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