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I also considered using wire for the bilge bonding but I liked the idea of the heavier copper bar that you suggested and went that route. I think that wire or a thin strap is pretty easy to damage over time with bilge cleanings. I covered my new copper with very heavy glue coated shrink wrap which hopefully will make it last even longer and no sharp edges. The stiffness of the thicker bar also made it easy for me to place the end of the bar on the keel bolt and to hold orientation as the keel bolt was tightened.
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From: CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...>
Date: 10/21/19 12:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge
Copper wire should work. I still prefer copper bar.
On Sun, Oct 20, 2019, 2:53 PM Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond via Groups.Io <firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Bill what’s your thoughts on using copper wire, instead of the strap. Will this provide enough electrical conductivity?
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On Sunday, October 20, 2019, 9:34 PM, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:
This is the one and only time that I will say that the Amel OEM part is not the best part.
Amel uses a thin copper foil for the bonding strap inside the gray water bilge. In terms of electrical conductivity, it is perfect. In terms of durability it is not good enough. The gray PVC float switch tube sits on top of the copper foil and will wear through the copper foil in a few years. If you buy the Amel OEM copper foil, I suggest you buy 2 because you will likely need to replace it again in a few years.
That is awesome Robin.
I will be onto it in the morning.
All the best,
I think it was around 90 euros — just tell them the bonding strap for the bilge of a SM — they will know what it is.
It was easy to get to the cables but was a problem to loosen the nut on the keelbolt as we needed a special high tool (30 mm) as the boöt was to high for a normal one.
Amel 54 # 54
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Am Sonntag, Oktober 20, 2019, 19:20 schrieb Randall Walker <lladnarowen@...>:
Did you have an part order # for the strap. I'm in Spain and you would think copper is gold down here. I just cant find a supplier.
I am looking at doing the mast step as well. Eight hours you say, were the wires easy to get at?
I got mine from Amel — you can check on our Blog
Amel 54 # 54in Roda de Bara