Discussion in 'Aquos Yacht' started by YachtForums, Oct 19, 2010.
Is this better?
This was a concern for me to. I actually called K1W1 and we put together a list of questions to ask related to Big Fish’s hydraulic system. My questions were regarding the internal storage garage and whether or not the hydraulic lifts could be tweaked by torsional stresses. And with all these moving parts, what measures were being taken to reduce noise & vibration. K1W1 had some more poignant questions, like hydraulic pipe insulation to reduce fluid transfer noise, what kind of seals were being used for the platforms, i.e. double pneumatic dry seals, etc.
The jury is still out on this. I agree, the use of alternative materials are welcome. It should wear extremely well, but it’s HOT in the direct sun. The rigidity of the stone is the first concern that comes to mind. The weight is another. Jim Gilbert informed future incarnations of the application will have a Styrofoam backing to insulate the stone from the metal to help reduce heat. This will also add a layer of flexibility between two dissimilar and very rigid materials.
Thanks Carl, thats more like it.
Most yachts these days have nice interiors and good electronics, its pretty difficult to screw them up unless you try really hard.
The real quality of a yacht can be seen in things like practicality of lay-out, access to equipment and down right build quality. We all know of some boat that looks all flashy and ritzy but we would never take out of the marina without a Coast Guard escort.
If you are going to aim a line of yachts to the Explorer market, your brand must show true ocean engineering qualities, not just another poncy boat with bigger tanks than normal.
Well thats my 2 cents worth.
I think it's reasonable to assume the weights get put away during crossings.
It's not an ice classed hull, but it could be. Big Fish won't be venturing deep into ice packs and blazing crushed ice trails.
Kenny Bracewell posed this question on the tour. I honestly wasn't paying much attention because my math doesn't go that high, but I seem to recall 40M.
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I think Big Fish strikes a really nice balance between looking great and being capable enough to venture almost anywhere. While she isn't quite as 'hardcore' looking as Lone Ranger or Giant I, she also doesn't stick out like a sore thumb either.
I especially like the excess of open space inside as well as the abundance of windows. If you're going to cruise to breadth of the oceans, how could you not want to see it all? Sure, if you're visiting Tahiti or Bora Bora you'll be outside from sunup to sunset, existing solely between the sundeck and the swim platform, but just because other locales have less inviting weather doesn't mean you want to take the chance of missing a sight!
Particularly stunning is the Owner's Suite. That room is absolutely magnificent! While reading the review, when I got to those images I stopped for a second and tried to imagine what it would be like to travel the world with a bedroom panorama like that... pretty amazing, to say the least. Short of waking up next to a Victoria's Secret model, that view would be hard to top.
One thing I can say for sure... maybe it's a good thing I can't afford to charter Big Fish. If I were to spend a week aboard, I'd likely be hard pressed to ever want to leave.
I normally do not comment on looks and style as they are purely a matter of taste, good or bad; but being described as an expeditionary yacht which parallels my preferred genre, notice was taken.
I have to say, with all due respect, it appears that for all the "open spaces" and questionable tender arrangement; the crew took it in the shorts. Being very familiar with the volume of a 45 meter having run Ambrosia I, it is certain that space for technical, crew and storage areas are already tight. This detracts from the "expeditionary" (ie., long range) capabilities of the vessel. Fine to have extra fuel, but without proper stores, you will be port hopping just to provision. How the yacht, galley and furnishing would be secured for sea based on what is visible is an interesting consideration.
Just my 2 cents.
The professional presentation of the yacht by YF is to be applauded. Excellent coverage although I agree with others that more engineering and technical details are always appreciated.
I've been thinking about this boat all weekend. One thought I had was to use the tender storage area for a folding wing seaplane instead. I realize it is being touted as a boat for scientific exbiditions, but from the layout, I took it to mean it's set up to take folks on far away adventures in luxury, not for National Geographic to study penguins. Still a VERY nice boat, something I can dream about for a while.
Does anyone know approximately how high the sunbathing platform (see post 15 in the review) raises up? Yes a somewhat random question but I became somewhat intrigued after seeing more photos this.
I think Capt Tom posted a photo of it in the upper position ov er in the Flibs 2010 thread.
Does not look like it goes very high. Just high enough.
Thank you. I have seen this photo and that is what made me curious.
Wasn't sure you had seen it. Wish I could be more help. I am sure Carl or CaptTom will chime in if they have the answer.
The mechanism wasn't activated when I toured the boat, but given the limitation of volume between aftdeck overhangs, I suspect the platform doesn't raise much higher than 12" to 16". It could certainly go higher with longer hydraulic cylinders, but raising the bottom of the platform past the point of flush could present a liability, such as foreign object intrusion. Or toes!
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