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VELA: the shiny new 112' Schooner has launched | Powered by Doyle

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A shiny new training yacht has emerged from the Chao Phraya River slipway of Marsun Shipyards after launching on July 2nd, 2020 – the stunning 112’ Schooner VELA

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VELA, named after the "sail" of the constellation Argo Naves in the Southern Hemisphere, will soon sail from Thailand to Cape Town to start her first around the world voyage.

A typical voyage will see VELA sail routes from Cape Town to Antigua via Brazil; the Caribbean to Tahiti via Panama and the Galapagos; Tahiti to Australia with all the islands in between.

VELA will follow in the wake of her sister ship ARGO, also built by Marsun and launched in 2006. ARGO is now on her sixth voyage around the world, with her sister ship expected to sail on the opposite side of the world with up to 31 crew including 24 student trainees when on passage.

Marsun truly outdid themselves with this yacht. Project Manager and Engineer Travis Yates says, "Marsun has been like family for us over all the years, and we were thrilled they were willing to build VELA when we needed another yacht to carry more students on our worldwide adventure programs."

Marsun's steel and aluminium construction is second to none, as witnessed by well-known sailing superyacht captain Christopher Callahan. Bureau Veritas' Bangkok Marine office provided the Classification Society services. Like her sister ship ARGO, VELA is rated Category Zero for commercial service on all Oceans around the world. VELA sails under the United Kingdom Red Ensign as a part of the British Virgin Islands Registry and his homeported in Gorda Sound.

Marsun installed a Caterpillar C7 main engine to power a five-blade feathering Max-prop for top sailing performance. Two Northern Lights generators keep the high-tech lithium-ion battery system charged so that most of the shipboard systems can run on 24VDC power. The 19,000-liter per day reverse osmosis water making system and SCUBA compressor, along with the large gas/electric oven that all require a generator power supply.

VELA's lines were born on the drafting screens of naval architectural experts Langan Design Associates. Marsun built the masts with plans developed by SDK Structures, and with aluminium extrusions produced at Nedal Aluminium in Holland. With an air draft of 34 meters, she is rigged with 25mm stainless wire to stand up to any weather.

Doyle Sails British Virgin Islands designed and co-ordinated VELA’S sails in conjunction with Doyle Sails Barbados who built VELA'S "wings." As sister-ship ARGO (a project Doyle was also involved in) has already proven, with trophies over the years from The Phuket King's Cup events and Antigua Classic Yacht Regattas, she will be quick and powerful under sail.

Shipmates aboard will share all the crew functions from cooking to standing watch. By the end of the voyage, they can navigate, bake, wash down, hoist or furl the sails as required - as all functions are manual – time tested and reliable. Modern sail furling systems can break down, yet old fashioned "ironman power" has lasted over the centuries.

Marsun built her to last with state of the art stainless fixtures and fittings all over the deck, including her chainplates. Even the painted dorade top box plates and flanges are stainless to avoid oxidation and last forever. Truly a yacht built to stand the test of time. Travis added, "Marsun has always gone the extra mile working together with the team to produce a vessel of true and lasting beauty that is, at the same time, a robust and safe vessel so that we can confidently sail the world's oceans for years to come.”


MARSUN has been one of Thailand’s leading shipbuilders since 1980. From it base in Samutprakarn, strategically located at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, the yard has delivered over 319 vessels to customers worldwide, including naval, commercial vessels and patrol gun boats through to crew transfer vessels and yachts.


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