Re: [Amel] loose gooseneck

Mark Hayden

Hi Joel,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

The wiggle appears to be due to looseness in the horizontal bolts that attach the boom to the aluminum piece at the gooseneck. He is proposing taking the boom off, removing the aluminum piece, drilling a somewhat larger hole, and inserting a steel bushing around the bolt to remove the wobble. I would estimate that each of the booms has about 5-10 degrees of freedom to rotate (in the axis along the length of the vessel) because of looseness of the bolt in the aluminum block. Of course, I'm _not_ referring to the two other freedoms of movement that are obviously intended by using an aluminum block and two bolts. I'd be happy to send a picture if this isn't clear.

The rigger appears to be knowledgeable and says he has done this kind of operation before.

The question I have is: whether the wobble should be there? Should I do anything about it?

As you are aware, SV Northfork was once your SM2K demo vessel. In the intervening years it has been not once but twice around the world (we are in Cape Town South Africa about to head across the Atlantic)... so a little wear between the bolt/aluminum is perhaps understandable :).

best regards, Mark

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Joel F Potter" wrote:

Always pay attention to a professional rigger until he proves otherwise.
That said, I have had many of them unfamiliar with aspects of Amel stuff get
kind of snarky. The dreaded "Not invented here" syndrome.

Mark, what part is loose? If there is "slop" in the aluminum piece that
takes the vertical and horizontal axis bolts, I would replace it rather than
drill things oversize. If the bolts are worn, well, call the Guinness book
of World Records. Probably the aluminum piece. It is a simple piece of hard
aluminum that should be easy to duplicate if Amel does not have them in

I am curious about this and very interested in the outcome so please be sure
to share what you find and fix. I have never seen this on SM 53's I have
sold that have been all the way around the world. Has anybody else
experienced this? The Amel gooseneck is the simplest and strongest approach
to this component I have ever seen.

All the best,


Joel F. Potter - Cruising Yacht Specialist, LLC

Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas

Mailing Address: 401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130-126

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Phone: (954) 462-5869 Cell: (954) 812-2485

Email: jfpottercys@...

From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 6:12 AM
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Subject: [Amel] loose gooseneck

I had a rigger come by today to do an annual rigging check. He though the
booms on both the main and mizzen wobbled too much. He believes the
gooseneck has worn to become somewhat loose. He recommends drilling out the
hole and inserting bushings to reduce/eliminate the wobble.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this (Joel...)? Is this an Amel-ism that
should be left as-is? Or it something that should be fixed? Has anyone had
this operation done?

Thanks in advance!

best, Mark
SM2K 331

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