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November 2023

APSA has been busy in November promoting the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community at METSTRADE 2023. This year Committee members Christophe Ceard (Vice Chairman), Bryan Tse (Honorary Treasurer) and Gordon Fernandes (General Committee) were able to attend, along with APSA’s Executive Director Suzy Rayment. Christophe, who has been attending METSTRADE for the last 15 years said, “the event is definitely getting better every year, and I consider this to be one of the key events on the superyacht calendar.”

Fema International S.A is based in Switzerland but also has offices in Istanbul and Singapore. Nazmi Topcuoglu, the Managing Director and Senior Marine Surveyor in Singapore, has over 20 years of experience in management. Fema Marine performs surveys in ports all over the world, for superyachts, survey yachts, ships, and barges of all types and sizes.

METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition for equipment, materials, and systems for the international leisure marine industry. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, METSTRADE which is organised by RAI Amsterdam in cooperation with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry), this year reported record attendance. Visitors came from all sectors of the industry: yacht builders, naval architects, refit yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina owners and marine equipment manufacturers worldwide.

The Hong Kong International Boat Show starting on the November 30 and running to the December 3 offers visitors an exciting four-day programme at the Club Marina Cove, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.  The popular show has for the past two decades provided a unique platform for dealers and buyers to interact and share the latest designs and developments in boating.

Sanlorenzo, world leader in luxury yachting, has achieved four prestigious accolades, crowning the company’s success in long-term business strategy and innovation drive. The Awards were the Premio Leonardo Qualità Italia 2023 Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by IBI, and the luxury Maison at the WPP Ambrosetti Forum, and the Italia Informa Award.

The four-stateroom yacht features a galley-aft layout and a contemporary European-styled interior decor. A new Horizon FD75 has launched and is now available on the American market. The stunning four-stateroom yacht made an appearance at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where she was lauded for her compact design, well-planned layout, and contemporary European-inspired interior style.

The 2023 Sydney Superyacht Captains’ Long Lunch welcomed 42 Captains and luminaries from the superyacht industry for a much-anticipated get-together to celebrate the end of a successful year. Sponsored by Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Major Yacht Services and Sydney Superyacht Marina, the event was the opportunity for Captains, representatives from industry bodies and suppliers to meet in a social setting to catch up on issues and renew personal connections.

The markets of Hong Kong, and Japan are now on the radar of GMBA. “These strategic additions to our team will enable us to better serve our clients and strengthen our presence in these key regions,” says GMBA chair, Veda Pretorius. Colin Dawson from Hong Kong and Kenta Inaba from Japan bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to GMBA.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), a global organisation representing the recreational marine industry with more than 100 members around the world, announced new research outlining a portfolio of technologies best positioned to continue to propel the industry toward decarbonisation.

The Superyacht Life Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to telling the positive stories of superyachting in order to both change public perceptions and grow the industry – has unveiled further details of a major new initiative called World Boating Day. Up until now, 15 superyacht builders and one marina have already pre-registered for the inaugural event, which will take place on the weekend of 25-26 May 2024.

Dear APSA Members and Friends

Monaco Yacht Show and FLIBS were great opportunities for APSA to reconnect with the global superyacht community, and APSA is now at METSTRADE where thousands of industry professionals have descend for the ultimate B2B boating event, and there isn’t even a superyacht in sight!  A number of APSA members are exhibiting at METSTRADE, and even more are visiting the show. Three APSA Committee members are attending - Christophe Ceard (Vice Chairman), Bryan Tse (Hon Treasurer) and Gordon Fernandes, so if you would like to contact someone from APSA please contact Suzy Rayment, our Executive Director who will also be in attendance, and she can assist with the arrangements.

Hundreds of thousands of boating enthusiasts and marine industry professionals from around the world, came together for the 52nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world. The show which ran from the 25 to 30 October had a strong showing from the Asia-Pacific region with Australia, Fiji, Tahiti, and New Zealand all featured in the Superyacht Pavilion stand.

Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region’s growing superyacht movement will be celebrated when the fourth edition of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is staged on 17 and 18 May 2024 at Australia’s most awarded marina, Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) in Queensland, Australia.

Simpson Superyachts an affiliate division of the Simpson Marine Group, has been announced as the patron for the first edition of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit, which is due to take place in Spring 2024. Founded in 1984 in Hong Kong by Mike Simpson, the Simpson Marine is one of Asia's leading international yacht dealership, brokerage and service companies and is considered to have played a pioneering role in the development of the yachting industry in Asia. 


An exclusive distillation of beauty and innovation, Oasis 34M is the perfect answer for owners in search of a dynamic, less formal lifestyle and a thrilling experience on the water. Embracing the five key features that have made the Oasis Deck® concept such a success, this is a superyacht that promises limitless freedom, conviviality, and a uniquely informal lifestyle.

Hong Kong-based Nextwave Yachting has made a strategic acquisition with a significant stake in leading Thai luxury yacht dealership Lee Marine. Combining NextWave Yachting’s extensive experience in the industry with Lee Marine’s established reputation in the luxury yachting sector, this partnership marks a pivotal step forward for both companies as they cater to the evolving needs of the luxury yachting market in Asia.

Debuting on the Australian market, the latest FD80 features a custom interior design by Cor D. Rover. The most successful model in the builder’s popular high-volume Fast Displacement (FD) Series of motor yachts, the FD80 balances style and space with superyacht amenities. Each FD Series build is unique and this latest FD80 is no exception.

The three-day Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) Boat Show held from 3 to 5 November 2023 under the theme ‘Festa Nautica’ presented 14 most yacht brands and seven dealerships. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Ivan Lee, Executive Vice President, Operations at HKR International Limited, David Lee, Director of Hong Kong Property at CITIC Pacific Limited, Franklin Mak, Senior Vice President, Hospitality Operations at HKR International Limited, along with representatives from Princess Yachts Greater China, Nextwave Yachting, and Simpson Marine.

The Leisure marine sector has gathered in Amsterdam, with thousands of leading marine professionals gathering at METSTRADE which runs from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November 2023. “It’s a special edition for us,” says METSTRADE director Niels Klarenbeek, as we are celebrating our 35th Anniversary and launching two new pavilions to stimulate interest in foiling and start-up businesses.

The Hong Kong International Boat Show will be back again in November with an exciting four-day programme at the Club Marina Cove. Organised in response to the popular demand from boat dealers and boating enthusiasts, the event will be held between November 30 and December 3, 2023.