Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow Thruster


Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Barb,

The linear actuator (small motor) that raises and lowers the bow thruster and the coorespondsing sensors and control box have been replaced in a Super Maramu by Andrew Lamb SM #472 of this group. He provided some good information in a conversation thread. Dr Lamb's SM is a late model, but I think that the linear actuator, the sensors, and the control box are the same for old and new. Try searching Conversations for linear actuator.

I have not had a response from sav"at"amel.fr to recent emails. Sometimes this is due to vacations.

If the large electric motor is rusty, there has been salt water blowing past the seals. Generally there are three possible reasons. They are:
1.) Sailing or motoring with the bow thruster down
2.) Bow thruster needs to be serviced with tube seal and foam donut seals replaced.
3.) Sailing without securing the bow thruster UP with the locking pin

Open the bilge outside the forward head. It probably has significant water there. Remember water tight bulkheads...you will need to pump this into the shower to drain it. All the water that blew past the bow thruster seals will be there. A wet/dry shop vacuum works well for this and if you don't have one, buy one, as you will find many other uses.

If the bow thruster motor is rusty, its service has been neglected and it is very possible that you will find the tube stuck to the motor. There is a photo of special tool designed by Amel that can be used to separate the tube and motor. You will find a photo in the photo section when you search for thruster. It looks like a stainless steel square split in half with a hole in the center. Show this to your mechanic along with bow thruster service instructions that you downloaded from the files section.

When you get through this, you will really appreciate the Amel bow thruster. WARNING: Never allow any line near it when it is operating. It is designed for the propeller to break away rather than ruin the mechanical parts. Propellers are hard to find. Do you have a spare?

When did you buy this Amel and where was it?

Bill Rouse
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On Apr 27, 2015 8:38 AM, "Barbara Nairne surfskis2002@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Bill,Thank you for your reply.I have checked the photos and info from the Amel group and the thruster on the older Amel is a little different.I attach a photo.The motor is very rusted and I am having an electrician check it out tomorrow.The retraction part the so called experts say does need to be rebuilt.I have emailed Amel to see if they can supply a new one.This may be the best solution


On Monday, 27 April 2015, 15:48, "'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


  Barb, The bow thruster is made by Amel. Since the people that you already spoke with did not know that, they are the wrong people to use.There are a few Aussies and Kiwis that own Amels and may be able to give you some directions. Maybe they will chime in on this post. I can and will talk you through some troubleshooting via phone. Check timezones I am in Italy. Call the number below, or write me at bill"at"svbebe.comIn the mean time, go to the Files and Photos section of the Yahoo Group for Amel Yacht Owners and download bow thruster information. You can find it in Photos by searching in Photos for the word: thruster. Do the same thing in the Files section. If you have problems finding things, call me.Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
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+1832-380-4970 USA Voice MailOn Apr 27, 2015 4:41 AM, "surfskis2002@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

  Hi,Does anyone know the make of Bowthruster in my Amel.It is totally dead - I need replacement motor and retraction arm.I have taken it to 3 places in Surfers (Qld) Australia and everyone says if I knew the make they may be able to assist.
Thanks in advance if anyone knows.
Barb NairneSueno AzulHull No 39Super Maramu
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