Simon Turner, from Northrop and Johnson’s Singapore office today announced a new Central Agency agreement with Ruea Yachts, the New Construction Division of Yacht Solutions in Thailand, builders of European designed custom superyachts.
“Over the last three years the interest in superyacht construction in Asia has been overwhelming” commented Turner, “and we are now delighted to be able to confidently offer a very high quality design and construction team that brings something new to the market. Everyone expects there to be a price advantage in Asia, which there certainly is, but the driving force behind this project is to blend European technology, architecture and design with renowned Thai craftsmenship for an overall innovative project”
Ruea Yachts has initially launched two designs, a 60 metre tri-deck motor yacht and a unique 75 metre long range displacement yacht with helicopter deck and under-deck heli garage. Both yachts will be Lloyds Certified MCA Large Yacht Code LY2.
Turner added “these designs reflect the demand in the market for much larger, long range yachts yet at more manageable cost. The designs will inspire those interested in a new build yacht to add their own ideas and creative flair to the process to deliver a yacht entirely to their own aspiration, yet backed by a highly professional international team”
“We have been gently marketing these yachts for the last year and have been surprised at the positive response with enquiries coming from all over the world. This led us to believe that the best approach was a full partnership to give global exposure to the brand and designs and the first genuine move into the superyacht market in Thailand”
Ruea Yachts has teamed up with naval architects BMT Nigel Gee and designers Design Unlimited to offer a high quality proposition based on an extensive track record. Gareth Twist, managing director of Ruea Yachts, commented “we are very excited about our partnership with Northrop and Johnson. Through our sister company Yacht Solutions we have successfully completed many full scale refits and conversions since 2001 and we have gained trust and track record from our client projects. This new global marketing approach will help put Ruea Yachts and Thailand as a superyacht building location firmly on the map.”
Ruea Yachts are open to discussing new yacht construction of any size and are happy to undertake full design work from scratch based on a client brief.
Northrop and Johnson have a full team of professional brokers throughout Asia including a team on the ground in Thailand. This ensures that the whole construction process is closely monitored and managed by Northrop and Johnson in addition to owners representatives and captains being present at the yard.