First Amels 60 Superyacht Sold
Amels has sold the first 60 metre hybrid Amels 60 model just two months after launching the new Limited Editions design.
Now under construction, the Espen Øino-penned yacht is due for a spring 2022 delivery.
Speaking about the sale, Amels managing director Rose Damen said she had been "blown away" by the market's reaction to the new design.
She added: “The fast sale of the first yacht is very rewarding for everyone in our design, engineering and project teams who have worked so hard on the Amels 60 during the last few years. We’re very proud of the design and excited about building this new yacht for her owner."
It comes after designer Espen Øino and Damen revealed more details about the Amels 60 at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The 60 metre hybrid superyacht model sits in the Dutch builder’s Limited Editions range.
It is a size bracket that has worked well for Amels in the past. “We had the 55m Amels 180, which was a great success story, [we built] 33,” said Damen, “but we had to come up with something really new.”
This involved engaging, as she put it, “a really cool designer”. Enter Øino. “We started talking to owners, to brokers, to Espen,” said Damen, about what they wanted to keep and what they wanted to add. One important element to keep was the huge sundeck.
“We have a massive sundeck that is 27 and a half metres long,” said Øino, “half the length of the boat.” A windbreak can be installed there, or it can double up as a helideck.
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.”
Placing tenders on the bow rather than in an enclosed tender garage means there is no restriction on their heights. The team also designed a custom electric nine metre Windy tender, with sliding panels that mean it can be open or enclosed.
In terms of power, “We have based the calculations on three return trips of two and a half nautical miles – which is more or less from [Monaco] to Cap-Ferrat, at 25 knots fully laden, before you need to charge. We can charge from the mothership,” says the designer. “You also get rid of the noise and vibrations (that come with a diesel engine) which on a small boat [are even more evident] because you’re so close to the engine.”
The absence of an internal garage means the decks could be lowered. “This lowers the overall centre of gravity, which means you can make the beam narrower,” said Øino. “This, in combination with thee near vertical bow makes it a very slender hull, a very efficient, easily driven hull. You don’t need a lot of power to pick up speed.”
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.
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.
The model marks the second collaboration with Øino following the 78 metre Amels full custom superyacht that is also under construction for a 2021 delivery.