Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Introduction from Utah
Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
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Everything already said here is 100% correct in our opinion. Island Pearl II is our 7th cruising sail boat, so we have tried many, including both smaller and shallower draft yachts. We also did a lot of chartering and generally picked large cats for that as we often took family or friends along and generally chartered in reasonably safe waters, but we certainly wouldn't want one for ocean crossings (just our opinion/preference). Your questions were exactly the same ones we had before purchasing an Amel Super Maramu 2000, and none of them have ever turned out to be an issue for us since.
Recently I assisted a friend sail his newly aqcuired Amel Santorin from Brisbane to Auckland which tends to be a pretty rough upwind passage. I have to say that I was also impressed with the Santorin's capability on a tough passage. She was certainly up to the task and just a little shorter and shallower draft, and obviously missing the things you pay extra for in the SM such as the generator, washer dryer, dishwasher, larger galley storage etc.etc.., but a wonderful boat if you wanted to go a bit smaller and did not need/want the extra luxuries and space, definitely the best 46ft I've ever sailed for sure.
We couldn't be happier with anything else. Also a point not made yet is the tremendous support from this group. We never feel alone when facing any maintenance and/or upgrade decisions. This is a fantastic group of like minded sailors who care about their boats and are always share experiences and advice.
With the Amel brand not supported/sold in Australia before 2015, we often worried about where we would get repairs, parts, servicing etc done in Australia. However since Captain Henry Amel was so pedantic about making each of these high quality ocean boats all precisely the same, even down to the odd colour curtains etc., and would never entertain any level of customization for anyone, regardless of what amount was offered, we have all ended up in a really great position where, if ever you have a problem or thought of upgrading something further, there will always be 10 or more others out there in this group who have actually already experienced/done that. With our previous brands, although all but one were sold new in Australia, none of them had anywhere near the same level of comprehensive support as from this group.
Good luck with your search and we hope to see you on the water in an Amel some day. Like us we suspect you will never regret it.
Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, Amel 53 #332
On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 4:48 AM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
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