So, the other day, someone asked me what I thought of the Amel 60 which someone was touting as the perfect/ultimate cruising boat somewhere or other. I’ll admit that it caused me to ponder a bit on a bunch of things to sort out an answer.
First of all, it took me a while to sort out why someone would bother to ask me, Mr Cheapseats, what my opinion was on a 1,650,000.00 Euro boat. My guess is since I can read French that, just maybe, I might actually know something about it past looking at pictures and saying “Ooh” and “Aah”…
As it happens, I actually quite like Amel boats as they’re very well built, have a form follows function vibe that works, and I’ll admit to having lusted greatly for an Amel Sharki when I could not even afford a beat up, way past its sell by date Sangria. Which, I suppose, makes me a great choice for expounding opinion on a boat I could never afford to a person who, I suspect, does not have 1,650,000.00 Euros laying around in disposable income.
So yeah, the Amel 60 is a very nice boat and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a sixty-foot million and a half Euro boat. That said, it’s not a boat I’d choose to go cruising with.
Truth is, boats over a certain price point and size become a serious detriment to interfacing with the real world and lock you solidly within the ghetto of wealth and privilege. Not having either wealth or privilege it is just silly to waste anymore time on the subject.
As a counter point to such silliness, here’s my all time favorite Citroen advertisement to cleanse the palate.