Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Wearing out bearing
Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
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I think you will find that several people have installed speedi-sleeves on an Amel “wearing-out-bearing” without issue.
Some people have had good luck with them, getting longer life than from the original part, while other have not gotten any extended life from them. I am not sure why the differences. Maybe the amount of abrasive sediment in the water they sail in? Maybe they blame the sleeves when it is actually the seal that has failed and the sleeves are just fine.
I am not aware of anyone who has tried them who has reported they were a disaster.
If they wear out, they are easily removed and new ones installed.
They are cheaper and more readily available than the Amel original IF you are in a major industrial port. If you are “out island” there is no real difference in availability or cost between sourcing an Amel bearing and a set of sleeves.
On my boat I have two spare bearings new from Amel, and two sets of speedi-sleeves. The bearing in the drive right now has speedi-sleeves on it.
SM #160, Harmonie
On the Hard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
“Ships and men rot in port."