Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Upwind with staysail
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I am at 18 months owning an SM. Listen to the Bills and Alex. In my opinion what is best is an unmolested Amel surveyed by an Amel savvy surveyor. Unmolested means kept as origionally intended by Amel. If Amel put it on then it is probably ok.
I was lucky and bought an unmolested older SM, she had some maintenance issues but nothing big ticket. I was more taken with the previous owners who owned her for 17 years. They were consummate ocean sailors. They were open and frank about what they did and didnt do. They took care of the parts that counted. I feel better today having personally visited those "luxury" maintenance issues and knowing the status of the boat before sailing off. A "perfect" boat is never really perfect...except Bebe... ;)
I took care of post purchase maintenance and upfit as we sailed, just a little at a time.
Georgetown Exuma....provisioning for St Thomas USVI.