Re: [Amel] Outhaul Gearbox Failure

Andrew & Kate Lamb

I recently contacted Leroy-Somer to see if I could get any spare parts directly there exact words were "Unfortunatly this SPECIAL unit was supplied to a machine maker in high volume, we cannot offer low volume, Please Identify the machine maker and refer to them" i.e I had to go to Amel for this.


SM2k 472
Port Leucate, France

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Ian Shepherd
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:53 PM
To: Amel Owners Group
Subject: [Amel] Outhaul Gearbox Failure

When I started to unfurl the main this morning, the out-haul moved about
a foot rearwards then stopped with an odd sounding noise. I stripped the
gearbox down and found that the large gear driven by the helical gear on
the motor axis had all but worn away. Play around the motor driven end
of the drive shaft may have been a contributing cause.

What surprised me was the lack of lubrication inside the gearbox. There
seemed to be hardly any grease at all. Having read on this forum ideas
about fitting grease nipples to the genoa gearbox, I would suggest that
it would also be a good idea to do so to the out-haul and main furling
gearboxes as well. There seems to be ample space to do so.

For expediency as I am in the middle of a cruise I shall order a new
gearbox from Amel and rebuild the failed one as a spare over the winter.
I would guess that the large bronze gear is a custom Amel part, or does
anyone know if it can be obtained elsewhere?

Ian Shepherd SM 414 (2003) Crusader - Gulf of Volos Greece

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