The Amels 242 is in Sea Trials

Dutch shipbuilder says Hull No. 1 is on schedule for delivery to her owner in April.

Amels 242, Superyacht
Amels 242
Amels will allow the client to use an interior designer of their choice for the 242.Courtesy Amels

Amels has been mum on details since signing a contract to build the first Amels 242 back in late 2013. Hull No. 1 emerged from the Amels yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, about three months ago with much speculation and gossip, and now she is being spotted in the Dutch North Sea as she undergoes sea trials.

The 242 is the fifth Tim Heywood design in the Limited Editions range to be built, with other models from 180 to 272 feet length overall. Amels says Hull No. 1 of the 242 is on schedule for delivery in April to her owner, who is represented by Moran Yacht & Ship.

We do know that this 242 has a 2,500-square-foot owner's deck and not one, but two main-deck VIP staterooms. Overall, the yacht accommodates 14 guests, two staff members (or bodyguards) and 19 crew. The aft deck has a 21-foot-long swimming pool, and on the bottom deck is a full-beam spa with sauna, steam room, gym and fold-down diving platform.

Will the Amels 242 hit her speed estimates on sea trial? We'll know soon enough. The estimates when construction began were for a maximum speed of 16.5 knots, with a range of 5,000 nm at 13 knots.

Amels 242, Superyacht
Amels 242
The Amels 242 also features an optional touch-and-go helipad and full beam beach club.Courtesy Amels