Solar-Powered Ships and Pocket Rockets

The 6 best premieres from the 2019 Singapore Yacht Show.

Solar-Powered Ships and Pocket Rockets

The Singapore Yacht Show might be in its 9th year, but its fresh batch of debutantes prove that the show still has some tricks up its sleeve.

There were the usual distractions — the afterparties that ran ’till late’, the parade of chromed Lamborghinis and Ferraris cruising down the waterfront boulevard, and a deluge of popup bars that fuelled 16,000 visitors  as they drifted from one polished deck to another — but nothing could detract from the shine of the 87 yachts that descended on ONE ̊15 Marina Sentosa Cove. 

From petite vessels to the behemoth M/Y Seawolf, there  was lots to see, but none were more exciting than the bevy of yachts that made their Asian debut at the show. Here are some of the shiniest new toys we saw. 

1. Silent 55, SILENT-Yachts The Silent is the world’s first — and only — solar-powered catamaran in the world. You could quite literally drift out to sea as long as you fancied in the Silent 55, and with its 4 well-appointed cabins, why wouldn’t you? It does what it says on the box, too: Its electric propulsion system emits virtually no noise, fumes, and minimal vibration, for a smooth, tranquil journey.
2. Leopard 51 Powercat, Leopard Catamarans This one’s for the eco-friendly boaters: the Leopard 51 powerboat is an economically efficient catamaran that uses much less fuel than other power models. It also comes with an intuitive, ergonomic layout that makes manoeuvring around the yacht comfortable — not that you’d be wanting for space in its 3 – 4 cabin layout and spacious flybridge.
3. Princess R35, Princess Yachts You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Princess 35 looks like a spaceship straight out of Alien — especially with the amount of tech and sleek, futuristic design packed onboard. The R35 is also the first Princess R Class performance sports yacht designed alongside the famed Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies and Pininfarina. And with a top speed of 50kn, you’re sure to have lots of otherworldly fun on this pocket rocket.
4. Azimut Grande 25 Metri, Azimut Yachts If you want to spend more time below the decks of the 25 Metri, we won’t blame you. With interiors designed by Rome-based Achille Salvagni, this streamlined yacht looks good inside and out. Powder-soft interiors invite you to engage in hours-long tête-à-têtes, while a spacious upper deck gives you a commanding view of the open sea.
5. Alegria 67, Fountaine Pajot The 67 is the jewel in the crown of Fountaine Pajot’s Flagship range, and for good reason. Aside from the jacuzzi embedded in the forward cockpit, you can choose from one of three versions of the Alegria 67, each purpose built for every type of boater. There’s an owner’s version with a lavish suite in its own hull, a lounge version built for bacchanalian parties, and another that’s designed with numerous cabins and crew space — each with their own ensuites — for longer expeditions.
6. Squadron 53, Fairline Yachts You’d recognise the Squadron 53 a mile away: With its distinctive profile and bold, slick lines, there’s no mistaking that its a Fairline boat — this time, with a little bit of Italian flair, thanks to super yacht atelier Alberto Mancini. But the Squadron 53 isn’t just a pretty face. It also holds up remarkably well in challenging conditions, making it the perfect all-weather leisure craft.