Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?
Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
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We haven't started cruising yet but would often spend a week or more on the boat in local waters over the past 5 years of ownership.
We have 540W x 24v and this typically tends to charge us back up from 88% at sunrise to around 98% daily by around 11am, but that is Brisbane, Australia where we get a lot of sun! Over the course of the day, and with the odd bit of motoring we are always back to 100% by 2pm or so and only use the generator to run the microwave, washer etc.. If we have around 3 rainy days in a row we would use the generator daily for an hour or so though. Our battery banks are only 400amp hours x 24v, and given the short term of our trips to date, we generally only have the galley fridge running and not the 2 x under bunk freezers. Once both these are running we think a little more solar and some wind generator power supply would be great.
How much more solar, perhaps up to 800w approx but the more the merrier really as long as it's not too large for your battery banks. In our case, and against most advice from this group, we are currently in the process of adding 2 x Rutland 1200 generators which each come with a MPPT solar controller and a function to add solar input there too, plus a stop / start switch for the wind generator and a battery temp monitor. Whilst you certainly get very little power from wind generators compared to solar, we have had these on previous boats and always enjoyed seeing power coming in at night too when one is using most power, or on rainy but windy days as well, so just a personal preference.
In terms of auto-pilots we would certainly go with 2 fully set up complete pilots for redundancy purposes if possible with a quick change over switch. We have this and and many other Amel's we saw when boat shopping seemed to have this configuration set up by Amel in the factory which is really good peace of mind.
Windlass again if we had the option of two we would jump at it, but did not with our boat and have not missed that yet. We have seen many 54's with two anchors ready to go which looks nice, but are unsure of how often these would ever be used really?
Good luck and you will never regret the decision to go with the Amel instead of a cat. We chartered a lot before purchasing and always took big cats, but when it came to purchasing there was no way we would want one for a circumnavigation, but of course great for local waters. That said of course many swear by them.
Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, Amel 53 # 332
0411 016 445