Per­fect Har­mony

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With a ma­jor re­fit, the 170-foot Amels Kiss the Sky, launched in 2001, finds new life as the 180-foot Har­mony.

says Al­berto Amico, the fourth-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­ber to head the Amico & Co. ship­yard in Italy. “It re­quires nu­mer­ous ingredients, and if there is the small­est im­bal­ance—in know-how, man­age­ment or even the in­abil­ity to find a good mar­ble cut­ter—then the magic is lost.”

A suc­cess­ful re­fit com­bines tra­di­tional ship­build­ing skills with a knack for prob­lem solv­ing that only comes with ex­pe­ri­ence. The scope of work nearly al­ways ex­pands as the project pro­gresses, so the many vari­ables have to be cal­cu­lated while keep­ing a close eye on bud­gets and pro­duc­tion sched­ules.

It was with this in mind that Im­pe­rial—the Monaco-based man­age­ment, new con­struc­tion, sales and char­ter com­pany—turned to Amico & Co. for the re­fit of Kiss the Sky. De­signed by Ter­ence Dis­dale and launched by Amels in 2001, the 170-foot, 7-inch (52-me­ter) yacht had been put through her 15-year Lloyd’s survey in the United States and was for sale. On the out­side, her dark blue hull and white su­per­struc­ture were still con­tem­po­rary, but the Pa­trick Knowles in­te­rior de­sign dated to a 2009 re­fit.

For an in­te­rior re­vamp, Im­pe­rial could have gone to any num­ber of yards, but the client also wanted to en­hance the func­tion­al­ity of the yacht by trans­form­ing the lazarette into a spa and beach club with steam room, shower, bar and lounge. This was a much more

‘ Re­fit­ting is a alchemy,’ kind of

chal­leng­ing propo­si­tion that re­quired adding around 9 feet to the stern, in­creas­ing the over­all length to just over 180 feet (55 me­ters). Amico & Co. spe­cial­izes in com­plex en­gi­neer­ing works, which is one rea­son the yacht was trans­ported to Italy.

“They were able to ac­cept the short time frame of six months re­quested by the owner,” says Ju­lia Ste­wart, Im­pe­rial’s Monaco di­rec­tor. “An­other plus side was that the yard is based in Genoa, a stone’s throw from the Im­pe­rial head­quar­ters, which meant our own ex­pe­ri­enced man­agers could be on site within a cou­ple of hours and stay sev­eral days or weeks in a row, to su­per­vise and im­ple­ment the owner’s in­struc­tions.”

Aware of the tight sched­ule, Amico & Co. dis­patched a team to Florida to conduct a fea­si­bil­ity study be­fore the client had signed the re­fit con­tract. When the yacht ar­rived in Genoa in late De­cem­ber 2016, her hull was 3-D-scanned, and the tech­ni­cal of­fice be­gan the naval ar­chi­tec­ture and stability cal­cu­la­tions for the longer wa­ter­line length. A noise and vi­bra­tion anal­y­sis was also car­ried out to avoid cav­i­ta­tion that might re­sult from the new hull shape.

Now named Har­mony, the yacht’s first stage of the re­fit be­gan with cut­ting the steel hull just abaft the pro­pel­lers, which had to be dis­mounted along with the drive shafts. A new 18-foot (5.5-me­ter) block was then welded into place. To avoid a com­plete hull re­paint, this new sec­tion had to match the ex­ist­ing dark blue liv­ery seam­lessly.

The engine room ma­chin­ery was in per­fect work­ing or­der and only the gen­er­a­tors were re­placed with new John Deere units. But a tiller arm con­nect­ing the two rud­ders in the old lazarette had to be re-en­gi­neered so it could be in­te­grated out of sight into the teak-lined beach club. In ad­di­tion, the sun loungers on the deck im­me­di­ately above were raised onto a plat­form to pro­vide the re­quested head­room and space for a larger tran­som door.

Luca Dini De­sign was en­gaged for the in­te­rior restyling. Tak­ing care to re­tain as much of the ex­ist­ing join­ery as pos­si­ble, the stu­dio cre­ated mood boards to reimag­ine and re­fresh the dé­cor.

“The time fac­tor was crit­i­cal,” Dini says. “Nor­mally we fol­low a lin­ear de­sign process, start­ing with re­al­is­tic ren­ders for the client’s ap­proval be­fore mov­ing on to the ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings and spe­cific ma­te­ri­als. With Har­mony, each phase had to hap­pen si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It was no good, for ex­am­ple, or­der­ing a new sofa that couldn’t be de­liv­ered for months. Ev­ery­thing had to be avail­able at short no­tice.”

Hav­ing col­lab­o­rated with the owner on pre­vi­ous yacht projects, Dini had some idea of his tastes. But


CloCk­wise from faC­ing page: Har­mony’s raised aft­deck loungers in­crease the head­room be­low; The orig­i­nal lazarette was trans­formed into a fully ap­pointed spa and beach club.

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