Tom Perkins had a dream.
His venture-capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, remains the most celebrated money machine since the Medicis.
Along the way, he also managed to get himself convicted of manslaughter in France and become Danielle Steel's Husband No. 5.No, as he hit his seventies, Perkins wanted to create the biggest, fastest, riskiest, highest-tech, most self-indulgent sailboat everthe "perfect yacht." His fantasy would be a modern clipper shipas long as a football field, forty-two feet wide, with three masts each rising twenty stories toward the heavens.
Gone is the intricate rigging that helped give the square-riggers of yore their impressive look.
Instead, the Falcon's giant carbon-fiber masts are entirely freestanding and rotate by computer.
And the fifteen huge sails unfurl at the touch of a screen.
In short, this is a revolutionary machinethe most significant advance in sailing in 150 years.With keen storytelling and biting wit, Newsweek's David A.
We discover why any sane man would gamble a sizeable chunk of his net worth on a boat; we meet the cast of engineers who conspired with him; and we learn about the other two monumental yachts just built by gazillionaires that Perkins is ever eyeing.
In a battle of egos on the high seas, Perkins loves to preen, "Mine's better!
Mine's Bigger!" On the Falcon's climactic maiden voyage across the Mediterraneansixteen hundred nautical miles from Istanbul to Malta to the Rivierawe revel with Perkins as his creation surges along at record-breaking speeds.This is the biography of a remarkable boat and the man who built it.