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May 2004

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"Ilona" is the name of the 442 project launched by the Dutch boatyard Amels in December 2003. This is a 242' motor yacht designed by the yard in collaboration with Redman, Whiteley and Dixon Design. "Ilona" is planned on four levels plus flying bridge, all easy to reach thanks to a lift big enough for three people. Guest and crew sleeping area is located on the lower deck where the former have 6 cabins at their disposal with a total of 18 beds and the latter 13 cabins with a total of 28 bunks. The bow area of this deck also provides plenty of storage space for the two 9.5 metre custom tenders and a helicopter. The hangar is equipped with an elevator to raise the helicopter to main deck level and hatches for manoeuvring the tenders. They can be also comfortably used as sundecks for swimming. There is a large saloon inside the deckhouse on the main deck, equipped with comfortable seating and a latest generation multimedia system, as well as a full beam dining area. The galley is also on this deck, in a separate area and equipped for preparation of cold and hot food, as is the main pantry linked by a food service lift to the two upper decks and a large canteen for the crew. Outside this deck has a landing platform in the bows for the helicopter, a garage for a 6 metre RIB and a rescue boat built to M.C.A. standards. The upper deck is entirely reserved for the owner with about 33 metres of private quarters in total comfort. Forward there is a private lounge with panoramic view while astern we find the luxurious owner's suite with access to the terrace. Halfway between these two areas there are two studios, an office for the secretary, a fitness room and a massage booth. Going up you reach the control deck, with a modern command bridge connected to the skipper's cabin in the bows. Outside on the aft extension there is a dining area for 14 and a Jacuzzi tub. The flying bridge has an external command station, equipped with all the instrumentation and steering controls, a bench offering a good view of the panorama and a monumental mast with the aerials for the on-board electronics. The boatyard declares a cruising speed of 15 knots, guaranteed by a couple of powerful Caterpillar 3516B engines.

For further information: Amels Holland BV; Postbox 1; 8754 ZN Makkum; Olanda; tel. +31 515 334334; fax +31 515 232719; website; e mail

Overall length: 73.69 m
Maximum beam: 12.10 m
Maximum draft: 3.60 m
Motorization: 2x2.536 HP Caterpillar 3516B
Declared cruising speed: 15 knots
Autonomy: 6.000 nm at 12 knots
Guest beds: 18
Crew beds: 28