Yesterday marked a significant moment as the inaugural Amels 80 superyacht arrived in the Netherlands for the commencement of its outfitting phase at Damen Yachting's primary shipyard in Vlissingen. Expected to be completed in 2025, this 80-meter vessel is the first among the latest designs emerging from the Amels Limited Editions collection. True to the Amels legacy, the external design, a contemporary masterpiece, was crafted by the renowned designer Espen Oeino.
Romke van der Linde, Project Manager at Damen Yachting, emphasized the shipyard's enduring commitment to innovation: “This yacht is at the forefront of shipbuilding. We are a 100+ year old shipyard that continues to innovate, and the hybrid Amels 80 is a true testament to this. The feedback from the several Amels 60 yachts that already feature our hybrid system has been more than positive.”
Opting for a fully custom interior, the owner enlisted the expertise of Dutch design studio Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. Jan van Hogerwou, Commercial Executive North America at Damen Yachting, highlighted the allure of Amels Limited Editions' personalized interior design: “A key selling point of our Amels Limited Editions superyachts is the ability to create a fully personalized interior design. And judging by the interior renderings, this is set to be a spectacular rendition of the Amels 80 that we are all excited to see delivered in 2025.”
Distinguished by a unique color palette and a selection of natural materials, the interior promises a dedicated owner’s deck and an expansive 200-square-meter sun deck. With a voluminous 2,175 GT, the yacht boasts ample space for an array of toys, a waterside beach club opening on three sides, a wellness and spa area, and a helicopter landing area.
The hull and superstructure of the first Amels 80 were launched from the build facility in Galati, Romania, on September 27, 2023, and then towed to the Netherlands for the final stages of completion. Burgess, involved as the owner’s representative since the yacht was sold a year ago, expressed pride in the collaborative effort to push the boundaries of the Limited Editions series. Sean Bianchi, Partner – Head of New Construction, Naval Architect at Burgess, stated, “This is a great testament to the project team who are working collaboratively together to complete a yacht that pushes the boundaries of the Limited Editions series to the maximum. We are extremely proud to have been part of this unique project and look forward to her delivery in 2025.”
Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.
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Sunreef Yachts is embarking on a significant industrial expansion with the development of a new manufacturing facility in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.The company, which already operates two shipyards in Gdansk, Poland, totaling over 125,000m² of industrial surface, is venturing into new territory with a 65,000m² land reserve in Ras Al Khaimah.Sunreef Yachts is collaborating with RAK Maritime City to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The facility will offer a comprehensive approach to yacht manufacturing, featuring modern paint shops, carpentry, upholstery, and stainless steel workshops equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and robotics.Choosing Ras Al Khaimah as the site for expansion was a strategic decision for Sunreef Yachts. The region's strategic location, skilled workforce, and industry-friendly environment make it an ideal choice for the company. Francis Lapp, the Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts, expressed gratitude to the RAK Government and RMC management for their support in realizing this vision.Munira Lapp, Director of Sunreef Yachts Middle East, highlighted the collaborative efforts between the Ras Al Khaimah shipyard and the company's Dubai office. Together, they aim to establish a yachting think tank that anticipates trends and shapes the future of the industry with innovative solutions.This expansion marks an important milestone in Sunreef Yachts' global strategy. It not only strengthens the company's presence in the Middle East but also enhances its connectivity with the Asian and Australian markets. With manufacturing sites in Poland and the emerging facility in Ras Al Khaimah, Sunreef Yachts is poised to extend its reach for its range of sustainable catamarans. The new facility will initially focus on producing hybrid ULTIMA catamarans, as well as power and sail yachts ranging from 50 to 70 feet, showcasing the company's commitment to eco-responsible yachting.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland. Since then, the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
March 1, 2024
Dutch builder Moonen Yachts has successfully launched Lumière, a new 37.8m Martinique at the Moonen yard in the Netherlands. The yacht was customized to suit the owners’ tastes and use of the yacht with an extended sun deck and large hot tub pool, an extended swim platform and a bespoke interior design created in collaboration with Studio Indigo.The award-winning Martinique design by Dutch designer René van der Velden allows natural light in, offers spectacular views out, and creates seamless indoor-outdoor connections. An almost continuous band of panoramic windows wraps around both the main and bridge decks.“We are incredibly proud to see Lumière successfully launched,” says Moonen Yachts Technical Director Nicky van Zon. “We can’t wait to see her glimmer in the Mediterranean sunlight. Lumière will be the most exquisite way to experience all the beautiful worldwide destinations her owners will take her to.” The steel and aluminum Martinique has a maximum speed of 17 knots and long-range transatlantic capability. Moonen will complete final outfitting and commissioning of Lumière with her crew during the coming months. Lumière is the fifth yacht from Moonen’s premium semi-custom Martinique design.The yacht will be delivered to her Australian owners before the summer and is expected to spend her first season in the Mediterranean. Moonen Yachts is a yacht builder based in the Netherlands, and its first yacht was built in 1964 under the original yard name of De Ruiter. In 1981, the yard was renamed Moonen Shipyards. It’s launching its first vessel under new ownership: Alhena. In 2017 Moonen Shipyards changed into Moonen Yachts. With the help of strong vision, innovative technology and new designers, Moonen is once again becoming the market leader in 30m to 50m luxury yachts.Credits: Moonen Yachts
March 1, 2024
Westport Yachts is nearing the delivery of its latest creation, the W117, a 35.8-meter raised pilothouse yacht. The milestone in construction was reached as the hull and superstructure were joined.Commencing construction in 2022, after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the W117 was crafted using advanced technology akin to that utilized in the aviation industry. Featuring an exterior finished in "Snow White" with black metallic superstructure accents, the W117 promises a sleek and sophisticated appearance.Accommodations onboard will cater to 10 guests across five ensuite cabins, complemented by quarters for a crew of five, including the captain. Noteworthy features include a master cabin on the main deck, offering luxurious amenities such as a his-and-hers bathroom and a backlit Majelite headboard.Interior renderings depict a tasteful color scheme of whites and greys adorned with leather and vinyl accents, providing a neutral canvas for owners to customize to their preferences. Premium woods like mahogany and pomelle sapele will be utilized throughout, ensuring a high level of craftsmanship.The main deck saloon, characterized by its expansive layout, offers a sense of openness and spaciousness, with the option for semi-al fresco dining. Additional amenities include a beach club bar and a flybridge equipped with a centerline hot tub, settees, barbecue, and bar.Propelled by twin Caterpillar C32 engines, the W117 will boast impressive performance capabilities, with a top speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. Its shallow draft of 1.9 meters will enable navigation in shallow bays and anchorages, making it well-suited for destinations like the Bahamas and the Caribbean.Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the W117 firsthand at the 2024 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The largest builder in North America, Westport was founded in 1964. Westport Yachts has built and launched a wide variety of vessels, from commercial fishing boats and fast passenger ferries to luxurious motor yachts. Today Westport builds composite motor yachts.Credit: Westport Yachts
March 1, 2024
Dutch builder Moonen Yachts has completed the marriage of its latest 37.4m Moonen 122 Martinique’s steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The major construction milestone took place at the Dutch yacht builder’s shipyard. Martinique YN205 will be the seventh yacht of the premium semi-custom Martinique design.The Martinique stands out with long-range steel-hull capability combined with refined design, Dutch quality and a custom interior design. With an impressive 345GT volume and high ceilings, the Martinique offers amazing views through its panoramic windows wrapping around both the main and bridge decks. The comfort and refinement of the interior design are matched by the Martinique’s exceptionally quiet and still performance. The proven very low noise and vibrations levels ensure comfortable journeys and restful nights at anchor.The Martinique is a fast displacement, long-range ship built from High Tensile Steel and aluminum. She has a top speed of 17 knots and 4000-mile transatlantic range.Moonen Yachts also recently revealed Martinique YN205’s interior design concepts. See the Moonen website for details.The yacht, Martinique YN205, is available for sale and scheduled for completion in April 2025.Moonen Yachts is a yacht builder based in the Netherlands, and its first yacht was built in 1964 under the original yard name of De Ruiter. In 1981, the yard was renamed Moonen Shipyards. It’s launching its first vessel under new ownership: Alhena. In 2017 Moonen Shipyards changed into Moonen Yachts. With the help of strong vision, innovative technology and new designers, Moonen is once again becoming the market leader in 30m to 50m luxury yachts.Credits: Moonen Yachts
February 29, 2024
In the ever-evolving world of luxury yachts, innovation knows no bounds. Design Storz, the Austrian design studio renowned for its boundary-pushing creations, has unveiled Skia, a visionary 109-meter superyacht concept that takes extravagance to new heights.At the heart of Skia's design are three breathtaking glass pools that cascade across three expansive decks, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle. But Skia offers much more than just stunning swimming spots.Drawing inspiration from his extensive experience in designing Formula 1 race cars, Achim Storz has crafted Skia's exterior with precision and flair. The sleek lines and dynamic profile exude a sense of modernity and sophistication, while the two-tone paint job adds a touch of sporty elegance."The long character lines and splines, which emerged from our first sketches, are key as they balance both light and shadow to create a state-of-the-art sculpture on water," Storz explained.While the graphic elements on the hull and superstructure take cues from sportswear, the overall design ethos remains rooted in luxury and performance.Onboard, Skia boasts an array of luxurious amenities, including a touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck, a spacious aft beach club with fold-out terraces, and a retractable swim platform at the stern. The yacht also features a well-appointed gym and a lavish spa complete with a hot tub, sauna, and direct access to the water.Inside, the open-plan layout exudes a sense of fluidity and freedom, with high ceilings, expansive windows, and contemporary decor enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. While interior renders have yet to be released, Design Storz promises a design that seamlessly blends elegance with functionality.With accommodations for up to 14 guests and a crew of 30, Skia offers unparalleled comfort and hospitality. From its striking exterior to its luxurious interiors, Skia represents the pinnacle of superyacht design and innovation.As the yachting industry continues to push the boundaries of luxury and extravagance, Skia stands as a testament to the endless possibilities of design and engineering. Whether cruising the open seas or lounging in one of its glass pools, Skia promises an unparalleled experience for discerning yacht enthusiasts around the world.Credits: Design Storz
February 29, 2024