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MY Raja Laut Sailing & Diving Yacht

"For me, my craft is sailing on, Through mists to-day, clear seas anon. Whatever the final harbor be T is good to sail upon the sea!"

~ John Kendrick Bangs ~
Dive Race Liveaboard Features and Benefits

Raja Laut is a custom built gaff-rigged schooner, designed along exquisite classic lines for private charters and luxury expeditions. She is reproduction of the traditional western schooner with her classic lines and fine design, and would be equally at home amongst the Baltic traders of 19th Century northern Europe, the schooners of the of Canada/United States, or the "South Sea" schooners of the Pacific.

SY Raja Laut Liveaboard Details

Raja Laut is a custom built gaff-rigged schooner, designed along exquisite classic lines for private charters and luxury expeditions. She is reproduction of the traditional western schooner with her classic lines and fine design, and would be equally at home amongst the Baltic traders of 19th Century northern Europe, the schooners of the of Canada/United States, or the "South Sea" schooners of the Pacific.

The schooner was built to high standards, particularly noticeable in its heavy scantlings, high quality tropical hardwoods and practical well thought-out engineering.

The schooner's was hull constructed is of ironwood (Belian/Ulin). Solid timber is planked onto frames and through-bolted to full-length stringers creating an exceptionally robust vessel.

The underbody is round section full keel leading to a short skeg and full unbalanced rudder. Maximum beam is concentrated just ahead of amidships which is typical of this style of vessel where reserve buoyancy was needed for cargo carrying capability.

Stability experiments carried out afloat under instructions from the architect have indicated a positive stability of 92 degrees, well in excess to that of most commercial vessels.

The sails and rig are classic and well designed with traditional blocks suited for this size and type of boat. She has pleasing lines above and below the waterline. The deck is laid with double timber plank and the deck houses are of strong and practical construction.

Raja Laut will sail to eleven knots under sail and with her 300Hp Yanmar marine engine will do speeds of 10 knots at 1850rpm or 9 knots when run under a more economical power (1600rpm with fuel consumption of approximately 24 liters/hour). This coupled with 7000 liter fuel capacity gives Raja Laut a range of approximately 2500 nautical miles under power.

The Accommodations below are well appointed, comfortable and laid out for luxury charters, ocean cruising, and living on board for long periods of time. All passenger areas are also fully air-conditioned.

From forward there is a fore peak accessed by a dedicated deck hatch. Aft of this the forward crew area is accessed by a companionway with a top opening hatch door, leading down to a large crew cabin with 4 bunks and wash and toilet facilities.

Internally, this is followed by the 5x double guest stateroom each with closet, table, mirror, with en suite washrooms and showers. 3 cabins have LARGE queen size beds and 3 have bunk beds. Minimum headroom in cabins is 2.05m going up to 2.15m

Centrally located between the cabins below deck is the main saloon which is an open-plan feature of the boat consisting of large settees in a U shape configuration around a coffee table. on the wall a 32" flat screen TV, DVD player, and by the coffee table is internet access point. Aft of this, to starboard is storage/laundry cupboard with washer/dryer, and to port is a wine/drinks fridge. Aft of this is the engine room and machinery space followed by a workshop, freezer, and large cold room (3m3). To starboard is an engineers cabin. Aft of this is the steering gear/lazarette area.

Above deck is a compressor room/ bosun's locker area. Exactly mid ship is a flush, spacious open deck area suitable for setting a large dining table, perfect for al-fresco dining, with canopy that can be quickly setup for shade.

In keeping with the Baltic trader tradition there is a cargo hatch styled seating area at mid ship with a skylight providing light to the saloon below.

Aft of mid ship is the main deck house with an access on the port and starboard sides where the dining area comprises two dinner tables able to accommodate 12 diners in total. The galley is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar and is equipped with modern stove, fridge/freezer and microwave.

The fully equipped navigation and captain's area is located aft of the galley leading to the outside helm and poop deck seating area above the transom. The captain has a separate air-conditioned cabin with toilet and shower.

Galley (Where the Good Stuff Comes From)

The galley is located in the central area of the main deck house. It is equipped with all of the equipment required for cruising or living on board for long periods of time, with a double sink, cupboards, 3-burner propane stove, propane oven, microwave oven, and a large stainless steel fridge/freezer. There is space for 4 propane tanks in custom vented deck boxes with selector valves.

Sails and Rigging

The rig is designed by Bosgraaf Yacht & Boat Design, Amsterdam, NL. The rig is well designed and suited to the vessel. The sails are constructed of Dacron with the appropriate weights for each by Lee Sails of Hong Kong. The sail eyes are stainless steel and there is traditional leather work covering the head, tack and clew. Bronze is used to secure the inner and outer jibs to the fore stays.

There are a total of 5 sails:

  • Mainsail (125 m2)
  • Main topsail (30 m2)
  • Foresail (89 m2)
  • Jumbo (44 m2)
  • Yankee (32 m2)
  • Shrouds are of 20mm galvanized wire rope and connected to the chain plates by means of dead eyes in the traditional manner.

Halyards and sheets are nylon and polyester. Masts are of 9 mm thick x 320 mm diameter steel. Spars are of timber with stainless steel fittings. Netting is employed between the sprit and the martingales.

History

The Malay name Raja Laut, which translates to 'King of the Sea', is a reference to the real life "Rajah Laut" Captain William Lingard, the 19th Century adventurer-trader. Captain Lingard was well known in Singapore and throughout the Malay archipelago. For many years he sailed his own ships and cargoes between Singapore and Borneo and had amassed a considerable fortune.

It was on one of his numerous voyages to Borneo that he fought a large and powerful fleet of pirates, rescuing a surrounded Dutch brig. For his conspicuous bravery on this and other occasions he received the thanks of the King of Holland, and was decorated with the order of the 'Lion of the Netherlands'. It was on account of his fearsome reputation that he acquired the name of 'Rajah Laut' among the Malays.

The Joseph Conrad character, Tom Lingard, is partly inspired by the real life Lingard, and first appears in the novel Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad, set in 19th Century Borneo. Tom Lingard also featured in the Joseph Conrad novels: An Outcast of the Islands, and The Rescue. The three novels are what is sometimes referred to as "The Lingard Trilogy", a group of novels based on Conrad's experience as mate on the steamer, Vidar, one of his earliest experiences in the British Merchant Navy at a time when the British Empire spanned a quarter of the globe

The name and style of the yacht Raja Laut is in tribute to the adventure and maritime tradition of South East Asia. It also is a tribute to the longevity of the gaff-rigged schooner, whose tried and tested designs were a mainstay of the golden Age of Sail. Her hull lines are typical of the European or American schooners, while her interior decor reveals the influences of Asia.

The hull shape is typical of traditional wooden schooners from Europe and America as the midsection lines are based on those from the Spray, built by Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail around the world single handed. The Spray hull design is known for its stability.

The overall design is typical of the "South Seas schooner", such as the schooner Pato whose hull was designed along the lines of an early Americas Cup winning schooner. The schooner Pato was built in the Philippines & also sailed by Joshua Slocum.

The Raja Laut was built by her French designer, Georges Carraz, who has lived and worked in Southeast Asia for 30 years, and has during his time developed an intimate knowledge of the people and of the boat building traditions of this region.

MY Raja Laut Liveaboard Boat Layouts

  • 3 Double-bed Air Conditioned cabins with En suite bathroom
  • 2 twin-bed Air Conditioned cabins with En suite bathroom
  • Fresh hot & Cold water showers
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Fresh water tanks for camera rinsing
  • Air-conditioned saloon and cabins
  • Audio and Video entertainment center & computer in the saloon
  • Covered Outdoor dining. Indoor dining when weather dictates
  • Delicious Cuisine
  • Free flow hot / cold beverages and snacks
  • Kayaks
  • High-speed dinghy
  • Water skiing and Wake boarding
  • Laundry

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SY Raja Laut Features & Benefits

Yacht Specifications
Design Classic Gaff rigged Topsail Schooner, Carraz / Bosgraaf
Built 2004, Malay Registered
LOA 31 meters
Beam 7.2 meters
Draft 3 meters
Displacement 115 tons
Hull construction Iron wood, Carvel planked on frame though bolted to internal stringers
Rig Fractional rig, 3 spreaders, spinnaker prodder
Sail

Mainsail (125 m2)
Main topsail (30 m2)
Foresail (89 m2)
Jumbo (44 m2)
Yankee (32 m2)

Steering CA quadrant run by two 1.5" hydraulic rams and hydraulic steering pump arrangement in line with the teak steering wheel. The hydraulic steering system is solidly mounted on the stern post which is itself a solid 12 inch x 12 inch piece of timber.
Cruising Performance Under power: 10 knots; Under sail 11 knots
Technical Specifications
Engine Yanmar 6HADTE 300HP Turbo 6 cylinder Diesel Engine
Fuel Diesel
Fuel Capacity 7000 liter
Water Capacity 3000 liter
Watermaker 200 ltr/hour
Gearbox Yanmar hydraulic YP15 Ratio 3.3:1
Electricity Mitsubishi-Marelli 28kw 3 phase
Electronics & Navigation
Basic navigation Paper charts, compass, binoculars,
Navigation equipment Depth Sounder Raymarine 1265, GPS Furuno GP 32, Navtex NX 300, Integrated Radar /Plotter/Sounder Simrad CX44E located next to wheel
Communication VHF Raymarine 54, SSB Icom 4, Fleet 33 satellite communication,
Accommodation
Double Cabins
  • 3 double en suite air conditioned cabins with queen size beds and private bathroom/shower
  • 3 double en suite air conditioned cabins with bunk size beds and private bathroom/shower
Bathrooms
6 bathrooms with showers and electric household size toilets + deck shower
Saloon U-shaped couch seating 10 persons in comfort
On deck
Wide walkways, uncluttered decks, big netting
Comfort & Entertainment
Ventilation Air conditioning and hatches
Access to Seawater
Boarding ladder, Swim ladder
Entertainment
Flat Screen TV/DVD/audio CD surround sound, Internet access point
Galley
Cooking Able to stay at sea for long periods. Cold storage, double sinks, cupboards, stove, oven, freezers.
Cold Storage

2 fridges, 2 freezing compartments separate to fridge

Safety
Life Vests 60 x Solas life jackets
First Aid Generic first aid
Fire Extinguishers CO2 x 2kg fire extinguisher, 2 x 4.0kg ABC Dry Chemical Extinguishers
Emergency Equipment Handheld and Rocket Parachute Flares, 2x Life Ring and rescue collar plus Dan Buoy Light
Rafts CRVF 25 man Offshore Life raft SOLAS compliant
Activities Equipment
Tender 4.8 meter RIB dinghy with 60 HP Yamaha Outboard
Snorkeling 20 sets of masks, fins and snorkels
Watersports 2 inflatable sea kayaks, waterskis, wake boards
Fishing gear Trawling and bottom fishing gear
Diving Bauer Mariner scuba diving compressor, 12 tanks and 8 complete scuba diving gear




SY Raja Laut Day Rates
 
12 Guests
Thailand's West Coast
€4,500
12 Guests
Burma (Mergui)
€4,500
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