Thursday, April 12, 2012


Shipping enters the space age : The $15m superyacht that took five years to build
Described as ‘one of the world's most amazing super yachts’, the $15 million, 42-metre luxury trimaran yacht Adastra certainly turned a few heads at its launching ceremony yesterday in China ,Commissioned by Hong Kong clients Anto and Elaine Marden, it is the result of five years of planning and construction.Adastra is 42.5 metres long, 16 metres wide and weighs 52 tons. It was designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and built by McConaghy Boats in Zhu Ha, China. Maximum speed reached by the yacht is 22.5 knots and her range is an astonishing 4000 nautical miles at 17 knots. That is enough for a trip from the UK to New York.Boat International magazine said Adastra 'could spell the future for efficient long range cruising'. The yacht has an integrated ship monitoring system, and can even be controlled with an Apple iPad within a 50-metre range.It can host nine guests, with space for 5-6 crew.Adastra is powered by one Caterpillar C18 engine of 1150hp at 2300 rpm and has 2 Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm outrigger engines.Adastra's 16-metre beam features a saloon area on the main deck with a lounge area, dining table, and navigation station.The deck at the rear of the yacht has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard. The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the rear deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure. The Superstructure is carbon fibre with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is Glass/Kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels.

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