Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Gulf Craft makes waves at boat show

UAE shipway Gulf Craft is wowing visitors at Dubai International Boat Show with the largest fleet of yachts and boats on display at the show.

The boats are collectively worth well over AED300 million ($81 million) accounting for more than 20 per cent of the total value of leisure craft on display at the event, which is now in its 25th edition. 

The collection of 16 luxury yachts and leisure boats includes six superyachts and three global debuts, signifying the builder’s strongest-ever presence at the premier leisure marine event in the region.  

Gulf Craft’s record-breaking participation comes hot on the heels of the shipyard’s string of showcases in Europe, including boot Dusseldorf, where it announced a partnership with luxury yacht dealer Drettmann International. 

At last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the builder announced its plans to venture into the exciting world of megayachts through its two 50m+ projects, the Majesty 175 and Majesty 200.

“Our coral anniversary comes at a very exciting time for the industry, one characterized by an increased worldwide demand for exclusive luxury cruising. In the last 35 years, we have manufactured almost 10,000 yachts and boats, delivered them to clients all around the world, and invested more than AED500 million ($136 million) in research and development and across our facilities,” said Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft. “Our selection today represents all the different experiences boat owners can have on water, and we will continue to invest heavily in research and development, product innovation, and aftercare solutions to enhance onboard comfort and deliver a seamless ownership experience to our customers.”

The latest edition of the builder’s 47-m flagship Majesty 155 was one of the stars of the German show, making its first-time appearance in the region. The Majesty 155 combines refined elegance and class with unmatched hospitality, allowing its passengers to cruise to the furthest corners of the globe. 

The builder’s most recent masterpiece, the Majesty 100 is making its global debut at the Dubai show and is the first in Gulf Craft’s superyacht collection to have a partially enclosed fly-bridge. This feature allows guests sitting within its spacious lounge area to enjoy views of the vast seascape – as though they are seated in a traditional fly-bridge, but with the added luxury and comfort offered by indoor living. Those looking for some fresh air can simply slide down the glass panels and open the folding doors fully, enabling immediate and seamless access to the outdoors.

With stunning exterior, interior, and naval architecture and design courtesy Gulf Craft’s very own in-house Design Studio, the complete layout of the Majesty 100 is based on the principles of maximizing space and stretching the outdoor experience through to the interior.

Sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flow copiously through the superyacht’s main deck, and two hydraulic extendable balconies fixed on both ends of the back-seating area offer passengers an effortless al-fresco experience while still having quick and immediate access to the craft’s main indoor living and entertainment areas. The superyacht boasts five en-suite staterooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Powered by two 1,900 hp MAN engines, the Majesty 100 can travel at a maximum nautical speed of 23 knots. The craft’s superior engineering and hull design makes the Majesty 100 a very fuel-efficient superyacht, allowing it to travel even longer distances.

The fleet on display includes the second addition of the Majesty 110, Gulf Craft’s youngest tri-deck. The Majesty 110, which was launched at last year’s Dubai International Boat Show, welcomes 14 guests in six staterooms.

Guests can visit Gulf Craft at stand MD-30 at the Dubai International Boat Show, which takes place until March 4 at the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi.

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