We truly are living in a new Gilded Age where the fabulous fortunes of the few generate all kinds of amazing projects and some astonishingly large yachts. Whomever’s is biggest is best, right? So now we know. Black Pearl will own that title, at least for a while. At 330 feet, she is a majestic monster of a yacht. Read the review below from the folks at Yachtharbor.com.
Scheduled for delivery later this year, the 106-meter Black Pearl is set to become the world’s largest sailing yacht. Built by Oceanco under the code name Project Solar, she is capable of crossing the Atlantic burning just 20 liters of fuel thanks to alternative power sources.
Inspired by the 88-meter Maltese Falcon, built by Perini Navi for the late venture capitalist, Tom Perkins in 2006, Project Solar started when Ken Freivokh was contracted by the owner on 7 July 2010 to handle design and styling on the project. This initially resulted in a 96-meter preliminary concept code named Nautilus.
Given their involvement with the development of the Maltese Falcon and its DynaRig concept, Dykstra Naval Architects were introduced by Ken Freivokh to the owner and the Nautilus concept, on which they then acted as naval architects. As a result of a highly beneficial collaboration, Dykstra’s team were able to refine and further advance the DynaRig system they designed, driven by the owner to push the technology boundaries beyond what the Maltese Falcon had already achieved. Read more.