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The Maltese Falcon is not a classic yacht, she's a new class of yacht.
Her revolutionary sailing system - the Falcon Rig - sets a new milestone in yachting history: 3 self-standing and rotating masts
hosting 15 sails for a total sail area of 2,400 square meters (25,791 ft square), handled by the ultimate in
Perini Navi Sail Control for unrivalled performance with unmatched safety and manoeuvrability characteristics.
The iconic Maltese Falcon was built for the late Tom Perkins from whom it was purchased by Pleon Ltd, for the purpose of creating a unique chartering experience.
This incredible super cruiser has a maximum speed of eighteen knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of fourteen knots making the Maltese Falcon the ultimate charter vessel. Whether you desire a super yacht for large scale entertaining between smart anchorages or as a way to experience a once in a lifetime blue water ocean passage. Second to none, voted "Finest Superyacht ever" and awarded the Superyacht World Trophy ; offering her charter guests the most magnificent quarters on board, Maltese Falcon is the ultimate in luxury and the most spectacular charter vessel on the market today.
"The creation and evolution of the floating masterpiece, was a journey that included some of the brightest minds in the large yacht arena. Wherever you see her, or if you are fortunate enough to spend some time on board, you will discover what a remarkable achievement she is and what a brave decision it was by all involved, to create such a unique sailing machine. One dream, one falcon " - "Art of Innovation"
A porcelain plate from the year 1958 shows the first piece of evidence that William Prölss was involved with an automated Square-sail-system. This dish was a gift from his wife to the builder of the first model of the DynaRig.
The Maltese Falcon story
The picture below shows Mr. Prölss and a “SPIEGEL” editor standing beside the model of a 6-masts-bulk vessel. Prölss presented his concept in detail at the 1967 Shipbuilding Society Congress under the title "On the question of the economics of wind-powered merchant ships." It will be available soon on my website: www.windschiffe.de , but only in german.
Peter Schenzle created "artist impressions" of the DynaRig for Wilhelm Prölss. These were shown in the film by Wiel Verlinde about the Maltese Falcon.
In his older years, Prölss, founded with partners (Frank K. Schallenberger, Captain Jens Bloch), the Dynaship Corporation in Palo Alto, Copenhagen. After the death of W. Prölss the designs were preserved by Jens Bloch in Copenhagen. These documents were only to have consequences in this new millennium as the rig wasn't built until then. Oil was too cheap and the shipowners were focused only on the situation with their competitors, so the world had to wait for it.
On many occasions and at almost all of the Hamburg shipbuilding fairs (SMM) I presented the DynaRig to shipowners, the journalists and politicians. There was little interest which would have triggered the construction of such vessels in Germany.
At "SMM 1992" Mrs. Prölss was the special guest at my panel discussion and was presented with a small model of this ship type by the author.
In 2003, Prölss' development was shown at an event at HWWA relating to " SHIP + CLIMATE " . A draft by the Dutch Dykstra Naval Architects was shown to Capt. Bloch. The wait was over, a U.S. tycoon Tom Perkins had made his dream come true and was going to build the yacht Maltese Falcon .
As the logbook for the ship shows all the results since the launch in the summer of 2006, William Prölss has had his theoretical work confirmed in the best manner.
Now it's up to the German shipowners to drive the idea of modern (Squaresail) Rahsegelsysteme.
Prölss's original ideas in the 60's were the birth of these systems but it is in the 80's that his ideas were taken to the next level. Designs developed by Bremer Vulkan, ordered by Capt. HB Schwarz were put through a wind tunnel and developed to check new patents.
The author is on a way to install in a Hamburg museum in create space for the life work of William Prölss.
Born : 23.02.1901 in Nuremberg Died : 28.07.1976 in Hamburg
The DynaRig owes its origin to work done in the sixties by Wilhelm Prölss , at the time he believed the system could provide additional propulsion for ships. The DynaRig is effectively a square rig, the mast is freestanding and the yards are connected rigidly to the mast, in this case each mast supports six yards. The yards, unlike a conventional square rigger, have built in camber of 12%. The sails set between the yards in such a way that when deployed there are no gaps to the sail plan enabling each spar's sail plan to work as a single sail. The sails, when not deployed, furl into the mast.
The sail is trimmed to the wind direction by rotating the mast. As there is no rigging the yards have no restriction on rotation and this taken together with the curved (shaped) yards, low windage and effective single piece sail combine to give the rig improved aerodynamic efficiency compared to a traditional square rigger.
The Masts are approximately 58m in height above the bottom bearing. The DynaRig concept calls for an elongated section (to reduce the drag) and this needs to be symmetrical as the rig can be tacked to allow flow in both directions. The mast rotates about deck and heel bearings.
See below for technical and system specifications:
This 88 metre titan has three self-standing and rotating masts which host fifteen sails for an incredible total sail area of 2400 square metres, all of which can be controlled by a single sailor. Under a good wind this unbelievable yacht can travel at record breaking speeds.
The extremely spacious deluxe VIP suite on the upperdeck has a queen birth and provides uncompromising comfort. It has a private cockpit and direct access to the ultra modern wheelhouse. It also possesses a luxurious protected sun bathing area, which is ideal for some private relaxation.
The ultra modern bridge richly furnished in sumptuous black and white leathers, houses the state of the art sail control system. It takes just one person to pilot the Maltese Falcon from this centralized control console. The yacht is easily controlled and has been seen to sail off her anchor and away from berths within harbours. The yacht's sophisticated computer detects parameters such as wind speed automatically and features large screens displaying all necessary information for course, winds aloft, speed, depths, mechanics, radios, weather, and surrounding areas.
Relax and enjoy cocktails and lounging in the totally al fresco aft deck informal seating area.
This superior space for al fresco dining is the perfect space for entertaining. It has the capacity to seat 12 people and is excellently placed to share a fabulous meal and breathtaking views.
The fantastic design and decor of the main salon allows you to sit and luxuriate in its splendour. The windows are on triple aspect and allow natural light into the room. Its sumptuous seating has been designed to allow for optimum relaxation and socializing. At the mere touch of a button a porcelain Bugatti emerges from the table in the center of the saloon.
This spacious and elegant leather floored dining room has a rich contemporary feel to it, which is both luxurious and delightful to the eye. It has the capacity to seat 12 people and is the perfect place to enjoy a delightful culinary experience. Above the table a skylight blind opens like the iris aperture of a camera.
This full beam master suite is awe inspiring in design and comfort. It holds a king size berth, where you can relax and watch your 50 inch Plasma TV, or admire the very exciting piece of art displayed at the head of the bed.
The exceptional interior finds its main feature in the atrium where a circular stairway surrounds the main mast and creates a spiralling effect, uniting the three decks. This in turn is enhanced by the swathe of natural light which floods down from the top to the lower decks through the transparent floors.