Sailing Yacht Over 200 Feet: Oceanco Black Pearl
Following two weeks of sea trials, a year and a half of final fit-out may sound excessive, but the time spent on the inimitable 350-foot Black Pearl helped make it one of the fastest and stunning sailing superyachts ever. Its three 230-foot-tall Dynarig carbon masts accommodate 31,000 square feet of sail—an awe-inspiring sight that translates to an exciting speed of 30 knots. Twin 12V M72 MTU diesel engines push the yacht to 17.5 knots under power.
Also one of the largest sailing yachts ever, Black Pearl features a 49-foot beam and an interior volume of 2,700 gross tons, enough to house six staterooms for 12 guests. The boat was completed in late 2016 and, after sea trials and final outfitting, was delivered to its owner in March of this year. Given the yacht’s size and sailing prowess, it comes as no surprise that some of the leading designers in the superyacht field were behind its aesthetics and technical feats: Ken Freivokh, Nuvolari Lenard, BMT Nigel Gee, Dykstra Naval Architects, and Gerard P. Villate all contributed to Black Pearl.