Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] standing rigging


HI David,

This is a perfect example of the "not invented here syndrome". If the
critic didn't invent it, it can't possibly be of any good. With all of
Amel's unique features, I see this a lot. Your surveyor and rigger are
wrong, and perhaps shortsighted.

Ten year old standing rigging that has spent most of it's life in the
tropics is ripe for replacement. Use NEW everything including pins,
turnbuckles, cotter pins..everything. Have a piece of the old rigging
tested to destruction. The results may shock you. Use Norseman or Staloc
end fittings.l

The Amel pole system is delightful, safe, and easy to employ during trade
wind sailing. The pole supports should be removed annually during your
comprehensive annual rigging inspection (you do inspect every inch of your
rig at least once a year, right?) and then re-installed carefully. Don't
over tighten them and they won't cause a problem. Folks who have trouble
with these pole supports usually don't remove them for inspection and just
keep tightening them, eventually crushing the 1 x 19 stainless wire.

My somewhat arrogant response to those who tell me a well proven Amel
concept "just won't work" (not invented here) is to tell them thanks but no
thanks in regard to their future services. There are over 1000 Amel boats
sailing today with the Amel pole system. 'Nuff said

I hope this is helpful

Joel F. Potter, 53' Super Maramu Millennium #400

CC: Olivier Beaute

-----Original Message-----
From: davidlambertsen []
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2003 6:10 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] standing rigging

Dear Amel Group,

I am considering replacing the standing rigging on my 1989 Maramu.
My surveyor and rigger have advised me that the stainless steel brace
for the genoa pole causes damage to the shrouds for the main mast.
They say that the stainless steel brace should be eliminated and the
Amel genoa pole should be replaced with a conventional whisker pole.
This would prevent the crevice corrosion and bending of the shrouds.
While it makes sense to keep the shrouds free of attachments, the
Amel genoa pole is an excellent device and I like it.

Have any of you experienced problems with this brace and the standing
rigging. Deterioration of the shrouds? Bending of the shrouds?
Failure? Has the stainless steel brace been improved to prevent
problems? Have you eliminated this pole? How do you protect the

I would appreciate the thoughts of Amel owners, Chantiers Amel, and
Joel Potter. Thank you.

David Lambertsen, s/v Have Fun! Maramu 258

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