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Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

carcodespam@...
 

Hi Ian + Judy,

I come the 17. Februrary to Kalamata, Greece and can bring you one or two of these:

Gerhard
Sharki #60, actually Kalamata, Greece

Re: Toe pulley (headsail)

Peter de Groot
 

For what it’s worth, this 18 month Amel newbie installed one and been out twice in light winds, dry conditions.  So far no slipping.

After first installing, I tried to get it to slip manually, but it held and my confidence up a notch.

I’ll report back after going through some tougher conditions.

 

Peter de Groot

La Querida SM#207

Moss Landing ,CA

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Kelly Ran
 

James,

You may want to call a customs broker or somehow figure out if batteries are exempt from VAT. We were advised that many electrical components (like solar panels and charge controllers) are exempt from the 8.5% vat. Recently we forwarded a bunch of cargo from the US to MQ and paid roughly 2% in VAT. We could not get an itemized receipt for the tax, so we are unsure whether we paid the lesser 2.1% rate on the whole shipment, OR if we were completely exempt for most of the shipment and paid 8.5% on the non-electrical items. 

We were also advised that it's not worth the brokerage fees to initiate the PST process (for tax-free import) unless you are bringing in more than roughly 4000 euro in goods. We were also advised that "yacht in transit" is not a guarantee of anything. 

Shipping from the US will be another issue. You may run into issues trying to air ship lithium ion batteries.

Are you planning on hiring someone to install the batteries? If you are getting other work done, you might want to use the PA process for VAT-free labor and parts. Then you can have your contractor import the batteries themselves and then bill you for it. The break-even threshold is 6000 euro for all labor and parts. (It costs 500 euro to do this process, and VAT would be 8.5%. AFAIK Douglas Yacht Service is the only place in Martinique that is authorized to perform the PA process.)

Good luck
kelly + ryan
sm233 Iteration
MQ

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 18:27 Ric Gottschalk ric@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Mark,

Most of the batteries sold in the islands are  made in China, because their much cheaper for the locals. However good  than in the USA batteries, electronics anchors etc are also from China sold in the USA.

I have never found a problem with YIT. They may protest some, but with some urging and the right paperwork (proof of purchase for one ) I always got it.  

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:04 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Ric,

 

Most islands do not recognize YIT. Some require the hiring of an agent to obtain YIT exemptions. This will add to the cost and along with freight will put batteries about 40-50% hirer than USA prices.

 

In addition, trying to find fresh batteries in the island can prove to be a challenge in itself. Before any battery purchase understand what the manufactures coding is and determin how long they have been on the shelf.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 1:03 PM
To: 'amelyachtowners@...'
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

James,

Generally There is no tax on equipment shipped when marked “yacht in Transit”. Batteries are heavy and may face more scrutiny. Check with DHL too, Things may have changed a little since my visits. You can also get fuel tax free before or after you have checked out of the country.. Helps with Rum budget

Ric Gottschalk

Bali Hai SN

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 11:30 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

Mark,

Most of the batteries sold in the islands are  made in China, because their much cheaper for the locals. However good  than in the USA batteries, electronics anchors etc are also from China sold in the USA.

I have never found a problem with YIT. They may protest some, but with some urging and the right paperwork (proof of purchase for one ) I always got it.  

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:04 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Ric,

 

Most islands do not recognize YIT. Some require the hiring of an agent to obtain YIT exemptions. This will add to the cost and along with freight will put batteries about 40-50% hirer than USA prices.

 

In addition, trying to find fresh batteries in the island can prove to be a challenge in itself. Before any battery purchase understand what the manufactures coding is and determin how long they have been on the shelf.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 1:03 PM
To: 'amelyachtowners@...'
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

James,

Generally There is no tax on equipment shipped when marked “yacht in Transit”. Batteries are heavy and may face more scrutiny. Check with DHL too, Things may have changed a little since my visits. You can also get fuel tax free before or after you have checked out of the country.. Helps with Rum budget

Ric Gottschalk

Bali Hai SN

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 11:30 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

There are some things cheaper in the islands if they are Duty free, like dinghy motors (japanese) in St Maarten. However if you buy something in the USA and ship “yacht in transit” there is no import tax. I have shipped a Nex-Gen 3 kw generator, big solar panels, 60 qt .Engel coolers,  etc  to  places like St. Maarten, Tortola, and to Trinidad and not have to pay import tax.  And, of course, carried with me when flying to my boat in  the islands enough gear, including a life raft, that they thought I had 3 wives  (sorry girls, it’s a metaphor)  Basically shipping from the USA to a US flagged  yacht  . Tell if I missed anything.  I would check to see if the batteries are mfg outside  the USA and buy direct

Ric

Bali Hai SN 24

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:59 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Agree with Mark that prices in the US will be very much lower.  I didn't suggest sailing back because, while it will likely be a smooth ride back...turning around to get to MQ or Windward Islands will be a more challenging sail.  Or well maybe not.  If you have time it might make sense.

 

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 4:46 PM 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:

 

James,

 

If you are in North Exumas, why not just sail to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. It’ll probably save you at least $2,000 on any set of batteries you purchase throughout the islands. It’s just a 3 day sail. Or, Puerto Rico will have options.

 

I am not going to comment on the battery types you mentioned. Those would not be my first choices for many reasons.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 12:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Rubber caps for Lofrans

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Wow ! That was quick ! Many thanks , Gabriele. 
Happy new year. 
Ian and Judy


On 28 Dec 2018, at 19:18, Gabriele Antolini svsunnyside@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hi Ian & Judy
Google Part #13340100 , Producer BRITAX UK . Several ebay sell it. I bought two of them in Germany.
Happy new year
Gabriele
S/V Sunny Side
Maramu # 219

On Friday, 28 December 2018, 12:53:41 GMT-4, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 

Hi Guys 'n gals,

 Happy New year to all.

 The little rubber caps on the switches on the top of our Lofrans have perished. Anyone know where to find new ones ?

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kiladha, Greece

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

John Clark
 

Agree with Mark that prices in the US will be very much lower.  I didn't suggest sailing back because, while it will likely be a smooth ride back...turning around to get to MQ or Windward Islands will be a more challenging sail.  Or well maybe not.  If you have time it might make sense.


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 4:46 PM 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

James,

 

If you are in North Exumas, why not just sail to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. It’ll probably save you at least $2,000 on any set of batteries you purchase throughout the islands. It’s just a 3 day sail. Or, Puerto Rico will have options.

 

I am not going to comment on the battery types you mentioned. Those would not be my first choices for many reasons.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 12:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Mark Erdos
 

Ric,

 

Most islands do not recognize YIT. Some require the hiring of an agent to obtain YIT exemptions. This will add to the cost and along with freight will put batteries about 40-50% hirer than USA prices.

 

In addition, trying to find fresh batteries in the island can prove to be a challenge in itself. Before any battery purchase understand what the manufactures coding is and determin how long they have been on the shelf.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 1:03 PM
To: 'amelyachtowners@...'
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

James,

Generally There is no tax on equipment shipped when marked “yacht in Transit”. Batteries are heavy and may face more scrutiny. Check with DHL too, Things may have changed a little since my visits. You can also get fuel tax free before or after you have checked out of the country.. Helps with Rum budget

Ric Gottschalk

Bali Hai SN

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 11:30 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Mark Erdos
 

James,

 

If you are in North Exumas, why not just sail to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. It’ll probably save you at least $2,000 on any set of batteries you purchase throughout the islands. It’s just a 3 day sail. Or, Puerto Rico will have options.

 

I am not going to comment on the battery types you mentioned. Those would not be my first choices for many reasons.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 12:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Rubber caps for Lofrans

svsunnyside
 

Hi Ian & Judy
Google Part #13340100 , Producer BRITAX UK . Several ebay sell it. I bought two of them in Germany.
Happy new year
Gabriele
S/V Sunny Side
Maramu # 219

On Friday, 28 December 2018, 12:53:41 GMT-4, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:


 

Hi Guys 'n gals,

 Happy New year to all.

 The little rubber caps on the switches on the top of our Lofrans have perished. Anyone know where to find new ones ?

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kiladha, Greece

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

John Clark
 

Hi James,
    If you are still in the Bahamas I would suggest stopping in the USVI or St Maarten to get batteries. I think they will be cheaper.    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but in Martinique don't you need to have a French customs broker get you a VAT exemption certificate before you can skip the tax?  

     Regards,  John
SV Annie SM 37
Carriacou


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 1:03 PM Ric Gottschalk ric@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

James,

Generally There is no tax on equipment shipped when marked “yacht in Transit”. Batteries are heavy and may face more scrutiny. Check with DHL too, Things may have changed a little since my visits. You can also get fuel tax free before or after you have checked out of the country.. Helps with Rum budget

Ric Gottschalk

Bali Hai SN

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 11:30 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

Ric Gottschalk <ric@...>
 

James,

Generally There is no tax on equipment shipped when marked “yacht in Transit”. Batteries are heavy and may face more scrutiny. Check with DHL too, Things may have changed a little since my visits. You can also get fuel tax free before or after you have checked out of the country.. Helps with Rum budget

Ric Gottschalk

Bali Hai SN

Annapolis

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 11:30 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

 

 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 

 

I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )

 

Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 

 

Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Christmas in Barbados

amel46met
 

Graham 
I am Tom Deasy S/Y Aphrodite 
1983 Maramu #125 in St Lucia 
I have the same problem. Hot water leak in forward head I disconnected. now cold water leak under refrigerator. I have seen other Amel’s run 
New hoses under starboard floor boards. I probably will run new copper tubes up this same area. Let me know how it goes for you.
Good sailing Tom


On Dec 24, 2018, at 7:53 PM, John Clark john.biohead@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Graham,. We are in Carriacou.  Might have a few days off after New Year, perfect for a day sail...or motor to Barbados.  Will let you know.   Merry Christmas to you and your family.

John 
SV Annie SM 37
Tyrell Bay

On Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 5:20 PM Graham Cresswell grahamjcresswell@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

HI All,

If any of you are passing through Barbados between Christmas and 6
January 2019, we will be at anchor in the bay just south of the entrance
to Port St Charles

Please give us a call. 

Season's greetings

Graham & Annie Cresswell

SV Jamesby
Maramu 46
French flagged. 

MMSI: 329 015 210
or email graham@...

Re: Larger stove?

Arno Luijten
 

Force 10 has the burner in the back but they use a heat distribution-plate to spread the heat evenly. It works OK I would say, Noting beats a circulation oven but that seems a imposiblility for boat stoves.
The plate has a special curved shape to lead the heat to the front of the cavity. It also has a thermostat and a top grill / broiler.

We have been using it in anger for a few days now and is working as expected. It’s better then the original Eno. The regulation of the burners is much better. The oven is a bit smaller but it does not affect usability for us.

Arno
SV Luna
A54-121

Rubber caps for Lofrans

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Guys 'n gals,

 Happy New year to all.

 The little rubber caps on the switches on the top of our Lofrans have perished. Anyone know where to find new ones ?

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kiladha, Greece

Purchasing House batteries in Martinique

James Cromie
 

Happy Holidays fellow Amel owners. 


I would like to ask the group for advice on obtaining house batteries in Martinique.  

I am interested in upgrading my batteries to Firefly or some brand of lithium ion, though I doubt that such options would be available in Martinique (perhaps I am wrong? )


Otherwise, I would need to ship them in, though I understand the import tax is significant.  

What have others done in this situation? 


Happy New Year.

James

SV Soteria #347

currently in North Exumas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

eric freedman
 

Alan.

I believe when the Genoa car outhaul line gets wet I think this sheave will slip.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 5:29 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

 

 

Yeah...I bought a set and I'm thinking the same thing, but maybe using Vectran with a polyester cover and pulled tight it may be OK....

I'm not back on the boat until the end of January, I'll install them then, test them out and report back.

Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

Alan Leslie
 

Yeah...I bought a set and I'm thinking the same thing, but maybe using Vectran with a polyester cover and pulled tight it may be OK....
I'm not back on the boat until the end of January, I'll install them then, test them out and report back.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Here is a link to the photos:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/amelyachtowners/search/photos?query=jib%20sheet%20remote#zax/albums_831107209

Those are elegant and stainless is great.  The only modification I would consider is indexing the screws so that the "ribs" are offset from each other, thus allowing the line to "weave" thru the pulley, like an Anderson winch. 

Gary S. Silver
s/v Liahona

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Larger stove?

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Duane,

The eno has two  circular burners in the oven,one top to grill, one bottom for the oven.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 28 December 2018 at 09:01 "sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Arno,


Where is the oven burner in the Force 10?

Maybe all marine stoves have the burner in the back, but it leads to very uneven heat.

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477