The Amels Limited Editions superyachts series is from the drawing board of designer Tim Heywood. The yachts’ scimitar bow is the big talking point, a feature which maximises length, increasing displacement speed, and it also means the 60 metre 199 will perform more like conventional 65 metre yacht and will be up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient than an equivalent clipper-bowed vessel. Overall, the looks of the 199s are rightly called cutting edge by Amels.
Amels sold the second Limited Edition 199 in May 2013 and her launch, announced by the yard’s Twitter feed, was made from its 140 metre dry dock in Vlissingen in brilliant sunshine. Commissioning and sea trials are underway as scheduled and delivery should be in the spring.
Amels’ Limited Editions 199 Madame Kate leaving the shed
The boat features a new pearl effect paint system, of which the yard’s Paint Manager, Arie Springvloet Dubbeld, says in Amels’ online magazine, “The pearlescent optical effect works like Issac Newton’s prism. You have different colours in one colour. Pearlescent is basically the next step after metallic paints. You get a very elegant and refined effect.”
The pearl effect will not only sparkle and shimmer in sunlight, but it will also do so at night, thanks to an elaborate lighting system above and below the waterline. But it was complex to apply and required all of Amels’ expertise to get it right first time, as Dubbeld says, “In pearlescent paint you have very fine mica, which is glass, so you see through it to the layer below. This makes it muc
h more complex to apply than metallic paints, because you first have to spray a whole system before you can start. If you make a mistake in the pearl, you have to go right back to the base system and start all over again.”
The interior, designed by Laura Sessa, accommodates 12 guests in six cabins: the full-beam master suite is on the main deck, two VIPs are on the bridge deck, and a double and two twins are on the lower deck.
Amels has 10 new builds and one refit on schedule made public at this time.