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Inside the Maltese Falcon - Elena Ambrosiadou's Mega Yacht
Boating and Sailing News 24 Oct 2009
The 289 foot (88m) Maltese Falcon is the largest private sailboat in the world. This fine mega yacht changed owners recently, and it is reported that the yacht finally sold to Elena Ambrosiadou for the tidy sum of 120 million US dollars - a real bargain if you consider Tom Perkins was originally asking $165 million. Ambrosiadou, who grew up in Greece, is best known for setting up one of the most successful hedge funds in the world, and was Britainâs best paid female executive before moving her company Ikos to Cyprus in 2006. Although she appears to be shying away from the publicity, she will now be known not only as one the world's top female entrepreneurs, but as the owner of the world's most impressive sailboat. Fact is, she is the only woman I could find who owns a mega yacht, anywhere!
As far as the boat goes, this sailing yacht's rig is impressive and complicated to say the least. It is also efficient, reaching nearly 20 knots under sail alone. The Maltese Falcon sports what is called a DynaRig, which means it is effectively a square rigger, and each of the three freestanding masts support six yardarms, which are connected rigidly to the mast. The yacht's 25,791 square feet (2,400 square meters) of sails are set between the yards in such a way that when deployed there are no gaps to the sail plan, enabling each spar's sails to work as a single airfoil. Unlike a conventional square rigger, the yards have a built in camber of 12%, and the sails are trimmed to the wind direction by rotating the entire mast, which is operated by a sail control system on the bridge. When not deployed, the mega yacht's sails furl right into the mast itself.
The Maltese Falconâs interior is as luxurious as you'd expect, of course, with the main feature being the atrium. Here, the three decks are united by a circular stairway, surrounding the main mast, and creating a spiralling effect. This is all enhanced by natural light streaming in from the top to the lower decks through transparent floors. The main deck of the Maltese Falcon is a big open space with a main saloon, a huge aft-cockpit, two studio areas and an impressive dining room. For sleeping there are five lower deck staterooms and one passage cabin on the upper deck with a private sun bathing area, and direct access to the mega yacht's wheelhouse. As you can see in the photos, it's like a spaceship with a lot of wood.
For fun, the Maltese Falcon carries two 32 foot Pascoe RIB Tenders (with water skis), four Laser sailboats, and a 14 foot Castold Jet tender. In addition to dive gear, Maltese Falcon also carries a private submarine for exploring the deep, which was one of former owner Tom Perkins' favorite toys, and is strangely was one of the reason he says he sold the Maltese Falcon: âMy pleasure comes from the technical and aesthetic challenges of new yacht projects more than from cruising aboard the finished boat. I would now like to indulge my interest in âsportsâ submarines and maybe to build a specialized boat to use as a sub carrier.â
And what does the new owner have to say about the boat? Very little. It appears that she doesn't want to attract too much attention to herself, which is kind of hard to do when you own the world's biggest sailing yacht. I guess keeping a low profile means different things to different people. What we do know is that she's well proportioned, sleek, sexy, and her beauty draws a crowd wherever she goes - and now she has an owner with the same qualities! Gentlemen: The line forms behind ME.
- by Nick (don't tell my wife I said that) Riley, exclusively for YachtPals.com
The Maltese Falcon Yacht
Maltese Falcon Builder - Perini
Maltese Falcon Hull Material -
Fuel storage on Maltese Falcon - 81300
Maltese Falcon Main Mast Height Above DWL -
Maltese Falcon Main Saloon and Wheelhouse Area -
Maltese Falcon Number of Guests: 12
Photo above: Maltese Falcon sailboat's bridge.
Photo above: Upper deck cabin on the yacht Maltese Falcon.
Photo above: A place to kick back on the mega yacht Maltese Falcon.
Photo above: Outside seating on the yacht Maltese Falcon.
Photo above: Outside dining on the Maltese Falcon mega yacht.
Image below: Diagram of the Maltese Falcon mega yacht.