Re: Wearing out bearing
Hi Bill R, and all,
I would really like it for this forum maintain decorum and a civil demeanor, and "play the ball, not the man". We benefit from the shared experiences of others, and it is not lightly that I share my experiences with others, as I feel must the case for everyone that has been in such a predicament. There is a lot of trust in talking about these things, both in private and in public forum - please respect these things.
Regarding the providence of the wearing-out bearing - if I may say something here. I cannot say, one way or another. I am assured by the current owner who very kindly provided it on short notice, that it was an original AMEL part. The part was relayed 'safe hand' by another person known to the forum. When compared, the new bearing is very slightly different to the one that was already in there. Which part, if either, OR BOTH, is original AMEL, I cannot say. I will withhold any opinion until I receive a part directly from AMEL (which is underway), and even then any comparison can not be definitively conclusive.
So I would be very cautious myself in drawing any conclusions about this, and even less so to extend this to make inferences about other people.
All that said, I have (re-)learned a valuable lesson, which has been spoken about in relation to other's experiences here also in this forum. That is, if you want a good job, then do it yourself. I enlisted the assistance of someone who, when I checked, said that he had done this particular job over 50 times before. What I thought was happening was all good and proper. I had my concerns, and expressed them, but did not intervene. It was only later that I realised that things had gone wrong. At the end of the day, I was on site, and could have stopped things, checked back and then done it 'by the book'. But I deferred to the expertise on hand. This was, and is, my look-out, and I do not deflect this to another person.
The lesson is: very closely supervise ANYONE working on your pride and joy, and stop anything as soon as you start to feel unconformable. It is easier to re-start work more slowly, or in a different direction, than to have to go back and re-do things or, worse, to need to undertake repairs or rectifications. I think this has been said here before, so I just wish to re-enforce this previous message -- ignore this hard-earnt lesson at your peril. !!!
The fact that issues like this create such exchanges, with such emotion underlying, only highlights how passionate we are about our precious AMELs - and indeed, they are magnificent creations deserving such passion. I can not believe how emotionally engaged I have become to PERIGEE in the 8 weeks I have been in her care, and she in mine. Let us not allow the necessary emotion get in the way of all that is good, and can be done better, on our boats, and in this forum.
---In amelyachtowners@..., <yahoogroups@...> wrote :
I write this email with a "heavy heart" because as a new owner of a Super Maramu, you have had one of the worst experiences that I know of. I am certain that you will leave this experience in your wake as your Super Maramu takes you to some amazing places in the world.
That said, I have to say the following because I also am pissed off. Your "expert mechanic" is somebody who thinks he is really smart, claims to know Amels, and is a member of this group, even though he does not own an Amel. He has again screwed things up for another Amel owner...this time it was your turn.
He has supplied you with a wear bushing that was made by someone other than Amel. While attempting to remove the 3 lip seals, he has scored/scratched the inner wall of the cavity that the outside of the lip seals "seal-to," and amazingly scored/scratched the roller bearing.
The cavity walls should be completely smooth and coated with waterproof grease before you begin to press the seals in place. I use emory cloth to clean the cavity wall each time I do the job, but, all I am removing is salt residue and debris. Hopefully the team at Amel Martinique will have a solution for the extremely poor installation attempt made by this extremely poor excuse of an Amel mechanic.
I will not post the name of the person who performed this work for David, but if anyone wants to know who this person is, write me at svbebe"at"gmail.com. In my opinion, he should be avoided in the brokerage of Amels and the maintenance of Amels. I am sure that some will differ with my opinion, and my opinion could be wrong.
I am not sure why anyone would buy a wear bushing from any source other than Amel. It is 149.80 euros from France and 30% more if you pick it up at Amel Martinique. We all are going to find reason to order from Amel and we all should have on hand at least 1 set of everything needed for wear bushing service and bow thruster service. I normally have 2-3 sets. Plan your parts orders so that they are less frequent and you will save on shipping costs.
Does Amel make a profit on these parts? I certainly hope so and I hope that it is enough profit and enough of us order from them so that they will continue supplying parts for as long as we own our boats. Everyone, please consider this when you look to save a few bucks!
Currently St. John USVI