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Adler YAcht’s supremA 76 de­liv­ers A fresh tAke on fuel ef­fi­ciencY in A dis­tinc­tive pAck­Age.

Yachts International - - Contents - By An­drew T. PArkin­son

Adler Yacht’s Suprema 76 pro­poses a fresh take on fuel ef­fi­ciency in a dis­tinc­tive pack­age.

WWith so many mid­size ves­sels putting on their best 100foot im­i­ta­tions, Adler Yacht’s 76-foot (23.1-me­ter) Suprema is a nice change of pace. This semi-cus­tom hy­brid yacht is a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced mid­size ves­sel that em­braces nat­u­ral form to pro­vide ex­cep­tional func­tion.

“It be­gan with a dis­taste for tra­di­tional yachts,” said Adler Yacht Chair­man Alexan­der Va­gacs. “We hated how much fuel they needed, how heavy they were, how en­vi­ron­men­tally harm­ful they were, how childun­friendly they were and how for­mu­laic the de­signs had be­come ... but we love yacht­ing. We didn’t want to rein­vent the wheel. We wanted to reimag­ine it.”

The re­sult was the first 76-foot fly­bridge yacht with a hy­brid diesel-elec­tric en­gine pack­age; the first hy­brid yacht from a team of au­to­mo­tive, avi­a­tion and ma­rine spe­cial­ists; and the first yacht in its class to be built al­most com­pletely of car­bon fiber.

It’s also Adler Yacht’s first project since be­ing ac­quired by a Swiss avi­a­tion firm in 2012. Even with the new own­er­ship, the Suprema 76 is Ital­ian de­signed and built, and Ger­man and Aus­trian en­gi­neered. For con­struc­tion, Adler se­lected Mon­fal­cone, on the Adri­atic Coast of north­ern Italy, where it would ben­e­fit from cen­turies of ship­build­ing know-how and Ital­ian crafts­man­ship. For con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion, the builder turned to Venice-based Nu­volari-Le­nard, a firm known for push­ing yacht-de­sign bound­aries. With­out an ex­ist­ing plat­form from the builder, the de­sign took 18 months be­fore tank test­ing and mod­els.

“We are used to work­ing with much larger com­pa­nies, but it is im­por­tant to try new things to move de­sign for­ward,” Carlo Nu­volari said. “At older ship­yards, you [of­ten] have lim­ited scope be­cause you must stay on a cer­tain track. With a [newer] com­pany like Adler Yacht, you can try new things. We tried to give this yacht a per­son­al­ity, a DNA—not just for the boat, but for the ship­yard it­self.”

As Va­gacs walked me through the yacht, I found un­ex­pected in­dul­gences: chilled cup hold­ers, heated soles in the main-deck sa­lon, gal­ley, pi­lot­house and lower-deck bath­rooms, anti-fog bath­room mir­rors, one-touch pri­vacy glass that be­comes opaque, an in­frared cock­pit heat­ing strip for chilly con­di­tions, show­ers on the fly­bridge and swim plat­form, and fob (as op­posed to key) door en­try through­out. This yacht would put a Sharper Im­age out­let to shame. And all sys­tems are man­aged with iPad con­trols, even when own­ers are not on board.

The Suprema also has sub­stan­tial liv­ing space for LOA: 75ft. 10in. (23.11m) BeAm: 19ft. 10in. (6.04m) DrAft: 5ft. 8in. (1.75m) Dis­pLAce­ment: 98,000 lbs. cOn­struc­tiOn: car­bon fiber, Kevlar and fiber­glass en­gines: 2 x 1,150-hp Cater­pil­lar C-18; 2 x 100 kW ATE E-unit speeD (max.): 30 knots speeD (cruis­ing): 22 knots speeD (eco): 15 knots fueL: 1,374 gal. (5,200L) WA­ter: 232 gal. (880L) BAse price (hy­brid): about $3.9 mil­lion

a 76-footer. Minotti leathers and Ar­mani fab­rics give the open-plan liv­ing and gal­ley/din­ing area an el­e­gant touch, and slid­ing doors and side pan­els in­tro­duce the out­side el­e­ments. The sa­lon has an 86-inch movie pro­jec­tor screen for nights on the hook. (And the 170kW lithium-poly­mer bat­tery bank will power the boat’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem for a day be­fore recharg­ing, so you can en­joy your movie with­out a gen­er­a­tor hum­ming.) The wheel­house, de­signed for pas­sage­mak­ing, is par­ti­tioned. It can be kept dark for safe night cruis­ing. A day­head min­i­mizes time away from the con­trols.

Belowdecks, the Suprema ac­com­mo­dates six to 10 guests depend­ing on the op­tional three- or fives­tate­room ar­range­ment. With three state­rooms, the full-beam mas­ter is amid­ships with a walk-in wardrobe and en­suite bath­room, while double en­suite guest state­rooms are fore and aft. Also belowdecks are a util­ity room and a crew cabin for two.

The big­gest liv­ing space is the fly­bridge, with twin U- and L-shaped set­tees, a sec­ond helm sta­tion, a bar and grilling sta­tion aft and room for a PWC.

Ac­cord­ing to Nu­volari, the ex­te­rior de­sign’s driv­ing fac­tor was a plumb bow, a trend seen more preva­lently on su­pery­achts. The bow de­sign in­creases ef­fi­ciency by max­i­miz­ing wa­ter­line length. Plans also called for a full­car­bon su­per­struc­ture for weight sav­ings, strength and sta­bil­ity, with Kevlar and fiber­glass at key flex points.

The Suprema’s Hy­brid Ma­rine Sys­tem—a col­lab­o­ra­tive propul­sion tech­nol­ogy by TTCon­trol, Aradex and Aka­sol—has car­bon pro­pel­lers with twin diesel

Cater­pil­lar en­gines and twin ATE high-ef­fi­ciency 100kW E-unit gen­er­a­tors, which pro­vide three modes of cruis­ing: elec­tric, hy­brid and diesel. In elec­tric mode, the Suprema can run at 8 knots on bat­tery alone for as long as two hours. (An en­hanced “eco” cruise mode per­mits emis­sion- and noise-free cruis­ing at up to 15 knots.) Long-range hy­brid mode at 8 to 10 knots burns just 2.9 gal­lons per hour for a range of up to 3,400 nau­ti­cal miles. Run­ning the E-units in gen­er­a­tor-only mode pro­duces suf­fi­cient power to recharge the bat­ter­ies fully in less than an hour. When there’s a need for speed, the Suprema can hit 30 knots, and her fast-cruise sweet spot is around 22 knots. A fire alarm and sup­pres­sion sys­tem, closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion, and in­frared and un­der­wa­ter cam­eras al­low peace of mind, while Adler prom­ises 24-hour phone sup­port.

Tough and rigid with big liv­ing spaces and one of the largest fly­bridges in her class, the Adler Suprema 76 ful­fills a niche in the un­der-100-foot size range. She is worth a look for yachts­men who value lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties and want get-there speeds with hy­brid fuel ef­fi­ciency.

Minotti leathers and Ar­mani fab­rics dress a plush open-plan sa­lon that brings the out­side in through glass doors and slid­ing pan­els.

clock­wise from above: Six LCD touch screens from Boen­ing can con­trol all of the Suprema’s on­board sys­tems; Nu­mer­ous seat­ing ar­eas on the fly­bridge let guests sit back and in­dulge; De­tailed crafts­man­ship abounds through­out the 76.

Clock­wise from above: The Hy­brid Ma­rine Sys­tem de­liv­ers emis­sion- and vi­bra­tion-free propul­sion up to 15 knots, with a top speed around 30 knots; The 86-inch pro­jec­tor screen is per­haps best en­joyed with an evening breeze; A full-beam mas­ter state­room is

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