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Re: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine

john martin <symoondog@...>
 

i there,

In Martinique we bought an Electrolux Arthur Martin Model AWTS 10120W to replace the original Thomson Australe. It is essentially the same size, and is a top-loading machine. I am very happy with it although it is much more complicated than we need - multiple cycles and an infinte variety of special features. Many of the cycles can take 90 minutes - I have finally found a cycle/feature combo that takes about 45 minutes, uses 40-50 liters of water, and does the job well. The manual is only in French but I know some French so that has not been a big problem. We shopped at the BUT "big box" store in Martinique. You will have an overwhelming number of choices of machines/features/prices with very similar size that should fit in the space available. All in all, we are very happy with it.

Advice for buying a new one - delay as long as possible, but, as you know Martinique or Guadaloupe are the only sources on the west side of the Atlantic for a replacement ! The Thomson Australe was a wonderful machine in my opinion. Our Thomson was a wash and dry unit but we never used the dry feature - because the Thomson had such a high spin rpm (I think it was 1200 or 1300 rpm) and thus the clothes were amazingly dry just after a wash cycle, and dried quickly even in cool climates.

Back to a new one - buy one with the highest spin speed but the fewest special features. The max wash load weight can vary as well. Our is 5.5 kg which is a pretty good sized load. If you can look at the manual, check how long the cycles take. (I don't recall that they have the manuals on display, so you may not be able to see the manual until after you have purchased the unit and picked it up. ) If you don't speak/read French, try to get one with a manual in English. Be very careful about the total actual height of the unit (including little display knobs etc) as noted below - see yellow text below - measure the space on your boat and then measure your preferred unit in the store to be sure.

By the way, when our boat was about 6 years old, the Thomson wouldn't operate and we ordered a new control unit for it, installed it ourselves (very simple), and got another 5 years out of it. As I recall we just happened to be in Guadaloupe at the time and the Amel rep there was very helpful and ordered it for us. I think the Amel rep is now in Le Marin ? Since your boat is several years newer than ours (ours launched Nov 98), this might be an option for you.

The logistics of getting the old machine off the boat (and disposing of it) and the new machine on the boat are doable but a bit of a chore. These machines are quite heavy and an awkwardly large size. You must arrange at a marinas to tie up alongside the end of their dock to easily get the machines on/off. You need to figure out how to dispose of the old one (we were told to leave ours by the marina trash dumpsters, so we got lucky that day). You need at least 4 strong adults to manhandle the old one out and get the new one in. You need a dolly to roll the machines up and down the dock. You need a couple large thick pieces of cardboard to make a ramp/slide up the companionway steps to slide the machines in /out of the cabin - the new one may come in a box that can serve this purpose. You must rent a car with a trunk large enough for the new machine to be stowed in the trunk. You may also need some type of dense foam or padding to wedge the new machine in place, as most of them were slightly less wide ( a few inches) than the Thomson.

Hope this helps, and good luck !

Ruth Martin
MOON DOG SM 248
To: symoondog@...; amelyachtowners@...
From: svsummerlove@...
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:05:10 +0000
Subject: Re: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine


























Hi John and Ruth,



I noticed this post from a couple of years ago. We're looking to replace our Thomson Australe too. We're in Grenada and plan to get to up to Martinique this season, so your advice would be very valuable.



Which brand and model did you buy in Martinique, and would you buy the same one again if you had it to do over again? If not, which one would you buy this time?



Many thanks,



Steve and Donna Constantine

SM340

Summer Love



--- In amelyachtowners@..., john martin wrote:

Hi Pen Azen,
We have not replaced the bearings but we did replace our Thomson Australe while in Martinique a few months ago. Our washer was on the fritz and we decided it was too old to invest in a repair. We were amazed at the large number of brands and models and features available for top loader washers at the "big box" stores there, all of them almost exactly the size of the Thomson, if not a little bit smaller in width. There were at least 15 models to chose from ! Prices in Martinique started in the mid-300 Euros on up into the 700 Euro price level. If you decide to just buy a new one, I would think that you could find a similarly good selection of choices in France, if we had such in Martinique.
If you do buy a new one, the main issue to worry about is the height. Even though their stated height dimension may be exactly the same as the Thomson (850mm) many of the models have buttons and knobs etc on that top control panel area and some are just a tiny bit higher than our Thomsons, and if so, the countertop lid will be propped up by the contact. We were worried this might happen to us, but our new one fit just right. If it hadn't, our plan was to use a dremel tool to just buzz a small hole in the underside of the top where a knob might be hitting it. Also, check out the users manual of your finalist washer before buying. There are some French brands that provided their users manual ONLY in French. The other brands provide their users manuals in multiple languages.
Good luck !
Ruth Martin
MOON DOG
SM #248





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Re: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu

spritoaffine
 

Greg
The Beta43 delivered to Greece UK VAT paid was £6k including the gearbox and an extra 165watt alternator. The prices I was quoted in Greece for Yanmar and Vetus without gearbox were £8-9k, I imagine I could have bought them cheaper in the UK but not that much cheaper
David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: gmshea@...
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:28:50 +0000
Subject: Re: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu


























David,

What were the comparative costs of the Yanmar vs the Beta?



Greg Shea



--- In amelyachtowners@..., David Worthington wrote:

Hello Graham
We've just put a Beta43 in our Sharki, haven't had a full season yet but we found the Beta people very pleasant to deal with and the the Beta/Kubota package came with a new transmission and was considerably cheaper than the Yanmar option. So far we're very pleased but time as ever will tell
David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine currently in Preveza Greece
To: amelyachtowners@...
From: crwggb@...
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:01:18 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu
I have been closely reading the posts on this subject.
Has any one re engined with a Beta engine or other naturally aspirated engine? ......no expensive turbo to go wrong!
I would be interested to hear from any one who has not fitted a yanmar .
Graham Boyd
SM 140 Hong Kong

























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Re: [Amel] Sharki Beta 43 repower

Gene Carter <geneccarter@...>
 

Good day David

I am currently looking at useing the Beta 43 in a re power of Stargazer Sharki #235

Do you have any pictures on the install?
Were you able to use the existing mount locations?
What gear ratio and prop size did you end up with
Any thing you would have done different
The Pacific North West has extreme tidal flows and currents, does the Beta 43 provide enough punch?

I will be self preforming the install and any insight would be appreciated

You can use my email geneccarter@... if need to.

 
 
Go Sailing

Gene C Carter
PO Box 895
Blaine WA 98231
Cell (360) 815-5388


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From: David Worthington <captaingrey@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 1:59 AM
Subject: RE: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu

Hello Graham
We've just put a Beta43 in our Sharki, haven't had a full season yet but we found the Beta people very pleasant to deal with and the the Beta/Kubota package came with a new transmission and was considerably cheaper than the Yanmar option. So far we're very pleased but time as ever will tell
David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine currently in Preveza Greece

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: crwggb@...
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:01:18 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu




















 


   
     
     
      I have been closely reading the posts on this subject.



Has any one re engined with a Beta engine or other naturally aspirated engine? ......no expensive turbo to go wrong!



I would be interested to hear from any one who has not fitted a yanmar .



Graham Boyd

SM 140 Hong Kong






   
   

   
   






 






                       





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Re: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu

Gregory Shea
 

David,
What were the comparative costs of the Yanmar vs the Beta?

Greg Shea

--- In amelyachtowners@..., David Worthington wrote:

Hello Graham
We've just put a Beta43 in our Sharki, haven't had a full season yet but we found the Beta people very pleasant to deal with and the the Beta/Kubota package came with a new transmission and was considerably cheaper than the Yanmar option. So far we're very pleased but time as ever will tell
David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine currently in Preveza Greece

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: crwggb@...
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:01:18 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu


























I have been closely reading the posts on this subject.



Has any one re engined with a Beta engine or other naturally aspirated engine? ......no expensive turbo to go wrong!



I would be interested to hear from any one who has not fitted a yanmar .



Graham Boyd

SM 140 Hong Kong




























Re: [Amel] Diving Compressor setup

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Gary, I have just been reminded that the compressor is a Bauer. Ian

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: bozocinq@...
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:25:50 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Diving Compressor setup

Does anyone with an AMEL 54 have a diving compressor set up installed by AMEL on there vessel? If so, please provide me with some information as to whether you are satisfied with it? How long to fill a tank? Brand name of the compressor manufacture? Is it installed in the Lazaretto? And any other comments/opinions you may have.
Cost of the system? Does anybody have a Hookah (3rd lung) system on there vessel? Electric or gas?
thank you,

Gary
s/v Bozo Cinq #44



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Re: [Amel] Diving Compressor setup

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Gary , We have a 220v compressor installed in the cockpit locker by Amel.Very neat ,German made. Can't remember it's name as we are off the boat, but it is a leading brand.Takes 28 mins to fill a tank.Noisy, but that's true of every compressor.After 12 years of (admittedly pretty light ) use we remain very pleased with it.
When in Chile I also had made up a proper diving line, about 15 m , with a regulator , which attaches to a tank on board and allowsyoutodrop overboard at a moments notice to free a prop or scrub.
Ian & Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Ragusa, Sicily

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: bozocinq@...
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:25:50 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Diving Compressor setup

Does anyone with an AMEL 54 have a diving compressor set up installed by AMEL on there vessel? If so, please provide me with some information as to whether you are satisfied with it? How long to fill a tank? Brand name of the compressor manufacture? Is it installed in the Lazaretto? And any other comments/opinions you may have.
Cost of the system? Does anybody have a Hookah (3rd lung) system on there vessel? Electric or gas?
thank you,

Gary
s/v Bozo Cinq #44



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Re: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu

spritoaffine
 

Hello Graham
We've just put a Beta43 in our Sharki, haven't had a full season yet but we found the Beta people very pleasant to deal with and the the Beta/Kubota package came with a new transmission and was considerably cheaper than the Yanmar option. So far we're very pleased but time as ever will tell
David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine currently in Preveza Greece

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: crwggb@...
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:01:18 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Re engining a Super Maramu


























I have been closely reading the posts on this subject.



Has any one re engined with a Beta engine or other naturally aspirated engine? ......no expensive turbo to go wrong!



I would be interested to hear from any one who has not fitted a yanmar .



Graham Boyd

SM 140 Hong Kong


Re engining a Super Maramu

Graham Boyd
 

I have been closely reading the posts on this subject.

Has any one re engined with a Beta engine or other naturally aspirated engine? ......no expensive turbo to go wrong!

I would be interested to hear from any one who has not fitted a yanmar .

Graham Boyd
SM 140 Hong Kong


Companionway Lock

Sailormon <kimberlite@...>
 

Hi,

Does anyone know a source besides Amel for the lock on the Companionway?

Fair Winds

Eric

Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite


Re: [Amel] Re: Port light / window eplacement on Amel Sharki

Gene Carter <geneccarter@...>
 

I have been looking at using Butyal tape in lue of the Dow 795

 
Stargazer Sharki #235

 
Go Sailing

Gene C Carter
PO Box 895
Blaine WA 98231
Cell (360) 815-5388


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From: sharki41 <hannamj@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:54 AM
Subject: [Amel] Re: Port light / window eplacement on Amel Sharki


 


I am also planning to replace all of the port lights on our Sharki. I am planning to use Dow 795. Does anyone know what Amel used originally ? Also be aware that Acrylic (Plexiglas) comes in various grades.
Mark Hanna , Sharki No. 49

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Gene" wrote:


Good day all,

Has any one attempted to replace the fixed port lights / windows on the Amell Sharki

What issues did you have what type of sealant or gasket did you use.

Thanks in advance for any information.



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Re: [Amel] Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Thankyou
Danny

From: Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2013 2:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel] Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

 
Even Lady Annila SM no 232 has 1200 W

/Annsofie
S/y Lady Annila SM 232
Present at Crete, Greece

Skickat från min iPad

10 jan 2013 kl. 10:45 skrev "Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe" mailto:yahoogroups%40svbebe.com>:

Danny,

BeBe, #387 has 1200 Watt.

Bill
BeBe

--- In mailto:amelyachtowners%40yahoogroups.com, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS wrote:

Hi all,
as I understand it the Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass has three options for motor power, 1000w, 1200w and 1500w. can any one tell me which option is fitted to the SM 2000.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Currently Home port Mangonui
New Zealand







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Re: [Amel] Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Thanks Bill
Danny

From: Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Thursday, 10 January 2013 9:45 PM
Subject: [Amel] Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

 
Danny,

BeBe, #387 has 1200 Watt.

Bill
BeBe

--- In mailto:amelyachtowners%40yahoogroups.com, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS wrote:

Hi all,
as I understand it the Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass has three options for motor power, 1000w, 1200w and 1500w. can any one tell me which option is fitted to the SM 2000.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Currently Home port Mangonui
New Zealand  

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Diving Compressor setup

bozo_cinq <bozocinq@...>
 

Does anyone with an AMEL 54 have a diving compressor set up installed by AMEL on there vessel? If so, please provide me with some information as to whether you are satisfied with it? How long to fill a tank? Brand name of the compressor manufacture? Is it installed in the Lazaretto? And any other comments/opinions you may have.
Cost of the system? Does anybody have a Hookah (3rd lung) system on there vessel? Electric or gas?
thank you,

Gary
s/v Bozo Cinq #44


Re: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine

svsummerlove <svsummerlove@...>
 

Hi John and Ruth,

I noticed this post from a couple of years ago. We're looking to replace our Thomson Australe too. We're in Grenada and plan to get to up to Martinique this season, so your advice would be very valuable.

Which brand and model did you buy in Martinique, and would you buy the same one again if you had it to do over again? If not, which one would you buy this time?

Many thanks,

Steve and Donna Constantine
SM340
Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@..., john martin wrote:


Hi Pen Azen,

We have not replaced the bearings but we did replace our Thomson Australe while in Martinique a few months ago. Our washer was on the fritz and we decided it was too old to invest in a repair. We were amazed at the large number of brands and models and features available for top loader washers at the "big box" stores there, all of them almost exactly the size of the Thomson, if not a little bit smaller in width. There were at least 15 models to chose from ! Prices in Martinique started in the mid-300 Euros on up into the 700 Euro price level. If you decide to just buy a new one, I would think that you could find a similarly good selection of choices in France, if we had such in Martinique.

If you do buy a new one, the main issue to worry about is the height. Even though their stated height dimension may be exactly the same as the Thomson (850mm) many of the models have buttons and knobs etc on that top control panel area and some are just a tiny bit higher than our Thomsons, and if so, the countertop lid will be propped up by the contact. We were worried this might happen to us, but our new one fit just right. If it hadn't, our plan was to use a dremel tool to just buzz a small hole in the underside of the top where a knob might be hitting it. Also, check out the users manual of your finalist washer before buying. There are some French brands that provided their users manual ONLY in French. The other brands provide their users manuals in multiple languages.

Good luck !

Ruth Martin
MOON DOG
SM #248


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: ianjudyjenkins@...
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:34:35 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine







Us again. We have this washing machine on board and after ten years of use its bearings are starting to protest. Has anyone replaced these bearings? Any tips?We live in fear that the whole thing will pack up, but yesterday, here in Spain, we discovered a near identical machine. Spanish made ( I'm not sure that the original is still made by Thomson, but presumably they have flogged off the m oulds to someone else) I will post details later of the name of the Spanish version. It costs 420 Euros, more than the usual vertical door opener because there is little demand for a small top opener. However, the Spanish one does 6 kg,one more than the Thomson Cheers, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Spain


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Re: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine

svsummerlove <svsummerlove@...>
 

Hi John and Ruth,

I noticed this post from a couple of years ago. We're looking to replace our Thomson Australe too. We're in Grenada and plan to get to up to Martinique this season, so your advice would be very valuable.

Which brand and model did you buy in Martinique, and would you buy the same one again if you had it to do over again? If not, which one would you buy this time?

Many thanks,

Steve and Donna Constantine
SM340
Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@..., john martin wrote:


Hi Pen Azen,

We have not replaced the bearings but we did replace our Thomson Australe while in Martinique a few months ago. Our washer was on the fritz and we decided it was too old to invest in a repair. We were amazed at the large number of brands and models and features available for top loader washers at the "big box" stores there, all of them almost exactly the size of the Thomson, if not a little bit smaller in width. There were at least 15 models to chose from ! Prices in Martinique started in the mid-300 Euros on up into the 700 Euro price level. If you decide to just buy a new one, I would think that you could find a similarly good selection of choices in France, if we had such in Martinique.

If you do buy a new one, the main issue to worry about is the height. Even though their stated height dimension may be exactly the same as the Thomson (850mm) many of the models have buttons and knobs etc on that top control panel area and some are just a tiny bit higher than our Thomsons, and if so, the countertop lid will be propped up by the contact. We were worried this might happen to us, but our new one fit just right. If it hadn't, our plan was to use a dremel tool to just buzz a small hole in the underside of the top where a knob might be hitting it. Also, check out the users manual of your finalist washer before buying. There are some French brands that provided their users manual ONLY in French. The other brands provide their users manuals in multiple languages.

Good luck !

Ruth Martin
MOON DOG
SM #248


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: ianjudyjenkins@...
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:34:35 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Thomson Australe Washing machine







Us again. We have this washing machine on board and after ten years of use its bearings are starting to protest. Has anyone replaced these bearings? Any tips?We live in fear that the whole thing will pack up, but yesterday, here in Spain, we discovered a near identical machine. Spanish made ( I'm not sure that the original is still made by Thomson, but presumably they have flogged off the m oulds to someone else) I will post details later of the name of the Spanish version. It costs 420 Euros, more than the usual vertical door opener because there is little demand for a small top opener. However, the Spanish one does 6 kg,one more than the Thomson Cheers, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Spain


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Re: Port light / window eplacement on Amel Sharki

marksharki
 

I am also planning to replace all of the port lights on our Sharki. I am planning to use Dow 795. Does anyone know what Amel used originally ? Also be aware that Acrylic (Plexiglas) comes in various grades.
Mark Hanna , Sharki No. 49

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Gene" wrote:


Good day all,

Has any one attempted to replace the fixed port lights / windows on the Amell Sharki

What issues did you have what type of sealant or gasket did you use.

Thanks in advance for any information.


Re: [Amel] Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
 

Even Lady Annila SM no 232 has 1200 W

/Annsofie
S/y Lady Annila SM 232
Present at Crete, Greece

Skickat från min iPad

10 jan 2013 kl. 10:45 skrev "Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe" <yahoogroups@...>:

Danny,

BeBe, #387 has 1200 Watt.

Bill
BeBe

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Danny and Yvonne SIMMS wrote:

Hi all,
as I understand it the Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass has three options for motor power, 1000w, 1200w and 1500w. can any one tell me which option is fitted to the SM 2000.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Currently Home port Mangonui
New Zealand



Re: loframns tigris anchor windlass

Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@...>
 

Danny,

BeBe, #387 has 1200 Watt.

Bill
BeBe

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Danny and Yvonne SIMMS wrote:

Hi all,
as I understand it the Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass has three options for motor power, 1000w, 1200w and 1500w. can any one tell me which option is fitted to the SM 2000.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Currently Home port Mangonui
New Zealand  

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loframns tigris anchor windlass

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi all,
as I understand it the Lofrans Tigris anchor windlass has three options for motor power, 1000w, 1200w and 1500w. can any one tell me which option is fitted to the SM 2000.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Currently Home port Mangonui
New Zealand  

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Port light / window eplacement on Amel Sharki

Gene <geneccarter@...>
 

Good day all,

Has any one attempted to replace the fixed port lights / windows on the Amell Sharki

What issues did you have what type of sealant or gasket did you use.

Thanks in advance for any information.