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Perini Navi - Maltese Falcon; Sailing Yacht

Discussion in 'Perini Navi Yacht' started by hufloas, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    A Stayed Dynarig concept

    I had previously posted this reference discussion by Philip Goode on 'weatherly square riggers'.

    Just today I ran across his discussion of a 'stayed dynarig':

    Most practical proposals for sailing cargo vessels today are based on the Dyna-rig developed for that purpose in Germany in the 1960s and brought to outstanding culmination in the rig of the 2007 built Maltese Falcon. This rig is based on a rotating mast, the yards being fixed to the mast and rotating with it. This means that the masts had to be unstayed, leading to enormous cost not only in the bearings at heel and deck partners, but also in producing a spar strong enough to bear the bending load.

    What brings Goode’s design into the realm of commercial viability is that, instead, it utilises a rotating mast stepped on deck and supported by wire rigging. The spar can thus be much lighter and, aside from a thrust bearing at head and heel, there are three simple bearing collars along the mast’s length. Practical experience of the 226gt sail training vessel Pelican of London has shown that lateral staying of the mast can be safely carried out by backstays which are anchored much further aft than usual and do not hinder horizontal yard swing until the yards reach 20º from ship’s centreline. Because none of these backstays hinder the yards, there can be as many of them as required. Even the conventional lower shrouds, which would normally be in the ship’s transverse plane, can be replaced by backstays to the lower hounds.


    ...more here...
    The Motorship - Hybrid square riggers - the ultimate green ships?
  2. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    Lunch with Tom Perkins

    Rather interesting little article that has just appeared in the May 2013 issue of ShowBoats magazine.
    "From Sailing Dinghes to a Game Changing 289-Footer, Tom Perkins' Yachting Life Mirrors His Meteoric Rise in Business"





    One little aside I found interesting as well was 'his attraction to classic and performance cars;

    "While I owned them, I really loved them, but when I sensed that the bottom was about to fall out of the market, I sold them all for vast sums of money. It was a good decision. Today I own just ONE classic, a 1954 Gullwing Mercedes 300SL in perfect concours condition"

    I've had that same attraction for that particular car :cool:
    http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/yachtforums-yacht-club/3992-off-topic-winter-wheels-whatever-27.html#post110852

    http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/yachtforums-yacht-club/3992-off-topic-winter-wheels-whatever-27.html#post110709

    http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/yachtforums-yacht-club/11874-anyone-here-own-any-exotic-cars-8.html#post100570

    http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/yachtforums-yacht-club/11874-anyone-here-own-any-exotic-cars-4.html#post83550
  4. ombreetsoleil

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    Great footage, although the music was ridiculously epic. At first, I thought multi-rotors were a fad, but they are turning into one of the most useful tools of the modern electronic age.
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    Very nice!
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    True, nice, but not unique, did it this year on a "smaller" boat :)

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    They seem to do it fairly often on MF, as I have seen several different pics over the last few years of them doing it.

    That would be my ideal theater.
  10. brian eiland

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    Dynarig,..another form of a Wingsail ?

    Most of us have been treating the Dynarig as a modernized square rig. But in reality this rig has a lot in common with wingsails.

    That said I wanted to reference a little 'blog' that SAIL mag recently sent out:
    Have Wingsails Gone Mainstream

    I will be expanding on this subject soon, ...some new ideas on alternative dynarig configurations.
  11. yarkons

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    Sorry, I do not speak English. Is there someone in the kitchen photo Maltese Falcon? Thank you.
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    brian eiland Senior Member

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    Perhaps you mean something like this?....only one I could find at the moment.

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    Thank you, but it is a place of rest of the crew. And I mean it was the kitchen. Nowhere on the Internet does not. probably a secret facility ...))))
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    Home movies from Falcon's early testing

    They first did one section of dynarig on a dory at 1:23 mark

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    Apparently Tom Perkins recently passed away. Many of you would have known, he was the owner of the Dyna-rigged sailing superyacht "Maltese Falcon" and several other yachts like "Andromeda La Dea" and "Dr. No".
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    There is a eulogy on https://www.symaltesefalcon.com/

    And if you were a reader of Sailing Anarchy about a decade ago you will remember Tom Perkins for just 7 words...

  17. Chuckybas

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    I'll take the bait.....
    What were those 7 words about? Link or context?
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    Couldn't find a link, but here's the very short version:

    SA (with a reader demographic heavily skewed towards the racer, and not the megayacht crowd) wrote an article criticizing the Falcon for being ostentatious, obscenely expensive, and of questionable aesthetic value. Somehow that article found it's way onto the screen of Mr. Perkins. He wrote back with a very professionally worded, but equally scathing commentary on the value of SA, that amounted to a billionaires version of "My boat is bigger than your boat. Neener neener neener."

    However, because of that article Mr. Perkins became a reader of the site... if only to see what they were saying about the Falcon. (At the same time SA was flattered that he was a reader, let alone that he bothered to write back.)

    There were actually several exchanges over time where the editors of SA and Mr. Perkins softened towards each other... "frenemies", if you will. They kinda' realized that despite the huge gulf between the two parties, they had more in common than they thought. His attitude of "f--- it, I'll do it my way" was very much the SA way, and the whole reason for designing the Falcon's rig - he hated motoring his sail boat and wanted to avoid having to fire up the engines as much as he could - hit home with the SA staff and readers. Given that the Falcon sailed nearly 90% of the miles she covered at sea, they couldn't help but respect him.
  19. HTMO9

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    I have heard many arguments for and against Maltese Falcon and its Dynarig. One may like the designs of Ken Freivokh or not. They are hardly within my personal bandwith of taste too but I do admire the rigg, its design, the actuating and controling mechanism with the software behind for reefing and tacking.

    The hull itself, being physically more than 20 years old, may not be state of the art as far hydronamics and naval architecture are concerned and may be already aging as far as corrosion and wear and tear on the steel part but the boat in general is mostly very well cared-fore. On the other hand, Maltese Falcon is quite expensive to maintain. From what I hear, Maltese Falcon is a systemic sail eater. But in comparison to other larger Perini Navy sailboats and I know a few German colleagues with Perini Navi sailboats, Maltese Falcon has by far the highest percentage of pure sailing time, meaning without main engine use.

    The sailing performance of this beast is far beyond any critique and still top of the line. My large sailboat is definitely not the slowest around but Maltese Falcon has smoked away from us with its all aspect rig more than once. One must have seen Maltese Falcon, sailing with full cloth into Antibes Harbor or Palma with foaming bow wave, turning all masts around, reefing all sails simultaneously and virtually stop. Really jaw dropping, I must say. Only a boat with a fully automated dynarig sail system can do that.

    If I would be crazy enough to build one more large and modern design sailboat, it would have a dynarig, designed by the Dijkstra boys. It could be well possible, that my grown up children would then try to place me under disability, if do that. :).

    The yachting world should be thankful to have had a visionary man with the necessary resourses, like Tom Perkins, bringing this ground braking design into reality. Well done Tom Perkins, well done, indeed!

    Just my 2 (Euro) cents

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