Yacht Charters: The Maltese Falcon is

more than just the classic mystery movie of 1941,

which was based on the 1929 novel of the same name

written by Dashiell Hammett, starring Humphrey Bogart

and Mary Astor and directed by John Huston. Today's

Maltese Faction is an 88-meter clipper yacht that

sails at a maximum speed of nearly 20 knots. Its

cruising speed is 15 knots. The ship with the famous

moniker can be chartered in the Mediterranean through

CharterWorld.com for approximately $340,000 per week.

The massive sailing yacht has six cabins and

comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests plus a crew

of four. It is powered by two Deutz 1,800-horsepower

engines, which turn at only 1,800 RPM. Yachting World

magazine reported that the sound from the

air-conditioner in the aft cabins is actually louder

than the sound emitted from the purring twin engines.

The Maltese Falcon's design and construction is a

collaborative effort between Perini Navi, Ken

Freivokh, and Dijkstra & Partners. Ken Freivokh did

the ship's interior design.

The Maltese Falcon offers a full array of luxury

amenities that include: two Tenders & Toys 32-foot

Pascoe RIBs; four Laser sailing boats; one Castold

14-foot Jet tender; six full sets of diving gear;

water skis; and snorkeling gear. There also is a full

gym and a Stairmaster machine. Additionally there is

A/V equipment and 50-inch plasma TVs in the main salon

and the master suite. The four guest suites have

42-inch plasma TVs, and the cabin on the upper deck

has a 32-inch plasma-screen TV. There is a Bang &

Olufsen surround-sound stereo throughout the vessel

and wireless Internet service and GSM cellular phones

on board.

Whereas it took three attempts to turn Dashiell

Hammett's brilliant mystery novel into an excellent

film, as there were two previously made films based on

the same book prior to the John Huston-directed movie,

the Maltese Falcon clipper yacht is a one-of-a-kind

floating masterpiece.