Alezzi Yacht is a high-spec, 42m by 18m, 1000-capacity catamaran dedicated to the sole purposes of pleasure and having fun. Based in the Romanian port of Navodari, Alezzi Yacht offers cruises along the beautiful Black Sea coast, complete with fine dining, cocktails and glamour along with breathtaking views of the lively beach resort of Mamaia and Constanta City. The afternoon is dedicated to an experience aimed at the whole family, whilst the evening cruise is reserved for those looking for a full-on party atmosphere. Any good party requires great audio, and Alezzi Yacht is no exception – Constanta-based AV specialists, AudioVision, were asked to design, supply and install a comprehensive AV system throughout the catamaran. AudioVision selected KV2 Audio as the best solution.
Designed as a party destination that enables guests to escape from the rigours of daily life for a few hours, AudioVision’s brief was to complete the experience with professional sound and lighting equipment, special effects and LED screens to create the experience of a true ‘yacht festival’. “We were fortunate to have been involved from the early stages of construction, which made AV integration much more efficient,” observes AudioVision General Manager, Vasile Mara. “We decided that KV2 would be the ideal audio solution due its low distortion, extremely high definition and the capacity to cover large areas with relatively little equipment, which is important when you’re restricted for space, as is inevitably the case on a boat. All loudspeaker elements were supplied in white to blend as seamlessly as possible into the surroundings.”
Alezzi Yacht features three decks, each offering a different experience. The lower deck is an exquisite restaurant space where guests can enjoy a relaxed brunch or a drink while admiring the sea views through the windows or the panoramic floor. The middle deck is the club where revellers can party without being at the mercy of the elements, and the upper deck is an outdoor club, where party-goers can really let their hair down.
“For the lower deck, the biggest challenge was the lack of ceiling height, yet we needed a system that could handle both live music and a DJ and cover the whole space adequately,” explains Mara. “We opted for the ESR212 full range system accompanied by ES2.6 subs. The ESR Series is ideal for this space, offering wide dispersion and clear, detailed reproduction in a low profile format.
“The middle deck is also a wide open space, but with more generous ceiling height. As a dedicated club, here we required high SPL capacity and even coverage. The SL system is the perfect system for a club thank to the enormous SPLs generated from a small enclosure, the wide horizontal coverage and the extremely high audio quality. We used two pairs of SL412s supplemented by VHD2.18J subs and several ESD10s and 12s as outfills. It sounds amazing!”
The final challenge was to outfit the upper deck which is completely open to the elements, with the exception of some shade sails. “Obviously here the biggest issue is the wind and of course the need for high SPLs and even coverage, despite the wind. The upper deck is area destined for the wildest parties, so we needed a system with some serious muscle,” says Mara. “KV2’s double ES system is the perfect solution as it’s unbelievably powerful for its size. We used a pair of ES1.0s per side flown above a pair each of ES1.8 and ES2.6 subs per side supplemented by several ESD6 backfills, all supplied in fully weatherproofed versions. A single ES1.0 is capable is of delivering sound for up to around 1000 people and double ES system offers coverage for up to 3000. In deploying a double ES system per side combined with both single 18-inch and double 15-inch subs, we can ensure that the whole of the top deck is flooded with high energy, high quality sound whatever the weather throws at us, and we’ll still have headroom to spare!”