Building the largest sailing yacht in the world

Published 12 April 2021

At 141m (462.6ft), the sheer scale of Project DREAM SYMPHONY is jaw dropping, the engineering involved is ground breaking, and when a new owner is found and she sets sail, she will have pushed back the technical boundaries of yacht classification.

Currently in build at Dream Ship Victory's yard in Bozburun, Turkey, is a sailing yacht project of quite staggering scale. DREAM SYMPHONY is a 141m (462.6ft) four-masted schooner-rigged sailing yacht. To put that in context, the largest sailing yacht under canvas today is the 106m (347.8ft) BLACK PEARL. DREAM SYMPHONY is over 30 percent longer - indeed she is only 1.8m (5.8ft) away from equalling the world's longest masted vessel, the sail assisted motor yacht A. Length, however, is only part of this story's ambition, as we will discover.

A natural solution

The yacht features hull design and engineering by Dykstra Naval Architects and interiors by Ken Freivokh, the same team that imagined BLACK PEARL and the 88m (288.6ft) MALTESE FALCON. However, whereas BLACK PEARL, A and MALTESE FALCON all feature steel and aluminium construction, DREAM SYMPHONY is being constructed from an entirely natural material: wood. Epoxy laminated iroko to be specific.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

The use of wood was quite deliberate. It is entirely renewable and recyclable, it provides a warmer environment and, correctly constructed, a vessel of equal or even greater strength compared to steel and aluminium yachts.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

The yard approached RINA to certify construction and there they ran into a problem: RINA had never certified any wooden structure over 30m in length. There followed an exacting scientific research project managed by Dykstra Naval Architects, involving composite experts SP-High Modulus, now Gurit, and exhaustive testing by laboratories at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and Italy's University of Messina. The results satisfied RINA to certify construction and the build began.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

'Unique design'

'The owner’s brief called for privacy, practicality and classical elegance with a modern twist,' said Freivokh, describing the design brief. 'This unique design should deliver just that!'

Externally she is characterised by delicious soft curves, from the hull-deck joint to the modular superstructure, both featuring an abundance of glass. Above, four masts, towering 70m (229.7ft) above the water carry furling staysails on Hoyt booms for ease of handling, totalling 5,080sqm (54,680sqft) of sail area. In flat calms she has a high tech diesel electric propulsion system giving her a maximum range under power of 5,900nm.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Comfortably creative

Freivokh's interior, a contemporary interpretation of traditional nautical stylings, is designed to enhance the warm ambience of wood and echo the historical importance of wood as a vessel building material. The result is universal in its appeal and understated in its magnificence, celebrating the space.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Key features include and two deck atrium with a spiral staircase and an owner's duplex apartment with bedroom, bathroom and private lounge on the lower deck and the saloon and office on the main deck. A 'convertible conservatory' creates an all weather winter garden between the owner's living quarters and the main lobby.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Other features include a circular double height glass swimming pool on the aft deck, with a bottom that rises to serve as a dancefloor for entertainment purposes or as a helipad. She also has meeting rooms, spa facilities with hair and nail salons and a massage room, and a gym.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

A new age awaits

Construction is currently on hold as she is looking for a new owner but when she does launch, she will redefine superyacht sailing for the modern age in a way that honours the past and acknowledges the future. Sleek, stylish and outstandingly impressive, she will be an utterly unmistakable feature in the finest destinations around the world.

To find out more about this extraordinary project, please contact your Burgess broker.

SYMPHONY - Building the largest sailing yacht in the world.

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

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