COVID-19 measures have impacted the project team’s plans
The hull of the first Amels 60 superyacht has arrived at Damen Yachting’s outfitting yard in the Netherlands ahead of her delivery in spring 2022. The new 60-metre yacht (197 ft) by Espen Øino is the first of three Amels 60 yachts now under construction and represents the first of a new generation of Amels Limited Editions yachts.
Owner design choices
The first Amels 60 will feature an Owner-specified metallic Pebble Grey hull with Matterhorn White and Super Jet Black superstructure. In build for an experienced Amels Owner, the project is under supervision of the Owner Representative who has been closely involved in the hull construction at Damen Yachting’s hull building facility in Gdynia. Although the hull has now reached the Netherlands, COVID-19 measures have impacted the project team’s plans.
“The travel restrictions make it difficult as Owners Representative,” he says, “but I am very confident in the Amels team. I have full confidence in the management, the production team and also the sub-contractors working on the yacht. I’m looking forward to seeing her in person as soon as possible. The hull looks very exciting.”
Amels 60 features
The Amels 60 stands out with a huge open Sun Deck, 9-metre luxury tender, a generous interior volume (Gross Tonnage of 830), hybrid power and propulsion technology and of course her distinctive Espen Øino signature lines.
“It’s certainly nice to see some pictures of the hull,” Espen comments. “A lot of people have complimented us on her looks. She looks beautiful, she looks like what I had in my head. The thing with modelling in 3D today you get few surprises. But still nothing replaces the first time you go on board. When you go on board, it comes alive. You know if the spaces feel right. So I’m looking forward to visiting the shipyard.”
Introduced in 2019, the new Amels Limited Editions yacht represents a new phase in the yard’s new build programme. The first Limited Editions yacht was delivered in 2007 and the builder has delivered more than 40 Limited Editions yachts to date. Damen Yachting’s innovative business model of upfront investment in engineering and construction, while maximising customisation and evolution, represents the perfect balance between full custom and semi-custom and reduces delivery time from several years to as little as a few months.
Custom interiors by Winch Design
Damen Yachting’s interior team, in collaboration with Winch Design, is simultaneously creating the first 60-metre Limited Editions’ bespoke interiors. Jim Dixon, Director Yachts & Aviation at Winch Design, says the harmonious custom interiors capture the feel and style of a relaxed family home on the water, promoting a ‘calm atmosphere and involuntary relaxation’.
“For the most part, we have used pure and natural materials to emphasise the relaxed ‘home at the beach’ spirit of the interior,” Jim says. “However, we have added layers of surface interest to materials such as stones and timbers to create unique and tactile finishes.”