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Neel 45: the revolution on three hulls

Published on 01 june 2012 at 15h00

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Two years after having presented a resolutely innovative 50-foot trimaran at La Rochelle's Grand Pavois, the builder Neel is launching a brand new 45-footer, built on the same basic principle as its big sister.

Here the hulls and floats are no longer dedicated to the liveable volume, but following the example of more performance-oriented boats, the whole boat is organised around hulls whose essential role is to support the boat's displacement. Here there is a living platform, as flat as a pancake (see the accommodation plan!), on the structure of a trimaran. The result is convincing, the object is beautiful (subjective view), successful and very modern, with its three inverted bows, just like Banque Populaire V or a MOD 70. But there is also the ridge, which marks on the hulls a slight 'longitudinal step', whose presence can only be justified as an accompaniment to the design of the cross beams, which are closer to the wing principle, so dear to Newick. Looking closely, moreover, there is a vague family connection with the American architect, with notably the stern of the central hull, which is completely open. The comparison stops there. On the Neel, unlike on a cruising catamaran, there is no chasing after liveable volume, as the builder considers it sufficient, with a saloon (convertible into a double berth), three double cabins, two heads and a galley. On our test model, (the first...

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