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Giant awakes

Emerging from the Amels and Damen Yachting facilities in The Netherlands is their largest build to date.

03 September 2021


The Custom Amels 78, at 77.8 metres (255 feet), has been unveiled in full for the first time since arriving at the Amels and Damen Yachting facilities in Vlissingen in 2020 ahead of sea trials.

As she rolled out of the build shed into a less than sunny August day in the Netherlands, onlookers were treated to the much-anticipated first real look at this stunning Espen Øino design. She will now spend the next few weeks quayside at the Vlissingen City shipyard ready to undergo a number of sea trials.

The move outside of the build shed marks yet another major milestone in the build journey and follows the initial floating that took place earlier this year during a private event attended by the owner’s team, the designers involved in the project, and the Amels and Damen Yachting team.

Andrew Tree of Superyacht Technical Services explains, “The moment a project heads outside for the first time is always very special. It’s impossible not to be proud of reaching that moment and having the opportunity to stand back and really admire how an initial vision has been transformed into reality.”


Tree continues, “How her key features, such as the very wide side decks that can be utilised as private guest balconies, the large open top deck and the large pool aft, have taken shape and really enhanced her design.

“Seeing her head out into the daylight has just reaffirmed how well the design works and what a beautiful yacht she is,” said Tree.

“We still have a long way to go yet. The next few weeks will be critical as we put her through her paces with the sea trials ahead of us, but today is definitely a day to be celebrated.”

Amels and Damen Yachting Project Manager Daan Langezaal describes the importance of the move outside for the shipyard team: “When she is delivered in 2022, the Custom Amels 78 will be the largest Amels superyacht built to date in terms of volume (gross tonnage of 2,885).

“Seeing her in the open air and daylight is a real reminder of her size and presence but also highlights her design and how it has been worked to carry her form beautifully.”

Langezaal continued, “The entire team at Amels and Damen Yachting is incredibly proud to have reached this latest milestone, something we could not have managed without the great cooperation of the owner’s team and all our co-makers.

“We are now looking forward to the next phase and getting her out on the water for the sea trials.”



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