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Old 17-04-2016, 15:13   #1
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What a piece of JUNK!

...and one I wouldn't mind taking out for spin...
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

Wonder how it goes upwind.

Probably owned by someone
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...but I'd like to sail on it...
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

Maltese Falcon if I'm not mistaken. For those who claim bigger is better for single handing, supposedly can be sailed by one person from the enclosed wheel house. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(yacht)
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

It goes upwind really well, but the sails are not up!
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

The Maltese Falcon pictured in this thread goes to wind quite well; it uses a revolutionary Dynarig (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ma...yacht)#DynaRig) and I watched it leave the docks in Antigua and go pretty much to weather with no engine propulsion at all - it was very, very impressive to watch.
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

An awesome boat.
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Maltese Falcon if I'm not mistaken. For those who claim bigger is better for single handing, supposedly can be sailed by one person from the enclosed wheel house. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(yacht)
Oh I can hear that on the intercom! "Is there one sober person on the boat? I only need ONE to sail this boat... anyone? Hello?"
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

Don, your thread title and opening post made me laugh out loud.

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Wonder how it goes upwind.

Probably owned by someone
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...but I'd like to sail on it...
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A little background information here:

Forbes Welcome

Tom Perkins, the original owner, is a founder and principal at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a well known venture capital firm. Supposedly he lost interest in the boat shortly after building it.

Perkins Yacht Gets a $43 Million Price Cut - The Wealth Report - WSJ
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

Build it for 150 million and sell it for 100 million. Yep! That's sailing!
And I think perhaps I should correct myself, one could argue this is square rigged not junk rigged.
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

I've seen this boat in person too.

Sails just fine. Looks bigger in pics than real life though. Still huge, but pictures make it look like an aircraft carrier.
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

would love those type of sails on a smaller boat
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I would love to see how those sails are rolled up into the masts!
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I would love to see how those sails are rolled up into the masts!
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I could be wrong about this but I believe they are rolled up into the yard arms.
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Re: What a piece of JUNK!

Well, I am just going by the article, and you could very well be right, perhaps they are referring to the yards, not the masts, and just don't know the difference:
"The yacht, named after the eponymous novel and film, was built by Perini Navi, an Italian firm that installed the DynaRig technology that electronically trims the sails in the direction of the wind and can furl them into the masts in just six minutes." Anybody out there seen them furl the sails?
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