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Adastra: Ready for take-off?

April 22, 2019

Adastra, or “ad astra”, meaning “to the stars”, is a very appropriate name for this superyacht resembling a space ship design. Adastra is a 42.5-meter (140’) trimaran built by McConaghy Boats, and she looks like no other boat on the water!

I had seen many images and videos of Adastra on various social media platforms but had never seen her in person, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that not only was she present at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, but we would also be able to visit her!

With a maximum cruising speed of 22.5 knots, Adastra is fast and has a long range of 4,000 miles at 17 knots. The Superstructure is made of carbon fiber with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is Glass/Kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is made from light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. Almost every aspect of the boat is custom built to help reduce weight, including carbon fiber hatches, portlights, ladders and hinges. While she has many interesting technical features, her interior is also something else!

Her wonderful curved interior lines are highlighted and further accentuated by the design of the furniture, for example with the curves of the back rest of the sofa outlining one of three stair cases going down to the lower deck.

She can accommodate 9 guests and 5-6 crew. All the living quarters are in the center hull, with the other two hulls effectively working as outriggers. The research and design on the hull has produced not only a high performance and fuel efficient power trimaran, but also stability and comfort at sea. In addition to some very interesting and innovative designs and use of space on the interior, she also has several nice outdoor living spaces and plenty of space for tenders and toys. A large sunbed on the foredeck can be accessed through a forward-facing door through the salon window, and the aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard. Further aft of this outdoor seating area there is space for a 4.9-meter (16’) tender, and below it is a garage which can store a 3.1-meter (10’) tender. The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform. The helm station is one level up and enclosed, and is accessed via steps from the aft deck.

With all these amazing design features it is no wonder that she was a winner at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. Kudos to the owners, designers and the ship yard to daring to dream, build and play out of the box! I hope it will encourage others to think differently about yacht design and dare to dream and be different.

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