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55 Meter Expeditionary Sailing Junk

Lady Destiny

180' Length On Deck

Lady Destiny - A 55m Sailing Junk
Perspective Forward | Perspective Aft | Perspective Portside
Preliminary Interior Profile | Four-Mast Junk Rig

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The 55 meter (180') concept design shown here has been planned as an expeditionary private yacht. The "Lady Destiny" is intended as a competent motor sailing vessel. With ample displacement, there is plenty of room inside for accommodations, and on deck for entertaining and to enjoy the view over the water. The inspiration for this vessel has been drawn from two cultures: Indonesian and Chinese, each having a long maritime history.

The hull form is inspired by the traditional Indonesian 'kapal layar mesin' types - the present-day wooden cargo vessels which can be seen throughout Indonesia. This is very much in line with the lineage of KLM-Yachts that we have developed for construction in wood. The Lady Destiny is shaped a bit differently though in order to best suit her new purpose. As compared to the usual KLM types, on the Lady Destiny the stem is more upright, the hull is multi-chine for ease of construction in steel, and the keel has greater depth for the sake of improved sailing performance.

And... to bring a bit of Chinese ingenuity into the picture, the Four-Mast Junk Rig is strictly that of a historic Chinese sailing junk. The more upright stem profile is also a styling queue taken from traditional Chinese junks, with the result being somewhat like the traditional Lorcha which blended the junk rig with a more Western-like hull form.

Preliminary dimensions are:

Admiral Zheng He

At 55 meters on deck, this vessel is nearly large enough to qualify for the fleet of the great Ming Dynasty Chinese admiral Zheng He. Between 1405 and 1433, Admiral Zheng He embarked on a series of seven epic voyages throughout the Indian Ocean, which included Indonesia and Malaysia along the way.

Although Zheng He originated in China, he was born a Muslim and is credited with having established Islam throughout the northern part of the Indonesian islands, including Borneo (Kalimantan), Java, and Sumatra. Thus it is very fitting that we have blended traditional aspects of both the Chinese and the Indonesian cultures in creating the design concept for the Lady Destiny.

Lady Destiny

Although the aesthetics, the rig, and the hull form of the Lady Destiny are highly traditional, we have taken advantage of modern technology wherever possible in order to provide a vessel of the greatest strength and seaworthiness. For example, we have specified that the construction be all steel, primarily in order to achieve a vastly lighter, stronger and more durable structure than would be possible in wood. As well, the masts are tubular steel for high strength, light weight, and extreme ruggedness.

Very much like the Treasure Ships of admiral Zheng He, the purpose of this vessel is that of expeditionary sailing... in other words, exploring the world by sea. In this case, rather than conquest the intent is to carry an extended family on voyages of adventure and discovery. Several luxury suites have been provided throughout, including two ultra-deluxe suites on the Bridge Deck, a gym, a recording studio, Jacuzzi, library, gourmet galley, and a car-garage..! Please see the Preliminary Interior Profile for a peek at what we have in mind...

Comfort and privacy have been our primary goals throughout. Given the overall size, even with all the amenities the interior layout is not at all crowded. Given that the vessel will be sailing anywhere from the tropics to the arctic the priorities are directed toward creature comforts... In terms of climate control, they include maximum insulation, heat pump technology and excellent ventilation throughout. In terms of creature comforts, each cabin is its own private 'apartment' with head, shower, desk, entertainment, and service provided by the crew.

And in terms of interior styling, the objective has been to capture the wooden interior flavor of a classic steam yacht from the early 1900's. Teak, brass, oriental carpets, and over-stuffed furnishings throughout.

More Information...?

If the Lady Destiny or a similar luxury expeditionary yacht for family or charter is of interest, we offer a thorough custom design service. We can modify the type to suit a variety of requests in order to change the size or to modify the layout as needed. As an example of this kind of possibility, I have more recently detailed a much smaller 25m Lady Destiny prototype (86'), also junk rigged but with three masts.

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