Solar expedition yacht launched

Burma Boating, a sailing firm owned by Myanmar tourism trailblazer, Memories Group, has unveiled the latest acquisition to its fleet — the S55, a 16.7-metre solar-powered yacht, which now offers expeditions around the Mergui Archipelago.

The S55 catamaran can accommodate up to six guests and three crew, and has three levels including a flybridge commanding 360-degree views, a 40m2 air-conditioned saloon and four cabins each with queen-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms.

Built in 2018, this ultra-modern catamaran becomes the first 100% solar-run boat to sail in Asia, according to its designers, Silent-Yachts. The S55’s 30 mounted solar panels create 10kWp, which allows it to travel an unlimited distance on an average sunny day. Two silent 30kW motors drive the S55 to a maximum speed of 12 knots.

“The benefits of sailing with solar power cannot be overstated,” said Burma Boating’s Eric Poepper. “The S55 leaves a minimal environmental footprint, but offers travellers unprecedented sailing comfort. The boat sails as silently over the waves as any sailboat, but without depending on the winds. When anchored, there are no generator noises, allowing the passengers to focus entirely on the magnificence of the Mergui islands, landscapes and sunsets.”

The solar cat’s skipper is Captain Ajun May from Germany, an experienced sailor in the archipelago, having previously piloted Burma Boating’s Y Not yacht.

Burma Boating caters to private tailor-made cruises on the S55 for up to six people, starting at US$3,200 per day. It also offers a choice of four-day or six-day cabin charters leaving from the port of Kawthaung, southern Myanmar, each Saturday from November through to May.
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