Originally Posted by Stumble
It isn't all that unbelievable. Every yard turns out a lemon from time to time. What really concerns me about NEEL is the responce to the issue.
I agree. One thing I have learned from this forum: I have been researching boats for years, and EVERY boat I have ever researched has been trashed by someone somewhere for poor build quality.
I have not sailed a Neel 45 but I have been onboard several times and took a good long look at it. My complaints are few: the heads are rather small, while the boat is so freaking wide it would be hard to find marina space. The view from the helmstation is more limited than I would like. There is also aesthetics - it looks like a spaceship landed on the water
, and someone attached a sail to it. Traditionalists certainly won't like the boat. I didn't at first, but it grew on me.
The advantages are huge - the storage
space in the amas and the "cellar" is massive. The cabins have a spectacular view of the sea, and pretty much everything is on the same level. By all reports it is also quite fast.