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Perini Navi’s Nav Fal­con Rig, yacht­ing’s elec­tric futu fu­ture, and cy­ber­crime at sea.

THE MALTESEFALCON wasn’t a clas­sic yacht; it was a com­pletely new class of yacht when con­structed. Its revo­lu­tion­ary sail­ing sys­tem—the Fal­con Rig—set a mile­stone in yacht­ing his­tory when it was de­liv­ered by

Perini Navi (perini­navi.it) in 2006. Fast-for­ward 12 years, and the Ital­ian ship­yard has evolved the ex­ist­ing naval ar­chi­tec­ture to cre­ate a sail­ing-yacht plat­form that is like no other.

“Over the last three years we’ve been adapt­ing the Mal­tese Fal­con tech­nol­ogy to a mod­ern plat­form, from 42 me­ters up to 92 me­ters, that we think will bring more per­for­mance to the boat as well as a life­style el­e­ment—the to­tal pack­age,” says Perini.

In the case of the 72-me­ter (236foot) ver­sion, the plat­form is much wider, which means it keels over less, has more vol­ume, and al­lows for more spa­cious owner ac­com­mo­da­tion. The wider hull and tran­som pro­vide a lay­out more com­monly seen on large mo­tor yachts, with a beach plat­form, open side hull, and an in­side-out­side theme. The in­crease in power means more ve­loc­ity, so the Fal­con Rigs can be pushed to their lim­its, while the de­sign it­self means guests can walk around and en­joy the boat in safety.

Per Perini: “We are now able to give our own­ers every­thing that a mo­tor yacht can of­fer, with the plea­sure of go­ing sail­ing and with­out the com­pli­ca­tion of a stan­dard rig. Some own­ers look for the sim­plic­ity of sail­ing, and the new Fal­con Rig re­ally ex­presses that.” Ju­lia Zaltz­man

Sail­ing yachts with a Fal­con Rig con­fig­u­ra­tion often fea­ture a wider hull and tran­som.

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