Myanmar-based charter specialist, Burma Boating, has unveiled the latest addition to its fleet. From January 2019, you can set out on expeditions around Myanmar’s remote Mergui Archipelago on what’s believed to be the first solar-powered boat in Asia, the S55.
Built last year by Silent Yachts, the 55-ft catamaran accommodates up to six guests and three members of crew, with three levels featuring a flybridge commanding 360-degree views; a generous salon and four cabins – each with queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom.
The yacht’s 30 mounted solar panels create 10kWp, allowing her to travel an unlimited distance on an average day of sunshine, with two silent 30kW motors driving her to speeds of up to 12 knots and a fuel-based back-up engine.
Commenting on the new acquisition, Burma Boating’s general manager Eric Poepper says: “The benefits of sailing with solar power cannot be overstated. 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 sunsets.”
The catamaran is skippered by captain Ajun May, who’s an experienced sailor in the archipelago having been the skipper of Burma Boating’s yacht. This leaves you to spend each day diving, snorkeling and swimming among the islands of this untouched region.