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Amels flaunts a pearlescent gem

VLISSINGEN  _ Amels the superyacht division of Damen Shipyard Group, has launched Madame Kate, a 60m craft sporting a new pearl-effect paint system. “The pearlescent optical effect works like Isaac Newton’s prism. You have different colors in one,” says Amels Paint Manager Arie Springvloet.

Pearlescent paint contains very fine mica, a shiny silicate mineral commonly seen as tiny scales in granite and other types of rocks. Its fragile, layered crystalline structure makes Madame Kate’s coating shimmers in both sunlight and at night, courtesy of an elaborate lighting system above and below the waterline.

Pearlescent coatings are a complicated step up from metallic paints. They generate an elegant effect but are much more complex to apply than metallic paints. “If you make a mistake in the pearl, you have to go right back to the base system and start all over again,” says Springvloet.

In the first quarter of 2014, Amels is working on 10 new builds and one refit. Madame Kate accommodates 12 guests in six cabins: the full-beam master suite is on the main deck, 2 VIPs are on the bridge deck, and a double and 2 twins are on the lower deck.




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