Just Launched: European Newcomers

Author:
Updated:
Original:
Amel 50

Amel 50

In the world of dedicated bluewater cruising boats, Amel’s turnkey cruisers have won a strong and devoted following. The French builder doesn’t release new models very often, which is why it’s a pleasure to see the renderings of the new Amel 50. This center cockpit boat is bound to raise some eyebrows among traditionalists, though. It is a sloop, not a ketch, and its twin rudders, bluff bow and slight reverse sheer signify a new look, if not a new direction, for Amel.

Why did the mizzen get the boot? As designer Olivier Racoupeau acknowledges, modern powered winches and push-button furling make it so easy to handle a sloop rig that the prime reason for a split rig—ease of handling—has become redundant. The hull form is designed for good all-round performance, but its long waterline and broad hindquarters suggest it will come into its own off the wind.

The interior styling is ultra-modern yet practical and is flooded with light through large hull ports and deck hatches. The three-cabin layout can be finished in a choice of trims and includes a sumptuous master stateroom aft, with an ensuite heads. The two forward cabins share a heads/shower.

Amels have always come fully equipped for ocean cruising, and the 50 is no different. The package includes ground tackle, electronics, sails and just about everything else you could want as standard, though AC is relegated to the options list.

Amel hopes this new look will appeal to new customers, as well as the cognoscenti who are already aware of the brand’s long history.

Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 58

Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 58

Another storied French brand, Wauquiez, has shrugged off some recession-induced malaise to come back with a new model. The Pilot Saloon 58 is a handsome and muscular cruiser, offering a blend of speed, comfort and safety that should tick most boxes on an aspiring circumnavigator’s wish lis

The boat’s prime selling feature—bold styling aside—is the opulent saloon that, unlike some other so-called deck saloon boats, offers truly panoramic visibility to its seated occupants. Look closer, though, and you’ll see lots of small but important details that reflect Wauquiez’s lengthy history of building tough all-round sailing boats—for example, a plethora of handholds scattered about the voluminous interior, something many builders tend to omit.

A variety of “mix & match” options for the accommodations offers plenty of latitude for owners to customize the boat. In the cockpit, all sail controls are led aft to powered winches at the helms, keeping the long settees clear for relaxing. Access to the water is via a drop-down transom that reveals a large dinghy garage—no davits will sully the clean lines of this boat.

Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design drew a moderately proportioned hull form that should perform well on all points of sail. There is a single rudder and a choice of three keels: shoal, standard and deep. A self-tacking jib and furling mainsail will make life easy for the crew.

Saffier

Saffier

Holland’s Saffier Yachts is largely unknown on this side of the Atlantic, but now that the builder has sold several boats into the United States, that is bound to change. Its latest model is the Se 37 Lounge, a strikingly good-looking weekender that’s set up for solo sailing.

The twin wheels are set just abaft the companionway, an unusual layout that allows the helmsperson to work both sheets and halyards without leaving the helm. All lines run aft under the cabintop and side decks. This arrangement lets guests enjoy the sailing in the after part of the cockpit, out of the way of the working crew.

Belowdecks, there’s an enclosed head, a small galley and room to sleep four. What more could you want?

Saffier takes pride in the fact that its boats all cope well with heavy weather—as they should, considering they are designed and built for the North Sea, as gnarly a piece of water as you’ll find anywhere.

CONTACTS

Amel, amel.fr

Saffier Yachts,saffieryachts.com

Wauquiez, wauquiez.com

June 2017

Related

Profurl

Gear: Profurl Motorized Furlers

Profurl NEXe motorized flying-sail furlers make it possible for shorthanded crews and solo sailors to handle large reaching sails, like gennakers, Code 0s and other A-sails, with minimal effort and in safety. Two versions are available, the NEXe 5.0 for boats with LOAs up to ...read more

01-SUGGEST-CROP

Docking with Twin Rudders

Twin-rudder raceboats have been with us since the mid-1980s. In the last 10 years or so, they’ve also become increasingly popular aboard cruising boats, including those available for charter. It is therefore a good idea to be aware of their idiosyncrasies. In some circles, ...read more

11thHourRacing

Video: 11th Hour Racing Returns to America

Newport welcomed America's ocean racing home team, 11th Hour Racing, back to its waters earlier this week for the start of their autumn training season. In the video, which recounts their Atlantic Crossing from France, Charlie Enright, Mark Towhill and their international crew ...read more

AdobeStock_180386204

BVI Sets Date for Re-Opening

The BVI Tourist Board has set December 1st as the date visitors will be allowed to return to their territory, just in time for the winter charter season to kick off. Several charter companies including Horizon Yacht Charters, Dream Yacht Charter, TMM, CYOA and Conch Charters ...read more

DSC_5337-2

Boat Review: X-Yachts X4⁶

The Danish builder X-Yachts does not simply stick taller or shorter rigs and keels on the same hulls to create boats for both cruisers and racers, as some mass-production builders do. Nor is it content to build two distinct lines of cruisers and racers. Instead, the company has ...read more

Screen Shot 2020-09-18 at 1.18.36 PM

Harken Changes Hands, Stays in the Family

. In a video posted yesterday, Peter Harken cheerfully announced that his company, Harken Inc., the trusted hardware brand bearing his last name, which was formerly owned by founders and their families has changed hands. The owners have sold their shares to employees—"passing ...read more