I am a big fan of the design, but recently there have been some serious questions about build quality show up. It was only one owner, and I haven't seen a Neel in person, but the issues he relayed were substantial and the video was quite damning.
new I was seriously consider a performance bond that the hull
or you get your money
back. Then have a serious detailed survey
done before accepting the boat.
A lot of small builders have turned out a lemon from time to time, and maybe it was a fluke, and I hope so. But it would concern me.
Edit: here are the videos https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCL3U8Bq7xNpww_bvVfDH5sQ
I would point out that while there is a lot of questionable build practices listed here ther were only two critical ones. First was a poorly installed ladder that lead to massive down flooding, and second a poorly installed heater.
Obviously the water
damage was quite extensive, but the failure was singular. If exeserbated by poor bilge pump