Proving to be beyond-your-average yacht brokerage firm, Mike Carlson and Nicholas Scherb of 26 North Yachts have recently returned from a trip to Asia to visit all the major yacht builders based in China and Taiwan.
With this visit, the 26 North Yachts team is poised to better serve its clients through firsthand knowledge of the Asian-based yards. “26 North Yacht is committed to being the most-traveled and knowledgeable brokers for our market,” says Mike Carlson of 26 North Yachts.
“We learned about the companies, the people involved, the manufacturing techniques, the yard’s capabilities and its capacities,” says Nicholas Scherb of 26 North Yachts. “Seeing the yachts in progress gave us an excellent understanding of their build quality and the different ideas being incorporated into the yachts.”
In China, 26 North Yachts visited the Cheoy Lee, Kingship, NISI and IAG shipyards.
They were especially impressed by the 100-footer on offer at IAG, a builder fairly new to the yachting scene since 2005 that is trying to establish itself as the premier fiberglass yacht builder in China. IAG’s lineup ranges from 100 to 140 feet, with a 140-footer in build for a U.S. client, two 127-foot tri-decks underway and a 100-footer raised pilothouse that is being built for a customer in Malaysia.
Superyacht designer Evan K. Marshall has lent his design expertise to the 140, giving name recognition in a competitive market. Both 127s are up for sale with one nearing completion. IAG has the capabilities to build up to 200 feet – custom or with a production platform – and the abilities to launch the yachts onsite.
Also ringing in at 144 feet is Kingship’s Green Voyager, currently under construction and available for sale.
Designed by Horacio Bozzo and Axis Yacht Group Design, the full-displacement steel-and-aluminum yacht boasts a five-stateroom layout. Green build techniques and optional hybrid power combine to make her live up to her eco-friendly name. Kingship also has the 2012 138-foot yacht Star, designed by Vripack in The Netherlands, listed for sale. The yard’s newest addition comes in the form of an aluminum 30-foot centre console, an ideal yacht tender.
At Cheoy Lee, 26 North Yachts got a glimpse of its latest yachts, the Alpha 76 Flybridge and 86 Alpha Express. The 26 North team was impressed by the amount of commercial work going on at Cheoy Lee – but it’s the express market the builder, already renowned for its motor yachts, is really trying to break into, and these new models are a step in that direction. The Cheoy Lee 151-foot explorer yacht Mazu and a new 88-footer Bravo series are also available for sale.
NISI Yachts made a big splash on the yacht scene at few boat show seasons ago in Miami with its bold Ward Setzer-designed axe-bow 82-foot NISI 2400. Now its range continues to grow, with more NISI sizes underway and planned. NISI is currently building a 56-footer that was more than 80 percent complete at the time of 26 North Yachts visit, and they are in the early production stages of a 55-foot power cat. The builder has recently launched hull No. 2 in the 2400 series, entirely customized for an American customer. Carlson noted that the NISI yard is very clean and modern with room for expansion, and with growth on the horizon, NISI is looking to build a 110-foot version in the future. Stay tuned for a look at the Taiwanese yards 26 North visited on its Asia yacht builder tour.