Replacements and upgrades on Burkut included fitting iPod and iPad docks in the gym, main salon and skylounge along with Apple TV. An upgrade to the central Crestron system to provide full control to the on board controls has also been installed.
Comprehensive system checks resulted in all the lower guest cabins receiving new processors and cabling to improve functionality. The cabins were also upgraded with new remote controls akin to those present throughout the vessel to control TV and audio functions.
“As with many of our projects, it was not just a case of providing equipment,” explains David Milner, managing director of Veritais. “Burkut’s original system needed extensive review and diagnostics to consider what improvements and replacements were needed.” All the yacht’s audio-visual functions were integrated using two VLAN network connections.
While Chritopher was undergoing other refit work at the yard of her conception, Veritais completed an extensive audio-visual refit alongside. “We had made some recommendations to the owner which we knew would enhance the system now that the yacht is six years old,” continues Milner. “Now she features the very latest state of the art AV system.”
Christopher has been divided into 14 ‘AV zones’ – including the laundry room – all of which now contain a four-terabyte network-attached-storage (NAS) drive capable of storing thousands of songs and films. The media players in most zones feature a simple screen press button application allowing access to files stored on the central server.
Other equipment includes bespoke remote controls in every cabin with optional iPad control, AV receivers with built-in Airplay across all zones, a Nintendo Wii in the main salon and a number of guest cabins, upgraded amplification throughout and upgraded central control software.
Veritais went above and beyond the requirements of a usual tender on the 10m Pasco tender . “Pascoe’s brief was a great deal higher than the average for a tender’s on board systems, even for one that belongs to a state of the art 2015-launched 60m superyacht,” says Milner. “We designed this specification according to the wishes of the owners for the guests to be able to party between the yacht itself and the shore or other destination.”
Guests can watch a 22-inch TV screen, use Wi-Fi, stream music, play DVDs and view the tenders Raymarine chart plotter. Veritais also installed an Apply TV for Airplay connections from Apple and Android devices allowing guests to play their own music and video. Cube style 5.1 bulkhead mounted speakers provide surround sound and a floor-standing subwoofer enhances the base.
All systems are controlled by an all-in-one remote control system using simple, intuitive commands. The remote itself does not require line-of-sight to activate controls, thus hardware can be kept out of sight.