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SY Amadeus


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The SY Amadeus heads out into the Mergui Archipelago of Burma to explore the new and wonderful dive sites that have been discovered there.

Your Captain
: World girdling yachtsman Wolfgang Riessbacher found his private paradise along the shores of the Andaman Sea four years ago. Ever since then he has shared his love for the sea, nature, and diving with small groups of selected guests on his yacht AMADEUS. What would have given him the idea for the boats’ name ?.

SY AmadeusWolfgang is a colorful character, an excellent host and is dedicated to giving you an unforgettable sailing or diving holiday. Since he became one of the few who had the possibility to sail in the waters of the Mergui Archipelago in Burma he is totally addicted to this exciting area. He will now spend the entire season in this myriad of islands, reefs, pinnacles and rocky outcrops. He is one of those who continuously looks for new places to discover rather than following week after week the same trodden path.

Coming from lowland Austria and being proud of it as well means that, as far as Wolfgang is concerned, good food and drink plays an important part in having a good time, so you should probably not expect to lose weight on a trip with AMADEUS! By the way, he speaks faultless English as well as German.

SY AmadeusThe Yacht
: AMADEUS is a 12,70m/42ft aluminum fast cruising catamaran, custom built for Wolfgang in Brisbane, Australia. The stability of a cat is surely a plus for those not blessed with sea legs; her shallow draught opens great exploring possibilities. Deck space is huge, so you have plenty of room for sunbathing or you can just lie in the netting and watch the water rush by. The large, deep cockpit and lifelines with netting all around the boat make her very safe to take small children on. The cockpit as well as the deck are well shaded by canopies giving protection from the sun and the odd tropical shower.

Inside there are 2 queen size double cabins, as well as 2 singles to accommodate the maximum of 6 guests. In case of private-or full boat charter, up to 8 guests can be catered for. Cabins are light and airy; they have opening hatches and fans. Additionally all portholes, hatches, and doors have mosquito screens. If you wish, you can of course also sleep on deck under the stars! The cozy saloon has ample seating and there is a hi-fi stereo system with a large music library. Wolfgang believes that his trips are more interesting than watching TV, so there isn’t any.

The navigation station has all the necessary modern electronics, for communication there are VHF and SSB radios.

AMADEUS is sloop rigged, with an easy to handle mainsail and roller genoa. A large cruising chute is used for down wind light conditions, the mainsail boom is high above the cockpit and therefore safely out of the way. The yacht can easily be sailed by one skilled person, but you are welcome to lend a hand! Wolfgang will be happy to teach you the basics of sailing and navigation.

AMADEUS is fully equipped as a diving vessel so she carries tanks, compressor, weights and belts, emergency oxygen and has 24 hr/day charging facilities for strobes and torches. Five full sets of diving gear are carried in case you do not have your own. Specially designed tank racks near the cockpit make kitting up and -off a minimum of fuss. Between dives the BC’s can remain on the tanks which are quickly filled by the powerful compressor. This compressor is situated way forward and the noise is minimal.

The aft deck has a dive platform and two ladders. The RIB tender facilitates drift dives (plenty of those in Burma!) and obviously is used a lot for shore explorations. Dive tuition, along PADI guidelines, is possible but normally on full-boat charters only, please inquire. All diving is under the guidance of a qualified divemaster. Diving has no limit; the number of dives per day depends on the guest’s preferences, but averages 2-3 plus a night dive.

Technical Specifications

Cabins: Catamaran Amadeus has 2 queen-sized double cabins, as well as two singles, thus accommodating a maximum of 6 guests. The cabins are light and airy; all have opening portholes, hatches and fans. Dive deck: Spacious shaded and well laid out with tank benches and gear storage. BCD’s can stay on the tanks all the time. Clutter between dives is minimal. Tanks are 12liter (80qft) aluminum with INT connection. There is a rinsing bin for cameras.

The powerful compressor (210ltr/min) is mounted far forward and is, given its size, quiet. A custom designed dive platform with two dive ladders provides divers with easy entry and exit to and from the water. Cockpit: Shaded, protected, spacious with ample and comfortable seating. Front deck: Very large, shaded, deck cushion provide a nice place for reading relaxing, etc.

Netting between the hulls: The ideal place to dream away or to spend the night under the stars. Equipment: Amadeus II carries four sets of brand new US Divers equipment (BCD, regulator, octopus, and console with depth gauge). Suit, mask, fins to be provided by yourself additional equipment can be arranged for. Battery charging for torches, strobes etc: A powerful inverter provides 24/hr/day charging facilities. Output is 220volt/50hz.


Catamaran Amadeus has a 3,10m RIB inflatable tender with 8-hp outboard motor for shore excursions and as a stand by boat during dives.

Diver’s Safety

Oxygen and first aid kit is carried. Note that there is no recompression chambers anywhere in the vicinity. Maximum dive depth is 30 meters (100ft), no deco diving.




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