JK Rowling’s Amphitrite

JK Rowling’s Amphitrite

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Magic and Mystery on the Water

The Amphitrite is a 47.55 metre motor yacht built in steel and aluminium by Turquoise, a luxury ship building yard based in Turkey. Although the yacht was delivered in 2001, her styling is based on what was popular in the 1930s.

A Modern Yacht with Old World Charm

In contrast to most celebrity superyachts sporting sleek lines and sophisticated interiors, the Amphitrite is a delightfully retro motor yacht which was fitted in an unconventional Art Deco style in 2009, as designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The lavish new look featured Honduran mahogany panelled walls, lush vintage fabrics – including crushed velvet seating, and intricately patterned wallpaper. Not to mention tasselled drapes and a sumptuously decorated, dimly lit dining area.

Classic Styling – Contemporary Comfort

While the Amphitrite may come across as a vintage water bound vessel, she does not come with all the issues associated with older yachts such as limited performance, a lack of comfort and inadequate contemporary entertainment options. Ten guests housed in five cabins can be assured of absolute comfort and enjoyment during their journey on the Amphitrite. The yacht is propelled across the water by two 2.250hp Caterpillar 3406C engines. Along with the Quantum zero-speed stabilisers, the Amphitrite has a range of 3,200 nautical miles at a comfortable cruising speed of 12.5 knots. As guests are gliding along they can enjoy a range of amenities and entertainment options.

Fabulous Features and Frills

Teak-trimmed glass doors reveal the main deck salon with 10 decadently dressed windows and state-of-the-art entertainment system complete with satellite television, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi and videogame consoles. The aft deck offers a 10-seat alfresco dining space ideal for hours of fine dining and conversation under the stars. The master cabin has a marble-accented bath and a remarkable 180 degree view of the ocean, and the other cabins are comfortably furnished and lavishly decorated. For daytime fun, guests are welcome to enjoy the recreational equipment which includes snorkelling gear, kayaks, wake boards, windsurfing and two tenders – ideal for jaunts to shore or for water-skiing.

What’s in a Name?

Known for his flamboyance, the actor Johnny Depp previously owned the yacht, which was then called the Vajoliroja. It was named by Depp, who came up with it based on the first two letters of his family’s names – Va for Vanessa, his partner, jo for Johnny, liro for Lilly-Rose, his daughter, and ja for Jack, his son. The yacht’s current name is as interesting. In Greek mythology, Amphitrite was Poseidon’s wife and thus the queen of the ocean. Her children included seals and dolphins as well as a son called Triton, a merman, and a daughter named Rhodos, who eventually married the sun god Helios. It’s not surprising that two very interesting celebrities have been the owners of this exceptional yacht. J.K. Rowling, the spectacularly talented and wealthy author of the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter series of books, is the most recent celebrity owner of the Amphitrite.

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