To know what is going on in the world of yachting, you have to spend time in this world. This is true for most industries. So don’t worry, no one will blame you because you’ve never heard of the Maltese falcon, one of the world’s most iconic sailing superyachts of its time. Aside from her size and an amalgamation of design techniques, this vessel is also known for her insane level of palpable luxury.
Palpable because you can charter this sucker from € 460,000 ($ 532,861 at current exchange rates) per week plus fees. One week! Nonetheless, you and 11 other guests will have an unforgettable time, and by that I don’t mean just lounging around doing nothing. No, the Falcon is outfitted for the active billionaire’s lifestyle and has a range of toys and activities to enjoy for that life of over half a million per week.
To keep us on the same page here, some of the accolades given to the Falcon are: 2007 International World Superyacht Award for Best Sailing Yacht Interior and Sailing Yacht of the Year, 2007 Showboats International Award for the most innovative sailing yachts and Best sailboat over 40 meters and again, Best sailboat interior. Honestly, I could fill an entire article with the awards this machine has received.
So what is it all about? Well, if you haven’t taken a look in the gallery yet, do so and you will better understand how and why this yacht received the accolades it received. Better yet, use the pictures as a way to mentally transport yourself into this lifestyle, if only for a moment.
The Maltese Falcon is 88 meters (288.7 feet) in length and features a steel construction with a superstructure very much like a superyacht made of aluminum. With two Deutz TBD 602 engines that launch a whopping 1,499 kW (2,010 hp) each, this vessel can reach a continuous cruising speed of 16 knots (18.4 mph).
However, the second part of the story involves more than 2,400 square meters (25,833 square feet) of sail coverage. You don’t have money to power your Falcon because you spent everything to charter this sucker, that’s okay. Set sail, hope for the windiest week of your life and enjoy this upscale lifestyle with no money in your pocket.
As for the interior of this beast, the styling is the work of one Ken Freivokh Design, a team known for creating “out of the box” designs that tend to leave homeowners and vacationers speechless. The suites are adorned with leather, wood, carpeted floors and LED lighting. The rounded edges of the furniture ensure that you won’t bump into anything or hurt yourself when you get your sea legs.
Private meeting spaces with the same tones as the aforementioned suites, art-deco lounges, bars, and alfresco dining are just a few of the spaces inside. There’s even a spa room and gym to keep you in shape, but the following activities are sure to keep you busy.
What may interest you the most is the Falcon’s long list of toys. First, a 10-meter (32-foot) Pascoe open dinghy with 400 hp. Two, an 8.8ft (28.8ft) Scorpion 850st Z-drive tender with 260 hp. Three, a few Laser dinghies, three passenger Kawasaki Ultra jet skis, two windsurf boards, a flyboard and a jetpack, three SeaBobs and snorkeling gear. Frankly, what more could you ask for? Well, there is more to do, but you’ll have to be curious enough to find out after deciding to vacation on this holiday-worthy yacht.
To date, the Maltese Falcon has accumulated 18 awards according to IYC, the broker who can get you on board this ship for 460,000 € per week. Do I have to tell you more or show you more to make you think of this unique vacation? This is what it would be for ordinary people like me, a once in a lifetime experience.