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Katharina Cruises

Katharina Cruises

Phinisi Buginese Schooner

When you ask the inhabitants of the many islands across eastern Indonesian about the sailing ships that glide to their shores, two names come immediately to their lips: “ Ombak Putih and Katharina”, their graceful beauty and colourful, billowing sails making them instantly recognizable to all. These are our traditional pinisi-style schooners, built in Kalimantan, and more than any other of the ‘Bugis Schooners’ that sail these waters, they are familiar sight right across the archipelago; from Bali to Papua, and from Sulawesi to Savu.

The Katharina is a traditional Indonesian pinisi, built in 1995 in Kalimantan using only the very best grades of ironwood. Her slim hull was originally being planned for commercial sailing carrying freight before we spotted her in the making. We bought her and fitted her out as a cruising vessel, and then again in January 2014, the Katharina was the subject of a major interior refit. Working with the unique heritage this vessel represents, her transformation is a conservation exercise back to authenticity, using only the best traditional materials, shaped by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen. Yet, what goes on behind the scenes is the use of the most up-to-date technology and she is now equipped with a super yacht grade AC station and we are optimizing our systems to the latest safety standards.

Not only is the Katharina very elegant on the water, she is also fast becoming a classic yacht, as very few of these original designs remain. Katharina’s overall length is 40 metres, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests in six cabins located below decks. All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities including double beds or twins, private en-suite bathrooms, natural light, safety boxes, individually controlled air-conditioning and storage space including a safe.

Safety and Seaworthiness

Katharina is fitted with all internationally required safety and communication equipment such as SSB and VHF radios, life jackets, life rafts, and satellite telephone. Apart from that we carry an extensive first aid kit, defibrillator (AED) and emergency oxygen supply.

Experienced navigators consider it an axiom that the seaworthiness of a vessel depends on the seaworthiness of the crew. Our ship has a well-seasoned, all-licensed Indonesian crew of twelve, and each one of them goes through multiple first aid trainings per year, and drills are done on a regular basis according to international Marine Safety Codes.

Katharina Specification

VESSEL TYPE : Customized Phinisi Teak Wood
WIDTH : 8.6 M
DECKS : Main Deck, Sun Deck, Cabin Deck
SAILS : 250sqm sails, 2 mains, two tops, three jibs
MAX SPEED : 10-12 Knots under sail
CREW : 16 [Indonesian] + 1 [European]
CABINS : 6 cabins with private bathroom
TENDERS : 2 [40HP & 15HP outboards]

Katharina Cruises Highlights
» Coming face to face with over 60 species of animals on the 'Safari Journey'
» Spacious twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds
» Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower
» Washbasin and toiletries provided in your cabin
» Each cabin has individually controlled air conditioning
» Towels and beach towels provided and regularly changed
» Each cabin has a minisafe for valuables and travel documents
» Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
» Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian/special menus on request)
» Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
» Professional cruise directors
» Outdoor sleeping facilities
» Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes
» Television, DVD and music centre in lounge
» Dining in spacious air conditioned lounge
» Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
» Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
» Two lifeboats, capacity 25 people each
» Liferings with lights
» 40 lifejackets with lights
» Fire alarm system
» Fire extinguishers
» Fire pump
» Emergency mobile fire pump
» Extensive first aid kits
» Defibrillator (AED)
» Medical oxygen supply

Katharina Cruises Schedule
» April ~ September 2016 : Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes I & II
» June 2016 : The Mighty Orangutans of Borneo
» June 2016 : Bali To Flores Photographic Expedition with David Metcalf
» November 2016 : No Ordinary Journey: Ubud Writers & Readers
» November 2016 : Seafarers & Sultans: Kangean Islands To Madura
» November 2016 : Seabirds and Island Life with Gert de Jong


Katharina Cruises   Katharina Schooner
Katharina Cruises, Main Lounge   Katharina Cruises, Open Dinning Table
Katharina Cruises, Double bedroom   Katharina Cruises, Twin bedroom
Katharina Cruises, Beautiful Sunset Moment   Katharina Cruises, Morning Breakfast
Katharina Cruises, Outdoor Lounge   Katharina Cruises, Relax Time

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YM: Baliintaran

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Dances, Dragons and Magical   Komodo Cruise
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The Mighty Orangutans of Borneo   Orangutan
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Bali To Flores Photographic Expedition with David Metcalf   Photographic
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No Ordinary Journey: Ubud Writers & Readers   No Ordinary
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Seafarers & Sultans: Kangean Islands To Madura   Seafarers
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Seabirds and Island Life with Gert de Jong   Seabirds
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Dances, Dragons and Magical   Komodo Cruise
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Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands Pre-Cruise w/ David and Sue Richardson   Tribal Weaving
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Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands w/ David and Sue Richardson   Tribal Weaving
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A Taste of Indonesia – A Culinary Voyage in Collaboration with the Ubud Food Festival   Culinary Voyage
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East Indies Spice Exploration w/ Ian Burnet   Spice Exploration
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Spice Routes / Spice Wars w/ Nick Burningham   Spice Routes
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Papua & Birds of Paradise w/ Dr Tony Whitten   Papua & Birds
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Papua & Birds of Paradise w/ Alexander Reeuwijk   Papua & Birds
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