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“Ipad” Controlled Luxury Yacht
 “Ipad” Controlled Luxury Yacht

‘Adastra’ the U.S. $15 million super yacht was launched in Zhuhai in late April this year. The first in China this futuristic vessel is most talked about because of its iPad control system.

According to CNN news, this 42.5 metre yacht belongs to 62 year old Hong Kong shipping tycoon Antony Marden who is already contemplating an epic voyage.

"I've been planning to go exploring for a long time and it looks like it's now going to happen,"

"I wanted a big motorboat to go around the world in and the trimaran is perfect, it’s easily driven and I'm used to sailing them,” Marden told a Hong Kong-based newspaper.

The yacht contains an en suite, master cabin, two guest cabins, a lounge area, a dining area, a galley, and a bar on the deck and can accommodate as many as nine guests and six crew members.

Adastra is the brainchild of U.K.-based boat designer John Shuttleworth, who spent more than five years crafting the design.

According to Adastra’s builder McConaghy Boats, the captain or crew can control all propulsion, navigation and onboard support operations of the 49-ton vessel through an interface on iPad from up to 50 meters away.

 “In practice, most functions would happen onboard the vessel,” said Stephen Oliver, general manager of McConaghy Boats China, “but this allows the captain or other crew to roam freely on the vessel whilst maintaining full control.”

 “What is smart about this vessel is the degree of control and the ease of the user interface using iPad,” he said. “Certainly, high-end vessels will continue this growth.”

The super yacht can sail 6,437 kilometers nonstop and has a top speed of 17 knots.

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