Luxury yacht builder, Oyster Marine, renowned for its top-quality, blue-water cruising yachts, has appointed Asia Yacht Services (AYS) as its representative in Hong Kong and South China. AYS will be the exclusive agent for Oyster’s highly regarded 46ft to -82ft deck saloon sailing yachts range, and will also be an agent for its sleek new Oyster 100 and 125 Superyachts.
The move is part of Oyster Marine’s plan to develop a sales and servicing network across the Asian region, working with Asia Yacht Services and its associate Asia Pacific Superyachts. Further appointments in strategic locations can be expected to follow.
Oyster Marine Group CEO, David Tydeman, said, “At Oyster we pride ourselves on helping owners fulfill their dreams of quality adventures afloat, whether that is local sailing or long-distance cruising. I am delighted that after several years as an ex-Oyster owner, Asia Yacht Services managing director, Bart Kimman, is returning to the Oyster family. Bart’s first-hand knowledge of both Oyster yachts and our operation makes him an ideal colleague for our Asia-Pacific aspirations.”
Bart Kimman, managing director of Asia Yacht Services, said, “I am very pleased and honoured by the appointment. Oyster Marine has a solid range of quality-built sailing yachts capable of crossing oceans. These yachts are ideal for exploring our beautiful cruising areas as well as racing in the big events in Asia. The new 100ft and 125ft superyachts fit well into the growing demand for superyachts that has recently developed in Asia.”
Asia Yacht Services
Founded by Mr Kimman in 2003, Asia Yacht Services offer a complete service for all yachting requirements, including pre-sales consultations, an extensive brokerage, coaching and crewing, charters, repairs and maintenance.
As a member of the region-wide group Asia Pacific Superyachts, AYS offers a full range of ground-support services for locally based and visiting superyachts, including berthing, docking, immigration, cruise permits, crews, catering, navigation, maintenance, ground and air transport.
AYS is conveniently located at the Gold Coast, the only marina in Hong Kong deep enough to berth large boats. It also has a well-equipped yard in Discovery Bay that can lift boats of up to 50 tons and 70ft for maintenance, and associated shipyards for larger boats.
“Hong Kong is already regarded as the best place in northeast Asia for running repairs and supplies,” Mr Kimman says. “Asia Yacht Services strives to provide the quality service expected by Oyster Yachts and hope to attract them to our waters.”
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