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Re: Interfacing B&G GPS & Autopilot

petervweston...
 

One other issue on my SM (#248)is that the
fluxgate compass is an Autohelm. In order to interface the
GPS, B&G instruments and the fluxgate with my
navigation software (laptop running "The Capn") I installed
a Noland Multiplexer. I bought mine at Bluewater
in, I think, Fort Laudadale. The multiplexer can take
up to 4 NMEA signals and convert them to a RS232
signal which one puts into the serial port of the
laptop. If anyone would like to know how to read the NMEA
sentences to confirm that the signals are coming through
feel free to write to me SOON as we take off for BVI
in just over a week and I may be off
line!<br><br>Regards<br><br>Peter


Re: Interfacing B&G GPS & Autopilot

svsilvercloud2001...
 

Hi Gary,<br>I'm John McDougall & I have SM330,
new in May 2001 & now in S.France. I'm interested in
interfacing the B&G with the GPS & autopilot as you mentioned
but am not sure how to proceed. Is it something you
can explain easily? If it is very complicated I
probably won't try but I would appreciate any info. <br>I
agree with all your positive comments about the SM - it
really is a delight! (But the standard electric heating
is not good enough for the Mediterranean in Winter
as Amel suggest).


Re: Its Great to have a forum

kimberlite1212...
 

hi,<br>we are under contract for a maramu and live on ling islans.<br>i would love to speak to you about the baot.<br>thanks<br>eric<br>kimberlt@...


Re: French Boat, Great; French Manuals,

kimberlite1212...
 

bob & mina.<br>i would to speak to you about your amel, and suggested upgrades.<br>i am also in long island<br>phone<br>631-423-2000<br>e-mail kimberlt@...<br>thanks<br>eric


Re: tips on buying a new Amel

kimberlite1212...
 

roy,<br>did you stick with the stock electronics?<br>any upogrades?<br>anything else i should order that is not quite standard?<br>thanks<br>eric


Re: tips on buying a new Amel

rbenven44...
 

Hi,<br>I agree with everything Gary just wrote
about the Amel experience and the boat. We bought our
first Amel in 1983, a Maramu, and in 1996 didn't even
consider another boat when we bought our Super Maramu. We
added a lot of options to our SM, and almost all of
them are now standard. A couple of thoughts to add to
Gary's: Add hot water to the cockpit shower (if it isn't
already standard), add a Racor filter to the fuel line to
the engine and generator (again it may be standard by
now). And buy your life raft and dinghy in France --
they're half the price of the same models in the US (as
long as you buy European models such as Zodiac, Avon,
or Novurania, etc.)<br>Good luck, and enjoy your
Amel!<br>Roy Benveniste<br>SM "Excalibur" #195


Re: tips on buying a new Amel

amelliahona...
 

1-25-2002 Hi Mark. My name is Gary Silver. I
ordered an Amel Super Maramu on my 50th birthday (May
2000). There was a 13 month lead time at that point and
we took delivery July of 2001). We just completed
our sail across the Atlantic to Guadeloupe. We sailed
from La Rochelle to the Canaries in July 2001. Joel
Potter has been great. He is honest, forthright, and you
can take his word to the bank. Our only trouble with
the purchase process was that the financing broker
recommended by Joel had his main bank go bankrupt three weeks
before we closed. Our financing plans which had been in
place for over a year were suddenly non-existent. Joel
and the Offshore Financial broker did their best to
help but I can attest that there wasn't another
financial institution in this country who ususally finances
offshore boats that would then touch this project, I
called each one personally. Thank heavens I had a
personal relationship with my own banker who came throught
with financing in short order for me. The Amel SM is a
marvelous boat, extremely well thought out and a pleasure
to sail. The Amel factory, service and warranty
people are superb. Make sure you take a factory tour
while your boat is being built (or anytime), it will
really confirm in your mind the quality of the boat and
the organization and people you are dealing with.
Jean Jacques (the head guy or big cheese) and Olivier
in the La Rochelle warranty facility are<br>superb.
The one week owner shool is invaluable. Equipment
suggestions: hand grab rails on the stern, get the optional
hand grab rail on the setee table, I am currently
looking into getting additional hand grab rails in each
of the showers (when you are trying to shower while
at sea there isn't anything to hold onto in the head
because the shower curtain is drawn around), I am also
seeing what I can do to get extra grab rails on the
ceiling of the main aft cabin and forward cabin, look
into having the B & G, GPS, and autopilot interfaced
to each other (I did it myself after the fact and it
was a pain), get the crash bar in front of the stove
(the lack of this as a standard feature is the only
really safety related fault that I have found), get the
extra fans and fan outlets (in fact I wish I had
gotten<br>more fans, 10 instead of 6) for when you don't want to
run the AC, Joel will guide you wisely on the other
available options, trust his experience. If you are having
extra electronics installed that require cabinetry
modifcation have the Amel yard do the work as it is built. I
am currently looking into some cabinetry work due to
extra electronics and the Amel woodwork is so beautiful
I wish I would have had it done initially. No boat
is perfect but this one comes close. One last
thought, get the fresh air ventilation system, it is
essential when it is raining outside. In fact I would ask
them if there is some way to plumb a vent from it into
the quarter birth (the one to the starborad side of
the engine compartment), ventilation there is the
least satisfactory in the entire boat and there is no
AC there. <br>Hope this helps. Sincerely, Gary PS if
you want to talk please feel free to call me at
801-451-0499 (evenings are best)


Re: tips on buying a new Amel

pagandaisy...
 

I bought my Super Maramu 7 years ago and been
sailing her in the Caribbean ever since. I've never had a
regret she's a wonderful boat. If you like, I can e-mail
you my experience purchasing the boat, extras, etc.
and modifications I've made over the years. I know
Amel makes changes continuously and suspect some of my
extras no longer are. I'll give you both my e-mail and
phone number, if you just want to
talk.<br>Pagan-daisy@...<br>Phone 858-756-1377<br><br>Arnold Grubin


michael glass

kimberlite1212...
 

michael,<br>i see tht you live in melville.<br>i
live in huntington.<br>i would love to discuss the
maramu with you.<br>please call or e-mail
me.<br>thanks<br>eric
freedman<br>631-423-2000<br>kimberlt@...


Re: Crash Bar In Front of Galley Stove

kimberlite1212...
 

charlie,<br>did you install the chartplotter system after you took delivery of your boat?<br>thanks<br>eric


Re: French Boat, Great; French Manuals,

kimberlite1212...
 

hi,<br>i am located in huntington and would love to talk to you about your amel.<br>please call/ e-mail me<br>thanks<br>eric freedman<br>631-423-2000<br>kimberlt@...


new amel

kimberlite1212...
 

hi,<br>if you ordered a maramu when would your delivery date be <br>fair winds<br>eric


tips on buying a new Amel

markmpitt...
 

Joel Potter showed my wife and I a new Amel Super
Maramu last week. We are very seriously considering
ordering one within the next few weeks. We hope to do some
serious couple cruising starting in the Caribbean and
moving into the South Pacific. We would appreciate your
views on:<br>1)the quality of the Amel sailing
experience<br>2)things to know about the Amel purchase experie ce (e.g.
options, defects, resale value, service,financial terms,
contracting,etc). Thanks.


Improvement to rubrail decorative stripe

rbenven44...
 

If you have owned your Super Maramu for more than
6 months, you have noticed that the silver
metallized stripe on the brown rubrail tends to deteriorate
rather quickly. Since we care about the looks of our
boat, I did a little research, by contacting the
manufacturer of these decorative stripes. They said the
metallized stripes are not intended for outdoor use! They
recommended a vinyl stripe, which is available in silver or
gold metallic color from West Marine.<br>We used an
"ultra-metallic gold", West Catalog No. 225385, 1-inch wide. The
50-ft. roll is just right for one side. It is not as
shiny as the original metallized tape, but after 3
years, looks just as good as on day one. You have to
remove the original tape completely, and that is a hard
job. It took me a full day and lots of acetone. But
the result is worth it, and we get lots of
compliments and inquiries from other Amel owners.


Re: Spare parts inventory

rbenven44...
 

Hi Vito,<br>After five years, the spare parts I
would recommend are: Propeller shaft seals (need to
replace every 2 years), bow thruster props, light bulbs
for all lights (24V bulbs are harder to find than
12V), autopilot spare parts (my chain broke on the
wheel steering unit), low-stretch line for boom outhaul
(Amel uses Kevlar line, which breaks under bending
stress, replace with Spectra or Vectran), and the pumps
and anodes mentioned in Harmonie's e-mail. Most
everything else is available in most ports, or is not as
critical.<br>Regards, Roy


AMEL MANGO SPECIAL FOR SALE

irvin330...
 

It is special because it was built by the
employees for the owner of Amel, Henri Amel as his personal
yacht. It has so many extras which even new Amels lack.
It is in near perfect condition. It will be ready
for sale in Fort Lauderdale in early April 2002. For
more infomation contact Irvin Harlamert via
email.irvin330@....<br>This is my second Amel


Re: 1993 AMEL Santorin For Sale

galacsea2000...
 

I am sorry I cannot help you. This is original, done by Amel at the time of construction. My only claim to fame is to have maintain her with TLC, the reason she looks new. JP


Re: 1993 AMEL Santorin For Sale

stargazer41amel...
 

I was viewing your website on your Amel. It's a
beautiful vessel. I read your description on the interior
wood and the number of coats of poly/varnish on it. I
am curious ... did you have the interior wood
revarnished? If so did you do it yourself or have it done. My
'86 Sharki could use some work in that area but I am
not quite sure how to deal with the original finish.
Mine has cracked through the years (we are 4th
owners). I just recently did the floor but that was a
different finish on it and I removed it comepletely by
sanding. If anyone else knows how to deal with the
interior finish I would greatly appreciate it. Delores


new sm millenium

kimberlite1212...
 

hi, <br>i am in the final stages of ordering a sm
. any suggestions as to what options to order from
the factory? special order items? must have
items?<br>spares?<br><br>has anyone had the raytheon radar chart plotter
installed bt the factory?<br>thanks<br>eric


Tell us about your trip

asm283...
 

Thank you Ann and Ralph. Tell us about your
circumnavigation, Where did you go? what did you see? How did the
boat perform? What did you like most and least? What
did it cost you to cruise? you dont have to answer
all at
once.<br><br>Thanks<br><br>Vito<br>SM#283<br>Wanderer