1985 Amel Mango 52

  • 53 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Westport, CT, US

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1985 Amel Mango 52 - Profile


New to Market - Preliminary Listing

Here is an excellent opportunity to have the kind of globe-circling adventures that an Amel is uniquely equipped for, at a very modest price point. This Amel Mango has spent the last 10+ years on Long Island Sound where she has been gently used and given the highest level of care. 

She has routinely benefited from significant upgrades and refits, both structural and cosmetic. There is nothing to stop a perspective owner from stepping aboard and setting sail. 

Some examples of improvements and modifications include:

Raymarine C120W and C90W at helm/nav

Raymarine camera on mizzen

2006 Northern Lights 6 kW generator

All hatch lenses replaced by Select Plastics/Hatchmasters

New cockpit enclosure canvas (Sunbrella with Strataglass windows)

Headliner replaced throughout

Two separate and fully independent refrigeration/freezer systems in 3 cabinets

New AC, Refrigerator compressors and Inverter/charger

New standing rigging and completely rebuilt furling systems

Complete teak and holly sole throughout the boat

All new upholstery and interior curtains throughout the boat


Basic Information

Mango 52
Westport, CT, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
4300 MB
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Dimensions & Weight

53 ft - 16.15 meter
53 ft - 16.15 meter
14 ft 4 in - 4.37 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft 6 in - 1.98 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:


Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
80 (Individual), 80 (combined)
Max Speed:
10 MPH

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
217 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
396 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:


Total Cabins:
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Total Sleeps:
Total Heads:
Captains Cabin:
Crew Cabins:
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Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:




Accommodations and Layout   

Standard Mango layout with forward cabin and head, main salon, galley and chart table, large engine compartment and passage way, and aft owners' cabin with ensuite head, vanity, and large double berth.

The entire interior is finished in crosscut African mahogany with a satin polyurethane varnish finish. The ceilings are completely refinished with off-white textured vinyl and varnished mahogany strips. Vinyl headliner replaced approx. 2010.  Lighting fixtures are a combination of French antique brass lamps and modern halogen reading lights. The interior has been carefully maintained and is in excellent condition. The sole was sanded and varnished with two coats of polyurethane in 2002.

Forward Cabin:

Starting at the bow and working aft, there is a large chain locker with a watertight bulkhead at the foot of forward stateroom berths. The forward cabin berths are large (6'5" long) and convertible to a double on the port side with single on the starboard side. Both berths have mahogany lee boards. There is a large drop down writing desk in this cabin. There are 8 side lockers and two large under berth storage areas in this cabin.

Aft of the forward cabin is the head on the port side and large hanging locker on the starboard side.

The head has a deep vanity, shower, marine toilet (Dometic, new in 2012) with holding tank and electric macerator with a cross over connection. The shelves and mirror are custom teak improvements done in 2002. New shower fixtures and hatch shades in approx. 2010.

Door to main salon is watertight, as is the main bulkhead itself.


The salon features a U-shaped dinette to port, a centerline table with beverage cabinet and two leaves, and a settee opposite to port. The port settee can be made into a double berth and is over 7 feet long. A large refrigerator/freezer is under the seat at the forward end of the port settee. The starboard settee is 6' 6" long and can be made into a sea berth with a lee board. Forward of this berth is a large china cabinet. Salon upholstery is "Oyster" Ultraleather and in great condition. Copious storage outboard of port/starboard settees as well as under cabin sole.

The salon can be enclosed with a full-beam curtain partition that provides privacy from the nav/galley during passages.


Aft of the main saloon to port is the galley. Its placement between the salon and the cockpit allows the chef to be "part of the action" rather than be sequestered in a remote or cramped area of the boat. The U-shaped orientation makes it practical to be able to prepare meals in a seaway.

Force 10 propane stove/oven with stainless back-splash, new in 2013. Counters replaced with Corian approx. 2010. The double sink is facing forward and has a custom shelf above it with custom mahogany canister holder for hot or cold liquids. Generous storage through-out the galley. Galley faucets replaced approx. 2015. Newer microwave and Magma BBQ with cover also included.

The refrigeration system includes a double fridge in the galley, a larger custom freezer measuring 36" x 24" x 20" adjacent to the nav desk, and the freezer/fridge under the port salon settee. All three units are dual-op, meaning they can be powered by a large engine-driven compressor OR via 110 volt AC power. 2009 Isotherm hot water heater (engine or 110v).

Additional galley details:

Double stainless steel sinks                          Two 12-volt exhaust fans

Seagull IV Filter for drinking water                Two 20# propane bottles

Hot and Cold pressure water                        12 Volt fan in galley

Fresh water foot pump                                   Serving bar between galley and salon            

Nav Station:

Opposite the galley area is the chart table, which is 31" deep and 39'' wide so it can take the largest charts without folding. Radios, weatherfax, Furuno radar and newer Raymarine C90W chartplotter at nav station. Copious storage in, under and outboard of the chart table. The helm is just three steps up the companionway making communication from the chart table easy.


The passageway to the aft cabin is on starboard and contains a 74" sea berth, a hanging locker and four storage areas. The large engine room is to port and can be accessed from the passageway as well as from the cockpit.

Aft Cabin:

The aft cabin has a large hanging locker and vanity to starboard. The vanity has a swing out seat. To port is the ensuite head with custom mahogany framed mirror, cabinets and trim done in 2002.

Domestic head replaced in 2012. In addition, a custom cabinet has been placed behind the head. The head contains a shower. There is a custom cabinet between the head and the passageway. 

Further aft is the master cabin bed area. This can be a large double with sitting area in the starboard aft quarter, or the bed can be made up with filler pieces to create a kingsize berth as shown in photos. There is large storage under the berth and 12 additional storage areas above the teak and holly sole.

Systems: Climate Control and Ventilation:

Like all Amel's, the Mango is outfitted for maximum livability in all but the most extreme climates.

2007 Technicold air conditioning compressor,, with 16000 BTU capacity feeding the master stateroom and main cabin. This system is operated by 110 Volt electricity from either dockside or the generator. There are four permanent fresh air fans and two additional portable 12 V fans. These draw very little current.

She has five Lewmar Ocean hatches installed in 1994/2008 that are very effective in bringing fresh air into the accommodations and exhausting it out the aft cabin hatch. All hatch lenses have been replaced by Select Plastics/Hatchmasters. In additiona, a forced fresh air system functions in rain and during passages by drawing in dry fresh air from the cockpit and ducting it into each cabin. For cold climates she has an ESPAR diesel fired heater that quickly moves hot air into each cabin. This furnace/heater is thermostatically controlled and was overhauled in 2008.


Storage on the Mango is exactly what one would hope for in a live-aboard passage-making vessel.  Forward on deck, there are four huge lockers designed to hold sails, fenders, lines, extra anchors and rodes, etc.

In the cockpit, there are also two good-sized lockers for storing dive tanks and other equipment, and one larger locker for folding bicycles, outboards, safety equipment, etc. This locker is so large that an adult man can stand up and move around in it. The aft deck locker has space for two 20 # propane bottles, plus other items. This locker is sealed from the inside and vented outside.  All these outside lockers can be locked from the inside of the vessel.

Below the soles in each cabin are ten additional dry storage lockers. These can be used for spare parts, 2000 cans or 400 liters of wine. All of this is in additional to carrying 217 gallons of fuel and 396 gallons on water.

Electronics and Navigation Equipment

Raymarine C120W at helm

Raymarine C90W at nav

Furuno 1830 ten-inch raster radar with antenna and cockpit repeater - 1993

ICOM M-700 Pro SSB radio and Smart Tuner - 1999

Pactor modem

Barigo Ships Quartz Clock - navigation station

Alden Weather fax receiver (not used recently)

Neco Autopilot - at the companionway

Autohelm 3000 backup autopilot

Six inch Danforth compass at the helm station

Navman 7" Color GPS plotter at the navigation station - 2003

Lowrance digital depth sounder (400')

Electronic seawater temperature gauge - 1998

Uniden 625 Color LCD DSC VHF at the helm integrated with GPS - 2007

ICOM 55 VHF at the navigation station

Multiple lights at the navigation station including red night-light

Datamarine Corinthian Sailing Monitor System:

Analog apparent wind - helm station

Digital wind speed - helm station

Digital knotmeter/log - helm station

Digital depthsounder - helm station  

Digital knot log - navigation station

Fusion stereo system with Bose speakers for salon/aft cabin/cockpit 2012

Electrical System

There is a 12-volt system and a 110-volt system. The 12-volt system has three battery banks. One battery bank has two 100-amp hour engine and generator starting batteries and is charged by a separate 70-amp alternator on the Perkins.

The second battery bank is the house bank and currently consists of six 2007 Trojan 105 6-volt golf cart batteries in parallel. This bank is charged via a separate 70-amp alternator or a 2008 Xantrex Freedom Marine 20 inverter/charger. An additional Cruising Equipment amp hour meter monitors voltage, amp drain, and amp hour read out.  There are several 12-volt outlets throughout the vessel.

The third battery is an 8D Prevailer battery located in the forward cabin, used to drive the bow thruster. It has a separate monitoring gauge, and is charged by connection to the house battery system.

The 110 volt system is powered by a Northern Lights 3 cylinder diesel genset of 6 kW. This genset was installed in the engine room in 2006 and has 690 hours total time. A new control panel and gauges were installed at the same time.

The 110 volt shore power system is controlled by two circuit breaker panels connected to two 30 amp receptacles and two power cords. One input is for the air conditioning system and one input is for all other needs.  There are several 110 volt outlets throughout the vessel. This system was upgraded in 1998.

The entire electrical system is constructed to very high standards and has proven to be reliable and trouble free. The refrigeration and air conditioning compressors can use either 50 or 60 cycle power, which makes them useable in both 110 volt 60 cycle marinas and other marinas that have 220 to 110 Volt transformers, and 50-cycle power.

Bow Thruster

1994 Wesmar bow thruster in tunnel aft of anchor locker. It is a 5 HP unit driven by an 8D Prevailer Battery under a forward berth. The bow thruster has two six bladed stainless steel propellers and is very effective. A fan to help cool the motor protects it. The bow thruster is operated at the helm station using a toggle switch. This unit is very reliable and effective in maneuvering when in tight spaces.

Deck and Hull

The Mango has a performance oriented offshore hull form with a raked bow, long low aspect keel, a separate skeg hung rudder and an overhanging stern. The forefoot is well rounded to prevent pounding and provides a very comfortable ride at sea. The keel ballast is external iron. The skeg can, by actual test, support the entire weight of the vessel. There is a substantial synthetic rubber rubrail around the vessel's perimeter.


The deck configuration is a center cockpit well protected by a sturdy fiberglass dodger. A Sunbrella/Strataglass enclosure was new in 2014 and provides exceptional protection and visibility.  The cockpit has very comfortable seating with high back rests and custom Sunbrella fitted cushions (2012).

The entire cockpit sole is hinged with struts to provide easy opening and easy access to the stand up full sized engine room.  This access is in addition to access via a passageway door.

The steering station is forward on the port side under the hard dodger. There is a large opening window in the windshield for airflow. There is also a tinted Lucite window in the dodger ceiling to view the mainsail trim. The custom helm seat with backrest and brace was re-covered in 2009.

Upgrades/Refit to Deck and Hull:

In 1998 the previous owner had all deck hardware pulled and rebedded, and a new coat of topside and deck paint applied. For the deck paint, a lighter shade was used to help keep the interior cooler. The spars were painted at this time as well. All work was done inside during the off-season by New England Fiberglass Repair. A fresh coat of non-skid followed on deck in 2011. Boarding "gate" in rail added 2011 for easy side-boarding.

The hull is done in matching off white with a dark green cove strip, a 3-inch dark green boot stripe and a one-inch dark green stripe just above the water line. Perhaps, equally important the water line was raised in the stern. This provides a longer, sleeker appearance than the traditional Amel water line in that the vessel is level in the water.

Bottom paint was stripped and re-coated with Micron 66 in 2009 to minimize paint build-up.

Ground Tackle

The 60 lb stainless steel CQR anchor is operated by a hi-torque Lofrans Tigress 12 volt electric windlass with a horizontal chain and separate rode capstan. The windlass can be operated manually and was upgraded in 1998 with a new motor and now includes both up and down capability. There are double bow rollers integral with the stem head. The large chain locker is located aft of the bow to keep the weight of the chain further aft and low inside the vessel. The chain locker has access from inside the vessel and a drain. The current anchor is attached to 200 feet of G4 high test 3/8' chain installed in 2009. There is a saltwater deck wash with separate pressure pump; switchable to fresh water.

Additional ground tackle includes a 35# CQR with 20' of stainless steel chain and 150' of rode, and a 2003

Luke 70 # fisherman storm anchor under the aft bunk.

Safety Gear

Every Amel is built and fully certified to French Merchant Marine Category One Offshore Standards. They have integrated approach to ships safety that is designed in and Amels are most certainly one of the safest production built fiberglass cruising boats made. She has a Viking 6 man life raft and the following safety gear:

Safety Gear Continued:

5 Safety harnesses w/inflatable PFD's                  Emergency tiller

3 non-inflatable PFD's                                           Two 4" cockpit scuppers

Stainless steel lifelines                                    Stainless steel handrails on mainmast

  1. Stainless steel handrails
  2. Cockpit bridgedeck

Lifesling M.O.B. system                                             Bilge alarm

Mizzen mounted radar reflector                                 Automatic electric bilge pump 1998

Five fire extinguishers                                                 Backup electric bilge pump

Offshore Paine and Wesson Flares/container             Engine alarm system

Flare gun                                                                     Leeboards

Swim/board ladder that doubles as a passerale          Inclinometer

Air horn                                                                       Boat Hook

Search and flashlights                                                 Masthead, Strobe, tricolor, anchor light

6 man Viking life raft serviced in 2007                      Foredeck flood light

Henderson bilge pump custom installed 2002            Steaming light

Mizzen flood light for deck 1998                               Cell Phone antenna on mizzen


Sails and Rigging

Huntress has a modern hi-aspect ketch rig with the exclusive Amel in-the-mast reefing and furling system. The alloy spars are deck stepped to strong compression assemblies. The main mast has two sets of spreaders; the mizzen has one set. All standing rigging is stainless steel wire with turnbuckles. All standing rigging on the main mast was replaced with Gibb turnbuckles and new wires in 2002. The head stay is new and has a new Amel electric/manual roller reefing motor/gearbox system installed in 2002/5.

2007 new bearing for main mast furling system

2005 new forestay and new electric motor and gearbox for jib furling

The mainsail can be reefed and furled either electrically or manually. The mizzen is furled manually. Part of the mizzen standing rigging was replaced in 2002 with Gibb turnbuckles and new wires. The mainsheet traveler is adjustable from the cockpit and the jib sheet cars can also be adjusted from the cockpit, using hand crank travellers. One person working from the cockpit can easily do all sail handling. There are two reaching/spinnaker struts stored on deck in special Amel holders. There is a separate strut on the mast to enable the dinghy to be easily lifted and stored above the forward deck.

There is a boom vang/preventer rig for both the main and mizzen. There are folding mast steps to the main mast lower spreaders and four custom stainless steel handles above the lower spreader.

Lewmar winch package:

Primary: 2 speed 55 ST's

Secondary: 2 speed 46 ST's

Additional winches on main and mizzen masts for halyards and furling. There are appropriate sheets, blocks, and winch handles to accommodate the entire sail wardrobe, and include many backup units. The mainsheet block are new Harken units replaced in 2001. The genoa turning blocks are oversize and replaced in 2002.

The mast height above the water is 62' 11".   There are custom stainless steel burgee devices that bolt onto the top of each mast. In addition there is a pigstay with separate halyard.

The working sail area at 100% fore triangle is 1292 square feet. Sails include:

Roller reefing main new in 1998

Genoa, 115 % new in 1998

Genoa, 125 %

Genoa, 140 % new in 1993

Large downwind Ballooner - looks brand new

Spinnaker - lightly used

Mizzen staysail

Roller reefing mizzen

Storm jib; refitted to be a Gale sail in 1998

All sails are in good to excellent condition, having been serviced regularly.

Mechanical Equipment and Engine Details

Steering System: Wheel steering with a Morse pull-pull rack drive system incorporating sheathed cables from the helm to the rudder quadrant. This system provides the feel of a cable and quadrant system with half the maintenance and double the reliability.

Engine: The main engine is an 80 HP 4-cylinder Perkins marine diesel.  It is a 4 cycle and has 4 cylinders. It is naturally aspirated and fresh water-cooled. At a quiet 2100 rpm the boat will cruise at 8 knots in mild conditions.

Keeping the engine, generator and other major mechanical systems in a dedicated engine room under the cockpit achieves several ends: all noise and smells are kept out of the living space of the yacht, and work can be done without disrupting normal shipboard activities. The engine mounts with vibration isolators to a massive steel sub frame, which secures to the engine beds. The engine room is fully insulated and sound proofed.  

A major engine service was performed in 1998 (approx. 600 engine hours ago) which included new hoses and an upgraded twin Racor fuel filtering system.

The gearbox is a 2.6:1 Hurth mechanical gear box/reduction drive. The gearbox is connected to the one and ½" propeller shaft via a new (2002) drivesaver system. The cutlass bearing, stuffing box and external rubber seal were replaced in 2003. A complete engine alignment was done in 2002. There is a lubricated drip less type stuffing box with remote greaser and water lubricated rubber cutlass bearing, as well as a Max-Prop, which was serviced in 2009. In addition, there is a spare 3 bladed-fixed pitch propeller.

The engine and gearbox are controlled by a single lever Morse control at the helm station. The engine instruments include a large tachometer, cooling water gauge, oil pressure gauge, voltmeter and engine hour gauge. In addition, there are voltmeters for the main and engine starting batteries in the companionway along with an amp meter and battery charge indicator. There are visual and audible alarm systems for low oil pressure, high coolant temperature and battery charge level. There are 12-volt blower and extractor systems to ventilate the engine room. The engine has approximately 6500 hrs and is operating flawlessly.

Tankage: The fresh water capacity is 396 gallons, low down inside the boat just above the keel in one fiberglass tank with baffle. There are clean out ports for the tank above each section and a mechanical gauge to measure quantity remaining. This tank has been cleaned out every year by the current owner.

Diesel Fuel: The total fuel capacity is 217 US gallons in two stainless steel tanks. The tanks are port (90 gallons) and starboard (127 gallons) outboard of the engine room and have clean out ports and electrical gauges. The fuel was polished in 2008.

Hot water:  2009 Isotherm 11 gallon SS hot water tank heated both by the Perkins and by an electrical 110 volt resistance type heating unit..

Water maker:  110-volt reverse osmosis water maker from Watermaker, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, which can provide 15 gallons per hour, 360 gallons per day; extensive spares onboard.


Every Mango is built to French Merchant Marine Category One Standards and each is certified under this set of requirements. The vessel is of one-piece, fully molded construction with no trouble prone deck to hull joint. All laminates are comprised of biaxial flat wound fiberglass cloth in isophthalic polyester resin, with gel coated exterior surfaces. All laminates and structural installations are completed while the vessel is in the mold. Ballast is iron, secured externally with 28 one-inch bolts. All through hulls use ball type seacocks. There are structural bulkheads or foam cored stringer every 18" throughout the vessel. The hull is a solid fiberglass laminate. The deck is cored with segmented vertical end grain balsa core. The interior joiner work is burl cut African mahogany with a deep satin polyurethane finish. 

All interior improvements have been done in mahogany with matching polyurethane varnish. All exterior improvements have been done with an eye for matching colors and using light colors to reflect heat.


Miscellaneous Gear

Mercury 350 Ocean Runner RIB

Sunbed cushions and Sunbrella cover for aft deck

Mercury 9.9 hp outboard with hoist

Ten 3-ring binders covering vessels equipment and parts manufacturers

Five light fixtures with both white and red lights (1998)

Complete set of fenders and dock-lines

Rudder angle indicator

Miscellaneous spares, maintenance products, etc. 




The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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