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TYBA was represented at the ICOMIA general annual meeting in Amsterdam where the different ICOMIA subcommittees presented their annual report. If any TYBA member wishes to participate in any ICOMIA subcommittee please contact us.

TYBA also participated in several Asian Boating Group virtual meetings where the focus was on a uniform approach throughout Asia of the (temporary) skipper licences which would facilitate and encourage bareboat charters in the Asian Pacific.

Interview with Grenville Fordham

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You can contact Grenville Fordham at [email protected]
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Fugazi captures Phuket Raceweek highlighting three days of quality racing

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

 

The Andaman Sea shone in all its glory upon the return of the award-winning Phuket Raceweek. After a one-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, organizers pulled out all the stops and worked with the Thai yachting community to showcase Phuket in all its world-class beauty to put on a successful three-day sailing event.

With so much anxiety, frustration and misery ashore due to all the ongoing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it was exhilarating and therapeutic to get in three good days of sailing in near perfect sailing conditions.

Driving awareness through its #PhuketSailing campaign, the organiser’s were laser-focussed on delivering a safe event with lots of on water fun, during these challenging times.

“We discussed holding the event with key members of the local sailing community and they were all keen to go ahead. We moved from our traditional July slot to August to accommodate local needs and while we had to ensure all was in line with local authority rules and COVID measures, the event went off without a hitch and everyone who took part had a great time,” said Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd.Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

Quick to support the 18th Raceweek was the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club, providing the headquarters for the event and the gathering point before and after sailing for all involved. Many other local businesses also supported Phuket Raceweek this year, all keen to showcase sailing and highlight that Phuket is ready and eager to welcome visitors again.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of local sponsors and supporters, who have stepped up to help us put on the event. It’s certainly been a challenge but hearing all the positive feedback from the sailors and the island community, make it worthwhile,” added Jones.

Racing was held in the popular Chalong Bay from 27th to 29th August and 10 boats took part in three classes.

Phuket’s best sailors signed up for the regatta, most ecstatic for the chance to escape the drudgery of the pandemic for a few days of fun and racing on the water.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA The seven-boat Multihull Racking Class had a couple of classes within classes as three of Alan Carwardine’s Stealths entered (Twister 2, Saffron & Fez) and two Fireflys (Twin Sharks & Voodoo) and competed against each other.

Dan Fidock’s Sportsboat Fugazi, helmed by Mark Pescott, with its highly-skilled crew were poised for battle and always compete for top honours in any regatta they enter.

Bonza, the trimaran owned by Mark Thorburrow and skippered by Warwick Downes, the former Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, drew oohs and aahs throughout the regatta with its ability to claim line finishes and fly hulls as it whizzes by other competitors.

Glywn & Karen Rowlands Stealth 12 Twister 2 competed against Dow Fidock’s Stealth 11.8 Saffron (builder Alan Carwardine skippering) and John Coffin’s Fez with Mick Coleman helming. The Stealths were built close to the start-line at the nearby Asia Catamaran boatyard in Ao Chalong.

Also in the Multihull Racing class, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Jojo Tayong’s all-Filipino-crew on Voodoo continued their friendly rivalry as the two boats have dominated the Firefly class for the last few years and are never more than few boat lengths apart when it matters most.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

The monohull class had three entrees including Nils Degenklow’s X ¾ ton MK 2 yacht Phoenix. Nils has probably won more races in Phuket waters than almost any other sailor so was the favourite heading in this class heading into the regatta. Paul Merry’s Night Train, a Hanse 415, and Java Yachting’s Mas Alegre, a Steadfast 40, were the other two boats in this class. Andrew McDermott had hoped to join the regatta with his boat Jessandra II and its predominately female crew but Covid restrictions prevented him from making it down from Hua Hin.

Dan Fidock’s Sportsboat Fugazi, skipped masterfully by Mark Pescott had a tremendous performance on the water from the get go winning two races and securing a second-place finish on day one.

Fugazi continued to do well on day two reaching speeds of up to 20 knots, as did Bonza, as the two boats sped through the course. Fugazi took first and second place finishes giving it a three-point advantage.

Mark Pescott continued to do a superb job on day three helming Fugazi, as it edged out Warwick Downes Bonza to take the prestigious top spot in the OMR Sports Multiclass Division with Jason Corall’s Twin Sharks and Jojo Tayong’s all-Filipino-crew on Voodoo finishing in third and fourth spot respectively in the four-boat class..Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

Alan Carwardine turned in a masterful performance, winning all but one race skippering Saffron (formerly Java) to first place in the OMR Cruising Multihulls. Fez, skipped by Mick Coleman, took second spot while Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 finished third. This was the tightest class by far as the Stealths finished just seconds apart from each other in many of the races.

Nils Degenklow’s Phoenix never lost a race in the regatta and in so doing added to its trophy case winning the IRC Monohull class. The crew on Java Yachting’s Mas Alegre had never sailed together before, but by the third day they were really getting it together and improving their standing, allowing them to tale second overall in the division. Paul Merry’s Night Train claimed third spot in the Multihull Class.

New to Phuket Raceweek this year was a Pursuit Race – the first time such a race has been held during the regatta and possibly the first time in Thailand. Held on the second day, the entire fleet were set off according to their handicap (slowest boat first) and finished off Koh Larn in Chalong Bay. Fugaziclaimed the honours in the Multihulls class while Phoenix came top in the Monohulls class.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA Another first this year saw hydrofoil kites and wing foils compete on the final day. Taking out the inaugural wins were Zayyar Wit in the Hydrofoil Kite class and Alejandro Vernis in the Wing Foil class.

Dan and Dow Fidock made Raceweek history by being the owners of boats that won the regatta in two different classes: Fugazi in Multihull Racing and Saffron in Multihull Cruising. Dow has also recently taken over a couple of Lucky 13 franchises and graciously supplied the delicious sandwiches for the sailors and race officials every day.

Rick Fielding read out the winners at a gathering at the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club after the regatta was over reminding all those in attendance that the final awards party will be staged at The Naiharn on Saturday November 13th.

Speaking of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club, Commodore Brent McInnes must be congratulated for providing a wonderful onshore haven for all the sailors throughout the regatta. Simon James, as usual, did an exceptional job as PRO organizing the on-water management team. Matt McGrath kindly supplied and drove the photography boat.

And a huge round of applause must go out to Byron and Rung Jones, the latter who acted as a foredeck maiden on Saffron throughout the regatta, as they successfully organized & staged a fantastic Phuket Raceweek 2021.

Despite the challenges of putting on an event during a pandemic, the 2021 Phuket Raceweek will be remembered for three days of sailing in near perfect conditions, great camaraderie amongst the participants and a wonderful showcase of Phuket’s hospitality and preparedness.

For more information:

Website: www.phuketraceweek.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PhuketRaceweekRegatta
Twitter: www.twitter.com/phuketraceweek
YouTube: www.youtube.com/phuketraceweek

Yacht Supply Phuket

Thailand extends Special Tourist Visa & Reduce Quarantine Period

The Royal Thai Government has announced an extension of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) to yacht visitors. The quarantine period has also been reduced to seven days for vaccinated travellers, and 10 day for unvaccinated travellers.

270 DAYS
SPECIAL TOURIST VISA

The Royal Thai Government has announced an extension of an issuance of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) to yacht visitors until 30 September 2022. The STV allows visitors to stay in the Kingdom up-to 270 days (90 days allowance each with two additional renewals). Yacht visitors must have the following:

* A conformity letter to quarantine and to follow any disease control measure.

* A Certificate of Entry issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affair. (applied through approved yacht quarantine agent);

* Captain, crew, and passenger list.

* A health insurance covering Covid 19 treatment amount 100,000 USD. (More details visit, the Thai General Insurance Association website: https://covid19.tgia.org/)

* Reservation of marina or boatyard.

The TYBA recently interviewed Lisa Mackenzie, the manager of Racer Marin

Where you are located?
Racer Marina is situated at the mouth of Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. We offer easy access to the sea along with the invaluable security of sheltered moorings.

Is entry & exit dictated by the tides?
We are located up the river so we are dictated by tides, but we keep up to date on the latest tide timetable so everyone knows the optimum times to enter and leave the marina.

How many wet & dry berths do you have?
We have 120 wet berths and 200 dry berths (40 dry berths are dedicated to our covered hardstand)

Please describe your facilities & services.
We have a boat ramp and travel lift.  Onsite, we have an international café/restaurant. There’s also a chandlery and our management is fluent in English, French and Thai. There’s 24/7 security service with CCTV. Cars and motorbikes can also be rented through the marina.

Racer Marina Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. (1)

E.) What trades are available? Trades are either available on site or willing to come to the marina. We have a an electrician, mechanic and welder on site. Carpenters and painters are available on request.

F.) What is your travel lift capacity?
35 tons.

G.) What are some interesting local attractions?
You can visit the Phraya Nakon Cave, it’s amazing and we have a number of well-known golf courses, e.g. Black Mountain, Springfield, etc. There are also many excellent restaurants and dining options in the Hua Hin area and there is a beautiful Chinese temple looking over the marina.

H) What is the best contact info for you?
Lisa Mackenzie, Manager of Racer Marina, [email protected]
Mobile: +66 (0)95 016 8666

Multihull Solutions Thailand

ASIA GLOBAL YACHTING TO ACCEPT CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS

Asia Global Yachting (AGY), Asia’s premier yachting company, has partnered with Bitkub, Thailand’s leading digital asset exchange. The agreement will allow AGY to accept bitcoin and other crypto payments from its customers for all services including sales & charter bookings around the world.
With the ever-expanding growth and reach of cryptocurrency it was a natural progression for AGY to explore further synergy with its clients, offering forward thinking payment options. With this in mind AGY, after due diligence, have partnered with market leaders Bitkub.

Bitkup offer a convenient and cost-efficient platform to receive cryptocurrency payments, allowing their immediate sale thus negating market fluctuations.
This partnership makes AGY the first yachting company in Southeast Asia to offer cryptocurrency payments, thus cementing their reputation as innovators and market leaders.
Mr. Atthakrit Chimplapibul, CEO of Bitkub Online Co., Ltd. said: “The partnership with Asia Global Yachting is a great opportunity for our clients to experience the best service and product with cryptocurrencies. Nowadays, digital assets are increasingly expanding to many industries including real estate, clothing, and vehicles. Being in partnership with Asia Global Yachting helps us raise more awareness and also provide another barter trade method for clients. Bitkub is now the market leader in Thailand, according to the exponential increase in trading volume and account openings over the previous year. »

While the co-founder of AGY Nicolas Monges commented: “Our business is built around our customers and as such we strive to evolve and pioneer products and services that are tailored to its clients needs, both existing and future. AGY recognised the future demand to pay in cryptocurrencies and, after due diligence, we have chosen Bitkup for their reputation and user-friendly platform AGY is the first yacht company to offer this payment option to direct guests without undergoing 3rd party processing.”

About Bitkub: Bitkub Online Co., Ltd. has a stable system to support the use of cryptocurrencies and maintain user data security. As well as, identity verification (KYC) is open under government’s guidelines to prevent money laundering or misuse of the assets. Bitkub also has a customer support team available 24 hours a day to assist customers. As a result, clients who are interested in the Asia Global Yachting project can experience the ultimate services and product with cryptocurrencies via Bitkub wallet.

www.asiaglobalyachting.com

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Multihull Solutions Thailand

The start of a new era for ASIAMARINE in Thailand

Five years after their initial partnership, Asiamarine Yacht Services Limited is now fully integrating Asia Marine Limited within its group in Asia under the brand ASIAMARINE.

This integration will see Asia Marine Limited (Thailand) develop and adopt ASIAMARINE’s brand identity through the group’s active offline and digital activities.

Vincent Tabuteau

Vincent Tabuteau

Vincent Tabuteau, CEO of Asia Marine Limited commented: “Asia Marine (Thailand) was founded in 1989 when the yachting industry in Phuket was focused on traditional sailing boats. We have been leaders in yacht charter from wooden ‘junks’, to bare boat fleets and fast motor yachts. The yachting world has changed, and a new approach is needed to ride the next wave. I am glad to work with our trusted partner Eric Noyel and my son Benjamin on this evolution of the company to execute this vision of a wider and more sales driven strategy”

ASIAMARINE & FRASER Thailand operate from their offices in Phuket Boat Lagoon and Yacht Heaven and from a new location at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya strengthening their presence in Bangkok & Chonburi areas.

The group regionally represents the highly sought-after Bali Catamarans, the award-winning Galeon motor yachts, the premium Swedish brand Nimbus, as well as Tigé wake surf boats and Wellcraft fishing boats. Customers will benefit from the group’s scale with the availability of new and brokerage yachts from this season increased thanks to a regionally shared inventory.

Eric Noyel

Eric Noyel

Eric Noyel CEO of ASIAMARINE group says, “A clear focus is given on dealership and brokerage sales, building on the solid foundations which made the reputation of reliability and technical prowess of the company as a charter, repair and yacht management specialist. This buoyant activity will be led by Benjamin who is native of Phuket and will be accompanied as long as necessary by Vincent transitioning into a well-deserved retirement.”

“Our Service and Charter base in Yacht Haven is overseen by Operations Manager Adam Taylor, together we will continue to offer of quality services for yachts of all sizes; this includes our bare boat fleet, day trips and overnight charter yachts, brokerage and yacht management activities as well as representing FRASER superyacht services” added Benjamin Tabuteau, General Manager for ASIAMARINE (Thailand).

Eric Noyel (left) and Vincent Tabuteau (right)
Benjamin Tabuteau

About ASIAMARINE GROUP: Created in 2013 with headquartered in Hong Kong, ASIAMARINE has grown since 2013 into a major player in the industry in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and The Philippines.

The group distributes leading sailing and motor yacht brands and offers a vast range of brokerage, chartering and other services to amateurs, enthusiasts, and professionals in the region. ASIAMARINE also heralds the regional presence of FRASER, the number one name in superyachts.

About FRASER: Fraser has been the world’s largest superyacht brokerage company for the past consecutive 10 years, representing over 15% of the superyachts’ transactions every year.
Services include yacht sales, charter, yacht management, crew, and construction, specializing in yachts over 24m.

Contact: [email protected] or CLICK HERE

Derani Yachts Announces Delivery of the First Horizon FD90 Motoryacht in Southeast Asia

The 20th hull of the popular model is the first delivered to Southeast Asia.

Derani Yachts is delighted to announce the delivery of the first Horizon FD90 Skyline motoryacht in Southeast Asia.

Horizon FD90 Hull 20

Hull #20 of Horizon’s popular Fast Displacement (FD) series was delivered on schedule to its new owner last month.

Christened “Tyee”, the tri-deck motoryacht measures 27.45 metres with a 7.11 metre beam and an internal volume of 185 gross tonnage. She features a five-stateroom layout with the master bedroom forward on the main deck and an enclosed full width skyline configuration.

White oak and walnut feature as the main woods throughout the interior, and the elegant yet minimalist décor is further distinguished by floor-to-ceiling windows and white ash flooring.
Additional entertaining spaces are found on the upper decks, which feature dedicated sunbathing areas and al fresco dining as well as an enclosed skyline with a wenge wood games table.

Accommodations for six crew members are situated aft of the engine room housing the twin CAT C18A engines of 1,136hp each. A FD90 can reach a top speed of 19.4 knots, cruising comfortably around a speed of 10-12 knots with a range of 1,700 miles at 10 knots

« We are very pleased to have had the pleasure of selling and delivering the Horizon FD90 to very experienced yacht owners.” says Håkan Lange, managing director of Derani Yachts. “The owner’s active involvement in the build process has enhanced the final product and also getting the boat customized for the intended usage – a process that Horizon Yacht excels in doing – has allowed them to pack everything into Tyee that normally you would only find in much larger yachts.”

The FD90 is enormous in terms of volume onboard for her length, and with her unique and fuel-efficient hull and extended fuel tanks, Tyee will be cruising throughout Southeast Asia in utmost comfort and will undoubtably create a lot of interest.

Construction of Tyee began in 2019 and is the first Horizon FD90 sold in the region by Derani Yachts and represents a global expansion for the Taiwanese brand.

For more information about Derani Yachts, please visit www.derani-yachts.com.

About the Company

Derani Yachts is a leading yacht brokerage with regional brand representation based in Phuket. The company are the appointed dealers for Horizon Yacht in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and have a selected range of internationally recognized leading boat brands for clients across Southeast Asia.

Contact Information

Hakan Lange
+66 (0)81 893 0272
  [email protected]
www.derani-yachts.com

Electrical Marine’s Diversified Product Range

Damian Barrett with Electrical Marine staff

Established by electrical engineer Damian Barrett, who has a passion of the sea and sailing, Electrical Marine has been servicing the whole of Thailand and Asia since 1989.

Providing a complete range of electrical marine services and equipment for commercial and recreational yachts, the team at Electrical Marine provides professional services in yacht maintenance, repairs, new installations and refits.

From a very simple product supply to the complete purchase and installation of all electronics, Electrical Marine does it all. This includes navigational equipment, chart plotter systems, as well as yacht and marine generators.

Damian, has been part of the marine scene in Thailand since the late 80’s and has helped change the industry for the better. One of the founder members of the TMBA, which originally was called The Marine Association of Thailand, Damian was part of the group of industry professionals that worked with the Thailand government in 1999 and convinced them to bring the duty for yachts down from 200% to 0% and help with a host of reduced duty for many other marine parts and equipment.

Electrical Marine, understand the importance of knowing your products and staying up to date with new and upcoming features, and this is why they are the only company that offer local training to all of their dealers and shipbrokers in Thailand. They also fly out Navico’s main training officer to go over new equipment from, Simrad and B&G and explain their newest features.

Another unique offering from Electrical Marine is their remote service to all their customers of systems that they have installed. So, customers can be anywhere in the world and Electrical Marine just set up a time, and with a good Internet connection the team can fix or adjust most issues within the electrical system. This primarily would be on C-zone and mastervolt.

Electrical Marine are agents and dealers for Simrad, B&G, Mastervolt, KVH, C-Zone, BEP, Northern Lights/Lugger and C-Map and have the only specialized test equipment for B&G in South East Asia. They also cover ASGA Power, Altas shore power convertors.

 www.electrical-marine.com
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Meet the new faces driving Galileo's development

Anthony H Gould, Chairman and CEO of the Galileo Maritime Academy, is happy to announce new blood that will be driving the Galileo Maritime Academy forward.

Captain Clive Parton

Captain Clive Parton Director of Academy, Head of OOW & Bridge Simulator School

About Clive

Clive Parton is an MCA Master Mariner Unlimited with 26 years’ command experience of cruise ships, large yachts, merchant and offshore vessels. He worked for 12 years with Scottish Ship Management, from cadet to chief officer, on commercial vessels after which he was appointed Master of STS Sir Winston Churchill, a three-mast topsail schooner.

Clive was a private pilot with instrument, multi-engine and Jump Pilot ratings and a British Parachute Association Pilot Examiner. He was a formation skydiving coach and former display team member with 1200+ descents.

About Sine

Parvati (nickname Sine) graduated from Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus with a Bachelor of Business Administration International Program. Prior to joining Galileo Maritime Academy, she was an entrepreneur managing her own businesses for 5 years and working as administrator for the Thai Yachting Business Association and her family accountancy business.

Meet Parvati Huo (Sine)

Parvati Huo (Sine) General Manager, Finance, HR & Govt. Relations

Meet Garrod Hutchison

Garrod Hutchison Head, School of Marine Engineering

About Garrod

Garrod joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and during his 12-year naval engineering career he served on HM Warships Fearless, Intrepid and Bristol. In 1985 he was selected for service as an engineer on the Royal Yacht Britannia. In 1989 he qualified as a Technical Training Instructor and served with the Naval Apprentice Training Staff, part of the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan. Garrod served as Chief Engineer on a number of Superyachts and, prior to joining Galileo, he was Fleet Chief Engineer for Imperial Pacific, managing the maintenance and operation of a fleet of Superyachts.

About Bill

Bill joined the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen, he served on a variety of ships including three Guided Missile Destroyers, two Aircraft Carriers and a Survey Ship. He completed twenty four years’ service working his way through the rank structure. On leaving the RN Bill was employed as an Engineer with the Commonwealth Development Corporation. In 2005 Bill became the Chief Engineer of M/Y Ecstasea, the Royal Van Lent 86 Meter, 34,000 kilowatt gas turbine and diesel powered luxury yacht and served on her for 12 years. Bill holds a Merchant Navy Class One Chief Engineer CoC Motor and a Class Two CoC Combined Steam and Motor.  He is an MCA approved examination assessor.

www.galileomaritimeacademy.com

Meet William (Bill) Croly

William (Bill) Croly Assessor - Engineering Courses

PHUKET OPEN BOAT - Luxury Yacht Inspection

On the 11th and 12th of November, the first edition of « The PHUKET OPEN BOAT » was held. An amazing line-up of 17 luxury yachts was on display for inspection at the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

With Lies Sol as one of the main organizers, the yachting companies in Phuket came together to make this new event happen.

The participating companies were:

  • Phuket Yacht Haven Marina
  • Asia Global Yachting
  • Asia Marine
  • Asia Yacht Agency
  • Blue Voyage Thailand
  • Boat in the Bay
  • Boat Lagoon Yachting
  • S/Cat Sun Kissed
  • S/Y Intrigue
  • Lee Marine
  • Moorings Thailand
  • NEXT Yachting
  • Northrop & Johnson
  • Ocean Independence
  • Royal Phuket Marina
  • Simpson Yacht Charter
  • Sunsail Thailand

Yachts on display were motor yachts, sailing monohulls and catamarans, and luxury custom-built, varying in size from 12m/38 ft to 51m/167 ft.

All companies invited contacts from their network, focusing on inviting luxury yacht and tourism industry professionals.

Organizer Lies Sol of Northrop & Johnson “Despite heavy rain and a huge traffic jam on Thepkassatri Road due to a Buddhist Monk blessing procession, we had a better-than-expected turn-out, especially on Friday. Everyone mentioned they were happy to participate in such a positive event, showing charter yachts in time for the high season, catching up with colleagues, and making new connections.”

Josh Lee, Founder, and MD of Lee Marine and Northrop & Johnson said “It’s great news the event was a success, we believe in taking the initiative and staying active and busy. I’m also pleased with the great effort of everyone involved.“

M/Y XANADU OF LONDON just finalized a two-year, multi-million-dollar refit. Captain Mark Wilkinson exclaimed “I was so proud showing her in the event. I don’t think photos do her enough justice, you need to be onboard to appreciate her in all her glory. I’m still just blown away by how good she looks, like a new yacht.“

Jai Dhillon, the marina’s Business Development Manager said “I’d like to thank Northrop & Johnson and all other companies for making it happen. We were delighted to be able to host the event just before we continue with the installation of the latest-generation pontoons, significantly increasing our berth capacity for superyachts. Yacht Haven Marina and Phuket continue to grow as a world-class boating and charter destination.”

Wired on Water: Fully charged on silent running

From the owner of Pulse, Pulse Charters www.pulsesurfcharters.com

When Octopus Electrical proposed running its 73ft charter catamaran on batteries and inverters, we were naturally skeptical. After all we operate an air-conditioned boat with 10 guests and seven crew in isolated areas of Indonesia and the Andaman Sea. But we are more than happy with the results and the guests are enjoying the eco-friendly, quiet system.

As designed, the electrical powering configuration was running one of the two 19kVA generators for up to 24 hours a day, consuming around 90 litres diesel per day. Our custom-built aluminium catamaran was designed with natural ventilation throughout, so when weather permitted we could save on this with up to six hours quiet time per day without refrigerated goods being affected. Now we have 18 hours quiet time and use about 35L per day.

Let us explain the system: A combination of solar, battery, inverter, battery charger and genset delivers seamless power day and night. We are running as follows: genset auto starts around dawn as the batteries are at 10% charge after running our seven AC units and lighting overnight. Our crew are rising for the day and then make use of the genset power to operate the RO watermaker unit and within about three hours the batteries are at 100%, the genset auto stops and the solar power is taking over.

We will then manually manage our main power loads such as the AC and watermaker throughout the day to suit our power availability and guest comfort requirements. What we have found is that providing plenty of ventilation and portable 220v fans throughout is often better than being shut up in air conditioning and not enjoying the tropical environment.

However, the option is always available should the guests want to sleep or enjoy watching movies in AC comfort during the day.

At evening time, the air conditioning is started, the battery charge drops further, and then the genset is started at around 7:30pm. Once again we utilise the genset charging time to use the RO watermaker. Genset stops after three hours and we enjoy peace and quiet throughout the night.

One of the impressive Victron features has been the remote system monitoring and back-up support that this has enabled. This has helped with efficiency optimisation and system support, even from remote locations as long as we have mobile signal.

Electrical specifications as follows:

  • Genset – 2 x 19kVA Cummins Onan
  • Inverters – 3 x 3kVA Victron Multiplus 24/3000 Inverters
  • Charging – 310A Victron
  • Solar – 5,100W
  • Battery – 2 x 24volt 360 Ah Lithium Ion Phosphate
  • Solar Controller – 3 x Victron MPPT 250v 100amp smartsolar regulators
  • Control Unit – Colour CCGX Victron
  • Battery Management – Victron BMS

The feedback has been really positive from the guests who really only notice the silence and lack of diesel emissions, as the power is always on and available. Excluding the massive benefits gained from extended generator life and maintenance costs, we expect the system to pay for itself in diesel savings alone in less than five years!

Duriug COVID, the solar integration system has been a life saver for us, without any customers for 12 month, but we don’t burn any diesel and I live on the boat with my wife and two kids, so its saved our bacon costs wise to say the least. We have all the comforts and no costs.

Octopus Electrical Services has more than 40 years combined experience working in the marine industry focusing on the latest in marine technology.

For more information, contact them at Phuket Boat Lagoon.

Tel/ Fax: +66 (0) 76 600 143
  [email protected]
www.octopusasia.com

Full Moon Boat Rally weekend

Royal Phuket Marina staged a luxury Full Moon Boat Rally weekend on 20-21November.

All participants enjoyed the sunny cruising weather and carefully prepared island-hopping itinerary, with lots of fun activities and wonderful meals along the way.

It was the perfect luxury getaway for boat owners, friends and family, who all had a great time together out on the wide range of boats that joined and made Royal Phuket Marina’s Full Moon Boat Rally such a pleasant weekend!

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The start of a new era for ASIAMARINE in Thailand

Five years after their initial partnership, Asiamarine Yacht Services Limited is now fully integrating Asia Marine Limited within its group in Asia under the brand ASIAMARINE.

This integration will see Asia Marine Limited (Thailand) develop and adopt ASIAMARINE’s brand identity through the group’s active offline and digital activities…

Lisa Mackenzie, manager at Racer Marina

Where you are located?
Racer Marina is situated at the mouth of Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. We offer easy access to the sea along with the invaluable security of sheltered moorings.

Is entry & exit dictated by the tides?
We are located up the river so we are dictated by tides, but we keep up to date on the latest tide timetable so everyone knows the optimum times to …

Racer Marina Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. (1)

ASIA GLOBAL YACHTING TO ACCEPT CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS

Asia Global Yachting (AGY), Asia’s premier yachting company, has partnered with Bitkub, Thailand’s leading digital asset exchange. The agreement will allow AGY to accept bitcoin and other crypto payments from its customers for all services including sales & charter bookings around the world.

Delivery of the First Horizon FD90 Motoryacht in Southeast Asia

Derani Yachts is delighted to announce the delivery of the first Horizon FD90 Skyline motoryacht in Southeast Asia. Hull #20 of Horizon’s popular Fast Displacement (FD) series was delivered on schedule to its …

PHUKET OPEN BOAT - Luxury Yacht Inspection

On the 11th and 12th of November, the first edition of « The PHUKET OPEN BOAT » was held. An amazing line-up of 17 luxury yachts was on display for inspection at the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

With Lies Sol as one of the main organizers, the yachting companies in Phuket came together to make this new event happen.

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Fugazi captures Phuket Raceweek highlighting three days of quality racing

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

 

The Andaman Sea shone in all its glory upon the return of the award-winning Phuket Raceweek. After a one-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, organizers pulled out all the stops and worked with the Thai yachting community to showcase Phuket in all its world-class beauty to put on a successful three-day sailing event.

With so much anxiety, frustration and misery ashore due to all the ongoing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it was exhilarating and therapeutic to get in three good days of sailing in near perfect sailing conditions.

Driving awareness through its #PhuketSailing campaign, the organiser’s were laser-focussed on delivering a safe event with lots of on water fun, during these challenging times.

“We discussed holding the event with key members of the local sailing community and they were all keen to go ahead. We moved from our traditional July slot to August to accommodate local needs and while we had to ensure all was in line with local authority rules and COVID measures, the event went off without a hitch and everyone who took part had a great time,” said Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd.Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

Quick to support the 18th Raceweek was the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club, providing the headquarters for the event and the gathering point before and after sailing for all involved. Many other local businesses also supported Phuket Raceweek this year, all keen to showcase sailing and highlight that Phuket is ready and eager to welcome visitors again.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of local sponsors and supporters, who have stepped up to help us put on the event. It’s certainly been a challenge but hearing all the positive feedback from the sailors and the island community, make it worthwhile,” added Jones.

Racing was held in the popular Chalong Bay from 27th to 29th August and 10 boats took part in three classes.

Phuket’s best sailors signed up for the regatta, most ecstatic for the chance to escape the drudgery of the pandemic for a few days of fun and racing on the water.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA The seven-boat Multihull Racking Class had a couple of classes within classes as three of Alan Carwardine’s Stealths entered (Twister 2, Saffron & Fez) and two Fireflys (Twin Sharks & Voodoo) and competed against each other.

Dan Fidock’s Sportsboat Fugazi, helmed by Mark Pescott, with its highly-skilled crew were poised for battle and always compete for top honours in any regatta they enter.

Bonza, the trimaran owned by Mark Thorburrow and skippered by Warwick Downes, the former Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, drew oohs and aahs throughout the regatta with its ability to claim line finishes and fly hulls as it whizzes by other competitors.

Glywn & Karen Rowlands Stealth 12 Twister 2 competed against Dow Fidock’s Stealth 11.8 Saffron (builder Alan Carwardine skippering) and John Coffin’s Fez with Mick Coleman helming. The Stealths were built close to the start-line at the nearby Asia Catamaran boatyard in Ao Chalong.

Also in the Multihull Racing class, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks and Jojo Tayong’s all-Filipino-crew on Voodoo continued their friendly rivalry as the two boats have dominated the Firefly class for the last few years and are never more than few boat lengths apart when it matters most.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

The monohull class had three entrees including Nils Degenklow’s X ¾ ton MK 2 yacht Phoenix. Nils has probably won more races in Phuket waters than almost any other sailor so was the favourite heading in this class heading into the regatta. Paul Merry’s Night Train, a Hanse 415, and Java Yachting’s Mas Alegre, a Steadfast 40, were the other two boats in this class. Andrew McDermott had hoped to join the regatta with his boat Jessandra II and its predominately female crew but Covid restrictions prevented him from making it down from Hua Hin.

Dan Fidock’s Sportsboat Fugazi, skipped masterfully by Mark Pescott had a tremendous performance on the water from the get go winning two races and securing a second-place finish on day one.

Fugazi continued to do well on day two reaching speeds of up to 20 knots, as did Bonza, as the two boats sped through the course. Fugazi took first and second place finishes giving it a three-point advantage.

Mark Pescott continued to do a superb job on day three helming Fugazi, as it edged out Warwick Downes Bonza to take the prestigious top spot in the OMR Sports Multiclass Division with Jason Corall’s Twin Sharks and Jojo Tayong’s all-Filipino-crew on Voodoo finishing in third and fourth spot respectively in the four-boat class..Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA

Alan Carwardine turned in a masterful performance, winning all but one race skippering Saffron (formerly Java) to first place in the OMR Cruising Multihulls. Fez, skipped by Mick Coleman, took second spot while Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 finished third. This was the tightest class by far as the Stealths finished just seconds apart from each other in many of the races.

Nils Degenklow’s Phoenix never lost a race in the regatta and in so doing added to its trophy case winning the IRC Monohull class. The crew on Java Yachting’s Mas Alegre had never sailed together before, but by the third day they were really getting it together and improving their standing, allowing them to tale second overall in the division. Paul Merry’s Night Train claimed third spot in the Multihull Class.

New to Phuket Raceweek this year was a Pursuit Race – the first time such a race has been held during the regatta and possibly the first time in Thailand. Held on the second day, the entire fleet were set off according to their handicap (slowest boat first) and finished off Koh Larn in Chalong Bay. Fugaziclaimed the honours in the Multihulls class while Phoenix came top in the Monohulls class.

Raceweek Phuket Thailand TYBA Another first this year saw hydrofoil kites and wing foils compete on the final day. Taking out the inaugural wins were Zayyar Wit in the Hydrofoil Kite class and Alejandro Vernis in the Wing Foil class.

Dan and Dow Fidock made Raceweek history by being the owners of boats that won the regatta in two different classes: Fugazi in Multihull Racing and Saffron in Multihull Cruising. Dow has also recently taken over a couple of Lucky 13 franchises and graciously supplied the delicious sandwiches for the sailors and race officials every day.

Rick Fielding read out the winners at a gathering at the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club after the regatta was over reminding all those in attendance that the final awards party will be staged at The Naiharn on Saturday November 13th.

Speaking of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club, Commodore Brent McInnes must be congratulated for providing a wonderful onshore haven for all the sailors throughout the regatta. Simon James, as usual, did an exceptional job as PRO organizing the on-water management team. Matt McGrath kindly supplied and drove the photography boat.

And a huge round of applause must go out to Byron and Rung Jones, the latter who acted as a foredeck maiden on Saffron throughout the regatta, as they successfully organized & staged a fantastic Phuket Raceweek 2021.

Despite the challenges of putting on an event during a pandemic, the 2021 Phuket Raceweek will be remembered for three days of sailing in near perfect conditions, great camaraderie amongst the participants and a wonderful showcase of Phuket’s hospitality and preparedness.

For more information:

Website: www.phuketraceweek.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PhuketRaceweekRegatta
Twitter: www.twitter.com/phuketraceweek
YouTube: www.youtube.com/phuketraceweek

Yacht Supply Phuket

Thailand extends Special Tourist Visa & Reduce Quarantine Period

The Royal Thai Government has announced an extension of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) to yacht visitors. The quarantine period has also been reduced to seven days for vaccinated travellers, and 10 day for unvaccinated travellers.

270 DAYS
SPECIAL TOURIST VISA

The Royal Thai Government has announced an extension of an issuance of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) to yacht visitors until 30 September 2022. The STV allows visitors to stay in the Kingdom up-to 270 days (90 days allowance each with two additional renewals). Yacht visitors must have the following:

* A conformity letter to quarantine and to follow any disease control measure.

* A Certificate of Entry issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affair. (applied through approved yacht quarantine agent);

* Captain, crew, and passenger list.

* A health insurance covering Covid 19 treatment amount 100,000 USD. (More details visit, the Thai General Insurance Association website: https://covid19.tgia.org/)

* Reservation of marina or boatyard.

The TYBA recently interviewed Lisa Mackenzie, the manager of Racer Marina

Where you are located?
Racer Marina is situated at the mouth of Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. We offer easy access to the sea along with the invaluable security of sheltered moorings.

Is entry & exit dictated by the tides?
We are located up the river so we are dictated by tides, but we keep up to date on the latest tide timetable so everyone knows the optimum times to enter and leave the marina.

How many wet & dry berths do you have?
We have 120 wet berths and 200 dry berths (40 dry berths are dedicated to our covered hardstand)

Please describe your facilities & services.
We have a boat ramp and travel lift.  Onsite, we have an international café/restaurant. There’s also a chandlery and our management is fluent in English, French and Thai. There’s 24/7 security service with CCTV. Cars and motorbikes can also be rented through the marina.

Racer Marina Pranburi River, south of Hua Hin. (1)

E.) What trades are available? Trades are either available on site or willing to come to the marina. We have a an electrician, mechanic and welder on site. Carpenters and painters are available on request.

F.) What is your travel lift capacity?
35 tons.

G.) What are some interesting local attractions?
You can visit the Phraya Nakon Cave, it’s amazing and we have a number of well-known golf courses, e.g. Black Mountain, Springfield, etc. There are also many excellent restaurants and dining options in the Hua Hin area and there is a beautiful Chinese temple looking over the marina.

H) What is the best contact info for you?
Lisa Mackenzie, Manager of Racer Marina, [email protected]
Mobile: +66 (0)95 016 8666

ASIA GLOBAL YACHTING TO ACCEPT CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS

Asia Global Yachting (AGY), Asia’s premier yachting company, has partnered with Bitkub, Thailand’s leading digital asset exchange. The agreement will allow AGY to accept bitcoin and other crypto payments from its customers for all services including sales & charter bookings around the world.
With the ever-expanding growth and reach of cryptocurrency it was a natural progression for AGY to explore further synergy with its clients, offering forward thinking payment options. With this in mind AGY, after due diligence, have partnered with market leaders Bitkub.

Bitkup offer a convenient and cost-efficient platform to receive cryptocurrency payments, allowing their immediate sale thus negating market fluctuations.
This partnership makes AGY the first yachting company in Southeast Asia to offer cryptocurrency payments, thus cementing their reputation as innovators and market leaders.
Mr. Atthakrit Chimplapibul, CEO of Bitkub Online Co., Ltd. said: “The partnership with Asia Global Yachting is a great opportunity for our clients to experience the best service and product with cryptocurrencies. Nowadays, digital assets are increasingly expanding to many industries including real estate, clothing, and vehicles. Being in partnership with Asia Global Yachting helps us raise more awareness and also provide another barter trade method for clients. Bitkub is now the market leader in Thailand, according to the exponential increase in trading volume and account openings over the previous year. »

While the co-founder of AGY Nicolas Monges commented: “Our business is built around our customers and as such we strive to evolve and pioneer products and services that are tailored to its clients needs, both existing and future. AGY recognised the future demand to pay in cryptocurrencies and, after due diligence, we have chosen Bitkup for their reputation and user-friendly platform AGY is the first yacht company to offer this payment option to direct guests without undergoing 3rd party processing.”

About Bitkub: Bitkub Online Co., Ltd. has a stable system to support the use of cryptocurrencies and maintain user data security. As well as, identity verification (KYC) is open under government’s guidelines to prevent money laundering or misuse of the assets. Bitkub also has a customer support team available 24 hours a day to assist customers. As a result, clients who are interested in the Asia Global Yachting project can experience the ultimate services and product with cryptocurrencies via Bitkub wallet.

www.asiaglobalyachting.com

Multihull Solutions Thailand

The start of a new era for ASIAMARINE in Thailand

Five years after their initial partnership, Asiamarine Yacht Services Limited is now fully integrating Asia Marine Limited within its group in Asia under the brand ASIAMARINE.

This integration will see Asia Marine Limited (Thailand) develop and adopt ASIAMARINE’s brand identity through the group’s active offline and digital activities.

Vincent Tabuteau

Vincent Tabuteau

Vincent Tabuteau, CEO of Asia Marine Limited commented: “Asia Marine (Thailand) was founded in 1989 when the yachting industry in Phuket was focused on traditional sailing boats. We have been leaders in yacht charter from wooden ‘junks’, to bare boat fleets and fast motor yachts. The yachting world has changed, and a new approach is needed to ride the next wave. I am glad to work with our trusted partner Eric Noyel and my son Benjamin on this evolution of the company to execute this vision of a wider and more sales driven strategy”

ASIAMARINE & FRASER Thailand operate from their offices in Phuket Boat Lagoon and Yacht Heaven and from a new location at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya strengthening their presence in Bangkok & Chonburi areas.

The group regionally represents the highly sought-after Bali Catamarans, the award-winning Galeon motor yachts, the premium Swedish brand Nimbus, as well as Tigé wake surf boats and Wellcraft fishing boats. Customers will benefit from the group’s scale with the availability of new and brokerage yachts from this season increased thanks to a regionally shared inventory.

Eric Noyel

Eric Noyel

Eric Noyel CEO of ASIAMARINE group says, “A clear focus is given on dealership and brokerage sales, building on the solid foundations which made the reputation of reliability and technical prowess of the company as a charter, repair and yacht management specialist. This buoyant activity will be led by Benjamin who is native of Phuket and will be accompanied as long as necessary by Vincent transitioning into a well-deserved retirement.”

“Our Service and Charter base in Yacht Haven is overseen by Operations Manager Adam Taylor, together we will continue to offer of quality services for yachts of all sizes; this includes our bare boat fleet, day trips and overnight charter yachts, brokerage and yacht management activities as well as representing FRASER superyacht services” added Benjamin Tabuteau, General Manager for ASIAMARINE (Thailand).

Eric Noyel (left) and Vincent Tabuteau (right)
Benjamin Tabuteau

About ASIAMARINE GROUP: Created in 2013 with headquartered in Hong Kong, ASIAMARINE has grown since 2013 into a major player in the industry in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and The Philippines.

The group distributes leading sailing and motor yacht brands and offers a vast range of brokerage, chartering and other services to amateurs, enthusiasts, and professionals in the region. ASIAMARINE also heralds the regional presence of FRASER, the number one name in superyachts.

About FRASER: Fraser has been the world’s largest superyacht brokerage company for the past consecutive 10 years, representing over 15% of the superyachts’ transactions every year.
Services include yacht sales, charter, yacht management, crew, and construction, specializing in yachts over 24m.

Contact: [email protected] or CLICK HERE

Derani Yachts Announces Delivery of the First Horizon FD90 Motoryacht in Southeast Asia

The 20th hull of the popular model is the first delivered to Southeast Asia.

Derani Yachts is delighted to announce the delivery of the first Horizon FD90 Skyline motoryacht in Southeast Asia.

Horizon FD90 Hull 20

Hull #20 of Horizon’s popular Fast Displacement (FD) series was delivered on schedule to its new owner last month.

Christened “Tyee”, the tri-deck motoryacht measures 27.45 metres with a 7.11 metre beam and an internal volume of 185 gross tonnage. She features a five-stateroom layout with the master bedroom forward on the main deck and an enclosed full width skyline configuration.

White oak and walnut feature as the main woods throughout the interior, and the elegant yet minimalist décor is further distinguished by floor-to-ceiling windows and white ash flooring.
Additional entertaining spaces are found on the upper decks, which feature dedicated sunbathing areas and al fresco dining as well as an enclosed skyline with a wenge wood games table.

Accommodations for six crew members are situated aft of the engine room housing the twin CAT C18A engines of 1,136hp each. A FD90 can reach a top speed of 19.4 knots, cruising comfortably around a speed of 10-12 knots with a range of 1,700 miles at 10 knots

« We are very pleased to have had the pleasure of selling and delivering the Horizon FD90 to very experienced yacht owners.” says Håkan Lange, managing director of Derani Yachts. “The owner’s active involvement in the build process has enhanced the final product and also getting the boat customized for the intended usage – a process that Horizon Yacht excels in doing – has allowed them to pack everything into Tyee that normally you would only find in much larger yachts.”

The FD90 is enormous in terms of volume onboard for her length, and with her unique and fuel-efficient hull and extended fuel tanks, Tyee will be cruising throughout Southeast Asia in utmost comfort and will undoubtably create a lot of interest.

Construction of Tyee began in 2019 and is the first Horizon FD90 sold in the region by Derani Yachts and represents a global expansion for the Taiwanese brand.

For more information about Derani Yachts, please visit www.derani-yachts.com.

About the Company

Derani Yachts is a leading yacht brokerage with regional brand representation based in Phuket. The company are the appointed dealers for Horizon Yacht in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and have a selected range of internationally recognized leading boat brands for clients across Southeast Asia.

Contact Information

Hakan Lange
+66 (0)81 893 0272
  [email protected]
www.derani-yachts.com

Electrical Marine’s Diversified Product Range

Damian Barrett with Electrical Marine staff

Established by electrical engineer Damian Barrett, who has a passion of the sea and sailing, Electrical Marine has been servicing the whole of Thailand and Asia since 1989.

Providing a complete range of electrical marine services and equipment for commercial and recreational yachts, the team at Electrical Marine provides professional services in yacht maintenance, repairs, new installations and refits.

From a very simple product supply to the complete purchase and installation of all electronics, Electrical Marine does it all. This includes navigational equipment, chart plotter systems, as well as yacht and marine generators.

Damian, has been part of the marine scene in Thailand since the late 80’s and has helped change the industry for the better. One of the founder members of the TMBA, which originally was called The Marine Association of Thailand, Damian was part of the group of industry professionals that worked with the Thailand government in 1999 and convinced them to bring the duty for yachts down from 200% to 0% and help with a host of reduced duty for many other marine parts and equipment.

Electrical Marine, understand the importance of knowing your products and staying up to date with new and upcoming features, and this is why they are the only company that offer local training to all of their dealers and shipbrokers in Thailand. They also fly out Navico’s main training officer to go over new equipment from, Simrad and B&G and explain their newest features.

Another unique offering from Electrical Marine is their remote service to all their customers of systems that they have installed. So, customers can be anywhere in the world and Electrical Marine just set up a time, and with a good Internet connection the team can fix or adjust most issues within the electrical system. This primarily would be on C-zone and mastervolt.

Electrical Marine are agents and dealers for Simrad, B&G, Mastervolt, KVH, C-Zone, BEP, Northern Lights/Lugger and C-Map and have the only specialized test equipment for B&G in South East Asia. They also cover ASGA Power, Altas shore power convertors.

 www.electrical-marine.com
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Meet the new faces driving Galileo's development

Anthony H Gould, Chairman and CEO of the Galileo Maritime Academy, is happy to announce new blood that will be driving the Galileo Maritime Academy forward.

Captain Clive Parton

Captain Clive Parton Director of Academy, Head of OOW & Bridge Simulator School

About Clive

Clive Parton is an MCA Master Mariner Unlimited with 26 years’ command experience of cruise ships, large yachts, merchant and offshore vessels. He worked for 12 years with Scottish Ship Management, from cadet to chief officer, on commercial vessels after which he was appointed Master of STS Sir Winston Churchill, a three-mast topsail schooner.

Clive was a private pilot with instrument, multi-engine and Jump Pilot ratings and a British Parachute Association Pilot Examiner. He was a formation skydiving coach and former display team member with 1200+ descents.

About Sine

Parvati (nickname Sine) graduated from Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus with a Bachelor of Business Administration International Program. Prior to joining Galileo Maritime Academy, she was an entrepreneur managing her own businesses for 5 years and working as administrator for the Thai Yachting Business Association and her family accountancy business.

Meet Parvati Huo (Sine)

Parvati Huo (Sine) General Manager, Finance, HR & Govt. Relations

Meet Garrod Hutchison

Garrod Hutchison Head, School of Marine Engineering

About Garrod

Garrod joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and during his 12-year naval engineering career he served on HM Warships Fearless, Intrepid and Bristol. In 1985 he was selected for service as an engineer on the Royal Yacht Britannia. In 1989 he qualified as a Technical Training Instructor and served with the Naval Apprentice Training Staff, part of the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan. Garrod served as Chief Engineer on a number of Superyachts and, prior to joining Galileo, he was Fleet Chief Engineer for Imperial Pacific, managing the maintenance and operation of a fleet of Superyachts.

About Bill

Bill joined the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen, he served on a variety of ships including three Guided Missile Destroyers, two Aircraft Carriers and a Survey Ship. He completed twenty four years’ service working his way through the rank structure. On leaving the RN Bill was employed as an Engineer with the Commonwealth Development Corporation. In 2005 Bill became the Chief Engineer of M/Y Ecstasea, the Royal Van Lent 86 Meter, 34,000 kilowatt gas turbine and diesel powered luxury yacht and served on her for 12 years. Bill holds a Merchant Navy Class One Chief Engineer CoC Motor and a Class Two CoC Combined Steam and Motor.  He is an MCA approved examination assessor.

www.galileomaritimeacademy.com

Meet William (Bill) Croly

William (Bill) Croly Assessor - Engineering Courses

PHUKET OPEN BOAT - Luxury Yacht Inspection

On the 11th and 12th of November, the first edition of « The PHUKET OPEN BOAT » was held. An amazing line-up of 17 luxury yachts was on display for inspection at the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

With Lies Sol as one of the main organizers, the yachting companies in Phuket came together to make this new event happen.

The participating companies were:

  • Phuket Yacht Haven Marina
  • Asia Global Yachting
  • Asia Marine
  • Asia Yacht Agency
  • Blue Voyage Thailand
  • Boat in the Bay
  • Boat Lagoon Yachting
  • S/Cat Sun Kissed
  • S/Y Intrigue
  • Lee Marine
  • Moorings Thailand
  • NEXT Yachting
  • Northrop & Johnson
  • Ocean Independence
  • Royal Phuket Marina
  • Simpson Yacht Charter
  • Sunsail Thailand

Yachts on display were motor yachts, sailing monohulls and catamarans, and luxury custom-built, varying in size from 12m/38 ft to 51m/167 ft.

All companies invited contacts from their network, focusing on inviting luxury yacht and tourism industry professionals.

Organizer Lies Sol of Northrop & Johnson “Despite heavy rain and a huge traffic jam on Thepkassatri Road due to a Buddhist Monk blessing procession, we had a better-than-expected turn-out, especially on Friday. Everyone mentioned they were happy to participate in such a positive event, showing charter yachts in time for the high season, catching up with colleagues, and making new connections.”

Josh Lee, Founder, and MD of Lee Marine and Northrop & Johnson said “It’s great news the event was a success, we believe in taking the initiative and staying active and busy. I’m also pleased with the great effort of everyone involved.“

M/Y XANADU OF LONDON just finalized a two-year, multi-million-dollar refit. Captain Mark Wilkinson exclaimed “I was so proud showing her in the event. I don’t think photos do her enough justice, you need to be onboard to appreciate her in all her glory. I’m still just blown away by how good she looks, like a new yacht.“

Jai Dhillon, the marina’s Business Development Manager said “I’d like to thank Northrop & Johnson and all other companies for making it happen. We were delighted to be able to host the event just before we continue with the installation of the latest-generation pontoons, significantly increasing our berth capacity for superyachts. Yacht Haven Marina and Phuket continue to grow as a world-class boating and charter destination.”

Wired on Water: Fully charged on silent running

From the owner of Pulse, Pulse Charters www.pulsesurfcharters.com

When Octopus Electrical proposed running its 73ft charter catamaran on batteries and inverters, we were naturally skeptical. After all we operate an air-conditioned boat with 10 guests and seven crew in isolated areas of Indonesia and the Andaman Sea. But we are more than happy with the results and the guests are enjoying the eco-friendly, quiet system.

As designed, the electrical powering configuration was running one of the two 19kVA generators for up to 24 hours a day, consuming around 90 litres diesel per day. Our custom-built aluminium catamaran was designed with natural ventilation throughout, so when weather permitted we could save on this with up to six hours quiet time per day without refrigerated goods being affected. Now we have 18 hours quiet time and use about 35L per day.

Let us explain the system: A combination of solar, battery, inverter, battery charger and genset delivers seamless power day and night. We are running as follows: genset auto starts around dawn as the batteries are at 10% charge after running our seven AC units and lighting overnight. Our crew are rising for the day and then make use of the genset power to operate the RO watermaker unit and within about three hours the batteries are at 100%, the genset auto stops and the solar power is taking over.

We will then manually manage our main power loads such as the AC and watermaker throughout the day to suit our power availability and guest comfort requirements. What we have found is that providing plenty of ventilation and portable 220v fans throughout is often better than being shut up in air conditioning and not enjoying the tropical environment.

However, the option is always available should the guests want to sleep or enjoy watching movies in AC comfort during the day.

At evening time, the air conditioning is started, the battery charge drops further, and then the genset is started at around 7:30pm. Once again we utilise the genset charging time to use the RO watermaker. Genset stops after three hours and we enjoy peace and quiet throughout the night.

One of the impressive Victron features has been the remote system monitoring and back-up support that this has enabled. This has helped with efficiency optimisation and system support, even from remote locations as long as we have mobile signal.

Electrical specifications as follows:

  • Genset – 2 x 19kVA Cummins Onan
  • Inverters – 3 x 3kVA Victron Multiplus 24/3000 Inverters
  • Charging – 310A Victron
  • Solar – 5,100W
  • Battery – 2 x 24volt 360 Ah Lithium Ion Phosphate
  • Solar Controller – 3 x Victron MPPT 250v 100amp smartsolar regulators
  • Control Unit – Colour CCGX Victron
  • Battery Management – Victron BMS

The feedback has been really positive from the guests who really only notice the silence and lack of diesel emissions, as the power is always on and available. Excluding the massive benefits gained from extended generator life and maintenance costs, we expect the system to pay for itself in diesel savings alone in less than five years!

Duriug COVID, the solar integration system has been a life saver for us, without any customers for 12 month, but we don’t burn any diesel and I live on the boat with my wife and two kids, so its saved our bacon costs wise to say the least. We have all the comforts and no costs.

Octopus Electrical Services has more than 40 years combined experience working in the marine industry focusing on the latest in marine technology.

For more information, contact them at Phuket Boat Lagoon.

Tel/ Fax: +66 (0) 76 600 143
  [email protected]
www.octopusasia.com

Full Moon Boat Rally weekend

Royal Phuket Marina staged a luxury Full Moon Boat Rally weekend on 20-21November.

All participants enjoyed the sunny cruising weather and carefully prepared island-hopping itinerary, with lots of fun activities and wonderful meals along the way.

It was the perfect luxury getaway for boat owners, friends and family, who all had a great time together out on the wide range of boats that joined and made Royal Phuket Marina’s Full Moon Boat Rally such a pleasant weekend!