Expedition yacht Amazon Express sold
by Malcolm MacLean
Built in steel and delivered in 1966 as a commercial trawler yacht, she was converted into a luxurious expedition yacht by Venice's Arsenale yard in 1984 and further refitted in 1994 to a design by Espen Oeino. Lloyd's classed, she accommodates 14 guests in seven cabins consisting of a master suite on the upper deck, three doubles and three twins, all with en suite bathrooms. In addition, there are quarters for 13 crew.
The main saloon is forward, looking out and forward over the tender deck. It is a lovely space with lounging couches, chairs, settees, a small games table, bar, audio visual equipment and a flat screen television set on a rise and fall mechanism. Aft of the main saloon on the port side is the dining room which seats 18 guests around a rectangular table.
The impressive and very practical sun deck is one of the many alterations and additions made by the current owner and, with 360 degree views, it is the perfect area to lounge and enjoy the passing scenery. The aft section has a large, circular dining table seating up to 12, but which can be extended to double this number. A dumb waiter connects the sun deck directly with the galley, two decks below. Three settees offer ample lounging and, in the event of inclement weather, clear screens can be rolled down to offer protection from the elements.
The touch and go helicopter deck is located above the sundeck and is strengthened to land a large four ton helicopter. A single 1,710hp Wichmann diesel engine gives her a cruising speed of 10 knots and a range of 12,000 nautical miles, making her a true go-anywhere yacht.
Lying in Panama, Amazon Express was asking $3.25 million.