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MICHAEL KASTEN

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2016

Projects: Designs that have recently been begun or are ongoing - in order of overall length:

66' (20m) Sulawesi Privateer - A classic brigantine-schooner intended as a charter yacht for a couple, with four guests and four crew.  Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods. 
43' White Buffalo - A conversion of our 43' Roberta Jean trawler yacht into a Motor Sailing Yacht.  All the same conveniences of the RJ 43, with the economy of also being a highly capable sailing vessel.
43' Roberta Jean - A robust all aluminum trawler yacht.  Large double berth forward, U-shaped galley, and a head sufficiently large to contain... a bathtub...!  Paravane rig for simple roll attenuation, and an interior that is intentionally un-crowded.
42' Lucille - A ketch rigged motor sailing yacht for sailing all waters from the tropics to the arctic.  An interior designed for comfortable cruising, a protected pilot house, and open aft deck for sailing.  NC Cutting Files have been developed. 
 

Prototypes: New ideas that are simmering...

135' (42m) Shadow Line  - A wooden barquentine for sail training... The name 'Shadow Line' is from the Joseph Conrad story which describes a 'coming of age' - an appropriate name for such a vessel...!
121' (37m) Peri Laut - A dive charter yacht for SE Asia and beyond to accommodate 16 dive guests in luxury.  Steel hull, wood house, or all in fiberglass with a wood surface on the house and throughout the interior.
120' Motor Cargo Yacht  -  A steel yacht able to carry around 45 tons of cargo to pay its way.  A luxury cabin for charter guests to help pay the fuel bill..!  Highly seaworthy and very sea-kindly.  A unique sort of adventure, and... it's wholly deductible! 
118' (36m) Lombok Privateer  - A wooden charter yacht for construction in Indonesia.  Another in the 'Privateer' lineage, offering superior accommodations in five luxury guest suites with a classic brigantine hull and rig.
88' (27m) Dive Charter KLM - The traditional KLM Pinisi designed specifically for Dive Charters in Indonesia and elsewhere in SE Asia.  Five luxury guest suites, a swim deck, and ample crew to pamper guests.
78' (25m) Tern Schooner ODIN - A Bahamian schooner rig.  Aluminum construction.  Long, lean and lanky... built for both comfort AND speed.  A spacious interior for two couples.  Designed for all ocean voyaging from the tropics to the arctic. 
64' Amethyst - A Tern Schooner with Bahamian rig.  Larger sister to the 56' motor sailor, Shiraz.  Two completely private full size staterooms with a roomy interior.
56' (17m) Flores Privateer - A classic brigantine schooner designed as a private yacht for a couple, plus two informal guests and four crew. Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods. 
50' Junk Rigged Landing Craft - A true Landing Craft with bow door and all, but rigged as a Junk for fuel efficient cargo transport and landing on the beach without any attendant infrastructure.  A cozy cabin for two couples...  Wooden construction for building on the beach. 
45' Nomad - An aluminum trawler yacht that combines the hull form of our Petrel 43 and Gannet 45 designs, with the house structure of our Vagabond 50 design.  A large all-in-one galley / saloon / pilot house for on-deck living with an all-around view.
45' Gannet - An aluminum trawler yacht in the tradition of our Coaster 40, and  43' Petrel designs.  A Flying Bridge, in-pilot-house dining, and a spacious galley and saloon.  A large owner's cabin forward, plus a guest cabin / office. 
20' Launch - Whisper - A trailerable electric launch for day trips or overnight camping.  Ample seating for four to six adventurers.  The perfect picnic boat..!
18' Pumpkin Seed - A trailerable small "tug-launch" with cuddy cabin.  The ultimate in simplicity and comfortable camping on the water. Definitely cute...

 

2015

Projects: Designs that have recently been begun or are ongoing - in order of overall length:

66' (20m) Sulawesi Privateer - A classic brigantine-schooner intended as a charter yacht for a couple, with four guests and four crew.  Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods. 
42' Lucille - A ketch rigged motor sailing yacht for sailing all waters from the tropics to the arctic.  An interior designed for comfortable cruising, a protected pilot house, and open aft deck for sailing.  NC Cutting Files are being developed. 
 

Prototypes: New ideas that are simmering...

45m Kalimantan Privateer (148') - A much larger version of our 17m Flores Privateer20m Sulawesi Privateer and 31m Komodo Privateer designs. 
60' Swallowtail - A motor sailing yacht designed to carry two in comfort to the far corners of the globe.  The perfect Nomadic Watercraft
56' (17m) Flores Privateer - A classic brigantine schooner designed as a private yacht for a couple, plus two informal guests and four crew. Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods. 
35' Big Ferdinand A larger version of the Ferdinand 24, allowing a private stateroom forward, and the option of having a large open saloon aft.  A second stateroom is possible and the layout below is actually quite flexible.

 

2014

Projects: Designs that have recently been begun, are ongoing, or will soon be completed - in order of overall length:

66' Sulawesi Privateer - A classic brigantine-schooner intended for a couple, four guests, and four crew.  Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia using top quality tropical hardwoods.  At 20 meters on deck length, it will be very economical to build. 
42' Lucille - A ketch rigged motor sailing yacht reminiscent of the great Herreshoff yachts.  An interior designed for comfortable cruising, a protected pilot house, and open aft deck for sailing. NC Cutting Files are under development. 
 

Prototypes: New ideas that are simmering...

120' Leah - II  -  A modern classic light and fast sailing yacht in aluminum.  Fully battened sails, twin keels, shoal draft, and no shortage of luxury for owners, VIP guests, crew and others onboard. 
102' (31m) Komodo Privateer  - A 31 meter (102') 'privateer' style charter yacht designed for construction in Indonesia.  Six luxury guest suites within a smaller overall hull size than our Pinisi / KLM designs.   
70' Ocean Express - A fast semi-displacement motor yacht for construction in aluminum.  Two very large staterooms and a flying bridge...
58' RADIAN - A fast sailing catamaran.  Slender hulls for maximum performance, but still capable of supporting the cruising life.
60' GREYHAWK - A sailing catamaran for cruising, chartering, or for long range voyaging.  Plenty of room for the whole family.
54' Far Horizon - A steel trawler yacht intended for all-ocean voyaging, having an interior layout ideally suited to accommodate two couples. 
50' Far Horizon  - A rugged all-ocean trawler intended for steel or aluminum construction. Ideally suited to a couple with two children, or a couple with guests.
47' Dinah  -  A fast modern cutter in aluminum.  Designed for ocean sailing, with shoal draft bulb keel and skeg rudder.  Generous accommodations for a couple with two guests.
36' Vagabond  -  A 'pocket trawler yacht' in aluminum.  Designed for coastwise and ocean cruising for two in comfort. A large pilot house / lounge and ample accommodations.
32' Skipjack Schooner  -  A fast trailerable schooner in aluminum.  The hull form is that of a classic Skipjack, although much less wide, and intended for blue water sailing...

 

Projects During 2013

Projects: Designs that have recently been begun, are ongoing, or will soon be completed. - in order of overall length:

61' Mermaid - With the design work now completed, our work continues during the BUILDING of the outstanding Mermaid, a brigantine styled after the classic 1700's privateers.
50' Sarah - A modern fast sailing aluminum cutter in the tradition of our 96' Schooner Zebulun.  Fully battened sails, swim step, sleek rounded hull form, and a spacious layout for a couple and their guests. Nice..!
42' Lucille - Smaller sister to my 50' Lucille design, in hull form this ketch rigged motorsailer is reminiscent of the great Herreshoff yachts, with an interior designed for comfortable cruising.
 

Prototypes: New ideas...

36m (118') Arabian Dhow - Designed for luxury charters in the Arabian Sea, serving Dubai and Oman.  Ample room for eight charter guests, plus a large deluxe suite for the owners.
80' Schooner Royalist - A replica of the original Royalist, owned by the first White Rajah of Sarawak.  Intended for construction in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
20m (66') Sulawesi Schooner - A classic schooner intended for a couple, their kids, and four guests, plus a small crew.  Designed for construction on the beach in Indonesia, its cost would not be much.
55' Euro Express - A fast semi-planing motor yacht for the Mediterranean... A flying bridge that still allows full access to the EU canal system... Two luxury cabins... 20 to 22 knots on tap. Good..!
48' Awahnee III - An adaptation of the slightly larger Uffa Fox designed Awahnee I and Awahnee II sailed by Bob Griffith and family on three circumnavigations, here planned for construction in steel.
43' White Buffalo  -  A motor sailing yacht virtually identical to our 43' Roberta Jean.  The perfect live-aboard layout for two...?  Very possibly.
38' China Cat - A capable offshore centerboard yacht in a classic package. Plenty of interior room, and worldwide access to waters over 4 feet in depth. The perfect live-aboard yacht...?
28' China Cat - A small junk rigged yacht with fantail stern and flush deck type of cabin. The ideal pocket cruiser...?  Possibly..! 

Projects During 2012

Projects: Designs that have recently been begun, are ongoing, or will soon be completed. - in order of overall length:

66' Asgard - A Viking Ship...? Yes - having been inspired by those craft, the Asgard is so named. A double ended hull with survivability in ultimate conditions, but also... a touch of luxury for two couples..!
61' Mermaid - Work continues toward BUILDING the outstanding Mermaid, a brigantine styled after the excellent 1700's privateers.
44' Valhalla - Inspiration for this vessel was Viking craft, Whaleboats and Coast Guard surf boats, all double ended for maximum seaworthiness. Plenty of room for living aboard.
42' Lucille - Smaller sister to my 50' Lucille design, in hull form this ketch rigged motorsailer is reminiscent of the great Herreshoff yachts, with an interior planned for comfortable cruising.
36' Molly - A compact 'Dream Yacht' intended for simple construction in steel or aluminum, economical propulsion, and a spacious layout for two to live aboard. The ideal canal cruiser...!
33' Freyja - The assignment here was to create the smallest, most seaworthy live-aboard vessel possible, and to do so without crowding the interior.
 

Prototypes: New ideas...

82' Peregrine - A long and sleek motor-sharpie type with aft pilot house. An extended version of our 64' Peregrine prototype suited to all-ocean cruising, or the canals and rivers of the world.
80' Fantail Steamer - A classic fantail yacht harking back to the days of the steamer. An all-ocean classic yacht.
70' Peregrine-on-Thames - An extremely shoal draft sailing "barge" somewhat along the lines of the classic Thames Sailing Barges, but built in aluminum or steel, and having a fantail stern.
70' Arabian Dhow - A traditional "Baghala" type of Arabian Dhow arranged as a private sailing yacht with two guest staterooms. Wood plank-on-frame structure or cold moulded structure.
30' Ernest Shackelton - A rescue vessel...! Intended to be the ultimate trailerable and floatable home in the event of natural or unnatural disasters.

 

Projects During 2011

Designs that were started during or that were ongoing during 2011 - in order of size:

61' Brigantine Mermaid 61  -  Work continues on an all aluminum brigantine styled after the 1700's privateers.  Wow..!
Far Horizon 46  - A stout all-ocean trawler designed for a family of four with world cruising capabilities.  Construction in steel or aluminum.
 

Prototypes: new ideas...

37m (120') Chief Seattle (120') - A classic Grand Banks racing-fishing schooner styled after the Bluenose, but planned for construction in aluminum...!
100' Cargo Skipjack  - A 100' live-aboard cargo-yacht.  Simple construction, easy maintenance, fast sailing...  Another fine prototype in our Skipjack series...
Cleopatra's Galley - A 100' true Egyptian ship of state from the age of Cleopatra for dinner cruises in and around Singapore, driven by... oars..!
Amazon 100'  - Conceived as a medical supply vessel, low profile yacht or tour boat for shoal water river systems or canals of the world.
100' North Coast  - A motor yacht of generous proportions for world cruising.
82' Peregrine  - A long slender motor-sharpie with aft pilot house suited to all-ocean cruising, or the canals and rivers of the world.
80' Fantail Steamer  - A classic fantail yacht harking back to the days of the steamer.  An all-ocean classic yacht.
80' Trawler Yacht - A plumb stem low profile trawler yacht somewhat in the Lapworth tradition (see Voyaging Under Power, first edition, p.80).
80' Power Trimaran, TROIKA - A modern trimaran for voyaging under power. A true pilot house, simple propulsion, and an optional get-home 'kite' sail rig.
49' Black Jack - Another in the Rhumb Runner series, this time using a unique hull form derived from a sailing Skipjack..!

 

Projects During 2010

61' Brigantine - Mermaid - An all aluminum 1700's privateer rigged as a brigantine.
30m (98') Wooden Charter Phinisi  - A plank-on-frame Indonesian Phinisi Schooner.
 

Prototypes: new ideas...

37m (120') Chief Seattle (120')  - A classic Grand Banks racing-fishing schooner.

 

Projects During 2009

38m (125') Indonesian Phinisi - A plank-on-frame Indonesian Sailing Charter Schooner.
36m (118') Wooden Tern Schooner  - A plank-on-frame wooden Three Mast Schooner.
110' Tall Ship Remodel - A new interior layout, new sail rig, improved exterior styling for a new life of chartering in SE Asia.
56' Aluminum Ketch - Shiraz - Fast sailing in a ketch reminiscent of Herreshoff.
48' Aluminum Schooner - Jasmine - Electric Drive Sailing Yacht.
 

Prototypes: new ideas...

50' Amazon - A steel shoal draft live-aboard house-boat, ideal for any river system or coastwise waterway.
175' Lady Destiny - A steel mega-yacht.  Classic Asian styling.  Schooner rig.

 

Projects During 2008

50m (164') Wooden Charter Yacht  - A plank-on-frame Indonesian Sailing Phinisi Charter Schooner.
36m (118') Wooden Tern Schooner  - A plank-on-frame wooden Three Mast Schooner.
30m (98') Wooden Charter Phinisi  - A plank-on-frame Indonesian Phinisi Schooner.
80' Aluminum Motor Yacht - North Coast  - An all-ocean Diesel-Electric motor yacht.
64' Steel 'Clipper Yacht' - Chantage - Classic Motor Sailor.
60' Aluminum Motor Yacht - Swallow's Nest  - An all-ocean expeditionary Motor Sailor.
56' Aluminum Ketch - Shiraz - Fast sailing in a ketch reminiscent of Herreshoff.
48' Aluminum Schooner - Jasmine - Electric Drive Sailing Yacht.
43' Aluminum Motor Yacht - Roberta  - Motor Yacht for voyaging.
43' Aluminum Motor Yacht - Roberta Jean  - Motor Yacht for voyaging.
 

Prototypes: New ideas...!

100' Wooden Bermuda Skipjack  -  A design concept for ocean sailing in a classic wooden hull.
78' Wyldepathaway  - A classic fantail schooner in steel for charters.
65' Rachel  - A sleek and modern aluminum design for fast ocean sailing.
62' Wooden Brigantine - Privateer  - A privateer-style schooner for plank-on-frame wood. 
47' Aluminum Motor Yacht - Roberta Jean  - Classic twin-cabin Motor Yacht in aluminum.
32' Steel Tug Yacht - Talisker  -  A Tug Yacht prototype.

 

ARTICLES

All of our online writings can be reviewed on our Articles web page. Among them, those that are new or recently revised are as follows:

Nomadic Watercraft - Creating a Design Philosophy
Nomadic LAND Craft!
Why Use NURBS Modeling...?  Why we use SURFACE modeling to design boats, rather than SOLID modeling.
Slocum's SPRAY Revisited
Creating the Ultimate Indonesian Charter Phinisi
Composites for Boats
Integral Tanks for Boats
Designing Metal Boat Structure
Lightning Protection Strategies
Choosing the Engine
Metal Boats for Blue Water
Metal Boat Weld-up Sequence

 

ADVENTURES

Once in a great while we get to go on some sort of adventure.  You can review some of that wildness in the following web pages.

In 2001, I traveled to Indonesia to research the wooden boat building methods of the Bugis / Konjo boat builders of South Sulawesi.  This adventure took us from Bali to Sulawesi to meet the builders, and then from Sulawesi to Kalimantan (Borneo) to visit an active boat building site.  While in Kalimantan we lofted the shape and built the mould frames for a 36m Phinisi, a traditional wooden phinisi 'schooner' the design of which we then completed during 2001 and 2002. 

At the end of 2004 I traveled to Indonesia and sailed for several weeks aboard that same 36m Phinisi.  It was an excellent trip!  You will find more of that story on our 36m Phinisi Homecoming page.

During the second quarter of 2006 I traveled to Indonesia once again to begin work on a new 36 meter Indonesian Motor Sailor in Kalimantan (Borneo). A few select images from that trip and from our trip to Indonesia during 2001 can be seen at our web page on Boatbuilding in Indonesia - A Photo Gallery.

For a bit of background about these incredible wooden vessels, please check out our article on the Evolution of a Traditional Wooden Sailing Type and the links that follow that article.

Thank you for your interest in our work. 
 

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