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50 Meter

Luxury Charter Sailing Pinisi

164' Length On Deck

50 Meter Sailing Phinisi

Perspective Forward | Perspective Aft | Portside Cutaway | Portside Perspective
Larger Sail Plan | Interior Profile | Bridge Deck Plan | Main Deck Plan | Lower Deck Plan

Image of 50m Pinisi vs 36m Pinisi Size...!

Copyright 2007 - 2015 Michael Kasten

I developed the design shown above in 2007 as a much larger version of the 36m Pinisi, Silolona, a Pinisi design that I created for Patti Seery in 2001.  Like the Silolona, I modeled this design after traditional Indonesian Pinisi - which were originally sailing types.   At 50 meters on deck this design is large enough to carry a complete 'double deck' easily and gracefully. It is also large enough to accommodate 5 luxury suites below forward, plus a huge ultra-luxury 'Kahn-size' suite on the Bridge Deck aft - all without being in any way crowded.

Vessel particulars are:

The hull structure is ironwood, and the superstructure and interior are teak and other tropical hardwoods.  The structure and machinery are designed to the standards of Germansicher Lloyds and the Biro Klassifikasi Indonesia for wooden vessels, as well as the requirements of the MCA LY2 rules with regard to subdivision and stability.  Many charter Pinisi operators make this claim, but there are very few for which the claim is legitimate. 

Our aim though is that the 50m Sailing Pinisi actually be built to Class  -  which will be an inspiration to all who sail on her.

The Intent...

For the interior, the intent with this concept and other Indonesian charter vessels of our design is that the interior layout make it possible for the vessel to be used in either of two modes:

  1. As a personal world-traveling yacht for a private owner and guests, or
  2. For use as a charter yacht with "managed ownership."

By "managed ownership" we mean that the yacht is privately owned, but is managed by a charter company who is able to charter the vessel when it is not being used by the owner. In exchange for its use, the charter company takes care of the vessel's maintenance and repairs, and provides the owner with an income stream. Done correctly, this is a rather ideal way to own a boat - no maintenance, it pays its own way, and the owner can step aboard a well maintained vessel nearly any time and simply enjoy their time aboard rather than having to manage the vessel's upkeep.

Comfort and privacy have been primary goals. Given the overall size, the interior layout is not at all crowded. Since the vessel will be sailing in the tropics, excellent ventilation has been given the highest priority. Each cabin has a private head and shower and all accommodation spaces are air conditioned.

The Interior Layout

The interior has been designed to accommodate 12 to 14 guests in high luxury, therefore the guest cabins have been made quite large.  To best understand the vessel's interior please study the interior layout images within the links above. I will briefly walk through what I consider to be a perfect layout for this vessel as follows:

Below Decks

Right forward below the main deck is of course the fore peak, having two compartments, the forward-most of which would be the chain locker, and just aft of that the Bosun's locker for general storage of ship's gear.

On the lower deck forward are five luxury staterooms, plus a laundry / steward's cabin. Aft of this array of luxury suites is the engine room, sized to house the various support systems for luxury chartering, including three generators, dive compressor, high pressure storage tanks, a redundant air conditioning system and large capacity reverse osmosis system for replenishing the fresh water supply.

Aft of the Engine Room are the crew mess, crew laundry, and crew cabins. These are also generous, allowing for approximately 15 to 18 crew without any crowding. Right aft, below the main deck is a spacious Lazarette for general storage of ship's gear, backup dive gear and other spares.

The Main Deck

The forward main deck is the main socializing area throughout the day time, and well into the night... Thus generous seating arrangements have been provided there.

Amidships on the Main Deck is a Lounge for the guests, for indoor dining. A stairway leads directly from the Lounge forward, down to the guest suite hallway below. Aft of the lounge is another stairway, leading to port and upward to the Bridge Deck, and to the large guest suite located there. Aft of the Main Deck stairwell is the galley with walk-in cool room, a mini dive shop to port, and a cozy communications room / library aft.

At the aft end of the Main Deck is another exterior social area / lounge - but one that is covered and therefore out of the sun and weather. This is the best gathering spot for an informal Barbeque on deck or for staging a dive adventure or fishing or just for general hanging out...

The Bridge Deck

At the forward end of the Bridge Deck is a spacious 'Promenade Deck' just forward of the Bridge. The Promenade Deck extends the full width of the vessel, and provides yet another private place to get some sun or just a bit more privacy from the on-deck activities.

The Bridge itself provides a piloting area that also spans the width of the ship. Aft of the Bridge is the main stairwell, the Captain's quarters and an 'owner / / manager / tour guide cabin' for use as ship's office and sleeping cabin.

Right aft on the Bridge Deck is an ultra deluxe suite that looks out to a vast panorama, having windows all around. Nevertheless, privacy is assured by the location. The entry to this suite is at the forward end, directly from each side of the Promenade Deck. A large private Veranda Deck is located right aft for complete privacy.

This Bridge Deck luxury suite would be second to none...!

More Information...?

Eminently suited to high end luxury charters throughout SE Asia, the 50m Sailing Pinisi described above has proven to be quite appealing.  Sufficiently so that it has already been largely copied (although poorly) in order to build the LAMIMA..!!    From the hull profile to the general layout to the sail plan... it seems those involved in creating the LAMIMA have admired my work a little too avidly, even though they did not achieve the graceful lines of the 50m Sailing Pinisi shown here...

To be blessed with so little imagination truly astonishing.  But I should not be so shocked... the 50m Sailing Pinisi is after all an outstanding design.  I'm sure it will continue to inspire many more Pinisi charter yachts in the future. 

An interesting article on our work with these vessels 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 Dunia Baru web page where you will find excellent as-built images.

If this or a similar Pinisi / luxury sailing yacht is of interest, we offer a thorough design service. Our preference is to take advantage of traditional methods to the maximum extent possible, but to bring the construction standard up to a classification society compliant structure. We offer our custom design services by which we can modify these types of vessels to suit a variety of requests to change the size or to modify the layout as needed, and then follow that up with our local knowledge in order to facilitate construction.

For complete information about our work with these vessels please see the following links, or for more information please inquire.

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