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Re: Steering Wheel Cover

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Jeff,
I just replaced my wheel cover...pics posted....ordered a precut, prepunched kit from boatleather.com
The quality is superb, but its a long winded task to do it...took me 4 hours !!
But the result is worth it.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Steering Wheel Cover

greatketch@...
 

If you want a ready made replacement kit as a opposed to a complete DIY project you'll find Boat Leather makes a good product.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Providenciales, TCI


Steering Wheel Cover

JEFFREY KRAUS
 

Good Morning Amelians!

The helm wheel cover on Spirit is shot.

I'm sure that other Amelians have replaced theirs, and thought I'd look for some feedback as to what company is the best option to look for a replacement.

Jeff Amel 54 #14



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] bow thruster up/down motor

JEFFREY KRAUS
 

The motor is sealed in a rubber coating. I will get it looked at, but I'm skeptical about the possibility of a repair, but we'll see. Still awaiting a response from the manufacturer SNT.
The motor has a protruding worm gear that engages the raise/lower shaft. The shaft spins freely when the motor is removed. Although the thruster unit isn't light, it can be manually lifted up and once the switch pin is put in, the unit is held in the up position. Gravity does all the work in lowering it to it's lower position.
I put this out for other 54 owners who may experience problems with the ability to do it with their controls at the helm,  and may be in a position to need their thruster. The motor comes out very easily (3 bolts), and the protruding worm drive gear slides back easily.
Thanks for all responses.

Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14


Re :[Amel Yacht Owners] Cockpit Sizes

christian alby <calbyy@...>
 

Maramu is roughly 3 x 3 M edge to edge; inner volume floor to sides roughly 4 M3.
christian alby, Maramu Desirade VIII Canet en Roussillon


Le Jeu j Jan PM à 17:56, bobbygmooniii@... [amelyachtowners]
a écrit :
 

Does anyone know the sizes of the cockpit on the Sharki, Maramu, and Santorin? Thanks


Cockpit Sizes

Bobby Moon
 

Does anyone know the sizes of the cockpit on the Sharki, Maramu, and Santorin? Thanks


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] bow thruster up/down motor

Craig Briggs
 

Hi Jeff,
Assume this is the lifting motor you're talking about, not the thruster motor, correct? Curious if you've considered taking it to an electric motor shop for a look-see. Could be a simple fix. Also, if you had an electrical problem with raising it, wonder if there's a further issue in the control circuitry affecting the motor?
Craig SN#68

On Wed, 1/25/17, jmkraus@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] bow thruster up/down motor
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:18 PM
Greeting
Amelians!I encountered an inability to
raise my thruster unit.I was able to
wire it directly to raise it, and with further testing it
seems that the motor itself works
intermittently.Has anyone replaced it by
going to the SNT company, which is the manufacturer
(French)? I can't seem to find the company online. I
requested one from Amel . Speaking of which, man, are they
slow in responding or what? Not as bad as getting help from
Baymar USA, but still, not exactly a New York minute. More
like a Charleston hour (2days).Jeff
Spirit Amel 54 #14


Re: Electronics questions for 2003 sm#380

Alan Leslie
 

I'd be interested if you have a solution, my Furuno helm plotter doesn't display the time either ...everything else is possible but not time.....
Cheers
Alan 
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Eric Freedman
 

Hi Richard,

Sorry I missed them. I was on board from the 12-20 of January.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:37 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

Hi Eric,

Yes, they were in Simpson Bay for three weeks in January, now they are returned to Fort Lauderdale where they bought a lovely home last year. 

 

They looked for you and Kimberlite in the marina. :-)

Best wishes,

Richard


On Jan 25, 2017, at 1:57 AM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Richard,

Nice to see you on the site.

I miss seeing your daughter and grandkids in St Maarten.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

this is my first comment. I don't own an Amel - yet.  I know Eric and his Kimberlite and that was my first inkling that Amel was the boat I might cruise in.  Then i sailed on a new 55' Amel. Nice.

 

So I joined this list while consider selling my Tartan 4100 and buying an Amel.

 

I have crewed three times on 40-45' catamarans.  the benefits and problems of cats have been well-detailed here and elsewhere.  They are fantastic at anchor in the Bahamas.  They are not fantastic sailing in a full gale from Bermuda to Antigua.

 

But one thing that I had not considered until I spent a few good weeks on cats - a 45' cat has the equivalent waterline of a 90' monohull.  think about painting the bottom or scrubbing the water line by yourself and let it sink in to your mind. think about caring for the toe rail, cove stripe, etc.  90' feet is a lot.  90' is not retirement cruising. 

 

there is more than double the deck space on a 45' cat over a 55' monohull.  deck space is nice, but I found the wide cat deck spaces to be a situation of Diminishing Returns; I did not enjoy the boat 200% more, but I did have 250% more deck to clean, wax, maintain, etc.  Same for the wide open space in the salon and the cockpit.  I really could not use the space there, but I had to wipe the floor down often, especially when offshore - slippery and dangerous in a big swell.  it was much more wiping than on my Tartan monohull.  the open floor space did not increase my enjoyment enough to justify increasing my maintenance cleaning effort so much.

 

for maintenance equivalence you might consider comparing a 55' mono to a 25' multihull and then weigh the advantages of safety, comfort, speed, anchoring.  It was enough to put my wife and I off catamarans.   but mostly my wife and I missed the fantastic sounds and sensations that a monohull creates when it is sailing.  pure joy.

 

best wishes to all you cruisers,

Richard

Tartan 4100 in Milford Connecticut.

 


From: "gary@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

I did tons and tons of research before deciding Cat vs. mono.  My reasoning was bouncing back and for for several months but ultimately came down to a couple of safety considerations and a couple of financial ones.

The safety ones were Amel specific; stainless steel lifelines, water-tight compartments, center cockpit, hull-to-deck fusing and the rigging itself. Couldn't find any brands that were built the same as the Amel in those regards.

 

Financial considerations were resale and docking and fuel.  Resale is pretty much always good on the Amel, but I couldn't find a consistently true pattern on the Cats, except at the very high end.  Docking almost always costs 1.5x to 2x for a Cat because you take up two slips and with the benefit if two engines comes the fuel expense, increased maintenance and shortened range of running them.  

 

The cats are all over the monohulls for spaciousness and an easy-going ride in easy seas. It's true they are generally faster on the runs and faster under motor.  It's also true that (generally) the rigs are taller, the sails are higher off the water, and (as mentioned before) that comfortable rode goes away pretty dramatically in choppy water when one hull strikes a wave differently than the other one.

I guess I also hold the belief that, generically, you cant load a Cat like you can a monohull without the risk overstressing the structure.  That's an un-researched opinion, but I believe it to be true.

 

Of course, I'm going to vote for a monohull because I chose one and I want you to be like me :)  Joking aside; we've done 4 rally crossings and he cats all made it just fine.  It did seem as though they had some bigger 'adventures' than we did though.  It's a tough thing to quantify ... best let a bit of feeling into the equation as well; ... unless you're planning to sail solo; how does your most important crewmember/Admiral feel about it? 

 

Best of luck!  Regardless of how you decide, hope to see you cruising around some day.

 

Gary W

SM 209, Adagio

Fethiye, Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 


Re: Electronics questions for 2003 sm#380

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Duane,

Great story.  I haven't been able to get our Furuno RD-30 to display the time (even though it is receiving it from NMEA) and it just never even crossed my mind to call Furuno about this long-discontinued product, now installed on the boat for 15 years and still a reliable and useful workhorse.

I'll give them a call.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2K N. 350
Venice


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] bow thruster up/down motor

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello Jeff,

I noted you have the 54, I thought they use a completely different bow thruster.

Sincerely, Alexandre



--------------------------------------------

On Wed, 1/25/17, jmkraus@optonline.net [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] bow thruster up/down motor
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:18 PM


 









Greeting
Amelians!I encountered an inability to
raise my thruster unit.I was able to
wire it directly to raise it, and with further testing it
seems that the motor itself works
intermittently.Has anyone replaced it by
going to the SNT company, which is the manufacturer
(French)? I can't seem to find the company online. I
requested one from Amel . Speaking of which, man, are they
slow in responding or what? Not as bad as getting help from
Baymar USA, but still, not exactly a New York minute. More
like a Charleston hour (2days).Jeff
Spirit Amel 54 #14










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bow thruster up/down motor

JEFFREY KRAUS
 

Greeting Amelians!

I encountered an inability to raise my thruster unit.

I was able to wire it directly to raise it, and with further testing it seems that the motor itself works intermittently.

Has anyone replaced it by going to the SNT company, which is the manufacturer (French)? I can't seem to find the company online. I requested one from Amel . Speaking of which, man, are they slow in responding or what? Not as bad as getting help from Baymar USA, but still, not exactly a New York minute. More like a Charleston hour (2days).

Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: mainsail furler/ headsail sheets

Alex Ramseyer <alexramseyer@...>
 

Hi Jeff,
I'm currently in Stuart with my AMEL54, but will be in PalmBeach tomorrow (by car). Would be nice to meet and share experience! Let me know where to meet and what time(s) work for you.
Alex
SY  NO STRESS
AMEL54 #15


On Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:24 PM, "Mark Pitt mark_pitt@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Jeff,
   I cannot seem to reach you on the phone.  Call me at 561-742-9466 or email Mark_Pitt at brown.edu.
   Mark

On 1/11/2017 9:52 AM, JEFFREY KRAUS jmkraus@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:

Mark,
I'll give you a call Thursday morning.
Regards,
Jeff

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:00 PM, Mark Pitt mark_pitt@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:

 
Hi Jeff and Duane,
  My wife and I are nearby in Boynton Beach and we would love to get together.
  Mark and Laura Pitt
  Sabbatical III, SM #419, boat in Carloforte, Italy
On 1/10/2017 8:36 PM, jmkraus jmkraus@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:
Thursday is fine. Give me a call on my cell 5169830094 and we'll coordinate plans



Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7.

-------- Original message --------
Date: 1/10/17 6:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: mainsail furler/ headsail sheets

 
Hi Jeff,

We're anchored between the Flagler and Royal Park Bridges, we'd love to get together with you!  How about Thursday?

You can reach us at 314-280-3757

Duane & Peg Siegfried
Wanderer, SM  #477





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Patrick McAneny
 

I have had limited sailing on Cats and then not on an ocean . One big con is the additional cleaning which was just mentioned , I have often made that comment to my wife as a reason that I would not own a cat. However as someone that has always loved sailboats and cannot take my eyes off of a beautiful boat , especially if sailing , slightly heeled ... well I will just say , I don't remember ever staring at the lines of a cat , at least not more than a minute. When is the last time you saw a cat depicted in a painting . It may not be the most important reason for choosing a monohull , but it is one reason.
Pat SM #123


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners Sent: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 6:33 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 
Porter,
 
I will not be trapped into the cat vs mono debate. Both have advantages.
 
You need to make up your own mind about the boat that is fits YOUR needs. Only YOU can do this. You do not mention where you plan to sail. This alone should seriously sway you. If you plan to spend a lot of time on the oceans of the world then, buy a boat suited for that. It you plan to island hop the Caribbean then, buy a boat suited for that. If you plan to do coastal cruising, then buy a boat suited for that.
 
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff
SM2K #275 - Currently cruising: Ft Lauderdale, FL
 
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 9:38 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?
 
 
Let me start by again thanking you for all your help along the way.
 
I’d set to purchasing an AMEL54  and am quite committed, researched the brand and boat for a long time now.  
 
Recently a friend and long time sailor also professional captain of a 200’ private yacht commented after i showed him the AMEL 54:
 
Having lived on my own sailboat and worked for years on other owners sailboats, I highly recommend you looking into a Catamaran!  Like the one the listing broker has like a Lagoon 500!
You get twice the space, 2 engines, they are faster and have a shallow draft for anchoring in many places you will not get into with a mono-hull.  The salon and aft outside seating area are very roomy so you don't get cramped.  Mono-hull's you are always sleeping at a angle and cooking too.  I would never run one again just because of not being able to relax more like you can with a Cat hull.  The only down-side is that you usually need to be docked on the end or T-head of the marinas because of how much wider their beam is.    The best part of sailing is getting to the next destination and relaxing and enjoying the freedom of where you are.  The Cat-hull lets you stretch-out and really enjoy where you are with much more inside and outside space.  
If you have not tried one, I think you should go charter for 2-3 days a Catamaran in the BVI's then a Mono-hull and see what you think!  
You are about to spend a-lot of money and do a major life change.  I just don't want you to jump into it without trying all the options available. I have spent years and thousands of miles on Mono-hull sailboats and would never do it again with the great Catamaran options that are out there. 
 
I am about to pull the trigger, am I making the right choice?
I was pretty certain i was until the above response.
 
 
Could you lend me your thoughts?
 
Were a family of four with plans for an around the world cruise for at least 4 years.  
Am i making a mistake?  I am the kind of person who once he makes a decision then makes certain it's the right one and goes with it.  
 
Its very much appreciated.
 
Thank you again Porter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Symphony
 

Hi Eric,
Yes, they were in Simpson Bay for three weeks in January, now they are returned to Fort Lauderdale where they bought a lovely home last year. 

They looked for you and Kimberlite in the marina. :-)

Best wishes,
Richard

On Jan 25, 2017, at 1:57 AM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Richard,

Nice to see you on the site.

I miss seeing your daughter and grandkids in St Maarten.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

this is my first comment. I don't own an Amel - yet.  I know Eric and his Kimberlite and that was my first inkling that Amel was the boat I might cruise in.  Then i sailed on a new 55' Amel. Nice.

 

So I joined this list while consider selling my Tartan 4100 and buying an Amel.

 

I have crewed three times on 40-45' catamarans.  the benefits and problems of cats have been well-detailed here and elsewhere.  They are fantastic at anchor in the Bahamas.  They are not fantastic sailing in a full gale from Bermuda to Antigua.

 

But one thing that I had not considered until I spent a few good weeks on cats - a 45' cat has the equivalent waterline of a 90' monohull.  think about painting the bottom or scrubbing the water line by yourself and let it sink in to your mind. think about caring for the toe rail, cove stripe, etc.  90' feet is a lot.  90' is not retirement cruising. 

 

there is more than double the deck space on a 45' cat over a 55' monohull.  deck space is nice, but I found the wide cat deck spaces to be a situation of Diminishing Returns; I did not enjoy the boat 200% more, but I did have 250% more deck to clean, wax, maintain, etc.  Same for the wide open space in the salon and the cockpit.  I really could not use the space there, but I had to wipe the floor down often, especially when offshore - slippery and dangerous in a big swell.  it was much more wiping than on my Tartan monohull.  the open floor space did not increase my enjoyment enough to justify increasing my maintenance cleaning effort so much.

 

for maintenance equivalence you might consider comparing a 55' mono to a 25' multihull and then weigh the advantages of safety, comfort, speed, anchoring.  It was enough to put my wife and I off catamarans.   but mostly my wife and I missed the fantastic sounds and sensations that a monohull creates when it is sailing.  pure joy.

 

best wishes to all you cruisers,

Richard

Tartan 4100 in Milford Connecticut.

 


From: "gary@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

I did tons and tons of research before deciding Cat vs. mono.  My reasoning was bouncing back and for for several months but ultimately came down to a couple of safety considerations and a couple of financial ones.

The safety ones were Amel specific; stainless steel lifelines, water-tight compartments, center cockpit, hull-to-deck fusing and the rigging itself. Couldn't find any brands that were built the same as the Amel in those regards.

 

Financial considerations were resale and docking and fuel.  Resale is pretty much always good on the Amel, but I couldn't find a consistently true pattern on the Cats, except at the very high end.  Docking almost always costs 1.5x to 2x for a Cat because you take up two slips and with the benefit if two engines comes the fuel expense, increased maintenance and shortened range of running them.  

 

The cats are all over the monohulls for spaciousness and an easy-going ride in easy seas. It's true they are generally faster on the runs and faster under motor.  It's also true that (generally) the rigs are taller, the sails are higher off the water, and (as mentioned before) that comfortable rode goes away pretty dramatically in choppy water when one hull strikes a wave differently than the other one.

I guess I also hold the belief that, generically, you cant load a Cat like you can a monohull without the risk overstressing the structure.  That's an un-researched opinion, but I believe it to be true.

 

Of course, I'm going to vote for a monohull because I chose one and I want you to be like me :)  Joking aside; we've done 4 rally crossings and he cats all made it just fine.  It did seem as though they had some bigger 'adventures' than we did though.  It's a tough thing to quantify ... best let a bit of feeling into the equation as well; ... unless you're planning to sail solo; how does your most important crewmember/Admiral feel about it? 

 

Best of luck!  Regardless of how you decide, hope to see you cruising around some day.

 

Gary W

SM 209, Adagio

Fethiye, Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Mark Erdos
 

Porter,

 

I will not be trapped into the cat vs mono debate. Both have advantages.

 

You need to make up your own mind about the boat that is fits YOUR needs. Only YOU can do this. You do not mention where you plan to sail. This alone should seriously sway you. If you plan to spend a lot of time on the oceans of the world then, buy a boat suited for that. It you plan to island hop the Caribbean then, buy a boat suited for that. If you plan to do coastal cruising, then buy a boat suited for that.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff

SM2K #275 - Currently cruising: Ft Lauderdale, FL

 

 

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 9:38 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

Let me start by again thanking you for all your help along the way.

 

I’d set to purchasing an AMEL54  and am quite committed, researched the brand and boat for a long time now.  

 

Recently a friend and long time sailor also professional captain of a 200’ private yacht commented after i showed him the AMEL 54:

 

Having lived on my own sailboat and worked for years on other owners sailboats, I highly recommend you looking into a Catamaran!  Like the one the listing broker has like a Lagoon 500!

You get twice the space, 2 engines, they are faster and have a shallow draft for anchoring in many places you will not get into with a mono-hull.  The salon and aft outside seating area are very roomy so you don't get cramped.  Mono-hull's you are always sleeping at a angle and cooking too.  I would never run one again just because of not being able to relax more like you can with a Cat hull.  The only down-side is that you usually need to be docked on the end or T-head of the marinas because of how much wider their beam is.    The best part of sailing is getting to the next destination and relaxing and enjoying the freedom of where you are.  The Cat-hull lets you stretch-out and really enjoy where you are with much more inside and outside space.  

If you have not tried one, I think you should go charter for 2-3 days a Catamaran in the BVI's then a Mono-hull and see what you think!  

You are about to spend a-lot of money and do a major life change.  I just don't want you to jump into it without trying all the options available. I have spent years and thousands of miles on Mono-hull sailboats and would never do it again with the great Catamaran options that are out there. 

 

I am about to pull the trigger, am I making the right choice?

I was pretty certain i was until the above response.

 

 

Could you lend me your thoughts?

 

Were a family of four with plans for an around the world cruise for at least 4 years.  

Am i making a mistake?  I am the kind of person who once he makes a decision then makes certain it's the right one and goes with it.  

 

Its very much appreciated.

 

Thank you again Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

jjjk12s@...
 

Porter,

 

My brother has two Lagoon 500s that work commercially. Despite what some may say about the brand they are built to take a knocking and are really good boats. They are probably better looking and sailing than many of the other Lagoon boats so will probably remain popular and possibly hold their value well if looked after. I think you can compare them to an Amel 54 in so far as the price range and ability to carry 4 people around the world on the milk run are similar. So I can understand why two apparently completely different boats may end on the same wish list.

 

I think when comparing the Lagoon to most monohull production boats the Lagoon would come out on top. However, as you are comparing with an Amel 54 it is a harder decision. Although the Lagoon is up to the task it is built to a price. The Amel is much better built. The Amel has many safety features if you are possibly going to encounter bad conditions.

 

The Lagoon 500 has advantages: the view from the saloon, the privacy of having cabins in separate hulls, the verandah type cockpit, the great view from the frybridge in calmer areas or fine weather, etc.

Disadvantages include the size on the fully battened mainsail if you have a problem, the engines, like most cats seem to have more problems because they are basically in the aft lockers, the saildrives can be a headache for maintenance etc plus the other cat issues of slamming in head seas, jerky motion in a seaway, and berthage.

 

Either boat would be great to go around the world on but if you chartered for a couple of days It would be very likely the cat would win. On the Amel you would feel more pride of ownership I think, and be much more confident, say, sailing south of Madagascar which is what you have to do if you intend to sail around the world. With the Lagoon you would have more comfortable apartment-on-the-water type amenities, especially at anchor. I personally would easily choose the Amel and I have 2 children, but it depends upon the families priorities. My wife would may prefer the cat until really bad weather in the open ocean, then she would want to fly home from the next port!.

 

Cheers John ,Maramu, Popeye #91

 


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Eric Freedman
 

Richard,

Nice to see you on the site.

I miss seeing your daughter and grandkids in St Maarten.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

this is my first comment. I don't own an Amel - yet.  I know Eric and his Kimberlite and that was my first inkling that Amel was the boat I might cruise in.  Then i sailed on a new 55' Amel. Nice.

 

So I joined this list while consider selling my Tartan 4100 and buying an Amel.

 

I have crewed three times on 40-45' catamarans.  the benefits and problems of cats have been well-detailed here and elsewhere.  They are fantastic at anchor in the Bahamas.  They are not fantastic sailing in a full gale from Bermuda to Antigua.

 

But one thing that I had not considered until I spent a few good weeks on cats - a 45' cat has the equivalent waterline of a 90' monohull.  think about painting the bottom or scrubbing the water line by yourself and let it sink in to your mind. think about caring for the toe rail, cove stripe, etc.  90' feet is a lot.  90' is not retirement cruising. 

 

there is more than double the deck space on a 45' cat over a 55' monohull.  deck space is nice, but I found the wide cat deck spaces to be a situation of Diminishing Returns; I did not enjoy the boat 200% more, but I did have 250% more deck to clean, wax, maintain, etc.  Same for the wide open space in the salon and the cockpit.  I really could not use the space there, but I had to wipe the floor down often, especially when offshore - slippery and dangerous in a big swell.  it was much more wiping than on my Tartan monohull.  the open floor space did not increase my enjoyment enough to justify increasing my maintenance cleaning effort so much.

 

for maintenance equivalence you might consider comparing a 55' mono to a 25' multihull and then weigh the advantages of safety, comfort, speed, anchoring.  It was enough to put my wife and I off catamarans.   but mostly my wife and I missed the fantastic sounds and sensations that a monohull creates when it is sailing.  pure joy.

 

best wishes to all you cruisers,

Richard

Tartan 4100 in Milford Connecticut.

 


From: "gary@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 

 

I did tons and tons of research before deciding Cat vs. mono.  My reasoning was bouncing back and for for several months but ultimately came down to a couple of safety considerations and a couple of financial ones.

The safety ones were Amel specific; stainless steel lifelines, water-tight compartments, center cockpit, hull-to-deck fusing and the rigging itself. Couldn't find any brands that were built the same as the Amel in those regards.

 

Financial considerations were resale and docking and fuel.  Resale is pretty much always good on the Amel, but I couldn't find a consistently true pattern on the Cats, except at the very high end.  Docking almost always costs 1.5x to 2x for a Cat because you take up two slips and with the benefit if two engines comes the fuel expense, increased maintenance and shortened range of running them.  

 

The cats are all over the monohulls for spaciousness and an easy-going ride in easy seas. It's true they are generally faster on the runs and faster under motor.  It's also true that (generally) the rigs are taller, the sails are higher off the water, and (as mentioned before) that comfortable rode goes away pretty dramatically in choppy water when one hull strikes a wave differently than the other one.

I guess I also hold the belief that, generically, you cant load a Cat like you can a monohull without the risk overstressing the structure.  That's an un-researched opinion, but I believe it to be true.

 

Of course, I'm going to vote for a monohull because I chose one and I want you to be like me :)  Joking aside; we've done 4 rally crossings and he cats all made it just fine.  It did seem as though they had some bigger 'adventures' than we did though.  It's a tough thing to quantify ... best let a bit of feeling into the equation as well; ... unless you're planning to sail solo; how does your most important crewmember/Admiral feel about it? 

 

Best of luck!  Regardless of how you decide, hope to see you cruising around some day.

 

Gary W

SM 209, Adagio

Fethiye, Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

Symphony
 

this is my first comment. I don't own an Amel - yet.  I know Eric and his Kimberlite and that was my first inkling that Amel was the boat I might cruise in.  Then i sailed on a new 55' Amel. Nice.

So I joined this list while consider selling my Tartan 4100 and buying an Amel.

I have crewed three times on 40-45' catamarans.  the benefits and problems of cats have been well-detailed here and elsewhere.  They are fantastic at anchor in the Bahamas.  They are not fantastic sailing in a full gale from Bermuda to Antigua.

But one thing that I had not considered until I spent a few good weeks on cats - a 45' cat has the equivalent waterline of a 90' monohull.  think about painting the bottom or scrubbing the water line by yourself and let it sink in to your mind. think about caring for the toe rail, cove stripe, etc.  90' feet is a lot.  90' is not retirement cruising. 

there is more than double the deck space on a 45' cat over a 55' monohull.  deck space is nice, but I found the wide cat deck spaces to be a situation of Diminishing Returns; I did not enjoy the boat 200% more, but I did have 250% more deck to clean, wax, maintain, etc.  Same for the wide open space in the salon and the cockpit.  I really could not use the space there, but I had to wipe the floor down often, especially when offshore - slippery and dangerous in a big swell.  it was much more wiping than on my Tartan monohull.  the open floor space did not increase my enjoyment enough to justify increasing my maintenance cleaning effort so much.

for maintenance equivalence you might consider comparing a 55' mono to a 25' multihull and then weigh the advantages of safety, comfort, speed, anchoring.  It was enough to put my wife and I off catamarans.   but mostly my wife and I missed the fantastic sounds and sensations that a monohull creates when it is sailing.  pure joy.

best wishes to all you cruisers,
Richard
Tartan 4100 in Milford Connecticut.



From: "gary@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

 
I did tons and tons of research before deciding Cat vs. mono.  My reasoning was bouncing back and for for several months but ultimately came down to a couple of safety considerations and a couple of financial ones.
The safety ones were Amel specific; stainless steel lifelines, water-tight compartments, center cockpit, hull-to-deck fusing and the rigging itself. Couldn't find any brands that were built the same as the Amel in those regards.

Financial considerations were resale and docking and fuel.  Resale is pretty much always good on the Amel, but I couldn't find a consistently true pattern on the Cats, except at the very high end.  Docking almost always costs 1.5x to 2x for a Cat because you take up two slips and with the benefit if two engines comes the fuel expense, increased maintenance and shortened range of running them.  

The cats are all over the monohulls for spaciousness and an easy-going ride in easy seas. It's true they are generally faster on the runs and faster under motor.  It's also true that (generally) the rigs are taller, the sails are higher off the water, and (as mentioned before) that comfortable rode goes away pretty dramatically in choppy water when one hull strikes a wave differently than the other one.
I guess I also hold the belief that, generically, you cant load a Cat like you can a monohull without the risk overstressing the structure.  That's an un-researched opinion, but I believe it to be true.

Of course, I'm going to vote for a monohull because I chose one and I want you to be like me :)  Joking aside; we've done 4 rally crossings and he cats all made it just fine.  It did seem as though they had some bigger 'adventures' than we did though.  It's a tough thing to quantify ... best let a bit of feeling into the equation as well; ... unless you're planning to sail solo; how does your most important crewmember/Admiral feel about it? 

Best of luck!  Regardless of how you decide, hope to see you cruising around some day.

Gary W
SM 209, Adagio
Fethiye, Turkey








Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?

hanspeter baettig
 

gary i like your last posting.. Coniderations... Resale ! and docking ...
I have my SM since 1993 never consider to sell my boat
So pls explaine ; you sail a SM only for a small time and ???
Best reagrds
Hanspeter
SM Tamango 2', #16

Von meinem iPad gesendet

Am 24.01.2017 um 16:10 schrieb gary@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

I did tons and tons of research before deciding Cat vs. mono.  My reasoning was bouncing back and for for several months but ultimately came down to a couple of safety considerations and a couple of financial ones.
The safety ones were Amel specific; stainless steel lifelines, water-tight compartments, center cockpit, hull-to-deck fusing and the rigging itself. Couldn't find any brands that were built the same as the Amel in those regards.

Financial considerations were resale and docking and fuel.  Resale is pretty much always good on the Amel, but I couldn't find a consistently true pattern on the Cats, except at the very high end.  Docking almost always costs 1.5x to 2x for a Cat because you take up two slips and with the benefit if two engines comes the fuel expense, increased maintenance and shortened range of running them.  

The cats are all over the monohulls for spaciousness and an easy-going ride in easy seas. It's true they are generally faster on the runs and faster under motor.  It's also true that (generally) the rigs are taller, the sails are higher off the water, and (as mentioned before) that comfortable rode goes away pretty dramatically in choppy water when one hull strikes a wave differently than the other one.
I guess I also hold the belief that, generically, you cant load a Cat like you can a monohull without the risk overstressing the structure.  That's an un-researched opinion, but I believe it to be true.

Of course, I'm going to vote for a monohull because I chose one and I want you to be like me :)  Joking aside; we've done 4 rally crossings and he cats all made it just fine.  It did seem as though they had some bigger 'adventures' than we did though.  It's a tough thing to quantify ... best let a bit of feeling into the equation as well; ... unless you're planning to sail solo; how does your most important crewmember/Admiral feel about it? 

Best of luck!  Regardless of how you decide, hope to see you cruising around some day.

Gary W
SM 209, Adagio
Fethiye, Turkey