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The Soon-to-Be Neel 47

The future NEEL 47 (Courtesy of NEEL Trimarans)

In 2019, NEEL Trimarans will launch its new cruising trimaran model: the Neel 47. “For this boat, we left aside all kinds of external considerations,” said Eric Bruneel, founder and managing director of the French company, in an interview with NauticExpo e-magazine. “We designed it according to our own taste and preferences. Our team has a huge experience of traveling and racing around the globe. The Neel 47 is the boat on which we would like to cruise with our friends and family.”

The result is a boat designed to promote better cohabitation and to preserve the privacy of each person onboard. The owner’s cabin on the main deck is big and elegant and opens onto the saloon easily thanks to sliding doors. “We can use this cabin even during the day and enjoy the breathtaking 270° view,” Eric Bruneel said. There’s also the traditional NEEL Trimarans “Cockloon”—an open-style layout designed by merging the cockpit and the saloon— which offers a generous space to enjoy a lunch or dinner with friends.

    

“It’s a safe, practical and efficient boat for people who love and know how to sail,” explained Barbara Bruneel, in charge of the communication at NEEL Trimarans. It’s also very comfortable. “At the front of the main hull, we chose to build a large bathroom with 4 key fittings: a shower, a sink, a toilet and a walk-in closet.” The two other cabins for the guests are located on the floats. These separate living spaces are enhanced by outdoor, protected access, which allows for complete autonomy and privacy.

This new model has been designed by architect Marc Lombard, following the death of Michel Joubert who had drawn up the first NEEL 45, 51 et 65. The production will be launched in September and the first boat should be ready by the end of the year. It will be presented for the first time at the 2019 Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte. To build this specific boat, NEEL Trimarans has doubled the size of its yard in La Rochelle and invested in its own cutting-edge production equipment. “For this reason, the price should be very attractive and start at 400,000 euros,” explained Eric Bruneel. His goal is to produce one boat per month.

About the Author

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national media (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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