Form & Function: Why Simpson Marine’s Yachts Will Change The Way We Travel
Picture enjoying the ocean breeze blowing through your hair and the sun upon your skin while you take in the sight of endless blue and distant islands. It’s the perfect escape from cabin fever, having to stay in and work from home due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. At a time when people are unable to safely travel, there’s a desperate urge to get away from it all. While mega cruises are still off the table, a boutique approach to travel is rising above the turbulent waves of the Covid-19 crisis.
Offering a safe bubble and a luxury vacation that’s well within social distancing rules sans the need for a long period of quarantine, yachting is becoming a popular choice for wanderlusters. While yachting is not necessarily new, it was always assumed that the lifestyle is only for the elite and a lifestyle that only appeals to men. Yachting, in fact, does not have a high entry bar to start, according to Simon Theseira, Simpson Marine Malaysia's country manager.
“You can enjoy cruising at as low as RM200,000 for a 35-foot second-hand sailing yacht. Our extensive brokerage market allows new yacht owners to have a dip into the market without breaking the bank. On top of that, Malaysia currently enjoys zero tax on yachts, which makes it even more affordable,” Theseira reveals.
Theseira also debunks the men-only lifestyle myth, saying, “At Simpson Marine, we have a good percentage of female yacht owners. Despite being a male-centric industry, the yachting scene is also welcoming and adds to a female vibrancy. With the rise in income bracket and the recent isolation around the world, we are seeing numerous yacht enthusiasts as first-time boat female owners.”
Simpson Marine is a yacht sales and charter company with over a 35-year history of meeting the needs of the developing marine industry in Asia. With an interconnected network of over 20 offices, service points in seven countries around the region supported its friendly team of sales and after-sales professionals, and the largest database, it is today recognised as Asia’s leading new yacht sales, brokerage and service company.
Boasting luxurious yachts that are both form and function, Simpson Marine's passion is sea and yachting, and their mission is to help others enjoy the yachting lifestyle and yachting freedom making it easy and enjoyable.
Whether chartering or owning, yachting allows you to control your own environment in a way that’s not possible with mega cruises and especially in this climate, lessen your risk of contagion, and travel in total comfort in the best-in-class yachts. As Simpson Marine has partnered with the world’s leading yacht brands–Sanlorenzo, Bluegame, Fairline Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon & Aquila Power Catamarans–they can offer the best new yachts for sale for all usage plans and budgets.
“We also have a wide variety of pre-owned yachts with over 300 listings across Asia and can help you with a new build superyacht project through the Simpson Marine Superyacht Division. Whatever your yachting dream, we can make it a reality, and it doesn’t just stop with finding your new yacht. From design to refit, we can help with every step of your yachting journey,” Theseira says.
In the last two decades, Theseira has witnessed a steadily growing interest in yachts and the yachting lifestyle in Malaysia. “We now have a few good marinas to berth yachts with all the required logistics and amenities. It is a positive progression that will continue until we reach maturity.
"We have also noticed a change in client profile with yacht owners now becoming younger and entrepreneurial. Yacht owners are also looking at purchasing bigger size yachts for a longer mileage especially during this period, knowing that they will be spending on time on board," he adds.
For the aspiring but eco-conscious yachtsman who may be concerned about contributing to carbon emissions, Simpson Marine’s yachts are fitted with green technology to ensure they are environmentally friendly as they are an enjoyable experience.
“Being lovers of the ocean, we are committed to bringing a greener and cleaner yachting environment to everyone and for many generations to come. The yacht brands we represent in Asia has been in line with our vision and direction towards an eco-friendlier yachting environment,” Theseira explains.
“The design process and engineering put in place for the shipyards have come up with several new models that reflect this,” he adds. So you can lift your anchor, sail away, and rest assured that you’re cruising along sustainably.
Equally important is the assurance that their yachts are fitted to meet the demands of today’s world, where technology permeates everything and is constantly evolving. Simpson Marine has got you covered with technology from its partner yacht brands Sanlorenzo and Fairline Yachts.
Sanlorenzo, an Italian shipbuilder with over 60 years in the yachting industry, recently introduced a Smart Helmet technology, a wearable device that integrates Microsoft’s second-generation HoloLens visor technology, an effective signal transmission system even in shielded environments and a communication application developed to connect with the workstations of the Sanlorenzo Service technicians.
The system enables audio/video communication in high definition and with augmented reality between an operator on board wearing the Smart Helmet and the technicians on-site, becoming a tool to assist the Service team in making assistance operations faster, easier, and more efficient, even when the yacht is a few thousand kilometres away. This high-tech, easy-to-use device has been made standard equipment on all Sanlorenzo superyachts.
British luxury yacht builder Fairline Yachts took the yachting experience to a whole new level when they unveiled phase two of their innovative F//Line 33 Configurator, which will let you personalise their fully specified boat to pure perfection, with a bespoke video sent to you thereafter to view their F//Line 33 at their leisure. From choosing the exterior colour to engine options, whilst not forgetting the finer details that make your experience onboard truly unique.
Inspired by the very best of the automotive online configurators, Fairline Yachts’ new levels of sophistication and user control is never seen before in the boating industry.
With the travel on track for a post-lockdown, post-pandemic boom, Simpson Marine’s range of stunning yachts are ready to take you around pristine waters to enjoy blissful weekends away, taking in the sound of the waves and sipping on your favourite cocktail. There is no better time than now to reach out to Simpson Marine’s friendly team of professionals to start changing the way you travel.
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