Welcome to our newcomers (people who are even newer
Several topics caught my attention lately : insurance
policy, SAV Amel, quality and nature of exchange in
Briefs notes, for whatever they are worth:
Insurance: I am with de Lassee, recommended to me by
one of you. They did not make a fuss when I asked an
extension to the Caribbean and the US East Coast, and
offered a policy about twice cheaper than my previous
insurance company. So far, so good.
SAV Amel: did respond to previous questions and
offered help, but do not respond to my present queries
regarding the bow thruster.
Group exchange: excellent, very supportive and
friendly. Keep it the way it is.
I am still on the receiving side more than on the
giving side. But I got superb advice from this group,
on several issues.
Bow thruster: the fairing on my Maramu (i.e. the V
shaped element that is attached to the end of the
shaft and conforms to the shape of the hull) is gone.
No more. I asked SAV Amel (Christian Dufourd and Maud
Touillet) what to do about it. They answered that they
were going to look for the mold but did not follow up
with the result of this search, in spite of several
messages I sent them. My other question was: how
damaging could it be to go on sailing without the said
element (fairing). There was yet another and even more
pressing question: my bow thruster does not work
properly. The propeller turns slowly. They said it’s
either a problem with the engine, or a mechanical
problem. Could not decide which so far. Anyone with an
answer to these queries? I read the excellent
description on this site by Gary Silver. Very useful
indeed. However I guess repairs on the bow thruster
will be difficult unless the boat is on the dry.
My Maramu is now anchored in St Martin and I intend to
sail back to France by early May. I probably will not
be able to replace the fairing until I am back in
France. I am concerned about it and about the damage
it may further create. As for the trouble with the
thruster, I hope to have the electric and/or engine
problem fixed before I leave.
Again many thanks for a possible advice or hints about
what to do concerning my ailing bow thruster.