New to the local Signature Yachts brokerage is the French Amel line of boats, with the new Amel 50 being the star of the show. Designed for that cruising couple or family who’d rather relax on the journey than endure hardship, the Amel 50 is a luxury sailing yacht that emphasizes comfort.
A few features leap out at you during a first glance. Like many Euro cruisers, the Amel 50 has an efficient plumb bow and transom with fold-out swim step. Unlike most Euro cruisers, this one has a retractable hardtop dodger with a helm positioned more amidships than aft. There are no dual helms here, for this yacht is all about the cruise. The hang-out space in the cockpit is simply massive with sumptuous padded seating just about everywhere. Interestingly, the rig is masthead vs. the fractional rigs that seem to dominate the industry. It features an in-mast furling mainsail, another example of the boat’s emphasis on making sailing as easy as possible for the skipper and crew.
Of course, the interior is equally luxurious. A few steps down the companionway leads into the large salon with galley immediately starboard. The family dining arrangement and nav station is situated to port. Different layout options provide six to eight berths.
Overall, the Amel 50 looks like its accomplished what it was born to do: go the distance in style. The modern touches and generous accommodations of the yacht are likely to be hits with their clientele. If interested, contact local broker Signature Yachts for more information and pricing.