The Amel Santorin 46 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Amel Santorin 46, a centre-cockpit sloop, was designed by Henri Amel and built in France by Amel.

'Cham', an Amel Santorin Sloop anchored in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.An Amel Santorin Sloop. Amel also produced a ketch version of the Santorin.

Published Specification for the Amel Santorin 46

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'11" (14.0m)

Waterline Length: 35'1" (10.7m)

Beam: 13'2" (4.0m)

Draft: 6'3" (1.9m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 24,251lb (11,000kg)

Designer: Henri Amel

Builder: Amel (France)

Year First Built: 1989

Year Last Built: 1997

Number Built: 150

Published Design Ratios for the Amel Santorin 46

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.8

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.5

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 250

4. Comfort Ratio: 31.7

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Amel Santorin 46

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.8 suggests that the Amel Santorin 46 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 35.5 would usually mean that the Amel Santorin 46 would have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of the keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 250, tells us the Amel Santorin 46 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 31.7 suggests that crew comfort of a Amel Santorin 46 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Amel Santorin 46 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Any Questions?

What other versions of the Amel Santorin 46 were built?

The Amel Santorin 46 was built in two versions: a sloop and a ketch. The sloop version has a single masthead rig with a genoa and a staysail, while the ketch version has a mizzen mast with a mizzen sail and a mizzen staysail.

What is the accommodation like in the Amel Santorin 46?

The Amel Santorin 46 has a spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to six people. The layout consists of a large aft cabin with an en-suite head and shower, a forward cabin with a V-berth and an adjacent head and shower, and a saloon with a U-shaped settee and a table that can convert into a double berth. The galley is located on the port side of the companionway, and the navigation station is on the starboard side.

What, if any, alternative accommodation layout versions are available for the Amel Santorin 46?

There are no alternative accommodation layout versions available for the Amel Santorin 46. The boat was designed with a fixed layout that maximizes space, comfort and functionality.

What sail plan and rigging options are available for the Amel Santorin 46?

The Amel Santorin 46 has a standard sail plan and rigging that includes an in-mast furling mainsail, an electric furling genoa, an electric furling staysail, and an optional spinnaker or gennaker. The ketch version also has an in-mast furling mizzen sail and an electric furling mizzen staysail. All the sails are controlled from the cockpit with electric winches and push-button controls.

What keel options are available for the Amel Santorin 46?

The Amel Santorin 46 has only one keel option: a fin keel with a bulb that provides stability and performance. The keel is made of cast iron and has a draft of 6'3" (1.9m).

What is the Amel Santorin 46 like to sail?

The Amel Santorin 46 is an impressive boat to sail. She is sturdy, well-built, and easy to handle. She has a heavy displacement and a moderate sail area that make her suitable for long-distance cruising in various conditions. She performs best in strong winds and off the wind, where she can reach speeds of up to 10 knots. She is less agile in light winds and upwind, where she may struggle to point high or maintain speed. She has a smooth and comfortable motion in a seaway.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Amel Santorin 46?

The average cost of a secondhand Amel Santorin 46 depends on the year, condition, equipment, and location of the boat. According to some online listings, the price range for a used Amel Santorin 46 is between $100,000 and $200,000 USD.

Is this boatbuilder still in business?

Yes, this boatbuilder is still in business. Amel is a French company that was founded by Henri Amel in 1965 and is still operating today. Amel specializes in producing high-quality cruising sailboats that are designed for comfort, safety, and performance. Some of their current models include the Amel 50, the Amel 55, and the Amel 60.

What other sailboats have been created by this designer?

Henri Amel was the designer of all the sailboats produced by Amel until his death in 2005. Some of his most famous creations include the Amel Sharki, the Amel Maramu, the Amel Super Maramu, the Amel Euros, and the Amel Mango.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

Other sailboats in the Amel range include:

An Amel Super Maramu 2000 sailboat at anchorThe Amel Super Maramu 2000
An Amel 54 sailboat at anchorThe Amel 54

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