Maltese Falcon Enters San Francisco
September 27, 2008

(If you like, you can skip down through the prose and go straight to the pictures below!)

On Saturday, September 27, 2008 Maltese Falcon sailed under the Golden Gate and into San Frnacisco Bay. Our Islander fleet captured some pictures, and here's one version of, "the rest of the story."

The 88 meter clipper Maltese Falcon is the largest private sailing yacht in the world owned by Tom Perkins and in a breeze her immense DynaRig powers her to record shattering speeds. Falcon’s interior is luxurious with a rich contemporary décor, delightful to the eye and soothing to the soul. Falcon is the ideal choice 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!

There’s never been anything like Maltese Falcon. Without her rig, you might recognize this as a Perini Navi sailing yacht, but add the three-masted DynaRig and all preconceptions go down the drain. The DynaRig concept was developed in Germany in the 1960s, as a propulsion alternative for commercial ships in the face of a looming energy crisis. When the crisis actually materialized in the early 1970s, further refinement and some testing followed, but no DynaShips were built and the idea eventually went into the archives.

The 289-foot steel-hulled yacht is, at her heart, the modern incarnation of a square-rigged clipper ship. The Maltese Falcon has flexible arrangement plan that offers a quick change from owner mode to charter mode. A masterpiece of technology and design, the Maltese Falcon is without equal.

Technical Specifications :

Lenght overall : 289.1 ft ( 88 m )
Beam : 42.2 ft (12.6 m )
Draught (keel up) : 19.7 ft ( 6 m )
Draught (keel down) : 36 ft ( 11 m )
Mast Head Height: 191.0 ft ( 58.2 m )
Built : 2006
Builder : Perini Navi, Turkey - Tuzla
Designer : Ken Freivokh
Naval architect : Gerard Dijkstra
Engines : 2 x Deutz 1800 HP TBD 620
Speed at maximum power : 19.5 kt
Speed at maximum continuous rating : 8.5 kt
Range 4,000 Nm
Total sail area : 25,791 ft² / 2,400 m²
Guest cabins : 6
Crew cabins : 8
Guests : 12
Crew : 16

Amenities :

Satellite communications: Furuno Sat C, Nera Fleet 77 B, Nera F33 Sat Com. GSM Cellular. Wireless internet connection throughout vessel via VSAT

Full gym with Techno gym, stairmaster, treadmill, 2 Steam Baths, Massage Table; Entertainment: 50" Plasma in main salon, SAT TV and DVD throughout the boat. 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 the vessel, including lower and upper outside aft decks; Fully Air Conditioned throughout.

Sea Toys :

Toys: 2 Pascoe RIB Tenders 32’ (40 knots), 14’ Castoldi Jet tender, 4 Laser Sailing Dinghies, 2 Kayaks, Wakeboard, Waterskis, Donut, Double Donut, Banana, Dive gear for 6, Snorkeling Gear

Charter Price: Maltese Falcon Charter price per week: € 335.000 - € 325.000 (approx. $475,000 to $512,000)
Plus approx. 25 % - 30 % "food & beverage & misc."

Other Maltese Falcon Links:

http://www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp Lots of specs and details.
http://tinyurl.com/3pytla This is MF being hit by a 40 footer!

Pictures by Mike Dickson, Smokey Stover & Dan Knox. Click on images to enlarge, click "Back" to return.

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"Look what's coming!"
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A Giant ...
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among Lilliputians ...
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the one & only ...
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Maltese Falcon!
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She's moving!
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Left behind.
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Meanwhile a carnival ...
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for Oracle's stage
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and party.

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