With regard to the "genetics" of the 50:
7 watertight compartments
Painted Amel furling mast
Watertight engine room accessible from the bridge only
Large aft lazarette
Power-everything from the cockpit, no need to ever step out
Same electric system as always, "floating"
Same electronics as always, Pochon > Furuno+B&G
Same cable-driven steering
We toured the 50 in Hyères in April and as soon as one steps into the engine room it is the familiar setup as always, down to the same greywater bilge pump we all are familiar with. Except the space is significantly larger.
LOA is 16.5 meters, by the way; this boat is no smaller, no matter what the "50" branding may say. Everything is larger and there is much more storage space than in, say, a Super Maramu. Except for the fresh water. Oh well, fire up that watermaker!
The 50 is the modern version of what an Amel looks like.
SM2K n. 350 (2002)