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VOR70 Maserati
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
  • VOR70 Maserati
  • Image Credit: Alex Nunez
This week, the racing yacht VOR70 Maserati finished its run from Miami to New York City. Intended as a record attempt, skipper Giovanni Soldini elected not to have the final time of the transit ratified because he didn't feel it was reflective of the real speed Maserati is capable of. (The boat had to deal with several weather systems on its way up from Florida, which slowed it. Another attempt at a better time will be made in the future.)

With the boat spending a few days at Manhattan's North Cove marina, just outside the World Financial Center, Maserati invited us down to take a look in person. Maserati, a 70-foot, carbon-fiber monohull, contested the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race under a different moniker. It was subsequently overhauled, had its weight distribution adjusted, and made 10 percent lighter, after which it was reintroduced in its current form, with Maserati as its primary sponsor.

It's capable of traveling at an incredible 40 knots under sail (hence the 46 mph reference in the headline), and what's striking about Maserati in person is that in addition to the hull itself, almost everything else on board is made of carbon fiber: the wheels at the helm, the mast, the grinders and winches, and so on. I pointed at one of the big winches on deck and asked watch leader Brad Van Liew, "How much is that?"

"Around $80,000," he answered. The whole boat apparently cost around $8,000,000. It's the state of the art, and if you're in Manhattan, you might still be able to check it out in person. It's due to head out on another speed record attempt (destination: Cape Lizard, UK) in the coming days.

If you want to follow the ongoing exploits of VOR70 Maserati, bookmark Maserati.Soldini.it for news, blogs, video, the crew's Twitter feeds, and more.


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      Hal Jordan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see what it feels like to go 46mph in a sailboat, because it feels pretty fast when you're going 8mph in one!
        Vincent Teron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        When I was a kid, my dad used to take me and my brother sailing around Bodega Bay near San Francisco and under the Golden Gate Bridge in his Santana 22. That thing would haul when the wind caught it just right and the lean would be phenomenal. To get a chance to ride the Maserati at 40 knots would be a once-in-a-lifetime dream for me.
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful boat. And, yes, the Volvo Ocean Race is great TV.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's insane fast for a monohull. The world's fastest monohull, the Mari-Cha IV is capable of "over 40 knots", but it's twice as long at 140 ft. I wouldn't be surprised if this claim is slightly exagerated. http://yachtpals.com/fastest-sailboats-2079
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Regardless, it's an awesome machine, and I'd love to take a ride on a boat of that caliber someday. Till then, I'll stick to windsurfing and kiteboarding. I've got a "Clam Sandwhich" windsurf board that I picked up from someone who really didn't know what he had for $50. The rest of the rig including fin, sail, harness, helmet etc, I've picked up second hand for around $300. There's a sandbar near me that leaves glassy water downwind, even in the heaviest wind. The world windsurfing speed is 50.48 knots, but I'd be surprised if I've never hit 40 knots on that board. Kites actually claim a slightly higher speed record at 50.98 knots, but I've smoked every kiter I've shared water with on that board.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you know anything about sailing 46 mph is impressive, even more so in a mono-hull.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take all the Maserati insignia off, still worth $8mil? Nope.
        Luke Scrase
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Hell yes, do you have any idea how much engineering goes into a boat like this? Way more than any Maserati out there.
        Rich McGervey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        READ the post before lame-brained comments. Maserati is just the sponsor.
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 3 Years Ago
      Biggest title to image letdown in ages :( i was expecting something FAR cooler.. and with wheels.
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 3 Years Ago
        @StegRacing@youtube
        Haha, faaark guys i was 'avin a larf! My brothers used to build these kinds of things.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      belldn3
      • 3 Years Ago
      10 bucks says it will go the way of the Titanic.
      frankc354
      • 3 Years Ago
      not the boat used for that 3 hour tour
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rich McGervey
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Andre Neves, please actually READ the post before your lame-brained comments. Maserati has nothing to do with why the boat cost $8M. Maserati is the sponsor, period. It's advertising. They paid to have their name all over it, and I'm sure it was a hefty sum because carbon fiber boats and components don't come cheap. And being someone that has spent months at a time at sea on sailboats, 40knots is damn fast. (tho the 139mph too slow comment was funny). 46mph is actually pretty fast for a lot of boats of that size that aren't guzzling petroleum.
      StaceyS
      • 3 Years Ago
      6 of these yachts are currently running the Volvo Ocean Race, to which this yacht was designed and built for. This is open ocean racing: www.volvooceanrace.com. Some of the video footage is just amazing.
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