Re: Ground strap in bilge

Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond

Hi Mike,

Thanks for supplying the details of metelec. We are keen to replace our strap. Are you able to supply the dimensions and drawing that you forwarded to metelec when you had your copper strap manufactured.

Kind Regards


On Monday, October 21, 2019, 4:49 PM, Randall Walker <lladnarowen@...> wrote:


That is so funny I have just sent them an email to have one shipped to me hear in Spain. Just seconds ago.

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From: <> on behalf of Mike Johnson via Groups.Io <mike.k.johnson@...>
Sent: October 21, 2019 10:37 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge

We used and sent Bill’s dimensions with a drawing and they produced a perfect replacement delivered promptly.


The key to a successful job was a ‘deep’ socket for the nut at the bottom of the bilge.


Mike & Peta




SM2K 461


From: <> On Behalf Of Randall Walker
Sent: 20 October 2019 21:19
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge


I am sitting south of Barcelona. One group member put me onto a German supplier, a former AMEL owner is trying to source it out of Britain and I have been told AMEL does still have them.

Glad I joined this group.

And Bill I agree that the original are way too thin.


I love my boat,


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From: <> on behalf of CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...>
Sent: October 20, 2019 3:34 PM
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge


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. 


CW Bill Rouse
Amel Yacht Owners School -
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970


On Sun, Oct 20, 2019, 1:34 PM Randall Walker <lladnarowen@...> wrote:

That is awesome Robin.

I will be onto it in the morning.


All the best,


From: <> on behalf of robin hutter via Groups.Io <>
Sent: October 20, 2019 2:31 PM
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge


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.



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Am Sonntag, Oktober 20, 2019, 19:20 schrieb Randall Walker <lladnarowen@...>:

Thanks Robin,


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?


Thanks again,


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From: <> on behalf of robin hutter via Groups.Io <>
Sent: October 20, 2019 7:57 AM
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge


I got mine from Amel — you can check on our Blog



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