More than 400 guests attended the May christening of Amels’ Limited Edition 180 at the shipyard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The yacht, now known as Engelberg, has an exterior design by Tim Heywood, naval architecture by the in-house team at Amels and interior design by Enea Landscape Architecture.
The Damen Shipyards Group may not be a household name in yachting circles, but it definitely created a buzz in Monaco when the 220-foot (67.15-meter) Sea Axe Garçon pulled into Port Hercules. Built by Damen and marketed by Amels, this super-cool fast-support vessel combines the best of the commercial and yachting worlds.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
This 180-foot (55-meter) Amels is another world premiere. With exterior design by Tim Heywood, interior design by Laura Sessa and Moran Yacht & Ship as owner’s representative, she is the newest model in the successful Amels Limited Editions range that bridges the gap between semi-custom and fully custom yachts.
Amels is showing Garçon in what is the world premiere of Damen Shipyard’s Axe Fast Yacht Support. Moran Yacht & Ship supervised the build of this particular hull, built as a support vessel with a superyacht finish. Rather than a “shadow boat,” her speed makes this spacious craft a forerunner boat.
Ilona is a well-traveled yacht, extensively photographed from Europe to the Far East, which is not surprising as her owner is an experienced yachtsman. Amels won a bid to build the Australian owner’s new yacht and the shipyard worked closely with project manager Captain Elworth to provide custom features such as a helipad that converts to a hangar.
This superyacht launched as Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni Celts, whose history is both bloody and glorious. She was defeated in 61 AD when 10,000 Roman legionaries annihilated 200,000 of her soldiers. Boadicea played the politics and war game brilliantly and perhaps that is why her ex-owner, Australian game show producer Reg Grundy, named his yacht.
When Amels launched Montkaj in 1995 her length was 246 feet, which made the largest yacht built in the Netherlands at the time. A major refit in 2000 extended the yacht longer by 10 feet. Prince Mohammed, son of the late King Fahd, owns Montkaj, one of the world’s most secretive yachts.