Country: The Netherlands
Specialties: Motor Yachts, Semi and Full-Custom Yachts
Size range: From 50m (164’) to 120m (294’)
Hull configuration: Displacement
Hull material: Steel
Services: New Build, Warranty, Maintenance/Refit
Forming part of the Damen Group since 1991, Amels is a renowned luxury yacht builder based in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. Though founded in 1918, it wasn’t until the launch of 48m Lady Georgina (ex- Katalina) in 1982 that the builder established itself within the yachting community. Since then, Amels has built a reputation for exceptional custom-built superyachts with a large range of available models. The yard’s modern climate-controlled facility, with 204m and 145m dry docks, offers direct access to the North Sea.
In 2005, the Dutch shipyard set a notable milestone by introducing the Amels Limited Editions range. This popular design launched a concept that closes the gap between a custom build and a semi-custom yacht. All of Amels Limited Edition yachts are built on a proven platform, eliminating the anxiety of employing untested technology or design. It gives owners complete control over the exterior lines and the interior layout, making each yacht built in the Limited Editions line its own work of art. The pre-engineered platform also significantly cuts build time, another bonus for time-poor buyers looking to enjoy their new yacht but not compromise on quality.
Over the years, the Damen Group has further developed its yachting portfolio. New yachting products have included the Yacht Support range in 2008 and the explorer and expedition range named SeaXplorer in 2015. All of Damen Group's yachting products were united under the Damen Yachting division in 2019.
Amels is regarded as being among the few and most valued luxury yacht builders in the world. Their reputation, quality and build speed make Amels yachts a consistent favorite on the sales and charter market.
Amels is one of the few selected Northern European shipyards that builds high-end motor yachts. The superyachts delivered by Amels are semi-custom or full-custom yacht projects. The semi-custom option is based on the yard's Limited Editions model range.
Amels also excels in supplying full-custom projects based on the client's vision to create a one-off superyacht and experience the new build process. Amels yachts are made of steel hulls with a displacement hull configuration. The Dutch shipyard is committed to carrying out projects that meet the highest building standards and latest regulations.
Notable deliveries and models
Most of the Amels yachts delivered to date have been built under the semi-custom Amels Limited Editions range. The Amels 272 remains the largest Amels built so far. With her original 83m length (extended to 89m in 2021), the superyacht Here Comes The Sun is the largest unit by size and volume delivered under the Limited Editions range. The Amels Limited Editions classics, no longer in build, consisted of six models: Amels 180, Amels 200, Amels 206, Amels 220, Amels 242 and the Amels 272. In 2019, Damen Yachting launched a new Limited Editions model, the Amels 60, followed by a new addition in 2022, the Amels 80. The first Amels 60 named Come Together delivered in 2022, while the first Amels 80 is scheduled for delivery in 2025.
Among Amels’ full-custom projects are the easily identifiable 82m Ilona, 78m Montkaj, 76m Boadicea, 74m Lady E and the 61m Calypso.
Design collaborations on models and projects
For the original Amels Limited Editions range, Amels collaborated with renowned British yacht designer Tim Heywood who drew the exterior lines. For the new Limited Editions series, Damen Yachting hired Norwegian superyacht designer Espen Øino, who also penned on the exterior designs of 120m Project Signature and the Amels 78m Full Custom.
For both interior and exterior styles, various famous yacht designers were appointed by Amels or directly by clients to create stylish custom yachts, including Terence Disdale, Winch Design, Donald Starkey, Michael Leach, Bannenberg & Rowell, Jack Hargrave and Diana Yacht Design.
IYC has extensive experience and knowledge of Amels-built yachts and can provide advice on model types and brokerage yachts.