Amels appear to be a highly evolved design based on the idea that moderation is a good thing (except for engineering). It was on our short list for a while (now it''s on the second-boat-when-we-retire short list).
Since most of your jib and furling/sail adjustment are electric, the controls are right in front of the wheel. it''s diff, not bad, just diff...
It is one of the very few center cockpit boats that have the cockpit low enough in the hull to help mitigate motion sickness. Also low freeboard, especially for it''s size
They have strong ideas of where stuff belongs (machinery sperate from living areas, good seabearths, sails anchors & dinghy''s outside. Pretty wood and people go inside.
Lots of well thought out details:
--companionway hatch board drops straight down into a well behind stairs. that''s ok ''cause engine room access is through the cockpit sole... which is more open cause the wheel is fwd.
-- Uncap the inside water dipstick & the measured rod pops up to show how much remains.
Design summary: half-blind founder was able to sail sucessfully. Wheel in protected spot & handholds in all the right places.
Amels won a bunch of top ARC spots (last year?) without much broken gear.
Unfortunately we haven''t figured out how to see and touch one out here in Los Angeles yet, and no FLA trips on the horizon. I can not tell you how fast they are compared to most other boats. (Specs would indicate lighter than most cruisers of similar size; heavier & less sail than ULDB styles).
If anybody wants to take me sailing on one, I''ll write up the observations