Ask Tim Heywood where he found his inspiration for the striking lines of the Limited Editions Amels 199, and the British designer says, ‘From locking myself in my studio, just being focused totally on this design, purely from delving into my own mind.’
Heywood has certainly struck out in a new direction, starting with the scimitar bow and working backwards through every part of the boat.
‘I had been playing around with this idea for a while and was waiting for the right time to introduce it. Now the time is right,’ says Heywood. ‘The market is less conservative, people have adjusted to more innovative designs, and there are more adventurous owners out there now. They want something that will definitely stand out.’
Heywood also applauds Dutch shipyard Amels for ‘having the vision to build this’. He explains, ‘I offered them two options for the 199, a clipper bow or a scimitar bow, and I’m delighted they chose the latter.’
Look more closely and you find that the Limited Editions Amels 199 surprises from all angles.
‘I’ve played with reverse tumblehomes and winding panels of the superstructure. From any perspective, you are always seeing curves, making it a far more interesting and unique shape,’ Heywood explains. ‘It dresses the functionality of the boat by taking a bulwark and actually doing something unique and interesting with it, while still performing its function of keeping the passengers safe and secure on the deck.’
Proud as he is of the aesthetic innovations on the 199, Heywood says he has done nothing to compromise the practical function and efficiency of the yacht.
‘That would be bad design,’ he says. ‘There’s no point in drawing something just because it looks nice but doesn’t actually serve its purpose very well.’
For Heywood, the open brief for the Amels 199 has been the perfect canvas on which to paint his unique blend of form and function.
The scimitar bow, for example, is not just about making a statement. According to Amels’ designer Jaap van der Velde, the longer waterline means the Amels 199 performs more like a conventional 65m yacht, and will be up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient than an equivalent clipper-bowed vessel.