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Having a superyacht suitable for charter involves more than just a few interior design tweaks – it is something that needs to be considered from the beginning of a project. In this, owner, operators, designer and builder worked together to produce a yacht that doesn’t just look the part, but also performs the role of a charter yacht.

First and foremost are crew considerations. While some owners may consider this an afterthought, more experienced yacht owners and charterers know that crew and service are critical to enjoying your time spent onboard. Bel Abri’s captain and chief engineer had specific technical requests, which Amels fulfilled. As Bel Abri is the first 171 built by Amels with charter work in mind, plenty of storage space was added to the design. This 52-metre yacht has space for up to 14 crew and 12 guests, which means service standards will remain very high and very attentive. The crew quarters have been kept spacious and functional, which also helps to keep crew members happy. Event he galley was designed by Bel Abri’s chef, to keep fine food flowing as needed.

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Keeping owner, guests and charter guests moving from ship to shore in comfort are two tenders: one a 6.2-metre Pascoe tender that fulfils SOLAS requirements, and a 6.7-metre Yachtwerft Meijer Luxury tender. Both are launched from the bow using the foremast, which, with a smart bit of thinking, doubles as a crane.

On the technical side, Amels has ensured the Bel Abri (along with its other Limited Editions series) meets the tightest environmental standards. Soot filters have been added to the exhaust system, and special, insulated glass has been used on the superstructure to cut heat intake in warmer climates, thereby reducing HVAC power consumption. Bel Abri is qualified for Lloyd’s EP certificate. In keeping with Amels’ aim to make its yachts as low-impact as possible, Bel Abri has a very efficient hull shape and propulsion package. On twin MTU 16V2000 engines, Bel Abri can reach speeds of over 15 knots. At a cruising speed of 13 knots, she can go 4500 nautical miles, while at ten knots, her range goes up to a very impressive 9400 nautical miles. At her cruising speed of 13 knots, Bel Abri consumes just 196 litres per hour. Built for conditions and temperatures ranging from the tropics to the high latitudes, Bel Abri  has the ability to charter out in virtually any major cruising ground, worldwide.

The strongest testimonial that any company in a competitive market can have (but especially so for a superyacht builder) is a repeat client. So what better news for Amels than to find that the owner of Bel Abri would come back to place an order for the Tim Heywood designed Amels 199 Limited Editions. Stay tuned.

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Technical Specifications – Bel Abri

LOA – 52.3m

LWL – 46.9m

Beam (max) – 9m

Draught (loaded) – 3.35m

Construction – Steel hull, aluminium superstructure

Class and LY2 compliance – Lloyd’s register􏰀100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 LMC, UMS, in compliance with MCA

Displacement – 687mt

Gross Tonnage – 642mt

Naval architect – Amels

Exterior stylist – Tim Heywood

Interior designer – Laura Sessa

Main engines - 2x MTU 16V2000 M70 1050 kW @ 2100 rpm

Propellers/alternative propulsion        2 x Wärtsilä fixed pitch 5 blades

Speed (maximum/cruise) – 15.5 knts, 13.0 knots

Fuel capacity – 115,000 l

Range at cruising speed – 4,500nm (13 knots), 9400nm (10 knots)