Although it wasn’t her official launch, March 2 was the day the first Amels 60 appeared outside of her build shed since her hull and superstructure arrived at Damen Yachting for outfitting last year.
Damen Yachting—which livestreamed the rollout—announced her as the latest Amels Limited Editions series in 2019. With styling by Espen Øino, the megayacht shows off markedly geometric ports and other features. In fact, she has more angular lines overall in comparison to other Limited Editions models. Espen Øino himself says the project “has been a fascinating journey thus far,” especially since he and his studio design fully custom projects for one person at a time. It’s quite different than designing one model for ongoing possible clients, he adds.
Also noteworthy, this first Amels 60 is for a previous Amels owner. Among his special requests are a grey hull and a black and white superstructure. The project manager, Joppe Osté, is particularly struck by the combination. “Her metallic hull is remarkable, and it’s amazing to see how it works with the design, especially now that she is out in the daylight,” he says. “It’s not just the exceptional color, it’s the way it changes with the light and angle.”
With an interior volume of 830 gross tons, the first Amels 60 features interiors by Winch Design. Twelve people in the owner’s party will enjoy an ambience much like a comfortable family home, explains Jim Dixon, the studio’s director for yachts and aviation. “For the most part, we have used pure and natural elements to emphasize the relaxed ‘home at the beach’ spirit of the interior,” he continues. But, that’s not to say striking details are absent. Instead, Winch Design has created custom finishes for looks and for feel, for stones and woodwork onboard.
Yet another interesting aspect of the first Amels 60 is her hybrid propulsion system. It affords different operation modes, like silent cruising, using battery power and the gensets as electric motors. At anchor, meanwhile, the batteries can handle nearly all of the electricity needs, assisted by one genset. In traditional diesel mode, the yacht should achieve a 4,500-nautical-mile range at 13 knots.
Delivery takes place later this spring. Four more Amels 60s are under contract, too, with the most recent one signed late last year.
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