The interior accommodation is finished in plantation grown African mahogany with a semi-gloss polyurethane varnish.  The overheads are cream colored vinyl.  The sole in the saloon and galley are teak covered plywood with carpet in the staterooms.


Beginning in the forepeak and working aft there is a large chain locker that is isolated from the accommodation by a genuine full height water tight collision bulkhead with a water tight door allowing access into the chain locker.


The guest stateroom is just aft and has a very large V-berth with provided filler panel and cushion that then converts this V-berth into a large double berth to port with a single berth to starboard.  There is a writing desk hung on the bulkhead that easily folds down or up as required.


Just aft to starboard is a very generously sized hanging locker with the guest head opposite to port.


The guest head has a vanity with wash basin, manual Jabsco marine toilet with holding tank, and an integral shower with a well designed spray curtain that effectively provides a stall shower.


Just aft of the head area is the saloon.  The saloon is separated from the forward accommodation by a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead with a submarine type watertight door.  The saloon contains a very spacious U-shaped dinette with table to port with a couch/love-seat opposite to starboard.  Outboard of the couch is a pull out pilot/sea berth with a privacy curtain.  Outboard of the sea berth are lockers.  A virtually identical locker arrangement is opposite all the way outboard to port. The full sized navigation station is aft of the saloon to starboard with the U-shaped galley directly opposite to port, the navigation station faces outboard with a large chart table and a pylon seat.   There is storage inside the chart table for navigation supplies as well as two drawers and two lockers just beneath. Just next to the navigation station is a large hanging locker, suitable for jackets and foul weather gear.


The passageway to the aft cabin contains a single berth with the battery containment compartment just beneath.  This is a superb seaberth that will guarantee a restful sleep in even the worst of conditions as it is located quite low inside the vessel and very close to the forward/aft pitch axis.


The owner’s stateroom is all the way aft and has a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead at its entry with a submarine style watertight door.  There is another genuine full height watertight bulkhead at the extreme aft end of the owner’s stateroom, partitioning this cabin from the huge “garage” lazerette accessed from on deck.  The owners stateroom has an ensuite head to port that contains a vanity with wash basin, a manual Jabsco Marine toilet with holding tank, and an integral shower with a well designed spray curtain that effectively replicates a stall shower.  There are spacious oversized single berths both port and starboard.  There is a provided filler panel and cushion to turn the portside berth into a large double berth.




The U-shaped galley is located in the portside after quarter of the saloon.  This galley is, truly, an ergonomic “tour de force” that will be very much appreciated by a seagoing gourmet both when offshore or in harbor.  There is plenty of counter space for meal preparation and an abundance of storage both in and about the galley so that the sailing chef can have all the conveniences found in a shore side kitchen without the usual clutter present in most fully equipped sailboat galleys. 




Double Sinks                                                                Front Access Refrigerator/Freezer 24 Volt

Stainless Steel Two Burner Gas Stove                           Two Top Access Deep Freezers 24 Volt

Gas Oven beneath Stove                                                    Ventilated Vegetable Locker

Microwave/Convection Oven                                             Galley Ventilator Cowl/24 Volt





Natural ventilation of the interior spaces of "It's Good" is commendable.  When on anchor and facing into the breeze, open the three overhead hatches (forward stateroom, forward head area, and saloon) and close the cockpit companionway hatch.  Open the hatch at the extreme aft end of the owner’s cabin, and then enjoy the exceptional natural flow through ventilation.  The key is to close the companionway.


There are three 8000 BTU air conditioners installed, one in the forward stateroom, one in the saloon, and another one in the aft stateroom.  They are all the same model and can eventually be serviced from common spares.  These three air conditioners also have resistance type radiant heaters.  There are two radiant type 220 volt resistance element heaters installed, one in the saloon the other in the aft stateroom.  These heaters keep the boat comfortable inside when the outside temperature is 40F.  For colder climates, there is an oil fired hot air heater with air ducts to the salon and aft cabin.




CONFIGURATION:  Probably best described as a ¾ aft cockpit, the cockpit area in "It's Good" is situated deep within the vessel for enhanced security and to minimize undesirable motion.  The steering station is in the forward port side quarter of the cockpit where it can be completely protected from sun, spray, rain and other undesirable environmental conditions.  The cockpit is exceptionally comfortable as the seat backs and the seats themselves are ergonomically designed to conform to the human anatomy with subtle curves in just the right places.  As we tend to live in the cockpit, Amel went to great lengths to make this area the most comfortable room in the house.  The hard dodger protects the cockpit from the sea and spray while the extendable/pull out bimini keeps the sun and rain away.  If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing the uncommon comfort of "It's Good" cockpit, be sure to spend a few minutes investigating this for yourself when you get aboard.


The forward deckhouse is a wedge configuration.  Both the forward and aft deckhouses are bordered by sidedecks that are unencumbered by rigging or equipment.  It is quite easy and safe to make your way about the decks on board "It's Good"


Each and every element of the deck design was drawn, reconsidered, and then ultimately configured to provide the optimum in functionality, comfort, and security.  Amels 30 plus years of experience with offshore sailing boat design really shows everywhere aboard "It's Good"


The hull is an evolution of Henri Amel’s cruising keel and skeg hung rudder philosophy that he helped popularize for cruising boats in the early 1950’s.  The raked bow with semi-rounded forefoot provides a fast yet sea-kindly face to the waves.  The wide low aspect ratio keel gives up maybe a couple of degrees in pointing ability in providing an exceptionally strong and secure mount for the external ballast.  All 1000 liters/264 gallons of fresh water are carried in the stub keel, not only providing a double bottom but keeping the weight of the water quite low in the boat (and not in tanks under settees where they would rob storage).  The keel has long wings, which not only aid stiffness and weatherlyness, but also act as pitch stabilizers when going 5 knots or better.  The keel has a flat bottom and is wide enough to allow the boat to stand, unsupported, on the keel.  However, we strongly urge you to use support stands when on the hard.


The propeller is mounted on the trailing edge of the keel where it is well immersed and very well protected from sea junk.  It is also not under the bed in the owner’s cabin, as in most center cockpit designs, allowing you to sleep when powering.  Propeller noise is effectively marginalized.


The rudder is hung from a massive full-length skeg assembly that can support the entire laden weight of the vessel in case of grounding.


The hull’s run aft is wide enough to support powerful reaching performance yet shaped with a gradual buoyancy increase so when immersed in waves to impart a steady ride in a sea way.  In conjunction with the same gradual buoyancy increase in the bow, there is a very predictable and linear motion at sea.


As in all elements of the entire vessel’s design, the hull and deck were conceived to do their job properly and efficiently, not to have a certain look or to make a fashion statement.  In cruising yacht design, as in nature, the most satisfactory results are achieved when form follows function.

“It’s Good” Equipment and Information:

Builder: Amel 1993
Designer: H. Amel & J.Carteau

LOA: 53'
Beam: 15'1"
LWL: 41'4"
Maximum Draft: 6'9"
Displacement: 35,840
Ballast: 12,320

Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine(s) HP: 80
Engine Model: M-80 T
Engine Hours: 7000

Fresh Water Tanks: 264 gallons
Fuel Tanks: 158 gallons
Holding Tanks: 2@ 16 gallons

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • 16,000 BTU heat pump / air-conditioning in main saloon
  • 8,000 BTU heat pump/ air in forward cabin
  • 8,000 BTU heat pump / air in aft cabin
  • 3-1000 BTU 24 V electric heaters
  • Diesel fired hot air blower


  • 2 Burner stove and oven propane
  • Microwave oven
  • Refrigeration
  • Separate Isotherm freezer
  • Water filter
  • Hot & cold pressure water


  • B&G analog wind
  • B&G analog depth
  • B&G analog wind speed
  • B&G sonic speed (not op)
  • Standard Horizon Chart plotter
  • Standard Horizon VHF & RAM
  • Panasonic Laptop for sail email
  • Icom M-710 SSB
  • Shipmate European VHF
  • Global Star Satellite phone
  • Furuno Radar
  • Raymarine Autohelm 7000
  • Kenwood CD player 5 disc changer
  • DVD player and 19” TV 


  • 220 volt Electrical system
  • 24 volt electrical system
  • Northern Lights 6KW 240 volt generator  
  • Kiss wind generator new 2010
  • Xantrex 1800 watt inverter
  • Mastervolt 100 amp battery charger
  •  9 AGM batteries

Deck & Hull

  • Bow thruster
  • Forward split anchor locker
  • 2- Motorized windlasses
  • 3 water tight bulkheads

all the necessary gear right down to a hair dryer and a vacuum cleaner, a full liquor locker with wine and champagne glasses.

  • Bugle Anchor & 300' chain
  • 2 electric anchor windlasses
  • 75# CQR plow anchor 200' chain
  • Split chain locker
  • Anchor washdown
  • Custom cockpit cushions
  • 2 inflatable pouches
  • 8 offshore life jackets
  • Sea anchor & 600' rode
  • Max Prop feathering propeller
  • Swim ladder
  • 16 GPH watermaker
  • SOAR 14’ inflatable canoe
  • Custom double berth aft with inner spring mattress custom made
  • 10' Caribe Dingy 2002
  • 25hp Yahama outboard 2005
  • Bauer dive compressor
  • 4 dive tanks
  • Washing machine
  • Full deck awning
  • Custom cockpit enclosure 6' head room
  • Screens and Isinglass for enclosure
  • Screens for all hatches
  • Monitor steering vane
  • Viking Liferaft '03 inspected 2010
  • Many good lengths of spare cordage

Sails & Rigging
Electric furlers on Main, Mizzen and Genoa
This boat can be sailed without leaving the cockpit.

Ace Main sail 2010              North Mizzen 2004

Genoa                                   Mizzen Staysail


Aft Cabin Hull layout
Cockpit Hull