As trimarans are the fastest and most stable boats, it just made sense for Eric Bruneel to conceive a cruising trimaran. He certainly achieved his goal when creating Neel trimarans, by placing a large platform over the central hull and side floats.
NEEL Trimarans are designed to combine a performance and fast cruising yacht with a comfortable living space, and the result is outstanding.
NEEL shipyard entrepreneur Eric Bruneel also developped his knowledge of multihulls while working for Fountaine Pajot catamarans during 26 years. Building his first prototype for his own races and family, he soon developped his trimaran concept to associate comfort to speed, which was unheard of in the trimarans world.
By unifying the two outriggers and the central hull with a large platform, Neel brought a tremendous change and added benefits to trimarans. This innovative construction allows incomparable liveabord space: a generous cockpit and a useful and large roof, a central galley and incredible view from the lounge, as well as main deck cabin island beds with a superb panoramic view. The engine area brings generous storage and side hulls are also used for accommodation and storage.
The shipyard is considered to be the worldwide leader in the market when it comes to cruising trimaran design, with customizable and generous space and contemporary features.
Neel Trimarans are manufactured to European standards and will fit your worldwide projects. The shipyard produces the very first and best designed cruising trimarans worldwide, with Racing options, which is why you can spot them competing in transatlantic races as well as taking many families in their world sailing tour.
Neel Trimarans are very recent and many sailors still don't know or know too little about them. Yet they have proven since 2012 to be very efficient and appreciated multihulls, which explains the fast growing interest for them.
Because the models are so popular, the shipyard has seen orders make a massive jump during the past few years, and the shipyard has invested massively in order to develop the production lines in la Rochelle, on the French Atlantic coast.
As the fleet is growing with family cruisers as well as charter boats, Neel trimarans are now getting more renowned. However we often get asked if these cruising trimarans are really faster than catamarans, whether Neel trimarans would be safer than catamarans or monohulls, about the build quality and other questions.
The main platform is a major innovation for trimarans. Thanks to their ingenious construction, Neel trimarans bring comfort on many levels:
The NEEL 51 trimaran wins the 2019 Best Boat title by SAIL Magazine, in the Multihulls Cruising category.
The NEEL 51 trimaran wins the 2018 Multihull of the Year election, with the public's votes for 50'+ multihulls.
The NEEL 51 trimaran wins 2018 title as European Yacht of the Year during the Boot Düsseldorf boat show.
The NEEL 45 "La Caravelle" wins the 2015 ARC race in St Lucia, Caribbean, for the Multihull division.
The NEEL 45 trimaran is elected 2013 Most Innovative boat by Cruising World.
The NEEL 45 trimaran wins SAIL Magazine prize of 2013 Best Boat, in the 41-50' Cruising Multihull
"People often ask me why a trimaran sails and performs so well. The explanation is fairly simple: it's all about weight distribution.
For any vehicle - a plane, a car, a motorcycle, and of course a boat - weight distribution is a key performance factor, and no other boat can center the weight as well as a trimaran. On the Neel 65 for example, on the boat we are sailing on today, all the heavy components are right in the middle of the boat in the basement, and that explains everything.
It explains first of all the safety of the vessel. As a matter of fact, if you compare the stability curve of several multihulls, you'll see that the stability curve is much safer on a trimaran because of that weight being centered.
It's true also for the smooth ride at sea. Thanks to the very short bracket between the center of buoyancy and the center of gravity, again the weight being in the center will allow the trimaran to sail very smoothly.
And then, last but not least, of course the speed also benefits from that dynamics, and as you can check on any race or any rallye, the trimaran is always racing faster.
If you look at the Neel 45 winning the ARC rallye crossing the Atlantic, that tells a lot about the ability of a trimaran to sail faster than any other boat, and as a matter of fact, having a fast boat does not hurt for the safety as we can deal with the weather."
Eric Bruneel, Founder and President of NEEL Trimaran
Thanks to its width, a NEEL trimaran offers greater stability than a catamaran. As the curve below shows, the maximum righteous moment occurs at 12° heeling for a catamaran and at 32° heeling for a trimaran, which never gets reached in normal circumstances.
In a trimaran, the weight goes onto the central hull, which is where all bulky equipment is located. That trimaran design principle brings greater sailing comfort than a catamaran, like on a monohull sailing boat.
All systems are centralized in the main hull of Neel trimarans, in a spacious technical room. The generous headroom makes it comfortable to stand and dea with the engine, electrical systems, fuel and water tanks. Not only is this area convenient for the skipper for the boat maintenance, it also offers plentiful storage space for long term cruising.
In order to personalize your boat and fit at best your sailing project, the shipyard offers a wide variety of materials for your trimaran furniture.
The very resistant floor material, made of specific polyester, can also be chosen within a nice range of colours.
We will be glad to provide information, price quotation and options cost you require about NEEL trimarans which we offer for sale in the Caribbean.