‘The birth of a new line of superyachts,’is something you may have thought when you first saw Plvs Vltra. Yes, she is indeed the first of four units in the Dutch yacht builder’s new Limited Editions 242 collection so far, but there is certainly nothing generic about this vessel. With a name inspired by the ancient Pillars of Hercules signifying the edge of the known world, Plvs Vltra (translating to ‘farther beyond’) is as much a breakthrough in tradition and a pioneer of a new direction of yacht building and design as the meaning of her name suggests. Together with her experienced owner, the skills that a brand such as Amels hold, and the wealth of knowledge that owner’s representatives Moran Yacht & Ship brought to the project, she is setting the path for others to follow as the first of her kind
To understand Plvs Vltra and what she all is about, one must first understand the owner. An experienced yachtsman that is passionate about the yacht life, this man leads an active lifestyle together with his young family. Their love for the ocean has not only brought them this far in the yacht ownership cycle, but has directly influenced some of the key features that we see onboard Plvs Vltra today.
It started with designer Tim Heywood, the man behind the exterior lines of all Amels’ Limited Editions superyachts. “Together with the Owner, we wanted to highlight Plvs Vltra’s profile with the paint scheme – the contrast of Jet Black on the superstructure between decks and the Matterhorn White, the graceful stripe following the form all the way from the bow to the transom.”
This created a strong and defined profile that makes Plvs Vltra very easily recognisable – “you can spot her instantly when she’s at the marina,” Heywood comments. This resulted in the perfect platform from which to build on the Limited Editions philosophy which combines a timeless design with feature-packed guest areas and a layout that will stand the test of time.
The 6.5-metre swimming pool on the main aft deck is certainly worth a mention. It is 1.2 metres deep and comes complete with its own current simulator that allows guests to enjoy a few morning warm-up ‘laps’ before breakfast. The remainder of the aft deck covers a staggering 180 square metres that is filled with several loose furniture pieces and a large lounging centrepiece.
Two levels above, on the bridge deck aft, an outdoor cinema continues the exterior fun but in a more toned-down kind of way. Perfect for those late night escapes after dinner, this area is neatly tucked away from the busier guest areas elsewhere on the yacht.
For daytime sunbathing and entertaining, few areas on Plvs Vltra are more suited than the sundeck. The circular Jacuzzi overlooks the forward part of the yacht and is surrounded by comfortable seating areas and wrap-around sun should be bathing cushions.
With the Amels 242 concept, Tim Heywood and the shipyard took the side balcony idea a step further by creating a large folding hatch at water level where guests can relax. Located amidships on the starboard side, this not only allows guests direct access to the spa area inside, but very importantly offers a calmer zone to board the tender from when anchored in choppy waters. The pitching motion often experienced at the stern when the swell picks up is not as evident in this section of the yacht.