Video: The inside story of the 106m Oceanco sailing yacht Black Pearl
by Chris Jefferies
A new video has shed further light on the enigmatic 106.8 metre Oceanco sailing yacht Black Pearl. Sold by Moran Yacht and Ship in 2012 and launched in September 2016, she underwent extensive sea trials in the following months.
Black Pearl was developed in collaboration with an all-star cast of designers — Dykstra Naval Architects, Ken Freivokh, Nuvolari Lenard, BMT Nigel Gee and Gerard P. Villate all contributed their respective expertise — and her delivery is one of the most hotly anticipated yachting milestones of 2017.
With an LOA of 106.8 metres, she will officially join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts when she is delivered later this year. Black Pearl is a tri-deck sailing yacht and was built from a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Accommodation for 12 guests is split across six cabins and her 15 metre beam allows for a total interior volume of 2,700GT.
Auxiliary power comes from a pair of MTU 12V2000M72 diesel engines for a top speed of 17.5 knots. Built to Lloyd’s Registry standards, Black Pearl has been registered in the Cayman Islands, but the latest AIS data shows that she is still moored at Oceanco's Ablasserdam headquarters.
Further details are few and far between, with Oceanco remaining tight-lipped about this spectacular sailing yacht project, however, the raised pilothouse and extensive superyacht sundeck can be seen in great detail in the most recent video.
Other projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 109 metre Oceanco Y718, which is another Nuvolari Lenard design and is due to hit the water next year.