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What's It Really Like Inside A Custom Designed And Built 242-Foot-Long Private Yacht

When the experienced yacht builders at Amels introduced New Secret at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, secret was the optimum word. The details of the brand new Amels 242 Limited Edition the Dutch yard had built for owners with a significant 20th century art collection weren’t released until just before the show. And since the yacht had already been delivered to its owners before the show, it was also somewhat difficult to get onboard during the show unless you were an extremely qualified potential buyer.

In fact, photos of the interior were hard to come by until only recently when the London-based team from Winch Design (the yacht, aviation, and architecture design firm responsible for New Secret's interior design) received permission to release the shots I’m publishing here.

What makes these exclusive photos so remarkable is how they show the level of creativity, detail, and craftsmanship that goes into a 242-foot private yacht that’s been designed to accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins (in addition to up to 19 crew).

A wall in the main saloon has variable rings of mineral crystal, a very delicate and fragile material, with a vitreous, pearly and translucent quality.

The grand central staircase wall is made up of finely milled, polished and backlit golden agate slices. While the staircase that’s designed to look like a seashell spiraling upward, is lit from below to highlight the structure from the inside.

“The Owners wished to give pride of place to their private collection of 20th Century art,” says Jim Dixon from Winch Design. “Right from the start, the collection formed an integral element in the design of each space, however you never get the sense that you are in a gallery. Beneath the surface, there is depth and richness to the design, with detailed natural rhythms and forms: floors are variable-width oak with variable tones; one-piece tread/risers in the stairwell. The ‘scalloped’ surface signature is echoed delicately in ceiling, window reveals, stair handrails and mullions.”

Meanwhile, Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director succinctly explains what may large yacht owners who spend years collaborating with a team of designers and builders feel when they are finally able to enjoy their yacht. “After the Monaco Yacht Show, my family and I spent three days on board as guests of the owners,” she says. “Witnessing first-hand how much they enjoyed her made us very proud. While recognizing that the most distinguishing factor in the result has been the owners themselves. Their vision and great dedication to this project was truly exceptional. As was their uniquely intense collaboration with Winch Design.”

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