Focusing on exterior amenities and big deck space, day boats cover a wide range of craft and specific criteria for potential owners. Whilst some opt for ease and comfort, others cater to adrenaline junkies and those designed purely for elegance and style. Due to their diverse scope, day boats can vary significantly in budget, from little more than SGD1,000 to well into six figures.
Once you have chosen the vessel of your dreams you can begin planning fun-filled days on the open water. Owning a day boat opens up endless opportunities for entertaining family and friends, be it island-hopping, fishing and cruising to simply sunbathing and sipping a drink somewhere beautiful.
Here are ten of the most advanced and well-crafted day boats on display at the Singapore Yacht Show, including some that also offer accommodation for occasional overnight use.
One of the finest models of the Silvercraft series, the 36 HT features impeccable finishes and its robustness, built for fishing, coastal or the open sea while being easy to handle and some of the largest swells on water with efficiency. The modern shape, unmistakable style, and ample floor space make it the ultimate boat to have.
Designed and hand-built in England, the Princess R35 combines revolutionary performance capabilities, stunning design, quality, and race-bred technology. Designed in partnership with world-famous Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies and Pininfarina, the R35 is a powerful expression of intent from a company hitting a rich vein of form.
As the first in a new family of Boston Whaler express models, the 350 Realm combines impressive capability with purposeful features and unsurpassed comfort. For entertaining friends and family, chasing deep-sea fish, or spending long days at anchor, the 350 Realm is perfectly suited for any adventure.
Performance, style, innovation and safety. The Rebel 47 is dedicated to those who live the sea as a state of mind. The increase and use of the spaces onboard - rational, elegant and comfortable - make cruising even more pleasurable, without giving up the performance and safety which are typical of this category.
Offering three cockpit seat layouts, the Antares 8 is unique for a boat this size and its liveability and excellent seakeeping sets it apart from other motor cruisers in this category. There is a real double cabin below the wheelhouse at the bow of the boat, with storage and a shower ensuite, so you can stay on board for a few days.
In view of the continuing coronavirus situation and the likely effect it would have on attendance and participation in the Singapore Yacht Show scheduled for 19-22 March, we sought the opinion of our major exhibitors and partners as to whether they thought we should postpone the event to later in the year.
The overwhelming response was that we should indeed do so, preferably to a date in either May or October, and our own assessment of our social responsibility only served to affirm that decision. On Friday 7 February, the Ministry of Health upgraded its Disease Outbreak Response level to Orange, which means we should now all do everything in our power to limit further spread of the virus. We have therefore reluctantly decided to postpone our 10th Anniversary edition.
Since the situation seems to be escalating rather than levelling off, it is unlikely that travel restrictions and public perception of the health concerns will have eased sufficiently by the end of May to enable us to hold the show in that month. We have little choice therefore but to postpone to October. The exact dates are still in discussion with our host venue, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, and we will confirm them as soon as we have agreed with ONE°15 management and all other major partners.
This is an extraordinary situation for which nobody is to blame, of course, but we nonetheless sympathise with all our clients, stakeholders and suppliers for the inconvenience the postponement will cause them. Our own business is going to be significantly affected, too, but we feel we must do our bit to ensure the safety and health of our stakeholders.
I am lucky enough to have a team who are totally loyal and supportive, as are all our long-term business partners, and everybody agrees wholeheartedly that we will pull together and get through this difficult period to enjoy an even bigger, better and more successful than ever Singapore Yacht Show in October 2020.
- Andy Treadwell