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April 30, 2010

Sneak Preview Of ‘Addiction’, The First Amels 177

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Early photos of the brand new AMELS 177 reveal the typically sleek lines of a classic Tim Heywood design. Photographed during her acceptance trials on the North Sea, ‘Addiction’ is the latest yacht to be ordered by a repeat client of Dutch superyacht builder AMELS.

‘Addiction’ has been completed in good time for the European yachting season. She passed her acceptance trials with flying colors, earning sign-off from the owner’s representative and Lloyds Register in just a single day. “This is a very good start to the launch of our AMELS 177 range,” commented managing director of AMELS, Rob Luijendijk. “The success of the LIMITED EDITIONS concept is already well proven with our existing models. As with our other premium semi-custom designs, we believe the AMELS 177 offers all of the benefits of personalization that you would find with a pure custom build – but without the long design process and technical risks.”

The 177-footer is an evolution of the very successful AMELS 171, of which six yachts have now been launched. British designer Tim Heywood drew the lines of both the 171 and 177. “The additional 2 meters of the AMELS 177 serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose,” said Heywood. “The longer hull makes it possible to create an even more elegant, sleeker profile, while also creating the space for a very generous 30sqm Beach Club at the stern, a luxury area close to the water for the owner and his guests to enjoy.”

A very large transom door and integrated hydraulic crane make it possible to handle large personal watercraft such as Jet Skis with ease. There is even the option of a touch-and-go helicopter pad.

The sleek and feminine lines of the AMELS 177 have been further enhanced by the distinctive Moondust colored hull paint, whose sophisticated tones contrast very effectively with the Oyster White superstructure and charcoal-grey accents. The interior design of Addiction has been created from a combination of two of the best design houses in the superyacht industry, Nuvolari Lenard of Italy and Axel Vervoordt of Belgium.

Sir Ian Collett of yacht consultancy Ward & McKenzie, the project managers and owner’s representative commented: “Our team was impressed by the level of organization and professionalism of the AMELS team. ‘Addiction’ is the second successful vessel we have built with the company. This, the first 177, is a beautiful design by Tim Heywood and well constructed by AMELS. All in all, this project has been an interesting, exciting and pleasurable experience for the buyer’s team.”

After delivery, the yacht will be managed by Verpeka Yacht Brokerage, based in Monaco. Managing director Nataliya Verpeka, who moved from her native Russia to the Mediterranean 18 years ago to pursue a career in international yachting management, commented on the AMELS 177: “I was privileged to be on board Addiction for the very first acceptance sea trial of this new AMELS model, and was very impressed with the yacht’s performance. Having been closely involved with other projects, I know how rare it is for a yacht to come through its initial sea trial so smoothly.”

The AMELS yard in Vlissingen is running at full capacity with nine projects currently underway. Rob Luijendijk said: “Considering the challenging economic conditions in the global economy these past two years, we are delighted to be so busy with the planning and build of various yachts in our range, the LIMITED EDITIONS AMELS 171, 177, AMELS 199 and AMELS 212, as well as DAMEN’s 50m and 67m SEA AXE Fast Yacht Support vessels.”

AMELS is the exclusive yacht-building member of the Dutch DAMEN Shipyards Group, consisting of more than 34 shipyards and marine-related companies throughout the world. DAMEN, a family owned company, employs over 6,700 people, delivered 150 vessels in 2009 and has an annual turnover of approximately €1.4 billion.

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