Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] [Amel] Amel Super Maramu Hull # 317 Papa - Papa II - Lady Divina
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Well, this is a long story...
After Hurricane IVAN, we knew the boat had been sold and that someone would repair it. That someone did not purchase any part from AMEL...
After he sold the boat (probably without a proper survey), the new owner hit a rock at 8 knots, lost the ballast, could motor back to the next harbor (I believed it only when I saw the pictures of the vessel in the crane slings, without ballast, but with the C-drive still there, apparently slightly curved. The C-drive stayed in place because of the front "hub" that is located inside the aft side of the GRP keel. Still amazing.).
Then, AMEL (I was still working there...) sold a new ballast to this owner, shipped it to Canada, then the owner died.
Then I saw (a picture) the shipyard had cut off about 10 cm (!!!!) of the bottom of the GRP keel, in order to re-install the ballast.
They shouldn't have done that, as this has considerably (in my opinion) weakened the keel.
I don't know more than that. It seems the "boat" was finally repaired as it is listed with pictures. By the way, HOW CAN A BROKER SHOW SUCH BAD PICTURES OF A MESSY BOAT ???
For me, this "boat" is no more a Super Maramu. There are too many changes (starting with both masts and furlers).
Joel, yes, as long as the owner of a vessel orders and fully pays for a spare part, a european company cannot refuse to sell this part.
While I was at AMEL, I have experienced twice a ballast replacement (apart from SM 317). We also sometimes shipped a full set of masts, rigging, rudder blade, full guard rail (this can be lost after a severe grounding). Everytime we had this kind of order, we never refused to sell, although we did not check the damages ourselves, but according to the request of the owner, or his insurance and surveyors.
One Super Maramu, 6 months old, was caught in a coral reef, hardly damaged before pirates took everything they could (including engine, genset, winches, etc...) as the owner and family were taken off from rescue boats.
The SM was insured for 600000euros, and repaired in La Rochelle (after salvage and shipment) for about 350000 euros.
So, yes Stephen, any boat can be repaired BUT in the case of SM317, the only way to rebuild it correctly after Hurricane IVAN, would have been to put the hull back into the mould before re-installing new bulkheads and stringers. There were so many broken pieces of plywood in this boat (bulkheads, stringers, any kind of reinforcement) that the hull was definitely out of shape. It has been repaired "on-the-spot" and you can imagine how the hull was twisted.
Sometimes, the vessel is not "economically" repairable and is sold for "parts". Hull 317 is that kind, but someone decided to repair the boat.
This boat can probably be sold as a floating apartment...I would be glad to meet the surveyor who would write that this boat is worth buying and safe sailing.
On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:12 PM, "Stephen Hancock sammie.whammie@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:
Any boat can be repaired to as good or better condition as when new.. It depends on skill, experience and money. Tear back to where no damage and build back like new. Many good boat yards are capable of proper work. A shame to have a well built boat like this not repaired properly. Usually when a keel sail boat loses it’s keel it rolls over. How did it stay up with no keel? The engine water and fuel low helped. Anyway crazy and interesting boat story. Thanks
On Jun 27, 2016, at 4:54 PM, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: