Launched in 1986, M/Y AMARA was previously known as luxury yacht CACIQUE and was built by Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw with naval architecture and exterior styling by Frits de Voogt and interiors by Terence Disdale.
Her latest Owners bought her in 2020 and spent her first season cruising in Alaska. They decided since to reinforce her helideck for the twin-engine craft they wish to use in the future. The new helideck was engineered by Francis Gumbs at Feadship Refit & Services before being built by the Feadship in-house aluminium department. To further personalise AMARA, the standard H has been changed to the logo of the luxury yacht.
Other exterior changes include a new sundeck layout which resulted in the removal of a bulwark to add aluminium lockers. The sundeck, foredeck and parts of the bridge deck also received a new teak deck, plus a repaint to bring these areas back to as-new condition.
The interiors meanwhile received their own improvements, including the reupholstering or replacement of carpets, wall furnishings, furniture and blinds. New mirrors, carpet mattresses and vinyl on the bathroom walls had the crew areas looking like new.
An extensive overhaul to the original main engines resulted in the turbos, pumps and heat exchangers being fully revised, while the rudder shafts were replaced, and new bronze rudder shaft bearings fitted. The black/grey water holding tank was also replaced – a change that guests are unlikely to notice, but one that will ensure that M/Y/ AMARA remains in peak condition for another 35 years.