Amels Yachts are launched from Makkum and Schelde, in the Netherlands. Amels Holland started as a 1918 family business serving the commercial and naval shipbuilding industry. Today, Amels is part of the Damen Shipyards Group, operating as an autonomous business benefiting from solid financial backing, with additional resources in engineering, production and personnel when required. They began yacht construction in the early 80s, and by 1987 Amels had made the transition to producing only yachts. The recent addition of the Vlissingen yard has added more covered facilities increasing the already expansive space available for vessels up to 655ft (or 200m). Luxury yachts are a specialty at Amels's, where they construct yachts starting at 130 feet in length. Both of the Amels locations are modern, well-equipped facilities offering the same 'Dutch Quality' under a single operation. The large capacity dry docks enable Amels to build the largest Dutch yachts available today. Amels is also equipped for yacht refitting, with one of the more notable refits being the motoryacht “Nabila” for Donald Trump. Amels Yachts are highly regarded in the yachting community with Tigre D'Or winning awards from the Superyacht Society for "Best Power 141 ft+" in 1997 and "Best Power Interior" in 1997 and 1999. One of their most spectacular yachts to date is the 242’ (73.69m) “Ilona”, launched in 2004 to full MCA compliance, including special UK CAA CAP-437 compliance for the helicopter and fueling system.