Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Air Conditioning in a Santorin


Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello James,

Always a pleasure to read your messages.
I really hope we meet one day, but one of us, will have to cross the Atlantic!

I also look at hundreds of boat over the last 20 years (I design and maintain web site for many boat broker/dealers).
So I had the chance to go to many boat show, including for use boats, etc.

What attract me with the Amel is the access for the maintenance as maintenance is unavoidable…
But now I like just about everything on them.
Just last night, I show my boat to my neighbors, a couple who manager a charter company (Dufour and Lagoon), they keep repeating how strong is the boat.

The Genoa and Main were changed by the previous owner, I just replaced the Mizzen 3 years ago.

My pleasure for the illustration, I just posted how to adjust the voltage on the Onan and replace the transmission cooler.

I think the worst I read for the electricity is actually in Grenada… I think I read like $1.00/kwh…

Totally agree Hella fan are not what they used to be… I have to cut in half wine cork to avoid some of the vibrations…
I actually purchased the “Muffin” (or computer fan) as Bill (Rouse) recommended (I do just about everything Bill recommend!!!) but am yet to connect them.

Since you mentioned “Dorade”, I always ask myself why Amel don’t have any dorades, I am sure there is a good explanation, may be Olivier knows!

Sincerely, Alexandre




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On Wed, 11/16/16, James Alton lokiyawl2@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Air Conditioning in a Santorin
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:42 PM


 









Alexandre,
   I spent years looking at all
kinds of boats.. and I consider myself to be pretty
particular.  What sold me on the Amel was inspecting the
design and construction details in person.  I  have been
in the boat repair business all of my life so I have been
through a lot boats and these boats really stand out IMO.
 Some of the design concepts built into these boats  are
simply brilliant.
  Your advice to not change
anything for 2 years is great advice that I have given
myself and agree with!  One of the reasons that we selected
Sueno is because she is almost completely original, very
little modification.  The original genoa is unfortunately
now unusable and the leech in both the main and mizzen are
badly stretched..so a decision about sails needs to be
made. 
    I really appreciate all of
the fantastic input that I have been getting even when some
of it seems contradictory.
   Yes, a friend of mine spent
as much as $1,800 in the Bahamas per month and much of that
was running the AC.  I am familiar with the Hella fans,
they unfortunately can become quite irritating from the
noises that they make as the bushings wear and they near
death!  You can get 12 (or 24) volt Muffin fans that have
true ball bearings that can last tens of thousands of hours.
 It is possible to select some that are almost completely
silent as well and very low power draw.  I have one that
has been running in a dorade bent on a boat now for over 6
years 24/7 (110V) and it is still quiet.  You need to
create your own mount unfortunately but I think the effort
is worth it.
Best,
James AltonSV Sueno,  Maramu #220Arbatax,  Italy
On Nov 16, 2016, at 3:18 PM,
Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@...
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
wrote:
Hello Jim, 

First congratulations for having
picked an Amel.  

I can not answer your question,
but here is suggestion I was given when I purchased my Super
Maramu. 
Don’t change
anything for at least a year.  

I waited 2 years and all the
little things I wanted to add, modify, etc. were not that
necessary.  
If I may ask, where
will you be sailing? Short term and long term?  

I spent 2 summers in the Bahamas
where the electricity was so expensive (ranging from $0.60
to $0.75Kwh) that I rarely switch the air conditioning
on…  
instead I added 3
additional Hella fan in the bedroom and 2 more in the
salon.  
I also made awning
which cover the entire boat.  

This summer (2016), I was in
Puerto Rico, with very cheap electricity ($0.16/Kwh) so I
could have use the air conditioning all day long, but I got
accustomed not using it and I didn’t want to spoil myself
as my next destination was the BVI and electricity costs:
$0.40 Kwh.  

Just to provide some additional
information:
From
memory, the Hella have a lifespan of 2000 hours, in my case
they last 1 year… (7 hours per night in the cabin or 8
hours a day in the salon). 
They cost with
shipping $85 each.  
Since this summer,
instead of using the Hella, I use 10” Honeywell 110 Volt
fan which costs $18 and use a step down or inverter to power
them.  
They consume 0.25
Amp at 120 Volt.  
It is too recent to
know the lifespan but I am quite happy with the
savings.  

Just sharing.  

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Harbor View Marina,
Tortola, BVI

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On Wed,
11/16/16, jandrkennedy@... [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...>
wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht
Owners] Air Conditioning in a Santorin
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wednesday,
November 16, 2016, 12:42 PM


 









I am going to purchase a
Santorin April -
May next year.  I am writing to ask if
anyone has installed Air
Conditioning in a Santorin.  Is
there enough space in the Engine
Bay, and can the electrics
handle it.
Any advice would be
appreciated.
Jim









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