In the latest of our new blog series, we have been talking to some of our regional Country Managers and Sales Managers, who oversee Simpson Marine’s operations in our hubs throughout Asia. Each brings extensive yachting experience, inspirations and aspirations to their role, helping to grow their local boating scenes with passion and dedication.
Today we meet David Walder, Hong Kong Sales Manager, for 14 quick fire questions and an e-coffee. Enjoy meeting David and getting to knowing the Simpson Marine team better. If you would like to hear more from David, please send us any questions you would like him to answer for you.
Q: How long have you been with Simpson Marine?
A: I have been with Simpson Marine for over seven years.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in yachting?
A: I loved boats and I thought it would be fun to get into a career that involves yachting.
Q: What was your first memory when it comes to yachting?
A: Being sick off the side of my Dad’s friend’s yacht in the English Channel. It’s not a glamorous memory…
Q: In your opinion, what are the key essentials that potential buyers should consider before purchasing a yacht?
A: Always carefully consider the condition, asking price and accessibility.
Q: What are some of your favourite islands around your country (Hong Kong) that you personally like boating to?
A: My preferred Hong Kong islands would be Poi Toi and Double Haven
Q: What is your favourite spot on board a yacht?
A: The cockpit, it’s always where the party is.
Q: What are some of your favourite boating activities?
A: Enjoying a picnic on board, with a cool glass of Rose. A great way to relax.
Q: What are your top three ‘must-haves’ for a boat trip?
A: A hat, sunscreen and wine.
Q: What has been your most memorable sailing regatta?
A: Overall, the Dartmouth Regatta in the UK in 2007, when we nearly won. In Asia, the China Cup 2017 was an amazing event.
Q: What is your dream yacht and why?
A: A 1990’s Swan 48 would suit me perfectly.
Q: Given a chance to sail anywhere. where would you go?
A: I would love to explore the Philippines and Indonesia by boat.
Q: How does Hong Kong yachting lifestyle differs from where you come from?
A: It’s always hot!
Q: What do you envision for Hong Kong’s yachting scene in the next 5 years?
A: I think it is going to boom, with more people spending their leisure time domestically due to travel concerns that have resulted from the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Q: Which yacht model are you most looking forward to hopping on board of, and why?
A: The Beneteau Oceanis 51.1. It’s fast and comfortable and great for lounging on in the sunshine – all the ingredients for yachting perfection.