Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Companionway well drain

James Alton


   This may or many not help you since my boat is a 1987 Maramu.  I noticed that the water catchment pan under the main slider of my boat was holding water and the owner of another Maramu had told me that he had located drain holes in his so I went in the investigate.  I found two approx. 5/16” diameter holes at the very outboard ends of the drain pan that were drilled through the engine room bulkhead.  I am not sure if the holes are sealed in the bulkhead so I plan to bond in two tiny fibreglass tubes with epoxy to keep water from soaking into the wood of the bulkhead while retaining the drainage.   The holes were drilled right at the bottom of the pan where it would have been almost impossible to drill once the pan had been installed so I feel that the holes must be original.  Both holes on my boat were completely blocked from years of dirt and debris, once I cleaned out  the holes out, I can now wash the cockpit without any concerns of water overflowing the catchment pan.  In my opinion the drain holes are a very good idea because if fresh water is allowed to sit for a long period in the catchment pan rot could occur in the pan and the engine room bulkhead over time.  So yes the bulkhead is meant to be watertight but in reality the flow rate through 2- 5/16” holes is not going to be much given the head so I think that Amel made a good call in adding these holes.  One could carry some tiny wooden or rubber plugs for these holes if concerned about the watertight integrity of the bulkhead but a rotten bulkhead is likely a lot less watertight than the drain holes....  Just my 2 cents, I know opinions may vary as they should.



SV Sueno,  Maramu #220

On Dec 12, 2017, at 11:53 AM, Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hi Joel,
Do you have a photo of what the well drain looks like?  I had my well fill up a month or so ago and it did not drain on its own.  Some time later, I found a little black tube above the sump in the engine room that appears to be blocked... it's in about the right place to be the well drain, but I haven't investigated in detail or tried to clean it out.  I was led to believe from this list that was no drain on the SM, which stunned me because it's an obvious point of failure in the design... if it actually exists that would make a lot more sense!

SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA

On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 8:44 AM, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hello Everyone. I have not checked each and every one of the hundreds of Amel Super Maramus I have been aboard for a drain from the companionway well for the vertical door. However, I know this item was on the Amel new construction checklist and had to be signed off on by the person who installed it and his supervisor. 


I have seen more than one case where the drain tube was installed and then covered over by the foam insulation that was installed in the engine room which then encouraged the drain to become clogged as it could not flow properly.


Strategically investigate the area where the drain should be and I am all but sure you will find a covered and plugged drain. All but sure…so let us know what you DON’T find, please.  


Have fun with your Amel, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC


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