Boat Review: Neel 47

Boat Review: Neel 47
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There’s no question that the Neel 47, designed by the ubiquitous, ­performance-oriented French naval architect Marc ­Lombard, was an outlier in this year’s Boat of the Year contest. ­After all, it was the lone trimaran in the fleet of a half-dozen multihulls, the other five being cruising catamarans. But it was also a winner, named by our judging panel the Best Full-Size Cruising Multihull for 2020. When the votes were tallied, it truly proved to be in a class of its own. A big reason for that was its stellar sea trial. Eric Bruneel, the company founder, earned his boatbuilding stripes as a longtime top executive at cat-builder Fountaine ­Pajot, but in his spare time, he ­campaigned fast offshore ­multihulls on solo transoceanic yacht races. Superb sailing prowess isn’t a passing interest to him; it’s the primary point of the exercise. And it’s the reason, when he struck out on his own, that he went into the trimaran busines.... Continue Reading at Cruising World

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