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Charter brokers agree, Big Fish delivers a very special experience to guests.
Our clients had the best time. The crew was attentive to the smallest details, Captain Winston professional, accommodating and always aiming to motivate the guests to make the best out of the yacht and the yacht's amazing destinations! Told my husband that BIG FISH is our next charter! Clean and welcoming, spacious rooms, state of the art equipment and hassle-free deck. Fantastic for families and wild partyers alike!
What a great yacht for charter, with an excellent energetic crew, traveling to the world's most outstanding and remote charter locations, while offering stylish luxury on board! With every water toy and a custom tender outfitted for the best in fishing and diving, Big Fish, apropo to her name, is the "big fish" of yacht chartering. Experience life to the fullest and then be pampered by the on board masseuse and outstanding cuisine. It is a total charter program that's hard to beat.
My clients wanted to experience one of the world's most outstanding cruising areas without compromising on comfort and service. Big Fish and her crew proved themselves to be the answer to these adventure-charterers' dreams. Big Fish maximizes guests' comfort in all conditions and surroundings. Her big windows, balconies and deck areas enabled my clients to really feel the whole experience.
BIG FISH's crew are a team of dedicated and passionate individuals, who strive at all times to assure the very best of everything for their guests - it is a real pleasure working together with them.
The perfect yacht for clients who have experienced virtually everything yachting has to offer. BIG FISH's constant exploration of uncharted, or "off the beaten path", charter destinations, is 100% unique. Sure there are yachts that do the Antarctic. There are yachts that cruise the South Pacific. There are yachts that are available in the Baltic. But no other yacht, that I have ever come across, has offered all of those destinations, and more, for charter clientele. The BIG FISH package is five-star adventure yachting, with no comparisons!
We booked a client on board M/Y BIG FISH over New Year. The experience has been most satisfying as much from the client's as well as from our perspective as charter brokers. The professional handling of whole chartering process was very much appreciated as was the valuable assistance of the Captain regarding the elaboration of an itinerary tailored to perfectly fit the client’s wishes and priorities. Our client told us:
"It was a fabulous trip, the crew was amazing and – even though the yacht is fantastic and offers a perfect layout for our needs - they certainly made the charter a real success. We very much liked the itinerary, fantastic service and the flexibility on changing ports and route - this was very much appreciated! It was a dream holiday, especially because of the effort put in by the crew."
While searching for the appropriate yacht for a VIP client who wanted to explore the Society Islands, BIG FISH was near completion but still in the yard. I studied the plans, the concept, the crew profile and decided to do something I wouldn't normally do - book a yacht that I knew little about and hadn't even launched! I'm usually hesitant to put the first charter onboard an unknown yacht. I like to know that the kinks have been ironed out, there is a track record - but someone has to be the first. Was it gut instinct? I don't know. But, the charter was a resounding success and the crew exceeded our expectations. Thumbs up all around! The charter guest has since completed his second charter onboard. Since then, BIG FISH has become a highly sought after charter yacht with a tireless and caring crew. Something rare.
We can promise once in a lifetime experiences for our charter guests as Big Fish heads to the exotic islands of French Polynesia and beyond to Indonesia and the Philippines.
Big Fish is on her way to some of the most sought after dive sites in the world with the best equipment and best safety you can find. Big Fish will arrive in Papeete, Tahiti the beginning of March and already has the rest of March and all of July booked up. She has a wide range of exciting itineraries made up and was specifically built for making the most of these waters. In addition to her superb crew who have proven their quality time and time again, Big Fish really does boast one of the best toys lists in the charter market.
Big Fish isn't the only vessel capable of crossing the world's most remote seas and accessing the most unspoilt corners of the planet. But it is the only vessel capable of doing so while its guests enjoy world-class levels of luxury and service.
Thanks to four Queen Cabins with en-suite baths, a family of 10 can travel in comfort and style. Or, three couples can each experience the epitome of luxury in an upper deck Master Cabin and two full-beam VIP suites with his & hers baths. The Master Stateroom, located on the bridge deck, features its own private deck and a spectacular bathroom. The Master, Main Salon and Dining Salon benefit from the spectacular full-height windows that make these spacious areas wonderfully light and open to the world outside the yacht and thus ideal places in which to relax and unwind with family and friends. Described by more than one yacht aficionado as perhaps the finest ever created, Big Fish's Galley epitomizes the yacht's philosophy of barefoot luxury. With its enormous array of windows, the galley is a beautiful and welcoming space – a place to engage the chef and crew, work on your laptop, or simply relax and watch the world go by.
To view the full GA for Big Fish, visit our Media page
To view the full GA for Big Fish, visit our Media page
Big Fish is just the start of the fun. She's fully-equipped with everything you need to have a great time, from kayaks to the extraordinary Triple Ripple, a 28-foot, fully-faired aluminium runabout with a 200 mile range, capable of getting 12 people to the heart of the adventure in complete comfort.
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. Tripple 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.
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.
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.
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-metre 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.
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.
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.
A new breed of superyacht, Big Fish represents a considerable technical achievement, combining comfort and luxury with high cruising speed and exceptional long-range ability.
|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|
|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.
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Complies with the GL Rules for Classification and Construction Part 3 - Special Craft, Chapter 2 - Yachts greater than 24 meters.
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.
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|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.|
|Length Overall (LOA):||45.00m||147' 7"|
|Length on waterline (LWL):||42.90m||140' 9"|
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|Electronics:||A comprehensive suite of electronics has been provided by Yachtronics of the USA. This includes:-|
|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.|
|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.|
|2x Nomad Laser sailboats.|
|Fully equipped gym in the aft sports room.|
|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.|