Amels New Hybrid Yacht Gets a Hull Yes From Us

This 197-foot Amels hybrid yacht looks to the future with a sleek new shape and light-filled interiors as part of its semi-custom line.

By Danielle Cutler 24/12/2019

Dutch superyacht builder Amels recently revealed a 197-foot hybrid yacht designed by the renowned Espen Øino, based in Monaco. Scheduled for a 2022 delivery, the Amels 60 is already being constructed under the yard’s Limited Editions line.

Introduced back in 2007, the line is essentially a made-to-measure version of the bespoke boatbuilding process: you get a proven platform between 55 and 83 metres, which you can customise inside and out, working with whichever designer matches your vision for the interiors.

This cuts the wait time in half for a vessel this size – from four years to two.

Amenity highlights of the new Amels 60 include an owner’s-suite balcony, a huge swim platform and adjoining beach club with gym, and a large sundeck with the requisite hot tub. 

This fresh design includes a new hull form penned by Amels’ naval architects in collaboration with parent-company Damen Shipyards’ in-house research lab. This is the platform upon which all the Amels 60s will be built, with the aim of creating a perfect balance of cruising comfort and fuel efficiency – an approach becoming more common among large-yacht builders.

“As a naval architect and as a yacht designer, I like how the Amels 60 optimises the waterline lengths, which increases the length-to-beam ratio,” Øino says. “This is a very efficient hull form, which, in combination with the hybrid propulsion, makes the Amels 60 quite unique in this size and range of vessels.”

The boat’s hybrid setup enables it to cruise up to 7 knots with electric-propulsion motors. The system uses several energy sources and emits very little noise and vibration, burns less fuel, incurs lower maintenance costs and reduces emissions.

Inside the boat, with its large 830-gross-tonnage interior volume and 10-metre-long beam, guests will appreciate the huge windows that bring in lots of natural light.

Conceived by London’s Studio Indigo, headed up by founder and creative director Mike Fisher, the yacht gives a sense of space and flow. “This was achieved by opening up the views and vistas between spaces to make them feel bigger, lighter and brighter,” explains Fisher.

Six suites will house up to 12 guests,  and there’s room for 12 crew members and a captain. Lounging space abounds, from the sundeck to the flybridge to the aft deck and down to the swim platform. The yacht will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles while eco-cruising at 13 knots.

This piece comes from our 2019 Summer Edition, to get your copy click here. 



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