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First Amels Limited Editions 188 yacht launched

Dutch boatbuilder Amels has launched the first hull in its Limited Editions 188 series, which has been moved to Vlissingen for outfitting. This 57.7 metre displacement yacht features exterior styling by Tim Heywood and interiors penned by the Reymond Langton design studio.

First introduced at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, the Amels Limited Editions 188 is the eighth design in this highly successful range, which has spawned more than 20 hulls over 52 metres since the first Limited Editions 171 Deniki hit the water in 2007.

The 188 features a 10.6 metre beam that allows for a spacious interior totalling 970GT. Accommodation is for 12 guests split between six cabins, including an owner’s cabin, a VIP cabin on the bridge deck, two doubles and two twins. What’s more, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 13 people.

Full details are being kept under wraps for now, but it is understood that the steel hull supports an aluminium superstructure, all of which has been built to comply with MCA standards.

The Amels 188 superyacht is the first hybrid powered Limited Editions yacht, and it will feature Amels' own hybrid switchboard and Amels waste heat recovery systems. The yard believe that this hybrid system could offer a €150,000 return on investment over a three year period.

Sea trials are yet to take place, but Amels is predicting a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles when trimmed back to 13 knots.

During the reveal of the new Amels 188, Heywood said: "She's a design that I am very proud of," and noted clever design features such as flying buttress used as an architectural feature in the centre of boat which conceal electronic cables and save space.

While she carries forward the familiar look of the Limited Editions lineup, Heywood pointed out tweaks such as moving the hand rails and guard rails outward aft, which makes decks look grander, and adding windows in the aft door, which "makes a big difference when cruising as it gives more light [to the interior]".

Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design said of the new project: "It's challenging, because we're used to designing for individuals. We have to look at design in different ways when designing for a [semi-custom] product." She describes the interior concept of the Amels 188 as having some areas of calm, some with drama and a contemporary but not cold motif.

The Amels 188 also features generous outdoor space spread over four decks which includes a 17.6 square metre swimming platform and a five person Jacuzzi. There are two options for the superyacht sundeck, one of which gives owners the chance to have open sun deck of almost 124 square metres. Owners will also have the option to add a touch-and-go helipad.

The first Amels Limited Editions 188 yacht is due to be delivered before the end of next year. Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 74 metre Amels Limited Editions 242 series — the second hull is nearing completion and the third hull was launched last month.

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