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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Glad you got it out.

Yes the oil is SAE 90
The email is: sav@amel.fr

If I may suggest, purchase spare foam seals, seals, nylon bolt, hubs,, stainless pin, etc.
Heroes what I carry on:
http://nikimat.com/spare_parts_bow_thruster.html

Here are pictures I took of the overhaul procedure written by Gary Silver and notes from Bill Rouse.
http://nikimat.com/bow_thruster_overhaul.html

If you need help don’t hesitate.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico




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On Mon, 6/20/16, rossienio@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, June 20, 2016, 3:15 AM


 









Thanks for your suggestions. Finally the foot is
out!!!!!!I used a chain wrench, a hammer, Amel tool and the
help of a mechanic. Now I have to change the oil (SAE90????)
and 3 new neoprene washers. Who should I order the 3 foam
seals? Does anyone have the email address  of Amel AV
France? 









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] SM Bow thruster (HAHA)

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Bill,

Check your bow thruster propeller. A blade may be cracked. It may have barnacles. It may have line entangled...even monofilament.

It will sound different between Port and Starboard thrusts.

Bill

BeBe 387
Grenada

On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 1:08 AM, william_maffei@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hey everyone -


This is not the standard bow thruster question on the forum... 


My bow thruster is working just fine however, I noticed today that while using port bursts it sounds a bit louder than it usually does. Starboard bursts sound as they always do. Performance is the same. There seems to be a bit more vibration during the port burst but not the starboard bursts. I have not had a chance to look at it yet, will do tomorrow just wondering if anyone had the same experience/solution. Maybe the propeller needs replacing? 


P.S. I saw Ipanema sail past me in Boston Harbor today and she looked fantastic!!! 


Thanks,


Bill Maffei

SM #195

It's all Good



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel to the rescue

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Derick,

My experience is they will last about 6-8 years...my experience with the original two. I think you should replace them in pairs...I did not, but that is another story. Do not over-spec the thrust...they are rated at N400. There is no maintenance on these except to keep them clean.

It is easy to bend one of these if you close the lid improperly. The proper way to close is to press down on the middle of the engine room lid.

Best, 

Bill
BeBe 387
le Phare Bleu, Grenada for a few days

On Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 11:58 PM, derickgates@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Ben,  


I am glad that you were able to find swift and competent care for what must be an excruciating injury.  Thank you for sharing this cautionary tale.  I will certainly take even more care when operating the engine room hatch.  

One of my gas struts had been stepped on by an over-eager Yanmar technician and I had to replace it.  I found that after replacement of the strut that the hatch gave a much more controlled closure than before it got bent.  I think that these struts may need to be replaced on some regular schedule.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to how long they should last?

Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
Currently on the hard in Antigua for hurricane season.



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem

christian alby <calbyy@...>
 

send to
sav@... 
they will send  the drawing with parts list & respond on availability of parts
rgds
christian alby, Desirade VIII, Maramu nr 116

Christian Alby - France home fixe +33 (0)5 34 39 06 02 home Internet +33 (0)9 60 37 22 72 mobile +33 (0)6 42 69 07 80



De : "rossienio@... [amelyachtowners]"
À : amelyachtowners@...
Envoyé le : Lundi 20 juin 2016 10h15
Objet : Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem

 
Thanks for your suggestions. Finally the foot is out!!!!!!I used a chain wrench, a hammer, Amel tool and the help of a mechanic. Now I have to change the oil (SAE90????) and 3 new neoprene washers. Who should I order the 3 foam seals? Does anyone have the email address  of Amel AV France? 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Greetings,

Amel has an email dedicated to parts ordering…

SAV at amel.com     You can also consult their web site for added info.

GL

Jean-Pierre Germain
SY Eleuthera, SM 007



On 20 Jun 2016, at 10:15, rossienio@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Thanks for your suggestions. Finally the foot is out!!!!!!I used a chain wrench, a hammer, Amel tool and the help of a mechanic. Now I have to change the oil (SAE90????) and 3 new neoprene washers. Who should I order the 3 foam seals? Does anyone have the email address  of Amel AV France? 


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, Amel Super Maramu 007
Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa, Pontoon M15,
97100 Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
+44 7551 211 511
jp.germain@...


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: bow thruster service. Problem

rossienio@...
 

Thanks for your suggestions. Finally the foot is out!!!!!!I used a chain wrench, a hammer, Amel tool and the help of a mechanic. Now I have to change the oil (SAE90????) and 3 new neoprene washers. Who should I order the 3 foam seals? Does anyone have the email address  of Amel AV France? 


SM Bow thruster (HAHA)

william_maffei@...
 

Hey everyone -


This is not the standard bow thruster question on the forum... 


My bow thruster is working just fine however, I noticed today that while using port bursts it sounds a bit louder than it usually does. Starboard bursts sound as they always do. Performance is the same. There seems to be a bit more vibration during the port burst but not the starboard bursts. I have not had a chance to look at it yet, will do tomorrow just wondering if anyone had the same experience/solution. Maybe the propeller needs replacing? 


P.S. I saw Ipanema sail past me in Boston Harbor today and she looked fantastic!!! 


Thanks,


Bill Maffei

SM #195

It's all Good


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sewing machine attach point and more

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

First, this is a follow up to Eric (SM2K #376 Kimberlite) on the question of “my” location of the sewing machine.
And how (based on “my” current experience), I decided to secure it.
In my humble experience, it started to slide when accidentally exceeding 35 degree heel.
I believe my new 1 inch (2.5 cm) Webbing will solve this issue.
(A second Webbing would not hurt… people can decide for themselves).
http://www.nikimat.com/sewing_machine.html

Since I was posting that information, I thought It might be usefull to post what “I” decided to do for the Forward Cabin, Pilot Berth and Aft Cabin.
Again, this is based on “my” personal experience, with “my” personal need, and in no way is a suggestion to what Amel owners should to.
If interested I will be glad to explain how some item can be relocated and where to make available the pilot berth, etc.

Please note that “all” heavy items are mainly hold/secure in place by the (forward cabin, pilot berth and aft cabin) Leeboards.
The 1” Webbing is used to hold in place additional light items such as cushion, luggages, etc.

My first concern was to not alter the look of my Amel.
For the forward cabin, I also had to take in consideration the Leeboard (which I always use, but not every one does).
http://www.nikimat.com/forward_cabin_attach_points.html

The Pilot Berth (easier since no Leeboard):
http://www.nikimat.com/pilot_berth_attach_points.html

The Aft Cabin (easier since no Leeboard as well):
http://www.nikimat.com/aft_cabin_attack_point.html

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico


Re: Amel to the rescue

Derick Gates SM2K #400 Brava
 

Ben,  

I am glad that you were able to find swift and competent care for what must be an excruciating injury.  Thank you for sharing this cautionary tale.  I will certainly take even more care when operating the engine room hatch.  

One of my gas struts had been stepped on by an over-eager Yanmar technician and I had to replace it.  I found that after replacement of the strut that the hatch gave a much more controlled closure than before it got bent.  I think that these struts may need to be replaced on some regular schedule.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to how long they should last?

Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
Currently on the hard in Antigua for hurricane season.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] 2nd Main Anchor on bow

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

I envy you Francisco !!!
I did not pay attention at your twin windlass when I visited your imaculate kept vessel in Florida last year.

So only 10 meter of chain!

Enjoy your beautiful trip that bring so many memories of my younger years…

Since you are in Baulieu did you happened to meet the owner of the Super Maramu that was at the marina during the Formula 1 Grand Prix 2 weeks ago?

My regards to Odette, hope to meet you again one day for some more Champagne!

Sincerely, Alexandre




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On Sun, 6/19/16, svperegrinus@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] 2nd Main Anchor on bow
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12:53 PM


 









M2K No. 350 came from
the Amel factory with two anchors in twin bow rollers with
two 1200 watt windlasses.


The starboard anchor
setup is the exact same as any other SM.  We have all
chain.


The port anchor setup is
a French anchor similar to a Danforth.  The windlass gypsy
is horizontal and sits above deck and the motor sits below
decks.  We have 10 meters of new chain and 90 of new rope
that we replaced in 2012 because the old rope, even though
it looked unused, was all stiff and the end was oxidised
into the chain.  


We have never deployed
this second anchor.


Cheerio,


Peregrinus
At anchor,
Beaulieu-sur-Mer









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Re: Upgrade to Raymarine ES97 MFD

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Hello Craig, it's great to hear from you.  I'll write you at your @aol address to follow up on the Livorno situation!

Regarding getting the AIS to become a source:

On Zeus2: Select "Settings" then "Network" then "Sources" then "Position" then you get a pop-up menu with all the potential sources, including in our case Zeus2 7, ZG100, or NAIS 400, with a checkbox next to each.  You hit whatever checkbox, and boom!, that source becomes the source for all Tritons, Zeus2, and Zeus.

On Zeus: Hit the "Menu" button twice, you get "Settings", select "Network"... from that point it is the exact same as Zeus2.

On Triton: Hit the lower right button (the one with a "return" arrow symbol), scroll down to "Setup", return, scroll down to "Advanced Settings", return, select "Sources", return, scroll down to "Position", return, you get the same menu with all the potential sources.  Hit whatever checkbox, hit the upper right button (the one with a "page" symbol), boom!, that source becomes the source for all "default" Tritons, Zeus2, and Zeus.

Now, the Zeus2 and Zeus have something that the Tritons don't have... which is the ability to use an individualised source for just that device!  On Zeus2 and Zeus, just before the list of available sources, you get "Group" which can be "None" or "Default".  "Default" means "global" to your entire network.  "None" means "whatever device I pick next, it is for this Zeus or Zeus2 only".  So I just did, for example

(1) Zeus2 using NAIS-400
(2) Zeus and Tritons using the GPS built inside the Zeus2

Once you make your Zeus or Zeus2 pick "Group:None", it will stay with the individualised option for that device and if you select another source with, for example, the Tritons (which as simpler devices are always forced to make a "Group:Default" choice), that selection will not affect any devices set for "Group:None".

One final point: your NAIS-400 came with an USB cable and a program called proAIS2 on a CD-ROM.  You may need to connect to your NAIS-400 via the USB cable from a PC or from a PC simulator (we use "Parallels" from a Macintosh) that has the proAIS2 software, and use this software to tell the NAIS-400 that it is allowed to issue GPS data to the network.  Once you make that choice, the NAIS-400 will remain available as source unless you change back this setting again with a PC or Mac via USB with proAIS2.

Any questions, happy to help.

Peregrinus
SM2K N. 350 (2002)



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

Hi Francesco,
As you'll recall, we've got similar B&G equipment, although we do not have the ZG100. I wanted to use the NAIS-400 GPS antenna as master, but could not find it in the menus. A tech guy at B&G then said that it was dedicated to the NAIS, does not "talk" on the network and, hence, cannot be selected as master.  We just use the Zeus2 7 or 12 and, as you note, they work perfectly.  If you found a way to access NAIS GPS in the menu, I'd love to know - or is it the ZG100 you access?
By the way, I recall us chatting about the Autopilot controller - they had just come out with the WR10 wireless remote when we bought our equipment. They had some early software glitches with it but last November's release totally cured that. It's become our favorite bit of gear you might want.
Are you guys heading east toward Portofino and LaSpezia? If so, give Livorno a try - we thought it would be a bit dingy but it was excellent - kind of a "poor man's Venice" where you can dinghy around the canals and the downtown area is super. Free bikes at the marina, too.
Hugs to Odette,
Craig and Katherine

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

Yes, we also have 3 GPS sources:

1.  The B&G ZG100 GPS sensor
2.  The GPS built into the B&G Zeus2
3.  The GPS antenna dedicated to the B&G AIS (NAIS-400)

Any of those can be set as the "master" for the entire network.  I've switched among them on the fly and tried to see if there was any difference in position or SOG, and as expected, there was nothing discernible.

Cheerio,
Peregrinus
SM2K n. 350



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind generator on top of the mizzen mast

Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
 

An average of 12.5 A-hrs per day…  a bit more (25% or so) than I got from my wind generator, but in the right ballpark. Especially considering you are in the Caribbean, and I wasn’t!

$500 worth of solar panel got me an average of 60 A-hrs per day.  Hence my logic for wind generators not paying their way.  But of course everybody has their own cost-benefit equation.

I don’t think we have very different experiences, just different conclusions based on similar data.






On Jun 19, 2016, at 12:49, Ann-Sofie Svanberg kanalmamman@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


We have a SilentWind 400 installed on a pole on the aft. Works super. If I recall right, our windgen gave us some 1500 Ah in 4 months time in Caribbean. Also, it has a automatic brake that activates if the wind is to strong or batteries fully charged.

Don't you have an arch? Mount it there instead of in the top of the mizzen.  WindGens are not maintenence free.
You can contact us for more info. 

Annsofie
S/Y Lady Annila
SM 232, 1998

Skickat från min iPad

19 juni 2016 kl. 16:22 skrev Bill Kinney greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Paul,


On my last boat I had a Duogen, the wind/water version of the D400.  It used the same alternator and blades as the wind only D400.  VERY quiet and smooth running by either wind or water.  It was an awesome machine as a towed water generator:  Sailing at 5 or 6 knots it fed a constant 7+ amps into our 12 volt system.  More than enough to keep the batteries fully charged all the time on a passage from Hawaii.

BUT…
As a wind generator it did not make enough power to pay its way. Yes, it could make 4 or 5 amps…for a few minutes at a time in a big gust. Even in quite windy places it was never a significant contributor to our energy budget over the course of a day.

I think you will be disappointed with the cost/benefit ratio with any wind generator you pick. You would be better off finding a place to add 150 watts of solar panels.  They would be better, even in marginal conditions, at putting electrons into your battery over the course of a week.

That said, if you do go ahead with a wind generator, the top of the mizzen is a really bad spot for a reason that you did not mention.  Adding the weight of a wind generator 10 meters up in the air is NOT a good thing to do for a sailboat. Adding 17kg (the weight of a D400) 10 meters up will have a similar effect on the stability as taking about 110 kg off your keel.  Very round numbers, but you get the idea.  The boat heels more in the wind, needs reefing earlier, etc. It IS a significant effect.

Lower is better for anything heavy, but of course the lower it is, the less wind it sees…  no free lunch!

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Port Canaveral, Florida,
Heading north in a day or two.



On Jun 19, 2016, at 08:05, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Hello! We are thinking of adding a wind generator to complement our 650 w of solar power. On cloudy days, during night sailing and in windy anchorage in the Caribbean I think it might be a good complement. But where to put it? We do not like to put in on the solar arc as it will give shadow on the solar panels, thus reducing output from the solar panels which will give the majority of the power. One place we believe might be a god spot is on top of the mizzen mast, but it has some draw backs. 

-Not possible to lock in strong wind conditions

-difficult to service

-could be subject to very strong forces when going upwind and pounding into the waves. With the wind generator on top of the mizzen it can experience severe de-acceleration and need to be fastened very strong. On a previous boat when sailing up wind in rough conditions our combined tricolor and anchor light broke loose and fell down on deck, due to severe de-acceleration.

 

Any experience and advice highly appreciated on where to best place the wind generator, We do like to fly the mizzen balooner, thus on the mizzen mast fare from ideal

 

We are currently choosing between Silent wind, Super wind and D 400 from Dougen. Noise and vibration are at least as important criteria as efficiency.

 

Any thoughts of which to go for? The Superwind is by fare the most expensive one.

 

Paul on S/Y Kerpa SM#259

 
 
 
 
 

 








Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Upgrade to Raymarine ES97 MFD

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Colin,

We have a B&G G4 radar in the mizzen which has a thick ethernet cable+power running to it... as it is similar technology to your new Raymarine radar, it should fit.

Now, we removed the Furuno radar and cable, but we put on the mizzen
1. a 4-ft FM antenna at the top (standard coax) and 
2. an extremely thick/rigid very high quality coaxial cable for a 4-ft amplified Wi-Fi antenna
3. Plus, we ran power to a set of spreader lights
4. And as said before, we have the B&G radar up there

Should fit!

Cheerio, 

Peregrinus
No. 350


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] 2nd Main Anchor on bow

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

M2K No. 350 came from the Amel factory with two anchors in twin bow rollers with two 1200 watt windlasses.


The starboard anchor setup is the exact same as any other SM.  We have all chain.


The port anchor setup is a French anchor similar to a Danforth.  The windlass gypsy is horizontal and sits above deck and the motor sits below decks.  We have 10 meters of new chain and 90 of new rope that we replaced in 2012 because the old rope, even though it looked unused, was all stiff and the end was oxidised into the chain.  


We have never deployed this second anchor.


Cheerio,


Peregrinus

At anchor, Beaulieu-sur-Mer


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel to the rescue

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Ben,

I am not as mobile as I usually am...I have two grandkids on-board, but if you are in the area, I love to meet you here....anytime. VHF 68 monitored during daylight hours.

Bill
BeBe

On Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 3:54 PM, Ben Driver/YAHOO joedoakes66@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Bill, 
I would love to meet up before you leave.  We are in Prickly Bay on a mooring.  We were anchored a few days ago close to Phare Bleu on Clarke's Bay side of reef.  Well be in St George tomorrow but could meet up anytime after at your local restaurant at Phare Bleu or Prickly Bay or another spot.  

Ben and Gayle Driver 
La Bella Vita
CG #1120066
SM #347

On Jun 19, 2016, at 11:09 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Ben,

I am very happy about the happy ending...says something great about all folks involved including the Dominica boat boys!

I will add that this year, we spent 2 months in le Marin, Martinique and enjoyed our time there. It had been 10 years since I previously dealt with Caroline...in fact, Amel was in Guadalupe at the time. Unbelievably, she remembered Judy and me...as well as BeBe. I ordered some regular maintenance parts from Caroline, found a discontinued part in their storeroom, and had Jean out to BeBe for no charge consultations. I followed all of his recommendations and gave them a few jobs to do on BeBe.

The Amel Caribbean Group of people are some of the best that I have ever met. Of course, you will always hear grumbling from someone. And, that someone usually does not understand boats, maintenance, or Amel. 

I understand that you are here in Gren ada. We will be here for a short time, leaving next Friday for Crews Inn, Trinidad. I would love to meet up before H season, but if that does not work, sometimes after.

Best,

Bill
BeBe, 387
Currently Phare Bleu Marina, Grenada 

On Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 2:49 PM, Martin Komischke luvkante@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

That is absolutely fantastic. 


Great people, great company!


Martin
AMEL 54 #149
CHIARA






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind generator on top of the mizzen mast

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
 

We have a SilentWind 400 installed on a pole on the aft. Works super. If I recall right, our windgen gave us some 1500 Ah in 4 months time in Caribbean. Also, it has a automatic brake that activates if the wind is to strong or batteries fully charged.

Don't you have an arch? Mount it there instead of in the top of the mizzen.  WindGens are not maintenence free.
You can contact us for more info. 

Annsofie
S/Y Lady Annila
SM 232, 1998

Skickat från min iPad

19 juni 2016 kl. 16:22 skrev Bill Kinney greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Paul,


On my last boat I had a Duogen, the wind/water version of the D400.  It used the same alternator and blades as the wind only D400.  VERY quiet and smooth running by either wind or water.  It was an awesome machine as a towed water generator:  Sailing at 5 or 6 knots it fed a constant 7+ amps into our 12 volt system.  More than enough to keep the batteries fully charged all the time on a passage from Hawaii.

BUT…
As a wind generator it did not make enough power to pay its way. Yes, it could make 4 or 5 amps…for a few minutes at a time in a big gust. Even in quite windy places it was never a significant contributor to our energy budget over the course of a day.

I think you will be disappointed with the cost/benefit ratio with any wind generator you pick. You would be better off finding a place to add 150 watts of solar panels.  They would be better, even in marginal conditions, at putting electrons into your battery over the course of a week.

That said, if you do go ahead with a wind generator, the top of the mizzen is a really bad spot for a reason that you did not mention.  Adding the weight of a wind generator 10 meters up in the air is NOT a good thing to do for a sailboat. Adding 17kg (the weight of a D400) 10 meters up will have a similar effect on the stability as taking about 110 kg off your keel.  Very round numbers, but you get the idea.  The boat heels more in the wind, needs reefing earlier, etc. It IS a significant effect.

Lower is better for anything heavy, but of course the lower it is, the less wind it sees…  no free lunch!

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Port Canaveral, Florida,
Heading north in a day or two.



On Jun 19, 2016, at 08:05, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Hello! We are thinking of adding a wind generator to complement our 650 w of solar power. On cloudy days, during night sailing and in windy anchorage in the Caribbean I think it might be a good complement. But where to put it? We do not like to put in on the solar arc as it will give shadow on the solar panels, thus reducing output from the solar panels which will give the majority of the power. One place we believe might be a god spot is on top of the mizzen mast, but it has some draw backs. 

-Not possible to lock in strong wind conditions

-difficult to service

-could be subject to very strong forces when going upwind and pounding into the waves. With the wind generator on top of the mizzen it can experience severe de-acceleration and need to be fastened very strong. On a previous boat when sailing up wind in rough conditions our combined tricolor and anchor light broke loose and fell down on deck, due to severe de-acceleration.

 

Any experience and advice highly appreciated on where to best place the wind generator, We do like to fly the mizzen balooner, thus on the mizzen mast fare from ideal

 

We are currently choosing between Silent wind, Super wind and D 400 from Dougen. Noise and vibration are at least as important criteria as efficiency.

 

Any thoughts of which to go for? The Superwind is by fare the most expensive one.

 

Paul on S/Y Kerpa SM#259

 
 
 
 
 

 





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel to the rescue

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

We are in Grenada and most likely will keep the boat here for hurricane season.  If it looks like a bad storm season we can always dash south to Trinidad. 

Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM #347
6S


On Jun 19, 2016, at 12:11 PM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Sorry about the tow Ben, but so glad you are did not loose it.
Wonderfull help from Amel, thanks for sharing!

Haven’t decided if I will be in St Lucia or Grenada in August, if you are still there would love to meet you (and other Amel owners).

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico

--------------------------------------------
On Sun, 6/19/16, joedoakes66@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel to the rescue
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 9:40 AM


 










I know the
purpose of this forum is technical but I feel compelled to
complement Jean Colin and the Amel team at Marin, especially
Caroline.   And our new friends from Cannes, France -
Edouard and Marie-Helene Parent - current Amel 54 owners and
former Super Maramu owners.
On
May 29 in Roseau, Dominica harbor, I dropped the engine room
hatch the last two feet onto my big toe nearly severing it
completely.    As you might imagine it was an emergency
 situation.  I radioed the local boat boy who immediately
responded and took me to shore and a waiting taxi heading to
hospital  emergency room where they were able to stitch up
but not fix my toe (it was an open and compound fracture
requiring expertise they did not have.  An American doctor
offshore on his boat offered advice:  keep your toe
attached no matter how tenuously and head to Martinique for
European medical care. But where to go?
Several months before we had met Amel
owners Edouard and Marie-Helene. They live in Cannes but
keep their boat at Marin marina on Martinique.  We went to
them for help.  Where should we go?  Edouard immediately
went into full action - scrambling the jets.  He contacted
Amel in Martinique, the Marina, and then provided
information on St Paul Clinic and one of the best orthopedic
doctors in Martinique  -  Dr. Luc Savorit.  
Caroline then contacted us via email in
Dominica and made all arrangements - dock space at marina,
help to tie up, rental car, and an emergency appointment at
clinic.  Caroline continued to check on me to make sure all
was well.  I think one might have to look long and hard
 to find a company and an employee with better customer
service.  
For me the outcome
was good; I still have my toe (by the way you need the big
toe to walk).  This is in large part because of another
Amel owner and the Amel team.  I think I (we) belong to a
pretty good club. 
Ben
DriverLa Bella VitaSM
#347










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel to the rescue

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Sorry about the tow Ben, but so glad you are did not loose it.
Wonderfull help from Amel, thanks for sharing!

Haven’t decided if I will be in St Lucia or Grenada in August, if you are still there would love to meet you (and other Amel owners).

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico




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On Sun, 6/19/16, joedoakes66@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel to the rescue
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 9:40 AM


 










I know the
purpose of this forum is technical but I feel compelled to
complement Jean Colin and the Amel team at Marin, especially
Caroline.   And our new friends from Cannes, France -
Edouard and Marie-Helene Parent - current Amel 54 owners and
former Super Maramu owners.
On
May 29 in Roseau, Dominica harbor, I dropped the engine room
hatch the last two feet onto my big toe nearly severing it
completely.    As you might imagine it was an emergency
 situation.  I radioed the local boat boy who immediately
responded and took me to shore and a waiting taxi heading to
hospital  emergency room where they were able to stitch up
but not fix my toe (it was an open and compound fracture
requiring expertise they did not have.  An American doctor
offshore on his boat offered advice:  keep your toe
attached no matter how tenuously and head to Martinique for
European medical care. But where to go?
Several months before we had met Amel
owners Edouard and Marie-Helene. They live in Cannes but
keep their boat at Marin marina on Martinique.  We went to
them for help.  Where should we go?  Edouard immediately
went into full action - scrambling the jets.  He contacted
Amel in Martinique, the Marina, and then provided
information on St Paul Clinic and one of the best orthopedic
doctors in Martinique  -  Dr. Luc Savorit.  
Caroline then contacted us via email in
Dominica and made all arrangements - dock space at marina,
help to tie up, rental car, and an emergency appointment at
clinic.  Caroline continued to check on me to make sure all
was well.  I think one might have to look long and hard
 to find a company and an employee with better customer
service.  
For me the outcome
was good; I still have my toe (by the way you need the big
toe to walk).  This is in large part because of another
Amel owner and the Amel team.  I think I (we) belong to a
pretty good club. 
Ben
DriverLa Bella VitaSM
#347










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel to the rescue

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

I should also name the Dominican boat boy who came to the rescue - Marcus.  He was great.  He is written up in Chris Doyle's cruising guide as a resource in Roseau. 

Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
CG #1120066
SM #347

On Jun 19, 2016, at 11:09 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Ben,

I am very happy about the happy ending...says something great about all folks involved including the Dominica boat boys!

I will add that this year, we spent 2 months in le Marin, Martinique and enjoyed our time there. It had been 10 years since I previously dealt with Caroline...in fact, Amel was in Guadalupe at the time. Unbelievably, she remembered Judy and me...as well as BeBe. I ordered some regular maintenance parts from Caroline, found a discontinued part in their storeroom, and had Jean out to BeBe for no charge consultations. I followed all of his recommendations and gave them a few jobs to do on BeBe.

The Amel Caribbean Group of people are some of the best that I have ever met. Of course, you will always hear grumbling from someone. And, that someone usually does not understand boats, maintenance, or Amel. 

I understand that you are here in Grenada. We will be here for a short time, leaving next Friday for Crews Inn, Trinidad. I would love to meet up before H season, but if that does not work, sometimes after.

Best,

Bill
BeBe, 387
Currently Phare Bleu Marina, Grenada 

On Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 2:49 PM, Martin Komischke luvkante@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

That is absolutely fantastic. 


Great people, great company!


Martin
AMEL 54 #149
CHIARA





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel to the rescue

karkauai
 

So sorry to hear about your injury Ben!  I know we all join in wishing you a speedy recovery.

Caroline is always wonderful to work with... knowledgeable, courteous, efficient, as well as warm and kind.  It doesn't surprise me that she took a special interest in your well-being.  And the Amel family??? We all I this group forum feel that we know and care for each other even though many of us have not met personally.  It's not just about keeping our boats ship shape, I know anyone here would do anything they could if I needed help. Bless you all!

I'm always concerned about that happening.  I replaced the hatch struts this year and have to say that, while it might not prevent such an injury, the hatch is infinitely easier to open and close with the new struts.

Kent 
SM243
Kristy 
Currently Curaçao 


On Jun 19, 2016, at 10:40 AM, joedoakes66@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 


I know the purpose of this forum is technical but I feel compelled to complement Jean Colin and the Amel team at Marin, especially Caroline.   And our new friends from Cannes, France - Edouard and Marie-Helene Parent - current Amel 54 owners and former Super Maramu owners.


On May 29 in Roseau, Dominica harbor, I dropped the engine room hatch the last two feet onto my big toe nearly severing it completely.    As you might imagine it was an emergency  situation.  I radioed the local boat boy who immediately responded and took me to shore and a waiting taxi heading to hospital  emergency room where they were able to stitch up but not fix my toe (it was an open and compound fracture requiring expertise they did not have.  An American doctor offshore on his boat offered advice:  keep your toe attached no matter how tenuously and head to Martinique for European medical care. But where to go?


Several months before we had met Amel owners Edouard and Marie-Helene. They live in Cannes but keep their boat at Marin marina on Martinique.  We went to them for help.  Where should we go?  Edouard immediately went into full action - scrambling the jets.  He contacted Amel in Martinique, the Marina, and then provided information on St Paul Clinic and one of the best orthopedic doctors in Martinique  -  Dr. Luc Savorit.  


Caroline then contacted us via email in Dominica and made all arrangements - dock space at marina, help to tie up, rental car, and an emergency appointment at clinic.  Caroline continued to check on me to make sure all was well.  I think one might have to look long and hard  to find a company and an employee with better customer service.  


For me the outcome was good; I still have my toe (by the way you need the big toe to walk).  This is in large part because of another Amel owner and the Amel team.  I think I (we) belong to a pretty good club. 


Ben Driver

La Bella Vita

SM #347