Sailing the $50 million Super Yacht ENCORE

Yesterday we had the privilege of sailing the 144 foot super yacht ENCORE.  It was an incredible experience. The 200 foot carbon mast and boom cost $6 million!  After hearing that I though the mainsail was quite reasonable coming in at just under $400 thousand.  The sheer size of all the hardware and the extreme loads on the rigging was amazing.  You control the sails by joysticks that turn huge drums below deck to trim the sails. The three roller furlers are driven by hydraulics and are also controlled via joystick from the helm.  She sailed beautifully and drove hard at 14 knots on a beam reach out of Ko Olina Marina.  Oh how we wished we were bound for the South Pacific on her!  We joined the Captain and his family for dinner afterwards; prepared by the live aboard chef of course.  We both agreed it was one of the most amazing days we have ever spent.  

I took a bunch of GoPro video and as soon as I learn how to cut and edit video I’ll post it up.  In the meantime here are some pictures.



  1. April 7, 2015    

    Holy smokes how’d you guys swing this???

    btw good to have you blogging again, I love that there’s space for plastic chairs on the deck for sewing while on the catamaran

    • April 7, 2015    

      Hey Chris! You guys left the bay yet?

      We were invited aboard by our friends Dave and Jen. Dave runs all the logistics at the marina so ENCORE (most likely to stay on his good side) invited them along to shake out the sails. Dave and Jen invited us to join them; it didn’t take much convincing 😉

      Good to hear from you man.


  2. Bob Pearson's Gravatar Bob Pearson
    April 15, 2015    

    What a rush that must have been! You guys are always in the right place
    to get lucky!
    Really nice to see you blogging again. We’ll be following your wake to
    the next destination, vicariously of course.
    Congrats and kudos for getting rid of those assets, and at a profit!
    Also full marks for the Mermaid funneling those greenbacks into
    the Freedom Chest.

    All the best to you both,

    Bob & Rabbit

  3. April 22, 2015    

    Hi Bob and Miriam!
    So great to hear from you! This should be an awesome season. We are both very excited to get going again. We love reading your comments when we get into port, so keep your writing coming as well!
    Hope all is well in HMB:)

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