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We used the copper ground trap from the company Druseidt in Remscheid, Germany. It costs around EUR 45 and it is protected by a PVC overmoulding and the copper strap ends strengthened with copper shells (see attached pic).
My last order is also attached if someone would like to order.
S/V Katchopine, SM2K 392
currently in Trinidad
main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of
Monday, October 21, 2019 3:35 PMTo:
Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Ground strap in bilge
I had copied from an earlier post from Bills photo album I believe.
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.
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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.
We used www.metelec.co.uk 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
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.
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.
I will be onto it in the morning.
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@...>:
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