Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Replacement Chain Counter with new Lewmar/Maxwell/AA system

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347

Hi George,
If you were happy with original unit, they are still available from manufacture in Pennsylvania for about $100.  Model is IB5124.        It's a 45 minute job to switch old for new.   Assume your boat has same as mine.  When you post,  list your serial number; you will get responses from similar vintage boats.  See manufacturer below:

ifm efector, inc.

PO Box 8538-307

Philadelphia PA 19171-0307

E-mail:  mailto:info@...


Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Jan 15, 2017, at 4:43 PM, gdagreen@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


I have a 2004 Amel 53( COCO) with a non functioning chain counter and intend to replace it with  either a wired or wireless system from Lewmar/Maxwell/AA ( They are all made by  AA!).

Would be most appreciative to learn of other owners who have dealt with this problem. Specifically:

1. Can the existing original wire from the windlass to the cockpit be easily replaced by snaking the new wires onto the old or by another method?
1.b  If not, can the original wiring be used to splice onto the wire end fittings of the AA system without loss of signal strength.
2. Failing that, wireless systems are availible, but I have no idea how reliable they are, given the distance from windlass to cockpit. Experience,please??  I believe wireless systems work up to 30ft.

many thanks in advance


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