In earlier times there was no written agreement for the building of a boat in Sulawesi. The masterbuilder or punggawa had the responsibility of constructing the vessel according to the traditional methods and rites while the buyer outlined any modifications or special features he required. It was also the buyer’s duty to find the wages for the ship carpenters and joiners.
Nothing much has changed. Lamina’s special features and modifications have been designed by Marcelo Penna and there is a tacit agreement with Haji Baso that these will be incorporated skillfully and to the standards required by the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA).
His brief is to construct a traditional ketch-rigged phinisi, custom built to sail charter guests to remote regions of the vast Indonesian archipelago, doing so in total comfort and safety.
Haji Baso’s team are building Lamima to the following technical specifications:
Building material: ironwood
Overall length: 65.2 m
Length over deck: 50 m
Beam: 11.2 m
Draft: 3.70 m
Displacement: 650 tons
Sail area: 1277 sq m
Accommodation: 6 staterooms, 1 master suite (12–14 guests)
Crew: Captain, 18 crew members
On completion, Lamima will be RINA registered, ensuring she complies with the international Code of Safety for Charter Yachts.
You’ll see from the layout of the decks and cabins illustrated in Lamima’s plans that the main deck’s saloon is situated midships. A haven of tranquillity and comfort, this common area will be furnished with a bar and lounge as well as the dining alcove designed to comfortably seat fourteen. Meals will be served here if the weather is inclement but, as it will also house state-of-the-art media equipment, it will more often serve as an entertainment hub. Access to the Internet (free Wi-Fi connection via satellite) will be available 24/7 and, like all areas below decks, air-conditioning will ensure guests’ comfort.
Breaking with tradition, the stern quarter of the main deck (usually the domain of a phinisi’s crew) will be transformed into a comfortable and inviting place to relax. Here, in total privacy, the expert hands of a qualified pijit masseuse will soothe your body after a day spent diving, exploring ashore, swimming, or simply enjoying on-board activities. Just as massage appointments (free) will be available at all hours during the day, so too will guests be able to participate in yoga sessions. Lulled by soft music, swayed by the gentle motion of the sea, indulged with Indonesian pijit expertise, guests will be delighted by the ambiance of Lamima’s Relaxation Quarter.
The master cabin, a luxurious and large stateroom (usually allocated to VIP guests) is also situated here on the aft quarter of the main deck.
Forward of the saloon, shaded by a fabric bimini, a large area will be furnished for al fresco dining and lounging. This open deck area will be custom-made for leisure and meal times. Whether under sail or at anchor under the stars, this will be the centre of communal life aboard Lamima, the place to share the day’s doings and make plans for the next adventure ashore.
And, should solitude be sought or the need arise for a private tête-à-tête, a small zone of comfort and intimacy has been designed far forward on the main deck at the base of the bowsprit.
The bridge (within the raised pilot-house) will be equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication instruments. This is the domain of the captain and the adjoining cabin will also be his.
The Upper Deck:
The raised deck extending forward of the pilot-house will be an area dedicated to inactivity. Here sunbathing guests will delight in the sheer pleasure of doing nothing other than turn the pages of a book, sleep, chat, or contemplate the joys of living the dream.
From inside the saloon a companionway leads down to the six staterooms which occupy the lower deck.
These individually designed cabins will each have a private head and shower, comfortable seating, a television (plus a selection of popular movies) and ample storage for personal belongings. Large portholes will fill the units with light and allow a clear view of the exotic world outside.
Aft of the staterooms (accessed by a separate companionway) a spacious galley is planned in which the Indonesian master-chef will weave his culinary magic. Also on the lower deck, both astern and forward of the guests’ staterooms, the crew’s quarters will be located.
An absolute essential for cruising in the Indonesian archipelago is an on-board dive centre. Guests will be diving some of the most spectacular reefs in the world and, to make the experience as enjoyable and safe as possible, Lamima will be fully equipped for 14 divers. A certified PADI dive instructor will instruct new-comers to the sport or assist more experienced divers.
To add to the scope of water sports, surfing equipment, jetskis, water skis and wake boards will be at the disposal of guests as well as two jet-driven inflatable tenders.
Our aim is for Lamima’s future voyages to fulfil the highest of charter clients’ expectations – and no one is working more diligently to achieve this goal than Haji Baso and his men, building her plank by plank, day by day, on the beach at Bira.
By Naomi Gerardin