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Tear Sheet : Sail Away

Phinisi may be the world’s last seaworthy wooden sailboats still in wide use today.

The phinisi is a traditional wooden two-masted sailing ship, which were mentioned as plying the waters of Indonesia as early as the 14th century. The ships today are built at Tanjung Bira beach by the Konjo, a subgroup of the Bugis living in the Bulukumba regency of South Sulawesi. While modern power tools can be used, the boats are largely built using the design and construction techniques handed down over hundreds of years. These boats may be the world’s last large seaworthy wooden sailing ships being built. While many serve as humble cargo ships, some become high-end yachts.



Photograph And Text By Ahmad Zamroni

Featured at Forbes Indonesia Magazine (December 2012 Issue).

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