Date   
Telephone Communications in Caribbean

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

Hi to all,
Excalibur (SM # 195) is in Lanzarote, and we plan to cross to the
Caribbean in late Nov./early Dec. Anyone else crossing this year?
After 6 years in Europe, using a GSM cellphone to stay in touch,
we're heading for terra incognita as far as cell phone communications
goes. What have some of you found useful in the Caribbean?
We have an Iridium sat phone, but are looking for other options
for family & friends to reach us on the boat.
Any ideas would be appreciated, or web sites to check out.
Thanks, Roy

Amel Mango for sale

amelmango <chiefnelson@...>
 

1983 Amel Mango for sale. Continually upgraded with new equipment.
Cruise ready with complete ships spares. 2nd owner has new family
and regrettably must sell. 307-733-6242

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help Please!

mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...>
 

--
Thanks for the helpful information to all who replied to my battery
inquiry. Michael Glass /Second Call


- In amelyachtowners@y..., "David Wallace" <svairops@h...> wrote:
We replaced the 5 12v gel cell batteries on our Maramu (hull #104)
last
September with Trojan 6v wet cells. The Trojan website
(www.trojanbattery.com) is filled with useful information including
a
"battery picker" which gives amp-hr capacities and physical
dimensions so
you can choose models that fit in your available space. We were
able to fit
4 LH-16 6v models in our boat giving us 890 amp-hr capacity at 12
volts,
about double what the previous owner had installed. After
selecting the
model that we wanted, we were able to buy them locally (in SF).
We've only
had them a year, but no complaints after a season of cruising in
the Sea of
Cortez.
Dave and Merry Wallace
s/v Air Ops


From: Anne-Sophie Schmitt <nearlynothing@y...>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@y...
To: amelyachtowners@y...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help
Please!
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 05:29:10 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Mr. Glass,
My baterries failed after 2 years. You actually can
get the Delcos in the USA, I believe to the identical
layout as OEM. Try Ed's Batteries in Westbrook, Maine.
However, upon researching the matter, I found that the
Delcos are only medium quality. A batterymaker with,
it seems, a top reputation for traditional lead-acid
batteries is Trojan. They have more capacity and
longer life (it is said 5 years). These only cost
about $10. more per battery. You do have to cut off
the plastic handles which are molded on Trojan cases
(no big deal) and re-do the cables, also quite
straightforward. I looked into gel batteries (thumbs
down it seems for many reasons) and AGM, the newest
thing. Conclusion on AGM: twice the price of good lead
acid, same life expectancy. So, no go. If you wanted
the exact Trojan battery model you could call Ed's
Batteries. I bought 8 from them in May '02. They
delivered them to Lyman-Morse Boats in Maine. They
would probably have the record. They cost $90. each.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Claude Roessiger
--- mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Listmates: I own an SM 2000. As predicted by Amel,
the battery bank
is failing as I approach the 3 year mark. The
battery replacement
problem is as follows: The original batteries are AC
DELCO, but an AC
Delco European model not available in the US. The US
model (Group
27) is close but the battery posts are located
differently and I
will likely have to change the battery cables if I
use the US Delcos.
I would like to replace the batteries, if possible,
without changing
the battery compartment or lengthening the cables to
accomodate new
batteries. Is there anyone out there who has
changed the batteries
on the SM, and if so, what make/model did you
install? Thank you
Michael Glass
Second Call


__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Finance - Get real-time stock quotes
http://finance.yahoo.com




_________________________________________________________________
Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device:
http://mobile.msn.com

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help Please!

David Wallace
 

We replaced the 5 12v gel cell batteries on our Maramu (hull #104) last September with Trojan 6v wet cells. The Trojan website (www.trojanbattery.com) is filled with useful information including a "battery picker" which gives amp-hr capacities and physical dimensions so you can choose models that fit in your available space. We were able to fit 4 LH-16 6v models in our boat giving us 890 amp-hr capacity at 12 volts, about double what the previous owner had installed. After selecting the model that we wanted, we were able to buy them locally (in SF). We've only had them a year, but no complaints after a season of cruising in the Sea of Cortez.
Dave and Merry Wallace
s/v Air Ops


From: Anne-Sophie Schmitt <nearlynothing@...>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@...
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help Please!
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 05:29:10 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Mr. Glass,
My baterries failed after 2 years. You actually can
get the Delcos in the USA, I believe to the identical
layout as OEM. Try Ed's Batteries in Westbrook, Maine.
However, upon researching the matter, I found that the
Delcos are only medium quality. A batterymaker with,
it seems, a top reputation for traditional lead-acid
batteries is Trojan. They have more capacity and
longer life (it is said 5 years). These only cost
about $10. more per battery. You do have to cut off
the plastic handles which are molded on Trojan cases
(no big deal) and re-do the cables, also quite
straightforward. I looked into gel batteries (thumbs
down it seems for many reasons) and AGM, the newest
thing. Conclusion on AGM: twice the price of good lead
acid, same life expectancy. So, no go. If you wanted
the exact Trojan battery model you could call Ed's
Batteries. I bought 8 from them in May '02. They
delivered them to Lyman-Morse Boats in Maine. They
would probably have the record. They cost $90. each.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Claude Roessiger
--- mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...> wrote:
Listmates: I own an SM 2000. As predicted by Amel,
the battery bank
is failing as I approach the 3 year mark. The
battery replacement
problem is as follows: The original batteries are AC
DELCO, but an AC
Delco European model not available in the US. The US
model (Group
27) is close but the battery posts are located
differently and I
will likely have to change the battery cables if I
use the US Delcos.
I would like to replace the batteries, if possible,
without changing
the battery compartment or lengthening the cables to
accomodate new
batteries. Is there anyone out there who has
changed the batteries
on the SM, and if so, what make/model did you
install? Thank you
Michael Glass
Second Call


__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Finance - Get real-time stock quotes
http://finance.yahoo.com




_________________________________________________________________
Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: http://mobile.msn.com

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help Please!

Anne-Sophie Schmitt <nearlynothing@...>
 

Dear Mr. Glass,
My baterries failed after 2 years. You actually can
get the Delcos in the USA, I believe to the identical
layout as OEM. Try Ed's Batteries in Westbrook, Maine.
However, upon researching the matter, I found that the
Delcos are only medium quality. A batterymaker with,
it seems, a top reputation for traditional lead-acid
batteries is Trojan. They have more capacity and
longer life (it is said 5 years). These only cost
about $10. more per battery. You do have to cut off
the plastic handles which are molded on Trojan cases
(no big deal) and re-do the cables, also quite
straightforward. I looked into gel batteries (thumbs
down it seems for many reasons) and AGM, the newest
thing. Conclusion on AGM: twice the price of good lead
acid, same life expectancy. So, no go. If you wanted
the exact Trojan battery model you could call Ed's
Batteries. I bought 8 from them in May '02. They
delivered them to Lyman-Morse Boats in Maine. They
would probably have the record. They cost $90. each.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Claude Roessiger
--- mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...> wrote:
Listmates: I own an SM 2000. As predicted by Amel,
the battery bank
is failing as I approach the 3 year mark. The
battery replacement
problem is as follows: The original batteries are AC
DELCO, but an AC
Delco European model not available in the US. The US
model (Group
27) is close but the battery posts are located
differently and I
will likely have to change the battery cables if I
use the US Delcos.
I would like to replace the batteries, if possible,
without changing
the battery compartment or lengthening the cables to
accomodate new
batteries. Is there anyone out there who has
changed the batteries
on the SM, and if so, what make/model did you
install? Thank you
Michael Glass
Second Call


__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Finance - Get real-time stock quotes
http://finance.yahoo.com

New Batteries for SM 2000 /Help Please!

mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...>
 

Listmates: I own an SM 2000. As predicted by Amel, the battery bank
is failing as I approach the 3 year mark. The battery replacement
problem is as follows: The original batteries are AC DELCO, but an AC
Delco European model not available in the US. The US model (Group
27) is close but the battery posts are located differently and I
will likely have to change the battery cables if I use the US Delcos.
I would like to replace the batteries, if possible, without changing
the battery compartment or lengthening the cables to accomodate new
batteries. Is there anyone out there who has changed the batteries
on the SM, and if so, what make/model did you install? Thank you
Michael Glass
Second Call

Super Maramu for Sale

satchimi <jboucharla@...>
 

Hull # 232, delivered July 1998. Although not a "2000" model she is
equiped exactly like the 2000 except for the blue floors.
Currently located in Japan she will start on her way back to Europe
around November 02 by way of S'Pore, Djibouti, Suez, etc.
Asking price USDol 500 000

(No subject)

mcgosprey2000 <no_reply@...>
 

Re: Adhesive recommendations for overhead liner

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

I had the same problem on a previously owned Maramu. The head (of
the tropics) turns the foam backing into a dust. My solution was to
use a contact cement. However, you will find that afterwards the
surface is no longer smoothe as there is no foam to fill the gaps.
The answer of course is to replace the material completely. A big
job. Amel solved the problem in later SM's by using a material that
has different backing. When I got my SM about 8 years ago I told
Amel I would provide the material myself. By that timed they were
aware of the problem and had found the revised material. Contact
cement will work for you, but the results won't be very pretty.
Arnold

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., closereach <no_reply@y...> wrote:
I don't know if it's the heat of the summer that's causing it, but
several areas of the overhead 'vinyl' liner on our SM have peeled
off, exposing the still attached foam backing.
Can anyone suggest what glue or adhesive they've successfully used
to
reattach the liner (without having to scrape off the foam, it's
that
possible).
Thanks
Richard
SM #5 Spice

Adhesive recommendations for overhead liner

closereach <no_reply@...>
 

I don't know if it's the heat of the summer that's causing it, but
several areas of the overhead 'vinyl' liner on our SM have peeled
off, exposing the still attached foam backing.
Can anyone suggest what glue or adhesive they've successfully used to
reattach the liner (without having to scrape off the foam, it's that
possible).
Thanks
Richard
SM #5 Spice

Re: Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

Beware of running too long at 2000. The turbo doesn't cut in until
approximately 2500. I had the bad habit of motoring around 2200 and
thus never engaging the turbo. Guess what? Yeah, it cost me a new
one. Parts and Power in Tortola, the only show in town did the
work. I suppose I can recommend them now that many hours of useless
work later, and much billing, they solved the problem following my
instructions based on Selo's recommendations. Maybe we'll see you
elsewhere. The current plan is to bring Pagan north to the Virgins
in December. Good luck. Arnold

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., rbenven44 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Thanks to Arnold (Pagandaisy) and all others for the input on the
RPM
problems. Given that we had just had the injectors serviced, I
tend
to suspect them, also.
We have cleaned the prop and seen no difference.
So we will continue on our way (2000 RPM is all we need to motor,
anyway), hope for good winds, and take care of the problem
elsewhere.

Arnold, where did you have your work done?

We will be in Grenada in mid-to-late January, hope to see you there.

Regards, Roy "Excalibur" SM #195

Re: Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

Thanks to Arnold (Pagandaisy) and all others for the input on the RPM
problems. Given that we had just had the injectors serviced, I tend
to suspect them, also.
We have cleaned the prop and seen no difference.
So we will continue on our way (2000 RPM is all we need to motor,
anyway), hope for good winds, and take care of the problem elsewhere.

Arnold, where did you have your work done?

We will be in Grenada in mid-to-late January, hope to see you there.

Regards, Roy "Excalibur" SM #195

Re: Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

I can't say I have the definitive solution to the RPM loss, but
essentially mine has been solved (at least to 2800 RPM) thanks to
advice from Selo and a little common sense. First of all the
injectors have to be REPLACED instead of adjusted. Then the pump has
to be adjusted UNDER LOAD. Someone who knows the engine has to do
the latter. The injector change did the most. Both got me from 1800
to 2700. Flushing the engine got me 100 more. I should point out
that I have a standard prop not a folding one. It wasn't the problem
nor was any growth on the hull. I suspect there's still some carbon
buildup. Good luck. Wish I was sailing too. Pagan's in Grenada for
the hurricane season. Incidentally we crossed directly from Madeira
and skipped the Canaries. Arnold


--- In amelyachtowners@y..., asm283 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@y..., rbenven44 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Hello all,
We hope most of you are out there sailing someplace. We are
now
in the Azores, where we sailed to from Portugal, after 5 years in
the
Med. Next is Madeira, then Canaries, and Caribbean.
Recently, we have had a problem similar to that
from "pagandaisy",
posted in November. Our engine won´t rev past 2000 RPM. We had
just
had the injectors service by MAYS in Horta. We have 1670 hours
on
the engine, and we have checked all the obvious: clean air
intake,
clean fuel and filters, clean prop, new oil in transmission. The
engine goes up to 4000 RPM+ in neutral, but underway, it just
stops
at 2000. Throttle linkage is OK, and no black smoke at full
throttle.
Any ideas? The best minds in Horta, as well as a diesel
mechanic
with submarine experience (a South African sailor) can´t find a
problem.
Hi I had the same problem with the Perkins Prima wich is basically
the same engine. The solution was to change the injectors. That
seems
to have solved the problem. If you had your injectors serviced
maybe
they were not serviced correctly. I hope this helps. please post
the
solution when you find it.

V C
Thanks for any input, and good sailing to all.
Roy Benveniste, SM Excalibur, #195

Re: Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

asm283 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., rbenven44 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Hello all,
We hope most of you are out there sailing someplace. We are now
in the Azores, where we sailed to from Portugal, after 5 years in
the
Med. Next is Madeira, then Canaries, and Caribbean.
Recently, we have had a problem similar to that
from "pagandaisy",
posted in November. Our engine won´t rev past 2000 RPM. We had
just
had the injectors service by MAYS in Horta. We have 1670 hours on
the engine, and we have checked all the obvious: clean air intake,
clean fuel and filters, clean prop, new oil in transmission. The
engine goes up to 4000 RPM+ in neutral, but underway, it just stops
at 2000. Throttle linkage is OK, and no black smoke at full
throttle.
Any ideas? The best minds in Horta, as well as a diesel
mechanic
with submarine experience (a South African sailor) can´t find a
problem.
Hi I had the same problem with the Perkins Prima wich is basically
the same engine. The solution was to change the injectors. That seems
to have solved the problem. If you had your injectors serviced maybe
they were not serviced correctly. I hope this helps. please post the
solution when you find it.

V C
Thanks for any input, and good sailing to all.
Roy Benveniste, SM Excalibur, #195

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

Anne-Sophie Schmitt <nearlynothing@...>
 

My experience has been that the smallest malfunction
in the folding prop will cause this. It can be
anything which prevents full deployment of the prop.
Can you get 3000 RPM in reverse? Usually a prop which
does not deploy in one direction will deploy in the
other. A tiny marine growth, pit in the metal, or even
poor lubrication can prevent deployment. The lubricant
has to be an extra special, extra sticky lubricant
specific to the folding prop or it's ejected at the
first revolutions. The fact that your engine will
reach RPM in neutral suggests it isn't the engine. For
some reason this engine is quite easily "overpowered"
by even small irregularities, such as just going
through seaweed. Hope thi helps. Claude Roessiger
--- rbenven44 <no_reply@...> wrote:
Hello all,
We hope most of you are out there sailing
someplace. We are now
in the Azores, where we sailed to from Portugal,
after 5 years in the
Med. Next is Madeira, then Canaries, and Caribbean.
Recently, we have had a problem similar to that
from "pagandaisy",
posted in November. Our engine wont rev past 2000
RPM. We had just
had the injectors service by MAYS in Horta. We have
1670 hours on
the engine, and we have checked all the obvious:
clean air intake,
clean fuel and filters, clean prop, new oil in
transmission. The
engine goes up to 4000 RPM+ in neutral, but
underway, it just stops
at 2000. Throttle linkage is OK, and no black smoke
at full throttle.
Any ideas? The best minds in Horta, as well as a
diesel mechanic
with submarine experience (a South African sailor)
cant find a
problem.
Thanks for any input, and good sailing to all.
Roy Benveniste, SM Excalibur, #195


__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
HotJobs - Search Thousands of New Jobs
http://www.hotjobs.com

Volvo TMD22 RPM problems

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

Hello all,
We hope most of you are out there sailing someplace. We are now
in the Azores, where we sailed to from Portugal, after 5 years in the
Med. Next is Madeira, then Canaries, and Caribbean.
Recently, we have had a problem similar to that from "pagandaisy",
posted in November. Our engine won´t rev past 2000 RPM. We had just
had the injectors service by MAYS in Horta. We have 1670 hours on
the engine, and we have checked all the obvious: clean air intake,
clean fuel and filters, clean prop, new oil in transmission. The
engine goes up to 4000 RPM+ in neutral, but underway, it just stops
at 2000. Throttle linkage is OK, and no black smoke at full throttle.
Any ideas? The best minds in Horta, as well as a diesel mechanic
with submarine experience (a South African sailor) can´t find a
problem.
Thanks for any input, and good sailing to all.
Roy Benveniste, SM Excalibur, #195

autopilots

davidlambertsen <no_reply@...>
 

Hello, les Amels,

Does anyone have experience with the W-H Autopilot P-3C model, which
is a belowdeck hydraulic system I am considering installing? I want
to replace my Autohelm 6000 on my Maramu.

I would appreciate any insights on the W-H Autopilot (this is Steve
Dashew's recommended manufacturer) or on other brands of hydraulic
autopilots. Thank you.

David Lambertsen
s/v Have Fun!
Amel Maramu #258

110 lb Bruce on Super Maramu

sv_red_red_wine <sv_red_red_wine@...>
 

Does anyone have or use a 110 Bruce on their Maramu. I know Amel has
changed the andchor roller recently... will it fit. Paul Camp

Re: Alternative 24 volt interior lighting

pagandaisy <no_reply@...>
 

When I bought my SM 8 years ago I objected then to the "map lights"
Amel was then installing as reading lights and insisted instead on 24
volt halogen lights. We found some made by Hella in the catalog. My
experience has been exceptional, plenty of light to read by and
almost endless lamp life. I wonder if Amel has installed these in
later editions of the SM. Arnold



--- In amelyachtowners@y..., closereach <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Does anyone have direct experience/comments to share on using more
efficient 24 volt lighting? Specifically, has anyone tried using
white LEDs lights? I see that Davis Instruments makes these in a
cluster with two diferent bayonet socket styles but only in 12
volt.
Do they put out enough light for general use in the saloon or even
for reading?

Also, does anyone have experience with the new CCF (cold cathode
flourescent) series lights from Taylorbrite? While not as efficient
as LEDs the product specs say they're 4-12 times more efficient
than
conventional incandescent lights.

Thanks
Richard

Re: Engine parts source

svladysadie <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@y..., asm283 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@y..., svladysadie <no_reply@y...> wrote:
Our SM 2000 has the standard Onan 6.5 KW generator, Model
MDKAL42401
and the Volvo Penta (Perkins) TMD22. We have always purchased
filters
and impellers from Amel in Guadaloupe, but we are currently in
the
US. Is there a supplier in the US where we can get impellers
and
fuel filters for each (the NAPA oil filters seem to be fine)?
Bill
on S/V Lady Sadie
Hi Bill

Finding parts for these engines should not be a problem. The Onan
is
a US made item. I noticed that Boat US now carries Volvo parts, I
dont know how their prices are. Just for the record the Amel has a
Volvo TMD22P. Where is your boat now and what are your cruising
plans.

Vito
SV Wanderer
SM#283
Thank you, Vito, for the information. We will be returning to
Trinidad soon, put the boat back in the water, and then stay there
until Thanksgiving. We'll then sail north as far as St.Martin or
the BVI's, and then back to Trinidad or Venezuela for the hurricane
season of 2003. Are you sailing in the Caribbean?