Yacht broker Northrop & Johnson has begun offering chartering services in Hong Kong for two restored classic yachts, the Wayfoong and Wing Sing.
A restored 1930s steam launch, Wayfoong was built and owned by the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) for the better part of 80 years, having originally been used to carry gold bullions to and from ships anchored in Victoria Harbour. Now privately owned by Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman, Allan Zeman, the vessel is capable of accommodating groups of up to 14 guests for cocktail or dinner parties.
Meanwhile the Wing Sing is one of the last authentic and functional Chinese sailing junks, originally built in 1974 and modelled on a traditional shrimp-fishing vessel. Renovated in 2012, the yacht can also accommodate groups of up to 20 guests with space for four overnight in two cabins.
According to Northrop & Johnson sales broker, Anthony Rendall, the company aims to “focus on bringing customers the experience of an exceptional boat”.
Chartering also includes catering delivered by floating private kitchen owner, Le Bon Gout, specialising in French Riviera-style buffets and organic French wines. Chinese, Thai and Indian-inspired menus are also available, as is professional waiting service.
Charter costs begin at about HK$26,500 (US$3,390).