78m yacht returns Amels to one-off building, widening portfolio

By Robert Wielaard

VLISSINGEN – Amels has launched a 78m superyacht, its largest to date and a milestone in the Dutch yard’s decade-old drive to broaden its portfolio.

Designed by Espen Øino, the yacht returns Amels to one-off, full-custom building, for new and repeat clients eager to move up into the 75 to 80m bracket.

Amels signed the contract for the full custom at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show. It was built at a Romanian yard owned by Amels parent Damen Shipyards Group. Amels is finishing the yacht at its home in the North Sea town of Vlissingen. It will be delivered in 2021. Zuretti Interior Designers worked on the interior.

Launch Amels 78m full custom

The full-custom is 5m shorter than the 83m Here Comes the Sun Amels launched in 2017. However, its 2,850 GT volume makes it Amels’ largest yacht to date. It was developed by the engineering teams of Amels and Damen that comprise Damen’s yachting division, headed by Managing Director Rose Damen.

The yacht reflects Amels’ undertaking to develop a wider, more diverse market for its yachts.

Amels started its bread-and-butter Limited Editions series of 55 to 85m superyachts in 2004. It has sold 40 of them by now. In 2009 and 2015, respectively, Amels added its Yacht Support and Explorer series for clients who want to visit faraway locales worldwide.

Amels has already delivered 14 Yacht Support vessels, is now building 3, Polar-Code SeaXplorers of up to 105m, still enjoys strong demand for its Limited Editions and is finishing a one-off, full custom yacht.

Amels accounts for 10 to 15% of the turnover of Damen Shipyards Group (200 ships a year, 12,000 employees) and benefits from its financial, commercial and R&D heft. It ended 2019 with a dozen or so yachts in build..