Art of Kintetik – Antagonist
You’ve got your superyacht, and now you’re ready to splash out on a toy that’s just for you to drive, not your captain. Money isn’t a serious consideration; what matters is the look and feel of something really different. With that, you have to take a look at the newest entry from Art of Kinetik, the Antagonist.
Art of Kinetik is the brainchild of Serbian internet businessman Boris Ivanovic, who has developed an interest in the Asia-Pacific. No surprises then that his man in Asia, Jeremy Ng, would have a strong hand in developing the Antagonist, including some features that make it a potential standout winner among Hong Kong buyers. “We had our boat out in Sai Kung and a rather large superyacht made a few turns around us, checking us out,” says Ng. Not a bad bit of attention getting.
The Antagonist exudes sex appeal, but does so with style, not savagery. Built in cold mould, the wood finish is a touch that sets the Art of Kinetik yacht far apart from anything else in its category. The wood structure adds strength and lightness to the construction, as well as providing a beautiful finish. One of the advantages of having a Serbian workforce is that the labour is available to do the painstaking work involved in bringing out a fantastic finish. Another big advantage of the cold mould process is the greater opportunity for customisation. On a yacht this size, there’s not much that customising would do for the owner, as the layout is simple and the purpose is straightforward.
Stepping on board our test boat – the first hull in the Antagonist series – you immediately feel like in you’re in for something different. At its berth in Hong Kong Marina, it certainly looks different. The lines and look of Art of Kinetik yachts are very important, and some sacrifices have to be made to accommodate that. Getting on board and moving around the outside of the yacht requires you to step carefully as there are no grab rails or safety rails to hand, particularly as you move up to the bow to deploy the anchor. Assuming you’re out on a sunny days, which with this yacht you surely will be, that’s not such a big deal.
The fact that hull number one came to Hong Kong is no accident. Ng says that he got quite involved in the design for the Antagonist, as he was wanting something that would work well in the Hong Kong market. “You don’t get people spending nights on board, so why worry about cabins?” A fair point. He also notes that there’s nothing in this category in Hong Kong that addresses buyers’ need to look the part, so here it is.
There is a forward cabin in the bow area, but it’s actually an area that doubles as a half-galley and shower/change room. It’s quite an impressive feat, as there are several stowage spots that are watertight to allow someone to enter, shower, change into suit if you wish, and step out for some nightlife. As Hong Kong marinas are not located near any urban areas, it’s hard to imagine this coming into play. Singaporean owners might find this an interesting item, as may Chinese owners, where marinas are sometimes located in the heart of the city.
Another interesting feature is the stowage spaces tucked into the backside of the forward seats. On the starboard side seat, there is a picnic hamper, complete with full wine settings, which can be removed and taken to shore. On the other seat, there is a small cooler and microwave. Behind these seats, a semi-reclining settee adjoins and adjustable table, that can be shifted side to side or positioned in the middle, to allow some flexibility in eating and entertaining.
Our yacht wasn’t quite ready for the market; as it happens, Art of Kinetik are working with Yanmar on their answer to the pod drive system, the EOS (Easy Operating System). As our test yacht hadn’t been equipped with this yet, we were left with just the sterndrives for manoeuvring. The wiring had been put in place for the EOS installation and hopefully, it will be installed by the time the yacht makes its first appearance at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat show in May. The EOS will make the yacht as responsive as you’d get with any Volvo IPS system.
Pulling out of our berth and heading through Hebe Haven towards Port Shelter, we ran at the low speed required within the harbour, and it was here that you notice a defining characteristic – at low speeds, the Antagonist is quite quiet. Our host put on the Fusion entertainment system (this is iPod compatible and plugs into your main nav readout, which turns the main nav readout screen into a replica of your iPod screen, letting the helmsan control the party from the captain’s seat) and put some funky tunes on. You could barely hear the sound of the engines as we eased into Port Shelter harbour.
Cranking up the engines, you find that the Antagonist seems to get on the plane very quickly. The bow is up and out fast, leaving just the aft end of the stepped hull grazing the wave tops. At this stage, the Antagonist feels light and nimble, and you do feel confident at the wheel. The huge chines at the hull sides do an effective job of keeping the cockpit dry.
Once on the wheel, you also find that the controls are nicely laid out, and the position of the helmsman is very advantageous. Expect to spend most of your time operating this boat from a standing position, or even sitting atop the seat. This means your head is above the windscreen, so bring your sunglasses. The main throttles are nicely at your fingertips, even from the standing position, so control is easy. When actually seated properly in the helm station, the view is much less good. The helm station is clearly designed for standing and catching some breeze.
This is a great boat for cruising around Sai Kung. As we skip around multiple islands and the occasional boat or yacht, the boat proves to be nimble and responsive. A tight turning radius is welcome, and I’d almost venture that you’re as well off with a sterndrive system and bow thruster as you are with the Pod drive system.
Enjoying some sun and light breezes, we could comfortably motor at 32 or 33 knots – fast enough for most boaters and certainly enough for day trips in Hong Kong. The Antagonist tops out at about 40 knots, which is plenty for a bit of a thrill, or to get back to the marina in a hurry. Our fuel consumption at 85 percent RPM, giving us 35 knots or so, was a very reasonable 127 litres per hour, rising to 140 litres per hour at top speed.
At anchor, with bimini deployed, this would be a great boat to hang out in. A passarelle at the back doubles as a swim ladder, as it can be extended then raised up to let people get to the dock when the Antagonist is stern-to, or it can be lowered into the water, creating a handy little step ladder. This is controlled easily from a push-button mechanism located just under the aft steps.
A sun pad at the back rounds out the luxuries for guests. Beneath this sunpad, there is space for more equipment and a tiny RIB tender that you muscle out. On our test boat, this was enough for a couple of people to venture to shore at a time. More likely, folks on board will be swimming to shore.
This is not a yacht for the those faint of wallet. You do pay a price for the stylish looks and the ability to customise. Already, Art of Kinetik is at work on an Antagonist with a speed up to 50 knots. But if you’ve already got your superyacht, and you’ve decided that you need something spectacular for a day out on the water, the Art of Kinetik may have what you’re looking for.
Technical Specifications – Art of Kinetik Antagonist
Beam Overall: 3.6m
Static Draught (max): 0.9m
Height from keel (with windscreen): 2.7m
Displacement (dry weight): 6600kg
Fuel (diesel capacity): 900lts
Maximum speed: 42kts
Cruising speed: 33kts
Range at top speed: 250nm
Range at cruise: 360nm
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 8LV-370 - 370 HP
Propulsion: 2 x Yanmar ZT370 Sterndrive with SS props