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The SuperMaramu is the only boat they currently produce and it is a dream boat for many but they did smaller boats in the 80's like the Sharki and Maramu's. All are blue water boat and all are a bit unconventional. You either love the boats or hate 'em but they are all built to go to sea in safety. Draft on all of these boats tends to be deep so that is one thing to pay attention to if shoal areas are in your cruising plans.
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The Amel Super Maramu is a solid cruising yacht without question. Either ya love it or hate, aesthetics's wise.
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The SuperMaramu is the only boat they currently produce and it is a dream boat for many but they did smaller boats in the 80's like the Sharki and Maramu's. All are blue water boat and all are a bit unconventional. You either love the boats or hate 'em but they are all built to go to sea in safety. Draft on all of these boats tends to be deep so that is one thing to pay attention to if shoal areas are in your cruising plans.
Agree with most of Camaraderie's comments. But my understanding is that the new 54 replaced the Super Maramu Millenium 53 last year. To my mind, it is a big improvement, as the interior layout of the old 53 never appealed to me. The new 54 has the extra cabins/bunks that a family needs and expects in a boat of this size. The galley, as with most of the prior models, is the weak point of the design. It seems to me too much space is given over to "engine room" that could have been better used in living space, particularly the galley.

The older, mid-40 footers (Sharki, Santorini) are somewhat less well known, but they seem to represent decent value in a solid hull (I think the newer designs have much more evolved hull forms, though.) With the right layout, I'd consider these a good candidate for the type of sailing you're planning. You might find more of them over here in the States -- check with Joel Potter in Florida.
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JRP...you are more up to date than I am! Is Potter still involved? I haven't seen anything from him in a while
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As far as I know, he's still the U.S. agent. I don't buy the sailing rags much anymore, but I seem to recall seeing his ad in one recently....

P.S. He used to advertise these boats as representing great value, daring anyone to compare it with any other boat under $500K. Back then he made a good point. But have you seen the price on a new 54 lately? Whew, those days are long gone!! Now you'd be foolish not to go up to Maine and see what you could get for similar price....
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