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Taking charge of rigging a 65m Indonesian ketch

The new build and rig installation of the 65 metre Indonesian sailing ketch Lamima has finally completed after several months of build phases including the initial build on the beach in traditional style, after which she was towed to Bangkok for finishing.  Ben Wood of Marine Results was appointed to supervise the long project full time since the assembling of the rig involved a unique combination of innovative and traditional applications and components.

Despite her traditional specification Lamima is to be operated by a luxury cruise company, offering exotic itineraries to 14 discerning passengers, with a high standard of on board comfort and cuisine.

Marine Results worked with naval architects and the build team to specify and manufacture the standing and running rigging.  Much of the bespoke rigging package was completed onsite, with wire brought in from China and fittings from Europe.

The team was led by Ben Wood who explained “Marine Results handled the management of virtually every aspect from the deck up.  We were responsible for all the mast hardware design and we contracted Fairlie Yachts for their invaluable input into the traditional design. We managed the onsite spar and mast hardware assembly and ultimately the rigging and stepping.”  He adds “We have supplied 4.4 kilometres of rope and approximately one tonne of blocks, shackles and running rigging hardware.”

Three Marine Results specialists spent time with the local workforce, as well as other European companies who were drafted into the project. The wooden masts were built in Spain from fast growing sustainable hemlock.

Suffolk Composite Structures worked with Marine Results on component designs including chainplates.

“We stepped the rig ashore,” says Ben “which is unusual, as we normally step with the vessel in the water. This whole project involved using an extremely diverse range of specialist skills to produce and rig these traditional-style wooden spars.”

Lamima is now the largest sailing phinisi in existence. Her main mast and topmast measures 50 metres overall while the mizzen mast and topmast is 48 metres. The entire rigging package weighs in at about 22 tonnes.

She sails with 21 largely Indonesian crew and 14 guests and is now ready to cruise! Lamima’s first charter in Indonesian waters starts over Christmas 2014.