SY Maltese Falcon: 15 Perfect Sails
At first blush, she simply appears to be an extremely beautiful, very large traditional sailing yacht. Closer inspection reveals a supremely clean deck, with no apparent rigging. Her graceful, low-slung hull gives the impression that she labors little for her speed and maneuverability. How can this be?
An incredible combination of design, technology, and innovation, SY Maltese Falcon presents one of yachting’s most elegant profiles. At 88 meters/289 feet, she is one of the most majestic lengths to sport sails, and that, she does. All 15 of them. Without rigging. With ease and speed. With flawless reliability.
In place of rigging, SY Maltese Falcon is fitted with an ingenious computerized control system dubbed “DynaRig.” From the wheelhouse, her technology detects wind speed, direction, and sea conditions that allow her captain and crew to control the turn of her three aerodynamic carbon masts to the perfect position with the press of a button. No lines or clews. No pulleys. Simply a sophisticated technological system that syncs an intelligent, able crew with her impressive performance.
Each of her 58m/191ft masts rotates from incredible base systems, creating a continuous sail pattern built of 2,400 square meters of sails. From the courses and topsails to the gallants and royals, each sail appears and disappears ingeniously from a slice in the yards, all curved in an agreeable 12 degree camber, working in unison to handle heavy winds. She is adept at a 45-degree close haul, giving her 10 to 15 degrees over most square-rigged yachts.
Her steel hull eliminates the need for a drop keel, making her profile a mere 6 meters below the waterline. Launched in 2006, she is a magnificent design from Perini Navi’s yard in Turkey. SY Maltese Falcon accommodates 12 guests in grand style, regularly taking in stride 10-day ocean passages. Enough gushing, however, about her statistics. She is also one fabulously lavish yacht.
Adorned with sumptuous furnishings and abundant art, SY Maltese Falcon instantly proposes an extraordinary voyage. Her list of accoutrements and water toys is as legendary as her design.
A 5-meter Castoldi jet tender, assisted by two 10-meter Pascoe rib tenders, assure easy transport. Also on board are two jet skis, two Sea Bobs, two Laser sailboats, two windsurfers, two standup paddleboards and two kayaks. Should guests desire a protected dip, an inflatable water slide and pool oblige. Six sets of fully-equipped scuba gear, private gym, outdoor cinema, ample salons, dining and lounge areas, and five lower deck staterooms serve to entertain, while an upper deck passage cabin, fitted with private gym and sun deck ensures privacy.
The magnificent circular stairway climbs about the main mast connecting the decks, sending glorious sunlight streaming throughout the lower floors. SY Maltese Falcon’s deck plans can be arranged into four, five, or six staterooms, depending on the guest list.
The original owner, Tom Perkins, worked diligently with Fabio Perini of Perini Navi, to bring SY Maltese Falcon’s design off the shelf and into three dimensions. The original concept evolved from a 1989 design inspired by an oil crisis. Perkins sold Maltese Falcon in 2009 to hedge-fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou, maintaining the yacht as a private, secure, sleek sailing adventure for a privileged few. All who view her, however, can appreciate the astonishing mesh of style and function as she adeptly sails the world.
As detective Sam Spade, from the literary work of the same name might address SY Maltese Falcon and her exceptional performance, “You’re a good man, sister.” Requests for more detailed information regarding charter booking may be addressed to Steve@TheBestofYachting.com.