You have owned a NEEL 43 for a few months now. Why did you choose a NEEL trimaran and more precisely the NEEL 43 ?
I have known and visited the shipyard for many years, the technical part interests me a lot. I have followed the evolution of the shipyard and the design of its trimarans (they have evolved a lot). They have always attracted me, they are seaworthy boats and the living space remains friendly. Until now, they did not correspond to my needs (still a little far from retirement and out of my budget for use). The release of this new model seduced me immediately, it came at the right time (I was on a well advanced project) and Gérald Bailly, NEEL-TRIMARANS dealer who has been following me for many years, was able to convince me. A new site for an optimized production, controlled costs, a launching offer, an acceptable light weight, a contemporary and friendly layout and here we are: that’s all it took to make me happy, thanks again Gérald.
What are your first impressions after a few months of sailing and what are the strong points of the NEEL 43 that you liked the most ?
She is a nice boat to steer, I find good sensations. She goes upwind well and 10 knots are quickly reached, it’s a real pleasure. Her look is very appealing, she is pleasant to look at. Life on board is well organized, the friends quickly find their marks, it’s very friendly. Above all, I wanted a fast boat to have fun at the helm and with the marine comfort to embark the happy family and finally travel together: the NEEL solution was found.
What is your sailing program and your possible projects with Mustic?
My program is of course to enjoy it as much as possible now and the ARC 2022 is a good and challenging project. We will be able to check our choices and test the boat, I think it will be up to the task. The reward will be to spend a month in the West Indies with a return in May 2023 to finish with a small family trip in the Mediterranean. For the moment, the sails remain in place and the trips continue on weekends.
Do you plan to make any modifications to your boat?
The boat was already well prepared by NEEL-TRIMARANS and by Pochon for our program:
the ARC 2022. Carbon mast, NKE electronics, lithium power, watermaker, set of DCX sails (which
I complete with gennaker and heavy symmetrical spinnaker). The main thing was to contain the
weight of the boat so that it remains performing. I complete the interior equipment as well as
some fittings adapted to her more sportive program.
Is joining the NEEL OWNERS COMMUNITY as soon as you receive your trimaran a plus in your ownership experience?
Yes, it’s always nice to be able to exchange with other owners. We help each other and we exchange good tips.