Best Yacht Installation

Winner: Sensory International for Project NB423 (74m)

Praised by the judges for its outstanding work, in particular the "clever idea to use an off-site set-up."

Winner of Best Yacht Installation category, the Cheshire-based installer Sensory International was praised by the judges for its outstanding work, in particular the "clever idea to use an off-site set-up."

Motor Yacht Odessa II, a 74m 'mega yacht' accommodating 12 guests in all-embracing luxury, was custom built by Nobiskrug Ship Yard in Germany. The client challenged Sensory International to deliver a complete automation system to enhance the exquisite internal and external styling. The extensive brief encompassed AV including marine TVRO satellite and a home cinema, lighting, security, VSAT and GSM communication systems, internal intercom, and a data network.

The design team drew up some 3D renders to simulate the proposed solution. As well as helping the owner finalise the specification for the yacht, it assisted the shipyard during the installation. Once the final drawings were completed, the entire AV system, including the integration of the security system, was built and pre-programmed at Sensory's main office for detailed testing prior to the installation.

The owner wanted to make an impression on his guests with the comprehensive on-board entertainment facilities. One of the highlights is an external, all weather permanent cinema. A high performance projector was selected for use with a Screen Research ClearPix3 motorised in-ceiling screen, which can be viewed on a hot sunny day or in the evening under the stars. The projector is housed within a special air-conditioned waterproof enclosure to keep the equipment cool during use. Sound is produced through in-wall Sonance weatherproof speakers.

High definition audio and TV is distributed throughout the yacht, even a live performance of the grand piano in the main lounge can be heard in every cabin. Large Panasonic plasma screens display stunning images, complemented by exemplary audio from Bowers & Wilkins speakers and Denon surround receivers. For unobtrusive installation, the screens are fitted on Future Automation wall mounts so that they are flush to the wall.

An impressive selection of media is on offer from the Kaleidescape disc vault of DVDs and Blu-ray as well as, Apple TV, Sky HD and Cobham's TV-at-Sea. The games room features dual screens, as one of the most frequently used areas on the yacht, enabling two different video sources to be viewed simultaneously.

Integrated lighting and shade control provides effortless atmosphere, convenience and comfort to an area. Sensory chose Lutron HomeWorks to enable the guests to dim or brighten the lighting to meet their individual requirements, and open or close the blinds, at the touch of a button.

Security is crucial on such a high-value yacht, so Sensory's security team delivered an extensive internal and external system comprising a custom CCTV system featuring Vector Developments SeaMoon Dome analytic cameras and a Honeywell NVR, Texecom alarm system, Nova video monitor for access, Paxton Proximity readers and key fobs, and Knights panic buttons.

A Ruckus wireless network with 20 access points provides excellent connectivity throughout the boat. The client also requested a means of communication with the stewards which could work via the 20+ on-board iPads and iPods. To meet this need, a Microsoft Lync communication system is used throughout.

The disparate systems have been integrated through an AMX NetLinx Controller, enabling all the technology to be operated through a single handheld device. The Mio Modero remote incorporates a 2.4 inch full-colour, active-matrix TFT LCD touch panel, customised to the client's needs, for simplified and instinctive control.

Sensory accomplished a complicated brief, to an exceptionally high standard, within a tight deadline. The sound and visual quality of the entertainment system is outstanding, the security provides peace of mind while the automation on the yacht augments the occupants' comfort and enjoyment whilst sailing.


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