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Big Fish Key Facts

Big Fish is a superyacht like no other. Equally at home in Antibes and Antarctica, Big Fish is the world's first Luxury Expedition Vessel, combining elegant, contemporary design with cutting-edge marine technology to create a unique boat capable of luxury cruising in the world's most remote seas. With 50,000nm already under her keel, Big Fish wins awards wherever she goes, including Best Motor Yacht in the International Superyacht Society Awards, Best Naval Architecture in the ShowBoats Design Awards and Most Innovative Yacht Design in the Boating Asia Awards.

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Price: US$29,000,000 Weekly Charter Rate: US$245,000 Current Location: Caribbean

Just as SUVs redefined the global automotive industry in the last decade, Big Fish is an intentional effort to bring an entirely new experience to owning and using a luxury yacht. Those who are looking for unique, experiences in far-off places, who want to travel in a relaxed, informal manner where few have visited before, who yearn for the unspoiled, unsoiled places of our Ocean Planet will find in Big Fish a new concept in yachting - a beautiful, high-volume, comfortable, sophisticated, innovative, eco-friendly, safe and extremely cost-effective way to cruise the world's oceans.


Using leading-edge design, innovative materials and harnessing the talents of some of the most experienced individuals in the international yacht industry, Big Fish will redefine expeditionary-style yachting. Without compromising human comfort or aesthetics, Big Fish combines sensible, fuel-efficient power and propulsion, ecologically sound ship systems and construction materials, and the finest safety, stabilisation and navigation electronics to create a new-generation global cruising yacht.

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Key Features
  • Big Fish (45m/148ft) has more space and more features than any other yacht in its class
  • 5,500 sq ft of accommodation (9.7m/32 ft beam)
  • 10,000 mile range - Big Fish will cruise around the entire globe with only one stop to refuel. An extraordinary and unique feature in a yacht of this size
  • Environmentally friendly with low fuel burn. LED lighting and solar panels make Big Fish the ultimate eco-friendly long range cruiser
  • Contemporary design - huge floor to ceiling windows, 'bringing the outside in'
  • Big Fish has 5 luxury cabins in its normal format and 3 huge suites when converted - the biggest space available in any 45m yacht
  • Optimum accommodation for two or three couples traveling together
  • Hydraulic beaches - will bring the water 'to you'
  • 28' custom-designed tender - dive anywhere, explore anywhere. Huge range, optimum comfort and safety
  • A steel hull - full displacement means Big Fish will plough through the biggest waves with the minimal of roll
  • Twin Caterpillar engines and proven sea equipment
  • Quantum Zero Speed Stabilizers
  • The Pod (Crow's Nest - 50' above water) will seat 6 people - featuring refrigeration & fully stocked bar
  • Hi-spec gym
  • Sun deck & jacuzzi
  • Youthful captain and crew
  • Casual ambience, informal luxury
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Mission Performance, Capability & Reliability

Mission Performance, Capability & Reliability

The philosophy behind Aquos Yachts and Big Fish is that a Luxury Expedition Vessel must be able to safely, securely and comfortably take its owners, guests and crew to any ocean, and to remain on station for extended periods of time. This means adequate stores of fuel, water, consumables and supplies for any imaginable mission. It also means the ability to carry a cargo necessary to carry out a chosen mission. Want to carry medicine, books or building supplies to a remote village, or scientific equipment or laboratory on a voyage of exploration? A submarine or float plane? An Aquos Yacht LEV such as Big Fish makes virtually any mission possible.

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10,000nm range
10,000nm range

Performance and Range Estimates:

Speed: Fuel burn/hour: Time: Range:
15 knots 275L (72USG) 333 hours 5000 miles
13 knots 190L (50USG) 484 hours 6300 miles
11 knots 140L (37USG) 657 hours 7300 miles
10 knots 120L (31USG) 767 hours 7700 miles
8 knots 80L (21USG) 1150 hours 9200 miles
 
The maximum speed attainable will be 16 knots.

The Aquos 45m series is designed and equipped for serious blue-water cruising to the most remote parts of the world. Her Greg Marshall-designed and meticulously tank-tested hull provide rugged independence from shore for voyages lasting 3 months and more. Reliable, fuel-sipping Caterpillar engines and generators - coupled with 92,000 liters of fuel capacity - mean the voyage can be designed around mission goals and objectives, rather than the limitations of the yacht.

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Custom tender
Custom Tender

Triple Ripple is Big Fish's custom, McMullen & Wing-built tender. Designed by Greg C. Marshall Naval Architects, it is a fully-faired aluminium runabout powered by a single diesel engine coupled to a jet drive for use in shallow destinations. She has a 200-mile-plus range and can carry up to 12 in seated comfort. A bow-stored canvas awning protects guests in inclement weather or choppy seas. The tender includes an enclosed head and secure storage for up to a dozen SCUBA tanks. Triple Ripple was specifically designed for diving, fishing and exploring adding immeasurably to the safety, enjoyment and security of her mother ship, Big Fish. Capable of being towed for long distances, Triple Ripple also stows in Big Fish's massive bow compartment.

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Proven systems & technology
Proven systems & technology

Every system and piece of equipment on an Aquos Yacht is selected for durability, reliability and ease of onboard repair maintenance. From gear boxes, to navigations systems, to water makers and electrical components, great care was taken to ensure trouble-free cruising and independence from shore side repair facilities. In addition, the entire yacht was carefully conceived and designed to engineer the redundancy necessary for safety and independence.

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Massive stowage capacity
Massive stowage capacity

One of the leading features in the Aquos 45m line is its unique approach to stowage. Under a granite-topped lid raised by four hydraulically-driven stainless posts is a 33 x 15 foot (10 x 4.5m) stowage compartment. A cleverly hidden, 5-ton crane mounted under the compartment's lid provides ease and safety in loading and unloading this compartment. When the tender is being towed, this space can house the Sub Aviators mini submarine, or the ICON lightweight folding carbon flying boat, depending on the mission and the interests of the charter guests.

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Barefoot Luxury

Barefoot Luxury

The Aquos 45m Big Fish is conceived and built to provide both breathtaking luxury AND effortless informality for relaxed, pleasurable voyaging. The Aquos Yacht philosophy is that the focus of shipboard life should be the joy of adventure and exploration undiluted by concerns of the yacht's various surfaces and finishes. No-maintenance, virtually indestructible stone decks and woven vinyl floors mean any type of footwear - from high heels to bare feet - is perfectly acceptable. No maintenance means the crew can focus more on owner and guests and less on the boat. The same principle applies to the general arrangement, where space is allocated for numerous dining locations, but no major area is designated exclusively for formal meals.

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World's first stone decks
World's first stone decks

The Aquos 45m Big Fish features the world's first application of Stone Decking Systems' new granite decking. This material is virtually indestructible, non-skid even in a driving rain, and requires no harsh, ocean-harming chemical sealers or cleaners. Aquos Yachts believes that granite decks will soon replace more expensive, shorter-lived and more ecologically destructive teak decking. It is epoxy infused making it both maintenance-free and flexible. Less expensive, maintenance-free, virtually indestructible, ecologically responsible, and longer-lived, granite decking is an exciting new development in the yachting industry.

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Low maintenance
Low maintenance

Besides stone decks, every surface and finish was selected for ease of maintenance as well as for its beauty and utility. The yacht's distinctive warm grey high gloss color means crew can spend more time bringing enjoyment to owner and guests and less time washing and cleaning the hull and superstructure. Less cleaning means less water and less energy needed to make it, and less space to store it - allowing space for more fuel. All this translates to increased human and energy efficiency, and more space and time to lavish on the pleasure and the success of the voyage.

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Gym & spa
Gym & spa

Despite its relatively small size, the Aquos 45m features exceptional amenities, including ample space for gym and spa facilities. Using space normally dedicated for aft tender storage, Big Fish's large lazarette includes the latest fitness equipment, storage for diving and fishing equipment, and easy access to the yacht's huge, transformer-style swim platforms.

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Flexible accommodations
Flexible accommodations

At Aquos Yachts, we believe that a yacht's ability to accomplish the widest range of missions requires a flexible accommodations plan. Besides a massive bridge-deck owner's suite, Big Fish's layout includes two cavernous, full-beam lower deck VIP suites, each of which is capable of being transformed into a pair of generous-size double staterooms. Thus, three couples can travel in equal comfort and style, and even the largest of families can be easily accommodated. In addition, exceedingly comfortable quarters for up to 10 crew helps to ensure joyful and tireless service to owner and guests.

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Focus on Innovation

Focus on Innovation

Both using and building a yacht should be an exciting adventure. At Aquos Yachts we believe there is no greater satisfaction than finding the best possible, most imaginative, most practical solutions to the challenges of beauty and utility faced ever since the birth of yachting more than 2,000 years ago. We also believe that modern technology, properly harnessed, can replace traditional solutions to make yachting safer, more enjoyable, and more environmentally responsible.

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Yachting's first video wall
Yachting's first video wall

Imagine a HD video screen, more than 3 meters wide and three decks tall. Imagine watching a football match in the mid-deck bar, a children's movie on the main deck, and footage of yesterday's snorkeling trip in the upper deck lounge. Now imagine doing all three at the same time, or turning the entire, screen - consisting of 20 x 46 inch HD plasma screens - into an 8m -high aquarium or waterfall. Engineered by Audio Video Concept and Design using Planar technology, the only limit to this feature is in the users' imagination.

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World's first granite decks
World's first granite decks

The Aquos 45m Big Fish features the world's first application of Stone Decking Systems' new granite decking. This material is virtually indestructible, non-skid even in a driving rain, and requires no harsh, ocean-harming chemical sealers or cleaners. Aquos Yachts believes that granite decks will soon replace more expensive, shorter-lived and more ecologically destructive teak decking. It is epoxy infused making it both maintenance-free and flexible. Less expensive, maintenance-free, virtually indestructible, ecologically responsible, and longer-lived, granite decking is an exciting new development in the yachting industry.

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Unique tender/mission stowage
Unique tender/mission stowage

One of the leading features in the Aquos 45m line is its unique approach to stowage. Under a granite-topped lid raised by four hydraulically-driven stainless posts is a 33 x 15 foot (10 x 4.5m) stowage compartment. A cleverly hidden, 5-ton crane mounted under the compartment's lid provides ease and safety in loading and unloading this compartment. When the tender is being towed, this space can house the Sub Aviators mini submarine, or the ICON lightweight folding carbon flying boat, depending on the mission and the interests of the charter guests.

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Full-height windows
Full-height windows

Besides offering unparalleled access to the water, the Aquos 45m Big Fish provides unparalleled views of the sea from every main and upper deck window. Made possible by extraordinary engineering, the seamless interior/exterior visual effect is enhanced by sill-less doors connecting outside decks with interior spaces. In addition, wide side decks, the yacht's enormous foredeck, and exceedingly spacious terraces allow unprecedented views from virtually every place on the yacht.

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"Transformer" - style swim platform

At more than 12m meters, Big Fish offers the widest and most spacious swim platform ever built on a 45m yacht. Sheathed in indestructible granite, the yacht's normal-sized swim platform expands dramatically by port and starboard stern quarters, which unfold to join the platform structure. When fully unfolded, the entire structure is capable of simultaneously supporting numerous water and boating activities. In addition, the unfolding stern quarters provide additional weather-protected storage of water sports equipment and gear.

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Opening bulwark terraces
Opening bulwark terraces

Imagine dining perched above the sea and under the stars. Or having a cocktail while watching a school of fish beneath your feet. While not the first bulwark terraces ever installed aboard a yacht, the terraces aboard Big Fish are carefully and cleverly conceived to provide a horizon-to-horizon feel and field of view when deployed. Dining under cover on the main deck has never provided a more unrestricted viewing experience.

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Observation Pod
Observation Pod

The Observation Pod (Crow's Nest - 50' above water) will seat 6 people comfortably and features a fully stocked, refrigerated bar. It will provide the perfect position from which to view whales, dolphins and the endless species of stunning wildlife found in a marine environment. Where better to enjoy a cold beer or your favourite cocktail as you sit in comfort surveying the natural beauty that surrounds you? In terms of those fleeting 'lifetime moments', it's our prediction that the Pod will deliver more than its fair share.

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Safety & Security

Safety & Security

Big Fish showcases Aquos Yachts' philosophy that even modest-sized yachts can securely voyage to the farthest and most remote places on earth no matter what the weather or the hazards encountered. No 45-meter yacht ever built incorporates more leading-edge technology to ensure the safety, security and comfort of its occupants. Built by one of the world's most respected shipyards and designed by one of the world's leading offshore naval architects, Big Fish is nothing less than a direct attempt to redefine the capability and capacity of affordable expeditionary yachting.

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Highest safety certification
Highest safety certification

Big Fish, like every Aquos Yacht, is built to the most demanding standards. She carries the full certification of one of the world's leading class societies, Germanischer Lloyds. In addition, every Aquos yacht is built to MI standards, ensuring that it adheres to the highest levels of safety for its occupants. With its superlative design and construction pedigree, its full array of top-shelf safety, security and navigation equipment, and its rigorous adherence to the highest international standards, Big Fish offers any potential guest complete assurance that their time aboard will be nothing but enjoyable, no matter where in the world they are cruising.

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Active stabilization
Active stabilization

Nothing is more important in an offshore cruising yacht than its ability to keep owners and guests comfortable and relaxed no matter what the weather or the sea conditions. Every Aquos 45m features active stabilization to counteract the affects of adverse swell and wave action. Powerful and reliable, Quantum zero-speed stabilizers function as well at anchor as underway and ensure that guests will get full measure of enjoyment from every moment at sea.

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Sensibly Green

Sensibly Green

Aquos Yachts takes it responsibility for protecting the marine environment extremely seriously. Every aspect of Big Fish was considered in terms of its ultimate impact on the sea and sea life. While many yachts attempting to be "green" in their construction and use go to extreme - and expensive -- lengths to achieve incremental benefits, Big Fish adheres to a sensibly green philosophy, incorporating proven systems and technology, and acknowledging that how a boat is used often has more adverse environmental impact than how it is built. Thus, Aquos Yachts are conceived, equipped and built so that captain and crew can employ the very best practices at sea. For example, plastic bottles are simply not allowed on board. Guests receive their own, reusable bottles when they come on board. Nothing harmful or polluting is ever discharged to the sea. Sensible efficiency means that every bit or energy produced on an Aquos Yacht is recycled and reused. For example, hot water is generated from heat exchangers on the generator and main engines, not from a separate, energy-consuming system.

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Low-voltage lighting
Low-voltage lighting

Big Fish, like every Aquos Yacht, incorporates extensive use of low-voltage LED lighting. LEDs, unlike other light sources, produce almost no heat, which means that not only they consume less energy, but also do not require larger, power-consuming air conditioning capacity to keep the interior cool. In addition, Aquos Yachts are built with natural ventilation in mind, with every major space able to be cooled naturally via opening doors and windows.

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Fuel-sipping engines and generators
Fuel-sipping engines and generators

No yacht can operate without consuming some form of fuel. But aboard every Aquos Yacht the main propulsion and power generators are selected for their efficiency as well as their reliability and ease of maintenance. Exhaustive tank-testing ensures that Aquos hulls are as efficient in their shape as humanly possible. Further exhaustive engineering is commissioned to ensure that engines and generators are only as large as they need to be. Even the heat from engine and generators is recycled to provide the vessel's hot water requirements.

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Waste heat recovery water heaters
Waste heat recovery water heaters

Aquos Yachts utilizes a sensible, cost-efficient engine/generator exhaust heat recovery system for creating hot water aboard Big Fish. This system supplants traditional power-consuming electric water heaters typically found aboard large yachts. Since generators are in operation around the clock, this ensures a plentiful "green" supply of hot water throughout Big Fish without generating additional electricity.

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"Slippery" hull design

From the board of renowned designer and naval architect Greg C, Marshall, the Aquos 45m series was put through an exhaustive series of tank tests at the University of British Columbia tank testing facility. When completed, the naval architects at the facility said the vessel's hull was among the top 10% most efficient designs they had ever tested at the facility in 30 years. Besides moving through the water with extraordinary ease and with a minimum power requirement, Big Fish is also designed to provide a maximum of sea-kindliness and stability, even without her active stabilization system engaged. The result is a yacht that performs easily, safely and efficiently in virtually any sea or weather condition.

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SeaKeeper Society research vessel
SeaKeeper Society research vessel

Big Fish will proudly fly the burgee of the International SeaKeeper's Society, a global organization dedicated to ocean monitoring, education and protection. She will be equipped with the latest SK1000 ocean and weather monitoring system, providing scientists and resource managers with information vital to understanding changes in the world's oceans and climate. Measurements of a wide variety of meteorological and ocean chemistry parameters are made every minute and transmitted via satellite for use by scientists and weather forecasters in more than 156 countries.

Since Big Fish will be cruising in waters rarely, if ever, visited before, her contributions to science will be of great value to those who hope to protect the sea for future generations. In addition, her highly-calibrated weather instruments will not only provide valuable climatological observations, but every yacht, ship or human population downwind from Big Fish will benefit from improved daily weather forecasts. Granite decks - no chemicals needed.

Keeping a yacht's surfaces clean consumes crew time and energy, requires the use of potentially harmful chemicals, and requires fuel-consuming power to produce cleaning water. On Big Fish, exterior surfaces were selected specifically to minimize and even eliminate much of this cleaning. Granite decking from Stone Decking Systems requires no regular maintenance or use of cleaning/treating chemicals. Big Fish's unique hull color means she can cruise for days, even weeks without the need for wash-downs. Use of cleaning-intensive stainless steel is kept to a minimum throughout the boat.

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Pollution control technology
Pollution control technology

The Gen-Kleen system is a pollution-control technology for marine generator sets. The Gen-Kleen system begins by separating the raw cooling water from the exhaust gases. While the dry exhaust gases are vented to atmosphere, the raw cooling water is scrubbed by a filtration system. The filters are impregnated with a patented formula that binds and captures hydrocarbons while allowing clean water to pass through. Clean water is then returned to the environment.

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Specifications

Specifications

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Basics
Design: Greg C Marshall Naval Architects, Victoria, Canada
Engineering: Greg C Marshall Naval Architects, Victoria, Canada
Builder: McMullen and Wing, Auckland New Zealand - Yard Number 1013
Classification: Germanischer Lloyds + 100A5, MOTOR YACHT, MC
Classifications Defined: Maltese Cross -
Hull, machinery and special equipment have been constructed "under the supervision of and in accordance with the Rules of GL at the shipyard and at the subcontractors supplying construction components". GL provides certification of components and materials requiring inspection, subject to its rules. These include the materials - steel, aluminium, wiring, and plumbing as well as major components - stabilizers, gensets, anchor handling gear, air conditioning, and so on - any other components that define performance and safety.
  Square Box (around the Maltese Cross) -
This indicates that the requirements for "subdivision and damage stability" have been met. The hull has been divided into watertight compartments accessed by water tight doors, such that any one compartment can be flooded without affecting the stability of the vessel. These subdivisions are in the hull. In addition they are also fire proof, and the superstructure is also divided into fireproof zones in a similar manner.
  100 A5 -
The hull fully complies with the requirements of the Rules of GL.
  MOTOR YACHT -
Complies with the GL Rules for Classification and Construction Part 3 - Special Craft, Chapter 2 - Yachts greater than 24 meters.
  MC -
The machinery and electrical installations do not fully comply with the construction rules of GL, but GL ensures functional safety and seaworthiness for the envisaged service.
  GL hull number -
113963.
Registration: Big Fish will be registered as a commercial vessel in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This allows the yacht to operate in the charter business with upto 12 passengers, world wide, without limits. The home port is Bikini, MI.
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Main Dimensions
Length Overall (LOA): 45.00m 147' 7"
Length on waterline (LWL): 42.90m 140' 9"
Beam: 9.00m 29' 6"
Waterline Beam (WLB): 8.28m 27' 2"
Light ship displacement: 375 metric tons 414 long tons
Full Load displacement: 470 metric tons 471 long tons
Gross registered tonnage: 498 tons
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Performance and range estimates
Speed: Fuel burn/hour: Time: Range:
15 knots 275L (72USG) 333 hours 5000 miles
13 knots 190L (50USG) 484 hours 6300 miles
11 knots 140L (37USG) 657 hours 7300 miles
10 knots 120L (31USG) 767 hours 7700 miles
8 knots 80L (21USG) 1150 hours 9200 miles

The maximum speed attainable will be 16 knots.

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Capacities
Diesel Oil: 92,000 liters 24,200 USG
Fresh Water: 11,400 liters 3,000 USG
Grey and Black: 6,800 liters 1,800 USG

The design brief called for long range and the ability to stay on station for upto three months in order to be able to cruise the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean where fuelling stations are few and far between. This was achieved by the design of a very efficient hull and maximizing the fuel carrying capacity. The vessel can carry 92,000 liters of diesel fuel (24,200USG) about 40% more than equivalent yachts of her size. As a result her range is large. The fuel burn rate is modest for a vessel of her size due to the selection of the slow turning Caterpillar 3508B main engines. A number of innovations that reduce the overall electric generating requirements also save fuel. The range estimations include the operation of one generator for 24 hours per day.

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Major Equipment
Main Engines: Caterpillar 3508B DI-TA, 783 kw( 1050 hp) at 1600 revs. These are the prime movers of most of the world's machinery, railways and large generators. They are slow turning, long lasting, fuel efficient, trouble free and require minimal maintenance. They are equipped with an oil system that allows us to change the oil only once in 1000 hours - perhaps twice per year. The cooling system is built out of titanium.
Gears: Reintjes WAF 542. These are German built highly precise gears also with titanium coolers. Like the main engines, they are soft mounted so that they will not transmit noise and vibration to the interior of the yacht.
Propellers: These are 5 bladed, nickel-aluminum-bronze, 1650mm in diameter (5'5"). They are mounted on 8" diameter Aquamet 22 stainless steel shafts.
Generators: Two Kilopak 125 kilowatt generators are fitted. One of these is sufficient to provide all the ship's needs at any one time. They can be switched automatically and if necessary share the load. They produce 220 volts at 50 hertz to accommodate European and Asian power requirements.
Shore Power: A VECTEK shore power converter and panel is fitted. This allows the vessel to take in any power source available anywhere in the world at any voltage - it transforms the source to precise requirements of the vessel, and the panel can share the load with one or more generators automatically.
Steering: The steering system is hydraulic by the Canadian company Jastram. It is powered by two pumps which can take over from each other instantly should there be a failure. In addition the system is arranged so that the yacht can be steered manually using the ship's wheel in the pilot house.
Security System: The yacht is fitted with a closed circuit TV system with 6 cameras, that can be monitored by the crew in the mess and in the pilot house. Manufactured by Pelco.
Stabilizers: The yacht is fitted with the Quantum Hydraulics "Zero speed" stabilization system from the USA. This allows the stabilizers to be active even when the yacht is anchored. This system is so effective that it has virtually eliminated sea sickness on board. This system is powered both electrically and also by hydraulic pumps fitted to the gears. This saves electrical power and therefore fuel when under way.
Water Makers: Two HEM water makers (France) are fitted, each capable of producing 5,300 liters (1400 US gallons) per day. These units have a power saving option that reduces the full load draw from 11 to 8kw per hour.
Air Conditioning: The yacht's design criteria includes operating within a few degrees of the equator in hot weather and warm water. To accomplish this it has a Dometic Marine Air (US) central air conditioning system with 45 tons capacity. A chilled water loop services the 35 air handlers on board, and the yacht has a fresh air input system that replaces 50% of the air six times each hour.
Alarm System: A comprehensive alarm system by the UK company Servo Watch, monitors about 800 values relating to every aspect of the ship's machinery and its operations. The data can be displayed on the five flat LED panels in the pilot house and control room as well as other output devices.
Deck Gear: Anchors: The yacht is fitted with two 450 kg Poole type anchors from Aritec in polished stainless steel. There are 150 meters of galvanised 21mm chain port and starboard.
  Anchor windlasses: Maxwell of New Zealand, 1100 kg. These are constructed of polished stainless steel and can be powered from the main engine pumps or from electrical pumps. They can lift the anchors at 40 feet per minute.
  Warping capstans aft: Maxwell New Zealand - hydraulically powered.
Emergency: The yacht meets all the requirements of the laws governing safety at sea for this class of vessel. There are two redundant bilge pump systems, a sea water based fire-fighting system with stations every 15 meters and a complete fresh water based fog type sprinkler system by Optec. In addition there are smoke and fire alarms in all spaces and a suite of hand held fire extinguishers. There is a rescue boat on board which can be launched in an emergency using battery power when the generators are not operable.
Soundproofing: The design standards require that the yacht be quiet in all of the accommodation areas, most of which have noise levels below 55dba, at full cruising revolutions - quieter than in most homes. Internal floors are installed on Sylomer Isolation and partitions on isolating devices and materials.
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Ancillary Equipment
Electronics: A comprehensive suite of electronics has been provided by Yachtronics of the USA. This includes:-
  Navigation:
  Two Furuno radars.
  Transat and Nobeltec charting systems.
  The AIS (automatic information system) which transmits the yacht's data - name, speed, heading, call sign, to other vessels within radar range, and displays and receives their data on the yachts radar screens - a traffic control system that greatly aids safety.
  A transponder system for tracking the tender.
  Depth, speed, air and sea temperature wind speed and direction by B and G. Separate depth by Furuno.
  Plath gyro compass and auto pilot.
  Two North Star GPS units.
  Communication:
  Two Furuno VHF's: Two Standard VHF's.
  SeaTel 4006 VSat: - broadband, VOIP.
  Thane and Thrane: - Fleet broadband, voice and fax.
  Iridium : Voice.
  SatC: Back up messaging and automatic position system.
  GMDSS: The yacht is compliant with this requirement by which integrates all of the communication devices on board so that they are capable of sending automatic position and distress messages simultaneously and automatically.
  Security: A Pelco CCTV system using 6 pan, tilt and zoom cameras is fitted. Pressure and infra red sensors are also part of this system.
  Display: All of the devices on board can be displayed on any of five V.E.I. (US) 21 inch flat screens located in the pilothouse dash board.
Entertainment: A very comprehensive audio video system is supplied and installed by Audio Video Concepts and Design. This Kaleidescape system distributes audio and video signals throughout the yacht from central hard drives which are capable of storing 1200 films and thousands of music CD's. Satellite TV signals will be received world wide.
Galley: The requirement for the ability to remain on station for three months drove the need for sufficient refrigeration capacity to serve 10 crew and 8 guests. Redundancy is also important, so a central system was ruled out. The Hoshizaki equipment chosen includes 14 freezers with a total of 5 tons capacity, 5 refrigerators with 2.5 tons, three icemakers, and 5 beverage refrigerators.
  The ovens, induction cook top, microwave, and steam oven and warming are by Miele. There are two barbeques. Dishwashers are by Meile as are the three sets of laundry equipment and rotary iron.
  Galley stores can be loaded on pallets from the dock by crane into the forward garage area - which houses many of the freezers and is next to the galley.
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Recreation equipment and tenders
Six kayaks.
Paddleboards.
Wind surfing.
2x Nomad Laser sailboats.
Fully equipped gym in the aft sports room.
Jet ski.
Crew/rescue tender: This is a 14 foot Nautica RIB, powered by the new 110hp smart car diesel inboard and an out drive.
28ft ships custom tender from McMullen & Wing: This is a Greg Marshall design and will be built in aluminum. It is designed to accommodate 6 divers and crew and has a 200 mile range at 17 knots - capable of taking the party to a remote site in comfort. Pacific atolls are large and can develop a significant chop. The hull form is designed to deal with that condition and the boat can be enclosed and shaded. There is a shower, toilet, barbeque, fishing gear and capacity for 12 dive tanks. The tender is equipped with solar panels and a transponder system that communicates with the mother ship. It has VHF and Iridium communications. The power is a 300 hp Yanmar, mated to a Hamilton jet.