Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bowthruster prop replacement
Krassopoulos Dimitris <dkra@...>
Hello to all,
I do not believe that you can remove easily the pin with scuba tanks. I had
a similar problem in Greece and the pin was badly bend and it was impossible
to be removed without taking out the bow with the Amel kit which I recommend
to all Amel sailors. It is not easy to be used but it is a safety device in
case you are in trouble. You need about 3 hour work to remove and reinstall
the bow but it works.
By the way I heard that the new Amel boat has double props in a tunnel that
is lowered in the water with a similar systems like the SM so this weak
point has got much better.
SM Alma Libre
From: John and Anne on Bali Hai [mailto:hollamby@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:29 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bowthruster prop replacement
It is a doddle. I assume you have a spare prop which comes with the
boss which fits onto the drive shaft. Look at the boss and you will
see that has a hole through which there is a stainless pin which will
take the drive from the shaft. Your old prop has gone missing and so
on the drive shaft there is the old boss and pin or perhaps the old
pin has dropped out and the boss has also vanished.
You do not need to haul out or have the special kit if you can get a
scuba diver to remove the old boss and pin and fit the the new boss
and pin and then fit the prop and screw in the nylon screws. (If you
are unlucky the diver may need to use a similar size pin to drive out
the old one). At a pinch it could be done with a snorkel, I suspect.
Bingo! all is well. Just make sure that you always have a couple of
spare props for the next time. When you pay for them you will become
more careful about stray lines etc..
You do not say your hull no, Mine is 319 and I lost three in the first
couple of years but I have got better!
All the best, Anne and John, Bali Hai, SM 319
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