It seems that Amels, the yachting division of the Dutch family owned ship building group, likes to do things in twos.
In the two days before the Monaco Yacht Show began in late September, the Dutch builder sold two new superyachts and then, announced a further two additions to its already impressive line up.
The first of announcements made was to introduce the Amels 188, an all new and somewhat innovative 57.7 metre yacht, part of the Limited Editions yacht range. That range is now a six-model series, starting with the Amels 180 and topping out with the Amels 272. British designer Tim Heywood was on hand at the yacht show to introduce the look of the Amels 188, which graciously brings back a classic clipper bow and an impressive flying buttress that gives grandeur to her lines. Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design conveyed how she and her partner have created a blank-canvas design structure that will allow owners to personalise the interior of the Amels 188. Among the many options that Amels is offering for this 970-gross-ton yacht: hybrid propulsion.
Announcement number two was of a new concept in luxury exploration vessels called SeaXplorer. This three vessel expedition yacht line up has been developed by Damen, and builds on the success of the SeaAxe fast support vessels. The SeaXplorer yachts will span a range starting at 65 metres and will include a 90 and a 100 metre option.
The SeaXplorer uses an optimised hull design popular in the offshore oil industry, built to Lloyds Polar Class 6. This means the yacht can truly break through ice – something that few, if any, other expedition superyachts can do so far.