I'm biased for sure but most boats in the size and price range described by an AMEL Maramu
don't have an engine room and the ships machinery is stuffed under the companionway.
Access to components, ALL the components, in a Maramu is better than all but a few other
Unless the AMEL you looked at was modified, neither the bilge pump or the bilge pump
switch is mounted immersed in the bilge. We consider it a recipe for failure to put the
bilge pump and its' switch under water. The bilge pump is, normally, a diaphragm type and
the switch is actuated by a float. Both the switch and the pump are high and dry on a
You should consider Bill Klein's Maramu. I sold it to him. He has done right by the boat
and, more importantly, he knows what he is doing. Many new owners of used AMEL'S do more
harm than good with ill considered "improvements". If you get an AMEL, insist that the
owner spend at least 3 days with you teaching you all the systems and then don't improve
anything until you live with the boat for a while.
Good luck in your search for a nice Maramu. They get harder to find every year.
All the best,
Joel F. Potter
AMEL 54 Hull # 14 "HOLLIS"
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 5:42 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu engine access
I inspected a 1985 Maramu today and was extremely impressed with
almost every aspect of the design and construction. The one thing
that troubles me is access to the front of the engine and access to
the deep bilge. I am 6'1" 210 lbs and could only reach the front
mounted alternator and pumps by bear hugging the engine (not a fun
prospect on a hot engine). There seemed to be no way I could reach
into the bilge.
Is there a trick I am missing or do you just have to be smaller of
frame to get to the front of the engine? Also, how to you remove a
dropped item from the bilge or change the bilge pump and/or switch?
I also noticed that there was maybe 8"-10" of shaft between the
transmission and shaft seal and the engine bedding looked it continued
10" aft. Seems unlikely, but I was wondering if this sounds typical
or if the (original) engine could have been mounted unusually far