Re: [Amel] Re: Amel Orange Boot Stripe and corrosion in engine room

ianjenkins1946 <>

Hi Steve, I have now uploaded some photos to show the new waterline and boot top. Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Ibiza

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: svsummerlove@...
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 12:32:24 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re: Amel Orange Boot Stripe and corrosion in engine room

Hi Ian and Judy,

Many thanks for the advice. That sure sounds like the easiest and cleanest way to solve the problem. I just wanted to make certain I wasn't going to create a new problem.

I like the idea of a blue stripe too. I had already considered a dark green color to camouflage the growth. :-)


Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Ian & Judy Jenkins <ianjudyjenkins@...> wrote:

Hi Steve, All SMs that I know of seem to float stern down, particularly when in cruising load mode. As a result I would take a lot of convincing that Amel have actually painted the orange stripe in the right place all these years. We love Amels dearly ( this is our third ) but stubbornness is one of their virtues. Having spent hours and hours over 9 years, in the water or in the dinghy, cleaning the orange and intermediate white stripe, we decided last year, when we applied Coppercoat antifouling, that enough was enough. We took a deep breath and brought the Coppercoat to the TOP of the orange stripe, adding a new blue stripe above that, with the intermediate white stripe in between. I cannot tell you how pleased we are with the result. Should have done it years ago. The hull looks just right, slightly sleeker, the fact that the Coppercoat ( brown but going very softly green with oxidisation) comes up so high looks right. No more cleaning of that lower part and , an added bonus, noticeably less white hull to clean and polish---and you can do that from the dinghy or dock without getting your polishing rag wet. In our experience you don't need to change the angle, just raise the waterline and add a new coloured strip. Happy painting, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Ibiza ( where the water temp is 23c but the sea is awash with jellyfish!)

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: svsummerlove@...
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 15:19:54 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re: Amel Orange Boot Stripe and corrosion in engine room

I would think that intentionally painting the boot stripe at an angle that isn't parallel to the water for marketing purposes is out of character for Capt Henri. If he wanted to "pose" a boat for the marketing literature photo with no anti-fouling paint showing to make it look "dynamic", I believe he was clever enough to artificially load one for that purpose, rather than painting the stripe in the wrong place on 450 boats. Nor do I see him sacrificing function for "eye appeal".

I'm not talking about simply raising the boot stripe 4" so the stern is barely out of the water, and the bow is now 12" out of the water. I'm asking about the consequences of changing the angle of it down the length of the boat so that it's 4" to 8" out of the water all the way to the stern. I've already got 8" of "dry" anti-fouling paint at the bow. I don't need 4 more inches.


If I want the fiberglass along the waterline to remain free of growth, I have 3 choices:

1. I can leave the boot stripe where it is now, and try to balance the boat with weight distribution so the bow rides 4" lower and the stern 4" higher.

2. I can change only the "location" of the entire boot stripe by raising it 4", so it is now 12" out of the water at the bow, and 4" out at the stern.

3. I can change both the "angle" and the "location" of the boot stripe so it is 4" out of the water along its entire length.

Since the boot stripe of every SM I've seen rides bow high with the stern in the water, it can be assumed that either none of the owners are capable of proper weight distribution, or the boot stripe was painted in the wrong place to begin with.

My concern is that, assuming the naval architect who put it there knew what he was doing and had a good reason for doing it, I don't want to alter the angle of the boot stripe without knowing that reason.

Does anyone know that reason?

Many thanks,

Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Richard03801 <richard03801@> wrote:

In the normal loading for ocean work all the Amel seem to need the water line raised seems the Capt wanted the "sales" appearance to be more dynamic. We too collected an marine forest on the waterline and stern. Grant when healed over cross for days you will get growth on the leeward side as it is under water.

Smooth sailing.


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On May 22, 2011, at 17:49, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@> wrote:

Hi all, we too have the low stern. Knowing Amel do nothing without good reason and they build this model for many years without changing the waterline I wondered if they expected more ground tackle weight in the anchor locker than most of us have or more heavy items stored in the bow lockers?.
Corrosion in the engine room. A friend with a SM asked me how come my engine room is so free of corrosion and rust and his was so bad. The answer is WD40 or in NZ, CRC 556
Spray it regularly and liberally over just about every thing including alternators and electric motors. Makes a huge difference.
Danny and Yvonne
SM299 Ocean Pearl
Mangonui New Zealand
--- On Mon, 23/5/11, Chris Smither <yachtakwaaba@> wrote:

From: Chris Smither <yachtakwaaba@>
Subject: Re: [Amel] Amel Orange Boot Stripe
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: Monday, 23, May, 2011, 8:57 AM

Once we moved onto our Amel as "liveaboards" we raised the antifoul to meet the stripe......after doing it we were told by others that this was a certain sign of "liveaboards"
Now that we have decided to stay in Phuket, and do no more ocean the next haulout I was thinking of re-adjusting the waterline......say no more!!
Glad to see that your move from the Maldives to the Med went well.

All the Best

SN 027

From: Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel] Amel Orange Boot Stripe

Eric, I was tempted to raise the antifouling paint to meet the stripe to solve the same issue, but I believe that BeBe will begin to loose weight now that we are in the Med...we'll see.


BeBe, Sm2k, #387
Currently Marmaris, Turkey

--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite <kimberlite@> wrote:


I noticed a few weeks ago that the boot stripe area in the stern had marine
growth. The yard recommended that I raise the waterline as the stern is
lower in the water than the stripe.

Did you or any other owner raise the stripe?

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite


From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Judy and Bill aboard
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:41 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel] Amel Orange Boot Stripe

We are in Marmaris, Turkey and just had the boot stripe renewed using a two
part paint matched to Amel orange.

We have purchased the paint twice and have paint, hardener and thinner
available for any Amel owner in the area to pick up.

Contact us at svbebe"at" or Turkey cell at +90535-082-2191.

s/v BeBe, SM2k, #387
Currently Marmaris, Turkey


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