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July 14, 2008

Third limited editions Amels 171 delivered

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Vlissingen, The Netherlands: Amels, a global leader in the art of yacht building, is pleased to announce the on-time, on-budget delivery of the third of its Limited Editions Amels 171s, the aptly named WERE DREAMS. This 52.3m yacht was shaped by Tim Heywood over an efficient, seaworthy hull with naval architecture and engineering design by the Amels team.

The first of two consecutive LIMITED EDITIONS Amels 171 builds overseen by Daniel Küpfer and his team at OCEAN Management, WERE DREAMS has been a joy to collaborate on for the Owner’s representative, UK-based OCEAN Independence Managing Partner and broker, Nicholas Dean. Having had an OCEAN Management supervisor on-site through the construction and finishing, Dean praised Amels for its high standards and the quality of its craftsmanship and cooperation.

WERE DREAMS’ luxury interior was created by Rome-based Laura Sessa Romboli, whose contemporary styling has received high accolades in the design industry. Comparison to the two previous Amels 171s delivered clearly proves the validity of the Limited Editions premise: to offer Clients a semi-custom design that provides room for personalization, yet assures a considerably shorter delivery time.

The official handover was made on 16 April at a grand shipyard party where Amels CEO Rob Luijendijk gave a heartfelt “thank you” to the Owner, who warmly reciprocated by noting his great happiness with the yacht and the build process. Commenting on the yacht’s styling, Dean complemented Sessa Romboli on her best yacht interior yet. Sessa Romboli noted with her usual modesty: “For me the latest boat is always the best boat! The Owners gave us great freedom in the design. As a result much of the entire boat depended on our choices.” In making these choices Sessa Romboli made certain that detailing would be exceptional, using high-gloss maple for prime joinery with stainless-steel fittings such as door handles. Each guest cabin is themed with unique colours and materials. Sessa Romboli designed custom-made sofas, chairs, curtains, and deck furniture and even the yacht’s personal stationery, assigning fabrication to top specialist firms in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, and Morocco.

Proving that this is a winning combination of shipyard, brokerage, and management companies, the fourth Amels 171, also being overseen by Swiss based OCEAN Management, is nearing completion in Vlissingen in preparation for her on-time, on-budget delivery in July 2008. In addition, the fifth Limited Editions Amels 171 is currently under construction, and the first two Limited Editions Amels 212 hulls are being fabricated. The Amels Refit Department is also nearing completion of the major overhaul of a classic 68m motoryacht.

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