As impressive as a 187-foot (57-meter) sailing superyacht is today, imagine the sight back in 1960. De Vries Lentsch launched the three-masted Fleurtje that year, and she’s been sailing ever since. Translated from Dutch to mean “small flower,” Fleurtje (pronounced “flur-tee”) carried the name Carita during construction (see video below) and her early cruising days.
Since shipyards construct metal hulls upside down, they need to flip right side up when ready for machinery and superstructure installations. The trick is, flipping is an hours-long affair. The bigger the yacht, the longer it takes, too. So, you shouldn’t be too surprised in seeing daytime turn to night in the video below. It’s
By now yacht watchers worldwide have gotten more than a few glimpses of Black Pearl as she neared completion by Oceanco. The 350-footer (106.7-meter) is the world’s largest sailing superyacht. More significant from a technical standpoint, she’s the world’s largest DynaRig-equipped sailing yacht. Regardless of your knowledge of rigging and related equipment, though, you can
The end of the year is often a time of reflection. With six days ‘til the start of 2018, we decided to take a look back at the biggest megayacht deliveries of 2017. If you’re an avid yacht watcher, you’ll remember at least a few of these quite well. What you may be surprised by,
Royal Huisman started the month of November on a high note, with the launch of the classic ketch Aquarius. Previously also called RH399, her project number, Aquarius began construction in 2014. She has the time-honored physical characteristics that tend to turn heads. These include long overhangs, oval ports, a blue hull, and varnished topsides. In fact,
Her design dates back to the 1930s, but she’s a thoroughly modern sailing superyacht. Rainbow is also undoubtedly one of the most-watched yachts in the world. A big reason for that is her J Class heritage. The 131-foot (40-meter) Rainbow is a replica of the winner of the 1937 America’s Cup, bearing the same name.