Built by the highly respected Dutch shipyard AMELS, the striking and eye-catching 60m (199’) mega yacht MADAME KATE has attracted plenty of attention across the Mediterranean this year. Boasting a unique pearl effect paintwork, MADAME KATE bears exterior design by multi-award winning Tim Heywood and interior design by acclaimed Laura Sessa.
So far, AMELS has built two yachts of the highly successful AMELS 199 Limited Editions design. The first, EVENT, hit the water last year. MADAME KATE followed in 2015 and the shipyard is currently halfway through construction of the third AMELS 199.
Characterized by audacity, confidence, as well as originality, the AMELS 199 boasts complex, fully curved surfaces, mixed up with long hard-edged lines. Moreover, the Owners requested that AMELS and Tim Heywood extend the large Bridge Deck aft by a further 2 metres, a space where they intended to spend much of their time.
“I’m very pleased with MADAME KATE’s design,” commented Mr Heywood, who has recently won the International Superyacht Society Leadership Award 2015. “The first boat, EVENT, has been very successful and MADAME KATE takes that success forward. She looks stunning, people warm to her. I think the slightly longer decks are a nice, subtle improvement and the pearl effect paintwork makes her stand out.”
The superb interiors of MADAME KATE were created by Laura Sessa, chosen by the yacht’s Owners. “The Owners wanted the level of quality, the timeless and classic high gloss,” Laura Sessa explains, “but with a very fresh influence of their native Brazil with its vibrant colours, movement and joy of life. They were very involved in the design process, visiting my studio near Rome several times, which helped me a lot to understand how they live and their needs.
“I always try to translate the client’s wishes in a way that reflects their personality, so I was very pleased for them when MADAME KATE won the MYS Interior Design Award 2015 in Monaco. I joined them on board as they showed HSH Prince Albert II the yacht and you could see that they really loved being on the yacht and felt at home on board.”
The Limited Editions approach gave the Owners ample options for customising layouts. The Owners moved the galley to Main Deck right next to the dining area, ensuring fine cuisine is central to the yachting experience.
The three amazingly large Lower Deck guest suites have seamless access to the generous Beach Club and wellness centre with exercise gear, sauna, Turkish Bath steam room/shower, and bar. When the large Beach Club transom door opens, guests can access a large swimming platform. This also features a fully integrated stern staircase, ideal for children.
The forward tender garage is very large for a 60-metre yacht, holding an 8m limo tender and a 6m MOB tender, as well as water toys, including Waverunners. The tenders can be easily deployed in under 5 minutes thanks to overhead cranes in enormous gullwing doors. Above the tender garage, the Owners opted for a touch-and-go helipad.
The full-beam Master Stateroom provides fantastic views from generous circular windows. In addition to the three Lower Deck Suites, the AMELS 199 offers two full-size VIP Guest Suites on Bridge Deck.
To maintain AMELS’ high standards for exceptional comfort, stability and quiet at sea, AMELS benefited greatly from its parent company DAMEN’s extensive R&D facilities. Moreover, the hull design of luxury yacht MADAME KATE is very efficient and, continuing that holistic design approach, AMELS installed its AMELS Heat Recovery system, using residual energy from the auxiliary engines to heat potable water and the Jacuzzi, and also make the HVAC more efficient.
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