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maggie2 05-22-2008 07:03 AM

Anyone cruised an Amel from the mid 80's.

PBzeer 05-22-2008 07:48 AM

Only thing I can tell you about Amels is that they don't look as bad on the water as they do in pictures. Saw one on Chesapeake Bay last year. They also seem to be popular in the Caribbean.

maggie2 05-22-2008 07:53 AM

Look roomy and reputed to be very well built. Wondered if the cockpit wheel position would be unusual feel when healing over and swell.

PBzeer 05-22-2008 07:56 AM

Is more of a powerboat setup, isn't it? Doesn't seem like it would be very comfortable heeled over on the high side.

maggie2 05-22-2008 08:07 AM

Looking for something in the 40-45 foot range for our next boat. Children committed but need more space. Also like Alubat's but $.

PBzeer 05-22-2008 08:41 AM

Don't know what the market is like Down Under, but most Amels don't come cheap either.

sailingdog 05-22-2008 09:01 AM

Personally, I think the Amels are rather ugly, if seaworthy boats. :)

Valiente 05-22-2008 10:23 AM

They have a rather odd approach to marketing, but as they are aimed to the Shannon/Moody/Swan demographic, I suppose it differentiates their offering.

I'll take ugly but seaworthy, because Force 10 doesn't care whether you've got a cabin top like a bank vault, but will make itself known if you have large expanses of saloon glass.

T37Chef 05-22-2008 12:06 PM

In case you have not seen this on you tube, a nice promo for the 54 YouTube - Amel 54 cruising sailboat

Lion35 05-22-2008 01:15 PM

I have a friends who have one and they love it (45 I think). They both have been cruising for years and have taken the Amel to Mexico several times (from Santa Cruz). I've been aboard but never sailed on her. The construction is very high quality and the design is quirky but extremely well thought out for sailing and for cruising in particular. I agree the aesthetics aren't my favorite but I think they are really nice cruising boats.

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