Divergent Yachting’s Director Derek Munro recently attended the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Cortina to see Black Pearl WIN the Naval Architecture Award in the Sailing Yachts category 2019.
Dykstra Naval Architects created both the hull envelope and the advanced DynaRig sail plan. At 106.7m overall, with a 97.5m waterline length, Black Pearl is generated by a sail area in excess of 2,900m2 spread over three unstayed, rotating masts. The design mission was to deliver a top speed of 25 knots under sail and achieve it on a superyacht with a 7.23m draft and 2,550 tons displacement at full load. In addition, the client wanted a “zero impact” yacht capable of emissions-free cruising. To this end, the yacht has a sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system optimised with an assist by Lateral Naval Architects using two main diesel engines and electrical motors connected to variable pitch propellers. Three equal gensets plus 648kW of battery capacity provide for house loads and peak shaving. Shaft generators powered off propellors that can be adjusted for optimal pitch at any sailing speed return carbon-free electricity to the batteries when the boat is under sail.
We would like to thank Boat International for putting on a fantastic event and congratulations to Black Pearl, Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects for the award.