On 12 March, Dutch superyacht builder Amels launched the new 55m Limited Editions superyacht in Vlissingen. The yacht, currently known as Amels 469, will now embark on sea trials and continue with outfitting, prior to her delivery this year.
Although the 469 follows the Limited Edition styling, the owner worked closely with designer Tim Heywood to create a number of subtle yet remarkable design features, such as the stainless steel highlights and black accents on board. The result is a recognisable Amels superyacht, with a number of the owner’s personalised design elements.
With two more 55m Limited Edition projects under construction, the success of the range sets the bar high in the semi-custom superyacht market. When the range was first introduced to the market, Amels explained that the Limited Editions range harmonises custom building and semi-custom building, enabling the shipyard to produce superyachts faster, but with the same Amels quality.
The 469 was launched using the ‘RoFlo’ method, which Amels has perfected over the last decade. The yacht is transported from it’s covered building bay onto a floating pontoon, then to a floating submersible drydock. The method is quick and low risk, making it perfect for Amels.
There are now 10 projects under construction at the yard, the largest of which is the 83m Amels 8300, which is scheduled for delivery this year. In fact, four of the projects under construction at the Dutch shipyard are scheduled for a 2016 delivery and have a cumulative LOA of 272m, which is the highest figure over the last five years, as shown in the figures below taken from The Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report.