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Re: New to the Group

sbmesasailor
 

I guess it's time for me to chime in on this thread as well.  We bought our 1982 Maramu, Libertad, in 2001.  It was very basic with only a VHF radio and GPS.  No radar, no autopilot, no single sideband, etc.  It did have electric jib furling which we removed and replaced with manual.  We replaced the rigging in 2002 and again in 2013 (during our stay in OZ).  For the next 10 years we learned the boat by sailing to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and to Cabo San Lucas (3 Baha Ha Ha's).  Over those ten years we gradually added components we felt were necessary for long term cruising.  We probably did spend an additional 20% or more (as has been noted by others) to bring the boat up to readiness but we were able to spread the cost over a ten year period which made it easier to swallow.  Because we held off on many of the electronic additions until the last few years, we could take advantage of the latest technology.  This was particularly effective for the watermaker, autopilot, EPIRB, Iridium satellite phone, solar panels, and single sideband.

As we were in NA during this time, we converted the shore power system to 125V 50 amp.  This did put us at a disadvantage for world cruising which we remedied with a 220-125 transformer purchased in OZ.  However, this allowed us to continue to use all our power tools and appliances that we had used at home and not have to purchase replacements in 220.  Believe it or not we have never rewired the boat and have only had to replace one cable running from the solenoid to the windlass due to corrosion.  I'm sure this is trouble just waiting to happen but we keep our fingers crossed.

Fortunately the headliner was corrected by the previous owner which can be a miserable (costly if done by others) repair.  Other than that, I would say that all other work we've done on the boat has been maintenance related rather design related -which is saying volumes for Henri Amel.  We have not repowered and now have 9500 hours on the original Perkins 4-154 and it fires right up, runs smooth, but is leaking oil and certainly much less efficient than what's available now.

Regardless of the path you take in acquiring and preparing your boat, I have one general suggestion.  Share the responsibilities.  For us, I took on the role of Operations Manager concentrating on all the things that made the boat go.  My wife took on the role of Communications Officer concentrating on everything having to do with where we were going  and what we were going to do once we got there.  All other things not directly related to one or the other of these categories seem to naturally fall to one or the other of us.  The beauty of this was that we both felt fully engaged and committed to the adventure and kept us communicating and "talking up" the plan.  There was never any need for a Plan B. 

Good Luck
Dennis Johns
Maramu #121
Barcelona, Spain 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bungee Rope in Booms

Mark Erdos
 

Thanks Bill!



Trial and error is what I do best!





With best regards,



Mark



Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us



From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 12:20 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bungee Rope in Booms





Mark,



1/2" is a little larger than original, but works better, I think...getting
them adjusted correctly does require trial and error.



BTW, Amel had these already made up with the black/white line
attached...maybe they still do



Bill

BeBe 387

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@gmail.com
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



My bungee boom lift systems need to be replaced. The cords are not
recognizable and are dried and shriveled. I searched the forum but didn’t
find anything on this.



I was thinking ½” marine grade would be sufficient but thought I would ask.
Does anyone know the width of the bungee cords I should purchase to replace
the old ones?







With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us









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Dessalator

tango708@...
 

Does anyone have a watermaker manual for a hull number around SM hull# 180.  I believe it is a 50 liter/hr version and is identical to the 60 liter/hr version.  What I am looking for is a wiring diagram and operating instructions.

Regards,
Will



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Hi Rick I heartily endorse thanks Hank and his OPO organization.  I have useD them as crew many a time for long-distance trips. I take a great deal of time and effort to interview crew prior to signing them on that seems to be the best way. If you're looking for a boat be sure to interview the skipper. 

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 Mar 3, 2015, at 10:25, Ric Gottschalk ric@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I have been a member of Offshore Passage Opportunity (www.sailopo) for over ten years and can heartily endorse them. Hank Schmidt looks out for boat owners and crew. I  strongly recommend taking a trip to see if offshore sailing is for you. I have been crew with boat owners (Caribbean 1500- 65% of which never did an offshore voyage and they are wound up tight as a drum. I have gotten 90% great crew as well and a few not so great, but that’s personalities. Best of all you only have to pay for  transportation. Put the wife on a separate boat. Better for you and her

Ric

SN24 Bali Hai

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:01 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

 

 

Michael,

I am going to show my old fashioned ways: Chapman Piloting & Seamanship. Yes, it’s a book. It’s paper. It’s old fashioned but it’s a lot of what you need to know. Read it.

I agree with Bill. A lot of the forum’s have marginal advice. IMO there are a lot of angry people waiting to pick fights while hiding behind a computer screen.

Also, someone here suggested cruising on other people’s boats or offering to crew for no-charge. While this is tempting and could work out very well for you, be careful. Do you know enough about boats and boating to recognize a potential disaster before setting off? I’m not sure I would be willing to put my life in the hands of a perfect stranger and the seaworthiness of their boat.

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Hello All

Michael here again just a question for all of you.

What groups and articles on the web have you found useful to furthering your sailing knowledge other than the Amel group.

I realize there are many out there but by posing this question I thought I might be able to narrow it down a bit and get the one's that stand out from the groups standpoint.

Thanks

Michael

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bungee Rope in Booms

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Mark,

1/2" is a little larger than original, but works better, I think...getting them adjusted correctly does require trial and error. 

BTW, Amel had these already made up with the black/white line attached...maybe they still do

Bill
BeBe 387

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

My bungee boom lift systems need to be replaced. The cords are not recognizable and are dried and shriveled. I searched the forum but didn’t find anything on this.

 

I was thinking ½” marine grade would be sufficient but thought I would ask. Does anyone know the width of the bungee cords I should purchase to replace the old ones?

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SV Libby and the Blueplanet Odyssey

Giovanni TESTA
 

Hi Terry and Dena,
I read you are sailing westbound with BPO.
I'm planning the Indian passage next 2016 ( May from CK to Reunion) , as i'm now in Malaysia. But my first option was to join BPO for Red Sea.
So i'was wating for their decision.
May you please update me about ?
All the best
Buon Vento
Giovanni Testa
Sv Eutikia SM2K n 428



Il giorno 02/mar/2015, alle ore 20:15, singh_terence@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> ha scritto:

 

Hi Colin and Lauren, good to meet you both.

We are about a week behind the the current World Arc ad had the pleasure of meeting a few of the last boats to depart San Cristobal a few days ago.
Dena and I have talked extensively about the accelerated schedule we are on and we along with quite a few of the BPO boats would be open to slowing down. Not sure what this means as far as staying with the BPO. We will discuss in more detail as a group in Tahiti.
We will visit and stay in Mackay later this year and look forward to meeting with you later this year.


Bungee Rope in Booms

Mark Erdos
 

My bungee boom lift systems need to be replaced. The cords are not recognizable and are dried and shriveled. I searched the forum but didn’t find anything on this.

 

I was thinking ½” marine grade would be sufficient but thought I would ask. Does anyone know the width of the bungee cords I should purchase to replace the old ones?

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

I have been a member of Offshore Passage Opportunity (www.sailopo) for over ten years and can heartily endorse them. Hank Schmidt looks out for boat owners and crew. I  strongly recommend taking a trip to see if offshore sailing is for you. I have been crew with boat owners (Caribbean 1500- 65% of which never did an offshore voyage and they are wound up tight as a drum. I have gotten 90% great crew as well and a few not so great, but that’s personalities. Best of all you only have to pay for  transportation. Put the wife on a separate boat. Better for you and her

Ric

SN24 Bali Hai

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:01 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

 

 

Michael,

I am going to show my old fashioned ways: Chapman Piloting & Seamanship. Yes, it’s a book. It’s paper. It’s old fashioned but it’s a lot of what you need to know. Read it.

I agree with Bill. A lot of the forum’s have marginal advice. IMO there are a lot of angry people waiting to pick fights while hiding behind a computer screen.

Also, someone here suggested cruising on other people’s boats or offering to crew for no-charge. While this is tempting and could work out very well for you, be careful. Do you know enough about boats and boating to recognize a potential disaster before setting off? I’m not sure I would be willing to put my life in the hands of a perfect stranger and the seaworthiness of their boat.

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Hello All

Michael here again just a question for all of you.

What groups and articles on the web have you found useful to furthering your sailing knowledge other than the Amel group.

I realize there are many out there but by posing this question I thought I might be able to narrow it down a bit and get the one's that stand out from the groups standpoint.

Thanks

Michael

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: OLD MARAMU YANMAR 4JH4-HTE + KMH4A FREEWHEELING?

Olivier Beaute
 

Hello Alex,

with a hydraulic driven gearbox, you need the engine running to engage forward or reverse. This means that when the engine is OFF, moving the throttle lever forward or backward does not engage forward or reverse (and does not stop the shaft).
I think you have no other choice than freewheeling while sailing. Unless you install a prop shaft brake system (mechanic or hydraulic), your propshaft will freewheel anyway.
I think YANMAR has thought of this and the system is designed for long time freewheeling. Did they advise you install a foldable prop, type MAXPROP, in order your shaft is not freewheeling?
Keeping the shaft alternator can only be good: it lets the shaft rotate slower while making power.
Is your gearbox fitted with an oil heat exchanger?

Olivier




On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:28 PM, "alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
John,
Many thanks for your reply. With the current supply problems in Venezuela, we decided to buy the larger engine because it was a good deal and the 75hp was not in stock at the time. Yes it is fast under motor, in tests conducted by Yanmar (warranty) under load in the open sea we got 10 knots at 3K+ RPM, but it is not our intention to run the boat on diesel, although it is ridiculously cheap here. It also consumes about 6 l/h, that is our experience. Two independent calculations showed that the old prop was suitable for the engine and transmission, so I leave it like that, for the time being. Also, having the engine horizontal in the engine room is better I think, and minimizes misreadings in engine fluids and yes we had to modify slightly the engine beds, but we resealed everything properly to avoid damage to the wooden beams, which by the way intact, after 33 years (still smelled fresh). Yes I intend to replace the alternator on the shaft eventually, I just have to figure out the way to mount it properly.
Alex Paquin
S/V SIMPATICO Maramu 1981 hull #94
 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Mark Erdos
 

Michael,



I am going to show my old fashioned ways: Chapman Piloting & Seamanship. Yes, it’s a book. It’s paper. It’s old fashioned but it’s a lot of what you need to know. Read it.



I agree with Bill. A lot of the forum’s have marginal advice. IMO there are a lot of angry people waiting to pick fights while hiding behind a computer screen.



Also, someone here suggested cruising on other people’s boats or offering to crew for no-charge. While this is tempting and could work out very well for you, be careful. Do you know enough about boats and boating to recognize a potential disaster before setting off? I’m not sure I would be willing to put my life in the hands of a perfect stranger and the seaworthiness of their boat.







With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us



From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups





Hello All



Michael here again just a question for all of you.

What groups and articles on the web have you found useful to furthering your sailing knowledge other than the Amel group.

I realize there are many out there but by posing this question I thought I might be able to narrow it down a bit and get the one's that stand out from the groups standpoint.



Thanks

Michael





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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SV Libby and the Blueplanet Odyssey

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
 

Terry & Dena
Good too hear you are not planning to go through the Suez. I find it most interesting that Jimmy's team still have that route up on their website after hearing what Bill had to say.  Have fun out there but you will regret it if you rush through. There is too much to take in and enjoy. Look forward to seeing you guys here in Mackay, (as well as any other Amel owners who sail in to Mackay too). We live in Brisbane (boat moored there) but I work about 200km inland from Mackay so commute a bit. Will track your progress.
Fair winds
Colin Streeter, Island Pearl II #332
___________________________________________________________________________

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:15 AM, singh_terence@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Colin and Lauren, good to meet you both.

We are about a week behind the the current World Arc ad had the pleasure of meeting a few of the last boats to depart San Cristobal a few days ago.
Dena and I have talked extensively about the accelerated schedule we are on and we along with quite a few of the BPO boats would be open to slowing down. Not sure what this means as far as staying with the BPO. We will discuss in more detail as a group in Tahiti.
We will visit and stay in Mackay later this year and look forward to meeting with you later this year.




--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445


Re: OLD MARAMU YANMAR 4JH4-HTE + KMH4A FREEWHEELING?

Alejandro Paquin
 

John,
Many thanks for your reply. With the current supply problems in Venezuela, we decided to buy the larger engine because it was a good deal and the 75hp was not in stock at the time. Yes it is fast under motor, in tests conducted by Yanmar (warranty) under load in the open sea we got 10 knots at 3K+ RPM, but it is not our intention to run the boat on diesel, although it is ridiculously cheap here. It also consumes about 6 l/h, that is our experience. Two independent calculations showed that the old prop was suitable for the engine and transmission, so I leave it like that, for the time being. Also, having the engine horizontal in the engine room is better I think, and minimizes misreadings in engine fluids and yes we had to modify slightly the engine beds, but we resealed everything properly to avoid damage to the wooden beams, which by the way intact, after 33 years (still smelled fresh). Yes I intend to replace the alternator on the shaft eventually, I just have to figure out the way to mount it properly.

Alex Paquin

S/V SIMPATICO Maramu 1981 hull #94

 


Re: OLD MARAMU YANMAR 4JH4-HTE + KMH4A FREEWHEELING?

jjjk12s@...
 

Alex,

For a perfect answer you should check with Yanmar..... However I have had hydraulic PRM and Borg Warner transmissions and they could both be freewheeled. I think your gearbox should be freewheeled. Generally I think hydraulic operated boxes are more robust and suited for heavy duty use such as on work boats. I do think plenty of Yanmar sailors put their gear in reverse to lock it though, in the belief that there is inadequate lubrication if the engine is off, but that since 7 or 8 years ago Yanmar recommend neutral.

Not sure about locking whilst sailing....don't you need the engine running for hydraulic pressure to activate the gear change.

My interpretation is that there is theoretical wear but in reality at the speed the prop is turning it is not a problem - eg Amel's policy of prop shaft alternators with Hurth (now ZF) gearboxes. (Maybe they were ahead of everyone else back in 1979...)

Incidentally I am re-engining my Maramu. The original transmission -  HBW250 (now called ZF25M) have bolt holes which the bracket for the alternator mounting fastens to. The problem is the gearbox is not rated for more powerful engines and the bigger gearboxes don't have the bolt holes (aghhh), so it's much harder to mount the alternator. I decided to not re-use the shaft alternator for the time being and get the larger ZF30M transmission which comes standard with the Yanmar 75hp rather than make do with the ZF25M which is pretty marginal with 75hp at 2.7:1 ratio.

Your engine is very powerful for a Maramu so presumably, as you still have the original prop, your transmission ratio much be lower to make your shaft turn faster, otherwise you would be quite under-propped. There must also have been major modifications to your engine beds to level out the engine to take a down angled transmission rather than an in-line one.

You probably have the fastest Maramu there is!

John
Popeye Maramu #91 1981 Port Douglas, Australia


Re: New to the Group

Andy Croney
 

Hi Michael,

I agree with everything Dave has said, bar one point.

we purchased an older Maramu 3 years ago , due to its simplicity ( slab reefing etc.) and importantly for us, was the Budget.

As an older boat we have had to replace and upgrade all the existing electronics and rewire the boat, recondition the engine , fit a new water heater, renew the standing rigging etc. etc. We love our boat and have loved the seakindliness on passagemaking plus the thoughtfulness of all the details that Henri Amel built into his boats, which only really come to light with use.

The one point that I don't agree on is the support from the factory, we have had excellent support from Amel in France , who have been able to source original parts out of their stock for us!! Thierry has been most helpful in all respects and this really speaks for the Amel brand and their continued Customer service for all Amel's  of any type and age. 

Just my 2 cents worth.

Good Hunting, take your time , see as many boats as you can and if possible sail on as many as possible before choosing the one that suits you both best.

Most of all make your dream come true !!

Andy + Fifi
Maramu SV Paladin


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

Eric Freedman
 

Bill,

I had one sail made in error with the sun cover on the wrong side. I just reached under the switch and reversed the leads until the sail maker was able to correct the sail.

Thanks for the confirmation, I believe mine is the same.

Fair Winds

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 12:39 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

 

 

Eric,

 

Port side...furls clockwise, but it could be reversed if you wanted to...it would make the furling switch awkward.

 

Bill

BeBe 387

 

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM, sailormon kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Dave.

I have a few headsails and I wanted to get it right for all the sails.

Fair Winds

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 9:09 PM
To: amelyachtown ers@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

 

 

Eric,

 

Do you have any photos of your boat? That would be the first thing I'd check. With an electric furler, it's not that critical since you can just move the switch in the other direction. But it's nice if the label for the switch is accurate. 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <kimberlite@...> wrote :

I am having a new headsa il made for Kimberlite and I forgot which side of the sail

The sun cover goes on. If I recall correctly the sails furls clockwise looking down on it so the sun cover would go on the port side.

Is this correct?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Eric,

Port side...furls clockwise, but it could be reversed if you wanted to...it would make the furling switch awkward.

Bill
BeBe 387

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM, sailormon kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Dave.

I have a few headsails and I wanted to get it right for all the sails.

Fair Winds

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 9:09 PM
To: amelyachtown ers@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

 

 

Eric,

 

Do you have any photos of your boat? That would be the first thing I'd check. With an electric furler, it's not that critical since you can just move the switch in the other direction. But it's nice if the label for the switch is accurate. 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <kimberlite@...> wrote :

I am having a new headsa il made for Kimberlite and I forgot which side of the sail

The sun cover goes on. If I recall correctly the sails furls clockwise looking down on it so the sun cover would go on the port side.

Is this correct?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] User Groups

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Michael,

I hate to say this but there is more misinformation on Forums and Groups than there is information. If I had to pick the best, it would be the Facebook page for Seven Seas Cruising Association. The website we use most often for destination information is noonsite.com

Bill
BeBe 387



On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 1:09 PM, champdriver@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hello All


Michael here again just a question for all of you.

What groups and articles on the web have you found useful to furthering your sailing knowledge other than the Amel group.

I realize there are many out there but by posing this question I thought I might be able to narrow it down a bit and get  the one's that stand out from the groups standpoint.


Thanks 

Michael



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

Eric Freedman
 

Dave.

I have a few headsails and I wanted to get it right for all the sails.

Fair Winds

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 9:09 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Help Suncover for headsail

 

 

Eric,

 

Do you have any photos of your boat? That would be the first thing I'd check. With an electric furler, it's not that critical since you can just move the switch in the other direction. But it's nice if the label for the switch is accurate. 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <kimberlite@...> wrote :

I am having a new headsail made for Kimberlite and I forgot which side of the sail

The sun cover goes on. If I recall correctly the sails furls clockwise looking down on it so the sun cover would go on the port side.

Is this correct?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New to the Group

Eric Freedman
 

Hi,

220 volts is no problem in the USA.

There is 220 volts at every pedestal in almost every marina in the uSA.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: New to the Group

 

 

Hi All 

 

Thanks for the great responses on here we feel a little overwhelmed by them all, wasn't quite expecting that many replies. 

Sandra and I have been going through the replies and have gained some very valuable information. It's nice to see we are on the right track with a our initial thinking and planning for the future still 10 years out. As we are still in the very beginning stages of our research on the whole cruising lifestyle it's nice to see that the Amel is a top notch boat to base our plans on and around. As we continue to be sponges for information over the next while I'm sure we will have some pointed questions to ask, and by judging from the responses we have already had here there will be no lack of knowledge flowing.

The other thing I have noticed while writing this email is that many of you are retired and are living the dream(can you say envious), having said that in ten years when we're ready to live the dream some of you will be wanting to perhaps sell your boats so keep them well maintained please as we'll be watching and waiting. 

Kent had some interesting points on the electrical system of the boats as they are european 220 volt, has this been a problem for very many of you in North America? I'm thinking it should not be to much  of problem as most of the world is 220 with the exception of NA. Other than finding a good electrician in NA for this sort of thing.

John also had some good points about making sure Sandra was on board with this lifestyle she is. This is all part of our long term plan (we just won't have a spinnaker that's simple). Sandra realizes that she will have to learn the boat and systems to make this a team effort and that either one of us must be able to run the boat should something happen to the other person.

Jeff and Bob had some good Idea's with the OPO and that is part of our goals and plans as we get closer to our dream we may even try that a little sooner  so we can get our feet wet.

Mark has some good idea's for us but I think we may be a little early to start contacting Sales reps as we are still sometime out from actually purchasing a boat, I also find it quite funny as we have been following your blog on cream puff for a while now, Sandra quit like's them as it gives a base for moving aboard and what to expect.

And one last thing we don't have a plan B it's all or nothing( although I think we will do our "do diligence")

 

Thank you All

 

Michael Ladd

S/V # ???


OLD MARAMU YANMAR 4JH4-HTE + KMH4A FREEWHEELING?

Alejandro Paquin
 

I understand this is a recurring topic here, but I have a specific question. Our older Maramu (Hull #94, 1981) was repowered with a Yanmar   4JH4-HTE 110 hp engine two years ago. It is equipped with a Kanzaki KMH4A transmission, a wet multidisc, hidraulic operation, with an 8 degree down angle. We have not replaced the original shaft generator yet, and we are using the original fixed three blade prop.

Does anyone know if freewheeling this arrangement can damage the transmission? Will it hurt it if suddenly locked while sailing?

Comments are welcome.

Alex Paquin

S/V SIMPATICO

Maramu 1981 hull #94