Posted by: viewfromtheriva | August 4, 2012

The Maltese Falcon lands in Split, yours for $600,000/week

The world’s largest private sailing yacht in Split

A few weeks ago, the Maltese Falcon, the largest private sailing yacht in the world, majestically landed in Split.  For people on the waterfront Riva,  seeing this 300 foot long nautical spaceship was a thrill.  The most spectacular feature about the ship is her amazing masts.

like antennae on some galactic spaceship, the masts on the Maltese Falcon not only soar into space, they can be rotated to ensure optimum wind capture to propel the ship under sail power alone, at at astonishing 20 knots!

With more than 25,000 feet of sail, my only regret is not seeing the ship underway.  But even at anchor, its astonishingly low waterline, rakish deck and those amazing masts were jaw-dropping.

Built in 2006 for an internet tycoon for a reported $160 million, the boat was sold a few years back to a global hedge fund queen for a mere $90 million.  But because she uses it “only two weeks a year”, you and your friends can rent it by the week for a just $600,000.  After all she said, “it’s an enterprise”.

Maltese Falcon at anchor


What gives the Maltese Falcon such speed is what’s known as a DynaRig.  The sails are completely electronically controlled.  Unlike a typical mainsail or spinnaker or jib, these beauties unfurl and stay put as the on board computer senses the wind and positions the mast so that the sails will capture as much wind as possible–without having to be “re shaped” like normal sails that are hauled in or out by hand and winches to do the same thing.

What’s as amazing as the physical boat itself is that it’s designed for just 12 people–and a crew of 16!!  I could insert lots of interior photos but mega yachts like this all have fabulous interiors.

If you want to charter the Falcon this is how it’s sold:

“A privileged few will be fortunate enough to experience Maltese Falcon under sail. The 88 meter clipper Maltese Falcon is the largest sailing yacht in the world and in a breeze Maltese Falcon’s immense DynaRig powers her to record shattering speeds.Maltese Falcon’s interior is luxurious with a rich contemporary décor, delightful to the eye and soothing to the soul. Maltese Falcon is the ideal choice of yacht for large scale entertaining while meandering between smart anchorages, or for that once in a lifetime blue water ocean passage, foaming through the crests, under a towering cloud of sail. Atlantic crossings in ten days are on offer from this extraordinary yacht! A masterpiece of technology and design, the Maltese Falcon is a yacht without equal….from $600,000 per week….”

And here’s the nitty gritty:

Maltese Falcon Technical Specifications:

Length: 88.00 m (289’)
Beam: 12.6 m (42’2”)
Draft (Keel up): 6 m (19’7”)
Draft (Keel down): 11 m (36’)
Engines: 2 Deutz TBD620 12 V
Speed: Max 18.5 kts
Range @14 knots: 3,000 miles
Builder: Perini Navi Yachts

Delivered: April 2006
Number of Guests: 12
Number of Crew: 16 (Up to additional 4)

Maltese Falcon Tenders & Toys:
Maltese Falcon has 2 32′ Pascoe RIB Tenders. 4 Laser Sailing boats. 1 Castold 14′ Jet tender. 6 full sets of dive gear, water skis, snorkeling gear. Maltese Falcon has a full gym with Techno gym, stairmaster etc.

Maltese Falcon Guest Accommodation:
Maltese Falcon has a VIP cabin on upperdeck with queen berth. Full beam Master with King berth, a seperate full beam dressing room and private gym on lower deck. Four guest suites that can convert into two enormous VIP suites each with his/her heads. All cabins on Maltese Falcon have King or Queen berths.

Maltese Falcon Audio Visual Equipment and Deck Facilities:
Maltese Falcon has a 50″ Plasma in main salon, SAT TV and DVD throuout the yacht. 50″ Plasma in Master Suite, all four guest suites have 42″ Plasma screens, and the “Passage Cabin” on the upper deck has a 32″ Plasma screen. B & O Surround sound throughout Maltese Falcon, including lower and upper outside aft decks.

Maltese Falcon Communications:
Maltese Falcon is equipped with Furuno Sat C, Nera Fleet 77 B, Nera F33 Sat Com.
GSM Cellular. Wireless internet connection throughout Maltese Falcon via VSAT.

Charter the Maltese Falcon from 375,000 Euro per week MYBA WMT Vat Exempt

I wonder if they would do a 20 minute charter?!




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