Burma Boating has unveiled the latest
acquisition to its fleet – the S55, a 16.7-meter solar-powered
yacht, which will offer expeditions around the Mergui Archipelago.
The S55 catamaran can accommodate up to six
guests and three crew members, and is composed of three levels
including a flybridge commanding 360-degree views, a 40m²
air-conditioned salon, and four cabins – including one 7m-wide
suite – each with queen-sized beds and private en-suite bathrooms.
Built in 2018, the S55’s 30 mounted solar panels create 10kWp, which allows her
to travel an unlimited distance on an average sunny day. Two silent 30kW
can power the S55 to a maximum speed of 12 knots. She does have a fuel-based back-up engine,
just in case it is needed.
“The benefits of sailing with solar power cannot
be overstated,” said Burma Boating’s General Manager, Eric Poepper.
“The S55 will leave a minimal environmental footprint, but offer
travelers unprecedented sailing comfort. She sails as silently
over the waves as any sailboat, but without depending on the
winds. When anchored, even the usual generator noises will vanish
and become a memory of the past, letting the passengers focus
entirely on the magnificence of the Mergui islands, landscapes and
The solar catamaran will be skippered by Captain
Ajun May from Germany, an experienced sailor in the archipelago,
having previously piloted Burma Boating’s SY Y Not yacht.
can look forward to wining and dining in comfort, in between
diving, snorkeling and swimming among the 800 islands, coral reefs
and atolls of one of the world’s last untouched paradises,” he
Burma Boating caters to private tailor-made
cruises on the S55 for up to six persons, starting at US$3,200 per
day. It also offers a choice of 4-day or 6-day cabin charters
leaving from the port of Kawthaung, southern Myanmar, each
Saturday from November through to May.