Amels announces contract for first Amels 199

Dutch superyacht builder Amels has sold the first Limited Editions Amels 199, a distinctive and beautiful design by Tim Heywood. With construction of the hull already well underway, the Amels 199 is being customised for a repeat Limited Editions client and will be delivered for spring 2013.

Tim Heywood was delighted that the first Amels 199 had been sold. “I designed the Amels 199 to look powerful and beautiful, a modern classic to reflect a new era in superyachting. I love the power of the vertical bow profile, although I wanted to soften this with the subtle curvature of the scimitar bow shape and the tumblehome in the forward sections. Even in concept form the design has proved to be a real headturner, and I can’t wait to see the reaction now that the concept is becoming a 199-foot reality.”

The owner of the first Amels 199 has specified a number of areas for extensive customisation, including an enclosed lounge on the sun deck, a Touch & Go helicopter platform on the foredeck, and a central staircase that connects all levels from the lower deck up to the sun deck. The owner has commissioned Laura Sessa from Rome to style the interior of his Amels 199 to his personal tastes. The project is being managed in cooperation with Imperial Yachts who are also working with Amels on a Limited Editions Amels 177 currently under construction.

Another example of customisation on this Amels 199 are the two folding balconies, situated port and starboard side of main deck, opening up the boat on both sides near to the main dining room. Standard features on the Amels 199 design include two large VIP cabins on bridge deck, an enclosed garage situated forwards, capable of stowing two 8.00m tenders, and a very large Beach Club situated at the stern, with direct access to this generously-sized leisure area from the guest suites on lower deck.

As with all Limited Editions yachts, the Amels 199 offers high service levels with a crew of 14 plus the captain serving a maximum 12 guests.

Amels managing director Rob Luijendijk said this latest sale provided further evidence of the success of the Limited Editions concept, which in less than six years has established Amels as the market leader in the premium semi-custom segment.

The Limited Editions philosophy is about building superior yachts that offer excellent value and good delivery times,” said Luijendijk. “Our clients know that when they order a Tim Heywood-designed Amels yacht, it will be beautiful, it will be delivered on time, function perfectly, while still offering ample opportunity for customisation. They know they are buying a yacht that will bring them great pleasure and satisfaction, and a safe investment for the future. It’s remarkable how Limited Editions have continued to sell, even through recent times - one of the toughest economic periods the industry has ever seen. With the sale of two Amels 177s, two Amels 180s and now the Amels 199, that’s five yachts sold in five months.”

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