Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] FIASCO is now Home

Fisher, Thomas W.

Hi Aras
Well done! Nice to be home I bet.
I can only speak to a couple of the issues you mention. When we got our Sharki home I did a complete rebuild on both gear mechanisms. The brass gears were badly worn. You will likely have to demast to do this. At that time I would suggest replacing the seals in all 3 of the furling spindles (unless it has been done). I also added grease nipples so you can be sure they never go dry. You should also replace the seals on the electric furling on the bow if you have it and have the motor serviced. Better to get it all done at once. This is not terrible expensive if you do the disassemble/ assemble yourself. Slow and time consuming but not difficult.
I replaced our stove entirely and added a new propane storage locker with the accompanying electronics etc. 
Converting to 110V is easy enough especially if your changing out your charger. If the original is working I believe you just need to flip a switch to make it operate off 110V. Then just change out the receptacle. Been a while since I did that but I remember it being straight forward.
If you have the NECO auto helm. Talk to "Myles Electronics" in Fort Lauderdale. He is an invaluable resource for the vintage of equipment you likely have on board.
If it hasn't been done you will likely be concerned about the cabin ceiling liner sagging. There is a plethora of info on this site related to its repair/replacement. Lots of schools of thought and ways to complete the job.
We are headed south to the Bahamas this Sept, but I be happy to pass along what I've learned from refitting out our Sharki between now and then.
Best of luck!!
Tom Fisher
Sharki #142
Kingston. Ontario, Canada

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Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] FIASCO is now Home


Well after a week, 870 NM (Ft Pierce to Annapolis) offshore; Fiasco is finally home. Good shakedown cruise. We had wind from all directions, 3 squalls, and got to try out the new boat in all conditions. Good crew to help out. Donations to sea were kept to a minimum: 1 Horseshoe buoy [squall took it], one pair of glasses, and one knob. Fortunately,  the GoPro did not make the list (although it was on the rail until we dove for it).

Naturally, there are always some quirks.

1) Need new battery charger. It took a dump a couple of weeks ago, before I came back to the boat.

     What are folks using now? 

2) Need a new reefer. Bought it that way. Makes noise, but nothing else.

3) Need some spare parts for the ENO stove. right burner does not light. Sometimes the gas just pops the flame out. Hard to keep lit.

!       Rebuild Kit?

4) During the Squall I think I may have stripped the gear in the mizzen mast to furl the sail. Seems to free wheel now. I can still operate it but it does not ratchet as before.

5) Downwind WE figured out how to rig the poles. However I would love see a diagram if I did this right, and just exactly are the steps to setting it up and taking down the poles.  Also, I have seen some pictures whereby some folks are sailing with the poles pre-positioned aft for deployment.

Only one breakdown: the Prima M-50 raw water drive bit the bullet, 50 miles offshore, 65NM SE of Oregon inlet. Sailed her to Norfolk and got towed in the last 10 miles (no wind, no batteries, no engine, and damn near ran out of coffee).  Got that fixed and left the next day for the final push home.

The boat is generally in excellent shape a! nd original equipment. 

Lastly, she is still set for 220V circuits. I need to figure out how add 110V without alot of fuss or replacing the old.

All thoughts considered and appreciated. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone for the raft up in July.


Aras Grinius


1988 Sharki #163

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