Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Improvements to the Amel design.
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Don’t get me wrong. I love my 54 and think she is a great boat well engineered, and well built, which is why I own her.
I completely agree with Bill’s general philosophy.
One should think twice before adding or removing equipment, for example I feel that I do not need the dishwasher and would rather use that bit of prime real estate for something else. However I have left it for now.
What is also true is that older boats tend to have horrible wiring as various owners have added and changed things. So I completely agree that one needs to be very very careful adding equipment.
But at the same time one needs to keep up with what is available. Amelia was built in 2006 the same year I bought my last boat. The first thing I did to that boat was install a big 24v alternator and LED lighting. The LED technology was well tested then. Amel did not start installing LED until much later. It is hardly a criticism. Only a few bulbs.
There are some areas of the Amel that are in my view due for criticism; for example
1. the use of mild steel that is glassed into the bullwork. Shame it is not stainless!
2. Iron not lead keels.
3. Battery isolation handles that do not actually isolate the batteries completely.
No boat is perfect.
I do not blame Amel for using hi tech Volvos I blame the regulatory framework that forces the emissions targets that require complex engines, sensors everywhere. Not what you want in Pategonia!
I think we are all singing from the same hymn sheet; Amels are great cruising boats and it is a privilege to own one, and one must think twice before improving what is already very good....
(anchored Canary Islands surrounded by Jet skis wondering why I left the Azores)
On 19 Aug 2018, at 13:55, Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: