Re: [Amel] Amel design and engineering practices

David Pawley

I was somewhat perplexed by Bills comment,but I think I got it now, apologies to anybody offended.

On 24 December 2013 20:05, Dimitris Krassopoulos <dkra@...> wrote:

I agree with you Bill, no changes as everything can go wrong if you not leave enough time to understand the ideas behind every installation.


Best Regards and Merry Christmas




From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Bill & Judy Rouse
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2013 4:34 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel] Amel design and engineering practices





Two cents from me, and probably not worth much.


This Amel Owners Group is not like Cruisers Forum where you will experience vigorous debates from people that have read every book printed about sailing, but have not left their armchair in 10 years. 


This group is comprised of owners of sailboats conceived and manufactured by a real visionary, Henri Amel. For the most part, members of this group respect Amel's designs and over the years we have learned that The Captain (Henri Amel) was correct 99% of the time. I do not believe any other builder can claim this feat.


I am telling you this with utmost respect of you. You will make yourself look foolish to the members of this group by blindly criticizing the Captain's design...and in most cases (99%), you will be wrong. Believe me, you are blind until you own an Amel...once you are an owner, a new universe of design and engineering will be experienced by you. There are many of us who have challenged one of the Captain's idea, and regretted it later when we begin to understand. I am in that group. 


One word of advice when you get your Amel: Don't change anything for at least a year...and when looking for an Amel be wary of any Amel with extensive can only know why if you own an Amel. If you disagree with this, do not buy an will be sorry.


I sincerely hope that you will join the rest of us as an owner of an Amel, because I believe you will be a frequent participant in our will benefit and we will benefit from you. 


If you want one of the best used Amels available, contact Joel Potter in Ft. Lauderdale.


I hope this helps you and really hope that I have not offended you.



BeBe, SM 387

Currently in Fethiye, Turkey


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM, Sailorman <kimberlite@...> wrote:


Yes ,

That’s Bill

Fair Winds




From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of David Pawley
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2013 8:31 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] Isolated or non Isolated DC to DC Convertor



Sorry eric, I am so use to Active, Neutral. Earth as shore supply (In Aus), when I work on ships I am more familiar with Phase to Phase voltage. I am boatless, I do not have a Amel, I would love to change that, but anyhow on another forum there was a lively debate on some short comings of ABYC and advantage of Isolating transformers.

I find the opinions interesting and incredibly informative, I would like to know more about the Amel system. Is your Bill Seifert the author of a book called, Offshore Sailing: 200 Essential Passagemaking Tips.

Cheers Waverider


On 23 December 2013 02:17, Sailorman <kimberlite@...> wrote:



Where is the neutral hooked up to an Amel?


When you hook up  an Amel to a European plug there is a blue, brown, and green/yellow wire.

The brown and blue together are 220 volts. The green yellow is the ground . There is No Neutral as in USA connections IE- the white.


When you hook up  your boat to a USA 50 amp plug. The black and red are connected to the blue and brown and the green is connected to the green /yellow. The white(neutral) is not used.

Unless your boat is wired differently from mine there is no neutral used on USA wiring and there is no available neutral on the European plugs as they only have 3 prongs.


With ABYC standards, I have a list somewhere written by Bill Seifert who was the project Manager of The Tartan Factory, The J Boat factory, and finally the Alden Factory, listing the factors that do not allow the Amel to be ABYC standard. The first one that comes to mind is that there is no dip tube in the fuel tank, Amel takes the fuel off the bottom. If I recall the mast and rigging are also not bonded, the color coding of the wiring is not ABYC standard and If I remember correctly there were about 20 other things which I ignored. The Amels are CE approved Group A, not ABYC . They are also not ORC class one approved unless you have one a lot of work to the boat after delivery.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite



From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of David Pawley
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:50 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: Re: [Amel] Isolated or non Isolated DC to DC Convertor



What do you have issue with,? I have a little problem with Eric saying there is no Neutral on the shore power. Other than that, If its the issue about ABYC being somehow at variance with Amel practice for good reason. he may not be able to even if he were qualified. Remember Amel complied with Euro practice. Anyhow please accept what he says as a opinion, but there would be plenty others who would agree, its mainly related with issues of accelerated Electrolytic action/shore power/ABYC boats.

Waverider apoligies to eric.


On 22 December 2013 12:41, <carlylelk@...> wrote:


Is there a treatise on this topic available to review?



-----Original Message-----
From: kimberlite <kimberlite@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 5:16 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel] Isolated or non Isolated DC to DC Convertor


There is no Neutral on the Amel shore power.

The engine and Generator have a floating ground. In other words the motors are only connected to the boat ground when they are starting.


All the other gear on the Amel is connected together with a green and yellow wire which is connected to ithe rudder stock and the two zincs on the ruder. The amel does not conform to AYC standards for a number of good reasons.

Fair winds





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