|Explore the Andaman with Star Fruit Catamaran|
Explore the Andaman with
Star Fruit Catamaran
Ilya Saldaev runs a charter operation out of his 38-foot catamaran, Star Fruit. And it's a great way to see the surrounding waters of Phang Nga Bay, the Andaman Sea and everything in between. Ilya and his friends will put to rest all those nasty rumours you have heard about Russians. This is a kind and caring group of people, who want to ensure you have a good and safe time on the water.
Ilya hails from Nizhny Novgorod, about 400km east of Moscow. He moved to Moscow in 2000 and in 2004 he set up his own logistics company transporting dangerous goods; actually he still runs that company. In 2009, he was looking for something different to do, so he took a sailing class in Moscow. There, he befriended fellow Roman Shirokov, the two became close friends and when Roman moved to Phuket a few years back, Ilya came for a visit, liked what he saw, and enlisted Roman's help in finding a boat.
Roman found Star Fruit and the pair opened a charter company. They offer a wide range of sea charters ranging from one day to two weeks. If you never been to sea, but have dreamt about it and want to have a favourable experience, charter Star Fruit. And if you are an experienced yachtsman, but don't have to spend money on accommodation, just go sailing for your whole vacation and let Star Fruit steer you through the mesmerizing topography of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay.
While out on your trip, you can snorkel, go scuba diving, fishing, rock climbing and exploring and en route you can listen to great tunes on the catamaran's sound system and enjoy wonderfully delicious meals prepared by the ship's crew. If you don't have much time, Star Fruit does regular Sunday day-cruises. These typically leave at 9am, returning at 6pm. If the conditions aren't too rough Ilya will head to Koh Racha Yai; if it's very wavy, he will pick a shorter destination like Koh Maiton or Coral Island. Star Fruit also does sunset cruises heading out near Promthep Cape at about 4pm, and returning just after sunset. Ilya says he can take up to 12 people on these trips. For two-day trips. Star Fruit visits the Phi-Phi Islands, and if you have three days, go further - to Koh Lanta or Railay in Krabi Province.
Star Fruit has an auto-pilot system, and so it can be handled by one person. If you have an international license and good knowledge and experience of sailing, you can charter Star Fruit catamaran without a skipper (bareboat charter). The interior of the boat is finished in genuine wood, with four cabins. Each comes with a large and comfortable bed and there are two separate bathrooms. The saloon has a cooking stove, refrigerator and audiovisual equipment.
On the bow, there is plenty of room for sunbathing, and sun loungers are provided. Nets on the bow allow for sunbathing in style, and in the cozy cockpit there is a sofa and table where you can chill out. The cook-galley is equipped with a cooking stove, a two-piece kitchen sink and a refrigerator. The cockpit is wide and comfortable. There are two big lockers for the storing of personal belongings, and a lot of space for sitting and relaxing. Ilya used to work strictly with Russians, but since the devaluation of the ruble he's reached out to Westerners and Thais in an attempt to lure more business. Ilya and Roman have sailed the Med, and are fond of the Seychelles and the Canary Islands, but all in all they prefer Thailand due to its warm waters, beautiful scenery, long sailing season, great food and its kind and generous people. So if you want a guaranteed fun and safe trip on the water, contact Ilya. He and Roman will make sure you enjoy your trip cruising.