Perini Navi 289' Clipper Yacht "Maltese Falcon" Legendary Bird Swoops Into Modern Sailing History Review by YF Publisher Carl Camper Technical Narration by MF Build Engineer; Jed White A legendary story/name leaps into vivid reality, though not in the cramped office of a make-believe sleuth, or tawdry movie set; but as the spectacular, stunning, world’s largest of its kind. She is the Clipper Yacht "Maltese Falcon" owned by an equally legendary, modern day visionary who rescued her from certain oblivion. While her steel hull was first launched in 1989, she languished almost18 years; finally to be chosen the Fairy Tale Queen of sail yachting. Her revolutionary, un-stayed “DynaRig” conformation, according to the original owner Tom Perkins, brings ‘Today’ into yacht building; with a near mythical return to glamorous, long-gone square riggers. Brand new, but no longer experimental; this gorgeous, “big black bird” has flashed past the concept stage; the Maltese Falcon has swooped into modern sailing history. Perkins, who made a name for himself in American business with top positions – GM at Hewlett Packard; with a hand in AOL, Amazon, Genentec, etc. – allowed his venture-capitalist-unrestrained-creative urge to leap into the unorthodox rigging concept. When this experienced yachtsman first saw the 12 year-abandoned hull, his gifted intellect stirred. He had previously owned “Andromeda,” “Andromeda La dei,” and vintage 1915 schooner “Mariette,” as well as a clipper-bowed “Atlantide.” This urged him to contact famed designer Gerry Dijkstra, and the Perini Yildiz Yard, in Turkey. He imagined this poor derelict yacht as re-invented in the age-old, sea-conquering design pattern. She would be an artistic, modern challenge.