It is my understanding that the Amel's have thicker layup
, and were conceived from the beginning to be reliable cruising boats, easy for a couple to handle, go anywhere boats.
The Tayana 55 has a much lighter layup
(sorry I don't have a picture to show you of this). It is adequate to keep the water
on the outside, but I have no interest in them because of having seen one split from toe rail to waterline, roughly amidships. The boat
was brought into port that way, and evenually was repaired. However, the impact that caused the split also dislocated all the interior
joinery aft of the shrouds, which included the whole galley
. It was an intentional ramming, so a highly unlikely event, but it has colored my impression of the boats. Plus, it's a Taiwan
built boat. Too many oddities in construction from there for me to feel safe with them. Others' mileage varies, and in fact, some of them seem to be pretty good. You could reasonably call it "prejudice" on my part. To my eye, they are prettier, but there are places that mast
is too tall for.
Which is why the question in the above post should be answered. If you want it for the ICW
, the Amel's masts won't be a problem; the Tayana's mast
, will. So, it partly depends on your taste, what values you put on practicality over aesthetics.