailing enthusiasts a new level of customisation in creating the vessel of their choice. From shipyard visits for potential clients to arranging berths and captains after the sale – the purchase of an Azimut yacht is more than just another asset to add to your list.
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