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Old 12-10-2016, 10:27   #1
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Amel question

I have been looking at boats now for a short time. During my search I have become quite enamoured with the Amel line. As part of my research I was looking at boats that have completed the ARC atlantic and their results. I noticed that every Amel that completed the crossing had engine hours used, that were completely out of line with nearly every other boat regardless of class. What would a reasonable explanation for this be?
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Old 12-10-2016, 10:47   #2
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Re: Amel question

I have done deliveries on an few and know a few other owners. I like the boats
but... I think they appeal to people that are not really interested in sailing performance. Ketch rigs not being tall don't do well in light air. I find this the best time to be sailing. The boats are also heavy, not to say you can't sail them better than a lot of other boats.
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Re: Amel question

It may also be that to some extent Amel owners on average may not worry about the expense associated with running the engine and will do so whenever speed gets slow, and or they may be the type that bought based on comfort and ease of use as opposed to speed.
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It may also be that to some extent Amel owners on average may not worry about the expense associated with running the engine and will do so whenever speed gets slow, and or they may be the type that bought based on comfort and ease of use as opposed to speed.
Quite correct... but they also sail nicely when the gales come knocking. We just completed a 290 NM run in 45 hours.. winds always less than 20 knots with some gusts to 28kts; without a minute of engine time... save for the genset! They are not at their best in <10 knots wind. Look up the latest Delos vid in the Indian Ocean... looks like F9 to me. No sweat in an Amel because you have a wide ranging choice of sail trims.

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