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iPad-controlled superyacht hits the market for $21 million

iPad-controlled superyacht hits the market for $21 million

Looking for an addition to your vehicle collection? This might be up your alley – a $21 million superyacht, which can be controlled by an iPad, just hit the market. 

Created by John Shuttleworth, the 140-foot (42.5 metre) Adastra has won numerous design awards thanks to its environmentally friendly construction. It only consumes 14 per cent of the fuel used by the average yacht with the same specs. This is due to the design that allows only 20 per cent of the lightweight glass and carbon boat to be submerged in the water, reducing drag and improving efficiency.

“Inevitably, there has to be a trend for reducing fuel consumption – and I think superyachts will have to look something like this in the future,” Shuttleworth told CNN in 2013. 

The yacht boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an open-air bar, and can be controlled by an iPad from up to 50 metres away. It can travel 4,000 miles at 17 knots.

Anto Marden, billionaire shipping tycoon and owner of the superyacht said he and his wife Elaine are selling up because their cruising days have come to an end. Since its launch in 2012, they have taken Adastra to various destinations around the world, from the Philippines to Mallorca and the Atlantic. 

“After seven years, we’ve pretty much cruised to all the places we want to cruise,” he told Robb Report

“Now she’s just not getting enough use. We have another yacht at home, so it’s time to sell.”

While the vessel is “priced to sell”, it was valued at US$15 million in 2013.