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Best of the Best 2013: Megayachts: Amels Step One

  • Danielle Cutler

Amels’s Step One (+31.118.485.002, www.amels-holland.com) is one of the smallest boats in the Dutch yard’s successful Limited Editions line of custom yachts. But the 180-foot vessel—which, like the other Limited Editions launches, was sculpted by the famed naval architect Tim Heywood—makes the most of every square inch. It features a larger water-level beach club aft than any of the previous Limited Editions designs, as well as a main saloon with a bar area and 30 percent more space. Highlights aboard Step One also include a nearly 1,700-square-foot sundeck with a helipad and a sky lounge with a backlit onyx bar and a white baby grand. The yacht accommodates as many as 12 guests in five staterooms, with all but the spacious master suite able to change configurations, thanks to soundproof sliding partitions. There is nothing small about Step One’s range, which spans 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots.