Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Increasing fuel capacity - Maramu #178
Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
My three blade prop is free wheeling and not put in gear unless motoring. So for me it is use it or lose it for charging. Works fine, knock on faux teak .Just keep the oil in and water out.
SN24 Bali Hai
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Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 12:19 PM
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Increasing fuel capacity - Maramu #178
I too have the prop generator. Have you had any issues with additional wear on the c drive, or transmission?
Vent de Soleil SM 37
Simpson Bay SXM
I can recount many voyages where fuel was a worry. Most, however, were deliveries trying to get from A-B in the shortest time. Most notable was a Palmer 72 with twin 120HP engines plus generator which required a Gale to sail We motored from Cape Verde (fuel stop) to Barbados.
But you and I have an Amel. To answer your question, I don’t like fuel or anything on deck and have stowed fuel in the aft lazerette of my Santorin. I did add 2-35gal aux. tanks in the stern. Both have separate fills and a two way fuel transfer pump in the engine room. Slick. Out of trim? Yes, for awhile, but beats hustling jerry cans. I don’t miss the space. Gave many cans away. Bottom line is that I did not need that much fuel. I also have the prop generator. I also found that if you buy several cases of cheap rum in Tortola and stow it in the v-berth it trims out the boat nicely for the trip back to Annapolis.
Thanks for your comments Ian. The previous owner mentioned they used very little fuel on their last pacific crossing as the prop-driven alternator kept the batteries topped up.
By comparison our future travel plans will take us to some places where extended motoring is likely or necessary on occasions. I also prefer to keep the deck and lockers clear of jerries.
The question is where do you put the extra fuel without upsetting the trim of the boat or taking up other valuable storage space. I initially thought of sacrificing some of the freshwater storage capacity with a transfer pump to the main tank. I haven't heard yet how other Maramu owners have addressed this issue.