Refit and repair yard Lusben has completed the technical launch of the innovative three-masted 88-metre schooner Maltese Falcon.
The world’s sixth-largest sailing yacht arrived at Lusben's Livorno facility for a full-scale refit at the end of October 2022, which included upgrades of the yacht's generators, main engines, propellers and mast handling system. The teak deck was also replaced along with an interior refresh that saw the addition of a brand-new galley with state-of-the-art appliances.
The sailing yacht was also seen exiting the shed with a freshly painted hull, opting for a deep "Perini blue" over its previous shade of black.
Due to the scale of the project, Lusben described how major alterations were needed to ensure that the Livorno floating dock would be able to accommodate the yacht's six-metre draft and hull shape, with a specialised system built into the yard prior to the yacht's arrival.
Maltese Falcon is returning to her new owner with considerably improved performance and environmental credentials as a result of system upgrades that have reduced the yacht's fuel consumption and overall emissions.
"It was a great privilege to work on a boat like the Maltese Falcon," commercial director at Lusben Gianni Paladino said in a statement. “We couldn’t have made it through this technical launch while ensuring the high standards of quality we want to offer Lusben customers, had it not been for our professional team's expertise in tackling such a complex project."
Pierfrancesco Cafaro, captain of Maltese Falcon, added: "I’ve had the chance in the past to appreciate Lusben and the services they offer, which is why I was happy to collaborate with them again. The work we carried out in synergy with their team was incredible. For both us and the owner company, working with the shipyard meant having the confidence that all our requests would be handled promptly and professionally.”
Maltese Falcon will remain at the Livorno facility until the end of May 2023, before returning for charter with Burgess in time for the upcoming summer season.Read More/Maltese Falcon: Inside the refit of a yachting icon