Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Sourcing Laundry

Ken Burnap <notrevie@...>

Hi Chuck, Sounds as though your problem is more serious than ours.
After returning to our boat which had been on the hard for four months, we discovered that the drum was frozen in position and would not turn at all. Without removing the machine we undertook some exploratory work. On the inside surface of the wash drum, there are two access cover plates. Upon removing the forwrd plate (closest to the salon settee) we discovered that soap deposits had crystalized inside the space to such an extent that it was impossibke to move the drum. After a good soak with WD40 we chipped out the soap concrete and gave the drum a vigerous tug which freed it up. We then ran an empty wash cycle to clean up the WD40 and it has worked fine every since. This doesn't sound like your problem but maybe some time in the future................

Regards, Ken
SM2000, 391

From: "cluecker" <>
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Sourcing Laundry
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 19:00:35 -0000

Hi Ken,
Yes, that's exactly what happened. I had the thing apart once,
fairly early on, and noticed there was water leaking down onto the
main drum bearings from the dryer heating element passage. I tried
to seal off the offending joints in the duct work, but to no
avail.... We have had the machine pulled and worked on by a local
guy here in New Zealand (we're living in Invercargill, the boat is
in Nelson), and even ordered the parts from Amel, but ran into a
glitch when they only sent one drum bearing instead of two. If we
install the second bearing it will wind up being more money than a
new machine so I would now prefer to suck it up and get the new
machine, putting it down to experience regarding the moneys already
spent. (Just one of the many steep learning curves of boat
Chuck Luecker
SM390 "Revelation"

--- In, "Ken Burnap" <notrevie@...>

I'm wondering if your machine drum froze in place and refuses to
turn by
hand - if so, I may have the fix for you.

Ken Burnap
s/v Notre Vie, sm391

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