Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Replacing standing rigging
20 years seems a very generous allowance by you insurance agent.
A friend of mines insurance company insists on new standing
rigging after 10 years, which could be considered harsh as mileage
and weather conditions should really be taken into consideration.
I think that at 18 years age you should be seriously considering
I changed my rig after 13 years and 26,000 nms. Having been dis-masted once, I have no desire to repeat the experience. The failure was not caused by a wire failure but due to a failed weld on the lower port spreader to mast bracket joint, when the boat was just 13 weeks old.
A point also worth considering is that when you have lost your main mast the stability of the boat is completely changed. I was unable to exceed 1.4 knots under engine without violent rolling from side to side. It took me over 6 hours to cover 10 miles back to port. Don't try this a long way from shore. In fact don't try it at all. In my view it is just not worth trying to extend the rig life.
A couple of months ago I represented another SM2K owner whilst he
had a pre-sale survey carried out in his absence. The yacht was
built in 2001. The surveyor and I talked about rig failures at
length. He said that if the wire breaks outside the swaged
fittings, it will do so a couple of millimetres above the top of
the swage. I have seen two Amels, where luckily only a strand has
failed at this point, both on a mainmast lower.
During the survey, he found two serious rig problems using a small mirror. Both the forestay eye that attaches to the top of the mast and an eye at the top of one of the cap shrouds had serious cracks, and in his view were a disaster waiting to happen. Other parts can fail before the wire does.
By the way Mike, I am told you can get the complete Amel kit from ACMO in France on a pallet for €8000. You might be able to save a bit by shipping the parts from France. I had Crusader re-rigged in Marmaris Turkey for €8000 including labour using ACMO fittings and a Danish made wire.
One other point picked up from the surveyor which is worth passing on, concerns the battery compartment. He was involved with an Amel whose battery compartment exploded so violently that it damaged the ceiling, the engine compartment wall and blew the aft cabin door off its hinges, even though it was open at the time! It was determined that the cause of the ignition of the hydrogen build up in the battery compartment was a loose battery cable. Something we all need to check from time to time.
Good luck with your new rig.
Ian Shepherd SM2K 414 (2003) Crusader Larnaca Cyprus
On 02/01/2018 22:05, 'Mike Ondra' mdondra@... [amelyachtowners] wrote: