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447 E. Boston Post Rd.
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2016 Amel 55

location icon Mamaroneck, New York
Year 2016
Length 55 ft

Fully updated three cabin Amel 55, US flagged, turn key and ready to cruise over any horizon. Boat was meticulously prepared for an extended cruise by her current (second) owner over the last two years, but a change of plans has brought her onto the market. Recent updates include:

Brief Overview of Specs (click on complete listing for full details):


Year Built 2016
Category Sail
Length Overall 56'10 ft
Length Of Deck 54'8 ft
Beam 16'5 ft
Max Draft 7'3 ft
Cabins 3
Double Berths 2
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID AML55056D616
Keel Fin Keel
Drive Type Other
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 110 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 238 gal
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 211 gal
Ballast 13,007 lb
Displacement 58,422 lb
Displacement Type Full Load
Bridge Clearance 71 ft

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Volvo Penta
Rope Cutter: true
Model: D3-110
Drive Type: Other
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 110hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Feathering
Engine Hours: 1300
Engine Location: Center
Accommodation Walk-Through

Three cabin layout in Light Oak with owner’s cabin and en-suite head/shower forward; pilot berth in aft passageway, large double bed in starboard aft cabin and twin single berths in aft port cabin. Interior upholstery in Silvertex “Sandstone.” Second head aft with access from passageway or port cabin.

Fully-equipped galley at base of companionway for easy access to/from cockpit; deep double-basin sink just off centerline, with copious storage and countertop space. Nav station to port. Salon with settee to starboard (2nd freezer underneath) and large U-shaped dinette to port with table.

Forward Owner’s Cabin:

Watertight door from salon

Two deck hatches and 2 hull portlights for light & ventilation LED ceiling lights, reading lamps and indirect lighting Centerline full size berth with high density foam mattress and slatted base for ventilation Large storage space (including safe) under the bed with top access via gas cylinders Cabinets, drawers, hanging locker (hanging locker slightly larger than standard) Desk unit/dressing table to starboard with swiveling seat, mirror 220v and USB charging outlets

Forward Head:

Spacious shower with grab bar, teak floor board, sliding door Lighting by deck hatch and ceiling lights Storage unit with deep flush washbasin and mixer tap Cabinets, towel rail, clothes hooks, toilet paper holder and mirror Electric Jabasco macerating marine toilet (fresh water) with black water tank, upgraded sanitation hoses


4 opening hatches and 4 large hull portlights for light and ventilation

Direct and indirect lighting (mainly LED)

Numerous 220v and USB charging outlets

Adjustable saloon table with rounded corners for 8 guests to port; storage beneath

Lee cloth on port settee

Starboard settee with deep freezer beneath

Flatscreen TV to port on lift; wired to Bose sound system and AppleTV/DVD/vessel cameras

Nav Station

Large forward-facing chart desk, hinged with storage beneath

Backlit electrical panel

Power outlets (220v/12v and USB chargers)

Additional enclosed storage lockers (non-standard)

NMEA 2000 network cable to feed instrument data to laptop

Additional safe under seat for laptop

Excellent view outside via a large portlights


U-shipped galley perfectly positioned between cockpit and salon

A large opening portlight at eye level

Proper ventilation

2 large Corian countertop surfaces with fiddles very easy meal prep

Dishwasher (runs on 50 or 60 hz AC power)

Seagull drinking water filter

Nespresso coffee machine

Storage drawer for pots & pans under stove

2-basin stainless steel sink just off centerline

Excellent storage in cabinets

Gimbal-mount 3-burner LPG stove/oven with pot holders (propane storage locker with one 20# tank and two 10# tanks)

Electric extractor hood with filter

150 liter refrigerator and 150 liter fridge/freezer below countertop (24 volt, keel-cooled)

2nd deep fridge/freezer under starboard settee (keel cooled or air cooled if needed during haul-out)

220v outlets with USB chargers


Isolated from the saloon by a sliding wooden door.

Comfortable pilot berth with lee cloth

Large hanging locker with storage spaces and upper cabinets two opening portlights to cockpit

LED lighting, 220v outlets with USB charger


Starboard Aft Cabin

Access to the cabin is via the passageway, closed by a watertight door

Ventilation and daylight by fixed portlights, 2 opening hatches and 1 opening portlight.

LED lighting including reading lights

Large double bed with storage space under; bed lift on gas cylinders

Generous storage in closed and open cabinets, drawers, and hanging locker

Desk with seat, 220v outlet with USB charging

Port Aft Cabin

2 single berths with lee cloths

Access to the cabin is also via the passageway. Closed by a watertight door.

Ventilation and daylight by fixed portlights, 2 opening hatches and 2 opening portlights.

General lighting by spot lamps, reading lamps (mainly LEDs).

Generous storage in closed and open cabinets, drawers, hanging locker and spaces under the berths.

Desk with seat, 220v outlet with USB charging 

Aft Head

Direct access from the aft starboard cabin or from the passageway

Ventilation and daylight by an opening hatch

LED ceiling lights

Deep basin with storage beneath

Mirror, towel rail, toilet paper holder and clothes hooks

Electric Jabasco macerating marine toilet (fresh water) with black water tank, upgraded hoses

Spacious shower with mixing tap, lighting, storage

Laundry Area

Located in the aft portside cabin

Combined LG washing machine/dryer (220v via shorepower/gen or inverter)

Storage for detergent



Hull and Deck Construction

Hand-laid solid fiberglass hull with woven roving lengthwise and transverse, with a 2/3rds overlap

Hull grid structure in polyurethane omega-foam and plywood, laminated to the hull, as is all the joinery structure (bulkheads, furniture units, lockers, etc.)

This system guarantees the highest rigidity of the whole unit and optimal load spread. Compression forces from the masts / rigging are compensated by a structure of support pillars for the masts and chain plate tie-rods laminated to the hull for the rigging

The bulkheads are glued and laminated with the deck; 4 of them are watertight bulkheads with isolation valves

Deck is a fiberglass/balsa core laminate, glued and laminated to the hull at the joint

Deck surfaces in “Amel teak” nonskid (molded into the deck, not a glued on “part”)

Self-bailing cockpit (2 scuppers, 100 mm diameter)

Cast iron ballast fixed to the hull / keel by stainless steel bolts, sealing by Epoxy treatment

Monolithic laminate rudder with skeg made from plain composite, molded in one piece with the hull; rudder is mounted at 3 points, the rudder trunk is laminated and the intermediate fitting and socket are stainless steel, bolted. Stainless steel rudder stock, 60 mm in diameter.

Deck and Cockpit

Cockpit w/hardtop, sliding roof for shade, enclosure package including screens

Plexiglas forward and side windscreens; center window opens as do two hatches in the hardtop

Rigid sliding sun awning forming an extension over the whole cockpit

All the controls (manual and electric) of sheets and mainsail tackle are run to the cockpit

Leather covered stainless steel wheel

Console at helm for electronics and all the other controls (windlass, furling gear, thruster, etc)

Adjustable teak and laminate cockpit table (folds open)

Large locker with light in the cockpit on portside + locker at the mizzen mast foot on portside

LED lights pack for hardtop (blue lights on transom & under cockpit hardtop, white floodlights under main mast & mizzen spreaders, decorative “uplights” on masts)

Hydraulic retractable gangway

Set of electrical davits with solar panels above

Two additional rollers at stern with stainless chafe strips

2 foldable padeyes in cockpit + 5 foldable padeyes on aft deck

Stainless steel bow fitting for 2 anchors

Three quick-connect outlets for freshwater washdown: bow, cockpit and transom

Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and side rails (opening in the pushpit for easy access to quay or pontoon). Stainless steel chafe guards as needed

LED navigationlights including anchor light and masthead tricolor

8 stainless steel mooringcleats

Stainless steel chainplates

12 hatches and 6 opening portlights

On deck, 4 large lockers:

At the foredeck: a large sail locker with light, isolated by a watertight bulkhead, easy access to the bow thruster and chain lockers, a wide space for fenders, mooring lines and extra sails

Adjacent to cockpit on portside: a deep locker for miscellaneous equipment

Next to cockpit noted above: a second locker with 2 gas cylinders fitted with 1 safety pressure valve and an electric valve; locker vented overboard, room for additional supplies

On the aft deck: a large lazarette for a possible dinghy, outboard engine, diving equipment, fenders, etc. Hydraulic autopilot unit, emergency tiller, 220V socket, bracket for outboard engine, 220V shore power socket circuit breaker, 220V shower power cable, 1 galvanic isolator, bilge pump with overflow alarm

The transom opens into a large swimming platform, fitted with a foldable and removable ladder which can be used also as a side ladder. Hydraulic opening system for the transom, with remote control. Hot/cold swim shower at transom.

Rigging and Sails


Tri-radial cut Hydranet mainsail.

Tri-radial cut Hydranet mizzen sail

Tri-radial Hydranet genoa and inner jib

Custom Amel masts, finished in a 2-component polyurethane paint; 2 sets of spreaders on the main mast and 1 on the mizzen. AMEL 24V electric roller reefing system with manual release on the main mast

LED deck lights on the main and mizzen masts. Mooring and masthead lights (LED)

Single strand stainless steel standing rigging, Vectran and Dyneema halyards

Purpose built AMEL booms, finished in polyurethane paint

Down-haul on the main boom

Automatic toping lift on mizzen boom

Reckman electric furlers for genoa and inner jib

External spin halyard on main mast; climbing/accessory halyards on both masts

All the controls (manual and electric) of sheets and mainsail tackle are run to the cockpit

2 electric genoa sheet winches

2 stay sail sheet winches

1 electric reversible mainsheet winch

1 mizzen sail sheet winch.

2 manual main mastwinches.

Halyard downhauls/locks : 2 on the main and 1 on the mizzenmast

2nd electric headsail w/Reckman furler

Two gennekers (125 sq. meter and 135 sm) with one interchangeable furler/swivel

Spinnaker pole with upgraded control lines and additional anti-chafe gear


Engine and Mechanicals

Volvo five cylinder D3-110 hp engine with standard ZF25 hydraulic gear box, 1300 hours

Volvo NMEA gateway to display engine data on chartplotter displays 

1200 service (including timing belt) performed by Volvo certified mechanic, 2021

Electronic throttle

Amel angle transmission in keel with hydraulic shaft brake

Feathering Autoprop variable-pitch propeller

900 liter fuel capacity

SPURS line cutter on prop

110 amp 24 V alternator on main engine

Upgraded Onan diesel generator 11 kW, 800 hr service performed 2021

Fully-insulated engine room accessed via large opening hatch in cockpit; all equipment centered low in the vessel for optimal weight distribution. High density insulating foam and inside coating with high acoustic performance for noise abatement.

Forced ventilation in engine room and battery compartment

Retractable bow thruster, 11 hp 24 volt

Webasto heating throughout the boat

Climma 220V air conditioning throughout vessel with new larger 35k BTU chiller unit in January 2022 (accepts a range of shore power including 50/60hz, US or Euro)

Watermaker 220 volt, 240 liters/hour


600 amp hour Mastervolt AGM house battery set (24 volt)

24 volt DC and 220 volt AC distribution panel with ammeters and voltmeters

12 volt circuit for engine and genrator

“Comfort Pack” factory option including:

Upgraded Onan diesel generator 11 kW

Two 220/24 V battery chargers: 60 amp (new 2021) and 100 amp

24V/220V 2500W inverter

3 x 24V/390W solar panels on davits (new in 2020)

Galvanic isolator

Ground Tackle

Stainless steel bow fitting with twin anchor rollers and twin electric windlasses

Upgraded primary – Stainless Ultra 45 kg w/Ultra swivel and120m of 10mm Grade 50 s/s chain (Maggi Group)

Upgraded secondary – Stainless Bugel anchor and 30m of 10mm Grade 50 s/s chain w/70m rope

2nd 24V vertical (capstan) windlass w/remote control


Vessel has two independent NMEA networks for redundancy in the event that one network fails

Chartplotter/MFD: Furuno Navnet TZT 2 15” touchscreen in cockpit with full charts updated June 2021 for East Coast USA, Caribbean, Atlantic, Western Europe

Furuno voyage recorder and TimeZero charting software

Furuno DRS 4D NXT Doppler radar

Furuno GP33 freestanding GPS display

Furuno FI70 display at chart table

B & G Hydra 5000 instrumentation including full graphic displays at nav and cockpit, plus analog wind display at cockpit

Hydraulic Furuno Navpilot 711C automatic pilot integrated to system

SC 30i satellite compass (more reliable heading feed for autopilot when sailing in heavy seas)

2nd independent autopilot, Furuno Navpilot 711C

Forward-looking sounder via B&G Vulcan 7” display

Garmin VHF at chart table

Additional VHF handset at cockpit w/loudhailer

Furuno FA50 AIS transceiver for Navnet w/VHF antenna

Furuno 220WX weather station (includes compass, Ultrasonic anemometer, temperature)

4 cameras in rig (1-on mizzen aft, 1-on main mast toward bow, 1-on main mast forward, 1-night vision in cockpit) for display on MFD or TV in salon

Communications and Entertainment

New 2021 KVH V7 HTS satellite system (subscription required) for data and phone

Wired antenna and charging station for Iridium GO! (device not included)

PepWave 3G/4G/Wifi system networked with KVH (requires sim card)

TV Package on port side (dedicated smaller inverter) including antenna and DVD

AppleTV, USB port, Furuno MFD and four cameras networked to TV

Bose SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier and SoundTouch (app) controller for AV system

Speakers in cockpit, salon and cabins


Dark grey Plexiglas protection cover for steering shelter

Dark grey cockpit winter complete enclosure, upgraded with bug screens

Upgraded deck awning system (both masts plus foredeck) for shade

SILVERTEX Sandstone cockpit cushions

Mosquito screens for all the vertical portholes

Spare slipcovers for salon

Upgraded lee cloths for aft cabins, pilot berth, salon


Extensive spares 

Complete set of fenders and docklines

Owner’s manual, drawings, diagrams and equipment manuals

LED lighting packaging including blue accent lights under hardtop and at transom, white floodlights on main and mizzen spreaders, white “uplights” on masts

Aqualuma underwater lights at transom

Safe in front cabin

Sovereign stern rail BBQ

“Hookah” gas powered dive compressor with 60’ snorkel

Bosun’s chair and ATN Climber

Safety Equipment

Plastimo safety ladder

Zodiac life raft-8 seater in container with survival kit

Lifejackets with PLB’s and AIS transponders

Fire extinguisher & fire blanket in companionway

Offshore flares, smoke signals etc

Summary of Upgrades

The original owner incorporated numerous upgrades above and beyond the factory option list, summarized here:

Additional solar panels to reduce generator run time by almost 50% as compared to sistership without solar

Primary and secondary anchors and chain both upgraded

White painted hatches were replaced by anodized alu version of same by AMEL due to heavy paint deterioration (September 2018). Some hatches reinstalled in reverse direction to improve ventilation and safety

Eyebolt at mast base upgraded to larger size to withstand pole loads in heavy weather

Spinnaker pole covered with leather patches to protect from damage in the brackets. Retaining mechanism improved

Gasketing on all deck lockers improved

All sanitation hoses upgraded to Raritan Sani/Flex premium hose with lowest odor permeation on the market

USB Charging outlets installed throughout the boat

Additional 220v outlets, all powered by shore, gen or inverters

Additional lee cloths were installed throughout the boat

One larger safe (for laptop and documents) under nav seat, smaller safe under forward berth

Stove mounts upgraded from standard to prevent premature wear

Insulation of the door fridge improved and empty cavity on port side of the fridge filled with foam filler to prevent condensation in humid warm climates

Fan units installed in both fridges (with control units in the door fridge) to improve cold distribution

Webasto heater upgraded to 2-speed blower to provide comfortable heating in cold weather

Padded trim installed along the edge of the bed in starboard aft cabin to improve safety and comfort

Doors through-bolted to bulkheads for strength and safety

Retainer bars on bookshelves

Bose SoundTouch SA5 amplifier and speakers installed in lieu of standard Fusion system

Separate independent NMEA backbone network running B&G Vulcan plotter, Furuno FI70 display, WX200 ultrasonic weather station, and B&G forward-looking sonar

Four cameras networked to plotter or salon TV

Extensive spares including backup freshwater and bilge pumps, engine spares and gen spares for long term cruising

Additional drainage at air con units to prevent condensation spillage on different tacks

Lead ballast added at fuel tank area to better balance boat

Carbon filter installed at watermaker to de-chlorinate dockside water during marina stays

24 volt fan in engine room 

Jabsco Cyclone pump installed on generator seawater supply to allow operation if impeller is damaged

Portable 220v lightbar in engine room

Additional 12v and USB outlets in cockpit

Small teak table attachment for use when full table is not required

Original cockpit table design modified for easier movement when table leaves are up

Cockpit enclosure upgraded for fewer leaks in rainy conditions; bug screens added

Upgraded deck shading system including foredeck section

Custom mounts on davits for antennas, lights and solar panels including lights for transom and BBQ areas



Vessel History

#56 was built to spec for extended cruising for a family of four including two young children. Many of the choices and upgrades were informed by the couple’s previous extended cruise before having kids. She was delivered in September of 2016 at the Amel factory in La Rochelle, France. The boat was very fully optioned and then upgraded with a number of small improvements spec’d by the owner based on his experience as a full-time cruiser on their previous smaller vessel.

Shortly after taking delivery, the family crossed the Atlantic for a winter of Caribbean cruising. Summer of 2017 found the vessel cruising to the UK and then south via France, Spain and Portugal to spend the winter in the Canaries. A stop was made in La Rochelle for scheduled service as well as upgrades by the Amel team.

During the summer of 2018 she returned north to Atlantic Europe, before crossing to the Caribbean for the winter where she was based mostly in Antigua. In June 2019 she departed for a two week passage north via Bermuda to the McMichael docks, where the family concluded their 2.5 year cruise, unloaded personal effects from the vessel, had her detailed and put on the hard.

The 2nd owner purchased the boat in June of 2020 and spent two summers cruising Long Island Sound and servicing/upgrading the boat in preparation for an extended cruise to the Caribbean and beyond (see details of this work in opening section). In the fall of 2021, she had a leisurely cruise south via the Chesapeake to Charleston, South Carolina. A change in the owner's plans has made the brought the boat back onto the market. 


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information

Contact Michael Beers, listing broker

718-764-7215 Cell