This 60-m Amels hybrid yacht looks to the future with a new shape and light-filled interiors as part of its semi-custom line
Dutch superyacht builder Amels recently revealed a 60-m hybrid yacht designed by the renowned Espen Øino, based in Monaco. Scheduled for a 2022 delivery, Amels 60 is already being constructed under the umbrella of the yard’s Limited Editions line.
Introduced in 2007, the line is essentially a made-to-measure version of the bespoke boatbuilding process: You get a proven platform between 55m and 83m that you may customise inside and out, working with whichever designer matches your vision for the interiors. This cuts the wait time in half, from four years to two, for a vessel of this size.
Amenity highlights of the new Amels 60 include an owner’s suite balcony, a huge swim platform and adjoining beach club with gym as well as a large sundeck with the requisite hot tub.
This fresh design includes a new hull form penned by Amels’ naval architects in collaboration with parent company Damen Shipyards’ in-house research lab. This is the platform upon which all the Amels 60s will be built. The aim was to create the perfect balance of full-displacement cruising comfort with fuel efficiency, an approach becoming more common among large yacht builders.
“As a naval architect and as a yacht designer, I like how Amels 60 optimises the waterline lengths, which increases the length-to-beam ratio,” Øino says. “This is an efficient hull form, which, in combination with the hybrid propulsion, makes Amels 60 unique in this size and range of vessels.”
The boat’s hybrid set-up enables it to cruise up to seven knots with electric propulsion motors. The system uses several energy sources and emits very little noise and vibration, burns less fuel, incurs lower maintenance costs and reduces emissions.
Inside the boat, with its large 830-gross-tonnage interior volume and 10m beam, guests will appreciate the huge windows. Conceived by London’s Studio Indigo, headed by founder and creative director Mark Fisher, the yacht gives a sense of space and flow. “This was achieved by opening up the views and vistas between spaces to make them feel bigger, lighter and brighter,” explains Fisher.
Six suites will house up to 12 guests and there’s room for 12 crew members and a captain. Lounging space abounds, from the sundeck to the flybridge to the aft deck and down to the swim platform. The yacht will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles while eco-cruising at 13 knots.