SY Cataleya, Day trip Sailing Charter Thailand, Faraway Yachting

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The yacht

58 ft fiberglass sailing, fully crewed catamaran for up to maximum 35 guests

Cruising Area



This comfortable sailing yacht is your choice for a relaxed cruising holiday, gourmet cuisine and fun activities in and out of the water. The owner, a former chef, runs the yacht like a floating restaurant. Mouthwatering Thai and European dishes keep appearing from the galley. Fresh water usage is no issue with the large capacity water maker. Cabins are well ventilated with opening hatches and electric fans. 


Length 58 ft
No. of guests Day trips: up to 35 guests, overnight trips:    up to 14 guests
Cabins 2 double en-suite cabins plus one single bed - with private bathroom/shower
2 double cabins with private  bathroom/shower
1 cabin with 2 single beds or 1 double bed, with private bathroom/shower
Comfort household size fans in all cabins,
6 bathrooms with electric household size toilets, 6 showers, 2 x additional deck showers, espresso machine
Water maker, state of the art HiFi entertainment center
Entertainment CD / MP3/ i-pod  audio system
Standard 10-person tender with outboard, snorkeling equipment
Extra On-board Thai massage, scuba diving, two 2-person kayaks, SUP boards

Design/built Derek Kelsall design and built in England 1983. Complete refit and re-design 2010.
Sailing Cruising speed 8 knots, top speeds 10 knots
Special Great charter yacht for a relaxing sailing holiday or just a day away from Phuket Island. Excellent Thai and European cuisine on this yacht.

Welcome aboard!

Below decks

 Below Decks You will immediately feel at home on this yacht. Cataleya’s interior is stylishly designed in natural wood colors mixed with bamboo, contrasting with light tinted interior elements.

The teak & beach floors throughout the yacht are a masterpiece of craftsmanship adding a nice touch to the homely feeling on the yacht.

Welcome to our Cataleya comfort zone

The saloon is spacious with a U-shaped, light-tinted settee on the port (left) side, which can be converted into a huge double bed.

The convenient and well-stocked galley to starboard (right side) and is fitted with a gas stove and an oven/grill. Three large fridges and one freezer will give Cataleya the opportunity for long term expedition type cruises too.

Food lovers can sit comfortably on the bar counter and watch the chef prepare delicious meals and if you want to be hands on there is plenty of space to do so. Let’s not forget the coffee lovers! An Italian espresso machine will make the start of the day so much easier and if you like a Mai Tai or our famous Pina colada for your sun downer we are all set up for it!

Comfort zone Comfort zone

Above decks

For customers and friends who have been on Cataleya before, will find here the biggest changes. What was before a non-descript area, has been converted into the main living area on the yacht. The seating area has been raised to give you a complete 360degree view of the Andaman Sea!
Two large tables with comfortable seating for 6 adults on each table give you all the room you want. A huge fixed awning covering the entire area will protect you from the sun and the occasional rain shower. At night time subtle adjustable lighting will give you the cozy atmosphere you wanted for your vacation.

The huge sun deck up front is perfect for the optional massage therapy and the inviting netting perfect for sleeping un- der the stars at night. We can cover this area with removable awnings to give you all the shade you want.

Above deck


Prices in THB/day



GREEN SEASON          01 May- 31 Oct 

The price for a private day trip is THB 32,000 for up to 8 guests

For every additional guest we charge THB 1,800, maximum 35 guests on board.
Children of 3-12 years THB 1,000
Children below 3 years old are free.

Additional services
Massage therapist 3600 THB /day Highly recommended
Diving 50 € per dive including all equipment. 42 € if guest supplies own equipment


Prices include:

  • All Vat and taxes
  • Full insurance
  • 1 lunch buffet & fruit plate
  • Coffee, tea & iced water, soft drinks,
  • Snorkeling & fishing gear

Prices do not include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any shore activities
  • hotel transfers
Optional ExtrasPriceDescription
Dive package
Scuba diving
€ 50,- per dive including full dive kit, dive master
PADI Open Water Course € 380,- per person including full dive kit, dive instructor
Thai Massage 3500 THB per day A great way to relax, a must try experience
SUP board 600 THB per day  
2-person kayak 500 THB per day  

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Catamaran Cataleya Video
SY Cataleya - Day trip

Cataleya is a floating 5 star restaurant. Our cook has many years experience in high end restaurants and it shows. Every meal is a delight and is never the same. Thai or Western, your choice. Take a look at our sample menus on our website!

Massage is our most popular option. There is just nothing that beats a soothing massage while you sail from island to island. True decadence, not to be missed.

Prices Day trip from
LOW SEASON 36,000 THB/day

Catamaran Cataleya Video

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Technical Data

Technical Data

Yacht Specifications
Design Derek Kelsall
built Complete re-design and re-styling 2010.
length over all 55 ft (17 m)
beam 25 ft (7.5 m)
draft 5 ft (1.5 m)
displacement 15.000 kilo
hull material GRP
rig sloop rig, 2 spreaders
sails fully battened main sail (70 sqm), furling genoa (45 sqm), optional spinnaker (145 sqm)
steering central helm station with steering wheel
winches 2 electric self-tailing winches & 3 self tailing winches
cruising performance under power: 8 knots ; under sail: 8 knots
Technical Specification
engine 2x70 HP Isuzu marine diesel engines with hydraulic drives.
fuel diesel
fuel capacity 1000 liter
water capacity 3000 liter
water maker 150 ltr/hour
anchor winch electric
electricity 12 V/24V DC + 220 V AC (through inverter),Generator: Kohler 13 KVA
Yacht equipment
basic navigation paper charts, compass, binoculars, navigation toolkit
navigation equipment depth sounder, GPS, autopilot, chart plotter
communication VHF radio, GSM phone
double cabins 2 double cabins with queen size beds plus additional single bed and private bathroom
1 double cabin with queen size bed and private bathroom
single cabins 3 twin bed cabins with private bathrooms
bathrooms 7 bathrooms/showers
Saloon U-shaped couch seating 9 persons in comfort
on deck wide walkways, uncluttered decks, big netting, fixed bimini, flexible awnings
Comfort & Entertainment
ventilation double electric fans and opening hatches in all cabins and saloon
fresh water 7 showers inside, 2 deck showers at transom
access to seawater close to the water swim platform and swim ladder on both transoms
sun protection fixed bimini over cockpit, flexible awnings covering foredeck
entertainment CD/ i-pod surround sound hifi system, audio CD library
cooking gas stove, oven, grill, espresso machine (great coffees!)
cold storage 2 fridges, deep freezer, separate drink fridge
life vests 17 adult vests, children's vests on request
first aid generic first aid kit
fire extinguishers 3 + 1 halon + fire blanket
emergency equipment emergency flares, MOB buoy
toolkit/repair toolkit and sail repair items
Activities equipment
tender 10 person 4 m RIB with 15 HP outboard
snorkeling masks and fins for up to 15 guests
water sports 1 double kayak 1 triple kayak
fishing gear 2 reels for trawling and bottom fishing equipment



News: Complete re-design and re-styling 2010 !!!

After many successful charter seasons, the interior on SY Cataleya is in the process of a complete refurbished. The emphasis will be a modern fresh look with bright colours, more opening windows and as main feature a large dining table in the cockpit to give you a complete surround view of the islands in the Andaman Sea.

Below Decks
You will immediately feel at home on this yacht. Cataleya's interior is stylishly designed in natural wood colours contrasting with light tinted interior elements. The teak & beach floor is a masterpiece of craftsmanship adding a nice touch to the homely feeling on the yacht.

Cataleya features two master en-suite double master cabins plus one single bed with their own bathroom and shower facilities and one double mid ship cabin with en-suite facility. Three more twin bed cabins are located on the starboard mid ship area and the aft sections of the yacht. All cabins feature double electric fans, double reading lights and opening hatches and have room for storing your personal belongings.

The saloon is spacious with a L-shaped, light-tinted settee on the port side, with the convenient and well-stocked galley to starboard (right side) and is fitted with a gas stove and an oven/grill. A toilet and shower with holding tank is located near the entrance to save you running to your bathroom during the day. Also to port you will find a draft beer tap – have you ever been on a sailing yacht which offers beer on the tap?

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Above decks
Above decks Cataleya is huge, taking into account she is 55 feet/ 17 meters long x 25 feet/ 7.5 m. She is fitted with a fixed awning for protection from the sun and the occasional tropical shower. Meals are served on the open-air cockpit area under the shady awning. An additional airy flexible awning is located on the huge fore deck, perfect for having a massage or just to take in the panoramic view of the surroundings.

The uncluttered decks with wide walkways make her a safe vessel for children. One can also laze in the bow netting during passages and sleep under the stars if wished.

Access to the water is safe and easy from the low to the water swim platform and ladder. Two deck showers are located on the aft deck.



Guest Book

Guest Book

Beyond your expectations!
By Gerd Roysland

Have you ever been on a trip that leaves you speechless? Ever been on a trip that exceeds your every expectation? If not, I’d like to tell you about our splendid (or SPLENDED, as the Thais like to spell it) trip in Phuket waters.

My friend Dot – really Dorothy, but she prefers Dot, in spite of being regularly mixed up with a well-known UK toilet cleaner liquid called Dot, in the fifties! -, and I are both blessed with very inventive and generous husbands indeed. They had been planning a surprise trip for us for months, of which we knew was going to take place, but we did not know what to expect at all. So, some weeks ago we all went to Phuket, stayed in a nice hotel for a couple of days first, and were then told we should go on a bus tour. A bit taken aback, Dot and I weren’t overly excited by the information, as we didn’t think a bus tour sounded that spectacular.

The bus tour ended in the huge bay south-east on Phuket, Ao Chalong – Ao means bay in Thai. Here we were met by a very friendly South-African guy, Gareth, and his Thai colleague En at the beachfront. They had a little dinghy, and by now we ladies were starting to get the gist of it – yes, I know we’re a bit slow, but so what? They were to take us and our luggage out to one of the boats anchored in the bay. Dot and I still didn’t know what kind of boat, or the size or anything else. When we finally saw our home for the next 5 days, we were in total aw! The “Cataleya” is a huge 58 foot sailing catamaran, and it can sleep up to 14 people. As for our party, we were only 4 guests, and we had the same amount of people as crew! Our lovely South African Gareth as captain, En as engineer, a master Thai sea gypsy cook, Chern, and an extra crewmember, a masseuse called Rai. In other words, we could see they were about to take very good care of us.

Originally over 20 years old, the “Cataleya” is an UK-built catamaran, but her age was not seen at all, as she was in immaculate condition. Totally renovated and refurbished only last year at a yard in Phuket, the boat was a sheer delight. The cockpit in the aft had two big tables under a huge sunroof (on top of the sunroof solar panels were installed), and all the cabins and the indoor saloon with the galley were incredible spacious and light and airy. The same can be said about the whole boat inside and out: Incredibly spacious, light and airy. We loved the décor on the boat; it was so bright, light and happy.

Before we took off, our captain Gareth discussed the trip with us; we looked at the chart and were asked where we would like to go, and whether we would like to go by sail as much as possible. We really did want to sail as much as we could, which means you have to follow the wind and will not necessarily be able to reach specific destinations at specific times. The peace you feel when you move by sail only cannot be compared to anything else; it’s just about the most tranquil feeling ever.

One might ask oneself, what on earth did we do for five days and four nights on a catamaran? The answer is, literally nothing. Such bliss! We lazed, relaxed, read our books, we sunbathed, had excellent foot massages and Thai body massages, we swam in the wonderfully clean water, did some snorkeling, and we anchored by beautiful islands whenever we were so inclined. We took the dinghy out and saw some wonderful grottos and a lush mangrove lagoon. We kayaked; we saw hundreds of spectacular fungi-shaped limestone islands, we had GT’s every day at gin o’clock time (5pm sharp that is, according to Dots husband, Keith), we drank wine. But first and foremost, we ATE! We did nothing but stuff our faces, all the time.

Oh, the food, but the food. Oh, the food !

Our skilled and wonderful chef Chern cooked us food all day, and since their website claims it is “luxurious” food, at least the boys had very high expectations upfront. Sadly, anybody can claim that on their website, and half of the time the claims are SO not true. Here they are true indeed, as this food was the best food we’ve ever had in our life! She cooked us different Thai dishes galore, but with less spices than usual, so we were actually able to eat it. All of us that is, not only my husband Alf to whom spice is God, and who is on another planet from the rest of us by simply claiming the spicier, the better…. She also cooked some European food, if we wanted that, and she even made scrumptious desserts. All the flavours were totally awesome! She made the effort of cooking an extra bowl for me whenever she served dishes with prawns. Being allergic, my bowl was then without prawns. I celebrated my birthday onboard, and then she made us lobster Thermidor. Lobster Thermidor with champagne accompaniment can not be overrated, I tell you. She even made a birthday cake for me, wow. She served us wonderful breakfast every day, with eggs cooked in different ways, fruit, bacon, sausages, cereals, and yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, her own homemade jam. One breakfast she made us was the most delicious tuna sandwiches and also banana frittatas, boy, was it good? They even have an espresso machine onboard, how great is that? One day Keith caught a Spanish mackerel on a fishing rod, and she prepared that for us. Another day we bought some tiger prawns from a passing fisherman, and she prepared those too in the most delicious way. Our masseuse was also brilliant, because when not doing any massages, she helped the chef out all the time. Since also captain Gareth and the very friendly engineer En helped out with serving and clearing, we were basically treated as kings and queens!

Our captain Gareth was a good sailor indeed, but his most significant trait was his superior people skills. We enjoyed his company very much and had the best time with him; he had a great sense of humour, but was also extremely knowledgeable, serious and all in all very nice and entertaining. Being only 31 years of age, he was probably bored stiff with us old buggers, though. We are seriously boring people, really, as you can understand when I tell you about our bedtimes: embarrassing as it is, we have to admit that we actually went to bed every night before 9pm…. Very sad state of affairs, isn’t it? Gareth was kind enough to ensure us about our almost normality, as whole days at sea can be very tiring, he told us. He said! Our cabins were very comfortable, with lovely en suite bathrooms, and with both fans and air condition. Gareth ran the air condition for us about one hour each night around EBT (=estimated bed time. As you already know, pitifully early), and that was wonderful.

We were also lucky to meet the owner of the boat, Wolfgang. He’s Austrian, apparently a former chef, and with partners he owns two charter catamarans running out of Phuket, the “Cataleya” and the slightly smaller “Mozart” – the only one missing in the fleet is a boat called Amadeus, of course! He captained the “Mozart” himself, and anchored up one evening close to us. It was very interesting to hear his stories about buying the boats and setting up shop in Phuket. Wolfgang and his Dutch wife Margriet handle all the bookings, etc., etc.

It’s safe to say that we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Everybody did just what they wanted, really. Both Alf and Keith were allowed to steer the boat whenever they wanted, and help out with the sails and anchoring if they so wished. Dot and I on the other hand did nothing, nada, zip, zilch whatsoever, but that was our inclination and by the way, we deserved it…..

S/Y Cataleya
58 foot sailing catamaran, with 2x90 HP marine diesel engines.
Cabins: 2 double cabins with queen size beds plus additional single bed and private bathroom, 2 double cabins with queen size bed and private bathroom. 1 twin bed cabin with private bathroom, 1 twin bed cabin without a private bathroom
6 bathrooms/showers, one of which is in the saloon

Booking: You can rent it bareboat or with a crew

Tel/Fax: +66 (0) 76 289 656. H/p: +66 (0) 81 895 1826 (Wolfgang), +66 (0) 89 909 6959 (Margriet)

Such a break from a standard holiday in Phuket.
We were able to treat our friends ( British,French,Dutch) to two unforgettable days.

Good Luck to Gareth on his new “ship”.Thanks also to Enn, the ever-present, lithesome engineer, to K. Chern, an amazing cook,
Not forgetting K. Lai for relaxing everyone through her pressure massages.

Bon vent a tous

Michele Swabey

Many thanks guys.

A great short charter, very professional crew, good food, yacht in good condition.
Much appreciated. Next year again maybe.

All the best and fair winds Gareth!

Nigel Swabey

Many thanks to Gareth, Enn and Chern for four wonderful days of calm, relaxation, beautiful scenery,

terrific food and comfortable accommodation.

We feel very fortunate to have spent these days in your skilled and hospitable care.
Our very best to you all as the Cataleya sails off for new adventures.

Ba Win, Judith, Emily, John, Jeanette, Art, Leslie and Rob.

Chern’s delicious food, varied, fresh and beautifully presented, was a privilege to eat.
I would have loved to have known more about how she so magically did it.
Swimming in the Andaman Sea, experiencing the quiet of this region, the exploration of lime stone lagoons, the awesomeness of gigantic islands made this so very special.

Thank you for the warm, caring smiles and the thoughtful attention to all the details that make the operation run so brilliantly.


Dear crew,

Thank you so much for a wonderful world of Phi Phi island that you discovered to us and of course for

many more things, like magnificent food, magical underworld of sea and unforgettable sand beaches…

We will carry our memories with us back to Europe with a great desire that we will be back again one day.

With love,

Adriana Igor, Fabiene Maria, Rosana Torua, Sarya Daniel and Atilio

3 amazing days on Cataleya,

Thanks to the crew, the beautiful boat and the wonderful environment.

Thank you for treating us so well, for the great food and showing us the best of Phuket.

Thank you for ever organizing the dolphins!

Both kids and grown-ups can’t forget these most wonderful holidays.

We will be back….!

Costantino and Carline Sambuy with Pietro, Giovanni and Isabella
Ghislain and Gaëlle with Hugo, Lyna and Anaë

Dear Cataleya family,

Thank you for an amazing and perfect vacation!!!
We were truly lucky to be on the boat with such a great crew.
During our stay we felt completely taken care of and safe!
The food was SPECTACULAR and every one of our needs was taken care of.
So again, thank you, kapon ka ( sorry for the wrong spelling?)
Toda Raba ( that is Thank you in Hebrew) and we hope to see you again on this perfect boat with
The crew that made it all even better than could be imagined.

See you soon !

The Barzilais

Our party of 10 Swiss boys & girls had a fantastic sailing trip to “ Racha”, although pretty choppy!

We made a constant 6 ½ -7 ½ knots…….and even enjoyed the “slashing, rocking and rolling”!

Next year we’ll try again…..

Our sincere thanks to the crew, from cook to Captain : all was super!

Heinz & Therese Schmed & 8 ½