The First Limited Editions Amels 180

Engelberg is on track for delivery next month, sporting a bright orange boot top.

Amels Limited Editions 180 Engelberg

The first Limited Editions 180, Engelberg, is on schedule for delivery from the Amels shipyard in May 2013.Courtesy Ocean Independence

Engelberg, the first Limited Editions Amels 180, has splashed and is on schedule for delivery to her owner at the end of May.

Ocean Independence, which is managing the build in cooperation with the Dutch builder, says the owner requested a number of features that make the yacht more custom than the original vision for this semi-custom line. The advanced communications system aboard Engelberg, for instance, required some 50 miles' worth of onboard wiring to achieve. Few people will ever see that, but all will notice the custom-tint orange paint that the owner had mixed for the yacht's boot top, offsetting her charcoal-gray hull and light-gray superstructure, both designed by Tim Heywood.

Amels Managing Director Rob Luijendijk said the owner's brief also included folding balconies on the main deck, easy-access stairs extending from the swim platform, an extra-large sundeck engineered for a touch-and-go helipad, and more. All of those were realized before Engelberg splashed in March. She has been undergoing final fit-out during the past few weeks.

The interior of Engelberg has what Amels is calling a wide-body sky lounge, taking advantage of the yacht's 30-foot beam. There are staterooms for 14 guests as well as cabins for 16 crew, including the owner's personal staff. Interior décor throughout the yacht is by Enea Landscape Architecture.

“The interiors reflect the true beauty of nature’s coastal landscapes in shades of rich green, warm sand, earth tones and hues of blue,” says Enzo Enea of Enea Landscape Architecture. “The design remains modest, yet ingenious in its homage to the origins of sea travel: sailing and ships.”

Engelberg will have a cruising speed of 15.5 knots with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. She will displace about 672 gross tons.

For more information, visit www.amels-holland.com or www.oceanindependence.com.