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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New Recmndd Autohelm

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Ok thanks. At the bottom of the Controler box is a row of connections. So given you don't get a message or alarm most likely you have a lose or poor power connection. Check take the covers off and check each of the power connections. And do the same with the helm unit. Good luck. 

Fair Winds Smooth Sailing To All
Capt Richard 
RP Yacht Brokerage
Newport RI 
We list sell and service fine yachts including Amel's
Cell 603 767 5330

On Jul 14, 2014, at 9:33, "santorinlo18@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Santorin, Original Autopilot - ST6000?


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New Recmndd Autohelm

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Richard,

It is a Santorin from the subject line of his earlier post about pink spots on the deck.

From the subject line of this email, I assume that he has a Raymarine Autohelm.

From the body of this email, I assume he was talking about the electromagnetic clutch inside a Raymarine drive unit. 

These clutches will wear out with around 3,000 to 5,000 hours. They will fail sooner than later if you put 24VDC to them. 

Raymarine does not make a drive with a 24VDC clutch. All Raymarine drives, even the 24VDC drives have a 12VDC clutch. I have seen experts make this mistake, and I made this mistake. There is either a switch or a movable spade-fuse on the Raymarine Course Computer to select 12 or 24VDC for the clutch. If you have any Raymarine drive, always select 12VDC for the clutch.

Bill
BeBe 387

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM, santorinlo18@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Santorin, Original Autopilot - ST6000?



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New Recmndd Autohelm

Ben "Santorin LO"
 

Santorin, Original Autopilot - ST6000?


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New Recmndd Autohelm

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Hi please identify what boat and what model autopilot you're discussing we need a little more information. 

Fair Winds Smooth Sailing To All
Capt Richard 
RP Yacht Brokerage
Newport RI 
We list sell and service fine yachts including Amel's
Cell 603 767 5330

On Jul 14, 2014, at 9:01, "santorinlo18@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Thanks Ian, Ric and Jacques, As recommended by Ian, the drive unit was inspected and one of the coils has lost its original form, was replaced and now working 100% (did 72hrs blue water sailing and another week coastal with around 100 hrs and not a single time lost course).

For the next ones: Problem symptoms were:
a. Auto pilot stopped working - with little push on the helm started again.
b. Auto pilot stopped working, no alarm sounded and no little push helped.
c. Under pressure (side wind 15 knots or waves on the side under engine) was relatively working ok - I believe this pressure replace the 'little push'.

Coil was relaxed on the drive and 100% performance now.

Good day


Re: New Recmndd Autohelm

Ben "Santorin LO"
 

Thanks Ian, Ric and Jacques, As recommended by Ian, the drive unit was inspected and one of the coils has lost its original form, was replaced and now working 100% (did 72hrs blue water sailing and another week coastal with around 100 hrs and not a single time lost course).
For the next ones: Problem symptoms were:
a. Auto pilot stopped working - with little push on the helm started again.
b. Auto pilot stopped working, no alarm sounded and no little push helped.
c. Under pressure (side wind 15 knots or waves on the side under engine) was relatively working ok - I believe this pressure replace the 'little push'.

Coil was relaxed on the drive and 100% performance now.

Good day


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

Thanks Bill

 

I will try this approach and see if the batter analysis reveals anything.

 

Andrew

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

 

 

It is possible that you can have 1 or 2 bad batteries in the bank that will significantly reduce the available power. I like being able to test them myself, when and where I want to.

 

I bought 13 new Varta brand batteries in June 2011...they are all gone now. The first one developed an internal short after 3 months. This one was easy to find because it was the starter battery and the Onan was not starting from time to time. The next two were gone in 8 months.

 

Bill
BeBe 387

 

On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM, Dr Andrew Lamb andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Bill

 

Many thanks for this suggestion – I would hope the batteries are ok as they are only 18 months old, however I think it is worth checking and in any case it seems like a useful tool to add to the chest.

 

We are hoping to leave for the Balearics at the start of August, we have a mechanical solution for lifting the bow-thruster for now.

 

Hopefully not too many more problems before we leave!

 

Andrew

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:46 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

 

 

Andrew,

 

Sometimes, when it rains it pours!

 

Just a suggestion, when was the last time you had your batteries checked. 

 

I believe that high-amp contacts like solenoids will burn themselves up with low power. Low power may have been a cause of your bow thruster problem. I think you should load test the batteries. I prefer a digital load tester. If you do not have one, you might consider one like this one: 

(http://www.amazon.com/BA7-100-1200-Electronic-Battery-System/dp/B0015PI7A4)...it will pay for itself many times over the first time you need one. Many battery suppliers will use a digital tester with a printout. Most of the time they will do this service free, counting on you buying batteries from them.

 

Be sure that the battery terminals are completely disconnected when testing a battery, and that the tester's alligator clip has made good contact. Disconnect 1 pair of batteries at a time and test each of the pair separately. 

 

Bill

BeBe 387

 

 

On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM, andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I seem to be having the full Amel malfunction experience this month - one of our Furling solenoids has just failed - I would like to have said I read this post in advance and had a spare solenoid switch in a locker but alas not! Nevertheless this post is very helpful and I now have 3 solenoid switches on order from the Toolbox shop.

 

Many thanks Forum

 

Andrew & Kate

 

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

It is possible that you can have 1 or 2 bad batteries in the bank that will significantly reduce the available power. I like being able to test them myself, when and where I want to.

I bought 13 new Varta brand batteries in June 2011...they are all gone now. The first one developed an internal short after 3 months. This one was easy to find because it was the starter battery and the Onan was not starting from time to time. The next two were gone in 8 months.

Bill
BeBe 387


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM, Dr Andrew Lamb andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Bill

 

Many thanks for this suggestion – I would hope the batteries are ok as they are only 18 months old, however I think it is worth checking and in any case it seems like a useful tool to add to the chest.

 

We are hoping to leave for the Balearics at the start of August, we have a mechanical solution for lifting the bow-thruster for now.

 

Hopefully not too many more problems before we leave!

 

Andrew

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:46 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

 

 

Andrew,

 

Sometimes, when it rains it pours!

 

Just a suggestion, when was the last time you had your batteries checked. 

 

I believe that high-amp contacts like solenoids will burn themselves up with low power. Low power may have been a cause of your bow thruster problem. I think you should load test the batteries. I prefer a digital load tester. If you do not have one, you might consider one like this one: 

(http://www.amazon.com/BA7-100-1200-Electronic-Battery-System/dp/B0015PI7A4)...it will pay for itself many times over the first time you need one. Many battery suppliers will use a digital tester with a printout. Most of the time they will do this service free, counting on you buying batteries from them.

 

Be sure that the battery terminals are completely disconnected when testing a battery, and that the tester's alligator clip has made good contact. Disconnect 1 pair of batteries at a time and test each of the pair separately. 

 

Bill

BeBe 387

 

 

On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM, andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I seem to be having the full Amel malfunction experience this month - one of our Furling solenoids has just failed - I would like to have said I read this post in advance and had a spare solenoid switch in a locker but alas not! Nevertheless this post is very helpful and I now have 3 solenoid switches on order from the Toolbox shop.

 

Many thanks Forum

 

Andrew & Kate

 

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Cbr

Veit Mueller <veitm@...>
 

Agreed! THANK YOU to all who helped and organized.
Great to meet you all, and we're having a fantastic sail home!

Cheers,
Veit
SM215 Atman

Sent from my vm iPad

On Jul 13, 2014, at 7:35 AM, "Diane McAneny svshenanigans@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Fantastic rendezvous in St Michaels., MD. 7 boats total. Great time with great people. Thanks to Ric for all your work with dinner and all the goodies. Love the canvas bag with the rendezvous lettering.   And our surprise guest at dinner Joel Potter, so good to spend time with him. Thanks to Mike on Aletes for suggesting the rendezvous. Thanks to my husband Pat for all his time getting this rendezvous together. 
Happy to have met all of you. Hope to see you again. 

Diane Nielsen McAneny



On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:26 PM, "Richard Piller richard03801@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All what a great time had by all the first annual Amel Chesapeake
There were over 25 people in attendance representing about seven or eight boats. A few boats that could not make it were very well represented. Okay good time was had by all. 
Special thanks to organizers Pat  Dian and Ric hey what a wonderful job of getting everybody together. There were specially gigot bags as well door prizes grab bags. 
Very much looking forward to doing it again next year perhaps we can get a few more people it was a blast!  

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jul 12, 2014, at 18:12, "ric@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

Bill

 

Many thanks for this suggestion – I would hope the batteries are ok as they are only 18 months old, however I think it is worth checking and in any case it seems like a useful tool to add to the chest.

 

We are hoping to leave for the Balearics at the start of August, we have a mechanical solution for lifting the bow-thruster for now.

 

Hopefully not too many more problems before we leave!

 

Andrew

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:46 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

 

 

Andrew,

 

Sometimes, when it rains it pours!

 

Just a suggestion, when was the last time you had your batteries checked. 

 

I believe that high-amp contacts like solenoids will burn themselves up with low power. Low power may have been a cause of your bow thruster problem. I think you should load test the batteries. I prefer a digital load tester. If you do not have one, you might consider one like this one: 

(http://www.amazon.com/BA7-100-1200-Electronic-Battery-System/dp/B0015PI7A4)...it will pay for itself many times over the first time you need one. Many battery suppliers will use a digital tester with a printout. Most of the time they will do this service free, counting on you buying batteries from them.

 

Be sure that the battery terminals are completely disconnected when testing a battery, and that the tester's alligator clip has made good contact. Disconnect 1 pair of batteries at a time and test each of the pair separately. 

 

Bill

BeBe 387

 

 

On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM, andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I seem to be having the full Amel malfunction experience this month - one of our Furling solenoids has just failed - I would like to have said I read this post in advance and had a spare solenoid switch in a locker but alas not! Nevertheless this post is very helpful and I now have 3 solenoid switches on order from the Toolbox shop.

 

Many thanks Forum

 

Andrew & Kate

 

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Andrew,

Sometimes, when it rains it pours!

Just a suggestion, when was the last time you had your batteries checked. 

I believe that high-amp contacts like solenoids will burn themselves up with low power. Low power may have been a cause of your bow thruster problem. I think you should load test the batteries. I prefer a digital load tester. If you do not have one, you might consider one like this one: 
(http://www.amazon.com/BA7-100-1200-Electronic-Battery-System/dp/B0015PI7A4)...it will pay for itself many times over the first time you need one. Many battery suppliers will use a digital tester with a printout. Most of the time they will do this service free, counting on you buying batteries from them.

Be sure that the battery terminals are completely disconnected when testing a battery, and that the tester's alligator clip has made good contact. Disconnect 1 pair of batteries at a time and test each of the pair separately. 

Bill
BeBe 387



On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM, andrew.lamb@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I seem to be having the full Amel malfunction experience this month - one of our Furling solenoids has just failed - I would like to have said I read this post in advance and had a spare solenoid switch in a locker but alas not! Nevertheless this post is very helpful and I now have 3 solenoid switches on order from the Toolbox shop.


Many thanks Forum


Andrew & Kate



Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France




Re: Sail furling solenoid

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

I seem to be having the full Amel malfunction experience this month - one of our Furling solenoids has just failed - I would like to have said I read this post in advance and had a spare solenoid switch in a locker but alas not! Nevertheless this post is very helpful and I now have 3 solenoid switches on order from the Toolbox shop.


Many thanks Forum


Andrew & Kate



Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Marina Berths Spain

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

We kept our previous boat at Torredembarra for about 4 years – it is one of the better priced ports on this coast – although they all seem quite expensive in that area . Torredembarra has good facilities and is about 1 hour from Barcelona by train.

 

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:33 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Marina Berths Spain

 

 

Hi Guys

 

We are down in Almerimar Spain and going over to Ibiza. From there we are thinking of returning back to Mainland Spain. Does anyone know of any good (and good value!!) marinas where we could berth a SM from Alicante to Barcelona where we could over-winter please.

 

Regards

 

Malcolm

SM Chou Chou

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Marina Berths Spain

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Hi we have found that where you are in
Almerimar is very good and about the best price we found. You can also try Port Nepolian on the Rhone.

Fair Winds Smooth Sailing To All
Capt Richard
RP Yacht Brokerage
Newport RI
We list sell and service fine yachts including Amel's
Cell 603 767 5330

On Jul 13, 2014, at 8:33, "Malcolm Armitage marmitage73@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Almerimar


Marina Berths Spain

Malcolm Armitage <marmitage73@...>
 

Hi Guys
 
We are down in Almerimar Spain and going over to Ibiza. From there we are thinking of returning back to Mainland Spain. Does anyone know of any good (and good value!!) marinas where we could berth a SM from Alicante to Barcelona where we could over-winter please.
 
Regards
 
Malcolm
SM Chou Chou
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Cbr

Stephanie DiBelardino <stephiedib@...>
 

So sorry I missed all of this but, moreso, I am so happy that y'all had a great time!

Stephanie DiBelardino

On Jul 13, 2014, at 7:35 AM, "Diane McAneny svshenanigans@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Fantastic rendezvous in St Michaels., MD. 7 boats total. Great time with great people. Thanks to Ric for all your work with dinner and all the goodies. Love the canvas bag with the rendezvous lettering.   And our surprise guest at dinner Joel Potter, so good to spend time with him. Thanks to Mike on Aletes for suggesting the rendezvous. Thanks to my husband Pat for all his time getting this rendezvous together. 
Happy to have met all of you. Hope to see you again. 

Diane Nielsen McAneny



On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:26 PM, "Richard Piller richard03801@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All what a great time had by all the first annual Amel Chesapeake
There were over 25 people in attendance representing about seven or eight boats. A few boats that could not make it were very well represented. Okay good time was had by all. 
Special thanks to organizers Pat  Dian and Ric hey what a wonderful job of getting everybody together. There were specially gigot bags as well door prizes grab bags. 
Very much looking forward to doing it again next year perhaps we can get a few more people it was a blast!  

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jul 12, 2014, at 18:12, "ric@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Cbr

karkauai
 

Ditto Dat!!! And thanks to Pat and Diane for putting this together with Ric and hosting the pot luck on their boat yesterday.  I'm already planning on being there next year.

Steady as she goes,
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 13, 2014, at 7:35 AM, "Diane McAneny svshenanigans@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Fantastic rendezvous in St Michaels., MD. 7 boats total. Great time with great people. Thanks to Ric for all your work with dinner and all the goodies. Love the canvas bag with the rendezvous lettering.   And our surprise guest at dinner Joel Potter, so good to spend time with him. Thanks to Mike on Aletes for suggesting the rendezvous. Thanks to my husband Pat for all his time getting this rendezvous together. 
Happy to have met all of you. Hope to see you again. 

Diane Nielsen McAneny



On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:26 PM, "Richard Piller richard03801@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All what a great time had by all the first annual Amel Chesapeake
There were over 25 people in attendance representing about seven or eight boats. A few boats that could not make it were very well represented. Okay good time was had by all. 
Special thanks to organizers Pat  Dian and Ric hey what a wonderful job of getting everybody together. There were specially gigot bags as well door prizes grab bags. 
Very much looking forward to doing it again next year perhaps we can get a few more people it was a blast!  

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jul 12, 2014, at 18:12, "ric@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Cbr

Diane McAneny <svshenanigans@...>
 

Fantastic rendezvous in St Michaels., MD. 7 boats total. Great time with great people. Thanks to Ric for all your work with dinner and all the goodies. Love the canvas bag with the rendezvous lettering.   And our surprise guest at dinner Joel Potter, so good to spend time with him. Thanks to Mike on Aletes for suggesting the rendezvous. Thanks to my husband Pat for all his time getting this rendezvous together. 
Happy to have met all of you. Hope to see you again. 

Diane Nielsen McAneny



On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:26 PM, "Richard Piller richard03801@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All what a great time had by all the first annual Amel Chesapeake
There were over 25 people in attendance representing about seven or eight boats. A few boats that could not make it were very well represented. Okay good time was had by all. 
Special thanks to organizers Pat  Dian and Ric hey what a wonderful job of getting everybody together. There were specially gigot bags as well door prizes grab bags. 
Very much looking forward to doing it again next year perhaps we can get a few more people it was a blast!  

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jul 12, 2014, at 18:12, "ric@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Cbr

Richard Piller <richard03801@...>
 

Hi All what a great time had by all the first annual Amel Chesapeake
There were over 25 people in attendance representing about seven or eight boats. A few boats that could not make it were very well represented. Okay good time was had by all. 
Special thanks to organizers Pat  Dian and Ric hey what a wonderful job of getting everybody together. There were specially gigot bags as well door prizes grab bags. 
Very much looking forward to doing it again next year perhaps we can get a few more people it was a blast!  

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jul 12, 2014, at 18:12, "ric@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Cbr

ric@...
 

Party on 2nd floor of Crab claw with A/C

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bow thruster Linear Actuator

Anne and John Hollamby <annejohnholl@...>
 

 
 

Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bow thruster Linear Actuator
 
Hello Andrew,
Several years ago I made silly mistake which resulted in that motor being totally burnt out.This was a potential disaster as Amel told me that the motor was out of production but Maud managed to find one and sent it to me. When I fitted it I installed a 10 amp fuse in it’s circuit in the connection box and tied some spares onto the box for the next time there might be a problem.
I sent a message to this site advising every one to do the same and so it appears that Amel may have done the same at some stage or that a previous owner of your boat did it.
Fitting the fuse in the wire driving the motor was very simple and i strongly advise all owners to check to see if a fuse has been fitted in their  boat and if not fit one as a matter of urgency. All that is needed is an inline fuse holder and a few 10 amp fuses.
 
                                     Good luck,   Anne and John,  Bali Hai,  SM319,  for sale in Malta.
 
 

Possibly someone with a Super Maramu near #472 could take some photos of the location of the micro switches and post them. I would, but with 387, I fear there were some changes in the almost 3 years of production.
 
Bill
BeBe 387


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM, derickgates@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Andrew,

 

I can tell you from very recent experience that Brava (SM2K #400) has a 10 amp car fuse installed in the linear actuator, and it works.  I had neglected to put up the bow thruster until I was out of the harbor in some swells, and when I tried to bring it up in those conditions there was enough pressure on the bow thruster shaft that the bow thruster's pointed end on the top of the motor jammed against the edge of the receiving cone, thus failing to fully rise and thus not giving me the familiar alarm saying "I am fully up!".   Inspection showed that the bow thruster was jammed, and it would not go up or down.  I shut off the system in short order and slowly returned into the harbor. 

 

Back at a mooring I was able to physically unjam the motor/shaft by looping a line around the shaft near the top (pointed end) and pulling really hard.  The up/down controlls still did not work.  I then examined the "black box" (linear actuator) by taking off the 4 cover screws and found that the 10 amp car fuse had blown.  Natually I did not have any spares aboard, so a crew member shorted the fuse with a small piece of wire and voila the bow thruster once again went up and down!

 

So under certain circumstances like my jam, the 10 amp fuse does serve a function to avoid burning out the motor that raises and lowers the bow thruster.  It is not clear to me why your 10 amp fuse failed to protect your motor.  Am I correct that you tested the fuse for electrical continuity and not just by visual inspection?   Please do keep the rest of us informed of your progress in understanding the system.

 

Derick

SM2K #400 Brava

On the hard in Antigua