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Simple One Of the Best

Amel is a french boat building company that still makes blue-water cruisers like no other company in the yacht market history. Perhaps for people who get the opportunity to retire early, buying a long-distance blue-water cruising yacht can be the fulfilment of a lifetime’s achievement. The French engineer Henri Amel did things a little differently. Henri didn’t buy a yacht; he started building them when he was 50 years old. Henry Amel never had a business before his boat factory or even ran one. What a fantastic character!

Henri would write his history and prove that passion and dedication would be a winning formula in his quest for perfection. He didn’t see why a long-distance cruising yacht should be a wet, uncomfortable or strenuous experience. Combined with his extensive knowledge at sea, these principles resulted in a blueprint for a serious long-distance cruising yacht that the French yard still builds.

amel 60 yachts
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Henri never stopped working.

Henri worked for 40 years in the company before his death at 90.  Amel Yachts built world-class blue water yachts following the same principles that Henri etched into the brand’s history.  To date, the Amel yard has produced over 2,000 yachts.  You can find an Amel yacht in all parts of the globe.  A safe, principled yacht capable of withstanding the world weather.  An Amel is the choice of a professional globetrotter who may never wish to retire from the excitement of life.  Apart from the 55 and 64 models, Amel yachts were designed mainly by Henri himself.  Features that might, to some, look simultaneously old-fashioned but have a cultish and enduring quality.

Being French and a brilliantly gifted engineer, Henri will go down in history as a man who managed to produce a yacht ahead of time.  

Henri invented electric furling sails and the first bow thrusters to be installed as standard on production yachts. This concept ensured the brand would always sit at the top table of brilliance.  Henri believed shorthanded couples needed a boat that was easy to sail and comfortable to manoeuvre.

History says ketches rigged yachts are more manageable for cruising long distances, so the company philosophy was never to change.  All Amel Yachts are ketch rigged.  Henri was never afraid to push boundaries of design and styling, such as maroon plastic rubbing strakes, a semi-hard top with an offset wheel and armchair helmsman’s seat (a feature that is much imitated), solid stainless guardrails and – uniquely – their moulded-in fake teak decks all make Amel distinctive and famous for being the ultimate production yacht.


The all-inclusive principle

AMEL has never encouraged or offered many options costs. As a result, production is kept consistent, and costs are low. In early boats, customers didn’t even get an option of curtains and upholstery. The build package was to be all-inclusive. Oversized items like electric furling and winches, generator, washing machine, watermaker, and so on, down to spare filters, towels, bathrobes, a boat safe, deck brush and even a hairdryer. History aside, the all-inclusive package has been less acceptable to customers in recent years, but the sales principle is still the same today; they try to sell a complete yacht. Amel will argue that minimising variation reduces the risk of production problems and allows for an excellent supply chain relationship history.

Please enjoy the video we made; it’s an example of the Amel Super Maramu built in 1993.  In 2000 we had for sale in Port Ginesta, Barcelona. 

From time to time, Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona do have  Amel Yacht for sale. Keep watching our boats for sale page for more information.


The Amel history is extraordinary; Henri Amel left the yard to his workers, hoping nothing would change. It's still a great and very unusual yard. Yachts are built with passion and a single-minded approach. Few production Yachts can copy the yard principles. Henri was born on 16th April 1913 to Henri Tonet. Sailing fascinated a young Henri. At the end of his teens, he started sailing on small yachts. Shortly after, Henri began to build boats in his Paris workshops. World War two came along, which put a stop to Henri's passion for a while. When the War ended, Henri continued his boat building in Lyon. During the War, Henri became severely wounded in one eye. Shortly afterwards, he lost his sight for several years. He was never one to give up his dream of building yachts. Henri Amel had a driving desire to create a boat that would be both strong, comfortable and very easy to manoeuvre.

October 1975 to June 1976

La Route des Cocotiers

Henri Amel crossed the Atlantic en route to the West Indies. He went on to pass through the Panama Canal, staying in Polynesia. This voyage was on the Meltem "Capitoune II". Having built the yacht for a good friend, he promised to deliver it personally to Tahiti. Three crewmates accompanied him. Amel spent nine months in 1975-76 cruising. He came up with the concept for a brand new design during this time. This design would prove to be his company’s most successful Yacht. The new design set a firm direction for the future. The Maramu 46ft Yacht is spacious, with a vast saloon table capable of sitting the whole crew in comfort and two decent sea berths. A proper navigation table sits next to the companionway; a well-appointed galley is easy to use at sea. To many, this 54-footer is the archetypal Amel; it enjoyed an outstandingly long production run. Hundreds were built from 1989 until the Super Maramu 2000 was superseded by the Amel 54 some 17 years later. Throughout this time, the Yacht's design remained very similar in overall style. It was updated for the new millennium with a revised model dubbed the Super Maramu 2000. Styling is very similar to the earlier Maramu 46, which soon became dated compared to other recent designs. A dated design and high price did not deter buyers.

12th April 2005

The death of Henri Amel

From early 2005, boats produced by the yard are no longer named after winds or islands but merely bear the name "AMEL". The La Rochelle-Périgny production site expanded, and a new 4000m² building was opened. The new building's primary purpose was to produce larger units, such as the Amel 64 Yacht. 2014: Jean-Jacques Lemonnier left his position as chief executive and was replaced by Emmanuel Poujeade, Chantiers Amel's administrative and finance director. Poujeade joined Amel Yachts in March 2000. Mr Lemonnier remains Chairman of the Board. September 2017: Launching the new model, the Amel 50, a 15.50-meter sloop at the Cannes Yachting Festival.



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