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Keel laid on first Amels 80 Limited Editions

1 August 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky


Motor Yacht


Amels ·  80 m ·  2025

The keel of the first Amels 80 has been laid at the Damen Yachting hull-building shipyard in Galați, Romania. The first hull is due for delivery in spring 2025 and work on the second hull is already underway.

The 80 metre model is now the largest offering in the shipyard's popular Limited Editions range and was unveiled during a live-stream broadcast from Amsterdam on March 31. The exterior of the Amels 80 has been designed by Espen Øino while Damen Yachting turned to Dutch studio Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design for the interiors, marking the pair's first collaboration.

The 80 metre model is now the largest offering in the shipyard's popular Limited Editions range

Speaking at the live premiere, Øino walked viewers through the exterior design concept: "We tried to make the overall lines as contemporary as possible, simple with curvaceous forms but also with some strong elements in the form of knuckles and sharp angles to break the curves and make it more dynamic."

The beach club set-up on the Amels 80
Credit: Amels

Standout features on board the Amels 80 include a 6.5-metre swimming pool on the aft deck that features transparent floor segments that drench the beach club below in natural light. A large stern platform is a focal point of the design says Øino. "It opens straight into the beach club and you can overlook activities from aft of the pool."

The beach club itself features three opening sea terraces, which create a semi-enclosed waterfront lounge within easy reach of the yacht’s spa, sauna, gym, Hammam and massage room. A circular social area takes centre stage with a sit-up bar close by. "It is a multi-functional area [...] perfect for social gatherings with friends, drinks at the bar or for playing with kids; at night it can be converted into a full-size cinema," said Paul Costerus, designer and project manager at Sinot.

The Sinot-designed main saloon on the Amels 80
Credit: Sinot

Sinot has created an interior that allows for a personalised layer of loose furniture, artwork and decorative elements. Accommodation is for up to 14 guests in seven cabins with an owner's deck which acts as its own private apartment. The area is comprised of a private suite, two bathrooms, a private office and an owner's lounge with a breakfast area and a private library. The space is finished with inlays of precious materials, marbles and woven metal meshes, while full-height glass windows bring in natural light.

Key features of the new Amels 80 include veritable eco-credentials and a design that takes its cues from the natural world. "The interior uses natural and neutral materials with no glossy lacquered ceilings but open-pore finishes. This gives the yacht a warm feeling," Costerus added.

Accommodation on the Limited Editions flagship
Credit: Sinot

The 2,175 GT yacht offers extensive scope for customisation, with owners able to choose exterior paint schemes and configure the layout of the yacht to suit their lifestyles. For example, the bridge deck aft, just below the sundeck, is designed to be multifunctional while still offering good views and an indoor-outdoor flow. There is also an option for the yacht to carry an electric tender with a fast-charging station installed in the tender garage.

Crowning the yacht is a 200-square-metre sundeck that outperforms many similarly-sized yachts in terms of space. Here, the design features a circular Jacuzzi forward surrounded by sunpads, a shaded bar, and a circular dining table aft for evening meals or family breakfasts.

Credit: Amels

The Amels 80 follows in the footsteps of more than 40 other Amels Limited Editions superyachts delivered since 2005. "When we started the design process for this yacht we wanted to design something for our clients to enjoy with their family, but a yacht where they feel like they could easily connect with the sea," said Rose Damen, managing director at Damen Yachting, during the live premiere.

"The result is a timeless design where we managed to hold onto the winning features of her predecessors like the forward-facing owner's cabin and dedicated owner's deck." 

An increased environmental focus was also a crucial part of the design brief for Damen, and the yard has extensively researched the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and honoured its partnership with the Sea Index and the Water Revolution Foundation with the creation of the Amels 80.

Under the hood, the Amels 80 features generators that help to reduce emissions, while the Hybrid by Amels battery power and propulsion system save energy and reduce noise pollution. To avoid damaging the seabed with an anchor, an optional electric station-keeping function can keep the yacht at a fixed location with an electric bow and stern motors.

Credit: Amels

The waste-treatment units manage the impact the yacht has on the environment and there are several sustainably-minded options for insulation and energy-saving lighting.

To top it off, the performance of the full-displacement hull has been optimised through scale-model tank testing and computational fluid dynamics analysis done by Damen Yachting’s team of naval architects.