The Man Behind the Yacht The story behind Mutiara Laut builds upon the life and experience of a remarkable man. Leendert Philippus Van Oostenbrugg, or Leo for short, was an accomplished Dutch yacht captain and shipyard owner. For his life’s final masterpiece, he combined his immense passion for sailing with his love for the Indonesian islands, resulting in Mutiara Laut.Many of us are on a lifelong mission to find happiness. Leo derived his purpose in life from the sea. Spending his younger years as a yacht captain, he sailed the globe six times over, gathering the necessary experience aboard yachts he would use later in life. Following his love for sailing, he set up a shipyard in Holland. After a successful career at the helm of his company building yachts for other people, Leo felt the inclination to retire abroad on the paradise island of Bali.On a sailing trip as a newly retired resident of Indonesia, Leo was touched by the romance of the far away islands. He realized he wasn’t ready to live a quiet life and set his heart on building a ‘phinisi’, a traditional Indonesian wooden schooner. However, his design would be infused with western influences from his own life and travels.Over the course of three years, Leo oversaw the construction of a custom ironwood hull from Kalimantan paired with his own vision based on a life of sailing and building yachts in Europe. Leo dreamt of Mutiara Laut sailing to the islands far away from the chaos of daily life, where guests could feel a connection with nature and, ultimately, themselves. Indonesian master craftsmen made his dream into a reality and over time, Mutiara Laut was born.The ambitious design modelled Mutiara Laut after a classic schooner influenced by traditional Indonesian sailing ships and fitted with unmatched amenities and comfort for long-range cruising. Upon completion, Mutiara Laut was a yacht unlike had ever been seen in Indonesia. Leo had succeeded at turning his vision into a reality – a goal to which so many aspire but so few attain.The first time Leo saw Mutiara Laut sail was an emotional moment as it marked the completion of his vision. Her sails full of wind, gracefully cutting through the water in the islands where she is from is truly a sight to behold. Sadly, Leo passed away two weeks later. For anyone who sees her sails up, it is clear that Leo’s memory lives on beautifully in his crowning achievement.