April 13, 2012
Looking more like a space ship than a yacht, the Adastra is super high-tech and can be controlled remotely using an iPad, making it possibly the largest RC toy controlled by an iDevice. The Adastra was commissioned by billionaire businessman Anto Marden five years ago. Designed by John Shuttlesworth, the streamlined yacht is 132 feet long, 52 feet wide and weighs 50 tons. The gleaming hull is built from glass and Kevlar and can house nine guests and six crewmen. Sure, Adastra is fast with a cruising speed of 22 knots and boasts a very impressive range of 4,000 nautical miles, but what is most impressive is the cutting-edge technology. With an integrated ship monitoring system, Adastra can be controlled with an iPad from as far as 160 feet away. We would love to take a look at the navigation app on the iPad, but images have not yet been released. Perhaps, if we ask nicely, Marden will visit Los Angeles and give us a tour. But seriously, we think the Astra is pretty amazing. Will the iDevice be the future of boating? Do you think the same technology will someday be applied to cars?