- 4TB CD/DVD/Blu-ray media ripping drive
- Control4 main processor
- Control4 mobile device site license
- IT rack
- Chartplotter distribution
- Party mode
- Internet connection manager
- Shore Wi-Fi System
- Full gigabit network with 6 Access points
The end of 2012 saw Veritais appointed to undertake an AV/IT refit on board the 43m sailing superyacht Koo, designed by Dubois and built at top Dutch yard Vitters.
The work took place in Palma to a tight time schedule, with the owner requiring not only a fully integrated, ship-wide AV system including an outdoor cinema, but also on-board Wi-Fi and lighting control.
The overall installation is comprised of eight independent zones; each controlled using a Control4, seven-inch tablet plus an alternative ‘hard-button’ remote.
Each zone also has an HD media player that interfaces with the on board music and movie collections held on the 4TB central server as well as with the speakers, and has the capability to manage standalone disc players and other accessories. HD TV screens are standard throughout.
For added convenience Veritais recommended and fitted a ‘disc ripper’ media server. Loading content from discs onto a central server can be a tedious and time consuming process for the crew, but this integrated model avoids that via a one-touch operating system that automatically identifies the type of disc inserted and then converts and files the content without any further user input required.
While much of the previous AV system was removed and discarded, Veritais recommended the retention of a number of existing components, including two Bose 5.1 audio systems and some disc players. Veritais also incorporated a series of additional features that both enhance the entertainment options and illustrate the increasing convergence between AV and IT.
Perhaps the star item is the on-deck cinema that allows the owner and his guests to enjoy open-air movies. Here Veritais specified an Epson 1080p projector with a clamping system that makes the equipment quick and easy to set up and stow.
Owner and guests can choose between watching films from the comfort of the cockpit using a 186cm front projection screen and opting for the seclusion of the aft deck where they can enjoy movies displayed on a 152cm rear projection screen. This dual operability allows for more flexibility in how the external area can be used and ensures that the open air cinema can be enjoyed without monopolising the entire aft area.
The saloon is fully equipped for sound and vision with its Bose sound system and a 55-inch LED 3D TV. As well as access to the central media server via the HD media player it also has a 3D Blu-ray disc player that additionally accepts DVDs and CDs so that guests can bring along and enjoy their own favourite films and music.
The owners cabin is fitted out to a similar specification minus the disc player. The three guest cabins have 26-inch LED TVs and ceiling mounted speakers plus HD media players while the crew area has two, 20-inch LED monitors.
Lighting control was also required by the owner and designed in association with Savage Lighting. Fitted in the saloon, cockpit and owner’s cabin, the management of the RGB LED lighting is via the same Control4 wireless tablets used for the AV. As well as including full control of colour and intensity, the lighting software also allows the set-up of lighting scenes and even automatic changes when certain commands are sent to the AV system. For example, when the ’play movie’ button is pressed the lights automatically dim, and then come back up on ‘pause’ or ‘stop’.
A managed Wi-Fi System provides six wireless access points for full coverage below and on deck, linked to a Digital Yacht modem providing access to shore-based services and hotspots.
While audio-visual control using bespoke software installed on iPads and other tablets and smartphones is now very popular, modified Control4 systems can be found installed on yachts all over the world. This is due to the fact that many yacht owners already use Control4 equipment and its interface back in their homes and value the continuity a having a familiar system waiting for them when they go afloat.
Control4 also offers the environmental management add-ons such as lighting, climate control and security that owners seek on their yachts as well as in their houses, adding another level of convenience. Veritais works with owners and yards to recommend and deliver the system and software that works best for each individual yacht and the requirements of those using her.