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Old 03-10-2013, 01:58   #1
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Amel 54

I'm kind of curious.... How many Amel 54's there out there?

We have been anchored next to one at cove in Turkey and another just like it pulled up and anchored next to it. They had two different country flags and didn't know each other.

They are beautiful boats, but I didn't know there were that many out there.

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Re: Amel 54

Although sold in small numbers compared to most production boats they are very common sight in anchorages. I think this reflects that most people that purchase a boat like this go cruising rather than sitting in a marina.
The latest model is the 55 they also have larger one 64 (I think), but they have been steadily evolving and growing in size over the years.

Great boats, expensive, but still good value for money if you want to buy new. Very quirky so you either love them (and the companies philosophy) or hate them.
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Although sold in small numbers compared to most production boats they are very common. I think this reflects that most people that purchase a boat like this go cruising rather than sitting in a marina.
The latest model is the 55 they also have larger one 64 (I think), but they have been steadily evolving and growing in size over the years.

Great boats, good value for money new but very quirky so you either love them (and the companies philosophy) or hate them.
I suppose if you call a 50 footer , for near a million euros " good value" lol

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Great boats, expensive, but still good value for money if you want to buy new. Very quirky so you either love them (and the companies philosophy) or hate them.
I find them absolutely hideous, but they have a fanatical following, almost like a religious sect.
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I suppose if you call a 50 footer , for near a million euros " good value" lol

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They are totally equipped with everything you could probably ever think of for cruising, with I think zero options. If you add up what it would all cost to put onto a typically equipped production boat, I bet it doesn't look too bad.
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I made the point because many people are shocked by the sticker price, but the boats are sold fully equipped you can step on board with some clothes and go cruising. The systems work and don't need upgrading. They also hold their second hand value very well.
A 55 foot new boat that can be handled easily solo in ready to cruise configuration is never going to be cheap.
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I made the point because many people are shocked by the sticker price, but the boats are sold fully equipped you can step on board with some clothes and go cruising. The systems work and don't need upgrading. They also hold their second hand value very well.
A 55 foot new boat that can be handled easily solo in ready to cruise configuration is never going to be cheap.
I've sailed one , its an acquired taste

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I did notice that one had an anchor chain washer and I started a separate thread on that - seems like a great idea.

These were both 54' ketches. I kinda think they look good.

Their advertising method has always been interesting to me ... Just one broker apparently sells them - Joel Potter (sp?) , and the broker does full page ads in the sailing mags.
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Their advertising method has always been interesting to me ... Just one broker apparently sells them - Joel Potter (sp?) , and the broker does full page ads in the sailing mags.
I don't think they sell them, you have got to prove you are worthy before you are allowed to order one.

Don't expect to be able to choose modifications, or options. If you are very nice to them, can speak French and have some contacts in high places they might let you to decide the seat colours from a couple of alternatives.
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I don't think they sell them, you have got to prove you are worthy before you are allowed to order one.

Don't expect to be able to choose modifications, or options. If you are very nice to them, can speak French and have some contacts in high places they might let you to decide the seat colours from a couple of alternatives.
Now ain't that the truth , I had a factory tour one time , I beleive since Henry Amel died its still a co-operative worker owned business ( I mean horror how could any right thinking American buy one )

What I didn't like was the profusion of custom parts. While I know Amel are good its still a. Issue for the likes of me.

I did like the tanks gauges though !! ( and hated the chart table layout )

They will do sone limited customisation , I saw one Amel with a fancy custom CD rack. !!!!!!

Very complex boat , with lots of systems and appliances to maintain.

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Re: Amel 54

I came close to buying an Amel 54 and an Amel Super Maramu twice. I love the boat, the concept, the finish but unfortunately I found them all aesthetically unpleasing and opted to look at other boats.

I see quite a few of them in the Caribbean, both older and newer models. They are hardy and tend to travel quite a bit.
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Re: Amel 54

A lot of their parts are custom. If you break anything say a furler you don't find a local Profurler dealer you ring Amel and they ship the part out to you.

The good news is that the customer service is excellent, the factory knows exactly what part is needed because all the boats are identical.

Like everything about the boat it is very different to a normal production boat.
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I came close to buying an Amel 54 and an Amel Super Maramu twice. I love the boat, the concept, the finish but unfortunately I found them all aesthetically unpleasing and opted to look at other boats.

I see quite a few of them in the Caribbean, both older and newer models. They are hardy and tend to travel quite a bit.
Yeah I could never get used to the ultra high gloss " plasticky " interior wood look. Not to mention the fake teak decks. But it's all part of the funny/ quirky Amel thinking .

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I love those boats too, but then I have a thing for French boats built by guys named Henri.
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I've never been in one but would like to now. I did like the chain washer though.
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