Dubbed as every sailor’s dream vessel, the Maltese Falcon yacht made history after it was launched in 2006 as the world’s biggest and most technologically-advanced private sailing yacht.
Twelve years later, it was able to maintain its glory by being dubbed as the “most radical sailing yacht” of all time.
Why It Still Is The World’s ‘Most Radical’ Yacht
The 289-foot vessel by Perini Navi is considered the world’s “most radical” sailing yacht because of its jaw-dropping top speed of 24 knots. Considering its massive size, this feat is definitely worthy of its moniker.
Former Hewlett Packard General Manager Thomas Perkins was the venture capitalist behind the launch of the Maltese Falcon yacht. Thinking ahead, he came up with the idea of testing out carbon-fiber masts soaring up to 187 feet and tested it out in Tuzla, Turkey’s Perini Navi shipyard.
At the time, Perkins spent a whopping $150 million to $300 million in just 4 years. And just like that, they were able to put up three giant rotating masts that support five sails, the secret behind the renowned vessel’s startling speed.
Its Controversial Features
Despite being every sailor’s fantasy, the Maltese Falcon is a controversial watercraft. After all, it is considered “most radical” since it doesn’t follow the traditional set up of a sailing yacht.
Sailing purists are outraged by the fact that the entire 25,800 square feet of material on the yacht’s 15 sails can be controlled by one panel of controls that is pegged to be the size of a desk.
The Maltese Falcon yacht’s sails are fully automated. This means that the crew doesn’t need to manually bring the sails up and down as they are furled and stored inside the masts automatically with just a push of a button.
Although many vessels are technologically-advanced, nothing compares to the full control lent to the Maltese Falcon’s captain by its electronic sails. To reduce its speed, the captain only needs to use the controls in a way that would rotate the masts.
In fact, sailing this uniquely innovative vessel is possible even if the captain is alone. Of course, standard sailing procedures and safety regulations still recommend having a skipper onboard.
The People Behind The Maltese Falcon
Although Perkins was the capitalist who made everything move, the vessel’s naval architecture was born from the creative minds and hard work of Perini Navi and Dykstra Naval Architects. Both its exterior and interior were crafted based on Ken Freivokh’s design, offering a spacious luxury experience for any who wish to charter it.
Currently, the infamous vessel is owned and operated by Pleon Ltd., but aspiring sailors and enthusiasts may experience it in its glory by paying approximately $467,700 to $ 515,000.