Superyacht of the Week: the elegant 60m superyacht Madame Kate

Written by Charl van Rooy

Launched at the start of 2015, the 60 metre Amels superyacht Madame Kate has been turning heads around the Mediterranean this past summer season. Even though she follows in the footsteps of Event, the first Amels Limited Editions 199, the Tim Heywood-designed Madame Kate features a host of unique on board and design features that sets her apart from her 60 metre sister.

A visit to the Amels shipyard in 2013 left the owner in little doubt as to where his next yacht will be coming from. Just over two years later the yard delivered Madame Kate, ready for a summer season of cruising in the Mediterranean. Her summer season came to a spectacular end at the Monaco Yacht Show in September where she stood out amongst a crowd of other new yachts, and even attracted a special visit from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II himself.

Madame Kate’s elegant yet cutting exterior is dressed in a unique non-metallic pearlescent white paint finish. Her timeless design and cleverly laid-out deck spaces is only one side to this capable and sea worthy vessel. She offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy thanks to a well developed platform that presents a near absence of noise and vibrations around the yacht.

A comfortable sun deck salon offers a peaceful location for guests to unwind or experience a fun filled games evening with a view. During the day, this deck becomes the ultimate chill spot on board with a large Jacuzzi and intimate dining area, perfectly suited for informal lunches or sundown drinks.

One 8 metre limo tender and another 6 metre MOB tender is launched through two upward opening doors on either side forward in the hull. Together with these, Madame Kate hosts a range of fun watertoys including a pair of waverunners. A touch and go heli pad is located on the sleek foredeck, and offers endless cruising and transfer possibilities to her owners and guests.

Inside, Laura Sessa was chosen by the owners to style their interior spaces; a decision that won them the Interior Design Award at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. “The Owners wanted the level of quality, the timeless and classic high gloss,” she explains, “but with a very fresh influence of their native Brazil with its vibrant colours, movement and joy of life.”

The option to customise the interior layout, paired with their love of food, had the owners opt for a galley on main deck, right beside the dining area. “They wanted to put the art of making fine cuisine back into the centre of the boat,” comments the Owner’s Representative, Benoit Faure, from Yachting Concept.

She realized their request for a high quality, timelss and classic interior through the use of neutral bases that are accentuated with textures, patterns and welcoming bright furniture and artwork. Surfaces are finished in a sparkling high gloss with the addition of polished elements as well.

Madame Kate accommodates 12 guests in absolute luxury. The full beam stateroom, located forward on main deck, has been decorated with a contemporary mix of colours and patterns while creating a homely environment where the owners can relax with a stunning view on either side through the four enormous portholes (the largest size of which allowed by class regulations).

Two further VIP guest suites are found on bridge deck, with another three guest staterooms placed on the lower deck, each decorated in a unique colour scheme whilst retaining the same level of comfort and luxury.

Madame Kate is fitted with two Caterpillar 3512C engines developing 1500 kW each. They allow her to reach a top speed of 16.5 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 13 knots.

To develop Madame Kate's platform, Amels' naval architects benefitted from parent company Damen's extensive research and innovation facilities. Some of the innovative technical features include the introduction of Amels’ Heat Recovery System that uses residual energy from the engines to heat systems such as the Jacuzzi and the efficient running of the HVAC system.

“The Owner is absolutely delighted with Madame Kate,” noted Faure. “Of course, the Tim Heywood design is very eye-catching and generates a lot of attention. But the Owner has also remarked on the level of quality on board, which is exactly the giant leap up that he wanted."

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