by: Çın Çın Çınla.
Türk tersanelerinin gururu, dünyanın en teknolojik yelkenlisi “Maltese Falcon” (Malta Şahini) el değiştirdi. ABD’li milyoner girişimci Tom Perkins, 88 metre uzunluğundaki üç fiber-karbon direği olan lüks tekneyi 60 milyon sterline (144 milyon TL) sattı.
İngiliz Times gazetesinin haberine göre; bir yıldır satılmayı bekleyen teknenin fiyatı daha önce 90 milyon sterlin (216 milyon TL) olarak saptanmıştı.
Ancak küresel kriz nedeniyle Perkins’in fiyat düşürdüğü belirtildi. 75 yaşındaki girişimci, satıcının kimliğini gizlilik prensiplerinden dolayı açıklamadı. Dört yıl önce Tuzla’da inşa edilen tekne, yaklaşık 90 milyon sterline mal olmuştu. Malta Şahini’nin üç direğinde bulunan 15 yelken otomatik olarak açılıyor. Teknede bir kişi yalnız başına yelkenleri kontrol edebiliyor.
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 almost
18 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. Perkins enlisted Fabio Perini’s building wisdom, Captain Chris Gartner’s experience, Doyle Sailmakers to dress her: 15 sails, stacked five high on a striking, 3-masted square-rig pattern. They were envisioning the great discovery ships of history. Details: specify 4 oz. dacron sail cloth in an aero-foil shape, light-weight; but interestingly, her top “Royals” register a mere 2 oz. dacron. This allows the Royals to blow out in unexpected, severe squalls – winds 80 knots and more – to avoid heavy heeling or “overturning.” So in all conditions, she carries a balanced sail plan. Maltese Falcon’s design and construction, with the new page in sail yachting – DynaRig – made them all proud. Sail plan by Doyle Sails is a conventional square rig: Courses at bottom, next up Topsails, then Gallants, on top, Royals. When in shake- down cruises at 15.8 knots in 38° wind, she whisked along at a comfortable 10.5 knots. On a close reach in a breezy 16 knot wind she reached 14 knots. That was with Royals and T’Gallants furled. On engine power (2 x 1,800hp Deutz) trials she checked in at 18-20 knots. For that performance she thanks Perini Navi, Ken Freivokh, Dijkstra Partners, Istanbul, with masts by Yildiz Gemi (lit. trans: Star Ship) yard in Tuzla.
Viewed from the top, close-in we see the DynaRig is a modern version of the “square-rigger” but the yard-arms, firmly attached, don’t swing around the mast. The mast itself rotates; a highly unusual set-up; but quite effective at 58m – 190’ high. These rotating masts differ totally from the old-style: no stays, made possible by hi-tech carbon fiber materials. Reefed, in full down attitude, she still carries an adequate storm sail plan. Sails roller-furl by electric motors into special tubes inside the masts. The slotted reefing track offers a novel idea for twin Crow’s Nests up-top – for the adventurous crew, how about a quick slide, up or down, with proper winching? The ship is controlled via monitoring computer screens; dialing in the angle of the yards and rotation by a control button.
Year Delivered: 2006
Length: 88m / 289’
Beam: 12,6m /42.2’
Draft: 6.0 m / 19.7’
Displacement: 1,366 US tons
Fuel Capacity: 90,000 Liters/23,778 Gallons
Water Capacity: 30,000 Liters/7,926 Gallons
Gray/Black Water: 5,000 Liters/1,321 Gallons
Ballast: 250 tons Tons lead and7,926 Gallons salt water (moveable)
Mast Height: 58.2m / 191’
Sail Area: 2.396,0 m / 25,791.0’
Speed: 16 Knots/19.5 Knots
Range: 4,000 nm @ 12 Knots; 3,000 nm @ 14 Knots
Fuel Consumption: 12 kts approx 250 ltrs/hr, 14 kts approx 330 ltrs/hr
Materials: steel hull / aluminum superstructure.
Cert.: MCA Commercial and ABS A1 Yachting Cl.
Engines: 2 x Deutz TBD620 V12 diesels; 1499 kW Hp
Gearboxes: ZF BW4661 uni directional gearbox with variable pitch propellers by KaMeWa
Steering: Marsili single rudder, twin ram configuration
Propellers: 2 x KaMeWa 1,700mm diameter feathering
Bowthruster: Ulstein TV45, 200 kW Single speed variable pitch
Generators: 2 x 280 kW Northern Lights 380V 50 Hz / 1 x185 kW 380V 50 Hz / 1 x 80 kW 380V 50Hz
Shore Power: 1 x 120 AMP transformer
Batteries: Exide gelAIR
Air Conditioning: Heinen and Hopman x 2 Bitzer screw compressor