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.