Amels motor yacht Dancing Hare begins Balk Shipyard refit
by Chris Jefferies
The 57.7 metre classic motor yacht Dancing Hare has been hauled out at Balk Shipyard in the Netherlands for a winter refit. The scope of the project is unclear, but the work on this 764GT yacht has been described as “extensive”.
First launched in 1986 by Amels sporting exterior and interior styling by the late Jon Bannenberg and naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design, she was most recently sold in September 2017 and her last major refit took place in 1993.
In a statement, CEO Daan Balk said: “We are excited to be selected and to be trusted to work on such a revolutionary yacht and to get her in her finest shape possible.” Dancing Hare was hauled out on October 28 and work is due to continue until late spring/early summer, the yard added.
Accommodation on board is for up to 12 guests split across six en-suite staterooms including a master suite and a twin cabin on the main deck. Four double cabins below decks complete the guest layout, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 15 people. It is not yet known to what extent this will be altered during her superyacht refit.
Dancing Hare has gone by many names over the years, including Lady Aida, Lady Ghislaine and most recently Lady Mona K. Her vital statistics include a 9.2 metre beam and a maximum draught of 3.3 metres.
Power comes from a pair of 1,410hp Caterpillar 3516 DITA diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and comfortable cruising at 14 knots. When trimmed back to her economical speed of 12 knots, Dancing Hare boasts a transatlantic range of 3,800 nautical miles, drawing on a total fuel capacity of 97,200 litres.