AMELS 188 superyacht sold

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]utch luxury yacht builder AMELS has confirmed the sale of the first 57.70-metre AMELS 188 from the Limited Editions range. The new Tim Heywood design – the first to feature the AMELS Hybrid Switchboard with battery power – will be delivered in less than a year in the summer of 2018 with a stunning and innovative interior design by Reymond Langton.

The Buyer was represented by Ben Young of SYM Superyacht Management. The SYM team will also supervise the custom outfitting of the innovative yacht according to the Owner’s requirements at the AMELS yard in the Netherlands.

“The AMELS 188 is a high volume yacht, she has very spacious interiors with 970 Gross Tonnage,” comments AMELS Commercial Director Rose Damen. “Plus, she has a big Beach Club and the Owners Suite folding balcony is quite spectacular. She also has a unique character that personifies Tim Heywood’s signature lines with athletic, powerful forms. We’re very much looking forward to handing her over to her Owner and seeing her on the water next year.”

The AMELS 188 has been built to travel the oceans with the very high levels of comfort and the low noise and vibrations that Limited Editions yachts are renowned for. The first AMELS 188 is expected to cruise worldwide, so the high autonomy and service levels were an important factor, as was the full displacement seakeeping performance.

AMELS has been part of DAMEN since 1991. DAMEN operates 33 shipyards around the world and has delivered more than 6,000 vessels. Chairman Kommer Damen introduced the Limited Editions approach to yacht building at AMELS, which has now sold more than 30 Limited Editions superyachts from 55 to 83 metres in length.

“The AMELS 188 is a great example of the synergy between AMELS and DAMEN,” says Roland Briene, DAMEN Sales Director. “It shows how the Limited Editions range benefits clients by not only leveraging the group’s global financial strength for fast delivery and smooth production, but also thanks to the know-how within DAMEN. Our DAMEN Research department has a huge amount of expertise in hybrid power solutions as well as seakeeping performance.”

The AMELS Hybrid Switchboard is the technical core of the futuristic AMELS 188, working invisibly in the background to combine three energy sources: mechanical (generators), electrical (battery bank) and heat (residual energy). The technology is the result of AMELS’ 18-month research programme which provided a solid analytical basis for potential operating cost savings of €100,000 or more a year. It offers faster Return on Investment and lower Total Cost of Ownership as well as reducing the impact on the environment.