Re: Hardtop for Amel 54

Barry Connor

Hi Mohammad,

Hope you and Aty are doing OK. Not being able to sail freely is a big down for our system.
Today I found the local company here in Le Marin, Martinique who have made a hardtop for a 54. Due to holidays I will not talk to them until next Wednesday. If they have a good mold I would want them to increase the height by a few inches. I will let you know next week after I see them. My Bimini solar panels are 12v 100amp. These are being tested next week after the acid stuff was spilt all over them last year in Tunisia. I will let you know also about these next week.
I am now going ahead with the Lithium batteries with Olivers (Amel 54 Vela Nautica II)
help. With this virus thing I think we will be here for this year.

Very Best

Barry and Penny
“SV Lady Penelope II”
Amel54. #17
Sainte Anne anchorage Martinique 

On Jul 10, 2020, at 17:06, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:

Hi Barry;


We have been looking at adding the hardtop for a while and plan on doing it in 2022 due delays caused by COVID-19. Since it appears you have added solar to your cockpit top, which is what we are planning, I wanted to know the impact of shading on your solar panels. How many watts of solar panels do you have installed and what kind of output in Amp Hours due you get on a typical day?


Happy Sailing;



Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099


From: <> On Behalf Of Barry Connor via
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2020 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Hardtop for Amel 54


Hi Paul,

I have attached some photos showing how I raised the boom line.


Very Best


Barry and Penny

“SV Lady Penelope II”

Amel 54.  #17

Sainte Anne anchorage Martinique 


On Jul 10, 2020, at 03:47, Paul Dowd and Sharon Brown <paul.dowd@...> wrote:



This is something I’ve been interested in too. What changes did you make to the boom line? Would you have a photo?




S/Y Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98 - Grenada


From: <> On Behalf Of Barry Connor via
Sent: 10 July 2020 00:42
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Hardtop for Amel 54


Hello Amel 54 owners,

I have seen and been onboard some Amel 54's with custom Hardtops. Most are a little low in height.
We are in Martinique since March and will probably be here for some time as the Caribbean is not looking to be opening up for sailing soon.
A good time to undertake some projects. 
Do any Amel 54 owners have any recommendations for getting a custom made hardtop manufactured in the Caribbean? I would like to explore this possibility, I currently have had made a 5 bow Bimini with 6ft clearance under. I am looking for someone in the Caribbean who has made a Hardtop for a 54 or If I could find someone who does good fibre glass. I think I might be able to get a hardtop with 6ft clearance under as I have already made the changes to the boom line which had previously limited the height of hardtops and a bimini.
Would appreciate any advise from members who have any info for this project.

Best Regards

Barry and Penny
"SV Lady Penelope II"
Amel 54.  #17
Sante Anne anchorage Martinique 

Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98

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