Introducing SY Meta IV
Meta IV was designed by the naval architect Thomas E. Colvin, who gave the vessel her beautiful shape and robust hull. She is made entirely of Thai teak, one of the best woods for building classic boats.
Meta IV was constructed in 1998 as a private yacht for a Swiss businessman who made his fortune in hotels. In 2010, the Austrian skipper Herbert Mayrhauser found her at a pier in Phuket and immediately fell in love. After two years of intensive restoration work and refitting, Meta IV started her new life as a luxury charter vessel in the fall of 2012.
Meta IV measures 85 feet in length or 25 metres. That's longer than the Santa Maria, the boat that Columbus sailed into history when he discovered the Americas. In fact, with all her space, you could almost forget you were holidaying on a yacht. The sheer size, and the facilities on board, make for a holiday getaway that your family or friends won't forget.
Watch our video to find out what sailing aboard Meta IV looks and feels like
Cabins & Quarters
Meta IV has four guest cabins, each fully air conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and electric toilets. Two of the cabins boast queen-size beds, while the other two feature twin beds. Behind the cockpit is the triple stateroom. The entire aft of the boat is shaded and fitted with multiple dining spaces and sunbathing areas.
The boat's centre is dominated by the generous galley and saloon dining area. But chances are that you'll be enjoying most of your meals outside in the sun or in Myanmar's mild evenings.
1) Anchor Locker, 2) Head/Shower, 3) Crew Quarters, 4) Double Stateroom, 5) Dining Area, 6) Galley, 7) Workshop & Sail Loft, 8) Triple Stateroom, 9) Lazaret
Meta IV's Crew
We usually sail with a crew of four, including a captain, a guide, a chef and a deckhand.
Captain Herbert was born in Austria and is Meta IV's captain. He has been working as a professional skipper for more than 30 years in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia. During this time he has logged over 300,000 nautical miles.
Captain Ekachai has been everywhere: he’s sailed from Sri Lanka to Bali and from Myanmar to Sabah. In his ten years of braving the open oceans, reassembling engines and navigating Asia's coasts, he has gathered experience fit for an old sea dog.
Wa is there grinding your coffee in the morning and he’ll start your evening with his choice sundowner. No matter how long your cruise, chef Wa will make sure that no dish gets served twice. After years in Thai restaurants Wa joined us for the love of fresh fish and seafood.
Koon is the ray of sunshine on board and is in charge of guest services. She is a great chef, specialising in Western and Southeast Asian cuisines, and Koon will mix your favourite cocktails. Be warned: you will gain a kilo or two.
Aung Kyaw joined us in 2013 as our local guide and deckhand aboard Meta IV. He has 12 years of sailing experience in the Mergui Archipelago and knows almost every island, every rock and every beach. Besides, he's simply a great person!
Won is a native Thai who has been working as a professional sailor for the past 5 years. In 2010 he joined Meta IV. He loves the oceans, everything about boating, and you are most likely to see him with a rope in his hand.
Life on Board
- RIB dinghy boat with Yamaha 30HP outboard engine
- Air condition
- Hydraulic steering Wagner T-13-35
- Electric anchor windlass
- GPS chart plotter
- Wind instruments
- Inmarsat satellite phone
- Depth sounder
- VHF radio
- Stereo hifi system
- Water maker Aquatechnology 200 litres per hour
- Icecube maker
- Rig: Bermuda
- Type: Ketch
- Design: Thomas E. Colvin, USA
- Year built: 1998
- LOA: 25.30m / 85 feet
- Draft: 2.83m
- Beam: 5.7m
- Displacement: 65t
- Engine: 15.7 litre Cummins N-855-M 195 KW
- Generator: Kohler 7 KW
- Electricity: 12V / 24V / 220V
- Total sail area: 317 sqm