The 2015 Phuket International Boat Show

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2015 started on the 8th January, and organisers have reported that many leading industry brands have chosen the show to debut several of their latest models to the Asian market.

One such brand is Middle Eastern shipyard Gulf Craft, who are launching their Oryx 42 into Thailand and their Gulf Craft Majesty 48 into Asia. Erwin Bamps, CEO of the shipyard, comments, “PIMEX is one of Asia’s premier boat shows, both in terms of how well it is produced and how well it succeeds in attracting top calibre attendees. For Gulf Craft, our participation in the event is pivotal to bringing our line-up of luxury vessels to the forefront of Thailand’s increasingly affluent boating community, and to being an active participant in Asia’s thriving maritime industry.”

Making its debut at the show this year is the Ferretti Custom Line brand of yachts. Part of the Ferretti Group, the Ferretti Custom Line Next 112 is the largest boat in the Show and is part of a four boat display by Thailand dealer Lee Marine, who have exhibited at PIMEX every year since the show's beginning 12 years ago. Monte Carlo Yachts are also making their debut to the show in 2015.

In addition, the first solar-assisted luxury catamaran, Heliotrope 65, is debuting at PIMEX, as is the made-to-measure Sanlorenzo brand who are present with the Sanlorenzo 72 presented by their Thailand dealer Derani Yachts. Furthermore, Princess Yachts, represented by Boat Lagoon Yachting, have an impressive line-up of seven motor yachts ranging from 42 to 88-foot in the Show. The group have chosen PIMEX as the Asian premiere for the all new Princess 68 as well as the Princess 88.

Other business that have chosen to showcase at PIMEX for the first time, and to launch their products into Thailand's luxury marketplace include Quadski – high speed amphibious vehicles that operate on land and water – Markagain – a platform from Italy for the management and resale of pre-owned luxury assets – and Archi Studio – specialists in architectural design and building materials using advanced technology.

Andy Dowen, the Show Director, comments, “We are seeing more boats, luxury brands and products choosing PIMEX as the platform to launch into Thailand and Asia. This year we have boats from Sanlorenzo, Wider Yachts, Princess Yachts, Gulf Craft, Monte Carlo and Custom Line all making their debut in Thailand, and for some, Asia.

The Phuket International Boat Show concluded on the 11th January.

By Gemma Fottles

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