You haven't mentioned what kind of boat
you own now. Do you have experience in sailboat maintenance
? Do you understand boat
systems? Have you sailed a 50 foot plus boat? Will the boat suit your immediate and long-term needs and do you have the time to maintain a boat of this size? These are the most important questions you must ask before choosing any type of boat. However, the Amels I have been aboard are well-constructed with good attention to detail. There are some specific and generic negatives you might want to consider:
rig--two masts, twice the rigging
, twice the maintenance
the cost when hauling
2.) the offset helm
is odd at best. On a starboard tack you will have
restricted visibility to starboard as you are sitting in a "hole"
3.) deep draft
has its limitations in the tropics. Are you doing mostly
4.) Do you plan to maintain everything on the boat or will you have
to pay for services? If the latter, you better have deep pockets.
5.) Can you live with the boat if it has been wired for Europe
If not, are you willing to pay for the re-fit?
6.) Where will you keep the boat in North Florida
? What will it cost?
Are there local marinas
that can haul the boat based upon size
To me, the question is not really about an Amel, which most would agree is a well-built boat, but rather are you prepared to purchase
a boat that you might not be capable of handling or maintaining to proper standards or be a good fit for your present and future cruising plans? If this is not a problem, then I would not hesitate to buy an Amel. Good luck and safe sailing.