The World’s Largest Sailing MegaYacht Has Just Launched

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And its styling is very…interesting.

Meet the White Pearl, AKA ‘A’. The world’s largest sailing yacht recently launched from the German Naval  Yards shipyard on its sea trials. The vessel was designed by Martin Francis and Philippe Starck who described their creation as a “stealth yacht”. Starck explained the design to Yachts International:

Physically it is more a fish than a building, which deviates quite a bit from what is being done today. You can see a harmony, a different way of capturing light; it is sort of a stealth yacht, less visible in any case. It is very smooth, almost dematerialized. Beyond that inside are extraordinary technical innovations that yield extraordinary comfort, which are very large spaces. In many yachts you have small corridors, small rooms and complicated things. This project nearly has no corridors but rather large lofts, very pleasant gigantic rooms with many windows. One of the most innovative aspects of the yacht is the hull that I developed in conjunction with Martin Francis; it produces nearly zero wake at 25 knots and that indeed confirms the concept of harmony with nature.

That said, if you’re a fan of traditional yacht design, it’s tough to say what your reaction is going to be. It’s akin to showing a fighter pilot the F-117 stealth fighter for the first time. It’s hard to call the White Pearl a beauty in the traditional sense.

whitepearl158_v-vierspaltigThe purpose of a $400 million yacht is to make a statement for its owner…and the White Pearl certainly does that. Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko will have no trouble catching the attention of whichever port he pulls this behemoth into.

whitepears104_v-vierspaltigThe carbon fiber masts are 300′ tall, making them the largest composite structures in the world. The hull is 468′ long. The ship accommodates 20 guests and a crew of 54. If those guests so choose, they can venture into a glass observation pod built into the keel.


So if you want a yacht like this, chances are you should have made some great investments…about 200 years back, then let compound interest do its thing.

In the meantime, we can keep our fingers crossed and see if Melnichenko wants to show off his toy to the Newport, RI crowd.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Yachting Correspondent

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