There are only a handful of large sportfishing yachts afloat. III Amigos is soon set to join the ranks...
Patrick Knowles, whose design portfolio includes the likes of Amarula Sun and Skyfall, has lifted the lid on the 28.6 metre soon-to-splash III Amigos. Due for delivery in 2021, the Floridian design studio offers a sneak-peak on board ahead of its launch with a virtual tour of its souped-up sportfisher.
III Amigos offers the volume and luxury of a superyacht combined with high-performance functions designed for serious sports fishing. “Any preconceived images you conjure in your mind of a sportfishing yacht’s aesthetics and design will indeed be defied when you view III Amigos,” said Knowles.
It should come as no surprise that owner is both a keen angler and experienced yachtsman who commissioned the project back in 2017 to run alongside his 60 metre Feadship. Currently under construction at the Michael Rybovich & Sons shipyard, the custom sport fisher is the result of a collaboration from the boards of Patrick Knowles, developed in partnership with the owner’s captain Jody Whitworth, and creative teams from German interior fabricator Metrica, Poseidon Marine Electronics and Ward’s Marine Power Management System.
The defining feature of III Amigos is the abundance of storage and space dedicated entirely to fishing. Rods, reels and other accoutrements can be found in the enclosed flybridge with additional stowage concealed throughout the vessel. There are elevated port and starboard jump seats too offering far-reaching views out across the ocean. To enhance her seakeeping qualities, and for the comfort of those on board, she is equipped with a Seakeeper 30HD Gyro and powered by twin MTU 96L engines at 2,600hp each with MTU Dynamic Positioning.
Moving inside, III Amigos welcomes guests with a luxe and light-filled interior that can accommodate up to six guests and four crew members. With the aft deck dedicated to deep-sea fishing, the primary space for relaxing on board is the saloon, featuring white leather seating, a coffee table finished in wenge wood and white quartz, and large rectangular windows that bathe the interior in natural light.
“Using the owner’s own brand benchmark of contrast with his desire for a yacht that felt like ‘one with the water’, we created an impressive blend of colour, depth and texture that truly culminated in a strikingly gorgeous vessel that still remains true to the fish fighter she is meant to be,” said Knowles.
The soon-to-be owner of III Amigos is also a chef and so the design is well set up for dining, entertaining and serving up a feast on board. A subtle wenge wood louver conceals the dinette, which is situated flush with a large window providing a scenic ocean backdrop as guests tuck into the catch of the day. The dining table is fashioned from exotic, jewel-box quality burl veneer inlays and bespoke polished nickel detailing, with seating in quilted edelman leather hides.
Forward of the saloon is a drinks bar crafted from azul bahia marble and finished with dark wenge woods and backlit white onyx. Custom-made barstools by Knowles in marine blue Florida alligator leather provide swivel seating while drinks are stored in a seamlessly integrated fridge, freezer and liquor cabinet.
According to the Patrick Knowles Designs, III Amigos is expected to be delivered within the next few months. Watch this space.