In the early 1960's a Dynarig concept was developed in Germany to achieve alternative propulsion for commercial shipping during the oil crisis. The idea went into the archives when no Dynarigs where built. The owner of “Maltese Falcon" started the project with an existing Perini hull, he appointed Dykstra Naval Architects as the Naval Architects. Gerard Dykstra came with the suggestion for the Dynarig concept. The team for this complex, yet promissing project was formed and the work could start. After years of designing, improving and testing of the rig, “Maltese Falcon" succesfully completed her first seatrial in June 2006. The yacht has 3 free standing carbon fibre masts with each 5 individually sails, each mast can rotate to suit the wind direction. Setting all sails only takes 6 minutes and tacking can be done within 90 seconds, leaving as much as time possible for enjoying sailing this groundbreaking yacht.
Allowing safe, high average speeds in ocean conditions with less heel under sail than conventional rigs, the Dynarig's performance assets are matched by its efficiency, economic and environmental savings. Easily handled by single instrument panel operation with sails that can be set in seven minutes. Trimmed by automation and under the control of only one person, while harnessing wind power to reduce fuel costs with less expensive Dacron sails and emitting lower carbon emissions, the Dynarig of the 21st century is an idea whose time has come.
The interior design and exterior styling of Maltese Falcon is done by Ken Freivokh Design. The main deck is a wide open space featuring a main saloon, an aft-cockpit, 2 separate studio areas and a dining room forward. Maltese Falcon can accommodate 12 guests in 5 lower-deck staterooms and 1 inimitable passage cabin on the upper deck with a private cockpit, a protected sun bathing area and direct access to the ultramodern wheelhouse with navigation and control area.