The Maltese Falcon, the worlds largest, privately owned sailing yachts ever is almost indescribable. It was built by Perini Navi in 2006 and completed its first trial sail through the Sea of Marmara in June of 2006 , shortly followed by its maiden voyage from Turkey to Italy via Malta just one month later, with the help of its carbon fiber masts.
The Maltese Falcon was built specifically for American venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who eventually sold the yacht after three years to Elena Ambrosiadou in 2009 for a reported $100 million. And this was actually the third yacht Perini built for Perkins.
This luxurious yacht “is 88 M LOA, has 12.60 M maximum beam, displaces 1,240 tons and has a sail plan of 2,400 square meters that comprises 15 sails. Her rigging technology is unique. Known as Dyna Rig, this system mounts three rotating, self-supporting carbon fibre masts each of which mounts five panels of square sails.”
“The three carbon fiber masts, which are free-standing and able to rotate, were manufactured and assembled by a company financed by Perkins at the Perini Navi Istanbul “Yildiz Gemi” (literally: Star Ship) yard in Tuzla, 50 mi (80 km) east of Istanbul, Turkey, under the supervision of the English company Insensys and Dutch company Gerard Dijkstra & Partners. Other design was provided by Ken Freivokh Design. The Maltese Falcon was the third yacht built by Perini for Perkins.”
Now that we have passed the boring spec’s talk, lets get down to the fun stuff, the toys! The Maltese Falcon toys include: 2x 10m Pascoe RIB Tenders, 1x Castoldi 5m Jet Tender, 2 jet-skis, 2 Sea-Bobs, 2 Laser sailing boats, 2 windsurfers, 2 stand-up paddle-boards, 2 kayaks, 1 inflatable water-slide, 1 inflatable swimming-pool, banana boat and various inflatable toys, water-skis, wake-boards knee-board various fishing rods, 6 full sets of scuba-diving gear and snorkeling gear. Wow, wow, wow. When do I get a turn? As for the price/worth of the yacht, there are quite a few numbers floating around but lets just safely say it’s worth around $150 million.
Because the Maltese Falcon has been nationally recognized as a true influential and ground breaking yacht, a book has been published on its behalf. ‘The Maltese Falcon: Art of Innovation’ features more than 300 stunning photographs of the yacht, including inside views. If interested, you can pick yours up here. And for any more information on the Maltese Falcon, you can check out the yachts website (you know when your yacht has its own website, it’s not messing around).
If you think this boat is impressive, than watch the video below to be absolutely blown away: