Another name for a launch ramp is, of course, a slipway. Related to this, oftentimes commercial shipyards say a vessel under construction is “on the ways.” (Occasionally, yacht builders still use the same terminology.) Once that same vessel is ready for launch, the act of sliding toward the water is known as heading “down the ways.” The way Amels launches its largest yacht to date in this video is the perfect example of heading down the ways.
Even the way the launch takes place is different than what many yacht yards practice. It is a classic side-to launch, with a sizable cradle supporting the 78-meter full-custom megayacht. As you will see, equally sizable, sturdy ropes hold the yacht and cradle in a stationary position. They get the axe (literally), when the time comes for the official launch.
The differences in how Amels launches its largest yacht (by volume, not length) result from the facility belonging to Damen Shipyards. The parent company for Amels, Damen builds some yacht hulls here, in addition to other projects of its own. The 256-footer will see her luxury amenities, from a pool to balcony-equipped staterooms, reach completion on site at Amels. Espen Øino is responsible for the styling and the general arrangement, while Zuretti Interior Designers is working with the owners for the decor.
Enjoy the experience, filmed on December 4.