New Amels 188 Limited Editions announced at Monaco Yacht Show
by Sophia Heath
Dutch shipyard Amels has announced the latest addition to its Limited Editions semi-custom superyacht lineup — the Amels 188. The 57.7 metre design, which features hybrid electrical propulsion, was revealed at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show.
Amels is once again collaborating with yacht designer Tim Heywood, who has penned the exteriors of its previous Limited Editions yachts. Owners can choose their own interior designers, but the interior styling for the new Amels 188 has been conceived by Reymond Langton Design.
During the press conference in Monaco, Amels noted that it has delivered more than 23 Limited Editions yachts in 10 years with nine more under construction. The semi-custom platform of the Limited Editions line allows the builder to deliver yachts in "half the time of full custom" builds.
The new superyacht joins the builder's 55 to 83-metre Limited Editions range, which now features six designs. The engineering phase of the Amels 188 is now completed, and the first hull is expected to be delivered in spring 2018.
The Amels 188 superyacht is the first hybrid powered Limited Editions yet, and it will feature Amels own hybrid switchboard and Amels waste heat recovery systems. The yard believe that this hybrid system could offer a €150K return on investment over a three year period.
Amels said the model represents the “modern elegance and timeless pedigree of designer Tim Heywood". During the reveal of the new Amels 188, Heywood said, "She's a design that I am very proud of," and noted clever design features such as flying buttress used as an architectural feature in the centre of boat, which is utilised to conceal electronic cables and save space.
While she carries forward the familial look of the Limited Editions lineup, Heywood pointed out tweaks such as moving the hand rails and guard rails outward aft, which makes decks look grander, and adding windows in the aft door, which "makes a big difference when cruising as gives more light [to the interior]."
The Amels 188 will accommodate 12 guests in six cabins, including an owner’s suite and a VIP suite located on the bridge deck, and four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck.
Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design said of the new project, "It's challenging, because we're used to designing for individuals. Have to look at design in different ways when designing for a [semi-custom] product." She describes the interior concept of the Amels 188 as having some areas of calm, some with drama and a contemporary but not cold motif.
The Amels 188 also features generous outdoor space spread over four decks which includes a 17.6 square metre swimming platform and a five person Jacuzzi. There are two options for the sun deck, one of which gives owners the chance to have open sun deck of almost 124 square metres. Owners will also have the option to add a touch-and-go helipad.
There have already been a number of serious enquiries about the yacht according to Amels managing director Rob Luijendijk.
“Our clients have been tremendously excited about this yacht,” he said. “If you look at the 55-metre AMELS 180 and the 60-metre AMELS 199, they are both unique and very successful designs.
“The 57.70-metre Amels 188 fits perfectly between these two yachts, bringing something entirely new to a market segment that we have traditionally shown leadership in.”