Black Pearl (yacht)

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Black Pearl
 Cayman Islands
Name: Black Pearl
Builder: Oceanco
Yard number: Y712
Launched: 2016[1]
Completed: 2017
In service: 2018[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Lloyd's registered
Type: Sailing yacht
Tonnage: 2,864 GT
Length: 106.7 m (350.1 ft)
Beam: 15 m (49.2 ft)
Sail plan: 2,900 m2 (31,215 sq ft) DynaRig
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h) (Max sail speed)
Capacity: 12
Black Pearl at night
Sailing yacht Black Pearl (Oceanico Y712)
Black Pearl in Rotterdam
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Black Pearl is a sailing yacht launched in 2016, which is 106.7 meters (350.1 ft) in length.[3] It has three DynaRig masts supporting a sail area of 2,900 square meters (31,215 sq ft).[3] The yacht was known during its build process originally as Oceanco Y712 and thereafter as "Project Solar". It is currently the largest sailing yacht in the world, at 106.7 m.[4] The hull is steel, the superstructure aluminum, and the masts carbon fiber.[5]

It is expected that Black Pearl can cross the Atlantic using only 20 litres (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal) of fuel, aided by regenerative technologies.[6] One key technology to support this, is to use the speed of the vessel through the water under sail to generate electricity with a variable pitch propeller.[6] The yacht also features heat capture technologies and large scale storage batteries to capture energy generated but not immediately used.

Build history[edit]

Inspired by the 88 m (289 ft) Maltese Falcon, the intention behind the project was to push the boundaries of the DynaRig system and demonstrate the potential for larger DynaRig-equipped vessels.

The creation of the yacht, then known as "Project Solar", began on 7 July 2010 when Ken Freivokh was contracted to handle styling and design on the project. Given their involvement with Maltese Falcon, Freivokh introduced Dykstra Naval Architects to the project and the team were able to advance the DynaRig system and to improve performance through changes both to mast shape and installation.[7] The 96 m (315 ft) preliminary concept that resulted was codenamed "Nautilus".[8]

Freivokh then commissioned Devonport Yachts (Pendennis Shipyards) to undertake technical studies to complete the tendering package. The tendering process began in June 2011 and included seven shipyards worldwide.[7]

By November 2011 Freivokh had extended the design from 96 m to 100 m (328 ft) and a scale model was produced. Dutch builders Oceanco were selected from the tendering process to construct the yacht at their Rotterdam (The Netherlands) shipyard.

The design and details of the yacht developed continuously during the build process, with the owner having a direct input on many aspects of the final design. The final design had the yacht at 106.8 m,[7] and the yacht, built under the name Y712, was then named Black Pearl.

The overall yacht design was done by Ken Freivokh, Gerard Villate, Nigel Gee, and Nuvolari Lenard, with others.[9][3][10] The yacht was constructed at Alblasserdam shipyard in the Netherlands and launched in September 2016.[11][3]

It was delivered in early 2018 to the customer, after it had undergone sea trials.[12]

DynaRig System[edit]

The DynaRig owes its origin to Wilhelm Prölss' research in the 1960s. The DynaRig consists of freestanding rotating masts with rigid yards and acts as a square rig. Each of Black Pearl's masts supports six yards, which, unlike a conventional square rigger, have built-in camber of 12%. The fifteen square sails are set between the yards in such a way that when deployed there are no gaps in the sail plan of each mast, enabling them to act as a single airfoil. The furling sails are stored in the mast and can be deployed along tracks on the yards in six minutes. The sails are trimmed by rotating the masts. As there is no rigging, the masts and yards can be rotated without restriction for all points of sail, making Black Pearl a capable upwind clipper.


Black Pearl is a sailing yacht with three 70-meter (230 ft) high masts, and is capable of 30 knots (56 km/h) in suitable weather conditions.[10] It also has diesel engines that can propel it to 17.5 knots (32 km/h).[13]

As a private yacht Black Pearl can accommodate 12 guests and has various features including an on-deck Jacuzzi, swimming platform, and a tender garage.[11] Total interior volume is {2,700 gross tons.[14]


  • Length - 106.7 meters (350 feet)
  • Gross tonnage - 2700 t (measure of interior volume)[14]
  • Guest capacity - 12 people (6 cabins)
  • Sail Area - 2,900 meters squared
  • Max sail speed - 30 knots (56 km/h, 35 mph)[10]


  • Contract - 2010[6]
  • Purchased - 2012
  • Launched - 2016
  • Delivered -2018 [9]
  • Registered to Cayman Islands[3]

Fueless transatlantic voyager capability[edit]

Black Pearl is designed to generate electricity to power its on-board systems, by using its propeller as a turbine as the yacht is propelled by the wind.[6]

Under sea trials Black Pearl achieved 20 knots of speed on the water, and its developers expect that it will be able to transit the Atlantic using no fuel.[6]


In the 21st century the largest sailing yachts greatly increased in size.[15] In the 1990s even 40 m (131 ft) long was considered a large boat, said one yacht designer looking back.[15] Yachts like Athena and Mirabella V were a big increase, and followed by Maltese Falcon.[15] In the 2010s a host of similar and larger yachts came to fruition including Sailing Yacht A, Aquijo, and Black Pearl.[15]

While these vessels are large for a sailing yacht, this size is more common among motor yachts and there is quite a number of large sailing vessels for other purposes especially those passenger cruises

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Oceanco launches 106m sailing yacht Y712". SuperYacht Company B.V. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Delivered: world's largest Dynarig sailing yacht departs the Netherlands today". SuperYacht Company B.V. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "106m sailing yacht Black Pearl delivered by Oceanco". Boat International.
  4. ^ "Inventing an icon: the story behind the 106m sailing yacht Black Pearl".
  5. ^ "Black Pearl - Oceanco Sail Yacht".
  6. ^ a b c d e "Oceanco's Black Pearl to Become the Largest Sailing Yacht In the World - Luxury Yachts".[dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Inventing an icon: the story behind the 106m sailing yacht Black Pearl". SuperYacht Company B.V. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  8. ^ "The full story behind the build of 106m Black Pearl". YachtHarbour. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "BLACK PEARL". Boat International Media Ltd. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b c René (19 March 2018). "Oceanco's 106.70 m BLACK PEARL (Project SOLAR) aka Y712 finally delivered". YachtAid Global. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ a b Fleet, Yacht Charter. "BLACK PEARL Yacht (ex. Y712) - Oceanco - Yacht Charter Fleet".
  12. ^ "OCEANCO S/Y BLACK PEARL DELIVERED". SUPERYACHT DIGEST. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Black Pearl". YachtHarbour. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "BLACK PEARL Oceanco". CharterWorld LLP. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d Helen Fretter (14 March 2017). "The world's biggest yachts – what's behind the growth of the gigayacht". Yachting World. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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