A super yacht may not seem the most obvious location for an industrial compressor, yet most will indeed have a compressor aboard which performs many important functions.
Aboard the Adix - one of the largest sailing yachts to have been built since the 1930s - compressed air is used to power air tools, open and close some of the through hull valves, power the fog horn and even operates the dumb waiter.
When the yacht was refurbished some 6 year ago, a vane compressor was installed to serve these purposes. However as the vane aged so did its reliability.
With a reasonably long stopover in Europe on the horizon, Chief Engineer, Clinton Skelton, called upon their long standing Cornish compressed air supplier AddAir, for advice on improving the reliability of their compressed air system.
Andrew Geake, the Managing Director of AddAir, proposed replacing the ageing vane compressor with a compact, quiet and reliable solution - the BOGE CL 5 screw compressor.
"The CL series from BOGE has a small footprint and is a very quiet screw compressor so ideally suited for smaller air volumes where space is at a premium - vitally important features for a compressor used on a super yacht. Critically, we have introduced a number of Boge compressors into dockside installations in the past where the machines have proven capable of handling the harsh salt-laden environments."
The compressor was readily available and so AddAir made the necessary shipping arrangements for CL 5 to be delivered to Spain within the week.
The compact design of the CL series ensures a small footprint. Aboard the Adix this proved to be the ideal space saving solution with the CL 5 fitting compactly into the available space. Equally important all service components are easily accessible from one point to allow future maintenance work to be carried out in a hassle-free manner.
The CL series is also noted for its very low sound pressure levels. High performance damping and lamellar graphite casting ensure highly effective silencing producing sound levels as low as 59 dB(A), making it ideal for use in the confined environment aboard a luxury yacht.
Clinton Skelton says: "We chose the BOGE CL 5 on the recommendation of AddAir coupled with the fact that I have great faith in German engineered products. The CL 5 has proven to be a more efficient system, handling double the number of air tools, than the vane was capable of along with being much quieter in operation and very reliable."
A compact solution: the BOGE CL 5 installed aboard the Adix Yacht
The BOGE CL 5 provides a space saving solution, fitting compactly aboard the Adix Yacht
Adix is one of the largest schooners on our Oceans today with a sail area in excess of 1300m3
BOGE provides Adix with a compact, quiet and reliable compressed air solution
At 64.9 metres long, weighing 385 tonnes and with a crew of 13, reliability from the compressed air system is assured with the recently installed BOGE CL 5
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BOGE Compressors Ltd is the UK Daughter Company of BOGE International GmbH based in Bielefeld, Germany. BOGE manufactures a comprehensive range of oil lubricated and oil free screw and piston compressors used by all sectors of industry to supply compressed air for a wide range of manufacturing processes. It also supplies a complementary range of filters, dryers and condensate management equipment. The product is sold and serviced through a network of 30 distributors. A sister company based in Dublin services the Irish market.
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