Bill & Sara Atz <WCZ4455@...>
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My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel onDecember
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on toRochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S. documentationDear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked up
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious, but
they may help you. We justify some based on our change of plans,
from sailing around the world to our current plan of staying in the
Caribbean. We have lived aboard here since 4 years ago, when in
October-November we sailed from LaRochelle to the Canaries to St.
Lucia. We shipped a fold-up dinghy to LaRochelle, and bought a 4-
cycle, 8 hp outboard there. We never used either until we got to
St.Lucia. We found 4-cycle outboards are almost impossible to get
repaired in the Caribbean, and a large percentage of the people like
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela (2
companies). We shipped over a Grundig TV (made in Germany,
purchased in the US, and shipped to France) with a VCP (a player,
not a VCR). Both run on 220V or !!0V, and the video player also
runs on 24V DC or 12V DC and plays any cassette made
internationally. Amel wired both to run on our 110V inverter. We
shipped a 24 VDC to 110 VAC, 1000 watt inverter, with outlets, which
Amel wired for us. We shipped a poorly-evaluated cockpit
chartplotter, which Amel wired for us – only later did we realized
that at that time Amel had its own chart plotter at the nav station,
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one. Our
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and
outboard; we have just replaced the VCR and probably soon the TV
(In our opinion, there are few if any decent TV shows in the
Caribbean except on marina cable in Trinidad.) We are replacing our
inverter with a hard-wired 1800 watt version this week. If we
could have had a choice, it would have been nice to have Amel supply
a Spade anchor (made in Tunesia, a French country) instead of the
Amel modified CQR – we didn't know about Spade then.
In case some of this sounds negative, I would like to add that
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have
accepted in trade for our Amel. Some things don't change as you
progress along your learning curve.
Best wishes for you and your new Amel.
Bill on S/V Lady Sadie, currently in Trinidad
for hurricane season