The team that created SY Black Pearl was awarded with the "Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yacht" Award at the Boat International Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 in Cortina.
Dykstra Naval Architects created both the hull envelope and the advanced DynaRig sail plan. At 106.7m overall SY Black Pearl is an enormous yacht built by Oceanco, with a hull that still manages to look sleek with enormous loads generated by a sail area in excess of 2,900m2 spread over three unstayed, rotating masts. The design mission was to deliver a top speed of 25 knots under sail and achieve it on a yacht with a 7.23m draft and 2,550 tons displacement at full load. In addition, the owner wanted a "zero impact" yacht capable of emissions-free cruising. To this end, the yacht has a sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system optimized with an assist by Lateral Naval Architects using two main diesel engines and electrical motors connected to variable pitch propellers. Substantial battery capacity provide for house loads and peak shaving. Shaft generators powered off propellers that can be adjusted for optimal pitch at any sailing speed return carbon-free electricity to the batteries when the boat is under sail.