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Indonesia Boatbuilding

A Photo Gallery

Here are a few of the many photos we have from our various trips to Indonesia, two of which were related to the construction of the 36m Pinisi Silolona, and a third trip in 2006 to begin construction of a 36m Kapal Layar Mesin (KLM) for charter use. Please see the links below for more information about these boats.
 

2001 - SULAWESI

The first group of photos is from our trip to Indonesia during July and August of 2001. Our purpose in going there was to research the local Pinisi types in order to create the design for a new 36m Indonesian Pinisi, the Silolona. This group of images is from the towns of Ara and Tanah Biru in South Sulawesi (except for the Alor photo, which is from Nusa Tenggara).

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Ara Town Center - Phinisi Statue Ara Roof Gable Decoration Cargo Phinisi at Alor
Ara Town Center House Gable in Ara Kapal Layar Mesin (KLM) - Alor

Boatbuilding in South Sulawesi Boats at Tanah Biru, Sulawesi Michael Kasten in Tanah Biru, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 2001
Boat at Tanah Biru Boat at Tanah Biru Inside a 35m Pinisi

2001 - BORNEO

This next group of pictures is from Batulicin (Slippery Rock), Kalimantan Selatan, where the charter yacht Silolona was built. We met with the owner, Patti Seery and the builder, Pak Haji Abdul Wahab while there and actually began construction by lofting the shapes of the mould frames - a first for Batulicin.

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Michael, Patti, and Haji Abdul Wahab - Builder of Silolona Haji Abdul Wahab and Family Cargo Phinisi at Batulicin, Kalimantan, Indonesia
Builder p'Haji Wahab, Owner & I Builder p'Haji Wahab's Family Pinisi / KLM at Batulicin

Indonesian Electrical Plug...! Computer in Use at Lofting Site - Kalimantan, Indonesia Lofting the Silolona in Kalimantan, Indonesia
Computer Plug In...! Designed by Computer Lofted by Hand in Borneo

Lofting the Silolona in Kalimantan, Indonesia Lofting the Silolona in Kalimantan, Indonesia
Crew & Lofting The First Mould Frame...!

2004 - HOMECOMING

The following group of photos is from our Silolona "Homecoming" trip during November and December 2004, during which the charter yacht Silolona of our design made her first voyage to Ara in South Sulawesi in order to visit the boat builders' original home. Our additional purpose in visiting Indonesia a second time was to begin the design of a new Pinisi in the tradition of the more modern KLM types... a new 30m Kapal Layar Mesin for charter use. These photos are from South Sulawesi, where a ceremony was held to commemorate the launching of the Silolona.

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Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Ka Su So Near Ara Boats of Ka Su So The Beach at Ka Su So

Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Boatbuilding Apprentices - Ara Their Dance Troupe - Ara Apprentices Start the Journey - Ara

Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Apprentice Procession - Ara Apprentice Ceremony - Ara Ceremonial Boat - Ara

Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Photo from South Sulawesi - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Ara Women Gather Ara Woman

2006 - BORNEO

The following photos are from our trip to Indonesia during May & June 2006 in order to begin construction of a new cargo style Pinisi, locally called Kapal Layar Mesin (KLM) for charter use. Kapal Layar Mesin translates as "Motor Sailor" and reflects the presence of the older sailing Pinisi bow, bowsprit, and fore mast. These pics were taken fairly far up the river near Sangkulirang, Kalimantan Timur where we lofted the hull shape and built the actual mould frames for this new vessel.

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Large Cargo Phinisi - Sangkulirang, Kalimantan Two Cargo Phinisi- Sangkulirang, Kalimantan Cargo Phinisi - KLM - Sangkulirang, Kalimantan
Large KLM Two KLM Aft Two KLM Forward

Lofting a 36 Meter Phinisi in Kalimantan Lofting in Kalimantan Lofting a 36 Meter Indonesian Phinisi
Building the Moulds Lofting Floor & Mould Frames Builder p'Haji Abdul Wahab (standing)

2006 - SULAWESI

The following photos taken during our 2006 trip are from South Sulawesi where we again visited the home of the Konjo builders at Tanah Biru and Ara. We made this side trip in order to re-acquaint ourselves with the boat building activities in Tanah Biru, and to say hello to several of the local builders we have come to know. These photos illustrate the beach and the boat building methods in use in Tanah Biru, South Sulawesi.

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Boats in Tanah Biru Boat Builders in Tanah Biru Boat Framing in Tanah Biru
Stem & Planks - Tanah Biru Plank Edge Fastenings Frames - Tanah Biru Style

Tanah Biru Beach Tanah Biru Beach Boats
KLM Starb'd - Tanah Biru KLM Portside - Tanah Biru

MORE INFORMATION

If a similar private sailing yacht or charter yacht is of interest, we can create a new Pinisi or KLM design to suit your purpose, or we can modify any of our existing designs as needed. We honor traditional boat building methods to the maximum extent possible.  We specify the structure to assure compliance with the requirements of Germanischer Lloyd and the British Lloyds Register.  After the design work is complete, we follow up with our local knowledge in order to facilitate construction all the way to launch.

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