Monday, July 17, 2006

The $100 Million Boat

The Maltese Falcon, which claims to be the largest and fastest personal sailboat in the world, was launched in Italy over the weekend. She's an 87.5 meter (287 ft long) yacht with three masts that are 57 meters tall (187 ft). She looks like a 19th century clipper ship, but moves like a rocketship.


Who would commission this type of super-mega-yacht with all its high-tech bells and whistles? Venture capitalist Tom Perkins of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, that's who! Mr. Perkins, a mega-rich Silicon Valley Pioneer, has served on the board of tech heavyweights such as HP, Compaq, Philips Electronics and Tandem Computers (where he served as Chairman for 23 years).

Read more about the gadgets on MercuryNews.com or Cnet.