The Big Three

The three largest luxury private sailing yachts in the world (ATHENA, MALTESE ...

The 3 Largest Private Sailing Yachts In The World

Sailing Yacht Comparison

The three largest luxury private sailing yachts in the world (ATHENA, MALTESE FALCON and MIRABELLA V) stand head and shoulders above the rest.   All three yachts represent incredible feats of design, engineering and yacht building - and all are completely unique in the world of yachting.
Their huge size and technical pedigree, however, is perhaps the only direct comparison that can be made. One is a modern sloop, another is a traditional ‘modern classic’ and the third is an ultra modern square rigger.

The launch of the newest superyacht, MALTESE FALCON, has completed the ‘big three’ triumvirate - and even brought on some friendly rivalry between the yachts.  The yachts may be chartered here from between 275,000 USD - 500,000 USD per week, plus expenses.

Here’s a quick comparison:

Maltese FalconMALTESE FALCON Length: 88.00m (288'8")

This huge square rigger is the newest and perhaps the most popular yacht to join the big 3. Maltese Falcon represents a departure from traditional yacht design, from a naval architecture and engineering standpoint, as well as an interior design one. She is a very modern yacht and like the other three quite unique in the yachting world.


Mirabella V

MIRABELLA V length: 75.22m (246' 9")

By far the largest sloopin the world Mirabella was launched in 2004 to much fanfare.  There is nothing to compare to Mirabella as far as ‘orthodox’ sailing sloops are concerned. Large enough to accommodate a double-decker bus in her hull (not that you would want to) Mirabella is a marvel to behold under full sail.



ATHENA Length: 90.00m (295' 3")

Athena is a traditionally inspired ‘modern classic’ and is the largest of the three by gross tonnage (1,177 tons).   She is the pride of the Dutch yard Royal Huisman and was the last yacht to be launched before Wolter Huisman passed away. Although classically inspired, and the largest, Athena is also an exponent of modern technology with her very impressive 18.9 knots cruise speed. She is also the most expensive to charter. She may be chartered for 500,000 USD per week plus expenses.


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