Making waves: Luxurious yachts to own in Hong Kong right now

Updated on May 6 2016

We are lucky enough to live in a city that is made up of no less than 263 islands and has an abundance of harbours, marinas and docks. With the summer months upon us, it’s time to leave the stickiness of Central and the crowds of Causeway Bay and head for the high seas.

While none of us would dare to knock the Hong Kong institution that is the junk trip, to really enjoy this summer, we suggest forking out for your own vessel. Lifestyle Asia has hunted down some of the best available in this fragrant harbour of ours so all you’ll have to do is don your finest Breton stripes, grab a case of Champagne and arrange to pick your pals up at Central pier nine.


Benetti Classic Supreme 132’

The Italian shipyard Benetti have worked with renowned yacht designer Stefano Righini to create this simply palatial craft. At 132 foot in length there’s enough space for six cabins, meaning you’ll be able to comfortably take 12 of your nearest and dearest on a nautical adventure. The main and upper decks boast full height windows providing panoramic ocean views.


The interiors were designed by designer Alessandro Pulina and the plush Italian finery is at it’s most luxurious in the owner’s cabin which spans the full breadth of the boat. Here, at the touch of a button the entire port side of the stateroom pushes out of the yacht’s side, creating an exclusive alfresco balcony with a teak-planked sole and a pair of comfortable chairs with a table. This is a boat perfect for Hong Kong’s temperate climes—you’ll want to make use of the boat’s two on-deck jacuzzis.


Sunseeker Yacht 86

This is the yacht for those of you who like your Martinis shaken, not stirred. Sunseeker is the vessel of choice for James Bond and their boats have appeared in four consecutive Bond films from The World is not Enough to Quantum of Solace. The 86 delivers all the style, speed and sophistication we come to expect of 007 with a pair of 1,925-horsepower V12 engines producing a top speed of 30 knots and added extras including a curved bar of stained wood that makes the wheelhouse as comfortable as a speak-easy.

This model is also a favourite of Robert Blythe, General Manager of Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club. Blythe describes the Sunseeker Yacht 86 as “a seductive combination of style and exclusivity.” Blythe also some wise words for the first time yacht buyer: “The most important thing to consider is what will the boat be used as; a weekend pleasure to motor or sail around local waterways, a cool way to hang out with friends or perhaps it is a planned escape and your long term dream to sail the world is realized.”


Ferretti Tai He Ban 960

If Hong Kong is good at anything it’s the city’s ability to seamlessly blend business and pleasure. Rather handily, Italian shipyard Ferretti customized their 870 and 960 yachts to create the Tai He Ban—which is perfect for entertaining guests, hosting parties (pirate themed please) and even business meetings. The Tai He Ban includes a cockpit bar and a saloon with additional bar area and with a max speed of 27 knots you’ll be able to nip from a business lunch in Repulse Bay to sundowners in Sai Kung with ease. 


The interiors draw inspiration from the famous Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing’s Forbidden City where only the most important dignitaries were received. For Carlo Raineri, the Managing Director of Starship Yachts, Ferretti’s latest models are unparalleled: “These boats have boast high quality construction, exquisite Italian design and best of all they are flexible in how they use them.” The master bedroom suite can easily be swapped out for a customized entertainment room. KTV anyone?


Cranchi Z35

This 35-foot vessel is what is known as a sportscruiser. With top speeds of 35 knots it is one of the smaller but faster boats on the market. Downstairs (or ‘below deck’) that speed and maneuverability does come at the expense of some comfort compared to the bigger boat’s vast offerings.


However, there’s a sizeable kitchen, a seating and dining area and two cabins. With a lower price tag, this is also a perfect boat to start your nautical life.


Prestige 680

The Prestige 680 saw her Hong Kong debut at the Gold Coast Boat Show at the beginning of May. The 68-foot vessel is powered by a pair of Volvo IPS 1200 engines and has a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots but as the vessel boasts some of the quietest engines in the industry you won’t be disturbed from sipping your gin and tonic on the deck. The flybridge at the very top of the boat is the perfect place to party—fully equipped with loungers, a dining table, grill and refrigerator. The helm is also up here so there’s no reason for the captain to miss out on the fun. The owner’s cabin is the height of luxury and seclusion—the spacious suite features a skylight above the bed for late-night stargazing. The guest quarters are accessed by a separate stairway towards the back of the boat so they won’t disturb you should you retire early.


Beneteau Oceanis 55

Hong Kong’s waters are also perfect for those of us who prefer to take to the high seas by sail. For Chairman of Cruiser Owners Association of Hong Kong, Rob Winter, sailing here is as good as in Sydney Harbour. “There’s good deep water, relatively low tidal changes, great winds and usually some sun.” The Beneteau Oceanis 55 is proving popular with Hong Kong’s sailors due its perfect balance of adventure and comfort. 

At 55 foot, the sailing boat accommodates up to five cabins and features 1,496 square foot of sail space, two rudders and top of the range navigation equipment. There’s also a sizeable cockpit (including a four-leaf teak table), a sun deck, a dishwasher and flat-screen television. If you’re worried it might not be quite big enough, you might want to hold out for Beneteau’s new flagship, the Oceanis 62, which will be revealed in Cannes in September.