Amel 54

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2005


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Spend a short time aboard an Amel or even with a characteristically voluble Amel owner and it is immediately apparent that these are boats built for comfortable liveaboard cruising across oceans, and, in fact, the popular Super Maramus are frequently spotted in far-flung harbors along the oft-sailed routes around the world. After producing 497, 53-foot Super Maramus in the past 17 years, Amel has retired the molds and launched the new Amel 54.

Like all Amels, the 54s boast Amel's one-piece construction. The boat does not come out of the mold until it is structurally complete and the deck and hull are joined with six layers of laminate along the inside perimeter of the deck-hull joint. Aside from the companionway and hatches, nothing penetrates the hull. The mast is deck-stepped and all hardware is bolted into plates that are laminated to the deck. Large deck lockers supply plenty of space for tools, fenders, cooking gas, outboard fuel and even bicycles; the engine is accessible through the cockpit sole. This maintains the comfort down below, or “civilized living” as Joel Potter, Amel's associate in the Americas calls it. “By the time you're old enough to own one of these boats, you don't want to go camping.” And it certainly won't feel like camping with the air-conditioning, washer, dryer, dishwasher, freezer and centerline queen-size berth.

Amel has made sure anyone can handle the 54 when on watch alone. The fiberglass dodger offers the helmsman full protection. The main and jib have electric reefing and furling, and the sheets are led back to electric winches in the cockpit. The mizzen can be handled with manual systems.

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