In the Fall of 2006, one of the stars of the Superyacht Society Awards, held together with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, was a sleek and elegant beauty made in New Zealand. The jury declared Ad Lib to be the best yacht in its class. The Alloy Yachts pleasure craft had also won a prestigious Boat International award. There was no doubt about it – Ad Lib was one of the most successful launches of 2005.
Like most Alloy Yachts builds, it was designed by Ed Dubois and styled by Donald Starkey. Built entirely in aluminum, it sported a dark navy hull and a contrasting superstructure. As its name suggests, Ad Lib was mainly about pure pleasure and entertainment at sea and was less concerned with technical or eco-friendly innovations.
Located forward on the main deck, this sophisticated private space reveals a spacious sleeping area, large his-and-her bathrooms with a shared shower room, and a separate lounge easily accessed via the owner's private office. There's also ample space for a large dressing room.
The main deck also houses Ad Lib's stunning formal salon. It feels more like a self-contained apartment with a surprisingly vast seating area and gorgeous panoramic views. This beautiful lounge sits on the rear part of the deck, with a smooth transition into the forward dining room. This sumptuous space is also remarkably wide, boasting enough room for a massive dining table and enough seats for all guests onboard to dine together.
The salon connects to an inviting outdoor area on the aft deck. From the salon, guests can step outside to this chic entertainment area with an al-fresco dining setup. A stylish wet bar creates the perfect ambiance of an exotic resort, while a retractable sun awning keeps everyone comfortable outdoors.
The lower deck houses two double-bed cabins, one with twin beds and an extra Pullman berth. All the rooms are extra spacious and come with en-suite bathrooms and separate shower compartments. The crew quarters are located on the same deck as the guest cabins, as well as the galley and the crew mess. A well-equipped gym, the ubiquitous superyacht amenity, is also found forward on the same deck.
When it's time for fun and adventure, Ad Lib invites guests to access its side-opening tender garage for water toys. It also has room for a Waverunner and a rescue tender on the foredeck.
Twin 1,450 hp Caterpillar engines propel the Kiwi yacht at 13 knots (24 kph) and a maximum speed of 16 knots (29.6 kph). At an economical speed of 10 knots (18.5 kph), the 131-footer can cover up to 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) thanks to generous tankage.
After more than 15 years since its debut, this rare Alloy Yachts vessel is ready to change hands and explore new territories in the coming decades. The only bad thing about it is the price tag, asking for no less than $10 million. However, the right owner will be happy to pay the price for this fine example of Kiwi craftsmanship and a proven ocean cruiser.