Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] 2001 Amel SM (Norfolk) HIN 1045353
Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
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We also own a 2001 model SM purchased a few years ago and have found it to be in absolute perfect condition. We simply serviced the motor, generator, replaced the lower rigging shrouds (survey found some very minor pitting), serviced the winches, bow thruster and emptied and cleaned the fuel tank then replaced the single fuel filter with new double fuel filters with quick change over.
We could not be happier with our purchase and have sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific and extensively in Australian waters. Naturally if your rigging has not yet been replaced since new, then, if surveyed and found in good condition, replacement should still be budgeted for in the next 3 - 5 years. (Fortunately Amel SM rigging tends to be "over engineered" and very solid - however at about the 15 years mark this should be seriously considered). See posting on this site about doing this for under $10,000 by sourcing original quality rigging ready made to measure from Amel's supplier and getting a trusted quality local rigger to do the work.
Being 13 years old we have recently had a few niggly problems with the original B&G instruments - wind speed (birds on top of masthead!!) and sonic distance/speed log. The log problem started after we lifted out the water this year with lift straps exactly at the s/s boat lift points only to find that the front lift point placed the lift strap exactly on top on the front, rear facing sonar eye!!! Will always put the front lift strap 12cm behind the lift points in future. We had intended to upgrade to the then latest & B&G instruments in a few years anyway before cruising again, so this has not really been of concern to us at all.
Other than the minor issues above our 2001 model SM is absolutely perfect and we would trust it in any seaway ahead of any other boat we could think of, including at least 95% of the new cruising boats rolling off the production lines this year.
Beyond a very good survey report (including the rigging) we would completely trust Bill's advice about the previous owners. In our view it is all about who owned it ahead of you, and how they cared for her. Sounds like you have a great vessel there and in our humble opinion it is worth paying a little extra for a good boat as you will find it cheaper in the long run. Beyond this I see John & Anne's 2001 model is also for sale in Malta. I am sure John would have kept that one in mint condition too.
All the best with your decision making.
Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, 2001 SM#332
On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM, John Folino jfolino901@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
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