Yacht Haven will be the only marina in Phuket to accommodate mega yachts
The recent completion of the new dedicated super yacht pier at Phuket’s Yacht Haven Marina in Mai Khao has delivered the region its first 100-meter super yacht berths marina-side.
Yacht Haven welcomes boats of all sizes, but is widely regarded as a first port of choice for super yachts. With deep-water access and sited 15-minutes’ drive to the airport, it has become the largest and busiest marina in the region and has seen demand grow sharply for ever larger berths.
In response, the new pontoons increase the total berthing capacity at the marina by introducing over 800 linear meters of alongside berths, all configured to accommodate yachts from 60m to 100m.
The new floating pier is already drawing head-turning yachts to the island’s northernmost marina. Leading the pageant is the stunning 60m Diamonds Are Forever, custom built by Benetti in 2011 and sold a year later for US$59.5 million, that’s more than 1.93 billion baht in a single boat.
Moored beside Diamonds is sibling Benetti, Elysium. Measuring 52m from stem to stern, Elysium may have been launched in 2001, but she underwent a full refit in 2012 – and she gloriously shows it.
Previously the larger yachts were docked at Phuket Deep Sea Port alongside with Cruise liners and Cargo Ships.
Construction of the floating pier was by Finnish Marinetek, and the accomplishment delivered the turnkey contractor with a landmark introductory reference in Southeast Asia. Most of the Materials came from Malaysia.
The large concrete attenuating pontoon is used for berthing on both sides and comprises Marinetek ‘Superyacht floats’ to give a length of 260m, and nine further floats to create three 48m long ‘fingers’.
Yacht Haven is now looking to extend its shore side offer for the new big league clients accordingly.
The future looks bright and this will be a major tourist hotspot for Phuket, the yachting industry and the whole region officials said.