Hi Conn and Kirsty,
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I've had an email exchange with Joel Potter who told me our experience is typical. Amels don't seem to have any keel bolt issues like other older boats so often do. When I get pictures posted you'll see that most of the bolts look like they were installed a month ago. you can visually inspect the bolts next time you clean your water tanks. They are plainly visible on our boat but I think some Amels have the bolts covered with some sort of epoxy. I have found a pressure washer useful for cleaning the tanks.
By the way, I've been impressed from what I've seen of the Mango. Seems like a larger Maramu with some common features of the SM but it retains the simplicity of the Maramu. Hope you are enjoying yours.
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--- In email@example.com, Conn Williamson <connwilliamson@...> wrote:
Thats goodÂ to hearÂ about your keel bolts Dave, I often wonder about ours if they should be checked / inspected on our 30 year old Mango. Did you remove any for inspection.
Conn & Kirsty
Mango # 28 SV Jasmyn
From: Dave_Benjamin <dave_benjamin@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 2:26 PM
Subject: [Amel] Maramu #29 - refinishing inside of water tank
One of the sections inside the water tank has gel coat or whatever Amel used peeling off of it in a few sections. My guess is there was some contamination or something that reduced adhesion at time of manufacture. I've spoken to a few people about what to use and it sounds like an epoxy paint approved for use in potable water systems may work best.
Just curious if anyone else with an older Maramu has done anything in the inside of their tanks. Luckily this is one of the forward tank sections and relatively easy to reach.
Our keel bolts and backing plates look great. Very impressive for a 33 year old boat.
I'll get some pictures before I put it back together.
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