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Gulf Craft’s Nomad 65 Completes 1,600 Mile Voyage from Singapore to East Timor


Powerful monsoon winds, rough and rolling seas with 2.5m waves, and even an erupting volcano, all this and more proved no obstacle for the Gulf Craft-built Nomad 65 Fly  Motoryacht (M/Y) Amazing Grace during its epic 9-day, 1,600 nautical mile journey from Singapore to East Timor.


The adventure on the high seas of South East Asia was undertaken by Captain Alan Pickering on the request of the yacht’s owner who decided that M/Y Amazing Grace would be the perfect addition to his hotel development on the island.


Prior to the journey, which was planned to follow a route through the Singapore Straits, along the coast of Batam Island, through the Riau Archipelago en route to the Java Sea, the Nomad 65 Fly had only been used by the owner’s family for short-range leisure cruises since taking delivery of the yacht in 2017. 


Aware of the yacht’s impressive seafaring pedigree and long-distance performance, it was decided that M/Y Amazing Grace and the hotel would help to stimulate the fledgling tourism industry in East Timor and benefit the local community


“With M/Y Amazing Grace fully loaded with supplies, fuel and water, the yacht set sail south from Singapore with a crew of 4.” said Capt Pickering.

“Not far off the coast of Borneo, the Nomad 65 Fly felt the full force of a south easterly blowing monsoon, with the vessel encountering serious headwinds and rough seas.”


Designed by Gulf Craft’s team of Emirates-based engineers and built by expert craftsmen, the monsoon weather posed no problem to the yacht which navigated its way through 20-25kts winds and 2.5m waves with ease, although the conditions did slow down progress while also increasing fuel consumption.


Capt Pickering and crew sailed 900 nautical miles through the monsoon, rough conditions the experienced sailors were able to take in their stride. 



“Our course took us across the Java Sea, into the ‘teeth’ of the storm. Despite the conditions, the seasoned crew did not opt to use the Nomad 65 Fly’s advanced gyro stabilizer systems, a testament to many years spent crisscrossing the world’s oceans,” said Capt Pickering.

To get some shelter from the worsening weather, Capt Pickering decided to close the north coast of Bali and Lombok and to proceed along the north coast of Sumbawa.


“As we closed the coast of Flores, we increased the rpm slightly from 700rpm at about 14lts per hour fuel consumption, to 950rpm at about 18/20 litres per hour,” said Capt Pickering. “The speed at this rpm range increased to just over 8.5kts. 


At just over 65ft long with a 18ft beam and 4ft 9in draft, the long-range yacht M/Y Amazing Grace was perfectly at home on the high seas allowing all those onboard to enjoy its luxurious features that make the Nomad 65 Fly one of the most popular yachts on the market.