Wright Yachts is the Pacific Northwest Multihull Center for NEEL Trimarans, the world’s only high performance cruising trimarans with interior use of all three hulls!
What is a NEEL Trimaran?
Founded by French boatbuilder, trimaran off-shore racer, and the former chief of Fountaine Pajot, Eric Bruneel, built the first NEEL 50 in 2010. in 2012 a NEEL 45, then a NEEL 51 and in 2015 the NEEL 65 was released. The factory has since doubled in size to handle growing demand and we are please to be the first United States and Canada existing Multihull company to offer these brilliant vessels. Built in La Rochelle France, NEEL Trimarans have evolved the multihull industry to support the demand for faster and better appointed production sailing yachts. Key NEEL trimaran features are the modernized useable hull designs, large open floorplans, smooth seakeeping and very competitive pricing. Most impressive, a full interior expanding all three hulls – a first for any trimaran design.
Built to reel-off miles quickly, in the 2015 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) a NEEL45 made the 2,680 mile journey in 15 days and 8 hours, 6 hours ahead of an Outremer 51 Catamaran. Neel Tri’s average 10 knots cruising speeds, with bursts up to 18knots obtainable.
NEEL trimarans under motor has sustainable speed as well. The low prismatic coefficient of the center hull reduces parasitic drag dramatically while the floats only slightly make contact with the water surface.
A fresh approach to the modern multihull cruiser, NEEL has created an open living space that puts a spin on the traditional sailboat cabins. With an interior that expands across all three hulls, the useable lifespace onboard is an impressive 958 sq. ft on the NEEL 51 ! Finishes include UV resistant, washable interior fabrics, Alpi woodwork and cabinetry, high-resistance polyester woven fabric flooring (Bolon), 12v LED lighting, Black-out curtains in cabins and opening ports in all cabins.
For the equipment, gear, and toys the NEEL 51 accommodates 193.75 sq. ft of storage between the massive ‘basement’ engine and equipment room located in the center hull and two garage bays astern of each float measuring 5.9 ft x 9.8 ft each. Enough space for jet skis, dive compressor, surf/paddle boards, or a dinghy.
The NEEL 51 base-equipped model includes two finished cabins; a main-deck starboard Owners suite with a sea-view island queensized berth with a private washroom cabin and shower & a forward center-cabin double-berth with a private washroom cabin and shower. The entry is between the forward facing navigation station and the massive U-crest galley. Touching on the galley, NEEL designers included all the touches of a luxury kitchen onboard to include a 4-burner stovetop with stainless steel oven, a dishwasher, two deep drawer refrigerators, a singe deep freezer, a microwave, two deep flush basin sinks and over 20 feet of workable counter space. All with main deck panoramic views forward, port and aft of the ship!
The floats, or almas, interior finishings are to the owner’s liking; NEEL offers a finished sleeping cabin with en-suite washroom to port or starboard, or both. Other options however outside of the NEEL production can offer finishing for a study with office desk , a cinema room, a workshop, art studio, or left open for added storage space.
All NEEL trimarans are constructed utilizing a vacuum infusion process (VIP) with vinylester resin to eliminate air voids in the finished product resulting in a stronger hull and deck. High-grade Isophtalic polyester is used for lamination with high density PVC foam coring by Airex®. This well adopted building process provides the vessel with a lighter, more aggressive multidirectional resistance that is easy and economical to seek repair work everywhere in the world.
The width of the NEEL trimaran is an important for the safety and stability at high seas. The design of the floats lightly kissing the waterline while moored or under motor thereby eliminating waterline drag. But while under sail, the leeward float digs into the water, lifting the windward float with clearance from the waterline. This, in effect, allows the NEEL righting angle to reach up to 32˚ heeling with a centered weight distribution. The superiority of the trimaran is even more significant in heavy seas as shown on the illustration below.
The NEEL 51 comes tastefully equipped standard + essentials package. Turnkey to take off around $715,000 USD. Equipped with:
- a Volvo 75HP diesel engine with saildrive and folding propeller
- 1 set of AGM batteries = 495 amp/h and (1) 50A Optima engine battery
- 50 gallon pullout drawer fridges X 2, and 24 gallon freezer
- Pressurized hot and cold water (sinks, showers and outdoor shower)
- 4-burner stovetop with LPG oven
- Stainless steel electric windlass with ground tackle
- Dacron Sq. top Mainsail with ladybug, self tacking jib on furler and Genoa on furler
- 110V with 11 GPO outlets, battery charger, 82′ power cable, 2000w Inverter
- Electric fresh water toilets with holding tanks
- All LED lighting (interior, exterior, navigation
“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. -Peter Nielsen, Sail Magazine Editor & Chief