Re: [Amel] Amel maramu beginner

jjjk12s <jjjk12s@...>

Thanks for the answer. It makes so much sense when you know!

Does anyone have advice on spares such as the galley taps which are a bit unusual. Do Amel still after all these years supply older parts like these or is it best to look elsewhere?

There is good documentation of equipment onboard and I think I have the manual, at least I have a document about 10 pages long in French which includes layout of plumbing, wiring and seacocks (which I can understand bits of but will get translated properly by a friend). It is refered to as Notice d'Utilisation du Maramu". If a more comprehensive manual exists please let me know.


--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Jean Boucharlat" <jean.boucharlat@...> wrote:


If your boat has not been modified over time, that shaft alternator key is
the same as the engine ignition key or, alternatively, is on the same
retaining ring, so that you cannot use both at the same time.

The reason is to prevent distracted (or silly)owners from engaging the
shaft alternator when running the engine. This would be both unnecessary, as
the engine alternator would already be operating, and potentially damaging
to the shaft alternator which would be turning too fast.

I bought a Maramu in 1981 from Amel, and then an SM in 1998 and still
remembers most of the these little, but useful, tricks that they taught me
when handing out the boat in La Rochelle.

Being currently boat less, and hating it, I envy you and hope you will enjoy
both the boat and the learning process.

Jean Boucharlat

From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of jjjk12s
Sent: lundi 25 juillet 2011 12:45
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] Amel maramu beginner

Thankyou for the welcome and the information, and thankyou Joel for the
offer of more information. If you can find more that would be great. What
you have already remembered is nice to know.

Joel's comment about children and boats is very apt as my kids are 7 and 5
years old. A lived-in boat is not a problem and once renovated she should be
great. The woodwork is all surprisingly good. It is also nice to know it has
been a happy boat with a family.

I am on a steep learning curve as the owner is in USA and the broker is not
familiar with Amel. It took a while of googling to figure out how to check
the fuel level (a dipstick attached under the filler cap I believe) and
there are a few mysteries, for example - I guess that the little keyed panel
with a small LCD display and picture of a prop on the starboard side of the
companionway is for the shaft alternator, but why does it have a key? For
someone who knows Amel well it would be entertaining to see a newbe trying
to figure these things out by themselves. For now I am trailing through old
posts about vinyl liners and am very grateful that this forum is here.


--- In amelyachtowners@...
<> , "Joel F Potter"
<jfpottercys@> wrote:

Hello John and welcome to Amel ownership. I am a yacht broker and Amel's
marketing associate for North America. I sold POPEYE to Bill Klein and his
wife from a nice French husband and wife cruising team on a two year
sabbatical from shore-side life. They had their two young children, almost
teens I think, with them and they were a very happy and close bunch of
passagemaking sailors having crossed the Atlantic after sailing part of
Med and then circumnavigating the entire Caribbean before ending their
adventure as planned here in Florida. I believe their last name was Loick
something close to that and that there was one previous owner but I am
operating off memory, a more and more unreliable source. The boat was
"Orange Book" national registered originally and through the end or the
Loick's ownership. It was well kept but very much "lived in" and sold
a few months on the market. I may be able to retrieve more information for
you as I am away from my office and my files for the next ten days or so
I am not sure I have that file any more.

When I sold the boat it was in useable condition (that says a lot, many
boats, Amel's included, are certainly not ready to go offshore) and showed
signs of consistent care and proper maintenance. It had never been holed
flooded and showed no structural damage. Housekeeping was average, the
interior was a bit beat up as is often the case when children are aboard.
was a "happy boat".

All the best,

Joel F. Potter

Joel F. Potter - Cruising Yacht Specialist, LLC

Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas

Mailing Address: 401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130-126

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Phone: (954) 462-5869 Cell: (954) 812-2485

Email: <mailto:jfpottercys@> jfpottercys@


From: amelyachtowners@...
<> ] On Behalf Of jjjk12s
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:16 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel] Amel maramu beginner

Hello all,

I have just signed a contract on Maramu hull 91 "Popeye". She is lying in
Brisbane and as soon as the sale is finalised I will deliver her to her
home in Port Douglas in far north Queensland.

The previous owner, Richard Molony, apparently sailed non-stop
from Panama, an impressive achievement. He has left the boat well but no
shortage of jobs to restore her, hopefully keeping as original as
Headlinings, repainting and perspex are all near the top of the list.
Hopefully, wise and knowledgable members here will be able to provide some
advice down the line...

In the meantime if anyone has any knowledge of Popeye's history I would
to hear it. After looking here I can see a previous owner was Bill Klein
New York. The boat may have sailed from France to USA in about 2000.


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