Shipping enters the space age: The $15m billionaire”s superyacht that took five years to build in China by Sussex boat designers
The Adastra is so hi-tech that you can even control it with your iPadIts range is 4,000 miles, enough to go from the UK to New York in a single trip without refuelingThe 42m yacht has a maximum speed of 22.5 knots
With her shiny body and smooth curves, this 15-million superyacht is a real wealth symbol.
The Adastra, unveiled today in China, is the new floating pleasure palace of billionaire businessman Anto Marden who commissioned its construction five years ago.
Designed by Sussex-based yacht designer John Shuttleworth, the Adastra is so high-tech, it can even be cotrolled remotely at the touch of an iPad… as long as you don”t get any further away than 50 metres.
Space age: The trimaran yacht Adastra certainly made an impact during its launching ceremony yesterday in China
Marden, who is based in Hong Kong and made his fortune in the shipping industry, will be able to sail the state-of-the-art boat between the two islands he already owns off the coast of Indonesia.
Described as ‘one of the world”s most amazing super yachts’, Adastra is 42.5 metres long, 16 metres wide and weighs 52tons.
‘It takes the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before,’ Mr Shuttleworth told Boat International.
Owner: Anto Marden, who is based in Hong Kong, made his fortune in the shipping industry
‘The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has taken us to further research and to develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type ofcraft.’
It is the result of five years of planning and construction, and rivals anything owned by yacht-lover Roman Abramovich.
The hull of the Adastra is built from glass and Kevlar and can house nine guests and six crewmen. The deck saloon has a panoramic view while the open cockpit has sofas on both sides. The open deck running aft alsohas a door that hinges out to create a bathing platform.
Maximum speed reached by the yacht is 22.5 knots and herrange 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, andcan even be controlled with an Apple iPad within a 50-metre range.
Adastra is powered by one Caterpillar C18 engine of 1150hpat 2300 rpm and has 2 Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm outrigger engines.
Adastra”s 16-metre beam features a saloon area on the maindeck with a lounge area, dining table, and navigation station.
The deck at the rear of the yacht has a sofa and bar area toport and a dining area to starboard.
The main helm station, which has seating for two, ispositioned in a raised pilot house situated between the rear deck and the saloonarea and forms part of the cross beam structure.
The Adastra is the latest in a long line of super yachts that compete to be the most high tech.
Last year Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich bought a 300 million superyacht with two swimming pools, two helipads, a gym, hair salon, dancefloor and submarine.
Eclipse has plenty of room to entertain friends, with 15 double bedroom cabins all equipped with their own luxury bathrooms and 6ft wide television screens. Parties on the 533ft yacht are guaranteed to stay private, as it’s fitted with an ‘anti-paparazzi shield’ that fires a laser beam of light at cameras to ruin photographs.
The 20,000 sq ft interior also houses a sauna, steam bath and whirlpool to help guests wind down.
The superyacht is 42.5 meters in length, 16 metres in width and weighs 52 tons
The Adastra was built in Zhuhai, China for a couple based in Hong Kong, at the cost of a cool $15 million
Five years in the planning and construction phase, the Adastra has finally taken to the water, much to the delight of boating enthusiasts
The superyacht has space for nine passengers and 5-6 crew, and can travel 4,000 miles without refueling
Rival: Last year Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich bought a 300 million superyacht, called Eclipse, with two swimming pools, two helipads, a gym, hair salon, dancefloor and a 007-style submarine
SPECIFICATION OF A SUPERYACHT – HOW THE ADASTRA MEASURES UP
Length – 42.5 metres
Beam – 16 m
Hull Draft – 1.12 m (1.6m to tip of rudder)
Main engine – 1x Caterpillar C18 -1150 hp @ 2300 rpm
Outrigger engines – 2x Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm
Generators – 2 x 36 kw custom in the outriggers linked to 110 Hp Yanmar engines, and 1x 26 kw Northern lights in Main engine room
Owner and Guests – 9
Crew – 5-6
Displacement light – Fully equipped and full stores and crew, no fuel and no water – 49 tonnes
Displacement cruising max – (normal operational load) 15000 litres fuel – 64.8 tonnes
Displacement ocean passage max – (only for occasional long ocean passages) 32000 litres fuel – 77 tonnes
Speed max – 22.5 knots
Range at 17 knots – 4000 miles
Fuel consumption at 13 knots – 90 litres per hour.
Fuel consumption at 17 knots – 120 litres per hour