The Katharina is a traditional Bugis-style Pinisi schooner, constructed in 1995 in Kalimantan, Indonesia. It has received two major re-fits, the latest in 2014. The Katharina is equipped with latest navigation and safety equipment, and can power itself under sail or, more commonly, using its 280Hp 6-cylinder marine engine in order to stick to the planned timescales. The schooner measures 40 metres in length, 8.6 metres in beam and the draught is 3.5 metres, with a comfortable cruising speed of 7-9 knots. It has 3 decks comprising of the cabin deck, the main deck with lounge, bar and crew quarters, and the top deck with a dining area and sun deck. Electricity is available onboard, free tea, coffee, soft drinks, juices and mineral water is provided throughout the cruise, whilst a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits are available for purchase. All meals are included, with a wide variety of cuisine and snacks on offer, and special dietary requirements can be catered for when notified to Explore in advance. The ship carries an array of complimentary snorkelling equipment, 2 sea kayaks and 4 paddle boards all available for the guests use.
Cabins onboard the Katharina are a mix of double and twin-share, with private en-suite facilities. Although cosy, they are finished to a high standard with teak wood furnishings, air-conditioning and in-room safes. Please note as there are only 6 cabins on the boat, we are unable to offer a single room option whilst aboard the Katharina.