Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water coming through below rudder quadrant


eric freedman
 

Steve,

When you get the new nut from Amel, I would take it to a machine shop with a photo of mine. Make sure you measure the maximum length of the wrench that is needed. If the machine shop takes more than 30 minutes to make the wrench it is too long. It is cut out with a band saw and rounded on a bench grinder. I am not happy with the slip, basin- adjustable wrench for this purpose. I am sure with a properly fitting wrench you will be able to at least make the 1/6 turn and possibly 1/8th.

The basin wrench was not made for the force that is needed, it slips and  mars the nut.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:50 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water coming through below rudder quadrant

 

 

Thanks all for the replies. I found that the previous owner left me a slip nut tool and wouldn’t you know it, it was tightened to exactly the width I needed for the packing but. 

I was only able to get a further 1/12th of a turn before I feared I would do more damage than good if I went further. Hopefully this improves things, but also seems to indicate I would do well to contact Maud and get the right parts to repack it. As I could not advance it a full 1/6th, I was unable to screw down the stainless L-plate so hopefully it does not have a propensity for rapidly coming undone. 

All the best,
Steve Morrison
SM380 TouRai
Ft. Lauderdale. 

 


On Apr 15, 2018, at 9:35 PM, 'Mohammad Shirloo' mshirloo@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

FYI; Amel sells the tool at a very reasonable cost. We had a custom one made in Turkey for about 100 euros and also bought one from Amel as a backup for less. I don't remember exactly how much.

Respectfully;

 

 

Mohammad & Aty

B&B Kokomo

Amel 54


On Apr 15, 2018, at 8:17 PM, svperegrinus@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

We also had a bit of water come in during our first sailing season, up in Canada.  We hoped to get back to Fort Lauderdale in December and have our regular Amel specialist have a look at it.  But the problem worsened on our way S and finally in Georgetown, SC, we felt compelled to let a non-Amel party have a look at it.

The guys a Hazzard Marine were surprised to find a boat with packing on the steering system, but quickly got to work.  It took two very big strong guys, several tools, and a lot of effort over several hours to pull out the old packing, but they put new one (BROWN in color, made of a natural fiber), tightened the nut, and we carried on.  For the first few days, not a drop leaked, but by the time we got home, the leak  was again excessive.

On Eric's (Kimberlite) advice, we ordered new packing from La Rochelle, plus spares, and an extra nut, just in case we ever crack the old one.  Like Eric says, tape it near the quadrant.  Two things: first, the French packing is WHITE, and made out of a synthetic material.  Second, the Amel original is ***metric***, whereas the South Carolina guys put in an Imperial-size equivalent, or whatever it is called... this is why their efforts were good for only a few weeks.

As for the tool, the ideal is to have one custom-made as per Eric's recommendation, but not having access to that, we took the new plastic nut to a tool specialist in Ft. L who sold us a sufficiently flat, adjustable, $75 Ridgid wrench which one is able to rotate under the quadrant to tighten the nut.

Cheers,

Peregrinus
SM2K #350 (2002)
At anchor, La Maddalena, Sardinia

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