The newly announced Amel 50 breaks with many of the company’s established traditions, while retaining the essential ethos of its top quality long distance cruising yachts. The most obvious change is the sloop rig – almost every Amel produced in the past 40 years has been a ketch. So why opt for such a dramatic departure from tradition? “The development of equipment such as motorised furlers means a ketch rig is no longer necessary on a boat of this size,” explains naval architect Olivier Racoupeau.

Amel 50 profile

The Amel 50's hull shape is bang up to date.

The hull shape is also absolutely up to date, with a vertical bow, broad transom and twin rudders. A fixed composite bow sprit houses the anchor and can be used with asymmetric spinnakers and Code 0 reaching sails.

Nevertheless, many trademark Amel features remain, including a well sheltered steering position in the centre cockpit. As well as the solid protection at the front of the cockpit, there’s also a hard top that runs its full length. Aft of this, above the stern cabin is a large flat area with cushions for sunbathing.

Amel 50 above deck

Viewed from above in this artist's impression, the boat looks pretty special.

Amel 50 saloon

Interior accommodation is brighter and more spacious than the company's other more traditional designs.

Interior accommodation, while much brighter and more spacious than the company’s traditional models, remains true to the company’s founding principles. There are watertight bulkheads forward and aft, plus a dry bilge with a huge amount of stowage. The standard arrangement has a large owner’s suite aft, plus a double and smaller twin cabin forward that share the second heads compartment.

The first boat was scheduled to hit the water for initial trials in La Rochelle during June and July and will then be publically launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival, from September 12-17, 2017. The new model is the smallest in Amel’s range, which also includes 55ft and 64ft ketches. Read our feature on four of the best Amels to learn more about the history of the yard and visit Amel's website for more information on the Amel 50.

Amel 50 specifications

Hull length 15.51m
Waterline length 14.50m
Max beam 4.79m
Water line beam 4.06m
Draught 2.15 m
Light displacement 18,750kg
Ballast 5,360kg
Mainsail 62sq m
Genoa 64sqm
Staysail (option) 24sqm
Air draught 22.5m
Diesel engine 110hp
Fuel tank 675 litres
Fresh water tank 600 litres

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.