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A stark contrast between two yachts berthed in Hamilton

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On the one side there is the largest wooden tall ship of her kind – at the other, one of the most advanced ecological sailing yachts in the world.

The Tenacious arrived on Saturday taking up station on Front Street, while the Black Pearl arrived on Friday and berthed at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club marina.

Operated by Jubilee Sailing Trust, building work on the Tenacious started in 1996 with a team made up of designers, engineers, shipwrights and fitters.

The ship, which was built to be fully inclusive for people, has access throughout for disabled crew, including wheelchair users, with flat wide decks and powered lifts.

Tenacious, a training ship especially adapted for disabled people, is shown in Hamilton in this file photograph

In addition, there is a speaking compass for the use of blind crew members and bright track radar for partially sighted crew. An induction loop and vibrator alarms are also included for hard of hearing crew members.

The Black Pearl in full sail (File photograph)

In contrast, according to Wikipedia, the Black Pearl’s hull is steel, the superstructure aluminium, and the masts carbon fibre. It is owned by the family of Russian billionaire Oleg Burlakov, who died in 2021.

Her multilevel atrium has a glass lift, and there is a spa pool, hot tub and cinema on-board.

According to her builders, oceAnco, she can cross the Atlantic “without burning even a litre of fossil fuel” due to her sailing and propulsion systems that “harvests kinetic energy under sail”.

The Black Pearl is due to leave today.

The Tenacious in full sail (Photograph Sail Training International)

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Published March 27, 2023 at 7:36 am (Updated March 27, 2023 at 9:35 am)

A stark contrast between two yachts berthed in Hamilton

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