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Automation and Entertainment on a 165-foot Yacht
The Minnow's got nothing on this high-tech boat.
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Electronic House Magazine editor Lisa Montgomery is dwarfed by this massive pleasure boat.
January 31, 2011 by Lisa Montgomery

Whether they’re cruising to Europe or docked in New York City, the owners of the 165-foot Norwegian Queen enjoy all the creature comforts of a full-blown home automation system. Portable Crestron touchpanels provide access to and control over music, video and lights from anywhere on the yacht.

A Middle Atlantic equipment rack, which was built into an interior wall of the boat, and cleverly concealed with a decorative panel, holds all the essential processors, amplifiers and distribution gear critical to the electronic happenings. From components in the rack, and on command from a touchpanel, music can travel to built-in speakers in the master bedroom, four guest staterooms, sundeck, sky lounge and the main salon, among other places.

Video from a Kaleidescape media server and satellite receivers can travel to numerous flat-panel TVs on the yacht, all of which are hidden inside cabinets or behind artwork. Inca-brand motors attached to lifts inside cabinetry and to the backside of artwork which moves on command from a touchpanel to reveal flat-panel TVs.

In addition to movies and satellite programs, the TVs can display images captured by surveillance cameras positioned around the boat as well as navigation information from the pilot house. “At any time, the owner can pull up the radar or plotter to see the current location of the yacht,” says Tom Lambert of Yacht Tech Solutions, the Stuart, Fla.-based company that designed and installed the electronic systems.

* Be sure to check out the July issue of Electronic House magazine for a look inside the owner’s home. It’s just as tricked out as the yacht.

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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

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