Price Reduction – 2018 Neel 51

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Fully bluewater-equipped 4-cabin plus 2 crew-cabin Neel 51 trimaran offered for sale in great condition and with just one private owner since new. The perfect solution for crossing oceans with speed and in comfort and enjoying a great all-round cruising platform.

FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:

Originally supplied via the UK Neel dealer to her current and only owner and configured for safe, fast and comfortable long-distance, liveaboard cruising, CARRY ON headed to the Med’ and the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic and passing through the Panama Canal to Baja California before returning via Bermuda to the Med’ in 2023.

UK owned, UK VAT paid, and EU flagged, CARRY ON was located in the EU on 31st December 2020 so is also deemed EU VAT paid. Please contact us for further information.

Her specification highlights including:-
• GRP hull and synthetic teak cockpit and stern deck
• Furling genoa and staysail
• Incidence Dacron sail wardrobe
• Antal powered winches
• B&G electronics package with plotters, radar, pilot and AIS
• WiFi
• 4-cabin, 4-heads interior layout plus two crew cabin with further heads (6-cabin, 5-heads total)
• Reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating
• Diesel heating
• Satellite TV system
• LCD TV and computer screen
• Washing machine
• Electric heads
• Onan 11kW generator
• Reverse osmosis watermaker
• Mastervolt electrics with AGM service batteries
• Volvo 75hp engine with 3-balde propeller
• Inverter
• Bow thruster
• Bimini Top
• Exterior cockpit and flybridge covers
• Cockpit Speakers
• Deck Shower and deck washer
• Electric toilet
• LED lights
• Equipped galley with fridge and freezer
• Bluetooth Fusion Radio with sound speakers
• TV with DVB-T Antenna
• Solar panels
• Tender davits
• Tender and outboard
• Wetbar

REFIT HISTORY:

2023
• New sea cocks
• Generator rebuilt
• Engine complete overhauled new water pump
• Serviced every 3 months also for generator
• New panel e remote control
• New liquid display navigation computer monitor
• Trampoline net on the bow serviced and tensioned
• Rocna 47kg anchor with new swivel tackle
• New marine lines, fenders, asymmetric spinnaker
• New interior leather
• New master computer for navigation
• New watermaker low pression pump
• Dive compressor serviced
• New lacquered table
• New oven
• New house batteries
• New engine batteries
• New sealed hatches for bluewater cruising
• New refurbished sails
• Crew cabin refurbished
• Steering system completely redone
• Additional Cleat at starboard bow for mooring manoeuvre and reinforced the existing
• Ceramic rings (high quality reefing points with zero chafe)
• Rig inspection
• New shore power 50Amp cable with smart plug connection

2022
• New Navico Radar connection cables
• New thruster engine
• Running rigging dyneema and spectra changed over the years
• New autopilot

PRESS COMMENTS:

The 51 follows the successful Neel 45, one of which won the multihull class in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) a couple of years back. This is the fourth design for Neel by veteran mono- and multihull architects Michel Joubert and Bernard Nivelt. Neel founder Eric Bruneel, who spent many years on ocean-racing tris, is bullish about the advantages of three hulls for cruising: he posits that a catamaran’s peak righting moment is reached at a mere 12 degrees of heel, at which point sail area must be reduced. By contrast, a trimaran’s peak is at 27 degrees of heel. It’s certainly true that a tri is basically a monohull with floats and is typically sailed at a greater angle of heel than a cat.

On the Neel 51, weight is concentrated low down and amidships in the central hull. This limits pitching and equates to a softer, more comfortable motion in a seaway, especially going to windward—a weak point for many cruising cats. The Neel 51’s main hull carries pronounced rocker, so that the boat will come about easily, while the slender amas are toed out to improve directional stability—a daggerboard is not necessary.

Weight management is everything when you’re building performance-oriented boats, multihulls especially. Neel engaged a specialist company to analyse the loadings on all parts of the structure in various sea conditions in order to find out where weight savings could be made and which areas needed to be strengthened. The hull, deck and cabintop mouldings consist of PVC foam cores sandwiched between quadraxial fiberglass rovings and infused with isophthalic and vinylester resins. Interior bulkheads and most furniture are also foam sandwich constructions. The boat is packed with useful features, like the deep “basement” below the cabin sole in the centre hull that not only houses the engine, fuel and water tanks, batteries and all electrical ancillaries, but has room for a generator, watermaker, AC unit and things like spare anchors and rode, and much else. As any long-term cruiser will attest, this is an enviable selling point.

ON DECK

The Neel 51 gives the impression of massive beam but is in fact only 6in wider than a Lagoon 52. The wide deckhouse dominates the boat, though side decks are clear and sufficiently wide. An easy step up from the starboard hull takes you into the comfortable helm seat, from where the double headsail rig—a self-tacking jib set inside an overlapping genoa—is controlled by a mix of powered and manual Harken 52 winches. Reefing lines and sheets are all led here, with rope bags to contain the considerable spaghetti. Next to it is a large, cozy flybridge seating/lounging area, which in the absence of a forward cockpit will be the favoured place to hang out in a tradewind anchorage. Solar panels are inlaid into the cabintop.

The aft cockpit is a wide, shallow area protected by the hardtop. It is smaller than that of an equivalent-sized cat but can be cleverly integrated into the saloon by means of full-width sliding doors. These enable the saloon table and seating to be extended outdoors, creating a 12-place dining table and a large open-plan area. Neel calls this feature the “cockloon,” and in fair weather it will be a wonderful socializing platform. There are large lockers with over 6ft of headroom in the transoms of the amas for stowing fenders, water toys and other light gear—one owner specified a full-sized washing machine and dryer in the starboard locker. Between these and the basement, there is certainly no shortage of storage on this boat.

Trimarans have no need for the anchoring bridles employed to keep catamarans from sailing around their anchors—the breeze funneling between the amas and main hull tends to keep them facing into the wind. The anchor is set on a short sprit that keeps the hook and chain clear of the axe bow and also provides a tack point for downwind sails, backed up by a deep anchor locker and a 24-volt windlass. (The boat runs on 24V, aside from the navigation electronics.) Mooring cleats are large and well placed, and in keeping with the sporty nature of the boat, the lifelines are Dyneema.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ah, where to begin? There is space to burn on this boat. Let’s start with the master suite, which is to starboard on the bridgedeck as you enter the boat—no need to go down any stairs to get to bed. A queen-size berth, plenty of locker space for clothes and belongings, a generously proportioned head/shower and a great view out through a picture window—what more could you want?

If you like the master cabin, you’ll love the big C-shaped galley, forward and to port on the bridgedeck. There’s loads of worktop area, as many drawers and shelves as you could wish for and a big two-drawer fridge/freezer. To starboard is a compact nav station from where you can steer the boat via autopilot with excellent visibility to three sides.

Neel’s standard trim is in neutral shades of gray, with trim in Alpi wood and flooring in a hardwearing polyester material. Owners can choose a limited range of other colors. Headroom throughout is around 6ft 6in. Even in the three storage compartments, it is well over 6ft.

UNDER SAIL

You only need to take a look at the knifelike entry on the Neel 51’s triple bows to figure out that speed is an integral part of the boat’s design brief. At rest, the amas kiss the water, but underway the windward hull is always clear, reducing drag. What was immediately apparent after we set sail out of Neel’s home port of La Rochelle, France, was just how easily driven the boat is: starting off in 6 to 7 knots of breeze, speed through the water matched that, and as the wind picked up to 10-11 knots true, so did the boatspeed—respectable performance indeed. Double-digit averages should be easily attainable in any sort of wind, and the boat should have no problem reeling off 200-plus-mile days as a matter of routine.

Also apparent was the boat’s excellent directional stability, which will make life easy for the autopilot. She tacked readily through 90 degrees and would have sailed closer to the wind were it not for us having to continually dodge around the other sailboats that congest the waters around La Rochelle.

UNDER POWER

No issues here—just one engine to take care of, a 75hp Volvo saildrive equipped with both 24-volt and 12-volt alternators to charge the AGM battery banks down in the basement. Engine access is excellent, and its compartment is well soundproofed. The boat will easily hit 9 knots under power with the standard Volvo folding propeller, but a more relaxed 7-knot cruising speed will still get you places reasonably quickly and with better fuel efficiency. I suspect most owners will opt for the bow thruster, as the boat is not as maneuverable under power in close quarters as a twin-engined catamaran.

CONCLUSION

Neel is now a well-established player in the multihull scene, and the more boats it builds, the more exposure the production trimaran concept gets. These are sophisticated, well-built boats and I suspect we will see a lot more of them on the water in years to come, for this combination of performance, spaciousness and seaworthiness presents a compelling argument for cruising on three hulls.

Sail Magazine

2018 Neel 51 ‘CARRY ON’ for sale – Now asking Euro 780,000 EU/UK VAT paid – full details here

 

 

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