Our company was founded was founded in 1993 by 2 Swiss partners, sailing and diving experts under the name Elite Sail and Dive Co, one of the first independent yacht charter operators in Phuket. Over the years the business has expanded as the world has discovered Phuket as one of the world premier cruising destination. Today we operates the largest independent bare boats fleet in Phuket.
The company is now managed by Jurg Hofer an engineer and sailing enthusiast from Switzerland and Peter Walsh a Naval architect and sailing instructor from Ireland, together with an international team that speaks Thai, English, French and German hence ensuring the best responses to our customers. Our attention to detail and personalized service will ensure that you have a great sailing vacation in one of the worlds best cruising areas.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M14485 was founded in 1993 by 2 Swiss partners, sailing and diving experts under the name M14485 , one of the first independent boat charter operators in Phuket. Over the years the business has expanded as the world has discovered Phuket as one of the world's premier cruising destinations. Today M14485 operates the largest independent bareboat fleet in Phuket and also the most recent with 80% the fleet being models 2007 upwards.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our aim is to provide the best service, with better equipped yachts than your average charter yacht, at a reasonable price, in one of the best cruising destinations.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialize in yacht charters in Thailand, providing either crewed or bareboat sailing.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The company is now managed by Jürg Hofer, a sailing enthusiast from Switzerland, together with an international team that speaks Thai, English, German and French, ensuring the best responses to all our customers.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
A one week bareboat cruise around the Phuket and Krabi provinces is our most popular year round package. Either families or groups of friends enjoy the freedom of exploring the largest sailing area with the most diverse scenery in the world at their own pace. For some relaxing in the quiet anchorages off jungle beaches and snorkelling on the corals in the clear waters around Krabi and Phi Phi is first on their list while some prefer the awe inspiring Phang Nga Bay with it’s towering limestone islands and thousands of hidden caves, lagoons and peaceful overnight BBQ spots. All sailors that have been to phuket once return again and again.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"We have been chartering for over 20 years in various locations over the world. We could not compare other destinations with the fantastic cruising grounds on Phuket. The friendliness of the local people and the variety of food was excellent. My wife also really liked the addition of solar panels to the yacht which meant we could run the fridge all the time, something we had never seen before. It was the best experience we have ever had and cannot wait to come back again next year"- Eric- January 2011.