Siamtara

The Siamtara is a traditional Myanmar junk completely renovated in 2015 on the model of her sister Chantara to give the same feeling, confort and charme.

She has all the moderne confort that we can expect. It’s a perfect boat for live aboard or day with friends and family. Siamtara has 3 double cabins with queen size bed and en suite bathroom and toilet. Two cabins are under the front deck and a master cabine on the upper deck. The master cabine is modular as lounge or as bed room for overnight.

 

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Sailing back to Koh Samui

 

Siamtara has nice square with bar and kitchen where we can cook for 40 people. The table can welcome 10 people for lunch or dinner. You can order in the bar, cocktails, wine or any beer to cheer up your trip.

A nice quarter deck is really confortable for 4 to 6 people to enjoy the landscape of the Samui archipelago. She is very good to welcome 39 people for a day trip, sunset trip, party or 6 to 8 people on a private overnight trip.

 

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The History

 

Siamtara is a Myanmar junk similar to Chantara.

Built in 2006 as cargo for transportation of stones, sand and construction materials, she has a very strong structure to be able to carry very heavy shipping.

I bought Siamtara on December the 23rd, 2014 in Dawei. She was built in Pyabon, an other province of Myanmar. The design of the hull is a specialty of this province. Pyabon is located on the east of Rangoon, we can see many boat like this around Rangoon and in many other places in Myanmar.

Originally it was a sailing boat, and we kept this characteristic that gives a beautiful traditional appearance. We had to remove the mast, for transportation, it was reinstalled at the end of renovation.

 

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   Siamtara in Bangrak bay

 

 

We sailed to Mieyk at about 200 km, south of Dawei, to make the first modifications to the structure. As Siamtara was build to sail in river, we needed to get better stability in the sea and the waves. She staid 3 weeks on shipyard to change the keel and fix stabilizers. We also changed the rudder and the shaft bearing transmission.

At the end of January we sailed to Kawthoung, the extreme south of Myanmar. We crossed the border river between Myanmar and Thailand on the 8th of February to arrive in Ranong.

After clearing the customs, we had to wait until the high tide on the 23rd to load the boat on a truck and cross the main land to Chumpon harbour, 55 km further.

Siamtara sailed from Chumpon to Surat Thani crossing Ang Tong marine park. She reached the shipyard in Surat Thani on the 4th of March.

 

 

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We disassembled all the boat inner parts, keeping only the hull and structure.  We used 90% of the original wood to rebuild the boat, in addition to new wood.

The biggest modifications, new conceptions to enhance the structure and put the mast back, have been carried out in Surat Thani.

Engine, gearbox, wheel and rudder have been changed to optimize the efficiency and reduce fuel consumption as well as  environmental impact.

Electricity is new, meeting European standards. The use of solar panels, batteries and inverter enable to produce about 90% of the energy needed on board.

On the 22nd June 18 m2 of solar panel have been instal on the roof, this provide 100% of the electricity on board, we don’t need generator, we are earth friendly.

The sail have completely set on the 25th of July.

 

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