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Perini Navi "on schedule" with world's largest sailboat

By IBI Magazine / David Foxwell

Perini Navi, the Italian superyacht builder based in Viareggio says it is "on schedule" with construction of what will be the world's largest sailboat when it is launched in mid-2005.

The huge, 87m (289ft) clipper is being built at Perini Istanbul-Yildiz, using a Perini Navi hull, for a long-term client of Perini Navi who wishes to remain anonymous, and will have a sail area of some 2,396 square metres. The new yacht is due to be delivered in early 2006.

Perini Navi spokesperson Gisella Macchiaroli told IBI that the hull and superstructure are now complete, and being fitted out.

With naval architecture by Dijkstra & Partners in the Netherlands, and external styling by Ken Freivokh Design in the UK, the Maltese Falcon will be fitted with a Dynarig, spars and carbon fibre mast built by Insensys in the UK, sails by Doyle Sails, and automated sail controls developed by Perini Navi. Maltese Falcon will have what the yard describes as 'contemporary accommodation' built by Sinnex in Germany.

Perini Navi's latest delivery, Burrasca, left Viareggio recently and started her world cruise.

Launched in the second half of 2003, this 56m aluminium ketch is the first in a new series of 56m sailing yachts designed by the Perini Navi design team in collaboration with Ron Holland.

Delivered in December, as planned, Burrasca will soon be complemented by another 56m, Santa Maria, which is due to deliver this summer, and a third boat of the same design, which is due for delivery in the summer of 2005.

(4 March 2004)




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