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Eric of Kimberlite: Retention Ring for AquaSignal deck Light

Derick Gates SM2K #400 Brava
 

Eric of Kimberlite,

 

In July of 2010 you posted the following regarding the retention ring for the foredeck mast light fixture made by AquaSignal:

 

"The foredeck light retaining ring is available from Aqua Signal.

Here is a note I received from Aqua Signal.

Could someone add this to the parts data list on the Amel webdsite.

Fair Winds

Eric

Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite



Good afternoon,

We do not sell direct but the retaining ring can be ordered through your
regular Aqua Signal provider.

p/n 80510-1 Black Locking Ring w/Gasket for Spreader Light

p/n 80515-1 White Locking Ring w/Gasket for Spreader Light



Thank you and kind regards,

Shari Severson

Inside Sales

Aqua Signal Corp.

1125 Alexander Court

Cary, IL 60013

P: (847) 639-6412 x103

F: (847) 639-7047

E: sseverson@...


 

My question is: did you obtain this retention ring and did it work in your deck light fixture? 

 

Thanks,

 

Derick

 

Brava, SM2k #400


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] marinas in Florida

Mark Erdos
 

If you plan to leave your boat in Florida, there is no real safe place in the summer. The upper west coast (St Pete area) is safer than the lower east coast. The pan handle is a hot zone for hurricanes. The upper east coast is safer than the lower east coast.

·       If I needed to leave our vessel for an extended period of time, I would seriously consider doing what we did when we purchased the boat. I would find a place as far as possible up the New River in Ft Lauderdale and tie in a canal behind a private home. Someone such as Steve Leeds (circumnavigators “at” gmail “dot” com)  could help you find a place and care take your vessel. When we did this our cost was under $1,000 per month with Steve on the vessel every week. The caveat to this plan is the City of Ft. Lauderdale has an ordinance that prevents you sleeping on your vessel.

With best regards,



Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 12:45 PM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] marinas in Florida

 

One of you listed several marinas in Florida with comments. I cannot find it anymore in my mail. could you kindly resend it?

The question I have, now that the waterway plan is out, is: Where in Florida would it be no too expensive and safe  to leave the boat? Any suggestion?

Charles Macdonald

Maramu Inuit


marinas in Florida

Charles MacDonald <c.macdonald@...>
 

One of you listed several marinas in Florida with comments. I cannot find it anymore in my mail. could you kindly resend it?
The question I have, now that the waterway plan is out, is: Where in Florida would it be no too expensive and safe  to leave the boat? Any suggestion?
Charles Macdonald
Maramu Inuit


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

n33077@...
 

On my Sharki I have a solar panel 45W (?) prop generator, and a wind generator that were factory installed when she was built in 1988.  since Msr. Amel went to the Santorin, Maramu's etc, the Sharki was protoype for for self sufficiency.   Thus far, in the 9 months I have owned my boat I have had no troubles with getting GO juice whilst under sail or away from the dock.  Between the three, I seem to be able to meet my electrical needs.  

No one system is better over the other; combined they provide a more comprehensive solution to electrical generation.  Yes I would like to add larger solar panels, but this may prove impractical.  For now the combined systems seem to be enough for me. 

I did replace my batteries with AGM's and a new Batt charger.  650 AMP hrs are available. That said, Amel's are anything but energy misers. 

Just my observations thus far....

Aras
S/V FIASCO
#163 Sharki


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast of the US

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Most welcome.

Yes compare to Port Lucaya in Grand Bahama, quite expensive…
Just like you I stay by the month on Marinas.
I am thinking coming back in the Summer (which is the lower season) and actually visit (while I am not here mostly for maintenance and repairs).
Also, electricity (for the air conditioning) is much cheaper in Florida 0.12$/kwh compare to the Bahamas 0.60$/kwh

Hope we meet!
Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Dania Beach, Florida, USA


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On Sun, 1/25/15, Ron Heyselaar ronheyselaar@gmail.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast of the US
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 1:52 PM


 









Thanks Alexander. Very helpful information and
thanks for sharing your research with us. The prices are
indeed quite stiff. Maybe I would follow the lead Joel
Potter mentioned by going higher and skipping Ft Lauderdale.
Can always visit the Miami based friends by car after
all!
Thanks and all the
best,

Ron
& Ineke, 
S/Y LILY, Basseterre, St Kitts

















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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Wind Generator

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
 

Yes it is. As I also mentioned, we have been in a complet wind less area for about 5 months, so the 1100 is for like 8 months. 

The first two weeks of January 2015 we had an input from the wind gen of approx 500 Ah!

We don't totaly rely of the wind gen power, it is just to put some extra A in during nights and cloudy days when the wind hope fully blows.

Our consumption during 24 hours is about 130-140 Ah, and we have only LED lamps, have changed two (of three) compressors to water cooled, installed bigger pressure tanks to avoid the fresh water pump to run to often. Mounted an on/off switch on the inverter so we runs that only when we need it. I think we have done as much as we can to lower the power consumption on board. The unit with highest power consumption we have today is our fridge in the galley, and that compressor is to be replaced to a water cooled as well.

Regards
Annsofie
S/Y Lady Annila SM 232.

Skickat från min iPad

25 jan 2015 kl. 23:06 skrev "sail2live@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Ann-Sofie:  Thanks for the tip about the pipe insulation.  I'm not sure I will be able to install it in our pipe without a bit of difficulty but if that works, it will be worth the effort.  But 1100 AH in 13 months does not sound like very much juice.  We use that much power in less than 10 days.  Is that the correct number?

Curt Epperson 
S/V Languedoc


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hello Alan,

I considered a shaft generator as well as Solar.  I concluded that the constant rotation of the dual 90 degree drive gearbox was too much wear and tear on this very expensive component.

I went to Emek Marine and they are installing an identical system to Bill Rouse’s Bébé on Eleuthera.

Having seen it in person, it looks lovely and sturdy… plus though the boat is on the hard under trees, it still keeps the batteries fully charged.  I expect good results at sea.

:-)


Jean-Pierre Germain,
Eleuthera, SM 007

On 26 Jan 2015, at 00:09, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

We don't have a prop generator, I think this was stopped this with SM2000 ??

Alan
SV Elyse SM437




Re: Wind Generator

curtepp
 

Ann-Sofie:  Thanks for the tip about the pipe insulation.  I'm not sure I will be able to install it in our pipe without a bit of difficulty but if that works, it will be worth the effort.  But 1100 AH in 13 months does not sound like very much juice.  We use that much power in less than 10 days.  Is that the correct number?

Curt Epperson 
S/V Languedoc


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
 

We have, on two previous, occasions designed and had built really sturdy and good looking davit arches here in Australia with both 3 solar panels (only 80W each in those days) and twin AirX wind generators. These were really noisy and our plan was to go with the SuperWind if nothing better comes along in the interim.

Alan, we will contact Rizza to see the cost of delivering one of those nice arches that Bill installed to Brisbane, Australia too. Previously I had thought the freight would make it not competitively priced in our part of the world however, since you are getting it delivered all the way down there perhaps I was wrong. Are these sturdy enough to lift a 3.1m aluminium bottom rubber ducky with 15HP motor on? We had this ability before and it was so handy when in smooth waters.

Thanks for the excellent rubber mounting top idea Danny. 

Fair winds

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, 2001 sm#332
Mackay, Australia

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

We don't have a prop generator, I think this was stopped this with SM2000 ??

Alan
SV Elyse SM437




--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Alan Leslie
 

We don't have a prop generator, I think this was stopped this with SM2000 ??
Alan
SV Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Prop Shaft Electrolysis

karkauai
 

Hi Mike,
I just got this from one of the real Amel gurus.  Don't know if significant, but I know that the start solenoid on the Yanmar is different from the old Volvo.
Whatchathink?
Kent


On Jan 25, 2015, at 7:00 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

Wow!  I don't have a clue about the start solenoid, Bill.  The 24v alternator and wiring are the same ones that were on the boat when I bought it in 2008...I assume they were original but don't know for certain.  I'll pass this on to the electrician who is working with me.

Thanks!!!
Kent


On Jan 25, 2015, at 9:02 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Kent,

I thought the engine was isolated from the frame by the motor mounts, but I am not on the boat and cannot verify that.

When they repowered your boat did they isolate the 12 volt ground with a negative start solenoid? Also, the alternator would have to be for an isolated ground. Is the large alternator originalnwith original wiring. Is it an isolated ground? These are some things that your electrician should be looking at.

I have a friend who added a large Balmor alternator to his Bavaria. He forgot to specify isolated ground. Within about two years his sail drive had to be replaced because electrolysis had eaten it up.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
sent from my tablet

On Jan 24, 2015 10:49 PM, "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Aha!  OK, that makes sense Alan.  Back to the salt mines.
Kent


On Jan 24, 2015, at 11:08 PM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Yes ...you are right...sorry...but if the engine itself is connected to the ground bonding system then the angle irons don't need to be as they are connected to the engine.

Sorry for the incorrect information (the result is the same )...I;ll try to do better next time !!

opening all the DC breakers only disconnects the +ve feed, the negative is still connected to the appliances.
You may need to disconnect the negatives one at a time to find the leak.

Cheers
Alan
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Prop Shaft Electrolysis

karkauai
 

Wow!  I don't have a clue about the start solenoid, Bill.  The 24v alternator and wiring are the same ones that were on the boat when I bought it in 2008...I assume they were original but don't know for certain.  I'll pass this on to the electrician who is working with me.

Thanks!!!
Kent


On Jan 25, 2015, at 9:02 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Kent,

I thought the engine was isolated from the frame by the motor mounts, but I am not on the boat and cannot verify that.

When they repowered your boat did they isolate the 12 volt ground with a negative start solenoid? Also, the alternator would have to be for an isolated ground. Is the large alternator originalnwith original wiring. Is it an isolated ground? These are some things that your electrician should be looking at.

I have a friend who added a large Balmor alternator to his Bavaria. He forgot to specify isolated ground. Within about two years his sail drive had to be replaced because electrolysis had eaten it up.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
sent from my tablet

On Jan 24, 2015 10:49 PM, "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Aha!  OK, that makes sense Alan.  Back to the salt mines.
Kent


On Jan 24, 2015, at 11:08 PM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Yes ...you are right...sorry...but if the engine itself is connected to the ground bonding system then the angle irons don't need to be as they are connected to the engine.

Sorry for the incorrect information (the result is the same )...I;ll try to do better next time !!

opening all the DC breakers only disconnects the +ve feed, the negative is still connected to the appliances.
You may need to disconnect the negatives one at a time to find the leak.

Cheers
Alan
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Chris Flack
 

Hi All,

I am very interested in this discussion also and wonder why the prop generator hasn't been mentioned. On Hemera it begins working at about 4 knots.

I admit I still don't know all the workings and still find out more each day, especially reading this forum.

Cheers
Chris
Hemera SM031

Sent from my android device.


-----Original Message-----
From: "Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

 

Hi watching the solar V/S wind debate with interest. We were fortunate in that when we bought Ocean Pearl she had a spear on top of the mizzen for a wind generator.(but no wind generator) so that settled the site.  Second good fortune we were at the Annapolis boat show when we were looking so we went around all the stands and saw all the options. We chose the most expensive (x2 of some models) A 350 watt Super Wind (German Made) Self feathering blades so it would survive in extreme winds, super quiet, yet designed for remote shore locations where servicing would be difficult. We made the necessary mods to the spear, bolted it back to the top of the Mizzen with a thick rubber pad under it and ran a very heavy cable to the batteries to minimize voltage drop. Result superb. We quite literally never hear it. However it must be done right. Leave off the rubber between the spear and the mizzen and an unbearable thrum will  enter the stern cabin (as a friend with a mizzen mounted unpadded installation attested). Buy a cheap model and get what you pay for, noise, vibration but at least when it flies to pieces in a gale being so high up the bits may miss you.
Wind V/S solar. As Colin Streeter said we have rail mounted panels and are very happy with them.
Generally when we are living on board if conditions are unfavorable we run the gen set about an hour a day, may be two sometimes. Favorable conditions we don't need the gen set.
Gales tend to be cloudy, fine weather light winded, I like to have both.
The generator provides very little below 10 knots apparent wind, reasonable at 15, but 20 knots and above it pumps it in. 15 to 20 knots is pretty usual in trade wind anchorages.
So if you go wind, buy the right unit, install it correctly in the best location and I think you will be pretty happy. Do it wrong and you will be disappointed.

Repeat myself, don't expect any significant input below 10knots apparent wind, expect very good 20 knots and up. (I know there are some units that proclaim good light air output but I believe they are vulnerable in strong winds)
Cheers to you all and wishing you all a fantastic year of sailing your awesome Amel  wherever you are.
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
 

From: "Jean-Pierre Germain jgermain@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Monday, 26 January 2015 7:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

 
Hi gang,

We are having solar/davits installed now. 

Same setup as per Bill (the Guru) Rouse. We expect 405w from 3 panels... Apparently good enough for 2 days at anchor without genset 

Check for photos in the files

Cheers

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM007





On 25 Jan 2015, at 15:50, Colin Streeter colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Hi Alan

Would be interested to see how you will be fitting 540W of solar panels on Elyse? We do not yet have davits but have always installed these on all previous cruising boats so will be doing that sometime soon too. Our plan was to fit panels on both the davit arch and on the side rails similar to what Danny had done on his rails. Will be most interested to see a picture of what you have done when complete.

Agree with all the comments here about solar vs wind gens from past experience, however I am likely to watch the advancements in wind gen technology till just ahead of our mid 2017 planned departure date, as we certainly did enjoy the additional power source from those on previous boats, especially on windy nights. 

Fair winds

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, 2001 SM#332
Mackay, Australia

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Agree absolutely, we have a D400 mounted on a pole on the port aft corner.
The only time I noticed any benefit from it was on the way to Tahiti in 40+ knot winds.
Otherwise it contributes almost nothing.
540W of solar panels are being installed next week.

Cheers
Alan 
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour



--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi watching the solar V/S wind debate with interest. We were fortunate in that when we bought Ocean Pearl she had a spear on top of the mizzen for a wind generator.(but no wind generator) so that settled the site.  Second good fortune we were at the Annapolis boat show when we were looking so we went around all the stands and saw all the options. We chose the most expensive (x2 of some models) A 350 watt Super Wind (German Made) Self feathering blades so it would survive in extreme winds, super quiet, yet designed for remote shore locations where servicing would be difficult. We made the necessary mods to the spear, bolted it back to the top of the Mizzen with a thick rubber pad under it and ran a very heavy cable to the batteries to minimize voltage drop. Result superb. We quite literally never hear it. However it must be done right. Leave off the rubber between the spear and the mizzen and an unbearable thrum will  enter the stern cabin (as a friend with a mizzen mounted unpadded installation attested). Buy a cheap model and get what you pay for, noise, vibration but at least when it flies to pieces in a gale being so high up the bits may miss you.
Wind V/S solar. As Colin Streeter said we have rail mounted panels and are very happy with them.
Generally when we are living on board if conditions are unfavorable we run the gen set about an hour a day, may be two sometimes. Favorable conditions we don't need the gen set.
Gales tend to be cloudy, fine weather light winded, I like to have both.
The generator provides very little below 10 knots apparent wind, reasonable at 15, but 20 knots and above it pumps it in. 15 to 20 knots is pretty usual in trade wind anchorages.
So if you go wind, buy the right unit, install it correctly in the best location and I think you will be pretty happy. Do it wrong and you will be disappointed.

Repeat myself, don't expect any significant input below 10knots apparent wind, expect very good 20 knots and up. (I know there are some units that proclaim good light air output but I believe they are vulnerable in strong winds)
Cheers to you all and wishing you all a fantastic year of sailing your awesome Amel  wherever you are.
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
 


From: "Jean-Pierre Germain jgermain@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: "amelyachtowners@..."
Sent: Monday, 26 January 2015 7:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

 
Hi gang,

We are having solar/davits installed now. 

Same setup as per Bill (the Guru) Rouse. We expect 405w from 3 panels... Apparently good enough for 2 days at anchor without genset 

Check for photos in the files

Cheers

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM007





On 25 Jan 2015, at 15:50, Colin Streeter colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Hi Alan

Would be interested to see how you will be fitting 540W of solar panels on Elyse? We do not yet have davits but have always installed these on all previous cruising boats so will be doing that sometime soon too. Our plan was to fit panels on both the davit arch and on the side rails similar to what Danny had done on his rails. Will be most interested to see a picture of what you have done when complete.

Agree with all the comments here about solar vs wind gens from past experience, however I am likely to watch the advancements in wind gen technology till just ahead of our mid 2017 planned departure date, as we certainly did enjoy the additional power source from those on previous boats, especially on windy nights. 

Fair winds

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, 2001 SM#332
Mackay, Australia

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Agree absolutely, we have a D400 mounted on a pole on the port aft corner.
The only time I noticed any benefit from it was on the way to Tahiti in 40+ knot winds.
Otherwise it contributes almost nothing.
540W of solar panels are being installed next week.

Cheers
Alan 
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour



--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Colin,
Long time no hear...
I'm putting an arch on Elyse, just like Bill's, made by Riza in Turkey. The top frame is sized to take the three panels side by side.
I'll post some pictures when its done.
Cheers
Alan
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: East Coast of the US

Eric Freedman
 


Re: East Coast of the US

Ron Heyselaar <ronheyselaar@...>
 

Thanks Alexander. Very helpful information and thanks for sharing your research with us. The prices are indeed quite stiff. Maybe I would follow the lead Joel Potter mentioned by going higher and skipping Ft Lauderdale. Can always visit the Miami based friends by car after all!

Thanks and all the best,

Ron & Ineke, 
S/Y LILY, Basseterre, St Kitts





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind Generator

Jean-Pierre Germain <jgermain@...>
 

Hi gang,

We are having solar/davits installed now. 

Same setup as per Bill (the Guru) Rouse. We expect 405w from 3 panels... Apparently good enough for 2 days at anchor without genset 

Check for photos in the files

Cheers

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM007



On 25 Jan 2015, at 15:50, Colin Streeter colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Alan

Would be interested to see how you will be fitting 540W of solar panels on Elyse? We do not yet have davits but have always installed these on all previous cruising boats so will be doing that sometime soon too. Our plan was to fit panels on both the davit arch and on the side rails similar to what Danny had done on his rails. Will be most interested to see a picture of what you have done when complete.

Agree with all the comments here about solar vs wind gens from past experience, however I am likely to watch the advancements in wind gen technology till just ahead of our mid 2017 planned departure date, as we certainly did enjoy the additional power source from those on previous boats, especially on windy nights. 

Fair winds

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, 2001 SM#332
Mackay, Australia

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Agree absolutely, we have a D400 mounted on a pole on the port aft corner.

The only time I noticed any benefit from it was on the way to Tahiti in 40+ knot winds.
Otherwise it contributes almost nothing.
540W of solar panels are being installed next week.

Cheers
Alan 
SV Elyse SM437
Gulf Harbour




--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445


Re: East Coast of the US

Ron Heyselaar <ronheyselaar@...>
 

Thanks Roy for the invite and information. We will definitely get in touch with you when we get closer.

All the best,

Ron, 
SY LILY (AMEL 54 #157), Basseterre, St Kitts




Headsail measurement

Eric Freedman