In a quest to enjoy cruising regions beyond the Caribbean and the Med, charterers are discovering South East Asia. A sailing superyacht whose very construction follows time-honored Indonesian tradition is among the charter yachts catching attention. To attract further interest, the yacht, Lamima, has a special rate for bookings made within the next three months.
Lamima measures 214 feet (65 meters) and is an all-wood yacht. This makes her unusual among charter yachts in the region. In fact, she’s an Indonesian two-masted sailing vessel known as a phinisi. Designed by a Barcelona-based naval architect, she’s meant to take advantage of the region’s trade winds. She also complies with RINA classification standards and offers the luxurious accommodations charter guests expect. Fourteen guests can indulge in those accommodations, a total that some other charter yachts in Indonesia don’t quite match.
Furthermore, Nikko Karki, her broker at Indo Yachts, says, “The six cabins below decks are all considerably more spacious than any other boat in the region.” He adds that the main-deck master (above) is akin to an apartment. The 19 crew cater to a variety of wishes, as you’d anticipate. They can set up a private beach relaxing and dining experience (below), or teach you how to dive. Two PADI dive masters and an instructor are onboard full time. So, too, are two masseuses.
But the destinations are just as vital as the onboard services. Lamima stands apart in this respect as well. She holds a cruising permit for Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago. Karki says you likely won’t see any other boats among its 800 islands. “The type of traveler who enjoys Mergui is someone who values being the first one in a region,” he explains.
In addition, Lamima can easily cover more than 100 nautical miles per day overnight. This lets you visit significant parts of the “sprawling” Indonesian archipelago over a week. “From Bali to Komodo through the Alor Archipelago and Banda Sea, through the Maluku Islands and into Raja Ampat and around Cenderawasih Bay, she can cruise uninterrupted for weeks on end in areas where shore services are not available, while still providing her guests with superlative service,” Karki says.
The special charter rate is $18,000 per day, inclusive of everything except tax. This is 28 percent less than her standard rate. But, it applies only to charters booked by May 1. However, you can take those charters through May 1 of next year.