The wheelhouse is the command and control center with a full array of superyacht systems, and shipboard office.
The foundation for navigation is the glass bridge with dual displays. Full redundancy is provided by a separate ship’s computer running independent software. Radar is FURUNO, sonar by WESMAR, and instruments are B & G. A custom program logic controller monitoring system (as used on modern jet aircraft) is located in both the wheelhouse and captain’s cabin checking systems and operations constantly, with touch screens in both locations.
A raised settee provides good visibility forward and a comfortable lounge with working desk when on mooring. The helm chair is a RECARO, with full electric adjustments. Hi-fi audio with iPod docking station is MARANTZ.
There is a stairway from the wheelhouse to the flybridge and boatdeck.
The saloon is properly sized to lounge four to eight people without either feeling too far apart or too close. An ingeniously designed convertible coffee/dining table is on the port side. Marantz hi-fi audio and video equipment are located to port and an LG screen is concealed below counter to starboard. Lower the OCEANAIRE electric blinds to blackout the cabin and you have a well-found shipboard theatre. Electric opening windows aft and in the adjoining galley allow natural ventilation, and when the weather requires that they are closed a forced ventilation system brings either outside (or air-conditioned) air to the interior. There are also electric sun-control blinds. To starboard, handy to the aft deck, is a drinks fridge with icemaker.
The galley is a chef’s seagoing delight and is located at the center of gyration of the vessel. At sea, gourmet meals can be prepared, even in heavy going.
The galley has the finest appliances and accoutrements available: LIEBHER refrigeration, U-LINE refrigerated drawers, MIELE full cook top (gas) and oven (electric), MIELE microwave, trash compactor, MIELE dishwasher and HAFELE cabinet wire basket storage units and proper ventilation. There is a BREVILLE espresso machine with built-in bean grinder; cookware is FISSLER and SCANPAN, and glassware BORMIOLI.
The central location of the galley provides easy delivery aft to the saloon and forward to the wheelhouse. A unique feature is a moving screen in the aft galley counter that can be raised and lowered to provide privacy to the saloon. There is a chest-freezer in the lazarette and a cabinet freezer on the boat deck, providing ample cold storage capacity for extended voyaging.
The accommodations are set up for three couples and two crew. The owner’s cabin is full beam amidships with two entries. It has an ensuite bathroom to port, an entry-vestibule to starboard. It has Marantz hi-fi audio (with iPod docking station) and video equipment and a Sony LCD flat screen. In the vestibule, there is a wine chiller to port and pantry storage to starboard. The forward cabin has a centre-line double berth with ensuite. The third forward cabin has over-and-under single bunks and an ensuite head and hand basin. There is a separate entrance to the forward cabin shower. The crew cabin is aft and has an adjoining shower and head. All bathrooms have heated towel racks. Every cabin has an ensuite or adjoining toilet – all on the lower deck. There is also a centrally located day head on the main deck. It has both exterior and entrance doors, which provide convenience for entertaining, swimmers and visiting tradesmen.
The deck configuration is straight forward with large aft deck lounges port and starboard, shaded by an extendable awning, and closed by clear weather doors at the transom and side decks.
There is an exterior entry to the day head, and a Portuguese bridge forward of the wheelhouse to keep green water at bay and crew secure. The foredeck has a lounge seat and anchor handling gear. The MAXWELL windlass is sized to lift the MANSON 80k anchor on board.
The flybridge has a FURUNO repeater screen, a RECARO helm chair, port and starboard lounges, with an adjoining convertible coffee/dining table. There is a storage unit with added freezers for long term cruising, a lightweight fixed awning above for shade.
Up high, the flybridge is the place for coral conning, fish spotting and whale watching – and is a perfect place for lunch or dinner on warm days.
The boat deck carries the REEF RIDER RIB tender. Commissioned in 2013, the tender is aluminium and 13'-9" (4.2M) It has a full beam seat behind a console located to starboard, with a ‘princess’ seat for’ard of the console. There is under-seat stowage fore and aft, and an anchor well below the sole forward. A 40hp HONDA four-stroke provides power, and there is a GARMIN plotter/sounder. There is a full complement of safety equipment, including fire extinguisher, flares, automatically inflatable horse-collar life vests, hand-held radio, and anchor, chain and rope.
The tender is lifted by a 1500 pound MARQUIPT deck crane.
The engine room is accessed from a weather-tight door via the amidships vesibule or directly from the crew’s quarters aft. It has been carefully laid out and has a full standing headroom between the twin Continuous Duty C-12 CATERPILLAR engines permitting easy access and egress around the space.
Gearboxes are ZF, stabilizers and thrusters are TRAC and fuel polishing ALFA LAVAL.
An ONAN 27kW genset provides AC power with an ONAN 11kW as a back-up, or when a ‘semi-quiet ship’ with generated power is needed (eg running air-conditioning).
Sound and vibration are dramatically reduced by Lattimer Accoustics Acustop linings and Low Rez engine mounts and drive shaft couplings.
Fire detection and suppression are WORMALD T 1000, security is BLUE RAY MARINE, watermaker is FCI.
A massive 24-volt 1500 amp/hour service battery bank is located under the aft scuttle stairway (outside the engine room), with sufficient DC power reserves to run a quiet ship overnight.
Tankage provides 2,850 USG (10,750 litres) of fuel and 685 USG (2500) litres of fresh water. The tanks are all integral, lending further structural strength to the hull and forming a double bottom wherever they occur. Custom bladder tanks can be deployed on both side decks to add 540 nm range at 10 knots.
A full range of spare parts, vacuum-packed, labeled and computer-catalogued, and a work-bench and comprehensive tool kit ensure self-sufficiency offshore. Operations manuals and maintenance schedules for all equipment are computer-stored in easy-to-use VESSEL INFORMATION ORGANIZER software.
ADAGIO was built in New Zealand, with the project managed for the owner by Vitali/Bjorkland Yacht Construction Management, a member of the Diverse Projects Group of Companies.
Vitali/Bjorkland had previously managed the build of a Mark Fitzgerald designed 66ft aluminium passage maker for the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and at present is managing another, larger build for an overseas owner.
Vitali/Bjorkland draws selectively on the skills of the considerable bank of talented New Zealand shipwrights, engineers and technicians whose work is widely acknowledged as delivering world-best outcomes.
More than 90,000 man hours went into ADAGIO’s build, with the outcome matching or surpassing the best from Northern Europe. Engineering, management systems, internal fit-out and paintwork reflect the high standards and meticulous attention that was brought to all aspects of this build, driven by the expectations and personal involvement of the commissioning owner.
The owners’ brief brought many challenges to the construction of ADAGIO. It reflected their extensive research, boating experience, well-developed appreciation for aesthetics and style, and the high expectations they held for their own personal yacht.
Early in the commission, initial interior layout sketches from Sydney interior designer George Freedman signaled some of these challenges. For example, the interior was to be “crisp and light”, outcomes that require uncompromisingly flush finishes, accurate express jointing on all panel work, and flawless mirror-finishes. Any deficiencies would be immediately apparent.
The yacht’s design also brought challenges. To maximize the vertical below deck heights, and provide the most efficient interior volume possible, two different main deck elevations were utilized.
This provided storage and floor space, which allows the yacht’s owners, guests and crew the privacy and self-sufficiency needed for the long periods the yacht was expected to operate in remote locations.
Also, the yacht’s exterior has many compound faceted surfaces that are painstakingly shaped in the alloy skin. Taken together, all these needs meant the margin for error in the build was nil, and it was clear that a very high standard was set and expected.
Computer modeling for the hull and digital formats for the interior provided solutions to these challenges.
The builders looked at construction primarily from the engineering up. Mark Fitzgerald’s designs have complex structures to meet American Bureau of Shipping standards. Tanks are built using complex margin plates pieced together with segmented frame structures over full length girders. The result is essentially a double-bottom hull and a vessel that is very rigid and strong.
Computer-modeling of these complex shapes enabled every piece of aluminium to be computer cut to 0.5mm tolerance. This delivered benefits that included fast fabrication, the lowest possible weld distortions, leading to reduced fairing which in turn extends paint-system longevity.
To meet the owners’ wish for the highest levels of safety possible, hull-plating was upgraded from more normally used 5083 grade standard marine aluminium to the higher tensile and much-improved corrosion resistant ALUSTAR / SEALIUM.
As hull build progressed, the primary engineering systems were carefully and expertly reviewed and documented with the paramount goal of achieving ease of service access in all areas. As a result, the engine room delivers ready access to all systems and provides for future adaptations or additions.
Within the hull, all pipework is executed in high-grade stainless or Copper Nickel with the best-possible terminations. Copper Nickel pipes are commonly used in seawater piping due to its complete resistance to barnacles and other marine organisms. Its resistance makes seawater fire fighting systems, desalination water systems, and similar applications much more reliable.
- Hull, frames, tankage: Alustar / Sealium high strength aluminium
- Paint system: Awlgrip to a high gloss finish
- Engines: Caterpillar C-12’sr, A-rated (340hp@1800rpm)
- Gearboxes: ZF 250 A
- Drive systems: Low Rez couplings and engine mounts
- Propellors: 35” x 31 four-blade Henleys
- Stabilizers: Trac 300
- Bow & SternThrusters: Trac 40
- Fuel polishing: Alfa Laval Emmie
- Fire control: Wormald T1000 marine controller
- Sound/vibration Suppression: Lattimer Accoustics, Acustop
- Generators: Onan e-QD 27kW/50Hz (main) & Onan 11kW/50Hz (supplementary)
- Batteries: 1500 Amp/hrs 24V
- Inverters: Mastervolt 2500 & Mastervolt 5000
- Shore converter: Asea 30kW Frequency Converter
- Water maker: FCI 200 litres/hr
- Program Logic Controller: Custom
- Systems software: Idea Vessel Information Organiser
- Communications: Satellite Fleet 77, PABX Panasonic, ICOM VHF’s, ICOM HF SSB
- Autopilot: Simrad AP 25
- Depth sounder, Wind instruments: Marestrom
- Sonar: Wesmar SS 395
- (2)Radars: Furuno
- Plotter: Furuno
- Software: Nobeltec
- CCTV: Bosch
- Night vision: Flir
- Security alarms
- Blue Ray Marine
- Safety at sea
- AIS: Simrad
- Zodiac 12-man life-raft
- Iridium 9505A
- Garmin handheld GPS
- EPIRBs x 3
- Auto-inflating PFDs x 12
- Life jackets x 20
- Simrad SART
- Flares and grab bag
- Windlass: Maxwell 4500
- Anchors: Manson 80kg & Fortress 21kg
- Fenders: 10 x inflatable Hutchwilko & 4 x rigid
- Passarelle: Exit Engineering folding carbon fiber
- Deckwash: Fresh and salt
- Steering: Kobelt hydraulic
- Doors/windows: Pacific Coast Marine
- Hatches: Lewmar
- Port lights/fairleads: Southern Stainless
- Airconditioning: Cruisair 118,000btu
- Entertainment: Marantz hi-fi with RTI remote x 3
- Video screens: Sony LCD & LG
- Heads: Tecma x 5 (freshwater) w/1 saltwater optional
- Lighting: LED throughout w/ fluorescent in the engine room
- Wine storage: Vintec Transtherm 96 bottle
- Pantry: Haefele
- Stove/dishwasher: Miele
- Barbecue: Galleymate stainless steel
- Washing machine and dryer: Miele
- Refrigeration: Liebherr and U-Line
- Compactor: Insinkerator
- Fridge/icemaker: U-Line
- Crockery: Rosenthal, Jade
- Cutlery: Alessi
- Glassware: Bormioli
- Chef’s knives: Wustof Classic
- Cookware: Fissler and Scanpan
- Bed linen, towels: Yves Delorme
- Duvettes, pillows: Hungarian duck down
- Swim platform with safety grab rails and removable custom swim ladder
- First-aid: Automated external defibrillator, Newlife Intensity Airsep oxygen maker, Ferno portable oxygen kit, Full Cat 1 first-aid kit
- Mosquito screens on portholes, ceiling mounted nets
- Valuables: Sandalford ES20 electronic combination safe
- Program Logic Controller
- Vessel Information Organiser
- Tender: Reef Rider 4.2m aluminium RIB w/40hp Honda 4-stroke outboard & Garmin plotter/sounder
- Wave-ski: Tsunami
- Diving:2 x 40lb aluminium tanks, 2 x regulators and BCDs, Apollo AV-2 underwater scooter