These are, you realize, the sunsets of your life. And this… this is the time to let loose. Really night. Really dark.
The cabins have their own energy: this one is quiet, one of the guys is reading in it. Click any pic for 16 Ambience photos. Click any pic for 16 Voyage photos. Glancing around, you can see craggy rocks, sensuous hills, and mountains — all surrounded by a mix of seas. The sparkling sun reflects off them, and wildlife appears at the strangest times think flying fish, flying foxes, and bright blue kingfishers — flying fast from the trees.
As striking as it is wild, the land and the sea and the air and the light all combine to create a spectacular landscape. See our full 7-day itinerary Click any pic for 16 Voyage photos. Pinisi have been made this way for at least 1, years, by craftsmen on the southern part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Neglected, they suffer, like any sailing vessel. They have preserved their traditional ambience, but offer modern, clean and safe spaces. With plenty of space for naked and non-naked times, our ships are ideal places for men to enjoy each other — mind, body and soul.
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Most departures range from 12 to 18 men on the ship, including guests, crew, and the two of us co-founders Max and Dave. Click any pic for 21 Vessel photos. Click any pic for 21 Ship photos. Click any pic for 6 Crew photos. The crew on our Pinisi are ideal. They are friendly, low-key, accepting, and most important, good at what they do.
All five of them go with us on each excursion. Friendly and open-minded, three of them are from the island of Flores, and two of them come from Sumbawa — a neighboring island. These guys work well together as one team, and each one is skilled at taking over the jobs of others. Read More. At 29 years old, Ady is our local guide around the islands. Originally from Sumbawa, Ady is charismatic, thoughtful, and happy to teach you about local customs and activities. Ady loves singing, snorkeling, and searching for new places.
Putra is the captain of our ship. He comes from a long line of sailors. Putra boasts 20 years of years of nautical experience in Indonesian waters. When not sailing, he enjoys relaxing at home listening to reggae music, as well as free diving. Just 19 years old, Iwan works hard to provide us with three delicious meals a day, alternating between Western and Indonesian cuisine.
Iwan hails from West Flores. You can call Tasrin the shipkeeper: he certainly keeps the ship in shape.
A Flores native, he grew up fairly close to the harbor where we embark. Tasrin also gives some of our complimentary massages on the boat. He loves playing soccer in his spare time. He comes from West Flores. The crew know these waters well. Put together your own group of guys and earn free trips. Benefits start with as few as 6 men. Groups can be as large as 12 men total. From April and May and June, the islands are a lush green.
July through September see a more dry and barren — yet equally stunning — savannah-covered vista, contrasting nicely with the water.
Later in October the green returns in striking patches, and from then until March, nature works hard creating new life again. Hi, my name is Dave. The idea hit me one day, during a trip to Raja Ampat — located in the northwest part of New Guinea. I was heading there with five of my friends. We were on a huge passenger ship, moving through the Banda Sea, and I thought — as I had so many times before — how breathtakingly beautiful the seascapes were. But this time, something in my brain went somewhere else. It would be the perfect experience.
I told him about my idea. Two months later he contacted me, explaining quite earnestly how he wanted to join me in this venture. His passion was over the top — fresh and young and future-focused — and he was smart.
I liked that, too. Max struck me as the perfect business partner. Fast forward to Bali, exactly 3 weeks later.
Max flew in and we spent three full days hammering out the concept. Could we offer it for all men, and embrace the essence of being male? Could we do it safely and securely within the waters we felt were ideal?
And could we make it affordable, and not overpriced — thereby allowing MANY guys to join in, and not just an elite few? As the idea took form, it became clear that a Pinisi ship would play a major role in both setting the tone and resulting in a quality experience. Running around Bali looking for Pinisi was a stitch.
Each time we got close to a marina, we were sent elsewhere. We were on a mission. Island-hopping on a short flight, we were off to have meetings Max had arranged the week before with Pinisi boat owners and operators. We were off to find our Pinisi… as beautiful as the Indonesian Great Bird of Paradise… but not as elusive. In our minds, it had to have several components. It took a while, but we did it. After many exhausting meetings, we found our Pinisi. It had all of the above components.
We hammered out logistical details as well as a route for our trips that would take us away from typical sea paths. While passing other boats in the seas would sometimes be unavoidable, we wanted to minimize that situation — and working with a captain who understood our goals was crucial. Having found our boat, the next steps were equally exhaustive and exhilarating. Neither one of us, we felt, had the skills necessary for marketing these clothing-optional sailing ventures to the public. We chose Facebook and Freelancer.
Ads running, we sat back and waited. I worked directly from my home, creating some of the website content. She loved the beach, and I loved the break. One day, I saw a man walking towards me, smiling. He was shirtless like me, clad only in shorts. Two sailors have been charged in the case. Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 20, entered no plea at a Feb. Another sailor, Airman Charles E. Vins, 20, pleaded guilty last November to three charges in connection with the beating.
He received a light sentence in return for testimony against Airman Helvey. Eastman said today that he had been assaulted the night before Mr. Schindler's murder.