Introducing SY Sunshine 

Sunshine is a two masted gaff rigged schooner. She measures 31 meters over the deck and has a beam of 5.6 meters.

Sunshine is built according to designs drawn up in 1900, with the hull and rig exactly faithful to that of her famous predecessor.  

The original Sunshine was built for Glen F. McAndrew of Largs Castle in Scotland. In 1906 she became the proud possession of the Portuguese Royal family (until 1911) and was then called "Maris Stellis".

Cabins & Quarters 

The layout of the interior, which is hand-crafted from teak and rosewood, has been improved to comply with all modern safety standards, such as the four watertight bulkheads. The deck is laid down in long thick lengths of solid teak planks over the steel beams and caulked with cotton in the traditional way. The masts and spars are all of Sitka Spruce and the standing rigging is of galvanised steel.

Sunshine has space for 8 guests. Her two main guest staterooms are located in the wide and quiet midship area in front of the saloon. These cabins feature queen-size beds.  The spacious aft cabin features 2 large beds which can both be used as doubles. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms and are fully air-conditioned.  



Sunshine's Crew

Tiger is Sunshine's Bosun and acrobat when he climbs the rig. Tiger is 26 years old and a Myanmar citizen. Tiger has been with the crew since 2010. 

Freddy was born in South Africa. A few years ago he sailed on Sunshine as a guest - and couldn't leave. He took the position as the yacht's boatman and PADI divemaster. In the evenings, he's also acts as the bartender.

Captain Peter has been sailing all of his life. In 1999 he started building Sunshine and took her around the world. 


Wandee is a Thai native and Sunshine's chef who works hard all day to spoil the guests.   


Min Thu from Yangon is an engineer by training and joined the team after spending years in commercial shipping.  


Evan is Sunshine's First Mate, a native Karen from the delta region of Myanmar. He has been part of the crew since Sunshine was build. 


The schooner Sunshine is the third 'sister' built to the design drawn up by the famous naval architect William Fife Jun. in 1900. The original Sunshine (1900) - and its first sister ship "Asthore" (1902) - were built by the Fifes at their yard in Fairlie. Both vessls changed names several times, with Asthore also being called Sunshine for a long while. The original Sunshine was built for a local gentleman, Glen F. McAndrew of Largs Castle in Scotland, whose house was close by the Fairlie yard. In 1906 she was in the possession of the Portuguese Royal family, during which time she was called "Maris Stellis". These schooners were predecessors of the legendary yachts "Susanne" and "Cicely".

In 1901, Yachting World published an article about the launch of the schooner Sunshine:

"She was designed by William Fife Jun. and while intended for a cruiser, she looks, with her long overhangs, small but powerful underwater body, strong and well turned bilge, and extremely roomy deck, every inch a modern racer. While Sunshine is not exactly like any boat ever designed by Mr. Fife, in the absence of a drawing it will give a pretty fair idea of her to say that she is an enlarged and improved edition of those pretty and speedy little schooners Helen and Geisha , which were built at Fairlie a few years ago. Sunshine is a very handsome boat and cannot fail to be a speedy one."

Construction of the reborn Sunshine began in late 1999. She was launched in 2003 and then shifted to the fitting-out-berth. In October 2004, the Myanmar Shipyards officially handed her over at a gracious ceremony fit for a super tanker and away she sailed for a maiden cruise through the spectacular uninhabited islands of the Mergui Archipelago and on towards Phuket, Thailand.

Her hull is Dutch marine grade A steel, and she has been built under the strict supervision of a Lloyd's surveyor, to Lloyd's SSC plan approval. Yangon was chosen for the build as the facility at Myanmar Shipyards is highly suited to the job. In Myanmar, one can still find building and handicraft techniques that are as close as it gets to the skills originally employed in the Scotland of the early 20th century.

Although there are many survivors in the cutter category, few classic schooners still exist today, and Sunshine was built with that thought in mind. It was probably in the early 1900s when the design of sailing ships and yachts were at the height of their evolution, just before steam and diesel engines and racing rating rules began to interfere with the purity of their original function and beauty. Looking into the future, it is likely that there will be a reduction in the numbers of original vessels, due to the high and ever increasing costs of maintaining these rare remaining vessels.

Life on Board

Yacht Specifications

Built by Myanmar Shipyards in Yangon, to Lloyd's Survey of Steel & Wood.

  • Sail area: 5,200 sq ft
  • LOD: 103'
  • Beam: 18' 6"
  • Draft: 11'
  • Designer: William Fife Jun.
  • Year Launched: 2003
  • Displacement: 80 Tons
  • Tonnage: 127.48
  • Fuel capacity: 3,000 Ls
  • Water capacity: 4,000 Ls
  • Main engine: Cummins Diesel 300 hp 6CTA.8.3 - M1
  • Gearbox: Twin Disc MG 5067
  • Generator: Onan 17.5 KVA
  • Electricity: 24v - 12v - 230v
  • Isolating transformer for shore power
  • 2 x banks of batteries 1200 AH
  • Air-con: Throughout

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