Date   

Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Duane,

That's exactly what I did...I used a 38mm to 32mm reducer as per :


They should be available somewhere near you.....

Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] open CPN

karkauai
 

Danny,
Did you ever find the Google Earth/OpenCaptain program you were looking for?
Does anyone have recommendations for best charting options in the S Pac?
I have been using Navionics charts on my new (1year old) B&G Zeus chart plotters for the US and Caribbean, but someone recommended C-Map for the S Pac.

What about useful cruising guides for the SPac?

Thanks again for any/all advice.

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
USA cell: 828-234-6819

On Jun 2, 2014, at 12:40 PM, Graham Johnston grahamjohnston42@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 


Hi Danny,
I remembered that a year or two ago I had used Google  translate on a French Forum where there was talk of OpenCPN with Google Earth. The translation is nonsense but the link takes you to a host of zipped .kap files of Europe.


If you look down the opage then there are links to all sorts of programmes.
Perhaps there is more info there for you particularly if you speak French.

If you suceed please let us all know!

Regards
Graham


From: "Yvonne simms@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Monday, 2 June 2014, 10:45
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] open CPN

 
Thanks Graham, this looks promising. The Fiji Google charts I have are accessed from the chart bars at the bottom of the screen. once accessed they are not an overlay, rather they stand alone giving a birds eye view photographic image onto which the boats position is shown via a GPS for  the lap top. as you may imagine this is vey useful. I spoke to one user who said in corall areas he picked sand spots to drop his anchor on.
Thanks for the link
Danny
SM299
Ocean Pearl


On 2/06/2014, at 7:37 pm, "Graham Johnston grahamjohnston42@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Danny,
This may be whaty you are looking for it allows overlaying of Google images on OpenCPN. I have yet to try but it was demonstrated to me by a Frenchman last year and it looked really useful.

Instructions for use.

Download link.
GE2KAP.V11.0.0.0 - New March. 19, 2014 Creates charts from GE and chart images. Can overlay opencpn chart and chart images. Fixes multi polygon problem.

Regards
Graham
Sharki 181 Zephyr


From: "Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amel owners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, 31 May 2014, 11:29
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] open CPN

 
Hi all,
last year a friendly cruiser gave us the open CPN chart system for our lap top. They included the Google feature but just for the Fiji area. It gives photographic images showing reefs etc. Combined with a gps aerial it is the ultimate for navigating around coral reefs and difficult entrances. Problem being we have lost touch with them and would like to download the Google feature for other areas. Can anyone advise how this can be accessed.
  Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

 

Yes,

It should turn easily by hand and turn the motor. I thought he was saying that the propeller was turning, but NOT the vertical shaft or motor. 


Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970


On Thu, Nov 1, 2018, 16:37 Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

When everything is correct, it should turn by hand fairly easily. What you do not want is the propeller to wobble on the shaft, which would mean the bearings inside are bad. 

Regards,

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Hawaii

On Nov 1, 2018, at 05:51, Ian Park parkianj@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Mine also turns by hand on the Santorin. Maybe it’s a sign that previously the bearings wear binding quite tightly?
Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Main sheet boom slider broken [2 Attachments]

Alan Leslie
 

We did away with that sliding block and had a solid aluminium weldment made and welded to the boom. Attached the upper main sheet block to it with dyneema...that's been going for 2 years now....AND I disabled the electric winch for the main sheet so we wind it by hand, prevents too much load being placed on the boom.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Main outhaul rope

Paul Osterberg
 

Danny
We bought a 12 mm Vectran line with a cover claimed to be high friction to avoid the slip, still it happens that it slip but very seldom now. If I would buy again I would try 12 mm Dyneema core, the creep and elongation would be very low.  A problem with to tight might be wear and tear on the bearings.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM259, in Hampton Virginia waiting for a weather window for Antigua
 


2002 Super Maramu for sale

James Studdart
 

Hello all,
 Our 2002 Amel Super Maramu 2000 is for sale. SeaBean has safely and comfortably carried us half way around the world but it’s time for us to settle down for a bit and let our kids go to school.

She’s in fantastic shape and has been very well looked after with recent sails, rigging, 150lph water maker, dingy etc.

We still have many more photos to take, especially of the exterior, but please feel free to check her out here:

Specs and contact details are in the link.

Cheers,
 James Studdart
 SeaBean, SM344
 Departing Fiji for NZ


Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

Duane Siegfri
 

If you replaced AMFA Bilge Pump with a Johnson Viking Power 32, how did you connect the 1.5" hose connections to the 30mm hose on the Amel SM?  

It would seem easy enough to replace the 30mm hose with 1.5" diameter, but where the outlet hooks up to the main line going overboard, there is a fitting with a total of three lines coming in and one going out.  I wouldn't want to replace that...

I checked with the manufacturer, the hose barbs are molded into the pump body and cannot be replaced.  So it seems the best thing to do would be to:

1. replace the 30mm hose that goes into the sump with 1.5" diameter hose with a new check valve at the bottom.

2. find a 1.5" diameter to 1.25" diameter hose barb adapter to connect the outlet to the old hose.  I have not been successful in finding one of these.  If this is what you did can you tell me where to look for one?

Thanks for your help,
Duane





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

 

There are 2 pins that must be installed to keep the gear from turning on the propeller axel. 

I am traveling today. I will try to upload a drawing later today. 

Alex on Nikimat had exactly this issue when he rebuilt the lower unit. I think the gear is shipped from Amel without the holes for the pins in the gear wheel. 

More later when I get home.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970


On Thu, Nov 1, 2018, 12:34 Ian Park parkianj@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Mine also turns by hand on the Santorin. Maybe it’s a sign that previously the bearings wear binding quite tightly?
Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

Stephen Davis
 

When everything is correct, it should turn by hand fairly easily. What you do not want is the propeller to wobble on the shaft, which would mean the bearings inside are bad. 

Regards,

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Hawaii

On Nov 1, 2018, at 05:51, Ian Park parkianj@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Mine also turns by hand on the Santorin. Maybe it’s a sign that previously the bearings wear binding quite tightly?
Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Main outhaul rope

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Bill,

I was on the boat yesterday and tried tightening to line. While it had been pretty tight before I did manage to get a bit more out of it. It is tighter now than I think would be good for bearings. I will try it next time I go out and see if it still slips.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 02 November 2018 at 01:57 "Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Thanks for that. I guess some Dyneema rope is slipperier than other. I will start recommending Vectran.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School  www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 19:28 Danny Simms sailorman.ds@... [amelyachtowners] < amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

 

Hi Bill, yes bar tight. And I couldn't believe how fast and far it slipped in 18 knots of wind Thanks for the page
Regards
Danny
SM 299
Ocean pearl

On Thu, 1 Nov 2018 at 09:23, Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners] < amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

 

Danny, maybe it wasn't tight enough. I know at least 10 others that have not had the problem. Did you use the outhaul to really get it tight?

I am sending you a page out of my book.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 2:14 PM Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners] < amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

 

Hi Bill,

yes I tried to get Kevlar and had to take dyneema 12mm. I fitted it very tightly but useless, as soon as the breeze came up it slipped dramatically. I agree with you about it diminishing in diameter but I think the casing is very slick too. It would seem 14mm might be a try but I doubt if it will work. 

Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean pearl

On 01 November 2018 at 07:37 "Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners]" < amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Danny,

Amel used Kevlar 10mm on the SM. It is nearly impossible to find.

Amel suggests 12mm Dyneema:
The issue was not with the strength because Dyneema line is stronger than Kevlar. The issue is that most rope manufacturers are taking fiber from the middle of the rope and 10mm isn't really 10mm anymore. I purchased some 10mm that I could squeeze with my fingers to 7mm. Look at the Anderson Line Tender. You will see that if you can squeeze 10mm to 7mm, the line will certainly slip.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:31 PM Danny Simms sailorman.ds@... [amelyachtowners] < amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

 

Hi All,
A little while ago a number of you posted on replacing the control line for the mainsail out haul. I remember dyneema was not successful. Can some one remind me of what type was the best.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Wileem,

I just read this morning your message to Bill regarding the fact you can move the propeller by hand.

I don’t remember if it is normal, I’d would want to say no, but could be wrong, I hope other can confirm.

Strange the cap did not match the holes… did you rotate it 90 degree to see if it match better? The new one I received matched.
In my case, I had the gear re-machined instead of the key.
(I am a little disappointed Amel did not corrected that error, as I mentioned it 1.5 year ago).

Personally I would wait other people reply (Olivier?) about normal or not about moving the bow thruster propeller by hand.
If “not normal”, then could the splines on the shaft or electric motor be worn out?
These are the last 2 pictures on http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_spin.html

Good luck… sincerely, Alexandre




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

On Thu, 11/1/18, 'Willem J. Kroes' kavanga@outlook.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore
To: "amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 9:24 AM


 

















Hello Alexandre,

 

I am now fort wo weeks on the hard
in Cartagena. I ordered the kit for the lower part of the
bow thruster and this was installed. Apart from the small
change

to the key, the end cap did not fit (the holes for the
screws have different distances compared to the old end cap.
So the original was installed.

 

After installation I feel a little
uncertainty because I can move the prop by hand with the
power on the gear off. Is this normal? This because in this
way I

have to move the electric motor also by hand.

 

As scheduled I will go into the
water tomorrow, but I want to avoid to be hauled immediately
again.

 

Kind regards,

 

Willem

 





Van: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
<amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>




Verzonden: vrijdag 5 oktober 2018 13:10


Aan: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com


Onderwerp: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming
noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop
anymore





 

 







Good morning William,





When it happened to me (same thing: propeller still on bow
thruster - but no movement and screaming sound) it was the
bearing inside the foot that were worn out.




Here are pictures: http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_spin.html





You will need from Amel Part 1110 (Mecanism Pied de
Propulseur SM) the price varies a lot if you purchase it
from Martinique (977 Euro) or La Rochelle (582 Euro)


scroll down to 1110 to see the part:


http://www.nikimat.com/spare_parts_bow_thruster.html





NOTE: Make sure you order with the Tufnol shaft and not the
bearing by themselves as the size of that shaft has changed
(look at the last picture on:

http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_lost_propeller.html
)





NOTE 2: when you receive the 1110 - the small open space to
receive the key on the small gear will have to be machined a
little as it is not thick enough.




If you look at the 2nd picture on

http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_spin.html


You will see where the key goes has not be machine as much
as on the old gear.


You have a good view on picture 6.





Wood luck, sincerely, Alexandre





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


On Fri, 10/5/18, kavanga@outlook.com
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
wrote:





Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from
the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore


To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com


Date: Friday, October 5, 2018, 4:03 AM








 





























Hello fellow Amel


owners,


I just moored my boat in


the El Portet Marina in DENIA, Spain and almost done, the


bow thruster did not function anymore and made a
screaming


noise. The prop is still there but it can turn almost


without any resistance.


Any idea what can be wrong


and how to repair is very much


welcome.


Best


regards,


Willem


Kroes


SM #351


KAVANGA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

jlm@jlmertz.fr
 

Hello Willem !
On Cottonbay I had this problem it was the engine shaft that was broken!
I had deposited on the xebsite photos of the rupture of the shaft, it is due to fatigue ....
the treshafte is poorly sized or of poor quality ....
The whole of this bow thruster is not the best from AMEL!
JLuc
CottonBay


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

Ian Park
 

Mine also turns by hand on the Santorin. Maybe it’s a sign that previously the bearings wear binding quite tightly?
Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Guma - SM2000 hull 261 for sale

karkauai
 

Oh, Keith, I am so sorry to hear about your accident and injury.  I wish you well and hope that your Guma finds a wonderful new owner.

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
SM 243

On Oct 31, 2018, at 4:28 PM, Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Keith,

I am really sorry to hear this.

Best of luck. Judy says hi!

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM Keith Carter keithcarter88@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Guma is all set up for a trip around the world.  Sadly, I had an accident skiing in March and can no longer walk - so the round the world trip will have to be done by other means. 

My lovely boat Guma is for sale.  She’s a well looked-after SM2000 from 1999, with all the usual kit plus some extras (but nothing of which Monsieur Amel would disapprove) including solar panels on a targa frame and Webasto heating. Guma is on the hard in Kos in the Greek Peloponnese. 

Message me on keithcarter88 {at} gmail {dot} com


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

Willem Kroes
 

Hello Alexandre,

 

I am now fort wo weeks on the hard in Cartagena. I ordered the kit for the lower part of the bow thruster and this was installed. Apart from the small change to the key, the end cap did not fit (the holes for the screws have different distances compared to the old end cap. So the original was installed.

 

After installation I feel a little uncertainty because I can move the prop by hand with the power on the gear off. Is this normal? This because in this way I have to move the electric motor also by hand.

 

As scheduled I will go into the water tomorrow, but I want to avoid to be hauled immediately again.

 

Kind regards,

 

Willem

 

Van: amelyachtowners@... <amelyachtowners@...>
Verzonden: vrijdag 5 oktober 2018 13:10
Aan: amelyachtowners@...
Onderwerp: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

 

 

Good morning William,

When it happened to me (same thing: propeller still on bow thruster - but no movement and screaming sound) it was the bearing inside the foot that were worn out.
Here are pictures: http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_spin.html

You will need from Amel Part 1110 (Mecanism Pied de Propulseur SM) the price varies a lot if you purchase it from Martinique (977 Euro) or La Rochelle (582 Euro)
scroll down to 1110 to see the part:
http://www.nikimat.com/spare_parts_bow_thruster.html

NOTE: Make sure you order with the Tufnol shaft and not the bearing by themselves as the size of that shaft has changed (look at the last picture on: http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_lost_propeller.html )

NOTE 2: when you receive the 1110 - the small open space to receive the key on the small gear will have to be machined a little as it is not thick enough.
If you look at the 2nd picture on http://www.nikimat.com/bow_thruster_spin.html
You will see where the key goes has not be machine as much as on the old gear.
You have a good view on picture 6.

Wood luck, sincerely, Alexandre

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

On Fri, 10/5/18, kavanga@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018, 4:03 AM


 









Hello fellow Amel
owners,
I just moored my boat in
the El Portet Marina in DENIA, Spain and almost done, the
bow thruster did not function anymore and made a screaming
noise. The prop is still there but it can turn almost
without any resistance.
Any idea what can be wrong
and how to repair is very much
welcome.
Best
regards,
Willem
Kroes
SM #351
KAVANGA  




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Suddenly screaming noise from the bowthruster and not moving the prop anymore

Willem Kroes
 

Hi Bill,

I bought the lower unit kit from Amel. Besides the end cap did not fit in (holes for the screws were at different distances) the unit is installed again. But I have some feeling of uncertainty.  I can move the prop of the bow thruster by hand when it is lowered with power off. Is this normal? I am still on the hard but the yards planning is to put me into the water tomorrow. I don't want to be forced to go out of the water immediately again because the bow thruster is not working correctly.

Please  advise.

Kind regards,

Willem Kroes

SM #351 KAVANGA

 Ascar Boatyard, Cartagena, Spain


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Main outhaul rope

 

Thanks for that. I guess some Dyneema rope is slipperier than other. I will start recommending Vectran.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970


On Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 19:28 Danny Simms sailorman.ds@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Hi Bill, yes bar tight. And I couldn't believe how fast and far it slipped in 18 knots of wind Thanks for the page
Regards
Danny
SM 299
Ocean pearl

On Thu, 1 Nov 2018 at 09:23, Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Danny, maybe it wasn't tight enough. I know at least 10 others that have not had the problem. Did you use the outhaul to really get it tight?

I am sending you a page out of my book.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 2:14 PM Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Bill,

yes I tried to get Kevlar and had to take dyneema 12mm. I fitted it very tightly but useless, as soon as the breeze came up it slipped dramatically. I agree with you about it diminishing in diameter but I think the casing is very slick too. It would seem 14mm might be a try but I doubt if it will work. 

Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean pearl

On 01 November 2018 at 07:37 "Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Danny,

Amel used Kevlar 10mm on the SM. It is nearly impossible to find.

Amel suggests 12mm Dyneema:
The issue was not with the strength because Dyneema line is stronger than Kevlar. The issue is that most rope manufacturers are taking fiber from the middle of the rope and 10mm isn't really 10mm anymore. I purchased some 10mm that I could squeeze with my fingers to 7mm. Look at the Anderson Line Tender. You will see that if you can squeeze 10mm to 7mm, the line will certainly slip.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:31 PM Danny Simms sailorman.ds@... [amelyachtowners] < amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

 

Hi All,
A little while ago a number of you posted on replacing the control line for the mainsail out haul. I remember dyneema was not successful. Can some one remind me of what type was the best.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl

 

 

 


 


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Main outhaul rope

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Alan,

Ive used 12mm dyneema. Ive tried tightening today. Yet to sail,

Regards

Danny

On 01 November 2018 at 14:19 "divanz620@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Danny,


I tried with Spectra which is similar to Dyneema, but no matter how tight, it slipped.
I think the diameter also has something to do with it...Anderson actually specify 12mm in their manual.
Good luck !
Alan
Elyse SM437

 


 


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Main outhaul rope

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Danny,

I tried with Spectra which is similar to Dyneema, but no matter how tight, it slipped.
I think the diameter also has something to do with it...Anderson actually specify 12mm in their manual.
Good luck !
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Main sheet boom slider broken [2 Attachments]

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Paul,

There have indeed been quite a number boats with failures of this item. Two things to consider when having one made. First, not all aluminum is created equal. Be sure to quiz the fabricator as to the correct grade. Second, consider making it longer, say twice as long to make it more robust.

Regards

Danny

SM 299 

Ocean Pearl 

On 01 November 2018 at 10:33 "pstas2003@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Good day fellow sailors.

I didn’t pay too much attention to this topic when I read it as I didn’t think we had the problem.  However, a week or so ago, when Chuck and Kim on S/V Joy stopped by, Chuck had me take a close look and sure enough, we had some cracks in our block.  Chuck’s was in worse shape than ours.  He removed his and found a local fabricator here in Hampton, VA to make a new one.  I jumped on board and had one made for myself as well. 

Chuck instructed the fabricator to make the new one larger in the hopes that it would be stronger.  We were both happy with the finished product (see pics).

The fabricator made a bunch of extras (I think 6) if anyone is interested in obtaining one.  The cost out the door was $205.00.

The fabricator can be contacted at:

Gilliam Welding
757-727-0773
Metals at GilliamWelding dot com
www.GilliamWelding.com

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising US East Coast


 


 

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