NEEL 45 Evolution


With more than 40 units built and sailing around the world, an interest for the brand increasingly pronounced and an international recognition by the specialized press (elected boat of the year in 2013, by Cruising World and Sail Magazine, nominated for the 2018 European boat of the year, and the multihull of the year), NEEL TRIMARANS launches the enhanced NEEL Trimarans’ 2nd generation.

All the strong points of the trimarans and the NEEL TRIMARANS’ DNA are retained: safety, easy centralized maneuvering, steering fineness, central technical room for centered weight, which brings a comfort and sea-keeping unequaled, performance (fast in standard version, even more powerful with optional carbon mast, textile standing rigging and hydrodynamic sails), single-level living, owner suite on main deck with panoramic view.

  • Better access at sea with added steps in the transom
  • A cockpit bimini transformed into a rigid polyester top allowing better access to the rear of the boom and also a more effective protection of the cockpit
  • Luxurious interior finish, identical to the materials successfully presented on the NEEL 51 (ALPI for joinery, SUNBRELLA for upholstery, SILVERTEX for linings, BOLON for flooring, synthetic teak for outdoor floor)
  • Optional Central Dagger Board combined with the optional performance rig, qualify the NEEL 45 EVOLUTION to the forefront of the fast Multihulls (the NEEL 45 won the ARC in real time in 2015)
  • A richer equipment catalog offering innovative alternatives for solar and navigation electronics
  • The NEEL 45 EVOLUTION offers two interior design versions: NEEL 45 “Loft” (sleeps 4-8) and NEEL 45 “Cruise” (sleeps 6 to 10)

The NEEL 45 borrows many of its features from its successful predecessor, the NEEL 50, including its notable space, light, modern design, loft look, storage areas, speed, safety and comfort at sea.

The NEEL 45 enjoys the same excellent privacy in the cabins, independence for the owner and crew who each have their own room, and amazing ambience in the spacious saloon, kitchen and cockpit.

The NEEL 45 innovates by connecting the two wings with a living platform at cockpit level. Life aboard emulates a loft apartment with its central kitchen, saloon with a panoramic view, and its three double cabins and two bathrooms.

The entire main hull volume is devoted to equipment, engine, electronic and electric wiring, plumbing, diesel and water tanks as well as plenty of storage.

The large space available in this storeroom (a remarkable 1.80m high) makes the access easier for all the maintenance equipment and for optional generator, desalinator or air-conditioning.

The trimaran proportions allow for a large roof, guaranteeing expansive interior volume. The NEEL 45 is resolutely innovative with its uncluttered exterior style and its interior decor.

The NEEL 45 is designed for fast cruising, regularly sailing at more than 10 knots average, and covering 220 miles per 24 hours. 15 to 20 knots are often reached as soon as wind strength intensifies.

The NEEL 45 is fitted with the latest innovations developed by racing multihulls, such as square top mainsail, Vectran shrouds and forestay, reef hooks, genoa stocker and carbon rudder.

Weight distribution is centred, which limits pitching, and the main hull roach facilitates tacking. On the other hand, the float’s shape is tense in order to favour stability and hull centre progress according to the sail loading.

The sail area is generous with 170sqm per ton.

Finally, the trimaran is also impressively fast under power as the main hull prismatic coefficient creates a very low drag. Moreover, the lateral floats are only very lightly touch the water’s surface.

Award Winning Design:

The innovative NEEL 45 trimaran has been awarded the Best Boat in the 2013 Cruising Multihull 41 – 50ft category.





  • L.O.A.44.26 ft
  • Beam27.66 ft
  • Draft3.6 ft
  • Light Displacement6.5 T
  • Full Load Displacement9 T
  • Sail Area116 sq m (Standard)
  • Main Sail Area60 sq m (Standard)
  • Furling Genoa Area46 sq m (Standard)
  • Self-tacking Jib20 sq m (Standard)
  • Spinnaker Sail Area152 sq m (Racing)
  • Engines55 hp
  • Fuel/Diesel300 litres
  • Freshwater500 litres
  • ArchitectsJoubert-Nivelt & Eric Bruneel

Boat layout

    Two versions are available for NEEL 45: Owner's version - A liveaboard or cruising trimaran including the owner's cabin with its private bathroom, two double bedrooms with another bathroom and large storage capacity. Charter version - By adding four beds and two sinks in the floats, the NEEL 45


Posted: 27th February 2013. Article by Cruising World – January 2013. The second of this year’s special awards goes to the Neel 45, the only production trimaran introduced for 2013, which the judges felt was easily the Most Innovative of all the entries. For many years, builder Eric Bruneel was... read more
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