Spotlight on MALTESE FALCON.

Published 29 April 2022

Charter Manager Hannah Chapelier welcomes back to Burgess the world's most iconic, innovative and recognisable sailing yacht. Often copied, never bettered, the 88m MALTESE FALCON is once again available to charter with Burgess

'This is huge,' says Charter Manager Hannah Chapelier. 'MALTESE FALCON is back in the Burgess charter fleet – and I get to manage her. I'm absolutely thrilled!'

'She's available from 22 August in Greece, the Adriatic, Italy or the South of France, so big plans for the season.

'I'm sure we're going to keep her very busy this summer!'

Charter rate: from EUR 420,000 per week
Charter rate: from EUR 420,000 per week

This is no ordinary yacht. The 88m (288.6ft) MALTESE FALCON is a technological tour de force and still, over 15 years after launch, one of the most innovative, game-changing sailing yachts in the world. She swept the awards board following her delivery in 2006 and picked up the Finest Superyacht Ever award at the Baccarat Superyacht World in 2013, testament to the enduring appeal of this yacht as well as her relentless maintenance and upgrades schedule.

Today the yacht is as iconic as ever. 'She is in immaculate condition,' says Hannah. Her exterior styling and interior design, by the serial award-winning British designer Ken Freivokh, evoke the industrial Art-Deco aesthetic of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, a bold symphony of wood, leather, steel and glass. 'She's incredible,' Hannah continues. 'Around every corner there are stop-and-stare artworks and architectural features, like the three-deck sky-lit atrium where the stairs spiral around the main mast. She's as fresh and impressive as the day she was launched.

'Inside and out she has spaces to suit any mood, from large, convivial sun lounges to intimate reading rooms, informal sun deck dining to a fully equipped gym and massage room,' adds Hannah. 'The main deck is all about entertainment with open-air dining aft served by an intriguing circular sit-up bar that can be bisected by sliding glass doors to create an inside bar and an outside one.

'Inside there is a spacious, simply but elegantly furnished lounge with a big screen for movie watching in air-conditioned comfort. Or you can indulge your passion for film with the largest outdoor cinema in the world, with movies projected onto the lower sail so you can watch from the sun deck. It's real statement viewing.'

Whether you want to feel the adrenaline surge or move at a calmer, more reflective pace, you'll find what you're looking for in the toy garage. She has a 10m (33ft) Pascoe tender to ferry guests into town or onto a deserted beach for a BBQ, and thrill them on waterskis and wakeboards. SeaBobs, kayaks, SUPs, jet surfs, scuba diving and snorkelling equipment, windsurfers, an inflatable platform for relaxing at sea level - she has plenty to keep her guests entertained.

'When it's time for bed, the full-beam master suite on the lower deck has two walk-in wardrobes as well as his-and-hers bathrooms, a cosy lounge and an adjoining gym. As principal you may be tempted to take the private VIP deck instead, aft facing on the bridge deck with access to the terrace and walkaround sidedecks. There are four more double cabins on the lower deck, all of which can be joined to create two more VIP suites. It's super flexible accommodation, which is great news for all sorts of charter parties.'

The Falcon Rig

MALTESE FALCON is instantly recognisable due to her three free-standing carbon fibre masts, each with six fixed, curved yards along which 2,400sqm (25,833sqft) of sails rolled in the mast unfurl in under six minutes.

The Falcon Rig is a development of the DynaRig concept pioneered by German government scientist Wilhelm Prölss in the 1960s in response to a fuel crisis, a concept that enabled square-rigged craft to sail into the wind as well as conventional fore-and-aft rigged yachts.

But the strong, lightweight materials required had yet to be invented. Then the fuel crisis passed and, after wind-tunnel testing, the concept was shelved until naval architect Gerard Dijkstra and shipwright Fabio Perini were encouraged to dust it off by the American tech entrepreneur who commissioned MALTESE FALCON.

The system proved incredibly reliable with not a single failure in hundreds of hours of testing. She could sail upwind every bit as well as fore-and-aft rigged vessels.

She tacks quickly using a technique that backs the sails on the foremast to push the bow through the wind and the ability to adjust the amount of sail set at the push of a button means she is immensely comfortable to sail, she is never overpressed.

There is proof of the concept in the multiple trophies she has won at superyacht regattas around the world. This is not a gimmick, MALTESE FALCON is the real deal.

The legendary MALTESE FALCON, the 'Finest Superyacht Ever', will be ready this summer to give you an extraordinary, unforgettable charter. Book direct with Burgess because we're unbeatable on price, quality and service.

To find out more about Burgess’ yachts for sale and yachts for charter, please contact a Burgess broker. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our offices directly: London, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore or all other locations.

- Yachts, prices and availability are correct at the time of publication.

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