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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast

amelforme
 

Hello Mr. Macdonald. I have been selling Amel boats for Amel on this side of
the Atlantic for more than thirty years. Here are some insights I hope you
can find useful. Saint Augustine is the first real city established by the
early European explorers in what later became the United States. It is a
very interesting place, quite charming, and everyone I know who has passed
through there has wonderful things to say about it. Most folks stay longer
than they intended initially just because they enjoyed it so much. Cape
Canaveral has some things to recommend it but between the two, Saint
Augustine would be my first choice. Both is better.



Your SM 53 is not Intracostal friendly and in many places it is unusable
there. Bridge heights lower than your 65'3" ,plus antenna, in several spots.
The charted depth is quite a bit thinner than projected in most places as
funding for dredging has been inconsistent, especially in the last decade.
Only about 10% of the Intracostal is interesting, the rest is desolate
,which can have a beauty all its own, or else it is industrial. The 'Dismal
Swamp' in the desolate part is aptly named. The commercial watermen who use
'The Ditch' ,as it is called, mainly barely tolerate yachtsmen and often are
resentful for you 'getting in their way on their waterway' and the source
of their income. You can only run safely during daylight hours in most
places which limits you to 70-90 miles daily, not including unscheduled
waits for bridges that don't open on time and getting yourself unstuck when
running aground. As one of my Amel clients said after doing the Intracostal,
"I would prefer to wait until I get older and need a trawler yacht with no
mast and more reasonable draft before I ever do it again."



Other than that, I rarely have much of an opinion about anything.



Good luck with your adventure!





Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE AMEL GUY

954 462 5869





From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com0-90 mile days
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:52 AM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast





Alexander and all,

Thanks for the post re: marinas on the East Coast and for your reply to Ron
and Ineke. I intend to sail from the Bahamas to the East Coast by late March
on my Maramu #253 and enter the intracoastal waterway with a view to sailing
as far up North as time permits (probably crossing the Atlantic by mid- or
end of May). I would like to avoid southern Florida, Miami and the Fort
Lauderdale area (crowded, expensive to all accounts) and rather hit the
coast someway further North like Cape Canaveral or St Augustine even. Any
advice?

Charles Macdonald

Sailboat Inuit


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] East Coast

Charles MacDonald <c.macdonald@...>
 

Paul and Susan,
My Maramu is 17m in hight and 1.8 m in depth. this seems OK for all bridges in the waterway. A Supermaramu would probably not fit the requirements,
Charles



  

On 24 Jan, 2015, at 6:18 PM, Paul LaFrance pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Charles
We looked at the inter coastal waterway and determined that we were too deep and our mast too high to make a transit. We went outside.
Paul & Susan LaFrance
SV NOMAD #362
Currently in ST Martin


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:51:49 +0100
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast

 
Alexander and all,
Thanks for the post re: marinas on the East Coast and for your reply to Ron and Ineke. I intend to sail from the Bahamas to the East Coast by late March on my Maramu #253 and enter the intracoastal waterway with a view to sailing as far up North as time permits (probably crossing the Atlantic by mid- or end of May). I would like to avoid southern Florida, Miami and the Fort Lauderdale area (crowded, expensive to all accounts) and rather hit the coast someway further North like Cape Canaveral or St Augustine even. Any advice?
Charles Macdonald
Sailboat Inuit




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast

Paul LaFrance <pflafrance@...>
 

Charles
We looked at the inter coastal waterway and determined that we were too deep and our mast too high to make a transit. We went outside.
Paul & Susan LaFrance
SV NOMAD #362
Currently in ST Martin


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:51:49 +0100
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast

 
Alexander and all,
Thanks for the post re: marinas on the East Coast and for your reply to Ron and Ineke. I intend to sail from the Bahamas to the East Coast by late March on my Maramu #253 and enter the intracoastal waterway with a view to sailing as far up North as time permits (probably crossing the Atlantic by mid- or end of May). I would like to avoid southern Florida, Miami and the Fort Lauderdale area (crowded, expensive to all accounts) and rather hit the coast someway further North like Cape Canaveral or St Augustine even. Any advice?
Charles Macdonald
Sailboat Inuit


Re: East Coast

Charles MacDonald <c.macdonald@...>
 

Alexander and all,
Thanks for the post re: marinas on the East Coast and for your reply to Ron and Ineke. I intend to sail from the Bahamas to the East Coast by late March on my Maramu #253 and enter the intracoastal waterway with a view to sailing as far up North as time permits (probably crossing the Atlantic by mid- or end of May). I would like to avoid southern Florida, Miami and the Fort Lauderdale area (crowded, expensive to all accounts) and rather hit the coast someway further North like Cape Canaveral or St Augustine even. Any advice?
Charles Macdonald
Sailboat Inuit


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

I agree with Bill and this was my experience on our last boat, I would not buy a wind generator again – it generated quite a bit of noise and vibration but not a worthwhile amount of electricity.

 

Andrew

 

Ronpische

SM2k 472

Canet en Roussillion, France

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 3:43 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

 

 

Gary,

All I can tell you is that the vast majority of wind gen owners tell me that they wish that they had invested in more solar rather than wind.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
sent from my tablet

On Jan 24, 2015 5:55 AM, "bozocinq@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I am thinking of adding a wind generator. Looking for recommendations on Brand/model generator to look at.

 

Thank you,

Gary

Bozo Cinq, S/V 44 AMEL 54


Re: Mizzenstaysail

webercardio@...
 

Until now I couldn´t find  the right length for the spinnaker sleeve for the mizzenstaysail - I measured aprox. 14 meter from top of the mizzen to the fix point on drawings, so I think 13 meter should be right ?
While looking in the internet I found a nice address, showing and comparing Amel 54.
Yacht Design and Naval Architecture. Dublin, Ireland. Hydrostatics, Lines Plan, Yacht Surveys

  No help for my question, but  nice.

Wolfgang Weber SY ELISE,  Amel 54 # 162


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Gary,

All I can tell you is that the vast majority of wind gen owners tell me that they wish that they had invested in more solar rather than wind.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
sent from my tablet

On Jan 24, 2015 5:55 AM, "bozocinq@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I am thinking of adding a wind generator. Looking for recommendations on Brand/model generator to look at.


Thank you,

Gary

Bozo Cinq, S/V 44 AMEL 54


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wintering Berth in Malta, Crete or Cyprus

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Gerhard,

When you rent the car in South Cyprus, make sure that the car is also allowed in North. Cyprus (Turkish Republic of North Cyprus). It may cost a little more. Also, when you cross the border to the TRNC, you probably will need to buy 3rd party liability insurance...this is available at the border. This is more of an inconvenience than a problem or expense. Email Deniz for up-to-date information.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
sent from my tablet

On Jan 24, 2015 1:40 AM, "pepinoamel" <no_reply@...> wrote:
 

Dear Ann-Sofie, Peter, Bill & Ian,

Thanks for your replies.

Ann-Sofie & Peter - we have friends in Agios Nikolaos and everybody reports good things except the surge that seems to be pretty bad in northerlies.  The question is is it just uncomfortable or is it unsafe?  We'll try to have a look during our Summer cruise.

Bill - We'll have a look at Kapaz Gate Marina on our trip to Cyprus next week.

Ian - We'll be in Cyprus from 30 Jan. to 4 Feb.  Unfortunately we'll just miss you. We'll have a look at the marina and hope we'll get some info when we're there.


Anyone with info regarding marinas in Malta?


Thanks again,


Gerhard

Pepino, SM381

Chalkis, Evia

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] refrigerator/freezer access

Mark Erdos
 

Whadoyaknow! I stumped the master guru J





With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us



From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 6:08 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] refrigerator/freezer access





Mark,



Stumped...I have not serviced that one. Please document it for us.



Bill

BeBe 387

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@gmail.com
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



I am servicing the 2nd optional refrigerator/freezer under the dinette seat.
This is the one that is located under the most forward seat (backing onto
the forward head). I am having trouble figuring out how to get full access.
All I have is a 1 ft square panel that lifts out.



On the other unit, the seat bottom lifts up and it is easy to access the AC
and refrigerator/freezer units. It there a way of taking up the seat bottom
on the other side to access the 2nd unit more easily. I can see some screws
in the mahogany wood paneling that wraps the unit/seat. I have removed these
but it looks like the wood is glued.



Is there a better way to access this unit?







With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
 

Hi Gary
As Jean-Pierre says, a wind gen is not producing much during a downwind sail. But at anchor it produces electricity both day and night.

We have 390 W solarpanels on top of our cockpit roof, and we have 2x100 W as mobile panels hanging on our rail when at anchor.
Toghether with our Silent Wind 400 wind generator we only run the diesel generator 2,5 hour a day and then our batteries are top loaded. A very windy and sunny day we keep our batteries top loaded with only naturall power. We could reduce the running time with one hour but then we have problems with producing water. We have been able to run the watermaker without using the diesel gen but the quality of the water was became not as good as we want it.

We have had our wind gen for 13 months, during the two first weeks of 2015 our wind gen produced more power than during the whole 2014. Yes it was very windy! Meaning in total it has produced some 500 Ah during those 13 months.

We have the wind gen mounted on a pole at starboard aft side. 


Regards
Annsofie & Jonas
S/Y Lady Annila, SM232
Present at Bequia, Caribbean



Skickat från min iPad

24 jan 2015 kl. 08:22 skrev "Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Hello Gary,


We wanted to add a wind gen but upon investigation, as a RTW is done downwind, a wind generator is unlikely to produce much lecky bits during sailing.  Instead, as we'll be in largely sunny climes, we opted for solar panels mounted on a gantry which incorporates davits.  Looks OK too.

GL with your fitment.


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM 007



On 24 Jan 2015, at 12:55, bozocinq@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I am thinking of adding a wind generator. Looking for recommendations on Brand/model generator to look at.


Thank you,

Gary

Bozo Cinq, S/V 44 AMEL 54





Re: Wind Generator

eljaroellinghoff@...
 

http://www.svb.de/de/silentwind-generator.html#more_info

I Think this is verry good and produce verry smal
Viberationen

Reguards Elja

Amel Euro 39


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hello Gary,

We wanted to add a wind gen but upon investigation, as a RTW is done downwind, a wind generator is unlikely to produce much lecky bits during sailing.  Instead, as we'll be in largely sunny climes, we opted for solar panels mounted on a gantry which incorporates davits.  Looks OK too.

GL with your fitment.


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM 007



On 24 Jan 2015, at 12:55, bozocinq@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I am thinking of adding a wind generator. Looking for recommendations on Brand/model generator to look at.


Thank you,

Gary

Bozo Cinq, S/V 44 AMEL 54





Wind Generator

bozocinq@...
 

I am thinking of adding a wind generator. Looking for recommendations on Brand/model generator to look at.


Thank you,

Gary

Bozo Cinq, S/V 44 AMEL 54


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wintering Berth in Malta, Crete or Cyprus

pepinoamel <no_reply@...>
 

Dear Ann-Sofie, Peter, Bill & Ian,

Thanks for your replies.

Ann-Sofie & Peter - we have friends in Agios Nikolaos and everybody reports good things except the surge that seems to be pretty bad in northerlies.  The question is is it just uncomfortable or is it unsafe?  We'll try to have a look during our Summer cruise.

Bill - We'll have a look at Kapaz Gate Marina on our trip to Cyprus next week.

Ian - We'll be in Cyprus from 30 Jan. to 4 Feb.  Unfortunately we'll just miss you. We'll have a look at the marina and hope we'll get some info when we're there.


Anyone with info regarding marinas in Malta?


Thanks again,


Gerhard

Pepino, SM381

Chalkis, Evia

 


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Eric Freedman
 


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Eric Freedman
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] refrigerator/freezer access

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Mark,

Stumped...I have not serviced that one. Please document it for us.

Bill
BeBe 387

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I am servicing the 2nd optional refrigerator/freezer under the dinette seat. This is the one that is located under the most forward seat (backing onto the forward head). I am having trouble figuring out how to get full access. All I have is a 1 ft square panel that lifts out.

 

On the other unit, the seat bottom lifts up and it is easy to access the AC and refrigerator/freezer units. It there a way of taking up the seat bottom on the other side to access the 2nd unit more easily. I can see some screws in the mahogany wood paneling that wraps the unit/seat. I have removed these but it looks like the wood is glued.

 

Is there a better way to access this unit?

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Shroud Covers

Peter Forbes
 

Own the Bistro opposite Harrods - i wish - i was a simple aircraft engineer.
Peter Forbes
0044 7836 209730
Carango  Sailing Ketch
Amel 54 #035
Gouvia Marina - CORFU, Greece

On 23 Jan 2015, at 20:36, Ian Shepherd sv_freespirit@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Gliding instructor and yearly scuba diving in the Red Sea too Peter! Not class. Maybe a misspent youth perhaps. Did I meet you once? Did you own The Bistro opposite Harrods?

Ian and Judy - Thank you very much for the tip. I too would appreciate the contact details of your rigger when convenient.

Regards

Ian Shepherd SM414 Crusader Cyprus
  

On 23/01/2015 16:45, Peter Forbes ppsforbes@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:
 

Ian,


Thank you.

Wow skiing and yachting - what class!

Peter
Peter Forbes
0044 7836 209730
Carango  Sailing Ketch
Amel 54 #035
Gouvia Marina - CORFU, Greece

On 23 Jan 2015, at 16:43, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Peter,  Happy New Year to you too. We will not be back in Gouvia till end April and my chum is skiing at the moment but In will get the details from him and come back to you. Ian


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:02 +0000
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Shroud Covers



Ian and Judy,

Happy New Year - I hope you had a good Christmas.

I would much appreciate the contact details of the good rigger in Gouvia.

We will be back there in April and leaving for RTW in May.

Peter
Peter Forbes
0044 7836 209730
Carango  Sailing Ketch
Amel 54 #035
Gouvia Marina - CORFU, Greece

On 23 Jan 2015, at 16:35, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Ian,   In case you are looking for other suggestions, I mention a rigger in Gouvia marina, Corfu, who took infinite pains to sort out the tension on the  Selden rig of a Najad 55 belonging to a very experienced friend of mine who has six Atlantic crossings under his belt. He was very impressed with their skills and prices.
   Ian and Judy, Pen Azen SM 302, Gouvia


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:43:17 +0000
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Shroud Covers



Thank Kent.

I hear that there are trustworthy riggers in Malta which is probably where I will head when the time comes. I was figuring on £10,000 which is close to your figure. I hope they greased the forestay roller à la Amel!

Ian SM414 Crusader

On 22/01/2015 20:33, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:
 
Hi, Ian,
Yes, I had all the standing rigging changed.  Acmo supplied the cable and fittings, all metric.  I also had an SSB antenna built into the starbord backstay.
2/3 of the $16000 bill was labor.  If I were to do it now, I'd do it myself and save $11K.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


 








Hi Kent,

thanks for the info. I too have discolouration above the compression fittings. I have treated them with Corrosion Block in the hope it may stem the rot. It could help the wire to pull out too!

It looks like 13-15 years might be a good time. What about the forestay? Did you change it too?

Regards

Ian Shepherd SM414 Crusader (2003) Cyprus

 
Hi Ian.
I changed mine at 13 years old. No obvious signs of corrosion but rust tint showing at the lower ends of all the shrouds at the fittings.
When they were removed I had them cut the compression fittings apart on two of them.  Found significant corrosion on both of the cables under the fittings.

If you are headed offshore I'd be thinking about changing them.

Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jan 2, 2015, at 6:25 AM, Ian Shepherd sv_freespirit@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Hi Mark and Richard,

your comments are received with much interest. I have taken a good look at my rigging and there certainly is a gooey coating between the strands though no obvious signs of corrosion, at least on the outside. I will make a point to give them all a good scrub and power wash this spring.

This leads me on to another question. When have owners changed their standing rigging? Crusader is coming up to 12 years old but has only sailed 25,000 nms. There seems to be no signs of corrosion around the bottle screw junctions and I always inspect before every sail. I have seen Amels with broken strands twice, and both were on the main mast lowers.

Does anyone have some sound advice on how to tell when it's time to renew?

Ian Shepherd SM414 Crusader Cyprus

On 29/12/2014 16:14, Richard03801 richard03801@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:
 
Hi Mark when we removed ours the wire was full of salt and dirt. It took a while to gently flushed the stuff off with Joy dish soap and water.  Never! Will we cover them again.
Hey HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL !!!!

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 Dec 29, 2014, at 10:57, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Not wishing to open a can of worms here but, I was recently at a workshop on rigging. I was told, one of the worst things to do on stainless steel rigging was to cover it (especially with plastic). This traps salt water in the porous stainless metal and accelerates corrosion. 

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] 
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2014 8:37 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Shroud Covers

I have found a source of split plastic shroud covers in the UK. 
http://www.piplers.co.uk/chandlery/rope-and-rigging/wire-rigging/stainless-steel-carbine-hooks-with-key-lock

They are drainpipe white in colour and cost €2 each. They will deliver 
outside the UK to Europe for an approximate cost of £6 fixed charge up 
to 10 kgs in weight.

The length is 1.8 metres which is the same as the originals from Amel.

I hope that this of use.

Ian Shepherd SM2K 414 Crusader (2003) Cyprus

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refrigerator/freezer access

Mark Erdos
 

I am servicing the 2nd optional refrigerator/freezer under the dinette seat. This is the one that is located under the most forward seat (backing onto the forward head). I am having trouble figuring out how to get full access. All I have is a 1 ft square panel that lifts out.

 

On the other unit, the seat bottom lifts up and it is easy to access the AC and refrigerator/freezer units. It there a way of taking up the seat bottom on the other side to access the 2nd unit more easily. I can see some screws in the mahogany wood paneling that wraps the unit/seat. I have removed these but it looks like the wood is glued.

 

Is there a better way to access this unit?

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mainmast Spreader Downlight Fixture

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

By the sound of it UV strikes again. Time for a new LED light. 

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 Jan 23, 2015, at 15:46, derickgates@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I recently found my spreader downlight dangling from the fixture, with two parts of the fixture on the deck.  The two parts on the deck were a plastic locking ring and a silicone gasket.  When I went up the mast to replace these parts, it appeared that I was missing a piece to the puzzle, in that the outer locking ring would attach to what was remaining of the fixture on the mast, but there was no way to use the silicone gasket to afix the bulb back into the fixture.  I am wondering if anyone has already dealt with a similar problem, and knows where to get a replacement fixture or parts.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Derick Gates

SM2K #400 Brava

Currently in Sapphire Beach Marina, St. Thomas, USVI

(but I am back in Massachusetts)