Last week Amels and Fraser Yachts announced the sale of the second Amels 242 superyacht to a client of Antoine Larricq. SuperYacht Times’ spoke exclusively to Antoine Larricq about the sale.
You have just sold the brand new Amels 242. Was it a long process?
I have worked with the client for 17 years, so it’s a long process in one way, but during those years we have constructed three yachts. The Amels 242 will be the fourth vessel for the same client. All four have been new constructions, and are typically yachts where construction is already underway. The client prefers to buy a yacht that is in the process of being built, thus avoiding waiting the entire build time.
Did the client consider other yachts before deciding on the Amels?
Yes, he also looked at others. The last boat I sold him was three years ago now, so for the past two years we’ve been looking at all sorts of projects, from big explorer vessels to 90 metre superyachts with helicopter garages. All sorts. We’ve been looking at all the possibilities worldwide.
How did you arrive at the Amels?
We visited the Amels 212 superyacht Z last year at the Monaco Yacht Show - the first time the client had ever attended the MYS. He really liked the boat, so we stayed in contact with Amels. We followed up over the next few months and then in May we decided to go and visit the shipyard. In June we visited the hull construction of the Amels 242, and then we moved into the project. The letter of intent was signed when the hull and superstructure were assembled.
Does the client intend to personalise the boat?
Yes, there is complete freedom in the interior decoration, which is being designed with Andrew Winch Studio (AWD). This is my first experience of working with Amels and AWD, so I am very much looking forward to it.
Will you be spending some time in Holland?
Definitely. I always follow my new constructions project avidly, so I will be in Holland at Amels quite a lot. Six months before completion I will probably be there two or three times a month and will not miss the sea trials! The yacht is scheduled to be delivered at the end of March 2017.
Is the client planning to cruise a lot with the boat?
He does a lot of cruising. He is actually going around the world right now with his current yacht and intends to visit new regions with the new yacht.
Will VF Yachts, the new Project Management division, help you oversee the construction?
Yes, Chris Semmens will be working with the project management. Having just delivered the new 92 metre Feadship Royal Romance, he is now available, which is a very good thing, so I jumped on him for this project! We’ll be looking after the project together.