Mark and Nicky,
Two years ago I was in a similar situation, except I was in Australia. I organised to see a range of boats with the Amel specialist broker Michel Charpentier. I flew to France and spent a week looking at Amels. Michel was a great help, and the visit cemented our thinking about which brand of boat to buy.
We bought an Amel 54 in Italy later that year, with the help of Michel and surveyor Olivier Beaute. We are really delighted with the boat.
I really recommend you get over to France and look at a number of boats.
For what it’s worth, we’ll be wintering Stella at the end of this summer in Ardrossan, but won’t be there till September. If your still “lurking”, then you’re welcome to take a peek 😎