Kelvin Hughes supplies navigational equipment for high-performance luxury sailing yacht

MantaDigital multifunction displays from Kelvin Hughes specified for the largest yacht built in the southern hemisphere

Kelvin Hughes’ Auckland based New Zealand agent, Martronics Limited, has supplied a customised Kelvin Hughes integrated bridge system for a new 67m high-performance, ultra-luxurious ketch, Vertigo.

The 837gt Vertigo is the largest yacht to have been built in the southern hemisphere. It is the outcome of a decade of work and was designed by Philippe Briand Yacht Design (UK), built by Alloy Yachts (NZ) and classified with Lloyd’s Register.

Clarence Khoh, General Manager Kelvin Hughes Singapore said it is no surprise that a yacht built to such exacting standards should be equipped with the best navigational equipment available. “Vertigo’s owner had a very clear vision for this yacht and everything aboard must fulfil its function perfectly. Furthermore, Vertigo will be sailing the world, and so the owner will be secure in the knowledge that Kelvin Hughes has the global infrastructure to offer support and service wherever in the world the yacht may be.”

Martronics’ director, Homi Daruwalla, managed the project to supply, install and integrate the navigational equipment with the vessel’s alarm monitoring, security and entertainment packages. He says: “Information from the Kelvin Hughes’ integrated bridge system is fed to the LCD screens fitted in the bridge and fly-bridge. Customised navigation instruments supplement the bridge system to provide environmental and sailing information through an array of sensors. We also have key navigational data utilised by other onboard systems so it can be viewed by all onboard.”

Kelvin Hughes equipment supplied to Vertigo includes radar, ECDIS and a conning facility delivered via ten MantaDigital multifunction displays.

Kelvin Hughes also supplies Vertigo with chart services through KH Charts, and updates through ChartCo marine data services.

Clarence Khoh added. “A yacht like Vertigo will not necessarily follow well used commercial routes, and may well visit some very isolated areas. It is vital to have the best possible charted information onboard – regularly updated – to ensure situational intelligence and the safest possible navigation.”