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05-22-2008 11:08 PM
JohnRPollard
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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
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....
05-22-2008 10:55 PM
camaraderie JRP...you are more up to date than I am! Is Potter still involved? I haven't seen anything from him in a while
05-22-2008 08:32 PM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
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.
05-22-2008 06:44 PM
CharlieCobra The Amel Super Maramu is a solid cruising yacht without question. Either ya love it or hate, aesthetics's wise.
05-22-2008 05:20 PM
camaraderie 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.
05-22-2008 02:15 PM
Lion35 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.
05-22-2008 01:06 PM
T37Chef In case you have not seen this on you tube, a nice promo for the 54 YouTube - Amel 54 cruising sailboat
05-22-2008 11:23 AM
Valiente 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.
05-22-2008 10:01 AM
sailingdog Personally, I think the Amels are rather ugly, if seaworthy boats.
05-22-2008 09:41 AM
PBzeer Don't know what the market is like Down Under, but most Amels don't come cheap either.
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