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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Superyacht Adastra, 42.5m Power Trimaran

Rendering of the futuristic and horizon-changing Adastra.

Described as “one of the world’s most amazing super yachts, that could spell the future for efficient long range cruising”, the striking 42.5m Trimaran Adastra has recently been launched in China for Hong Kong clients Anto and Elaine Marden.

“Adastra” is the result of more than five years of design and discussion with the owners, to build a yacht that meets the needs of a very experienced ocean voyaging couple and their family, and to provide the level of comfort and style that would be expected in a yacht of this class and size. No effort has been spared in the challenge to produce a beautiful yacht that will have low fuel consumption and yet provide excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation. “Adastra” takes the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before, previous vessels like “Earthrace” and “Cable and Wireless” were stripped out record breaking machines. The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has led us to further research and to develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type of craft.  Extensive tank testing and radio controlled model tests in waves have been carried out to analyse stability and performance. Outrigger height has been optimised for ease of motion at sea, and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves. We have undertaken a 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.  All this has resulted in the exceptional vessel that has recently been launched in China.

From concept to reality, Adastra awaits her historic launching.

Adastra’s 16 metre beam creates a spacious saloon area on the main deck which offers superb views through a panoramic window and accommodates a lounge area, dining table and navigation station.  A forward facing door through the saloon window gives easy access to a large sunbed on the foredeck. The aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard, further aft of this there is space for a 4.9 metre tender and directly below is a garage which can store a 3.1 metre tender.  The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform. Extra space has been created below deck by slightly flaring the central hull just above the waterline. This area has been split into two sections with a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, and two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine compartment.  Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members.  The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the aft deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure.

Extensive structural analysis of all parts of the yacht has been carried out, initially by White  Young and Green and later by ASTA. This was the only viable way to analyse a shape and structure as  complex as this. Simulations of loadings from side slamming, wave impact, and torsional effects of  the outrigger riding through waves, were all applied to the computer model.
The superstructure is 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, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fibre hatches,  portlights, ladders and even hinges, which are all built specifically for the vessel.

A SiMON_ integrated ships monitoring system monitors fuel, security, pump  sensors, electrical, lights, etc.  The vessel has a fully automated fuel management system which  includes an Alfa Laval system for cleaning the fuel. All the vessel functions can be operated from  an iPad. Palladium Technologies, based in Florida have developed a Superyacht app, that allows fulll  controp of the vessel from anywhere on the yacht. To find out more about Palladium go to

The anchoring system is unique with three anchors all driven by carbon fibre drum winches run by hydraulics.  The primary anchor is a custom 130kg Bruce style anchor that deploys out of the starboard wing.  The second anchor is 80kg and deploys out of the bow with a carbon fibre arm.  The third anchor is 60kg which deploys out of the port wing and will be used as a stern anchor.

Contact detailts: John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Springhead Clay Lane Cootham West Sussex RH20 4HL ENGLAND
Tel  +44 (0) 7880 796 862
Email John and Orion Shuttleworth



BoatUS Report

Promote Your Like Jacket Loaner Site Through BoatUS Foundation’s Interactive Map

Making it Easier to Find a Right-Sized Life Jacket

The BoatUS Foundation loans out kids’ life jackets at no cost at over 500 locations across the country.

Finding a life jacket loaner location will soon be even easier. The BoatUS Foundation is providing any organization with an established life jacket loaner program the chance to promote their loaner site on the Foundation’s interactive Life Jacket Loaner Program map. The Foundation’s map, viewed by thousands of boaters every day, is the only nationwide map to locate a life jacket loaner site.

“Our Life Jacket Loaner Program loans out life jackets over 140,000 times each year for the day or weekend, and at least three lives have been saved because of the program,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. “But we know there are hundreds of other sites around the country that are not part of the Foundation’s program. We can keep more people safe on the water by giving them the tools to access properly fitting life jackets wherever they are. No matter who is offering it – a local community group, government or business – we want to know about it so those in need can easily find a life jacket nearby.”

The BoatUS Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program has 500 loaner locations in all 50 states and DC and is funded by donations from the half a million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States. To have your life jacket loaner program listed on the map, go complete a short survey. Required information includes the name of the sponsoring group or organization, their contact information, and life jacket loaner location.

The BoatUS Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating. The Foundation’s goal is to be the leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of our waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime.

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in BoatUS Report


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Guy Harvey Ocean Fund Donates $4,000 For Sanctuary Classic Scholarship Awards: Harvey Himself Joins Judging Panel for Youth Fishing Photos

 Free summer-long fishing/photo event in full swing, awarding 10 $100 winners each week and concluding with Newly Named Guy Harvey Sanctuary Scholarship Awards

The Sportfishing Conservancy announced today that world-renowned game fish artist, angler and conservationist Guy Harvey has donated $4,000 through his Guy Harvey Ocean Fund to sponsor the four scholarship awards that will culminate the summer-long 2012 Sanctuary Classic online fishing photo contest.  As such, when these four $1,000 scholarships are presented to the parents or guardians of children under 18 following the event’s Labor Day conclusion, they will be named the Guy Harvey Sanctuary Classic Scholarship Awards.

Harvey himself will be among the judges, choosing from among all the photos submitted through the event’s website ( four photos that best exemplify the following themes:  Kids Fishing, Kids and Family Fishing Values, Kids in the Sanctuaries, Kids in the Outdoors and Kids Conservation.  All photos of kids entered over the summer-long run of the Sanctuary Classic will be considered for these special awards, as well as for the weekly awards.

“On behalf of all partner organizations who have made this unique event possible, we are extremely grateful to Guy Harvey for his generous support and participation as a judge,” said Tom Raftican, president of The Sportfishing Conservancy.  “We’re proud to name these special awards after him.  Guy’s worldwide reputation as a marine artist, sport fisherman and conservationist makes him an ideal representative for the Sanctuary Classic.  At its heart, this event is about encouraging families to get out and fish and develop a new appreciation for our national marine sanctuaries — and Guy’s involvement will certainly help us achieve these goals,” Raftican added.

The 2012 Sanctuary Classic was created by the Sportfishing Conservancy in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and several other national organizations, with the goal of getting more families and youth outdoors to enjoy the abundant recreational fishing opportunities in our nation’s national marine sanctuaries.   This free online fishing/photo contest began with a kick-off event on two coasts June 9 and continues through September 3.

The Classic promotes conservation-focused recreational fishing opportunities in all of our nation’s marine sanctuaries, while highlighting four in particular: the Florida Keys, Channel Islands (Calif.), Monterey Bay (Calif.) and Gray’s Reef (Ga.) National Marine Sanctuaries.  In addition to encouraging angling participation, the Classic provides anglers with information about the unique habitats in each of these locations and encourages the adoption of best recreational fishing practices.  Participants angling in any marine sanctuary are eligible to submit photos of their catches via the tournament website [] and winners will be selected each week.

Weekly winners (based on website votes) will receive $100 gift certificates, with the four scholarship award winners to be judged from all entries.   The use of photo submissions — rather than fish brought back to the dock — helps encourage and promote catch-and-release fishing during the tournament, a key technique to preserve marine life in the sanctuaries.

The National Marine Sanctuary System spans over 150,000 square miles of ocean and Great Lakes waters from the Hawaiian Islands to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. While the sanctuary program’s primary mission is to protect the nation’s critical marine ecosystems, 98 percent of all sanctuary waters are open to activities including recreational fishing, diving, surfing and swimming.

Additional support for the Classic is being provided by national and local partners including the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, which provided initial funding though the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and West Marine.

For additional information: Sanctuary Classic: The Sportfishing Conservancy:; NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries:
National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation:

National Partners: Anglers for Conservation, Coastal Angler Magazine, Environmental Defense Fund, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA Fisheries, Guy Harvey, Phil Friedman Outdoors, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, The International Game Fish Association, United Anglers, Wallace Air Cargo Group, West Marine.

About The Sportfishing Conservancy: Our Mission: Recognizing that with privilege comes responsibility, the mission of The Sportfishing Conservancy is to empower sportsmen to fulfill and celebrate their commitment to their sport and to real world conservation.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Fishing