ICON 280

ICON 280

ICON Yachts unveiled the new ICON 280

The new ICON 280 features a timeless exterior design by Tim Heywood and naval architecture by Van Oossanen. The 84m motor yacht welcomes up to 19 guests. When the yacht is underway regulated by commercial rules, 12 guests are allowed. The master suite has spacious 126 square meters and has a 270-degree view from the upper deck.

Furthermore, the yacht is equipped with a touch-and-go helipad and on the aft deck, an infinity pool can be found.

The ICON 280 is for sale with a delivery time of 24 months in spring or summer 2020.

ICON 280

Volpini 2 Yacht Amels 188

Amels 188 VOLPINI 2

Hat-trick at Amels: A repeat client ordered the first Amels 188, christened VOLPINI 2 that is also the first hybrid-powered yacht by the yard. Furthermore, it is the first Tier III yacht in the world.

The Amels 188 belongs to the successful semi-custom line Limited Editions. For the readers who don’t know, what that means: The hull and the exterior design is fully engineered and the client can bring his favorite interior designer. That saves time and costs (explained in a nutshell). The exterior design is a timeless creation by Tim Heywood. The interior of this unit has been designed by Reymond Langton.

The Amels 188 has a beam of 10.60 meters. Although the yacht is just five meters longer than her smaller sister Amels 180, the hull volume is much higher – 671 GT vs. 970 GT. Also, the beach club is much bigger. During the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, organized the Holland Superyacht Group, I had the chance to see both models at the quay and the difference was impressive.

VOLPINI 2 has a 130 sqm owners’ suite forward on the main deck with a twelve square meters fold-out balcony. The yacht has five guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP suite can be found on the bridge deck.

TIER III and Hybrid Propulsion

Amels 188 Volpini 2 Yacht

The Amels 188 meets the new TIER III regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that is an agency of the United Nations to reduce the NOx by about 70 percent of all vessels over 500 GT with the keel laying after 1st of January 2016. Although the keel of VOLPINI 2 was laid in 2015, Amels reacted proactive and equipped the yacht with a propulsion that meets the TIER III requirements.

The propulsion is a hybrid system. Amels teamed up with MTU, Veth and Hug Engineering.

The yacht will be at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 but not for sale or charter. Appointments by Amels only.

Planet Nine Yacht Explorer

Planet Nine by Admiral Yachts

Admiral Yachts (part of The Italian Sea Group) launched the 75m explorer yacht Planet Nine.

Planet Nine was designed by Tim Heywood (exterior design) and features an over 300 sqm private area for the owner. At the aft is the main cabin, another cabin, and the lounge is in the bow area. There is also a theater with an impressive 119-inch screen. Furthermore, the yacht is equipped with a helipad and hangar for a big Agusta A109 Grand and two Rupert Marine 32 tenders are stored in tender bays on the main deck.

Planet Nine Yacht Explorer

Giuseppe Taranto, CEO of The Italian Sea Group says:

“We are proud of this construction and are confident she will be a benchmark in her category. She is a yacht with a unique style that will attract attention in every port. PLANET NINE is also a great achievement in terms of technology”.

The guests of the ice-classed (Lloyd’s Register) yacht can enjoy a wide panoramic observatory lounge on the upper deck or they use the five guest cabins on the lower deck.

Planet Nine marks the 575th launch of the Italian Sea Group.

planet nine yacht

Kamalaya Yacht Wajer 38

The North: Awesome Movie of M/Y Kamalaya and her Wajer 38 Tender

Personally, I like videos of yachts in cold regions more than in the Med or in the Caribbean. Here comes M/Y Kamalaya and her tender - a Wajer 38.

The venue of the performance is Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago (a group of islands with Spitsbergen as the largest island) in the Arctic Ocean. The North has two considerable protagonists.

There is the 55m motor yacht KAMALAYA that belongs to the Amels 180-series – a semi-custom yacht line with exterior design by Tim Heywood and built by Dutch shipyard Amels. The owner can bring an own interior designer. Additionally, the Wajer 38 – a design by Vripack with a top speed of 45 knots (depending on engine configuration).

But now, switch to full-screen mode, turn up the volume of your speakers and lean back.

Creative Lines from New Zealand produced this video. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t miss another adventure in Svalbard: The 45m M/Y LATITUDE in the movie: The Highest Latitude


LILI by Amels

AMELS delivered the 55m LILI from the AMELS 180 Line.

The AMELS 180 (Limited Editions) is a semi-custom motor yacht with a fixed exterior design by Tim Heywood. Because the most calculations are done and thanks to the experience of AMELS, the shipyard needed just 12 months to deliver the yacht with a lot of customizing.

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director:

“Even though she shares the pedigree of the AMELS’ high-value quality and finish, LILI is very different to any other AMELS 180 we have delivered to date. Offering our clients such a high level of customization in such a short time scale is only possible working at the top of our game with complete mastery of the project management and production process. Of course, smooth communication with the Owners team is critical and we have a long-standing productive and close collaboration with IMPERIAL.”


LILI got an extended sun deck of 28m (3m longer than the standard version), outdoor space is now 175 sqm. The pool on the sun deck measures 4m.

Other special features:

  • Extended aft deck
  • On Main Deck, the port and starboard folding bulwarks and sliding doors to the dining room create a light and airy connection to the sea
  • A total of 6 suites
  • A Bridge Deck Owner Suite
  • Main Deck features a large VIP Suite with a private folding balcony.
  • Crew of 12 crew plus Captain, large stores


Picture by Jeff Brown for Imperial

PLVS VLTRA Amels 242

Video: PLVS VLTRA by Amels

Motor yacht PLVS VLTRA belongs to the AMELS 242 Limited Edition.

PLVS VLTRA has an exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior design by Andrew Winch. AMELS delivered her in April 2016.

The owner has an own deck with 240 square meters of space. This area features a forward-looking owner’s suite, ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, and an owner’s office. Aft is the owner’s lounge, with large sliding windows facing aft, capable of making the lounge an inside or an outside area.

Main Specifications

Length over all:74.00 m
Gross tonnage:1725
Speed:16.5 kn
Range:5,000 nm @ 13 knots

Gene Machine - Amels 180 Yacht

Short but great footage of M/Y Gene Machine

Gene Machine (ex Engelberg)built by Amels in 2013 in rough waters. Awesome footage of a beautiful yacht.

Gene Machine belongs to the successful Amels 180-series with exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior design by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea.

In the mid of the Atlantic

Rescue training with Squadron 751 of the Portuguese Air Force

Videos by Fraser Gow


First AMELS 242 on sea trials

AMELS 242 now on sea trials on the Dutch north sea. Her beautiful lines were designed by British yacht designer Tim Heywood.

AMELS 242 #1 will be delivered on time in April and features an interior design by Andrew Winch. The long aft deck features a 6.5m swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy in a full-beam spa, with sauna, steam room, gym and fold-down beach platform.

The owner has an own deck with 240 square meters of space. This area features a forward-looking owner’s suite, ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, and an owner’s office. Aft is the owner’s lounge, with large sliding windows facing aft, capable of making the lounge an inside or outside area.

AMELS has currently two other models of their 242 under construction.


Main Specifications

Length over all:74.00 m
Gross tonnage:1725
Speed:16.5 kn
Range:5,000 nm @ 13 knots
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Carinthia VII by Lürssen

Carinthia VII by Lürssen in Venice

Carinthia VII built by Lürssen in 2002. Pictures were taken by my friend Jan Siegert one week ago in Venice, Italy.

The exterior was designed by British yacht designer Tim Heywood. The non-public interior design was created by Ellerhorst/Kreuter. The yacht has a length of 97.2 meters.

Carinthia VII has four MTU diesel engines of the 1163 series. Each engine has a power of about 10.000 HP. She reaches a top speed of 26 knots.

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Amels 180

New 55m Amels 180 will be build

Amels sold another AMELS 180 of their successful Limited Edition series in the range of 55m to 83m. More than 20 yachts of this series are underway.

The concept is a semi-custom yacht platform with an exterior design by Tim Heywood. The owner can appoint an interior designer of his personal choice. A semi-custom yacht saves a lot of time. The launch of this yachts is scheduled for spring 2017.

Managing Director Rob Luijendijk comments:

[quote]“The continuing success of the AMELS 180 and the whole 55 to 83-metre Limited Editions range has really continued unabated. We’re seeing strong interest in our offer from the Middle East, Latin America and renewed interest from Russia. Exchange rates have played a role with our clients in the US, but we believe the key to our success is our commitment to continuously improve, listen to Owner feedback and strive for perfection.”[/quote]

The owner's suite of the Amels 180 has an own balcony and folding bulwarks at the main saloon area on both sides to have a free view over the ocean. The huge sundeck has a length of 25m.

Amels 180

Madame Kate and RoFlo by Amels

Amels 180 "RoFlo" and Amels 199 "Madame Kate" launched

Two in a row: AMELS launched the 55m "RoFlo" (Amels 180) and 60m "Madame Kate" (Amels 199) at their facility in Vlissingen. Both yachts were designed by Tim Heywood.

AMELS 180 and 199 are semi-customs yachts on proved platforms to provide a fast delivery with (Dutch) quality.

Madame Kate

She is the first AMELS that features a 'pearl effect' paint on hull and superstructure and a touch and go helicopter pad on the foredeck.

AMELS Paint Manager Arie Springvloet Dubbeld explains:

[quote]“This is a pure pearl – not metallic – effect. The pearlescent optical effect works like Isaac 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.”[/quote]

Owner's representative comments:

[quote]“Both the owner and his wife are fine gourmets. They wanted to put the art of making fine cuisine back into the centre of the boat. As far as the interior design was concerned, Madame was expecting to get an original and extremely elegant environment, a promise clearly delivered by the design Laura Sessa. The matching was very good, she is very talented and understood at once what the client wanted. Looking at the long list of modifications requested by the owner, I was really impressed by the speed of reaction from the AMELS Project Manager and the quality of the solutions given to us. All this comforted the owner that he was building his new yacht at the right place.”[/quote]


No public detailed informations available yet.

Symphony Feadship Yacht

101.5m Feadship Symphony (Hull 808) comes out

With Symphony (Hull 808) Feadship launched their biggest yacht (and biggest yacht built in the Netherlands as well) to this date at the Royal Van Lent facility in Kaag after the delivery of the 99m "Madame GU"

Symphony was designed by well-known Tim Heywood who also designed the latest launch by Lürssen in Germany: The 104m Quantum Blue.

Symphony is now waiting for completion the engine room and sea trials. She got now her observation lounge and mast with radio communication equipment on top of the sun deck. There is also a bar and a jacuzzi.

The six-deck yacht was designed as a charter yacht to the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) regulations for yachts from 13 to 36 guests including fully helicopter operations on the own helipad.

The bridge deck features a large terrace with outdoor cinema. The owner's deck has a full beam stateroom (Symphony has a beam of 14.10m!) with [list icon="icon: check-square" icon_color="#1da038"]

  • double bathroom
  • dressing room
  • sauna
  • private office
  • forward terrace with jacuzzi
  • study
  • lounge
  • spacious aft deck with lounge and dining area for up to 20 guests.[/list]

More special features: On the main deck is a counterflow swimming pool with waterfall located. The lower deck is equipped with an ultra-high definition cinema, a lounge area below the glass-bottom swimming pool, a beach club with wellness centre.

Feadship equipped Symphony with an interesting audio-visual system. One example: the elevator shaft has an interactive video wall throughout the five decks. The glass corridor through the engine room features an all-purpose interactive screen offering images from the underwater camera plus the latest information on the yacht’s location, propulsion and systems. Although she seems to have a great IT aboard I read nothing about environmentally friendly technology.

Photo credits: Feadship Fanclub

Main specifications
Length over all:101.50 m
Beam:14.10 m
Draft:4.10 m
Exterior Design:Tim Heywood
Interior Design:Bannenberg & Rowell Design
Naval Architecture:Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Main Engines:4x MTU 16V4000M73, 2560 kW @ 1970 rpm
Max. Speed:22 knots
Range @ 12 knots:5.000 nm
Guests:16-20 guests: six guest staterooms, one VIP full-beam stateroom,
double owner’s stateroom, up to four additional guests in lower
deck cabins.
Crew:Captain’s cabin plus ample accommodation for crew.
Fuel Capacity256.000 l
Tenders & ToysThree Pascoe custom tenders -- 9.6m, 8.3m and 7.85m; two wave
runners, two Seabobs, windsurfers, water slides and inflatable
Activities aboardSix-metre contraflow swimming pool. Twelve scuba diving bottles
and gear. Two Jacuzzis. Two saunas (dry and wet). Two steam
showers. Gymnasium. Beauty salon/massage room.
Entertainment / ITFully-integrated system with Apple iPad controls in all guest and
owner areas, for entertainment, lights, temperature, curtains, etc.
Full HD TV. Internet streaming TV and radio. Audio/video ondemand.
WiFi throughout. Duplicated VSAT and SeaTel TV
installations. State-of-the-art cinema for 14. Outside cinema on
bridge deck. TVs on all aft exterior decks. 15m interactive video
wall in elevator shaft. Interactive screen in engine room passage.