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The 36m Brigantine Schooner

"Lombok Privateer"

  36m Lombok Privateer Sail Plan - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Aft Perspective | Forward Perspective | Side Perspective
Artistic Rendering Aft | Artistic Rendering Fwd | Artistic Rendering Above

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General Concept

This privateer-style schooner is intended for construction in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods.  The concept has been to create a vessel that could accommodate up to fourteen charter guests plus twelve crew for charters in Indonesia and South East Asia, as well as to have  a vessel suited to worldwide cruising. The goal has been to provide all the amenities of a well equipped charter vessel that is fully capable as a motor-sailer, while also performing exceptionally well as a pure sailing vessel.  Although the structure is built in wood, we have specified modern materials wherever possible to provide a rig that reflects a classic schooner / brigantine heritage. 

With the 'privateer' hull type, five large luxury cabins are provided within a smaller overall vessel size than would be possible using a typical Pinisi or KLM hull type, and we've done so without having to reduce the size of the guest cabins.  The guest cabins have been located from amidships forward, with the engine room moved aft; the crew cabins located aft; and the cook, guide, captain and engineer / mate in their own cabins on deck. 

As compared with our Indonesian Pinisi and KLM designs there is less rake to the stem and the overhang aft is relatively modest.  This provides a longer waterline on a shorter overall length.  Since it is the length on the waterline that determines what will be possible with the interior layout, in order to achieve the same layout in a traditional sailing phinisi design, the length on deck would have to be roughly 42 meters.  In all, this is a much more economical vessel to build, with no reduction in the accommodation space. 


36m Lombok Privateer Particulars - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.


The construction methods used in South Sulawesi and elsewhere in Indonesia are plank-on-frame using tropical hardwood.  Frames are sawn futtocks which are scarphed together rather than lying side by side.  By tradition the planks are erected prior to the frames being installed, therefore all planks are edge fastened using a combination of hardwood dowels and galvanized drifts.  Please see our Pinisi History page for more information about the construction methods used in Indonesia, and our Pinisi Building page for our recommended path to achieve the highest quality.


The rig is a traditional stays'l schooner / brigantine with gaff main. Light weather sails include a main gaff tops'l, two square foretops'ls, and a large lower course for light winds.  This kind of rig is able to provide plenty of sail area for fast passage making without becoming too tall, and the square sails perform exceedingly well off the wind.  Although it is common for the Indonesian Pinisi sailing rigs to use a standing gaff with the sail brailled to the mast, we have instead used a standard Western gaff so that the sail and the gaff can be raised and lowered together.  This provides much greater flexibility in reefing, less windage, and in general far easier sail handling.

As a result of the vessel's heavy displacement it is able to carry all steel spars and yards, allowing more freedom with regard to the rig design and size.  Steel tube is no heavier than tropical hardwood for masts and spars.  All welded tube and fittings vastly simplifies the rig construction while dramatically increasing the strength and longevity of the rig. 

Five Cabin Layout

EXTERIOR: The exterior configuration can be seen in the sail plan above and in the layout images below.  There is a raised aft deck surrounded by a tall bulwark and wrap-around seating.   On the forward deck there is a seating pod with a table for dining on deck.  The seating pod can be converted into an Asian seating platform for informal lounging on deck, or for sleeping under the stars.  Elsewhere on the foredeck there is ample space for lounge chairs, and if dive operations are anticipated, a pair of 'dive kiosks' a planned for placement on the fore deck, forward.

36m Lombok Privateer Interior Profile - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
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INTERIOR ON DECK:  The aft part of the raised deck house contains the galley, with the bridge in its forward end and a pair of cabins in between for the cook and guide.  The on-deck location for the galley was chosen in order to allow the guests to participate in gourmet cooking adventures - potentially a central feature for charters.  With a generous food storage area located below within a dedicated pantry, the galley is reserved for cooking and entertainment.  Wrap-around counters provide ample space for food preparation.  An additional food preparation area is located on deck, right aft of the galley.  This can function as a service area for the aft seating, or as a BBQ and fish cleaning area, or it can simply be used as a wet bar. 

 Accessible from the port side-deck is a stairway leading below to the crew quarters.  The stairway also provides direct access to the engine room, pantry, and below decks storage room.  In the deck house right forward of the bridge are a pair of cabins for the captain and the mate / chief engineer, and a massage room to port.

Forward of that there is a large lounge / dining room.   Wrap-around lounge areas are to port and starb'd in the aft part of the lounge, and a large formal dining table is located forward.  A stairway on center leads down to the guest hallway, providing ready access to the forward guest cabins.  The two staircases descending from the lounge have between them a long table extending forward and aft of the stairwell.  The table creates headroom for the stairwell, and thus becomes a 'feature' within the lounge, with seating all around.  The table also provides a service area, and in its aft end a media center.

36m Lombok Privateer Deck Plan - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
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INTERIOR BELOW:   In addition to the captain and mate / engineer cabins on deck, ten crew are accommodated in the aft crew quarters.  The crew cabins are accessed directly via the portside stairwell, which leads down into a crew dining / lounge area. 

Forward of the crew cabins on center is the engine room containing the propulsion engine and two primary generators, pumps, filters, fuel manifold, etc.  Outboard of the engine room to port is a machinery space, which contains the air conditioning chiller, dive air compressor, water maker pump, hot water heater, and a 'pony' generator to run just the basic refrigeration, basic lighting, and to keep the house batteries charged when there are no guests aboard.  Outboard of the engine room to starb'd is a cool storage room, which contains a large deep freeze and generous cooled storage for produce and other food stores.

Forward of the engine room are four deluxe en-suite guest cabins plus one V.I.P cabin right forward, all of which are accessed via the stairway leading below from within the on-deck lounge. Each guest suite has its own private head and shower, a desk, a couch, a wardrobe, and ample storage.

36m Lombok Privateer Layout - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
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The 36m Lombok Privateer is yet another design in our "Privateer" series, which includes the 17m Flores Privateer, the 20m Sulawesi Privateer, and the 31m Komodo Privateer designs, plus the 45m Kalimantan Privateer concept design, all of which are intended for construction in Indonesia.  For the 36m Lombok Privateer the size has been varied as needed for the sake of carrying the charter guests in greater comfort.  

An interesting article on our work with the wooden vessels of Indonesia appeared in the New York Times, called The Traditional Pinisi - And Then Some.  For a taste of what is possible with these craft, please see our Amandira page and our Dunia Baru page where you will find several outstanding as-built images.

For more information about these craft, please see the following links.  Please also feel free to contact me with questions you may have about building a wood boat like this in such an exotic location...!

36m Lombok Privateer Schooner - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
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Our articles about building an Indonesian Pinisi or KLM:
Pinisi History  |  Pinisi Building  |  The Ultimate Charter Pinisi
Sailing vs. KLM Types  |  A Cargo Pinisi as a Yacht...?

Pinisi and KLM designs that we have created or have planned:
30m Pinisi, DATU BUA  |  36m Pinisi, SILOLONA
38m Pinisi, AMANDIRA  |  50m Sailing Pinisi

27m DIVE Charter KLM  |  30m Charter KLM  |  33m Charter KLM
36m KLM, DUNIA BARU  |  40m Charter KLM  |  50m Charter KLM

Descriptions of our adventures with these boats:
Silolona "Homecoming"  |  Indonesia Boatbuilding Images

Five Schooners and Two Arabian Dhows Suited to Building in Indonesia
17m Flores Privateer  |  20m Sulawesi Privateer  |  31m Komodo Privateer
36m Tern Schooner  |  36m Lombok Privateer  |  45m Kalimantan Privateer

22m Arabian Baghala  |  36m Arabian Baghala

Two junk rigged KLM types for construction in steel:
25m Lady Destiny  |  55m Lady Destiny