The delivery comes just a year and a half after the yacht’s sale was announced towards the end of 2019. Captain Spyros Karalis had been on location at the yard for the better part of a year, overseeing the build and final outfitting on behalf of the yacht's owner.
He comments, ‘This summer season is going to be very full on. We have plans to cruise the whole Mediterranean starting from Spain and then up to Greece, with France, Italy and all the other islands in between. I am very much looking forward to getting her out on the ocean and welcoming the Owner on board for all the adventures that lie ahead.’
Amels and Damen Yachting sales manager Jorrit Pilaar commented on behalf of the yard:
‘We are very proud to hand STELLA M over to her Owner. It has been a very intense project in challenging times but her delivery, on-time and on-budget, really comes down to the great collaboration between all parties involved. We wish her Owner and crew all the best and look forward to seeing STELLA M all across the Med this summer.’
The first Amels 200 yacht has been customised with bespoke interiors by British design studio Reymond Langton. Her 60m Limited Editions exterior is an evolution of the popular Amels 188 penned by Tim Heywood Design.
Tim Heywood comments on the originality and ingenuity of her exterior: ‘I believe her delicate, fluid lines will prove to be timeless and she will still look as attractive in 50 years' time, as she does now.’
On his favourite aspects of the design, Heywood adds, ‘The many flying buttresses, the complex winding surfaces, the upturned deck ends, the integrated life rafts, the sculptural mast and the complex stern, all form a harmonious design that sits securely in her environment, of which I am extremely proud.’
The Amels 200 shares many of the appealing features of her predecessor, including hybrid electrical power technology, a four-deck elevator and air-conditioned gym on sun deck. Her additional length has allowed for various enhancements, however, including larger aft decks, swim platform and full-height windows in the owner’s suite.
Tim explains how this extra length allows for more maneuverability in the design: ‘The additional length invested into this design, has only increased her elegance and sophisticated appearance, as well as elevating the functionality of her interior, which is illuminated by enlarged windows.’
The Amels 200 Limited Editions range has already proven a strong commercial success since the first sale, with the Dutch shipyard announcing the third unit sold just last month.