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First Espen Øino-designed Amels 60 superyacht begins outfitting

5 February 2021By Miranda Blazeby

The first in-build Amels 60 superyacht has arrived at Damen Yachting’s Netherlands-based yard to begin outfitting. 

Images courtesy of Tom van Oossanen

The 60 metre yacht, which is the first of three Espen Øino-designed Amels 60 under construction, is due for delivery in spring 2022. 

Commissioned by a repeat Amels owner, the first Amels 60 will feature a “metallic pebble grey” hull with a “Matterhorn white and super jet-black superstructure,” according to the yard. Other features include a spacious sun deck, nine metre tender, 830GT interior and hybrid propulsion package. 

The model is the second collaboration between the builder and Øino

Speaking about the project, designer Øino said he was looking forward to visiting the yacht for himself. 

“It’s certainly nice to see some pictures of the hull. A lot of people have complimented us on her looks. She looks beautiful, she looks like what I had in my head. The thing with modelling in 3D today you get few surprises. 

“But still nothing replaces the first time you go on board. When you go on board, it comes alive. You know if the spaces feel right. So, I’m looking forward to visiting the shipyard.”

Key features include a spacious sun deck, swim platform and large main deck windows

It comes after Winch Design revealed the bespoke interior of the first 60 metre Amels 60 superyacht.

The design team has taken inspiration from the geometric exterior design, resulting in an interior that "feels beachy and relaxed with a subtle masculine edge”.

Key materials will include Jerusalem limestone, light bleached matte oak, light-tone walnut and bronze with a “warm, organic colour palette”.

Amels first announced it had sold the first hybrid Amels 60 model in November 2019, just two months after launching the new Limited Editions design.

“She will be instantly recognisable when she hits the water in 2022,” Øino promised.

Kitted out with electrical propulsion motors, the hybrid Amels 60 will have a cruising speed of seven knots and transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. The top speed will be 15.5 knots. The electric propulsion will result in low noise and vibration, lower fuel, lower maintenance costs and lower emissions, the yard said.

“We developed pragmatic technology that works invisibly in the background to deliver maximum efficiency, minimum impact on our environment, with the widest operating flexibility,” Damen said.

Plenty of other elements were sense-checked or improved. “We used to have five and a half cabins, we now have five guest cabins of the same size and a full beam owners cabin,” said Damen. “We have also created more of a beach club where we can have an air-conditioned gym and we have a huge swim platform to be close to the sea.”

This space has been thoroughly thought-through – as Øino said, “you have to put yourself in the position of being on board”. “Guest cabins are down here they lead on through a corridor, into the beach club – which have a gym, sauna, bathroom – and you have direct access to the swim platform. So you wake up in the morning and you go for a swim.”

The new hull of the Amels 60 has been developed by in-house naval architects at Amels and Damen.

The 830 GT interior can accommodate a total of 12 guests in six suites, including the owner’s suite complete with a private balcony. Staff accommodation meanwhile is for a total of 12 crew, plus a private captain’s cabin.