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Re: Water system use in freezing weather - Advice

jwdernehl@...
 

I lived aboard the last two winters near Philadelphia and still live aboard.  I never had any issues with freezing lines or tanks.  I do keep a heater in my engine room set to around 40. I also make sure an anti-ice fan is near my overboard discharge for the grey water. As long as your boat is warm I would not worry about the fresh water tank freezing(I maintain a comfy 64).  

Trust me when I say this..your PROBLEM during the winter will be condensation, not freezing. DO NOT keep anything you love in the cabinets!.  No books, no blankets, nothing that creates dead air space behind them.  You will end up with moldy messes.  I make sure nothing sits within 3 inches of the hull and has air passages on each side.  Buy lots of Damp Rid now, and put one container in every cabinet next to the hull and in every bilge compartment.  A cheap alternative to Damp Rid is ICE MELT(Calcium Chloride).  Also, on days when it is cold and dry outside, crack open your windows to dry out the inside air.  Did I mention that condensation is really bad?  

Have fun living aboard!

Jason
Pao San #88


Water system use in freezing weather - Advice

rossny@mail.com
 

Hi all, I need some advise as to how I can use my fresh water and grey drain systems over the winter. The harbor will likely freeze for at least some time although they will try to keep the ice broken at the dock. Last winter in a different marina nearby, the boat was frozen solid for weeks but I was not living aboard.  I winterized the heads, fresh water including the water tank and the engine and all worked out fine without damages. I am planning to live on the boat this winter and would like to only winterize the heads (i will use a composting toilet) and engine.  I can run electric heaters and use heat cable around the pumps and water lines that run against the outside hull and keep them from freezing then I just have to worry about the bilge or water tank freezing up. There is a shower at the marina but I would like to use my boat systems up until the bay freezes and I cannot pump the bilge out. Also cooking is almost impossible without running water. My question is could the water tank freeze and crack the keel/hull ? Thanks in advance for your opinions and for listening to my story....

Ross in NYC
Getting colder every day!
Older Maramu #261

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Passarelle Wheels.

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello Gary,

Sorry to read you lost your wheels on the gangway/passerelle.

I am not sure I can be of good help as mine is 2.7 meter long as opposed as the usual 2 meter one (either an Amel option or done by the previous owner).
Also mine is no longer a boarding ladder, but simply a passerelle or gangway.

The wheels are: 3” 3/4 diameter

I posted some pictures on
http://nikimat.com/passerelle_gangway.html

Good luck to you.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas.


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On Wed, 10/21/15, gary@sunshineduo.us [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Passarelle Wheels.
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:26 PM


 









Ker-plunk :(  Hoisted the
passarelle/boarding ladder out of the water and racked onto
the railing when I heard the splash and the wheels and axle
are gone. Oops.Would some kind soul
measure the diameter of the wheels that are on there so I
can search out a local source?  I'm thinking something
in the 4" area should be fine.  Of all the things ....
 









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Passarelle Wheels.

Gary Wells
 

Ker-plunk :(  Hoisted the passarelle/boarding ladder out of the water and racked onto the railing when I heard the splash and the wheels and axle are gone. Oops.

Would some kind soul measure the diameter of the wheels that are on there so I can search out a local source?  I'm thinking something in the 4" area should be fine.  Of all the things ....  


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

Eric
I am also a founding member. Joined in 1993. 🙀 yikes! Been to HYC many times. 
Have a good voyage. Women are already weeping in St Marten! 
Ric  Bali Hai
SN 24


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

On Oct 21, 2015, at 2:01 PM, eric kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 Rick,
Hank is located in my town and I have known him for many years.
Mention you are an acquaintance of mine.
Fair Winds,
Eric Freedman
sm376 kimberlite
 
 
On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 09:40 AM, Ric Gottschalk ric@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:
 
 
 

The easy answer is to contact Hank Schmidt of Offshore Passage Opportunities or WWW.sailopo.com.  A short trip should appeal to many.

Ric

Bali Hai SN24

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:53 AM
To: Amel Yachtowners
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

 

 

Any suggestions? Thank you.

 

 

Sharki 123

Unwineding

 

Roy Duddy
rduddy@...
One Liberty Lane
Hampton, NH 03842
603-668-9000
603-472-7333 FAX
603-315-9600 CELL

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Re: Amel Sconces

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Hello Aras,

No idea with regard to the bulbs, but with regard to the polish and re-lacquering, great project!  

We had our factory-issue "Naudet" baro and clock, which had rust-like spots below the lacquer, polished and lacquered in Fort Lauderdale about 9 months ago and they look just like new.  The key is that the lacquer must be applied soon after the polishing, for otherwise the brass starts to develop patina soon afterwards.

Peregrinus
At anchor, Sezimbra, Portugal


Re: Dessalator Service Agent Norfolk VA

ronheyselaar@...
 

Thanks Tony and Drew. I have sent him an email explaining the issue. Found another capacitor in the junction box so might well be the faulty one instead of the previous one. Ron


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

eric freedman
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

The easy answer is to contact Hank Schmidt of Offshore Passage Opportunities or WWW.sailopo.com.  A short trip should appeal to many.

Ric

Bali Hai SN24

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:53 AM
To: Amel Yachtowners
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

 

 

Any suggestions? Thank you.

 

 

Sharki 123

Unwineding

 

Roy Duddy
rduddy@...
One Liberty Lane
Hampton, NH 03842
603-668-9000
603-472-7333 FAX
603-315-9600 CELL

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

Patrick McAneny
 

Hey Danny, That's pretty cool, I will make a point of checking the amps during a full moon. The panels today are probably much more efficient than 30 years ago. Hope all is good down under. Regards to Yvonne.
Pat
SM Shenanigans
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Tue, Oct 20, 2015 8:08 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
Hi Pat, 30 years ago I put a solar panel on my then 30 foot yacht. At anchor in moonlight it produced enough current to make the bulb in a circuit tester light glow softly. 
Cheers
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl


From: "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, 20 October 2015 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
Hanspeter, Please read my post again, slowly. I stated that I had a wind generator and that it contributed some amps at night. Do not be so eager to point out other's perceived  errors, for haste can lead you to err .
 
Pat
Shenanigans SM #123
 
 
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'hanspeter.baettig@...' hanspeter.baettig@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, Oct 19, 2015 12:21 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
Dear Pat
Thats new for me . You even get some Amps at Night from your Kyrocera Solar Panels ??
May I ask you a question? Where do you sail? In the nordic ?
Hanspeter 
Tamango 2
SM 16

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 19.10.2015 um 17:18 schrieb "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>:

 
I have a shaft driven alternator on my SM ,I disconnected it when I installed three 140 watt Kyrocera solar panels and a wind gen., before we sailed to the Caribbean . I felt I would not need it, and I did not, and did not want the drag . In six months ,I do not remember ever starting the genset  to charge the batteries , only to run the watermaker or washing machine. We had one fridge one freezer lights ,tv. ,etc. and never did the batteries need charging . The solar panels produced far more power than the wind generator ,although at night it did contribute some amps.
Pat SM #123
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Ian parkianj@gmail..com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 11, 2015 6:28 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
We crossed the Atlantic in January. The battery bank was 100% when we started and remained 100% until we got to Barbados, all due to Henri fitting a prop shaft alternator on the Santorin. But when we anchor we rely on our solar panels to keep the fridge running.
I would agree that solar us the way to go unless your boat already has a water powered generation system.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96




Looking for a crew to move my Sharki from NYC to Norfolk

Roy Duddy <RDuddy@...>
 

Any suggestions? Thank you.


Sharki 123
Unwineding

Roy Duddy
rduddy@...
One Liberty Lane
Hampton, NH 03842
603-668-9000
603-472-7333 FAX
603-315-9600 CELL

(1) e-mail communication is not a secure method of communication, (2) any e-mail that is sent to you or by you may be copied and held by various computers it passes through as it goes from me to you or vice versa, (3) persons not participating in our communication may intercept our communications by improperly accessing your computer or even some computer unconnected to either of us which the e-mail passed through. I am communicating with you via e-mail because you have consented to receive communications via this medium. If you change your mind and want future communications to be sent in a different fashion, please let me know immediately. The information contained in this message may be attorney-client privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law and is intended only for the use of the individual(s) to whom this e-mail is addressed. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this e-mail or any attachment hereto is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, you should immediately return it to us and delete this message from your system. In addition, please contact me by phone at 603-668-9000 to advise of the error. Thank you.




Re: Dessalator Service Agent Norfolk VA

Gaffney, Drew <drew.gaffney@...>
 

Over the years, Martin has been incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. It's been awhile since I've spoken with him. He's fluent in Fr, Sp, and En.
His email is "spain"at"dessalator"dot"com
Good luck.
Drew
SY Revelation #390
Norfolk VA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Pat, 30 years ago I put a solar panel on my then 30 foot yacht. At anchor in moonlight it produced enough current to make the bulb in a circuit tester light glow softly. 
Cheers
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl



From: "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, 20 October 2015 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
Hanspeter, Please read my post again, slowly. I stated that I had a wind generator and that it contributed some amps at night. Do not be so eager to point out other's perceived  errors, for haste can lead you to err .
 
Pat
Shenanigans SM #123
 
 
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: 'hanspeter.baettig@...' hanspeter.baettig@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners Sent: Mon, Oct 19, 2015 12:21 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
Dear Pat
Thats new for me . You even get some Amps at Night from your Kyrocera Solar Panels ??
May I ask you a question? Where do you sail? In the nordic ?
Hanspeter 
Tamango 2
SM 16

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 19.10.2015 um 17:18 schrieb "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>:

 
I have a shaft driven alternator on my SM ,I disconnected it when I installed three 140 watt Kyrocera solar panels and a wind gen., before we sailed to the Caribbean . I felt I would not need it, and I did not, and did not want the drag . In six months ,I do not remember ever starting the genset  to charge the batteries , only to run the watermaker or washing machine. We had one fridge one freezer lights ,tv. ,etc. and never did the batteries need charging . The solar panels produced far more power than the wind generator ,although at night it did contribute some amps.
Pat SM #123
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Ian parkianj@gmail..com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sun, Oct 11, 2015 6:28 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] hydro generator

 
We crossed the Atlantic in January. The battery bank was 100% when we started and remained 100% until we got to Barbados, all due to Henri fitting a prop shaft alternator on the Santorin. But when we anchor we rely on our solar panels to keep the fridge running.
I would agree that solar us the way to go unless your boat already has a water powered generation system.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dessalator Service Agent Norfolk VA

Tony Robinson <tonywrobinson51@...>
 

You might want to give Dessalator in the south of France a call. The woman who deals with repairs/parts/service enquiries speaks perfect english. She will put you in touch with their technician - a south african who lives in Spain. This all sounds a bit convoluted, but I had a problem with my unit and he helped me diagnose a failed pulley on my HP pump. I then ordered the part and the technician talked me through fitting it myself - all on Skype so the call cost was next to nothing.

Hope this helps,

Tony Robinson - Catriona R, Amel 54 #102



From: "ronheyselaar@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:17 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dessalator Service Agent Norfolk VA

 
Hi All, 

Anybody knows a good service agent for dessalator in the Norfolk VA area? 

My dessalator unit decided to call it quits. Nothing will start. Changed capacitors etc. all to no effect so now need a professional to look at. Called the USA agent in Portland ME but no recommendation from him. 

Thanks, Ron.
SY Lily Amel 54 # 157



Dessalator Service Agent Norfolk VA

ronheyselaar@...
 

Hi All, 


Anybody knows a good service agent for dessalator in the Norfolk VA area? 


My dessalator unit decided to call it quits. Nothing will start. Changed capacitors etc. all to no effect so now need a professional to look at. Called the USA agent in Portland ME but no recommendation from him. 


Thanks, Ron.

SY Lily Amel 54 # 157


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Sail storage

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Aldo best to take them down and store them for the winter. Storage either inside the boat or at the sail loft that's going to wash and coat them. 

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 Oct 20, 2015, at 07:13, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Thank you all who responded on solutions to restrain foil banging inside mast.
I am changing the heading of the chain to invite replies to Bob's question regarding sail ( winter ) storage:  is it advisable to remove them or it is just OK to let them furled up ?

Aldo


On Oct 19, 2015, at 4:04 PM, bob Sarff bob.sarff@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I've used this method and it has worked fine.

Will sails be damaged if left furled inside the mast firing storage?

Bob
Maramu 173


On Oct 20, 2015, at 7:02 AM, Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Aldo, It does make quite a racket. I think I have tied a line around the foil and pulled it tight against the mast and tied it off. Pat SM #123
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:44 am
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Foil banging inside the mainmast

 
We are taking main down for winter storage and foils is banging loudly and furiously inside the mainmast hollow. Any suggestions on how to minimize noise and wear and tear? Thank you all

Aldo


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump hose connection

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Eric,

 

Thanks for the pointer. I checked out Vetus and it seems they too only have 1” or 1 ¼” hose pillars. The adapter they sell would work but will also require multiple connections (two adaptors to each side of the pump) where I think one connection would be best.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising:  Hampton VA

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:24 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump hose connection

 

 

Hi Vetus makes adapters that will allow you to change hose size. They are gray PVC and cover a range of sizes. 

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 Oct 19, 2015, at 15:38, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I purchased a new bilge pump from Reya. The new pump shipped with different size hose barbs than the original pump. It shipped with 1 ¼” Barbed × 1” Male NPT Threaded. The barb end is too big for the existing hose. I purchase the next size down 1” Barbed × 1” Male NPT. This is too small for the existing hose. Does anyone know where I can source a 1” Male NPT to 1 1/8” hose barb / 28mm? All I can find is 1” or 11/4” hose barbs. There does not seem to be a size in-between.

 

I could take the barbs off the original pump but I was hoping to rebuild it as keep it as a spare (it just needs new bearings). Also, the adaptors appeared to be glued in. Most likely I will damage them if I try to remove.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising:  Hampton VA

 


Sail storage

Aldo Roldan
 

Thank you all who responded on solutions to restrain foil banging inside mast.
I am changing the heading of the chain to invite replies to Bob's question regarding sail ( winter ) storage:  is it advisable to remove them or it is just OK to let them furled up ?

Aldo


On Oct 19, 2015, at 4:04 PM, bob Sarff bob.sarff@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I've used this method and it has worked fine.

Will sails be damaged if left furled inside the mast firing storage?

Bob
Maramu 173


On Oct 20, 2015, at 7:02 AM, Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Aldo, It does make quite a racket. I think I have tied a line around the foil and pulled it tight against the mast and tied it off. Pat SM #123
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:44 am
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Foil banging inside the mainmast

 
We are taking main down for winter storage and foils is banging loudly and furiously inside the mainmast hollow. Any suggestions on how to minimize noise and wear and tear? Thank you all

Aldo


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump hose connection

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Hi Vetus makes adapters that will allow you to change hose size. They are gray PVC and cover a range of sizes. 

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 Oct 19, 2015, at 15:38, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I purchased a new bilge pump from Reya. The new pump shipped with different size hose barbs than the original pump. It shipped with 1 ¼” Barbed × 1” Male NPT Threaded. The barb end is too big for the existing hose. I purchase the next size down 1” Barbed × 1” Male NPT. This is too small for the existing hose. Does anyone know where I can source a 1” Male NPT to 1 1/8” hose barb / 28mm? All I can find is 1” or 11/4” hose barbs. There does not seem to be a size in-between.

 

I could take the barbs off the original pump but I was hoping to rebuild it as keep it as a spare (it just needs new bearings). Also, the adaptors appeared to be glued in. Most likely I will damage them if I try to remove.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising:  Hampton VA

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Spreader cracks

Peter Killen
 

Hi Olivier,
What is your business email address?  I hope to have "Pure Magic" based in La Rochelle next winter and would like to contact you.

Kind regards,

Peter

SM 433 

On 20 Oct 2015, at 08:28, Beaute Olivier atlanticyachtsurvey@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:

 

Good morning Jamie,

talking about mast setting and rigging tuning, once tuned, the mast should be straight sideways, and from front to aft, but showing a permanent (while not sailing) slight bend with the masthead a little aft of the mast foot, and the mid mast a little bit in front.
Then, checking at sea, the mast head should not bend forward of the second spreaders.

While tuning the rigging, the intermediate shroud U-bolts (at first spreaders) should be loosened. The boomerangs should not be installed before final tuning.

Have a good day.

Olivier.



On Monday, October 19, 2015 11:56 PM, "jamiectelfer@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 
Alain,

We might have a slight angle on the shroud at the spreader as you suggest although it is quite hard to see. With the rigger we are going to loosen everything off and "start again" on the whole rig making sure everything is in the right plane, angle and tautness.  He also does not think the mast shape is not quite right so we will address all of this to make sure we have everything as it should be. Having inspected the area very closely he thinks we caught this very early and the cracking really was just in the paint. With the paint removed from the area there is absolutely no evidence of cracking in the spreader or damage to the weld and he thinks it isn't necessary to penetration dye test the area. There was obviously some movement to crack the paint (very very minor on the port side) but I (and he!) think we caught it early enough to avoid any real issues.
I am going to completely retune the rig, re-paint the area and watch it VERY closely. 

Thank you Alain for your extremely helpful information and input and indeed everyone who contributed on the subject.  Finding it was so unexpected I hope I may have got a bit over excited when I put "Spreader Cracks" as the subject at the start of the thread!

Cheers

Jamie
Bamboozle 388