The sale of the latest 55m Amels 180 from the Limited Editions range marks an important milestone for Dutch shipyard Amels, which in 2018 is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Having created one of the most successful semi-custom ranges in superyacht history, we take a look into the shipyard’s performance and draw upon some of the key elements of its accomplishments.
According to Superyacht Intelligence, Amels has delivered a total of 60 superyachts, with a cumulative LOA of 3,361.2m, which by meterage alone is a 10.8 per cent contribution to the Dutch superyacht fleet, which currently stands at 657 vessels over 30m. Across the globe, consistency is a rare commodity in the superyacht industry and only a handful of shipyards are able to say that they have managed to deliver superyachts in consecutive years. Amels is one of the few who can boast that it has delivered at least one superyacht every year since 2005.
It was in 2005 that significant changes were imminent for Amels and its process of superyacht construction. The shipyard made the decision to bridge the gap between custom and semi-custom vessels. In a recent interview with The Superyacht Report, with world-renowned yacht designer Tim Heywood he explained how the game-changing brief of the Limited Editions came to fruition. “The original idea was to build six yachts in six years,” says Heywood. “To be asked to design the new Limited Editions is a designer’s dream – we now have seven different models under construction and cruising oceans all over the world.”
According to The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report 2018: New Build, there are nine yachts currently under construction, including the newly sold Amels 180 scheduled for delivery this summer. Commercial director Rose Damen comments, “This new yacht beautifully highlights the advantages of our Limited Editions approach to yacht building. The Amels 180 has been the world’s best-selling 55 metre yacht design since 2007, and we’ve been able to achieve that through constantly evolving and introducing new features. We can’t wait to see her on the water with her owner later this year.” In fact, more than 30 of the Limited Edition superyachts – ranging from 55 to 83m – have been sold since the range was introduced.
Looking at the last five years alone, Amels has delivered 15 superyachts, with a cumulative LOA of 892.4m. According to the Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report 2018: New Build, as a direct result of this LOA, Amels is positioned as the ninth most active shipyard in the market.
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