Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Liferaft question

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl


We currently use your option #1 (think we copied it from you in 2011) but with only 9 x jerry cans (22.5L@) in that space (10th one doesn't fit in our case) and the 10th jerry can under the captain's seat. Crossing the Atlantic (and Pacific) in 2012 we used up all that fuel as and when space was available in the main tank to keep stability low. That really worked well for us and meant we could keep the fuel in those cans fresh..

We had considered your option #2 however in our case our fuel cans are plastic and  we did not want to put all the weight of our heavy life raft on top of timber shelf resting on the lower layer of plastic jerry cans, and for good reason it turns out as on recently using them to refuel one actually had over time managed to develop a leak at the base. Having fuel leaking from those cans, through the plug at the base of the liferaft locker (which could be possible even though we plug that hole) is not an attractive option.

Interesting how many countless times a topic comes up on this forum and is so helpful just as we were considering that very issue on our own.. Right now our original 2001 Amel supplied 6 man Zodiac life is needing to be re-certified yet again, and we were just wondering if time had finally come for us to move to a new one, and place it on the rear rail after reading a recent Yachting World article which concluded that this is the safest place to access them, and after also seing it doen on another SM in NZ. 

What amazing value we get from this forum. Another example this week, since we are on the hard, in addition to the normal bow thruster bearing and Prop wearing bearing replacements we now are also having a new autoprop bearing kit sent out from Bruntons/Autoprop in the UK. This was not our normal haul-out list but now will be every 800 hours. Thanks again.

Colin and Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, Amel 53 #332
Gold Coast, Australia

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:13 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Here are two suggestions for all of you that I believe will be acceptable to all, possibly even Captain Amel would like #2  (I hope so). We have done both and are currently configured with #2:

1.) We removed everything from the liferaft locker and placed 10 of the 18.9 liter Jerry cans inside. Then placed the liferaft inside the aft end of the cockpit lazarette.

2.) We placed 4 of the 18.9 liter Jerry cans in the bottom of the liferaft locker, then a wood "shelf," cut to size, on top of the Jerry cans. On the shelf we place the liferaft, one 25 liter emergency water, a ditch bag, and a dry bag with a hand pump water maker. Be sure to secure the bitter end of the rip cord.

I like number 2 the best because it solves all issues, especially UV and heat damage to the liferaft.

We have carried extra fuel on ocean passages, but never used any of it.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
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On Jan 18, 2017 4:35 PM, "divanz620@... [amelyachtowners]" <> wrote:

Hi Steve,

We have a 6 man Plastimo Transocean mounted in a stainless holder on the outside of the port aft rail. It has a 3 year service turnaround and we've done it twice now.
I personally don't like the idea of having the liferaft in a compartment. When you need it, it needs to be able to be deployed quickly and that's only really possible if it is outside somewhere.
We use that port side deck compartment for spare fuel containers.
Elyse SM437 

Colin Streeter
0411 016 445

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