If there's one thing we all hate, it's losing a yacht race. Owning a yacht and taking the time to think up a really clever name for it, only to become the laughingstock of the marina because it's too slow, is a feeling few of us enjoy. That's why when my next paycheck comes in, I'm going to pick one of these Adastra superyachts up. The trimaran design keeps most of the boat out of the water, allowing for swift speed with less fuel consumption; as soon as I'm skipper, I'll ensure my old yacht-racing nemesis, Blake Chambers, will regretta his next Regatta.
Every time I turn these lights on,
I whisper to myself: "Boo-yah"
All facetiousness aside, the Adastra is a beautiful piece of design; I oughtn't be bitter for not having earned the shipping fortune required to own one. Designed by UK-based John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and built by McConaghy Boats over a period of five years, this superyacht is a no-effort-spared exercise in lightweight design and streamlining of form.
This is me throwing a news crew off the deck of
my boat because I didn't care for their tone.
The Shuttleworth design team writes,
We have undertaken state of the art structural analysis of all the major components in the yacht in order to achieve the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. The deck and superstructure is constructed from carbon fibre with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is glass/kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. To help reduce weight further, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fibre hatches, toilets, portlights and ladders, which are all built specifically for the vessel.
Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics above the water line were carefully considered as we developed the overall exterior shape and we kept the boat streamlined both for air and water passing over the structure. The smooth seamless, unbroken surfaces also help to reduce weight as the outer-skin forms part of the structure to absorb torsional loads.
"I'm not going to tell you again! You DRY
YOUR FEET before you step onto my deck"
The resultant 42.5-meter craft is an oceangoing vessel with a 4,000-mile range—long enough to cross the Atlantic or the Pacific without refueling—due to the gas-sipping performance enabled by the design. And it can hit 43 kph, leaving Blake Chambers in the dust.
Steering wheel, carbon fiber. And the seat is upholstered
with the hide of an exceptionally rare brown unicorn.
Unsurprisingly, the Adastra won Most Innovative Design at this year's World Superyacht Awards. I didn't see many Core77 readers there this year, but if any of you want to join me next year, just e-mail me for tickets. Unless your last name is Chambers.
"Like what you see, Chambers?
Get used to it. You'll never see the front"