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Benetti's Amnesia Now Chartering as Andreas L

charter yacht Andreas LLiveras Yachts, which in July sold its 295-foot flagship motoryacht Lauren L, has now added a 196-foot Benetti motoryacht that is available for charter immediately.

The 2008 Benetti, formerly known as Amnesia, has been rechristened Andreas L in honor of company founder Andreas Liveras, who was killed in the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India.

Andreas L is an entirely different type of charter yacht for the Liveras operation, a traditional build taking 12 guests in six staterooms. By contrast, Liveras Yachts has specialized in recent years in "super-size" charter yachts such as Lauren L, which takes 40 guests, and the 280-foot sisterships Annaliesse and Alysia, each of which accommodate 36 guests.

Early in 2008, before Liveras was killed, I was told that Liveras Yachts had begun construction on 354-foot sisterships intended for the charter market, to cement the company's status as managing the world’s largest, highest-capacity charter yachts. As of today, Lauren L, Annaliesse, and Alysia have all been sold, and no further details have been released since the start of the global recession about the status of the 354-foot projects.

The news about Andreas L is thus interesting not only because she is a lovely yacht available for charter, but also because her acquisition may signal at least a temporary shift in Liveras Yachts' plans for its future position on the worldwide charter stage.

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