At the helm Samara’s intentions for exploration become clear; the same oak found through out the interior was stained in dark, warm olive tones to set a more serious mood. The console has straight, clean lines framed by bolstered panels. Part of the starboard counter is designed to be used as day bed if needed and it also conceals storage for full size navigation charts. The aft wall is lined in embossed vinyl and heavy duty chenille on the settee, while the Crown chairs feature custom leather matching the surrounding colors, controls on the arm rest allow vessel steering; and navigation of the displays while seated. Three 19” monitors display navigation information and up to date vessel statistics. Instruments are mounted on a plane of carbon fibre. The central glass window opens to provide extra ventilation when running in hot climates, it also enables easy communication between those crewing the foredeck and operating the helm.
Being equipped with Maretron digital control and monitoring means that all electronic vessel systems such as tank levels, battery voltages, temperatures, lighting, air conditioning, and helipad related items can be custom programed and controlled; or monitored in detail remotely from a mobile device. This makes operations more convenient as one is not restricted to the helm to provide commands. The sofa in the wheelhouse ensures that even while at the physical helm, those on board can remain together.
The automation and remote control systems provide enhanced vessel security. In addition to camera monitoring, pressure sensitive areas in the floor detect the presence of potential intruders and send a clear warning by flashing interior and exterior lights, and sounding the horn. Should this deterrent fail and a worst case scenario emerge, the engine rooms are equipped with satellite phones, and can be used as safe rooms while waiting for assistance. Remote control from a mobile device allows vessel control to be maintained, or for all systems to be shut down while sheltering in the engine room.
In addition to her primary fuel tanks, the helicopter refuelling tanks can be used to supply Samara's two MAN R6-800, 800hp engines, providing cruise at 12 knots, with the ability to sprint up to 22 knots if desired. She has a range of 2500Nm while cruising and 1200Nm at sprint speed. The small engines are testament to the efficiency of the catamaran hull form, cruising in Samara uses a miserly 6 litres per nautical mile and the maintenance costs are a fraction of the much larger engines a monohull offering similar volumes would require.
The efficiency of all systems on board has been scrutinized and optimized to achieve maximum efficiency. To ensure the most effective use of energy the performance of specific devices can be monitored, for example the temperature inside each fridge on board can be viewed via the vessel computer. The automated AC diesel generator powers the large load items while an automated DC diesel generator enables the 20kWh Lithium ion batteries to provide efficient power on board with much reduced weight and longer life span than traditional systems. The DC generator is set to auto charge the house batteries once the voltage drops to a pre-set level, at anchor this is only required once every two days, as the solar array bordering the helideck provides about 20% of vessel needs. While underway alternators take care of all power requirements; waste heat from the engines and generators is captured and used to heat a glycol buffer tank which then heats items such as the hot tub, hot water calorifiers, and cabin heating.