Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] SM Sea Chest Specifications


Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Gary,

Sorry to read about your problem.

On mine (SM2K #289) it is likely NOT above the water line, because when I open the seacock the water fills up and would overflow if I did’t close the valve then put the top, but my vessel is very loaded and older (2000)… so may be different for yours being a more recent hull.

I purchase 2 spare strainers from Fisherie Supply:
Vetus 1320 Full Strainer DEN SET0187
http://www.fisheriessupply.com/vetus-denouden-den-set0187-set0187

When I look at the 1320 Series Intake Water Strainers, it looks like what we have:
http://www.fisheriessupply.com/vetus-denouden-1320-series-intake-water-strainers

I think and hope that “Replacement Lid with O-Ring for 1320 Series Raw Water Strainer” be the one you need, but I don’t know for sure and what do you have to loose.
Even if it doesn’t looks the same as what I have I would guess it fit (since the basket fits)
http://www.fisheriessupply.com/vetus-denouden-replacement-lid-with-o-ring-for-1320-series-raw-water-strainer-ftr13201

Please keep us posted, and I seriously believe you should have the sea cock closed.
I would hate someone making a wave and your boat start to fill up with water… not sure the insurance would agree to cover either…

Please keep us posted.
Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Blue Haven Marina, Turks & Caicos Islands.



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On Sun, 1/31/16, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] SM Sea Chest Specifications
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016, 8:44 AM


 









Hello All:
May
I offer my congratulations to BIll & Judy Rouse as well
upon their completing their circumnavigation and their
extensive and accurate contributions to this forum.  Those
contributions enhance the value of every Amel owners boat,
in my opinion.
Now for my stupid move
confession and questions about the Super Maramu sea
chest.

Yesterday afternoon while hurrying to
complete preparations to leave our boat for 7 weeks, I was,
as usual, flushing all the systems with fresh water.  I had
closed the seacock, used one of the toilet sea water fill
buttons to lower the water level in the sea chest a bit,
opened the sea chest, placed the lid in a bucket along with
the lightly fouled strainer.  I took those items to the
finger pier to clean them.  While cleaning these items, I
stupidly knocked the sea chest lid into the water at the
slip.  I can attest that it does NOT float.  Now I am
stuck, have to leave to catch a plane and have jeopardized
my boat.  Dumb, Dumb, DUMB. 
I carefully monitored the water level in
the sea chest for about 30 minutes and don't see that it
is rising above the level of the engine supply line and I
have no alternative but to leave, and pray, all the while
having visions of my boat sinking in her slip. 
Questions that occurred to me while
enduring my agonizing 14 hour trip home.  1.  Is
the top of the sea chest above waterline level?  I suppose
it depends on how the boat is loaded.  I could have tested
this by opening the sea cock a little to see fi the water
level rose but in the heat of the moment I didn't do
that.2.  I believe the sea chest is an Amel modified
Vetus unit.  Anybody have any idea if Amel can supply a new
lid or if a new lid is available from Vetus?  I will
contact Amel on Monday morning La Rochelle time to see if
they can overnight a lid to Puerto Rico.
I have tried to find a diver to retrieve
the lid but it was Saturday afternoon, two hours before
dark.  Hoping to get somebody today (Sunday), but in the
meantime I turn to you, my fellow forum members for any
additional ideas.
Note to
self, don't do stupid things. 
Sincerely, 
Gary Silver    s/v Liahona    SM
#335    Slip 1423,  Puerto Del Rey Marina  
Fajardo, Puerto Rico









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