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Singlehanded sailing in innovative 125 feet sloop

Published on July 14, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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In an ocean awash with stunning superyachts such as A, Azzam, Al Mirqab and Alfa Nero, you’ll quite often discover that it isn’t actually a motoryacht that tickles the taste buds of the most discerning, but an 88-metre sailing yacht going by the name of Maltese Falcon.  One of the largest privately owned sailing yachts in the world, an instantly recognisable ultramodern clipper, Maltese Falcon comes from renowned Italian shipyard Perini Navi.  Admired the world over, Perini Navis set the benchmark for style, space and simplicity of handling.  With exactly 60 yachts built to date, the latest Perini to make her splash is 38- metre aluminium sloop, Dahlak

Launched from the company’s Picchiotti yard in La Spezia, Italy, in June, 60th Perini Navi Dahlak is the second in a series of 38-metre performance sailing yachts designed in collaboration with naval architect Philippe Briand – a man who has been designing boats since the age of 16 and has an astonishing 12,000 designs afloat today.

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Dahlak’s new owner, who named her after the Red Sea archipelago where he sailed in his youth, completed his Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence in order to make the large step up from his previous boat, a 60ft sailing catamaran.  He was pretty made up on handover day, “It’s a profoundly emotional moment for me.  This is something I have envisioned for a lifetime.  The Perini Navi team listened and understood my requirements.  I’m an owner who wants to sail the boat himself.  I also don’t want to have the engines running while sailing, or during the night.  At Perini Navi, I found a very positive environment where I could express my vision, which is reflected in the finished yacht.  Together with the team, we achieved this – these are true evolutions in sailing.”

Dahlak is now another floating testament to Perini Navi’s commitment to innovation and build excellence.  The shipyard wants to offer its clients sailing freedom, so they don’t need a deck full of crew or a lifetime of sailing experience.  Perini Navi’s proprietary sail handling system enables the owner to sail singlehanded with ease – even something the size and stature of Dahlak.  State-of-the-art electric captive winches, controlled by one joystick, ensure slick controlled manoeuvres while a lithium polymer battery system, a first for Perini Navi, allows her to be operated purely under battery power, even while sailing, without the need for a noisy diesel-guzzling generator.

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The carbon fibre mast extends to 51.4 metres and supports a sail plan surface area that exceeds 1,870m² – putting the ‘performance’ into ‘performance sailing yacht’.  She has a near-vertical bow and lightweight composite build.  Inside, Dahlak has a light-filled contemporary interior fitted with fine materials and the highest attention to detail, courtesy of Perini Navi’s in-house interior architects.  She has accommodation for eight guests across three cabins including a full-bean owner’s stateroom

Enrico Dell’Artino, CEO of Perini Navi, said, “This is an excellent example of how Perini Navi evolves with our clients.  Building on our in-house expertise, our team has delivered the most innovative sail handling and stored power systems to date.”

While Burak Akgul, Managing Director of Sales, Marketing and Design at Perini Navi, said, “The owner was insistent that Dahlak is a family boat in every sense of the word.  By that he meant not only his own family, but also the Perini Navi family.  We feel enormously privileged that he entrusted us to build his new sailing yacht to explore the world in complete safety and comfort.

The first in the 38 metre performance sailing series, P2, was launched in 2008 and immediately entered the superyacht racing circuit with podium finishes in 18 out of the 21 regattas she entered.  She also hosted the owner and his family on wonderful cruises and had an excellent charter record.  P2 sold earlier this year and had an asking price of 9.9 million US dollars – the new buyers intend to add to the regatta silverware collection.  It remains to be seen if Dahlak will compete alongside her sister ship someday.  We rather hope she does

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