Amels delivers LE180 motor yacht EJI
by Miranda Blazeby
The latest Amels Limited Editions 180 yacht EJI has been delivered to her owner ahead of schedule. Her delivery in May took place a week early and saw her owner step on board just a week later in the Mediterranean.
EJI's captain Christian Power oversaw the build of the yacht and revealed the team were able to complete sea trials in just one day.
“I have to say, after building several yachts, I’ve never been able to deliver a yacht a week early,” he said. “And that’s all down to Amels' organisation and skills and it’s just amazing that we’ve got there a week early.”
The 55 metre yacht was built to Lloyd’s and MCA standards from a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure that encompass a total interior volume of 707GT. Exterior styling comes courtesy of legendary British designer Tim Heywood, while the interiors were developed by Laura Sessa Design.
Accommodation on board the new Limited Editions 180 is for up to 12 guests split across six staterooms, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 12 people.
Amels commercial director Rose Damen said the secret behind the Amels 180's success is its constant evolution and introduction of new features.
Key features on EJI include three fold-out balconies and an extended superyacht sundeck, which measures an impressive 28 metres long. EJI also boasts a seven person Jacuzzi.
Power comes from a pair of 1,308hp MTU 16V2000 M70 diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots. When trimmed back to an economical speed of 13 knots, EJI will be capable of a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles, thanks to a total fuel capacity of 115,000 litres.
The yard revealed that it is already working on its next Amels 180 which is under construction for delivery in spring 2019.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the first Amels Limited Editions 188 yacht, another Tim Heywood design that is due for delivery this summer.