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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Dan Carlson
 

Hi Alexandre,  Thanks for the reply.   I am sorry to read about your latest round with the hotel you are in.   I hope that you are able to work something out.   Have you been able to identify any reasonable ways to get out of there with all of your things?   I am for your electricity and internet to get a little bit better and try to reach out to you for a real conversation.   Then we can talk more specifically about ways that we can help or where we might be able to catch up with you.   

Please keep the updates coming and let us know ways that we might be able to help.   

Best Regards,  Dan Carlson,  sv BeBe, SM#387 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Gary,

 

Thank you for sharing this. I found it very insightful. We know a few people we met while in Palmas Del Mar YC in PR who decided to stay there for this h’season. Their plan was to go to the BVI in November and they didn’t want to sail all the way back. The eye of Maria pass right over them. I don’t expect the news to be good.

 

I wish you well as you start to put the pieces back together (perhaps not the best choice of words). Let’s hope things aren’t too bad and can be repaired quickly. Keep us posted. We hope to see you on the water again soon.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Grenada

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Dear Gary,

I am so sorry and heart broken to read your beloved Liahona was damaged during Hurricane Maria. Hopefully there is not more damaged than what you describe and she can be repaired.

I know how meticulous you are and again I want to thanks you so much for all your help on the forum, writing how to overhaul bow thruster, adjusting the bow thruster rigging, C-drive overhaul and so on.
Without all your articles, I probably would not have make it that long.

I hope we meet one day and you give me a tour of Liahona.
We have many points in common (I also fly and a few months ago even landed in St Barth)
Thank you so much for thinking and praying for and with me, I am very touched.

Not to go into personal issues, but the hotel which agrees on a $1500 monthly price, now is calling the deal of raising to $3,000 month (and we only have electricity, water and internet 4 hours/day).

I don’t think I mention, the insurance adjuster came by Thursday and told me it was a total loss. I am still to hear back from the insurance…

When I tied NIKIMAT, I gave enough slack to anticipate a 5 ft water surge.
Unfortunately, it was a direct hit (passing through the eye) and the wind ripped off the cleats from the marina and (at least) 1 from the boat.
When both cleats hold, it is the 7/8” dock line that broke… just insane.

Back to you, I am really sorry for you Gary, I hope with time Liahona will be back as beautiful as she was.

Sincerely, Alexandre




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On Sat, 9/23/17, amelliahona <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 3:54 PM


 









Hi Amel family:
I have followed with
sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St.
Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales
in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences
to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because
I just didn't know, until now.  
We have had Liahona at
Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane
seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found
the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that
the insurance premium was no different for being laid up
ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat
"in the water" both last year and again this year.
 I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items,
the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on
the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14
dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe
gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.
 Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a
large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the
slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed
wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls
closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My
boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the
batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged
in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and
had 800 liters of water on board.
The south eyeball of Irma
passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks
could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only
some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up
against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of
position and that combined with line stretch left them
ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly
cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to
me.  Then came Maria.... 
The north eyeball of Maria
passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read
of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock
lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected
by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout
sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I
watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the
internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations
stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was
98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I
watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the
radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the
island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have
survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to
the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that
from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina),
there we're many "vertical masts".  5
pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other
sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report
is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown
numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece
for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was
not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I
spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did
a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of
dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my
boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of
the cell phone system and power grid there was no further
word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the
roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.
 Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as
miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.
 More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel
Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost
contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.
 My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into
the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and
stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright
but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry
belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth
floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the
companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail
damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines
destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a
thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the
waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger
pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every
fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the
fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside
down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin
top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter
cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I
lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of
helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the
remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a
fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.
 
The wait resumes for what
is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah
than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that
have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that
aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my
sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly
imagine the pain and suffering. 
Lesson learned, surge is the problem for
a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional
boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats
that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona
somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't
ever lay her up "in the water" again. 
Perhaps my experience will be of some
value to the membership. 
Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v
Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

eric freedman
 

Hi Steve and Liz

Are you having a problem with the soot from the coal burning plant across the harbor?

 

Please say hello to Kelly in the office  from Eric on Kimberlite

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

So sorry to hear about the damage to your beautiful Amel. Best of luck getting her repaired, and back on the water. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve and Liz Davis

Aloha SM 72

Santa Marta, Columbia


Steve Davis

S/V Aloha


On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

I don’t have the parts number, but I have the brushes, actually I have the entire rebuild kit I purchase from Amel La Rochelle.

Sincerely, Alexandre




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On Sat, 9/23/17, dancarlson367@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:38 PM


 









Hi All,  I am working on my spare parts list for
my return to BeBe in November.   I am looking for details
on the replacement brushes for the AMFA fresh water pump. 
 
Does anyone know a
part number for just the brushes.   That is all that I
need for that pump.   
Or if you don't know the part
number if you could give me the dimensions of the brushes
themselves (length, width, height) and a picture of the
brushes as well.  The shape of metal clip at the top is
good to have a picture of in case I just need to go to a
motor store to try to pick the best fit. 
Thanks and Regards,  Dan Carlson,
sv BeBe, SM#387


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Congratulations Jeff!!!
Sincerely, Alexandre



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

On Sat, 9/23/17, Courtney Gorman Itsfun1@aol.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11:51 AM


 









Well Done Jeff!!






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From: 'sailormon' kimberlite@optonline.net
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>

To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Fri, Sep 22, 2017 9:03 pm

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane
Maria








 
















I just received a note
from Jeff on his Amel 54.

He left the South west
coast of Puerto  Rico before Maria and headed south. He
encountered winds to 40 knots and seas 8-12
feet.

He returned to the
marina and he was the only boat floating,. The buoys to the
entrance were gone

Some boats floating and
many piled up on the beach. He entered and tied up to the
gas dock in 20 knots.

He did this all single
handed.30 hours total time solo.

Congratulations to
Jeff









































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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mixing Elbow

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Paul,

I replaced the Exhaust Elbow twice without issue.
Make sure you have spare gaskets.
As you wrote it is part number: 3582512
Which I purchased in Florida.
I have a spare.
As you know NIKIMAT sunk, not sure how in a hurry you are, but I’d be glad to sell mine (and all the engine parts I have: starter, injectors, raw water pump, fuel pump, etc.).

I have only an hour internet, so little time to go into details.

Sincerely, Alexandre


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

On Sat, 9/23/17, pwschofield@live.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mixing Elbow
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:25 AM


 









Good Morning.  Thank you all for your
friendly advice regarding my turbo replacement/long term
maintenance.  Along this same topic, I am looking into
replacing the mixing elbow.  On my TMD22 the casting number
is 3775N10A-1 but that doesn't appear to correlate to
the part number I'm seeing in the manual which is 861413
(replaced by 3582512).  
My mixing elbow has a 3.5"
flange for the riser pipe however, the replacement part
3582512 appears to be 5" based on my internet searches.
 
Has anyone run into
this issue yet when replacing their exhaust/mixing elbow? 
If so, how did you deal with it?  
I'd appreciate any
insight.
Thank
you.
PaulSM215SV
Trillium


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Stephen Davis
 

So sorry to hear about the damage to your beautiful Amel. Best of luck getting her repaired, and back on the water. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz Davis
Aloha SM 72
Santa Marta, Columbia

Steve Davis
S/V Aloha

On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:


I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  


We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.


The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 


The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  


The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 


Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 


Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 


Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah






Super Maramu 2K interior cushions set for sale or barter in Trinidad

Aquarius
 

Hi all,

 

We splurged a bit and upgraded our interior and now have extra set or interior living room set in blue/white/beige color. Pictures attached. There are no rips or stains, just some normal wear signs. 

We currently in Trinidad, so are the cushions.

We will be here for a week, so please hurry up if interested.

 

Let us know if you interested.

 

Best regards,

Ken & Zivile



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Head swivel

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

Thanks Miles. If your passing thru Annapolis and need transportation or any assistance, just ask. 
Ric
Bali Hai SN 24
Annapolis

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

On Sep 23, 2017, at 9:29 AM, Miles Bidwell milesbid@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hello Bali Hai,
I bought my AMEL new from the factory in 1998. The roller furling is original. The boat has always been called Ladybug.
Regards,
Miles
Ladybug, s/m 216, preparing to leave my storm hole and return to Newport , RI


Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Hi Amel family:


I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  


We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.


The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 


The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  


The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 


Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 


Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 


Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mixing Elbow

Jean-Pierre's MacBook Air <jgermain@...>
 

FWIW, my brand new VOLVO original part has the following stamped into the casing.

3775N10A-1  Then 146 CH2.

Good luck.

Jean-Pierre
SY Eleuthera, SM 007


On 23 Sep 2017, at 15:19, belavitasm2000@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

My exhaust pipe is 90mm or 3 1/2 inch so , we have the same .

Ordered via eBay ,with availability and compatibility .
Regards 
Philippe



Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Dan Carlson
 

Hi All,  I am working on my spare parts list for my return to BeBe in November.   I am looking for details on the replacement brushes for the AMFA fresh water pump.   

Does anyone know a part number for just the brushes.   That is all that I need for that pump.   

Or if you don't know the part number if you could give me the dimensions of the brushes themselves (length, width, height) and a picture of the brushes as well.  The shape of metal clip at the top is good to have a picture of in case I just need to go to a motor store to try to pick the best fit. 

Thanks and Regards,  Dan Carlson, sv BeBe, SM#387


Re: Mixing Elbow

Philippe Morel
 

My exhaust pipe is 90mm or 3 1/2 inch so , we have the same .
Ordered via eBay ,with availability and compatibility .
Regards 
Philippe


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Mixing Elbow [1 Attachment]

paul schofield <pwschofield@...>
 

Philippe, that looks like the one I was going to order also however, does it have a 5” diameter outlet?  The one that came off my engine is only 3 ½”

 

Thank you

 

Paul

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: belavitasm2000@... [amelyachtowners]
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:58 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Mixing Elbow [1 Attachment]

 

 

[Attachment(s) from belavitasm2000@... [amelyachtowners] included below]

Here is picture of mixing elbow ordered and receive

Philippe

SM 2k 238

BELAVITA

 


Re: Mixing Elbow

Philippe Morel
 

Here is picture of mixing elbow ordered and receive
Philippe
SM 2k 238
BELAVITA


Re: Mixing Elbow

Philippe Morel
 

Just made that week, ordered at hdi marine , price round 200 usd , I choose a cast stainless steel better resistance to corrosion .


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

Courtney Gorman
 

Well Done Jeff!!


-----Original Message-----
From: 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Fri, Sep 22, 2017 9:03 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

 
I just received a note from Jeff on his Amel 54.
He left the South west coast of Puerto  Rico before Maria and headed south. He encountered winds to 40 knots and seas 8-12 feet.
He returned to the marina and he was the only boat floating,. The buoys to the entrance were gone
Some boats floating and many piled up on the beach. He entered and tied up to the gas dock in 20 knots.
He did this all single handed.30 hours total time solo.
Congratulations to Jeff


Mixing Elbow

pwschofield@...
 

Good Morning.  Thank you all for your friendly advice regarding my turbo replacement/long term maintenance.  Along this same topic, I am looking into replacing the mixing elbow.  On my TMD22 the casting number is 3775N10A-1 but that doesn't appear to correlate to the part number I'm seeing in the manual which is 861413 (replaced by 3582512).  


My mixing elbow has a 3.5" flange for the riser pipe however, the replacement part 3582512 appears to be 5" based on my internet searches.  

Has anyone run into this issue yet when replacing their exhaust/mixing elbow?  If so, how did you deal with it?  

I'd appreciate any insight.

Thank you.

Paul
SM215
SV Trillium


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

Jeff,

Congratulations! Well done! We are happy for you.

SM 345 "Life is Good"
Vladimir
202 258 1916

On Sep 22, 2017 18:03, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I just received a note from Jeff on his Amel 54.

He left the South west coast of Puerto  Rico before Maria and headed south. He encountered winds to 40 knots and seas 8-12 feet.

He returned to the marina and he was the only boat floating,. The buoys to the entrance were gone

Some boats floating and many piled up on the beach. He entered and tied up to the gas dock in 20 knots.

He did this all single handed.30 hours total time solo.

Congratulations to Jeff