The Black Pearl is a magnificent seafaring beast. The sailing vessel has won the highest honours at the World Superyacht Awards for 2019 – Best Sailing Yacht Overall.
Developed by a company called Oceanco, the boat, measuring 106.7m in length, is the world’s largest private sailing yacht. A team of designers, engineers, naval architects, builders, and project managers came together to make Yacht into a reality.
A true sailing yacht, The Black Pearl is capable of crossing the Atlantic without using any fuel. Under sail power, the yacht generates its own energy. This energy is then fed back into its battery systems. Simply sailing across the ocean can generate enough energy to power the internal systems of the boat. This cancels out the need to run generators. The sails can be set or furled by pushing a button, and can be operated by one person. Astonishingly, all 2900sqm of sails can be set in 6 minutes!
The owner of The Black Pearl has an engineering background. He was exceptionally involved in the entire build process. The anonymous owner said, “Being an engineer, I have a natural inclination and curiosity about new systems and innovative technology. Eco consciousness is vital for the future of our planet. I wholeheartedly support research that will drive us to more sustainability and I have ensured that green technology was very much a part of the creation of The Black Pearl.”
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The rig of the The Black Pearl is prepared for solar sails to be fitted in the future. The development of solar sails is ongoing, but when they become available, they will click right into place. This will add more power to the onboard batteries.
The yacht’s interior’s centrepiece is a multi-level central atrium, including a magnificent stairwell and lift that rises alongside the central mast. Rather than the conventional array of rooms at various levels, there is a central, high-ceiling saloon, with a more informal upper deck saloon/cinema. A dining room can convert to a banquet space, with panoramic balconies on either side. A large beach club can deploy landing platforms on either side for full enjoyment of the sea. The interior décor has been decked out with crystal, mahogany, elm burr, and ebony inlays, gilded bronze, marble, onyx, and silk. When your ship comes in, this is the one you can upgrade to. Ahoy! ■
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