The 66.7m expedition M/Y Amazon Express has been sold with Stuart Larsen of Fraser Yachts representing the seller and Edmiston representing the buyer. Her final asking price was $3.25 million.
Built entirely of steel, Amazon Express was designed as a fishing vessel and was delivered in 1965 by CNOMV in Venezia, Italy, before being taken to Arsenale shipyard in Venice in 1984 to be converted into a world-cruising privately owned expedition vessel. In 1994 she underwent further redesign work at Horten Verft, Norway, under the inspiration of renowned Monaco-based designer Espen Oeino.
66.7m Amazon Express
Her refined interior, designed by famous Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, allows hosting for up to 14 guests over seven spacious staterooms, comprising an owner’s suite on the upper deck.
Typical expedition vessels have a marginally higher interior volume than the average motoryacht, but her gross tonnage of 1,058 GT falls below the average for 65 – 70m motoryachts (1,373.7 GT). If considerable modifications were to be made, such as a lengthening of the superstructure, her hull length certainly permits for what could be a much larger gross tonnage.
One feature of note is her 299,400 litre fuel capacity that allows her to travel up to an enormous 12,000 nautical miles at 9.5 knots. To put this into perspective, this is over 100,000 litres more than the average of 194,439 litres for 65 – 70m motoryachts – a range that could see her carry out a return trans-Atlantic crossing with excess. Other notable features of the yacht are a strengthened 'touch-and-go' helipad and extensive tender, toy and storage options.
She may not be as glamorous as other listings on the market, but if you break down the asking prices of current central agency listings, you’ll see that some 2010-2015 builds have an asking price that exceeds €50,000 per gross ton, staying as high as €20,000 for builds that are 20-25 years old. Given that Amazon Express has a low gross tonnage for her size, $3,072 (or €2,716, XE Converter) per gross ton represents a fantastic deal for the buyer, who also has countless options for interior and exterior modifications.