Re: Delivery and Crossing

Bill & Sara Atz <WCZ4455@...>

--- In, "Bill & Sara Atz"
<WCZ4455@s...> wrote:
--- In, "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S.
vs. foreign documentation.


Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious,
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
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
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela
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,
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
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one.
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
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
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
I forgot to mention another important group of purchases. We
shipped our goods to France by boat, so we included inflatatble
PFD's and our Man-Overboard-Module. We asked Amel to purchase a
life raft for us, without giving them any specifications. They
purchased an 8-passenger Plastimo life raft. It was so heavy that
my wife and I together could barely lift it IN the safety locker,
let alone think of getting it OUT of the locker in bad conditions.
We never have more than 4 persons aboard, and usually only 2
persons. Our new 4-passenger life raft meets our needs much better.
Fair winds and fine wines, Bill on S/V Lady Sadie

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