MADAME KATE 60m private yacht by Amels

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Above 500GT winner 2016 Showboats Awards
Naval Architecture: Amels and Damen Group

Builder: Amels
The Amels Limited Editions 199 Madame Kate presents such a big, bold face to the world that her efficiency numbers were run twice to make sure they were correct.

The magic, of course, resides under water and in the long waterline length that begins with Tim Heywood’s scimitar bow. This innovation from Damen’s Axe Bow commercial concept was developed and tested in partnership with Delft University and the MARIN tow-test facility to provide the owners with a dry, comfortable, stable ride and minimal vertical acceleration.

Two pairs of short bilge keels augment the beam for stability but not at the expense of excessive drag. The yacht measures 1,140 GT and has a full-load displacement of 1,145 metric tons, yet relatively modest 1500kW diesels deliver a top speed of 16 knots. Together with one genset, she consumes 320 litres per hour at 13 knots. Of equal interest is that putting that much volume forward brought about new crew pathways and technical spaces that enhance owner privacy.

198.82ft | Amels | 2015

The 198.82ft Amels 199 motor yacht motor yacht ‘Madame Kate’ was built by Amels in Netherlands at their Vlissingen shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2015. The yacht’s interior has been designed by Laura Sessa Romboli.


Madame Kate’s interior configuration has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests overnight in 6 cabins, comprising a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 17 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

Construction & Dimensions

Madame Kate features a full displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules, and is MCA Compliant.


Powered by 2 Caterpillar (3512C) 2,012hp diesel engines and propelled by her twin screw propellers Motor yacht Madame Kate is capable of a top speed of 16.5 knots, and comfortably cruises at 15 knots. With her 139,000 fuel tanks she has a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles at 13 knots. Her water tanks store around 37,600 of fresh water.


Gym, Jacuzzi (on deck), Helicopter Landing Pad, Beach Club, Tender Garage, Air Conditioning

The superb interiors of MADAME KATE were created by Laura Sessa, chosen by the yacht’s Owners. “The Owners wanted the level of quality, the timeless and classic high gloss,” Laura Sessa explains, “but with a very fresh influence of their native Brazil with its vibrant colours, movement and joy of life. They were very involved in the design process, visiting my studio near Rome several times, which helped me a lot to understand how they live and their needs.

AMELS 199 EVENT WINS WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARD! The AMELS 199 EVENT is overall winner of the World Superyacht Award Displacement Motor Yacht 500GT to 1,299GT category! Her radically modern design by Tim Heywood and outstanding build quality convinced the jury at a very exciting awards evening in the Scheepsvaartmuseum in Amsterdam (May 2014). This is the latest accolade for the 60-meter yacht since her world premiere in Monaco last September. From her signature curved Scimitar bow to a fully customized interior by designer Laura Sessa, EVENT’s journey from conception to delivery has been extraordinarily memorable. AMELS CEO Rob Luijendijk: “After receiving the first very positive responses on EVENT, we realized that the AMELS 199 is a true benchmark for our company.” The second AMELS 199 is due for delivery in Spring 2015 – a beautiful confirmation of the radical concept created on the boards of Tim Heywood and delivered by the craftsmen at AMELS.

LE199 superacht MADAME KATE provides deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests and a crew of 15 members. She is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines, expected to reach a top speed of 16,5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.

The owners of Madame Kate changed the yacht’s exterior areas, and also decided to move the galley from the lower deck, to the main deck. As gourmet lovers, the wanted to be closer to the action in the galley.


Billionaire Alexandre Grendene Bartelle, owner of Grendene.

Super yacht “Madame Kate” is a tribute to his puppy Kate. Ballroom, helipad and swimming pool are some of the attractions of the yacht, which should be anchored in Monaco.

The other yacht  “Lady Kate” build by CRN shipyard, is for sale.

Grendene also has successful licensing partnerships with celebrities like Colombian singer Shakira and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Bundchen partnered with Grendene S.A. in 2002 to launch her own line of affordable flip-flops, Ipanema Gisele Bundchen, a roaring success. Bundchen’s flip-flops, which retail for about $30 a pair internationally, sell millions of pairs annually and accounted for a big part of Grendene’s $1.2 billion in sales last year.

Alexandre Grendene stepped down as director of Grendene in May 2013 as part of a process of greater professionalization of the company.

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