Oceanco’s 106.7m Black Pearl won top honors at the 2019 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards that took place recently in Cortina. This unique and complex vessel took home the award for “Best Naval Architecture for Sailing Yachts,” as per an official release.
Black Pearl, the largest sailing yacht in the world, is a veritable tour de force, incorporating high tech design, an updated state-of-the art DynaRig sailing system, single level engine room, a hybrid propulsion installation and high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. Her hull design is created with a unique wave-piercing bow that is both aesthetically appealing and fuel-efficient. Naval Architecture is by Dykstra Naval Architects and Lateral Naval Architects assisted with systems engineering and weight management as well as elements of structural and general engineering.
The release further stated that a true sailing yacht, Black Pearl is capable of crossing the Atlantic without using any fuel. Under sail power the yacht can regenerate enough energy to power full house load, obviating the need to run generators. Black Pearl’s hybrid propulsion system also has the ability to regenerate energy, as well as on board systems, such as the waste heat recovery system allowing further gains in overall energy efficiency.
Talking about the win, Oceanco Project Manager, Hans Boerakker said; “Our relationship and cooperation with the owner and his representatives proved invaluable. After all, Black Pearl completely reflects the owner’s dream and his vision. We were fortunate enough to be the builders of his dream.”
As per the release, exterior styling and design of the yacht is a collaborative effort by Ken Freivokh Design and Nuvolari Lenard, while the interior is done by Valentina Zannier from Nuvolari Lenard and Gerard Villate. This award is a welcome start to 2019 as Oceanco has a busy year ahead.
Oceanco is a world-class builder of custom superyachts in the 80–140 meters range. Every yacht starts with a vision, the owner’s vision about how the yacht looks and feels. Oceano takes pride in building yachts that perfectly represent the owner’s vision. “In addition to our own forward thinking and experienced in-house design team, we work with an array of world-acclaimed designers such as Terence Disdale, Nuvolari-Lenard, Espen Oino, Sam Sorgiovanni, Igor Lobanov, Tim Heywood and Andrew Winch to create some of the most iconic, timeless, and award-winning yachts afloat today,” says the Oceano website.