Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Morning Dove


amelforme
 

Hi again Dave and Merry. That ain’t the half of it! I sold Independence again for Howard and Mary Chamberlain to Dr. Tom Hacket in New Hampshire. Sold it for him to Dr. Jeff and Phyllis Rapp. They got unexpectedly pregnant while cruising so I sold it to Doug and Faye Garneau in Bonaire where I contracted dengue fever, and, unrelated to anything here, got served with divorce papers on my return home. I was involved in the sale from the Garneau’s but my memory clouds up at that point. The Rapp’s had a fine son, and promised they would cruise again. Once young Rapp was delivered to college, off they went in a SM 53 I found them that I had built for the original owner. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that each and every one of the folks I was involved with on this  boat were all characters of the first degree and unusually interesting folks. Looks like the tradition continues. Making money is important. So are lasting treasured memories of being a small part of all these sailors quest to go cruising. I’m self employed so the fringe bennies are slight but the rewards are awesome.

 

Enjoy Air Ops. One hell of a boat with a thousand stories surrounding her.

 

All The Best, Joel   

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 2:01 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Morning Dove

 

 

Joel,

 

I flew jets (A-4 and A-7, which reveals my vintage) off aircraft carriers for most of my career in the Navy, and was Air Operations Officer on the USS Kitty Hawk toward the end.  When we were trying to decide on a new name for the boat, Merry suggested Air Ops, which was the short version for that Navy position.  After all, she said, sailing is an Air Operation.  Who was I to say no?

 

There’s another connection between you and Air Ops.  Her second owner was Jeffrey Rapp, who moved up to the SM Antares. 

 

Dave

s/v Air Ops

Amel Maramu #104

Sea of Cortez, Mexico

 

On May 7, 2016, at 10:31 AM, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



 

That is a nice boat with a great ‘soul’. I have a few thousand miles aboard and every one was a pleasure. Are you a military or commercial aviator?

 

After I sold INDEPENDENCE, the Chamberlains bought a brand new Amel MANGO 52/53 ( dependent on which brochure you read!) which got destroyed in a hurricane in Guadaloupe FWI. They actually figured out that they preferred the Maramu for the two of them, which was their normal compliment, so I sold them the one from Wisconsin which I shipped down and recommissioned in Fort Lauderdale. It was in my backyard on my dock when they fell in love with it.

 

Good luck with Air Ops!

 

All The Best, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] 
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 1:07 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Morning Dove

 

 

Hi Joel,

 

Yes, the loss of Morning Dove is very sad, but of course we’re glad that the entire crew was safely rescued.  We met Bruce and saw Morning Dove last spring in Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur.  She was a beautiful boat.

 

Also, you have found the current owners of the Maramu formerly named Independence, Maramu #104. My wife and I are the fifth owners, having bought the boat in 2000. She had gone through two name changes since the Chamberlains owned her (Jezebel, then Doing It) , and we changed it again to her great delight. She is now named Air Ops, and is in great shape.  Since 2007 we have kept her in Mexican waters, home-porting her in Puerto Escondido and sailing her about ½ each year in the Sea of Cortez and down the Mexican Pacific coast.

 

Dave and Merry Wallace

s/v Air Ops

Amel Maramu #104

Sea of Cortez, Mexico

 

On May 7, 2016, at 4:35 AM, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:




 

Mr. Alton, the information on MORNING DOVE was forwarded to me by Bill Kinney, a customer and now friend who recently purchased a Super Maramu 53 called HARMONIE from me. Bill on Bebe had nothing to do with this sequence. I sold MORNING DOVE to the original owner who kept the boat in Door County Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. I later sold it to Howard and Mary Chamberlain who renamed it MORNING DOVE. Coincidentally, the Chamberlains previously owned the first Maramu sold to Americans in 1982. That boat was called Independence and I sold it several times but have lost track of it. Anyone out there own a 1982 Maramu that was previously called Independence? I should have connected the name with the Amel Maramu, but I have also sold a 53 Amel called MORNING DOVE.

Howard and Mary sold the MORNING DOVE to the current owner, I believe, who had the misfortune of losing her recently. Glad nobody was hurt. Sad end to a great boat.

 

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: James Alton [mailto:Lokiyawl2@...] 
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 6:44 AM
To: Joel Potter <jfpottercys@...>; Bill & Judy Rouse <svbebe@...>
Subject: Morning Dove

 

Bill and Joel,

 

   It appears that there may be some confusion.  I believe that SV Morning Dove is a Maramu 46,  not a SM.   Do search on You Tube,  Bruce has a number of videos of his travels on Morning Dove.  He was also last reported in the Marquesas.   Very sad.

 

James=

 

 

 

 

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