Indonesia is famous for the production of the well-known Schooners in the southernmost tip of the orchid-shaped island of Sulawesi. Some people say they are modeled after old Portuguese and Dutch vessels and other say the ships are unique to the Konjo Builders, South Sulawesi. In Indonesia, people still call them Phinisi.
For centuries, the Phinisi have been made of iron wood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) in this region. Presently the boats are an essence of ancient romantic traditions supplemented with modern design and technology. Over the years, they have found their way to the world of YACHTS.
Since the earliest times of human settlement of Indonesia, her seas have been natural lanes of migration, communication and commerce. For centuries, native people have sailed from South Sulawesi across the shallow seas of the Indonesian archipelago. Not surprisingly, today’s inhabitants of the Archipelago inherit the perhaps most sophisticated maritime tradition of our World. The great age of sail, which ended in the West in the early twentieth century, never quite ended in Indonesia.
The Phinisi is a traditional two masted sailing ship. Impressive Indonesian Phinisi schooners, that can be seen at full sail all around Indonesian seas for centuries, have been made of iron wood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) by Konjo people on the beautiful white beaches in the southernmost tip of the orchid-shaped island of Sulawesi. Phinisi Shipbuilding in Sulawesi has a long tradition that reaches back before the time of Columbus and has been handed down through generations. This fascinating shipbuilding culture is based on the myth of the creation of the first boat by their ancestors. Now the mystical beliefs of the ancient mythology are still strong in every process of making Phinisi boats, which always begins with a ritual.