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October 26, 2011 by NJyachtcharters
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Centuries ago, the precursor vessel to the Indonesian Phinisi sailing ship, of which the crewed charter yacht Silolona (http://www.njcharters.com/charters/motoryachts.php?mode=info&id=535&cat=7&bed ... ) chartering now in the waters of Indonesia is a distant relative, plied the waters of the Malay Archipelago or “Spice Islands” including the Banda Islands and Timor Island, laden with spices. Along the spice trading routes the people from this area sailed as far and wide as China and the Middle East trading exotic spices such as cloves and nutmegs for exotic goods such as gold, silver, china, feathers and beads. Sailing along this ancient trading route from the Spice Islands to China and the Middle East brought vessels right past the southern end of Sulawesi Island, where boat building grew up as an industry that is still in practice today. The crewed sailing charter yacht Silolona available for charter in Indonesia, Myanmar and Andaman, including through the fabled Spice Islands was built on the southern coast of Sulawesi by the Konjo Boat Builders who have been building boats in this area on the beaches for centuries.

The Mandar and Makassarese people in Sulawesi around Makassar along with the Konjo and Bugis people in Bulukumba, an area of southern Sulawesi, are the fabled groups of boat builders that through the centuries and today have built the Phinisi vessel and are the main builders of the various Phinisis being built in the “yards” on the beaches in the southern part of this island. The modern Phinisi design evolved through centuries of boat building through various influences. Dutch traders that came to the area in the 16th century introduced the fore and aft sail for a schooner or ketch rig that was quickly adapted to establish the Phinisi rigging design that is still in use today. Many of the Phinisis are still being built by hand within exacting requirements passed down from father to son, and also within exacting rituals and ceremonies for vessel spiritual health.

The word Phinisi refers to the gaff type of rigging found on this typical Indonesian style vessel as adapted from the European Traders. A Palaci Phinisi is a vessel that has been built with a rounded canoe stern and is an older design. A Lamba Phinisi is a vessel that has been built with a squared stern at a strong raked angle to the keel and is the most familiar design found today.

The crewed sailing charter yacht Silolona is a Lamba Phinisi, built by the Konjo Boat Builders from the villages of the Bulukumba area including Bira, Ara, and Tanah Biru. . While not classed, Silolona was designed by Kasten Marine and was built to Germanischer Lloyds Rules for Wooden Vessel Structure, and all hardwoods were fastened with galvanized fasteners. This puts the crewed charter yacht Silolona, in the opinion of Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, a step above the traditional Phinisi and we would view Silolona as a yacht built with Phinisi styling.

Silolona is built with an ironwood keel, with various mahogany and teak woods and finishes used throughout the hull and interior. Where the cargo might be carried on a traditional Phinisi, Silolona is outfitted with 5 luxury guest staterooms, each with at least a double bed and single side bed that can double as a settee and an ensuite bathroom. The crewed charter sailing yacht Silolona, built within the traditional Indonesian Phinisi styling is a great choice for a luxury yacht charter through the beautiful waters of Indonesia, Myanmar and the Andaman Islands.

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