Connect with us


Policeman wins luxury yacht auction

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Policeman wins luxury yacht auction | Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: A police officer who declined to give his name, but who works in the Economic Crime Investigations Division in Bangkok, today won the auction for a luxury motor yacht at the Phuket Customs Region 5 office. And thanks to the fact that there were no other bidders, he got the boat for a song – just 5.5 million baht. The high-speed yacht, a two-year-old Sealine T46, was seized in November by customs officers when its Singaporean owner failed to pay import duty. (See also There were just two serious contenders for the vessel, and one of these, Englishman Martin Constable, arrived too late to enter a bid. As a result the police officer bought the yacht for the reserve price of 5.5 million baht. A new yacht of the same type costs some 12 million baht from the makers in England. Import duty of about 200% would take the price in Thailand to about 36 million baht. Pol Maj Prasert Srikunnarat, inspector of Phuket Marine Police, said that only a handful of people, including some foreigners, had attended the auction. “All of them asked for information on the auction procedures and most said that they plan to bid ‘next time’ because, in this case, the price was too high for them. Most are looking for boats in the range of 1 million baht,” Maj Prasert told the Gazette. Mr Constable, a 60-year-old retiree, said he had intended to bid for the Sealine but had arrived too late. “I love traveling and I have a small speedboat in Kata. If I’d won this auction I would have kept the boat purely for private use. I’ll wait for the next auction; the officers told me there may be another one next month,” Mr Constable said. The winning bidder paid his 25% of the price on the spot. He made an appointment to collect the boat and move it to Bangkok next Monday, at which time, he said, he will pay the balance of the sale price. He told the Gazette the boat will be kept for private use.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of39 mins ago

Phuket’s 5 most family-friendly resorts

Transport1 hour ago

Transport Company announces bus services are suspended until August 31

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 29 provinces now on curfew, booze ban in Phuket

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Insurgency4 hours ago

Volunteer ranger killed in grenade attack by suspected insurgents

Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 Spas in Koh Samui

Thailand4 hours ago

Hemp ice cream hits the Thai market

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri5 hours ago

Chon Buri sets local order, restaurants in malls to only offer food for delivery

Thailand5 hours ago

Samut Prakan man dies in fire, possibly self-inflicted

Thailand6 hours ago

Royal Thai Police say bitterleaf can’t cure Covid

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 18,901 new cases, provincial totals

Thailand6 hours ago

Air Asia technician arrested for allegedly stealing electronics

Pattaya7 hours ago

“Pattaya Move On” reopening likely to be postponed as Covid cases surge

Thailand7 hours ago

3 metre long python caught near family’s house in Phuket

Thailand8 hours ago

Government says not to buy Favipiravir/Avigan online, says it might be fake

Phuket8 hours ago

Phuket bans alcohol sales at restaurants, issues order amid rise of Covid cases

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8