Paul Dowd and Sharon Brown
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I’m a bit nervous about doing this now! It won’t be for quite a while though, so I’ll file this for now – many thanks.
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From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Arno Luijten
Paul from Ya Fohi,
What I did is remove the bolts from the base that hold it to the boat. Then I removed the hydraulic hoses which mean you will have to cut them. The sensor cables can be saved though.
As the base is glued to the boat with some kind of caulking you will find the passerelle still firmly holding on to the boat. What I did in the end is tie a rope to the end of the passerelle and tie it to the dock (our boat is moored stern-to). Then using a little slack on the mooring lines, I gave the boat a firm push away from the dock. The weight of the boat resulted in a bing bang an a released passerelle with surpisingly little damage to the gelcoat. Careful, the passerelle is REALLY heavy! Make sure it’s tied to the boat so it does not become an anchor, also limit the slack on the mooring lines.
You will need 3 or 4 persons to lift the thing off the boat. A new rotary actuator will set you back 5 or 6k$. Mine was seized up solid and beyond repair. And then the rest...
Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98