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September 2004

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Angelo Colombo

Photos by
John Sims


"Aidre" is one of the latest creations from the prestigious Dutch yard Amels Holland BV, founded by the Amels family in far off 1918. Today the yard is part of the Damen Shipyards Group within which it retains total autonomy, backed up by the financial solidity and the engineering, productive and manpower resources that the group can supply when required. The company has recently acquired further production space which means it can now build vessels up to 200 metres long, a need deriving from the success of Amels yachts and the consequent increase in demand on the international market for large size vessels.


LOA: 52 metres
Beam: 9 metres
Draft: 3.2 metres
Engines: 2 x 1.200 HP Cummins TD 12 cylinder
Generators: 2 x 136 kW Cummins TD + 1 x 40 kW Cummins D
Fuel tank: 117.000 litres
Water tank: 17.500 litres
Fresh water production capacity: 7.000 litres/day
Range at 12 knot cruising speed: 7.760 miles
Maximum speed: 15 knots
Tenders: 2 x 6.20 metre RIB.

For further information contact Amels Holland BV; P.O. BOX I; 8754 ZN Makkum; The Netherlands; tel. +31 515 334334; fax +31 515 232719; e-mail; website

Amels creates totally custom built yachts, which is to say that every vessel is a one- off that reflects its owner's ideas and requirements, as in the case of "Aidre", created with a hull designed for ocean voyages and with modifications to accommodate the main end-use of this yacht whose owner intends to cruise in the world's warmest seas. "Aidre" is 52 metres long with a 9 metre beam. The hull has been designed for transatlantic and other demanding crossings, which is to say in accordance with the most stringent safety standards and with measures that guarantee a constant and suitable degree of comfort for the owner and his guests. All this goes hand in hand with a very attentive stylistic design developed by the London studio Terence Disdale Design which has created numerous important vessels for the best known international shipyards. The London design studio handled both exterior and interior, creating an original yacht rich in innovative stylistic elements. "Aidre" is developed on three decks plus flying bridge. The lower deck houses four guest cabins - two with double bed and two with twin beds - situated aft of the central area. The crew's quarters are on the same deck, forward of the central area, and consist of six double cabins, all with private bathroom, and a relaxation area with sofas, dining tables, galley and service rooms. The main deck houses a spacious saloon developed over the whole width of the aft superstructure. The dining area, farther forward, includes a circular table. The owner's area can be accessed from this point. It occupies the whole forward area of the main deck and is developed as a single environment including office corner, wardrobe room, relaxation area with sofas and coffee tables, double bed and bathroom with tub, the whole enriched by a fine view of the sea, thanks to the numerous large portholes in the sides of the superstructure. On the same deck there is a spacious relaxation area with a sofa along the transom, a table and armchairs, and a cocktail bar with stools and access stairs to the stern platform, all sheltered by the extension of the deck above. The extreme forward part of the main deck houses two 6.20 metre RIB tenders handled by a traverse davit that can launch and recover the boats on both sides. The upper deck is divided into two distinct zones: a spacious relaxation area aft, partly in the open air, and the bridge forward. The former includes a saloon with cocktail bar, card table, armchairs and sofa while the latter houses the skipper's cabin with double bed (and direct access to the wheelhouse), an office, a communications station and a navigation area. The command station offers all round vision by means of large glazed areas that follow the profile of the superstructure. Fully aft on this deck there is a station with handling davit for another tender. The flying bridge is for open air relaxation and is equipped with a Jacuzzi, sofas, tables, cocktail bar, sunbathing cushions and space for yet another tender. As for the materials the yard used in building "Aidre", the hull is in steel and the superstructures in aluminium, everything done in accordance with the standards of the MCA Code of Practice for Safety of Large Commercial Motor Vessels. "Aidre" also has Lloyds classification + 1''A I SSC Yacht Mono G6 + LMC, UMS. Power is supplied by two Cummins engines of 1.200 HP each, 12 cylinder turbo-diesels that give "Aidre" a cruising speed of 12 knots with an hourly consumption of about 170 litres and a maximum speed of 15 knots, at which hourly consumption rises to 415 litres. The 117.000 litre fuel tanks give a cruising speed range of around 8.000 miles. As for equipment expressly aimed at safety, there is everything necessary to satisfy MCA and SOLAS standards. Moreover, a surveillance system ensures control of all sensitive areas of the vessel such as engine room and technical rooms, not to mention surveillance of all points of access aboard. Of course there are also numerous systems whose aim is relaxation and comfort, such as audio-video throughout, including in the crew's quarters, air-conditioning and a great number of furnishing elements that guarantee a high level of comfort and the possibility of an absolutely relaxing voyage. Among the most exquisitely technical plant linked to blue-water sailing we also find two inverse osmosis desalinating systems capable of producing 7.000 litres of fresh water daily. To ensure that passengers enjoy a high level of comfort even with a sea running, "Aidre" is equipped with a Vosper/Koop Nautic stabilising system which efficaciously neutralises the effects of pitch and roll. As a whole the design is very rational while taking particular care of aesthetic details. Soft lines meet decisive forms and considerable volumes in an overall stylistic play that is highly refined and pleasing.