PHOTO: Tom Van Oossanen
Launch day is always an exciting day, for not just megayacht owners but also the shipyard. The craftspeople get to see the fruit of their labors in a nearly completed state, doing what she is supposed to do: float on her lines. Here, you get to see the newest Amels 180, christened Nomad, come out of her build shed.
Launched in late April, Nomad is actually the second Amels 180 to hit the water so far this year. However, she has an entirely personalized paint job, a combination of bold blue on her hull and subtle grey up top. Nomad’s launch took place just five months after her owner signed the contract.
Watch as Amels’ craftspeople carefully move the voluminous megayacht (671 gross tons) out into daylight for some finishing touches before launch. In particular, the team installs her navigation and communication mast. (In the scenes inside the shed, you might be able to tell that overhead clearance is somewhat limited.) We especially like seeing scenes like this, because the craftspeople moving the mast in place help to give scale to the size of the equipment.
We also like getting a look at the underwater gear. This Amels 80 has a sizable pair of propellers attached to twin 16V MTU engines. She should cover 4,000 nautical miles at 13 knots.
On a related subject, Amels sold the 25th Amels 180 back in January. The series started in 2007.