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 ?.
Wolfgang 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.
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 isnt 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 BCs 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 guests preferences, but averages
2-3 plus a night dive.
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. BCDs 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
Catamaran Amadeus has a 3,10m RIB
inflatable tender with 8-hp outboard motor for shore excursions and as a stand by boat
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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