by Boat Advice

Multihull Solutions has experienced a significant increase in multihull enthusiasts looking to Thailand’s thriving yacht charter industry as an astute investment and lifestyle opportunity.

Thailand’s remarkable cruising grounds have created a solid yacht charter industry in recent years, and more people are recognising the advantages of investing in a charter catamaran that earns them income when they are not cruising on it themselves.

With operating costs offset against income earned, yacht charter investment in Thailand is an exciting option that particularly suits those who want to own and holiday aboard their own boat in an exotic cruising region but don’t have time to maintain it throughout the year.

Multihull Solutions is currently working with a number of clients to source and purchase the most suitable new or pre-owned multihulls for successful placement into Thailand’s leading yacht charter companies.

With more than 25 years of experience working with the international charter boat industry, the Multihull Solutions team is the Asia Pacific leader in providing expert advice and support for clients interested in yacht charter investment.

The company’s South East Asian division has an office in Phuket and is enjoying a huge surge in new and pre-owned boat sales, with several buyers choosing to place their catamaran in the region’s charter companies for investment purposes.

Multihull Solutions Asia general manager Andrew De Bruin said there is a strong demand for quality catamarans in Thailand’s charter industry, and Fountaine Pajot’s power and sail range is the leading preference by operators and charter clients.

“Fountaine Pajot’s catamarans continue to be among the most popular charter boats in the world due to their balance of performance, comfort, style and safety,” Andrew said.

“Their construction and design is ideally suited to Thailand’s cruising conditions, which has typically light winds and tropical temperatures. The catamarans have a huge amount of interior and exterior living space, are exceptionally easy to handle and are truly designed to optimise entertaining and relaxation while on holiday,” he said.

“Catamarans are more popular than monohulls for charter use as their space, comfort, safety, and manoeuvrability make them particularly appealing for holidaymakers, and the shallow drafts enable them to better access beaches and anchorages that are off limits to monohulls.”

The Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36 Evolution sailing catamaran currently averages 12 per cent return for owners in Thailand’s charter industry, with boats in the region averaging approximately 20 weeks of charter bookings each year.

Owners can also enjoy holidays aboard their own boat when it is not in charter and generating income for them. However, unlike private boat ownership, the hassle of management and maintenance of the catamaran is taken care of by the charter company.

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular destinations for yacht charter holidays with holidaymakers from all over the world attracted to the region’s protected waterways. Phang Nga Bay and Krabi are set against spectacular limestone rock formations and hongs, while Phi-Phi and Racha islands boast crystal clear water and dazzling sandy beaches.

With a culture rich in history and a people renowned for their warm and generous hospitality, Thailand continues to thrive as a successful tourism and business destination.

Those interested in exploring the idea of yacht charter investment in Thailand are advised to talk to Multihull Solutions for guidance on choosing the most suitable multihull brand, size, equipment, location and charter operator to best suit the various regional industry conditions and hirer markets.