Superyacht TV Discovers Wow In The Philippines
Image courtesy Martyn Willes
A few years ago “the Philippines” was the whispered word in the world of superyacht destinations, now it seems everyone wants to come and check out the Philippine islands, from the perspective of the bridge of their own superyacht. Could it be that the Wow of the Philippines is even more fun for the ultra–rich?
Superyachts that used to come here did so in secret; privacy and seclusion was the objective. I recall when one such superyacht arrived off Puerto Galera in 2007, just long enough to dive the famous Canyons dive site off Escarceo Point. Staff at Asia Divers, who supplied the divemaster, were sworn to secrecy; the next morning the yacht was just a memory.
Built by Lürssen Yachts of Germany, the latest superyacht arrival is the 78.5–meter, motor yacht TV, photographed here in Subic Bay, in January 2012. With an overall length of more than 257 feet to play with you might be surprised to learn that motor yacht TV is designed to carry a maximum of only twelve guests. These twelve will be cossetted in six berths and served by up to 32 crew. Such is the luxury of space that superyacht owners expect.
Superyacht TV dwarfs other recent arrivals in Subic Bay: the 51–metre Double Haven, and the 40–metre Mirragio, both beautiful motor yachts but small by comparison. There are other yachts in Subic Bay at the moment that are classed in the superyacht category but none quite as striking as TV.
It is generally accepted that any private luxury yacht with an overall length of 45 metres (around 150 feet) or more is classed as a “superyacht”; elitism requires that any luxury yacht above 100 metres (around 328 feet) is now referred to as a “megayacht” (or sometimes a “gigayacht”).