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Black Pearl: Please, Don’t Call It a “Sailing Yacht”

A new video has been published on the 106.8 metre Oceanco sailing yacht Black Pearl.

Inspired by the 88-metre Maltese Falcon, this yacht started when Ken Freivokh was contracted by the owner on 2010 to handle design and styling on the project. This superyacht was developed in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, Ken Freivokh, Nuvolari Lenard, BMT Nigel Gee and Gerard P. Villate.

With an LOA of 106.8 metres, she is one of the world’s largest superyachts. Black Pearl is a tri-deck sailing yacht and was built from a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Accommodation for 12 guests is split across six cabins and her 15 metre beam allows for a total interior volume of 2,700GT.

Delivered in 2018 by Dutch shipyard Oceanco, the three-mast yacht is said to be the realization of a radical vision by her owner who wanted “to build something that was out of the ordinary in every way,” according to the ship’s captain Chris Gartner. Who is Black Pearl’s owner? This, along with much of her interior details, has never been officially released, all adding to Black Pearl’s mystique. That being said, she is widely believed to belong to the Russian businessman, Oleg Burlakov.

All 2,900 square metres of sails can be set at the push of a button in 7 minutes! BMT Nigel Gee collaborated with Oceanco to create Black Pearl’s hybrid propulsion system as well as other onboard systems such as waste heat recovery. In addition to wind power, she is powered by 2 x 1080kW MTU’s / 2 x 400kW electrical propulsion motors. Her accommodations include a master suite, 2 VIP suites, 2 double guest cabins and a full beam beach club, that is convert¬ible into a cinema.

For our team, it’s very difficult to call it a “Sailing Yacht”…

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