Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Newbie looking for Amel and Offshore experience

Alexandre Uster von Baar

Good morning Brent,

To add on Mark’s comment.
I took the ASA classes (101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, plus docking and celestial) so the biggest sailboat I was on was a 39 Beneteau. Despite the increase in size, it was not a problem at all.

Prior purchasing and having mine delivered, I read over, over and over the owner manuals until I knew them by heart. They are severals, all a little different (some in English, some in French).

With time, you will have to learn to do your own maintenance, like the bow thruster and C-Drive every 2 years.
It is not difficult, just time consuming. Dont believe shipyard can do this maintenance, they likely never did it, so you will do a better job yourself.
Here is an example for the bow thruster.

I have many more illustration which I need to organize on my web site for people to look at.

Sincerely, Alexandre
Port de Plaisance de Gustavia, Saint Barthélémy, FWI


On Sun, 7/23/17, Brent Cameron brentcameron61@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Newbie looking for Amel and Offshore experience
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017, 3:17 PM


Thanks Mark… I was just
(Re-)reading your excellent blog!  Seems like I’m about 5
years behind you but in very similar circumstances.  I’ve
had the chance to crawl around a couple of Amels and came to
the exact same conclusions you did on your Why Amel page.  
Henri did things differently  than most but there was most
often a darn good reason for it and once you understand
that, you have a hard time looking seriously at anything

On Jul 23, 2017, 3:58 PM -0400, 'Mark Erdos'
mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...>, wrote:


Good luck in your
search. Amels are darn fine boats and it is worth waiting
for the right one to come onto the market.
We went from a Cheoy
Lee 38 to our Amel. It was a huge learning curve. It is not
hard but very time consuming to learn the Amel systems. We
are still learning but trying to have some fun in
Let Joel know your
budget and one day your phone will ring. Bill’s Amel
school can get you ready to go and help you be
Hope to see you out
here someday soon.

With best
Sailing Vessel -
Cream Puff


From: amelyachtowners@...

Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 3:30 PM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Newbie looking for Amel
and Offshore experience


Hi all.  I've had a dream since the late 1970's
to buy and cruise an Amel (I still have th Cruising World
issues with Joel's ads on Mango's and Maramu's)
 Life intervened but now, I'm in a situation (kids
gone, retired, etc.) where I think I  can finally make this
all happen.  I'm planning next summer to buy my very
own SM 2000 to do some long term cruising.  The realist in
me however points out that I'm not likely to be able to
buy one anywhere near my home port on the Great Lakes and
while I have about 20 years (over the last 40 or so) of
active sailing experience, I also recognize that I've
not sailed anything much bigger than my current 29'
Paceship and then mostly only on the Great Lakes and so
still have a LOT to learn before I think about doing
anything offshore in a new (to me) Amel.  I also want to
find out for myself if I really have what it takes to do any
serious ocean passages before I "invest" a
significant chunk of my savings into my dream. 
Therefore, I'm looking to kill two birds with one
stone... 1) gain some experience with ocean passages
(towards my RYA Yachtmaster certification) and 2) learn more
about the Amel's than I ever could by continuing to
listen in on the excellent exchanges on this forum so that
when I do get my own Amel, I'm ready for it.  It
occurred to me that there are probably more than a few
Amel's that are making significant passages this fall
that might want an enthusiastic and very willing to learn
volunteer crew member.  I will go anywhere in the world for
this and would cover any expenses and travel of course.
 Thanks and suggestions are very welcome.  (I already know
to contact Bill/Joel/Michel and Oliver when I'm a little
closer to the buy decision).

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