Amels launches new blue hulled Limited Editions 180
by Risa Merl
Dutch superyacht builder Amels has launched its latest 55-metre Limited Editions 180 motor yacht.
The new Limited Editions series yacht, which is Amels hull No 467, sports a striking dark blue hull colour, setting her apart from her predecessors. The first Amels Limited Editions 180 Step One was launched in 2012 and has a white hull and superstructure, followed by the family-friendly Engelberg in 2013, with a very different dark grey hull and bold yellow boot stripe. These were followed by Kamalaya in 2013 and Astra and Serenity J in 2014. Hull 468 is currently undergoing fitting out, and hull 469 arrived at the yard in January of this year.
Amels hull No 467 was splashed in what the yard is calling a "RoFlo" launch at its facility in Vlissingen – it was first moved from an Amels' climate-controlled building hall onto a floating pontoon then a floating dry dock, which was submerged until the yacht floated.
The builder reports that the launch has taken place exactly on schedule, an asset of its proven semi-custom building model. Though Amels has recently announced that it will start building full custom options for its owners who would like to step up within the brand to sizes that go beyond the current Limited Editions offerings.
The Amels Limited Editions 180, designed by the legendary Tim Heywood, was introduced as an extended version of the Amels 177. If counted in lineage with the original 177s, Amels has now launched 17 yachts in this series and has two more in build, proving this model's success.
Amels recently released the first image of its flagship 83m superyacht in build. The hull and superstructure were joined earlier this month, with the yard utilising the heaviest crane it has ever used to lift the 12-tonne aluminium superstructure onto the 83-metre hull of the first Amels 272.