The M/S Katharina is a traditional Indonesian “Phinisi” liveaboard is a classic, elegant yacht scheduling exciting cultural immersion trips through the eastern Indonesian archipelago year round. The 12 member crew onboard Katharina are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the area and will ensure an authentic adventure for every guest. MS Katharina Indonesia is 40m in length and provides luxurious accommodations for up to 14 guests.

Each of the 6 cabins onboard are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, private bathroom, plenty of space and towel refresh service. Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian upon request), tea, coffee and mineral water are served on board. Guests may relax on the sundeck or in the spacious lounge and bar equipped with TV, DVD and music centre. A selection of wines, beer and spirits are also available for sale.

Katharina Indonesia offers tour itineraries to the spectacular sites throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Snorkeling clear turquoise waters, hiking volcanoes, visiting villages and relaxing beach side while being pampered by the attentive crew will make a Katharina Indonesia liveaboard holiday the ultimate adventure. Led by Captain Iwan and operated by a crew of 12, the 40-metre Katharina sits low in the water, making her a most beautiful looking boat. Built in 1995 in Kalimantan, her slim hull was originally planned for use as a commercial freighter before she caught our eye with her simple lines and sleek structure.

After her 2014 interior refit, her transformation is a conservation exercise back to authenticity of a mighty seafaring tradition. Not only is the Katharina very elegant on the water, she is also fast becoming a classic yacht, as very few of these original designs remain. Accommodating just 12 guests in six cabins, with a salon & bar, two sun decks, and an outdoor dining area, she offers a more intimate experience.

Sleeping Configuration

2 x double bed cabins 2 x triple cabins (one double bed & one upper single bunk - bunk ideally suitable for child 12 or under) 2 x twin bunk cabins (one above the other)

Vessel Descriptions

The deck area of Katharina is dominated by the 25m tall main and top masts and a large central table around which we enjoy our meals alfresco. Just aft is the main lounge and bar, accessible on the port side. On top of this main cabin there is a sun deck, where you find several additional deck chairs and comfortable day beds. Below decks there are 4 double cabins (with one extra single upper berth) and 2 twin cabins (upper/lower berth). In addition there is one family cabin on the aft deck behind the wheelhouse. This cabin has one king size bed (1.80m wide), a normal single upper bed and an additional smaller bench/bed).

All cabins are air-conditioned (individually controlled) and have private bathrooms with warm and cold water. Obviously, we provide all hotel amenities you may require. Each cabin has a wardrobe, a built-in mini safe, individually controlled cooling systems and soft lightning. All cabins have their own private bathroom with (warm & cold water) shower and toilet. Unlike typical ship accommodation, your cabin provides ample space to store your stuff and still move about with ease.

Katharina is a mix of traditional and modern design. Her hull and rigging are traditional, while the deck house and interior were custom designed to adapt to Western tastes of space, privacy and comfort. While Indonesian traditional sailing vessels are customarily referred to as Bugi Schooners, strictly speaking Katharina is rigged as a Ketch, the foremast being higher than the aft mast. We know from experience that during a cruise in the tropics some of our guests discover the pleasure of sleeping under the stars and there is plenty of room to sleep on the upper deck. Mattresses as well as light blankets are available for that purpose.

Safety and Seaworthiness

The vessel is fitted with all internationally required safety and communication equipment such as SSB and VHF radios, life jackets, life rafts, and satellite telephone. Experienced navigators consider it an axiom that the seaworthiness of a vessel depends on the seaworthiness of the crew. Our ship has a well-trained and well-seasoned Indonesian crew of sixteen, we are proud of the fact that several of the crew members who joined us when the vessel was launched are still on board today.

Services Profile

  • Spacious twin shared cabins with twin bunk beds or double bed
  • Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower
  • Washbasin and soap toiletries in your cabin
  • Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning
  • Towels and beach towels that are regularly changed
  • each cabin has an individual mini safe for valuables and travel documents
  • Free tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian food on request)
  • Excellent wine selection, cold beer and other alcoholic drinks for sale
  • Chilled towels and a welcome drink upon arrival
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Unlimited use of our snorkeling equipment and 2 sea canoes
  • Television, DVD and music center in lounge


  • All meals during the cruise, tea, coffee, soft drinks, mineral water, excursions and towels.
  • Use of snorkeling gear, stand-up paddles and sea canoes.
  • European or multilingual tour guide.
  • Marine park fees.
  • Transfer to and from the ship in all harbors
  • Accompanied daily snorkeling.


  • Domestic airfares
  • Fuel surcharge for certain trips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities as desired. (we suggest  US$ 10 per guest per day or US$ 100 per trip)
  • Flight tickets
  • Wi-fi internet access


VESSEL TYPE Wooden Traditional Phinisi
IDEAL FOR Cruising | Diving Trips
OTHER Construction: Kalimantan - Indonesia 1998

Registry: Indonesia

LOA: 33 meters

LOD: 28 meters

Beam: 8,5 meters

Draught: 3,5 meters

Engine: 10 cyl. Mercedes Benz OM 403

Rig: Gaff rigged ketch - 600m2 of sails

Cruising speed: 8 knots

Top speed:  10 knots (under engine and sail)

Cabins: 6 air conditioned, with private en-suite heads

Water tanks: 6000 liters

Water maker:  4 tons per day

Fuel tanks: 9,000 liters

Auxiliary Power
49 KVA generator MWN

59 KVA generator Mitsubishi

MWM 24 volts emergency supply

Solar panels and Wind turbines

Furuno Radar (range 24 NM)

Depth sounder, GPS

VHF and SSB Radio

Satellite phone

2 Life rafts (20/25 pax)


36 life jackets

EPIRB beacon


15 HP Yamaha & 50 HP Tohatsu