Staying small when you’re big
“When owners visit AMELS here in Vlissingen, they very quickly note the yard’s unique atmosphere, the sense of calm determination. Even though we are very busy, things run in a smooth and well organised way. But AMELS has always been much more than that. There is something extra which draws on the centuries of shipbuilding excellence here on the North Sea. We work on very large, very complex superyachts, but we get on with things in an uncomplicated, easy-going way. Even though we are the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and part of one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, in our mentality we still prefer to work like a small yard. says Rob Luyendijk Managing Director at AMELS.

A superyacht is only the beginning
The reason AMELS has become the largest Dutch superyacht builder is because we know it's not just about the yacht, it's about creating the opportunity for shared experiences and wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Rob Luijendijk: “As Managing Director, I am tempted to say that this cascades down from the top, but in fact it often feels like the other way around. It’s the feeling of determination I get when I’m here that keeps me going during my travels all over the world. Everyone at the yard knows that their role is important. This is why, when we deliver a yacht – whether it’s a new build or a refit project – we celebrate that achievement as a team, from the lead engineer to the superstructure cleaners. You can only promise the absolute highest quality if you know that every weld, every component, every finish has been applied with absolute pride in your craftsmanship.”

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  • 14 jan 2018

    Dutch luxury yacht builder AMELS is hosting the 83-metre luxury yacht HERE COMES THE SUN (272 ft) for her worldwide show debut at the Miami Yacht Show from 15 to 19 February. HERE COMES THE SUN is the largest AMELS yacht delivered to date with a Gross Tonnage of 2,827.

    HERE COMES THE SUN will be the star of the show, occupying the show’s prime Island Gardens location Berth A1 reserved for the largest yacht.

    Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director: “We’re very excited to introduce the flagship of our 55 to 83-metre AMELS Limited Editions range in Florida. HERE COMES THE SUN is a wonderful showcase of the absolute highest AMELS quality and finish. We have several yachts from our AMELS Limited Editions range now under construction.”

    The Owners of HERE COMES THE SUN also built their previous yacht at AMELS, the 65-metre IMAGINE, in 2011, and returned to the yard for this very special and prestigious project. The exterior design is by Tim Heywood and interior design by Winch Design. Since her on-time and on-budget delivery in January 2017, HERE COMES THE SUN has cruised the Mediterranean and Caribbean with her Owners and is also available for charter.

    HERE COMES THE SUN demonstrates AMELS’ experience building very high quality large yacht projects, witnessed by the recent new order for a 78-metre AMELS Full Custom yacht (256 ft) by Espen Øino. When this new yacht is delivered in 2021, it will be the largest AMELS by Gross Tonnage built to date.

    AMELS has delivered 60 large superyachts – both AMELS Limited Editions and AMELS Full Custom – and is part of the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group, one of the world’s largest specialist shipbuilders.

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  • 12 apr 2018

    There is no other marine event quite like Dubai International Boat Show. 2018 marks the 26th anniversary of this world-famous festival, where fortunes are launched and dreams set sail. Don’t miss 5 days celebrating the marine lifestyle, with the industries latest and greatest showcased against the spectacular backdrop of the Dubai Canal, Jumeirah.

    The Dubai International Boat show takes place from 27 February to 3 March 2018.

    For more information please visit the website here.

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