BY APB Staff on 1 Dec 2022

Pearl Yachts has marked another important milestone

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Vivian Chen, general manager of VP Yachts, with Iain Smallridge, MD of Pearl Yachts

Following the premiere of the Pearl 72 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Pearl Yachts has marked another important milestone with the announcement of a new partnership.

VP Yachts, based in Hong Kong and directed by Vivian Chan, is the newest Pearl Yachts dealer. Pearl Yachts says VP stood out thanks to a “professional, yet modern approach” and “impressive shipyard”, located centrally in Hong Kong’s main harbour.

Vivian Chan, who is also general manager of her family’s Sun Hing Shipyard, adds: “The cultural bond we share is undeniable. The style of Pearl Yachts’ instantly recognisable flybridges fits perfectly with the tastes in our local market with British allure and a neutral, sober colour palette, a winning proposal to our market.

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“VP Yachts is positioned to leverage generational connections in local yachting that go beyond even my lifetime involvement through the family business, so we are excited to see the heights we can reach together.”

Vivian Chen General Manager VP Yachts - Iain Smallridge MD Pearl Yachts

Pearl’s managing director Iain Smallridge adds: “We always celebrate growth and new friends, especially in affluent and interesting markets, but to see our British brand now properly entering Hong Kong, uniting two seafaring cultures with shared history in a venture is a source of special satisfaction.

“VP Yachts have just what Pearl needs to succeed in a competitive market, with an educated, international approach to growth. Vivian, being a managing director of a shipyard herself, having proven her competence in my very position, gives me full confidence that she understands not only her side, but ours as well – which is invaluable in this partnership.”