Honesty, Integrity, Quality,
Innovation and Reliability are a primary reading at Chehab
It was with these clear
BatoAutoMoto was introduced to the lifestyle of CHEHAB
MARINE which was established by Mr. Mohammad Z. Chehab in
2003. Mr. Mohammad Z. Chehab made it clear to us that “To
measure the quality of a certain company’s success you have
to consider the quality of the services it provides “. With
more than 18 years of experience in marine business, Mr.
Mohammad Z. Chehab equipped Chehab Marine with all the
essentials needed to become one of the leading yacht
companies in Lebanon and parts of the Middle East.
BatoAutoMoto had the chance
to meet Mr. Mohammad Chehab at his office in Minaa Al- Hosn,
Beirut, and here is what he had to share.
-How did Mr. Mohammad
Chehab get into the boating business?
I always had a passion for
sailing and for the sea, when I was young I used to go for
sailing trips. This passion grew up with me and with time I
took Yacht driving courses in Italy where I earned the title
of captain. From that point I was determined to establish my
own boat business and thus fulfilling my dream. In 1993 I
sent the first two CRANCHI boats to Beirut and this was only
the beginning of the journey.
-Where are CHEHAB MARINE
Our offices are situated
right here in Starco building Minaa Al-Hosn, Beirut. We also
have a service center in Dbayeh and more than 50 boats
displayed at “La Marina
-What boats and yacht
brands do you offer at CHEHAB MARINE?
Actually we have a wide
range of brands. In less than 7 years CHEHAB MARINE became
one of the biggest yacht traders in the marine business
representing major brands such as PRINCESS Yachts, CRANCHI,
RINKER, ARIMAR and AVON. This to say that CHEHAB MARINE is
able to supply any new and used yacht in the market.
-Speaking of used yachts,
what is your company’s view in this field?
One of the most important
after sales services we offer our client at CHEHAB MARINE is
the “buy back” option, and this done by agreeing
prior to the purchase of a new yacht that we would buy it
back if the client decides to buy another one after a
certain period of time and thus at an acceptable
depreciation rate which is usually around 15% for the first
year and 10% for the second.
-Apart from the “buy back
“option in what other ways do you provide support for your
Experience has taught us
that after sales support is as important as the quality of
our products. Our technicians are sent periodically to Volvo
Penta and MTU training sessions and workshops to help us
stay ahead of the competition and they are available 24
hours a day to intervene when the need arises. Our
services cover all aspects in boat management. Primarily,
this includes service and maintenance, yacht detailing and
cleaning, bottom boat cleaning, fiber glass repair, gel coat
painting, woodwork, varnishing and electronic installations.
We might also take care of the boat mounting, crew
placement. We also offer financial facilities to our clients
-We saw the launch of the
majestic new PRINCESS V52 at the Beirut boat show this year,
how can you briefly introduce PRINCESS yachts and what is
the advantage of the V52 model?
PRINCESS yachts are British
made yachts since 1965. Their models range between 42 and
130 feet. They simply reflect British perfectionism and
luxury. As to the new Princess V52 the arrival of the new
V52 is a landmark event in the evolution of the Princess
model range. For the first time a V Class sports yacht of
this size is available with an enclosed deck saloon the
sleek profile of the V52 confirms her positioning in the
heart of the V Class range, with her powerful twin engines
and Forward thrust which is delivered with precision control
through custom-machined propellers and twin shafts driven
through V-drive gearboxes. This configuration benefits the
lower accommodation space but importantly also perfects her
centre of gravity to enable a sophisticated ride and agile
handling that have become definitive V Class
Complementing the fully ‘open’
models within the main deck of the V52 consists of two
independent entertaining areas, the aft cockpit with a large
U-shaped dinette and convertible sunbed, plus the enclosed
main deck saloon comfortably located forward of triple
sliding glass doors. This arrangement significantly
increases the V52’s interior accommodation space while still
enabling owners all the enjoyment of open boating with a
fixed hardtop that incorporates a large electrically-opening
section above the helm.
-Will we be seeing any
new PRINCESS models soon?
Actually PRINCESS will be
unveiling two new models in 2011.
A 40M long range
tri-deck cruising yacht that offers an unprecedented level
of luxury and a high degree of personalization.
Exceptionally spacious, she can comfortably accommodate up
to 12 guests in complete privacy with separated quarters for
up to eight crew. The owner is accommodated in a magnificent
suite on the main deck while throughout the boat there is
ample scope for personalization, ensuring the Princess 40M
provides the ultimate environment for entertainment and all
The 32 M class, a
powerful flybridge yacht with a separate raised wheelhouse
and sporting unparalleled sea keeping capabilities.
Extremely spacious, she provides sumptuous accommodation for
up to 10 guests with a high level of privacy to provide a
sanctuary of relaxation. The Princess 32M can be configured
with either three or four ensuite staterooms for guests in
addition to the owner's suite which takes pride of place
located forward on the main deck.
-What about CRANCHI
Cranchi is an Italian brand that been in business for more
than 100 years. Although it started out small as a builder
of open wooden motorboats, it's now a multinational brand
with worldwide distribution ranging
between 27 and 64 feet. With
the introduction of the new 64 HT, Cranchi takes a step
forward, as this model is much bigger than the next largest
cruiser in the series, a 54.
than use the hull as just a platform to support a sleek
superstructure, Cranchi created a hull shape that really
enhances the boat's overall style. Molded lines are
scalloped into the topsides; to these features, the builder
added what appear to be the largest hull windows ever seen
on a cruiser this size. Then there are the mirrored windows
in the bridge enclosure, which flow up and then down,
punctuating the 64's bold style, the exciting exterior of
this Cranchi will take your breath away when you see it for
the first time.
these features come standard, and they are extensive, from
the portable electric sunshades for the sun beds to a shower
on the foredeck to the infrared night camera on the mast.
All are part of the base package. In fact, there is no
options list. The only choices you do have to make concern
-Is there any major
inconvenience in owning a boat in Lebanon?
The lack of places to moor
the boats at the marinas is posing a big problem nowadays.
The number of boats is exceeding by far the available
mooring spots in the water. In addition there is only one
dry dock available at “LA MARINA JOSEPH KHOURY in Dbayeh, in
order to clean and maintain the boats. The waiting period
to be able to reserve it and make use of it is indeed a big
inconvenience. With the rising number of boats, we will be
facing a big problem in the future.
-What are CHEHAB MARINE’S
Well we started 2010 by
enhancing the marine accessories section in the company and
we brought in specialized people for the purpose of
providing our clients with endless marine accessories. This
includes deck matting, gangways, fiberglass products and
safety equipment. As for our future plan, we will be
launching our new showroom situated on Dora highway which
can accommodate up to 7 yachts and includes as well a big
marine store for ship chandelling and various accessories.
-At the end and in brief,
from your expertise in the field what is the ultimate cause
behind a passionate boat lover satisfaction?
With no doubt an
unforgettable experience. And we at CHEHAB MARINE try in
every possible way to offer our clients a memorable one in