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Re: Corian Countertops

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...>
 

Ah, the joys of yacht decisions!Your friends are correct in their
statements.

Corian countertops do scratch and stain. My experience comes from
having a Corian showergrate in a previous boat ... milddew into the
Corian was not to be removed ... even with bleach. My cutting board
(which I love) is scratched and stained. One can lightly sand the
surface to "clean & clear" the Corian but doing so is difficult
because of the layering of the Corian material.

I have a good friend who is a master woodworker (kitchens) in
$1,000,000+ homes and he strongly encouraged me NOT to put Corian in
my 41 Amel due to the poor longterm cosmetic durability of the
material. He also states that a very hot pot placed on the surface
can damage/burn the material. Corian is a type of plastic polymer.

I considered installing Corian into my refitted galley but I trust
his advise and experience so I had custom stainless steel sinks and
counter and back splash made all in one piece (no leaks)! Very
expensive but worth it.

It's a shame that Amel doesn't offer stainless steel options or
marble options (excellent counter materials).

We have always valued advice given by Joel, but in this case I would
have to say people who have owned Corian counters will tell you like
it really is. Pretty when new but difficult to keep new looking.

Enjoy your new Amel! Excellent vessels!
Delores Carter


Corian Countertops

tabnchuck
 

We are taking delivery on Dec. 9, '02 and are trying to piece
together our final wish, I mean options, list. Does anyone have an
opinion about the Corian option for the galley countertops? Joel has
made a pretty hard sell (one of the few...) and we are a little
reluctant because of some homeowner friends who have had problems
with staining and scratches. Why would Amel offer an inferior option
when they have the trendy "retro" goldenrod sink and classic Johnson
& Johnson Bandaid brown gelcoat?

Is there a down side to the corian tops and white sink?

Is the warm water cockpit shower helpful?

Thanks for the replies, its great to see the site up and running with
some very good input.

Chuck, Tabitha, Joshua(10), Ariella(9), & August(8) Luecker


looking for a Super Maramu

jjmartin24 <jjmartin24@...>
 

Hello all

I am seriously looking for a Super Maramu, 1989-1995. If anyone is
thinking of selling, either immdeiately or within the next 6 months,
please let me know. I will consider any location depending on how
attractive the entire situation would be.

In the meantime I am learning alot from reading the postings on this
web site !

Regards,
John Martin


Re: WATERMAKER

amelforme
 

Dear John,
Watermaker filters become fouled by virtue of what's in the water,
not as a result of time. Here in South Florida, I have gotten 35
hours on the fine particle filter. I have also had to replace it
after 3 hours after sailing through several sarragasso patches near
the gulf stream.
Sounds like you did everything correctly when troubleshooting. You
probably just hit a patch of water with a lot of junk in it.
Best Regards,
Joel F. Potter
Cruising Yacht Specialist
Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas


Re: Gas

mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...>
 

I had the same concerns locating butane after I arrived in Guadeloupe
from La Rochelle. In general, it has been my experience that the
French islands sell Butane in the blue cannisters, the British and
Dutch islands do not. For example, I had to take a taxi to the
French side of St. Martin to locate the one store which filled Butane
cylinders. The USVI and BVI dont seem to sell it. Last year I had
the whole system converted over to propane and added a propane vent
in the locker where the cannisters are located so any excess or
leaking propane would vent overboard. The system has worked fine
since and I have no problem finding propane in the BVI where the boat
is currently berthed. Michael Glass Second Call








--- In amelyachtowners@y..., pagandaisy <no_reply@y...> wrote:
It occurred to me after the last e-mail that as important perhaps
as
the the electrics is gas for your range. It may be that there is
butane available in the blue campgas bottles somewhere in the
Caribbean, but I've never seen it. Do you have a dual gas system
to
accomodate propane? Arnold


Re: WATERMAKER

jfolino901 <no_reply@...>
 

asm283
THANKS FOR THE INFO ON THE WATER MAKER. ACTUALLY I FLUSHED IT WITH
CLEAN WATER FOR 3-5 MINUTES AFTER EACH USAGE AS I WAS INSTRUCTED AND
DID "PICKLE IT" FOR LONG TERM. IN FACT I HIRED A LOCAL CARIBBEAN
WATERMAKER SERVICE COMPANY TO ADD TEES & VALVES TO FACILITATE THIS
CHOIR! AS FOR THE TRIP, I WAS QUITE BLESSED WITH LIGHT DOWNWIND
SAILING FROM FRANCE TO THE CARIBBEAN. I NEVER SAW OVER 30 KTS OF TRUE
WIND AND BUT 2 DAYS WAS FROM MY STERN QUARTER! LITTLE INCLEMENT
WEATHER, NO THUNDERSTORMS OR SQUALLS EITHER! MY ANTICIPATION WAS FOR
AN OCCASSIONAL GALE, BUT NEVER HAPPENED! THE MOST WIND WAS IN SIR
FRANCIS DRAKE IN THE BVI! NO COMPLAINTS THOUGH.

THANKS,
JOHN FOLINO, SULAJON


Re: WATERMAKER

asm283 <no_reply@...>
 

Hi I have the same watermaker. It is imperative that you run it on a
consistent basis. If you leave it for a long time you should pickle
it. I went as far as having it removed and stored, since I will not
go cruising untill next year. Call Joel Potter he knows quite a bit
on the subject. Filters are cheap change them ofter. How was your
trip across?

ASM283

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., jfolino901 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
I HAVE SM # 347, LAUNCHED 11/5/01. SHE HAS THE LARGER WATERMAKER BY
DESSALATOR (150 LITERS/HOUR) & WORKS QUITE WELL. HOWEVER AT JUST
OVER
11 HOURS ON THE WATERMAKER, I LOST BOTH LOW & HIGH PRESSURE
READINGS
ON THE GAUGES. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS DUE TO RUNNING BOTH THE
ENGINE, GENSET & WATERMAKER & JUST A CASE OF OVERDEMAND. I CHECKED
THE SEA CHEST AND IT WAS CLEAN! HOWEVER AFTER SHUTTING DOWN THE
ENGINE, THE WATER MAKER EXHIBITED THE SAME PROBLEMS. SO I CHANGED
BOTH THE 25 MICRON & 5 MICRON FILTER CARTIDGES WHICH CURED THE
PROBLEM. THE 5 MICRON FILTER LOOKED HEALTHY SO I SAVED IT FOR
FUTURE
USE! I DON'T RUN THE WATER MAKER IN PORT. I USED IT FROM FRANCE TO
PORTUGAL LAST NOVEMBER. THEN FROM PORTUGAL TO THE CARIBBEAN THIS
JANUARY TO FEBRUARY. I RETURNED TO THE BOAT MID MARCH FOR A WEEK.
COMMENTS REGARDING FILTER LIFE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT. THE MADE WATER
IS
CLEAN & QUITE FREE OF SALT OR MINERALS.
THANKS,
JOHN FOLINO, SULAJON


Re: Ventillation on Super Marimu

asm283 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., "davidcrisp" <david@f...> wrote:
Am on the verge of buying a SM, if nothing else the design of the
boat has sold me, it is amazing; they seem to have thought of
everything!
Amel has an option that I have on my boat that is a fresh air
circulating system. Basically it consists of a fan sucking air from
the outside and distributing troughout all the cabins. Of course Amel
has figured out how to keep all the cabins watertight. I have not
sailed the boat in the tropics yet. I hope to do that soon. But,from
what I understand the ventilation is good. You can increase
ventilation to the aft cabin by closing the hatch. If you have
further questions please contact me vciaravino@galaxyprint.com

ASM283
The only area that I wonder about is ventillation. Oddly there are
no dorades, only a few opening hatches and ports. Having sailed on
a
Halberg Rassey where opeing ports and hatcjes are numerous I am
really wondering what ventillation is like on the SM.

How do you get good ventillation in the vessel when at sea or in
bad
weather when hatches cannot be open?

What is ventillation like on a SM at achor? I am working on the
premise that I would not want to rely upon the AC except in
exceptional circumstances.

Is it a common modification to have additional opeing ports or
dorades fitted?

Regards
David


WATERMAKER

jfolino901 <no_reply@...>
 

I HAVE SM # 347, LAUNCHED 11/5/01. SHE HAS THE LARGER WATERMAKER BY
DESSALATOR (150 LITERS/HOUR) & WORKS QUITE WELL. HOWEVER AT JUST OVER
11 HOURS ON THE WATERMAKER, I LOST BOTH LOW & HIGH PRESSURE READINGS
ON THE GAUGES. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS DUE TO RUNNING BOTH THE
ENGINE, GENSET & WATERMAKER & JUST A CASE OF OVERDEMAND. I CHECKED
THE SEA CHEST AND IT WAS CLEAN! HOWEVER AFTER SHUTTING DOWN THE
ENGINE, THE WATER MAKER EXHIBITED THE SAME PROBLEMS. SO I CHANGED
BOTH THE 25 MICRON & 5 MICRON FILTER CARTIDGES WHICH CURED THE
PROBLEM. THE 5 MICRON FILTER LOOKED HEALTHY SO I SAVED IT FOR FUTURE
USE! I DON'T RUN THE WATER MAKER IN PORT. I USED IT FROM FRANCE TO
PORTUGAL LAST NOVEMBER. THEN FROM PORTUGAL TO THE CARIBBEAN THIS
JANUARY TO FEBRUARY. I RETURNED TO THE BOAT MID MARCH FOR A WEEK.
COMMENTS REGARDING FILTER LIFE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT. THE MADE WATER IS
CLEAN & QUITE FREE OF SALT OR MINERALS.
THANKS,
JOHN FOLINO, SULAJON


Re: engine replacement

dernehl75050 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., davidlambertsen <no_reply@y...> wrote:
I have a 1989 Maramu with a Perkins Prima 60 diesel engine. Has
anyone replaced this engine in an Amel? Can you suggest a
replacement engine? Any advice for me with this project? Any
lessons learned or regrets? Should I just rebuild the Prima 60?

Merci beaucoup a tout.

David Lambertsen
s/v Have Fun!
Maramu #258
David, I might also suggest that you read the recent article in
Practical Sailor Volume 28 Number 3 February 1 2002. It ranks all the
major diesel engines from the perspective of mechanics.Page 14 has the
arithmetic averaging thats most interesting.
best J. Dernehl


Re: engine replacement

dernehl75050 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., davidlambertsen <no_reply@y...> wrote:
I have a 1989 Maramu with a Perkins Prima 60 diesel engine. Has
anyone replaced this engine in an Amel? Can you suggest a
replacement engine? Any advice for me with this project? Any
lessons learned or regrets? Should I just rebuild the Prima 60?

Merci beaucoup a tout.

David Lambertsen
s/v Have Fun!
Maramu #258
I also had a perkins prima on my 1992 SM . The engine had a overheating

problem that I could not correct. We came to the conclusion that the
engine had a design problem. I understand that it was first created as
a truck engine then modified for marine use with a turbo charger. I
also understand that it is no longer in production---non of this made
me feel good about investing more in this engine. I installed a
westerbeke #82BFOUR some months ago with great success. As the boat is
normally in U.S. waters parts are easy to locate.
best
Jim Dernehl


Ventillation on Super Marimu

David Crisp
 

Am on the verge of buying a SM, if nothing else the design of the
boat has sold me, it is amazing; they seem to have thought of
everything!

The only area that I wonder about is ventillation. Oddly there are
no dorades, only a few opening hatches and ports. Having sailed on a
Halberg Rassey where opeing ports and hatcjes are numerous I am
really wondering what ventillation is like on the SM.

How do you get good ventillation in the vessel when at sea or in bad
weather when hatches cannot be open?

What is ventillation like on a SM at achor? I am working on the
premise that I would not want to rely upon the AC except in
exceptional circumstances.

Is it a common modification to have additional opeing ports or
dorades fitted?

Regards
David


Secret compartment on Sharki

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...>
 

Rich,

We have not found a secret compartment on our Sharki. When we bought
our boat, Joel told us that all Amels had a secret compartment. He
didn't tell us where one is. I will have to email him and see what
he says.

Delores


Gas

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

It occurred to me after the last e-mail that as important perhaps as
the the electrics is gas for your range. It may be that there is
butane available in the blue campgas bottles somewhere in the
Caribbean, but I've never seen it. Do you have a dual gas system to
accomodate propane? Arnold


Shore Power Plug: Thanks for the input

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

Hello Arnold and Delores & Gene,
Your input is very helpful. Our SM is 1997 vintage, with both
220V & 120V input (the latter via step-up transformer). We have
gotten used to the variety of shore power plugs in Europe, and have a
collection of about 10. Polarity testing is important everywhere, as
is voltage testing. We know two SMs that fried everything on board
by plugging in to what turned out to be 440Volts!
So in addition to the 30amp plug on my 110Volt cable, I will buy
a 50amp to 30amp adapter for those big marinas. Thanks!! See you in
the Caribbean.
Roy Benveniste SM 195 "Excalibur"


Electric Service in the Caribbean

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

We've been sailing the Caribbean for almost 20 years. Pagan is a
1994 SM so I'm not sure all the appliances aboard are the same as
yours. The only one aboard that doesn't run on both 50 and 60hz is
the diswasher, and as we never use it, that's not a problem. You'll
find every variety of voltage and both 50 and 60hz in the islands.
I'm fortunate dthat I had Amel install a dual system when they built
the boat5. i can bring either 120v or 220v aboard. It makes things
very simple. If you wanted to do the same a retrofit is very
simple. If you intend to island lhop you'll end up purchasing
locally a few different male plugs. I strongly suggest tht you buy a
receptiacle tester to avoid electrolisis. It's an inexpensive device
that tests for open ground, reverse polarity, open hot, open neutral,
etc.. I have found both open grounds and reverse polarity in island
marinas. They have gotten somewhat more professional about their
electrilcal service since I first came to the Caribbean, but you will
still find some pretty outrageous wiring. Good luck

Arnold


Re: Shore Power Plug

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., rbenven44 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
What kind of shore power plug is needed in US and Caribbean
marinas?
(For instance, 30 Amp or 50 Amp?) We have been in Europe since
1997,
and don't know what is standard in American waters.
Thanks.
You are going to find one or the other amperage at the various
marinas depending on the age of the marina and what size boats they
can accomodate. Our last marina only had 30 AMP. Our current marina
has 50 AMP so we purchased a Y adapter to accomodate our two 30 AMP
cords. The newer marinas are going with 50 AMP to accomdate the
larger boats that offer more revenue to their businesses. Best to be
prepared for both. ~~/)~~


Shore Power Plug

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

What kind of shore power plug is needed in US and Caribbean marinas?
(For instance, 30 Amp or 50 Amp?) We have been in Europe since 1997,
and don't know what is standard in American waters.
Thanks.


engine replacement

davidlambertsen <no_reply@...>
 

I have a 1989 Maramu with a Perkins Prima 60 diesel engine. Has
anyone replaced this engine in an Amel? Can you suggest a
replacement engine? Any advice for me with this project? Any
lessons learned or regrets? Should I just rebuild the Prima 60?

Merci beaucoup a tout.

David Lambertsen
s/v Have Fun!
Maramu #258


Re: 220 VOLT 50 VERSUS 60 CYCLE POWER

asm283 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., jfolino901 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
NOW THAT MY SM IS IN THE CARIBBEAN I WONDER HOW OTHER BOATS ARE
ABLE
TO UTILIZE 220 VOLT POWER @ 60 CYCLE. I DON'T NEED TO RUN THE WATER
MAKER, DISHWASHER, WASHING MACHINE, BUT HAVE USED THE BATTERY
CHARGER
AND MAY FOR THE FIRST TIME USE THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM!
COMMENTS, PROBLEMS?
JOHN FOLINO, SULAJON #347
You can use 220 60 hz for everything on the boat except, clothes
washer, dish washer and microwave. Im not sure about the watermaker.
A/C and battery charger are OK. PS You should have 50 hz in the
caribean.


Vito

S/M # 283