Is ideal yacht exists? No one will answer this question yes or no, since a lot of clarifications will be required. For what, for whom, budget, size, type and dozens more question. But at least half of experienced sailors would think about Amel.
Her creator, Henri Amel, initially set the task as to build an ideal yacht which would be comfortable and safe to sail anywhere in any conditions together with his wife in any.
The original Maramu project, then Super Maramu, Amel 54, Amel 55. Henri and his team have been honing their ideal yacht for almost half a century. By the way, in my opinion it was a mistake to start producing yacht range instead of single yacht, but this is not about that. The smallest details are perfect. Everything that an experienced not lazy yachtsman on any other yacht sets up for many years, on the Amel 55 has already been thought out and made as convenient as possible.
And I'm not exaggerating at all. Who sailed and owned Amel never change her to anything. Well, except perhaps, a fundamentally different class or a Dutch full custom.
The new Amel 55, released in 2013, is an evolution of the previous classic 54 but uses a completely new hull shape from Berret Racoupeau. The shipyard's idea was to give a more modern look to their traditionally conservative in-house designs. With more lighting and ventilation hatches, the Amel 55 is better suited for the tropics and Asia-Pacific travel.
Highlights: a powerful hull with four watertight bulkheads, a gearbox and propeller built into the keel, a fin hanging on a powerful skeg, all systems critical for the survival of the yacht are concentrated in a watertight engine room, ketch sails, central cockpit with a hardtop, Amel’s artificial teak, all deck works are automated and electrified.
Speed with engine 10 knots at 2600 rpm. The economy mode at 1500 rpm gives 8.5 knots at least.
Ketch is not common on modern serial production yachts because it is recognized as difficult to manage, but Amel has perfected ease of use with joystick controlled, electric motors on each mast. The mainsail raised by lightly pressing the “Grand Voile” joystick, while with the other hand at the same time you are ready to press the trim button. Genoa and mizzen setting up in the same way without any effort, without leaving the cockpit!
A very comfortable and protected cockpit, in fact, a half-cabin due to high coamings and a canopy. The helmsman is on a chair under hardtop in front of him is functional dashboard with large chartplotter and even some space to unfold a paper map. Powerful “wipers” clean the glass flooded with rain or splashes, and in hot weather, the center part opens. The aft part of the cockpit can be covered with a hardtop extended from the half-cabin. While on other yachts the helmsman is wrapped in wetsuit and shivering from the cold, clutching the steering wheel with both hands, the helmsman of Amel sits in shorts with a cup of coffee.
Entrance panel falls into a regular niche and closes in one move just impossible to lose it.
The interior in solid wood, all furniture elements are made extremely carefully and varnished in many layers. White headliner and cream upholstery add light and extra air feeling. Decorative LED lighting and designer sconces create cozy home comfort.
The galley is simply a masterpiece and a dream of the hostess. Refrigerator + freezer 150 liters each, three-burner stove with oven and electric extractor, microwave, long countertops and capacious cabinets. Ergonomics makes always possible to fix your body and cook safely in any conditions.
Opposite the galley is an also well-designed navigator's place with a full-size chart table and various displays for controlling all instruments and mechanisms. Behind it is another know-how of Amel and the dream of a blue water solo sailors - a watchman's bed, from where it is literally two steps to the navigation table and 4 steps to the cockpit. By the way, what is happening in the cockpit can be observed directly from the bed, through the porthole.
There is a folding table covered with a sofa in salon and another sofa at the opposite side. A TV panel slides out of the cabinet of the latter, next to it is a bar with bottles and glasses, as standard there is also a radio / CD / MP3 with a Bose audio system. Very large master cabin in the stern, in the bow the guest cabin is not much smaller. At the bow - a bathroom with a shower. In the stern there is a full-fledged bathroom with a separate shower room for the owner and only a toilet next to the "watchman's cabin". All cabins have a lot of drawers and powerful hooks for fixing during storm weather.
On the bow there are two powerful electric winches at once, so it became easy to operate even a pair of moorings. There are also two anchor rollers. In addition to the usual top stay, the inner stay is constantly wound up, both have a genoa and a staysail ready for work (when wind is going up just roll the genoa and unroll the staysail), both on electric. Only trade-wind staysails, beloved by transoceanic yachtsmen, are raised manually, which are placed on the top stay with a “butterfly” for smooth sailing with tailwinds and for which regular spinnaker booms are provided.
Large forepeak for extra sails located right behind the anchor box. Deck mooring cleats with folding horns could be lowered at long passages preventing their overwhelming by staysail sheets. The mainsail is operated with a standard electric winch and on the mizzen it is optional. There is a large afterpeak in the stern, where the deflated dinghy will fit with the engine and fenders. There is also a hydraulic gangway retractable into a niche.
Huge tanks: 800 liters of water and 900 liters of fuel. Exceptional soundproofing of the engine room, inside is quiet during motorsailing. Full set of possible options from the shipyard already included in standard, in fact, you do not need to be superexperienced or make painful mistakes when choosing options. The perfect options setup has already been selected for you. And as an experienced yachtsman, I can say that it is very reasonable and rarely has anything to add. In standard there is an impressive list: from electronics and navigation systems to fenders and mooring lines. And, finally, the famous club service: at their three bases - La Rochelle / Biscay, Hyères / Mediterranean and Martinique / Caribbean - you are guaranteed to be berthed and maintenanced.
This is the yacht we offer you. New condition, very demandable owner, this is not the first Amel for him. Look at the end of the photo gallery for more options.