Amel 50

Yachting Monthly - - BOATS & EQUIPMENT -

Amel, the French ketch builder, is launch­ing a sloop. It’s not their first, but they haven't made one in years. If that weren’t enough, I’d ad­vise hard­core Amel fans to take a seat be­cause gone too are the keel-mounted pro­pel­ler and skeg-hung rud­der, re­placed by a con­ven­tional shaft drive and, wait for it, twin rud­ders.

Down be­low, she has the prac­ti­cal fea­tures one has come to ex­pect of boats de­signed for se­ri­ous longdis­tance cruis­ing, in­clud­ing a chart table at the base of the com­pan­ion­way and a long, L-shaped gal­ley. There’s a large mas­ter cabin aft with en suite heads and shower, while for­ward of the C-shaped seat­ing and large hull win­dows of the sa­loon is a heads to port and a pull­man cabin op­po­site.

On deck, there’s Amel's usual large, fixed spray­hood and shel­tered com­mand cen­tre with steer­ing wheel and in­stru­ment dash­board. Aft of the cock­pit is a large sun­pad area. While she’s de­signed to cruise the world, more em­pha­sis has been given to mak­ing her more suit­able for coastal sail­ing, too.

Who would she suit?

A fam­ily of world-girdling wannabees look­ing for a large yacht to live on.

An Amel sloop with twin rud­ders, what­ever next?

Her in­te­rior is de­signed for liv­ing aboard and ex­tended cruis­ing

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