Captain Fraser Gow sent us an impressive video of the AMELS 180 superyacht GENE MACHINE (ex ENGELBERG) proving she’s not just a beauty. Well-designed, strong and reliable, the 55-metre AMELS 180 powered safely across the rough Atlantic on her way to the Mediterranean, ready to welcome the owner back on board for a new season of adventures.
Owners are of course not on board during such rough weather crossings, yet a yacht’s ability to complete ocean passages means owners and their guests can reach the world’s most desirable cruising grounds when and where it suits them.
A well-built superyacht must be not only beautiful to look at in the marina or at anchor in calm seas, it must also be an ocean-going and highly capable ship. The AMELS 180, like each steel-hulled full displacement yacht in the AMELS Limited Editions range, is designed and built to reliably handle such conditions without damage or risk to the crew.
“On final approach to Gibraltar,” Captain Fraser explains, “our weather window was closing in on us but I knew how good the sea keeping capabilities of the AMELS 180s are. Rather than being pinned down and adding a week to a somewhat already long crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Athens, I opted to push past the Azores and continue into more average sea conditions. We managed to keep ahead of the worst weather, easily keeping to our schedule, the yacht and her crew handling the conditions with ease. Surprisingly no one was ill.”
GENE MACHINE’s solid, steel construction performed admirably as expected. Over the years AMELS yachts have made many such crossings and the valuable feedback from captains and crews means our design and engineering are always getting better and better.