This is no ordinary yacht. Instantly recognisable due to her three free-standing carbon fibre masts, the 88m (288.6ft) MALTESE FALCON is a technological tour de force. Over 15 years after launch, she is still 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 and she is in immaculate condition. 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. 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, sun deck snacks to a fully equipped gym and massage room. 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 saloon 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.
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 MALTESE FALCON's 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.