I bought a Winslow 8 man life raft in a valise that is lighter than
others on the market in order to make it easier to get in and out of
the safety locker. To make it easier to retrieve, I asked Winslow to
sew in handels on the end (which would be the top as I loaded it)
strong enough to lift the raft. I have since removed it from the
locker using the spare halyard on the mizzen mast (on my SMM #303
this is a black and white halyard stowed on the port side and also
used to raise the mizzen foc) and the electric main winch.
If you are careful how you stow this raft (that is, do not pack too
tightly and do not jam under the edge of the locker) it lifts easily
from the locker with no further ado. I suggest training your crew on
Stephan G. Regulinski
--- In amelyachtowners@..., Krassopoulos Dimitris
On my previous boat Amel Santorin and the new SM2000 there is a
system with which you can lift the life raft out of the locker with
electric sail winch. I do it every year for the inspection and it is
straight forward you just need to attach two points on the raft to
the hooks. Do not buy a hard container for the life-raft as the
protects the life-raft from the elements.
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From: Bill & Sara Atz [mailto:WCZ4455@s...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:03 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Delivery and Crossing
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Bill & Sara Atz"
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...> to
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on December
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 Rochelle.
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.Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
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, the
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
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.
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
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 Our
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one.
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and our
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 supply
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
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have I forgot to mention another important group of purchases. We
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
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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