NEEL trimarans is designing and building cruising trimarans.
Texas Coast Yachts is proud to be the exclusive NEEL dealer for Texas, Northern Gulf Coast, Mexico & Central America.
Founded and managed by Eric Bruneel, NEEL-TRIMARANS is based in La Rochelle, the capital city of sailing in France.
NEEL-TRIMARANS surrounded itself with the best equipment and service suppliers for the construction of its trimarans.
Eric Bruneel, Entrepreneur
Eric Bruneel has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction of multihulls, of which 26 (1983-2009) were devoted
to the development of Fountaine-Pajot SA, the world leader of cruising catamarans, whose 2000th unit was delivered in August 2009,
listed on Alternex Paris New York Stock Exchange in June 2007. He has been successively Export and General Manager of the company, where he took an active part in catamarans creation and development.
Meanwhile, in 2003, he designed and built the fifty-foot trimaran “Trilogic” aboard which he won his class in the OSTAR 2004 solo transatlantic race as well as the 2005 Rolex Fastnet Race. He was also placed second in the 2006 Route du Rhum.
It is the combination of these experiences in the world of yachting and racing that led to the idea
of a fast and comfortable cruising trimaran.
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The width of NEEL trimarans is an important factor for safety on the high seas because it is a guarantee of stability.
The PVC foam sandwich construction and collision bulkheads guarantee that the craft is unsinkable.
The fin of the central hull protects the engine block and rudder gear.
The shallow draft allows you to navigate close to the shore and enjoy the most beautiful anchorages.
The high average speed optimises navigation planning, according to weather conditions.
The fractional rig (mainsail, solent, staysail) facilitates short-handed operation, notably for duo crews.
All embedded systems, such as refrigeration, electrical and electronic installations, energy generation and storage, fittings and rigging all benefit from our twenty seven years of experience in boat building.
NEEL trimarans are certified according to CE European standards by the French Institute for Nautical Certification and Standardisation (ICCN).
The trimarans NEEL 45 and NEEL 65 are completely liberated from the development pattern of existing cruising trimarans.
NEEL has created a new aesthetic in naval architecture.
The NEEL innovation is the integration of the two outriggers with the connecting platform into a unified living space which includes the bridge, a central galley, and a magnificent panoramic lounge.
The proportions of the trimaran offer a generous roof area, guaranteeing internal volume.
The entire volume of the central hull is devoted to systems – the engine, electronics, electrical wiring and plumbing, diesel and water tanks as well as long-term supplies storage. The large space available in the lazarette and the high headroom ensure easy access for maintenance of equipment and easy optional installation of generators, desalinators or air conditioning.
The furniture comes in a choice of several contemporary materials.
The floors are covered with ultra-resistant high-tech woven polyester which comes in a wide range of colours.
An in-depth study
To optimise the structure of NEEL trimarans, we collaborated with TENSYL with whom we have previously worked with
on the structure of the racing trimaran TRILOGIC.
TENSYL has made a speciality of the structural design of multi hull racing and cruising composites.
Sampling is determined from the most critical cases of offshore loading on the structure, for example
catching a wave at high-speed or sailing with the wind on the beam.
The analysis programs transmit relevant information which are compared to nominal values in the specs.
Colour displays are particularly instructive in sample determination. The overall research programme aims to define type
and quantity of construction materials best suited to each zone in order to eliminate unnecessary weight
and apply suitable safety margins to load bearing elements.
NEEL trimarans are manufactured with materials and techniques best suited to their use,
combining strength, rigidity and weight reduction.
Hull, floats, bridges and roof are made in vacuum bonded PVC/foam and glass fibre/isophthalic polyester resin sandwich structural material. The boards are fabricated from honeycomb PVC vacuum bonded with glass fibre/isophthalic polyester resin structural material. Fibreglass is stratified according to a sampling plan determined by finite element structural analysis gained from our experience
in the construction of racing craft and offshore cruising. Depending on their role in the structure of the trimaran, the type and
number of glass fibres are either unidirectional, bidirectional, 0 ° / 90 ° or bi-directional 45 ° / 45 °, TAFTA, roving or twill.
Phonic and thermal insulation, along with floatation (unsinkability) are provided by the interior of PVC foam sandwich laminates.
This closed-cell foam is perfect for the marine environment being virtually insensitive to moisture. Rigging and sails are designed and produced by multi hull specialists in La Rochelle. Interior coverings (linings, floor, upholstery) have all been tested rigorously in oceanic conditions before being selected for your NEEL trimaran.
NEEL trimarans are conceived for fast cruising.
With an average cruising speed of around 10 knots, over 200 nautical miles are easily achievable each 24 hours. Speeds from 15 to 18 knots are often reached when the breeze freshens.
Weight centering is managed in order to limit pitching.
The centre hull is rockered to facilitate tacking.
Floats are of a stretched form to privilege directional stability and advancement of the centre of buoyancy as a function of sail loading.
The rigging is directly derived from racing trimarans, thereby achieving full cruising speeds up to twice as fast as conventional cruising yachts.
The sail surface area is generous with some 17m2 per tonne.
Finally, the trimaran configuration also facilitates sustained speed under motor propulsion. The low prismatic coefficient of the central hull means drag is very weak. The side floats are only very lightly in contact with the surface of the water.