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A closer look at the in-build Espen Øino Amels 60 superyacht

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Laura Nicholls

Since first revealing their latest model this summer, the Dutch shipyard Amels has opened up with more details of the 60-metre Amels 60 model, now under construction with a plan to be delivered during the spring of 2022. As the second creation developed in partnership with designer Espen Øino, following the in-build 78-metre Amels Custom due to be delivered in 2021, the Amels 60 joins the shipyard’s Limited Edition’s range and features an all-new hull shape and hybrid system set to save fuel and slash harmful emissions by up to 70 per cent.Amels 60 yacht exterior designPhoto: AmelsThe Amels design team invested heavily in the new model’s naval architecture alongside the in-house Damen Research Laboratory - who also pioneered the streamlined full displacement hull. The technological capabilities of the yard have peaked with the Amels 60 and its hybrid-electric propulsion and power system, which includes an energy storage system and a Tier III compliant main engine and generator filters. All this will power the 60-metre superyacht with electrical propulsion motors to a cruising speed of up to 7 knots using multiple sources of energy throughout a wide operating profile. When in eco-cruising mode, she can reach up to 4,500 nautical miles when travelling at 13 knots.Amels 60 yacht exterior design helipadPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht exterior designPhoto: AmelsThe edgy exterior lines give way to four trapezoid-shaped windows on the main deck - a signature feature of Espen Øino’s design. “Starting with a blank sheet of paper, the design builds on the heritage at Amels, but it’s a clean and contemporary way to experience the sea. You have these big views from the owner’s suite through trapezoid forms with chamfered frames, little edgy aspects that make it dynamic. We also address the environmental aspect of this yacht. It’s a dynamic design for the future. I like that,” explains Espen Øino.  Amels 60 yacht exterior designPhoto: AmelsThe exterior rhythms are enhanced by Espen Øino’s choice of parallel teak lines through the transom and hardtop and the alternating teak and gloss paintwork - seen best on the 27-metre long sun deck. “The hardtop, crisp lines and overhangs, give shape to the big sun deck. From the main deck aft, you have a clear line of sight down to the large stern platform, so you feel close to the water,” he adds. Featuring a Jacuzzi for up to six people and a raised level foredeck for sun loungers or a helipad, the sun deck is an area that can be customised to include also glass windbreakers for dining underway and illuminated teak lines in the hardtop aft.     Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: Amels
The multifunctional 28-square-metre beach club, which leads to the swim platform and sauna, can be customised into a dive centre, surf and wakeboard store or waterside wellness area - all made possible by Espen Øino’s design adaptations. “Between the swim platform and main deck you have the perfect height, the visual contact so the stern platform becomes part of something bigger which I find is something very interesting,” he explains. Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsMoving inside the new model, Amels shares the fresh approach of interior designers Studio Indigo, who under the influence of the striking exterior lines, have given all 830 GT of interior volume a unified contemporary feel. Starting with a bright reception area surrounded by big sea views, Studio Indigo have given diagonal styling elements throughout the yacht, as seen in the horizontal bands of open-grain oak panelling and shape of the ceiling domes made to accentuate the interior beams.Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: Amels“We refined the GA to make the space as ergonomically efficient as possible, generating a layout that seeks to maximise the perception of space and flow,” Studio Indigo creative director Mike Fisher explains. “This was achieved by opening up the views and vistas between spaces to make them feel bigger, lighter and brighter. The interiors are chic and contemporary, using a rich variety of fabrics and textures throughout, allowing the guests onboard to experience different atmospheres that surprise and delight as you walk through. Consistency of materials, architectural detailing and form means that the spaces flow easily into the next, thereby creating the illusion of endless space."Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsThe main-deck owner’s suite features a folding balcony with a 7-square-metre terrace, neighboured by an 18-square-metre adjoining suite which can be customised to become a space for children, VIP guests, a private office or gym. The sculptural staircase links three out of four decks onboard, including the bridge deck where guests can make use of the lounge, bar and aft deck outdoor dining area. Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsFor additional guests accommodation, the four lower-deck guest suites measuring more than 18-square-metres can be configured to any layout and all benefit from easy access to the beach club via glass doors. Guests can also enjoy the 9-metre luxury tender, the largest tender on a yacht this size, which is to be stowed on the foredeck.
Amels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: AmelsAmels 60 yacht interior designPhoto: Amels“The Amels 60 is an exciting new take on the very best Amels know-how and craftsmanship that has shaped everything we have done for more than 100 years,” says Rose Damen, Managing Director of the Damen Shipyards’ Yachting division. “Just like the global fleet of Limited Editions yachts at sea today, the Amels 60 will be a beacon of trusted reliability, quality and comfort for decades to come.”

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