The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
GSR | 235 Asia. In 2006, for the first time since I came to Asia, the world shipping community and the insurance brokers have stated that the piracy threat in Southeast Asia is on the decline, and the Malacca Strait has finally been removed from the war risk areas. SERVICES Another area of misconception about cruising in Southeast Asia is its remoteness. While it is true that Southeast Asia is one of the last frontiers of the world for yachtsmen, it is still quite manageable for a well-found superyacht and a competent and motivated crew. The idea of needing an exploration yacht to undertake a voyage of discovery of several months through the archipelagoes is simply wrong. While the Pegaso is without doubt a well-found and capable superyacht of substantial size and range, she was designed and built as a Mediterranean yacht. The two most important aspects in taking a superyacht on a voyage like this is an owner with a sense of adventure and a captain who can put together a crew that function well not only when stern-to on the dock in Antibes. With the formation of SuperyachtASIA, captains now have an alternative network of agents throughout Southeast Asia. SuperyachtASIA was formed to offer a high-quality service ensuring yachts receive the vital support required throughout the region. While cruising through Southeast Asia with the Pegaso, I used the services of SuperyachtASIA agents throughout the trip, and was truly impressed by the professional service I received from all its members. Those captains that are used to dealing with the agents in the Med will find nothing lacking in this department in the region, and will even be positively surprised just how smooth things can run. In my opinion, Southeast Asia is an absolute must for any enthusiastic yacht owner. This region has far more to offer than a seemingly endless supply of beaches and anchorages. While the rich culture of Southeast Asia is famous for is epitomised in the ruins of Cambodia's Angkor Wat and in Java's Borobodur, a visit to Bangkok and Ayudhaya will give the visitor a good impression of just how glorious both the living and past culture of the region really is. There is no need to worry about what to expect. There are excellent charts and cruising guides to be purchased. Contact any of the agents at SuperyachtASIA and they will happily supply you with whatever you require. You are not on your own. Southeast Asia is a well-established but certainly not a well-traveled destination; one that will keep you spellbound for many years.
2010 - 2011