Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Buying a 2000 or a Red Line edition SM

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl


In answer to your question Riza has managed to fit 3 x 1580x808x50 solar panels on the arch, ie 3 x 200W (24 volts). This is 420mm wider and 260mm longer overall than the the previous versions ( 3 x 1500x668x36 - 135W (24 volts) panels - total 405W ) and Riza had warned us that this was the absolute maximum possible size one could mount on his arch.

Our arch is now built and will be shipped next week, so no pictures yet however a similar size to Alan's one on MV Elyse - see his recent pictures on this site.

Colin Streeter
Island Pearl II. 2001 sm #332
Brisbane, Australia

On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 6:04 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Hello Harry,

I took another tack; I bought an “auld” boat with only a few miles (9300) under her keel, a Volvo 80HP with only 450 hours and a Onan with less than 300 hours.  The rig had also been changed.

I am spending the money differential in upgrading the boat to 2015 standards in all matters.  This is includes electrical, electronics, comfort and aesthetics.  We plan to be on the boat for 7-10 years and having a more frugal vessel is important.

The refit is very extensive.  If you want to have your own touches into the boat, this may be a good approach as well.  There is one 1999 SM2K for sale in SOF for €189K….  May be a good start point. 

Good luck and welcome aboard.  I took delivery of my “auld” girl in Aug 14…. so I was where you’re at just a short time ago.

Good luck in the search.

For Colin and Lauren:  Can you tell me how you get 600 W on the Emek gantry?  I am MOST interested…. so far, we’ve only managed 400W.

Jean-Pierre Germain
SY Eleuthera SM 007.

On 18 Feb 2015, at 06:58, Colin Streeter colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



We went through the exact same questions in 2011 when faced with the same dilemma. On all our past vessels we always took the larger HP motor upgrade options so our natural preference is certainly for the larger horse power where possible.

In the case of the Amel we got lucky and ended up with a never cruised 2001 SM model in pristine condition with just 590 engine hrs on the 75 HP Yanmar and even less on the Onan generator. Despite our preference for the 100HP we were completely surprised to find that our 75 Yanmar could keep us motoring at 9.3 kts (top speed - clean bottom) and cruise at 7.3 kts on just 1800 revs approx. for days on end, comfortably non stop. Based on this, and now almost 1000 engine hours later after motoring across large sections of the Pacific, we are completely happy with the Yanmar 75 / Super Maramu combination, particularly when calculating fuel consumption and motoring range which is absolutely HUGE!!! as the 75 Yanmar is very frugal indeed.

In terms of batteries, obviously the more amp hours the better, but the 9 batteries do us perfectly fine and we are now adding 600w solar on a new davit arch and changing all lights to LED so no problem there too.

At the end of the day it comes down to a price / benefit decision and different people will make different decisions. For me, if we needed to repower and the same 75HP Yanmar was still around then, that's exactly what I would be putting back in.

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, sm #332
Brisbane, Australia.  


On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM, harryt1952@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Looking for advice as I'm finally getting serious about buying a Super Maramu. I'm questioning if the bigger motor and battery banks of the 2003-2005 edition is worth the extra $100k apx. Over say a clean 1999-2002.

Thanking you and this group. Can't wait to say that I officially belong!


San Diego

Colin Streeter
0411 016 445

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