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Neel 45 Trimaran Review

Neel45The NEEL 45 Trimaran is one of the coolest boats introduced in 2013 and is an absolute blast to sail. It was voted Best Boat in 2013 by Cruising World and Sail magazines and they had good reason to do so. Joubert-Nivelt designed and built by French offshore racer Eric Bruneel, the boat is a great combination of intriguingly radical and elegantly innovative. It's an easy to sail, high performance, cruising multihull, appealing to high speed enthusiasts as well the cruising couple looking for a little excitement. It is light and spartan with enough creature comforts to make it a very comfortable cruising boat. 

The 645-square-foot mainsail is simple to manage. The block-and-tackle mainsheets offer full sail-shaping control without a traveler; A self-tacking jib and a bow-thruster simplify sail-handling and maneuvering in tight spaces. In 15 knots of breeze, we reached at just over 11 knots boatspeed, in 1-2ft sea state. With a 55-hp Volvo pushing us at 2600 rpm, we made about 8.5 knots; The boat can reach speeds as high as 20 knots but a comfortable cruising speed is about 10 knots. Neel 45 Trimaran Sailing Video.

Read the full Cruising World Review here

Read the full Sail Magazine Review here


Overall length 44 ftneel45 plan
Overall width 28 ft
Draft 4 ft
Air draft 63 ft
Light displacement 6.5 T
Full load displacement 9 T
Self tacking staysail 65 sq ft
Furling genoa 495 sq ft
Battened gaff mainsail 645 sq ft
Engine Volvo 55 hp sail drive
Freshwater 160 us gallons
Diesel 80 us gallons
Conception Eric Bruneel

Layout plan

Owner's version
Three double cabins
Two bathrooms
Charter version
Three double cabins
Two tween cabins
Main cabin bench also converts into double bed


- Structural calculations by finite element modelling and loading dimension case study.
- Glass / Isophthalic Polyester Resin / Closed-cell foam and honeycomb PVC sandwich construction. 

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