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Re: Amel Santorin Specs and Alterations

JOHN HAYES
 

No we regularly get 50  plus knots in cook strait that are easier to deal with from a northerly direction than from the south. (Nothing between us and the Antarctic ). which means the wind cold and more constant or less gusty. In early July had 55 knots for three days trying to head north to Tonga past the kermadec islands. 

I’m always happier to sail in 50 knots than be anchored waiting for an anchor to drag!

My boat is based in Wellington. Ie 41 degrees south and while in a westerly wind flow the winds alter course and are either north or south because of mountains and a wind funnel affect between the north and south islands 

This is not territory for Mediterranean day sailors ........and I regret to say the new Amel designs which seem oriented to that market

My Santorin has proved safe though not always comfortable in these conditions ie 50 plus knots and 6 to 8 m waves. The point is to understand such conditions are not uncommon and a prudent skipper needs to be sure his boat ( and crew ) are up to the task. You may have noticed about a month ago a 47 foot yacht sank 35 miles off bream head off the bay of islands 

The skipper died three crew rescued by helicopter...... in 50 knot winds. Not sure what brand of boat but I’ll bet money it was not a Santorin........ check it out in google or the yachting blogs


Answering your second question yes

And why would you not if you no your going to get caught in such conditions??  I’n my view it’s important to know that the skipper boat and crew are up for whatever might get thrown at them



And Hans Peter while your thinking spare a thought for one James Cook who 250 years ago wandered these parts in a small square rigged ship no engine no charts no sat nav or gps radio etc etc. got to tell you having followed some of his foot steps that he was an astonishingly competent seaman, sailor and navigator.

Best

John Hayes 
Nga Waka sn41





On 29/10/2019, at 10:32 AM, hanspeter baettig <hanspeter.baettig@...> wrote:

Sorry John 55 Kn = 10 Bft

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Am Montag, 28. Okt, 2019 um 22:27, hanspeter baettig schrieb:


Hi John
Two questions only.
You sailed headwinds in 55 kn , means 12 Btf. or you where at ancer in a shelterd bay
2.You tryed your Santorin by purpose in 50 kn of wind?
fair winds Hanspeter
waiting for a genious reply!
Hanspeter
Tamango 2
SM16
Martinique
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Am Montag, 28. Okt, 2019 um 18:06, JOHN HAYES schrieb:

Gidday Orion 

I’ve done pretty much what your considering

So I began looking for a cruising ketch with centre cockpit and  confined my choice to a Contest, Harley rassie (sp?) or an Amel and ended up with a Santorin and have been very happy with the choice.  All amounts that follow are in NZ dollars

I came across a 1991 Santorin sailed to NZ from the Med. it has now had 4 owners and its name has been changed by each owner

I sailed it first around our South Island and the next year the north island and have just completed a voyage Wellington Nuku’alofa Vava’u Savusavu Denarau Vanuatu Noumea Wellington without incident except 55 knot head winds at times until a couple of days from Tonga

Living in the roaring 40’s we encounter strong winds at times.....I purposely took the boat out in winds of 50 plus knots to see what might break and those trips were important first to give me confidence in the boat. I had no previous knowledge of Amel and it’s systems

So costs

Boat $155k

Slip and take antifouling back to gel coat $10000. 
An extravagance!!!  Should have set up with cover cost .....,
Installed Zeus 2 chart plotter new wind gear and depth sounder $8000

Added AIS $1250

Replaced anchor chain with 120m  10mm Italian made chain $1500

Re galvanised anchors $200

On the first trip the Bimini blew apart replaced and redesigned in superior cloth $7500

The wind generator lost its feathers and I replaced with a silent wind $5000

We had to cut down the Genoa trying to get into akaroa harbour in 60 knots with the engine overheating and the headsail furling motor dying and I did not understand the need to cross over the sheets on the manual system

New Genoa $5000 rebuild furler motor and the gears in the gear box $4500

The motor was a Perkins 50 hp. It has a spline driven water pump which if not aligned precisely with a special tool chews up the spline in the water pump shaft. Happened twice cost $1250 each time for new spline and pump

Replaced the motor with a Volvo D250 and all skin fittings before heading to the pacific $32000

Brought new tender $3300 (don’t like it too heavy) plan to buy a carbon fibre replacement circa  $8000

Replaced all mattresses and interior upholstery $8000

New main $3800. New mizzen $2000 

New rigging $17000

Rebuilt the 3 furler motors $3000

Replaced stove $1600

New 6 person life raft $3800

Added a portable freezer to the front hanging locker. Been excellent $800. There is no freezer under the seats on my boat

Overhauled bow thruster $500

Overhauled spectra water maker by agent $750

Added second raycor fuel filter $750

Added forward scanner $2600. Might have been smarter to upgrade to a Zeus 3 has cheaper scanner connection.....I found Navico charts excellent  and forward scanner marginal value

Replaced engine room fans $120

Replaced dodger windows $460

Replaced running rigging. $1500

Replaced flares added plbs life jackets. NZ required first aid kit $3500

Put on part b of the New outboard motor for tender $2000

I’ve also thought about adding an inner forestay which the SM has 

My experience is that the prop generator and the wind generator provides all the power we have needed.  We also have a couple of solar panels but don’t really need them

You might want to think about what you add to the stern. The large stern locker means we continually fight to minimise weight in the stern Because it affects bow stern trim. We carry the tender on the roof of the aft cabin which adds to the problem
Have I over capitalised?  To secure insurance for off shore  cost $5200. I had to get the boat valued. The value was $260k 

Hope the foregoing is of use to your consideration 

The Santorin has excellent seakeeping qualities l love it!!

John Hayes 
Nga Waka sn 41

Wellington  


















On 29/10/2019, at 1:18 AM, Orion Martin <poonz1@...> wrote:

Good evening everyone,

After many months of struggling between the Super Maramu and the Santorin, we have settled on the Santorin to do a circumnavigation. In the end the main reasons was cost and time. We considered the possibility that a circumnavigation would take three years, in which all likelyhood we would never use the boat again once we had finished. While the SM is the perfect boat for us (if there is such a thing in yachting), the expenses involved to get the boat up to scratch before we even set sail (let alone the cost of the boat) we found hard to justify for a three year trip. So our next option is the Santorin, in which we think we can modify the galley (to include washing machine and extra bench space), modify the portside seating, add air con to the aft cabin, possibly build a solar arch and install lithium batteries, plus standard antifouling paint/servicing/other minor modifications for under $300k AUD(including the purchase of the boat. Any thoughts on this scenario and its feasibility would be most appreciated.

Regarding the Santorin, I have a few burning questions that i haven't been able to source the information for. Does the Santorin have:
- Freezer under salon seating?
- Any aircon? ( and is there space to install aircon units in aft/forward cabins and salon?)
- Is the Santorin 12V or 24V, and what is the advantage of having 24V compared with 12V?
- If I install the lithium batteries in the passageway, is it possible to fit a small generator in the engine room and do I need one? ( If I have lithium batteries and solar arch, I figure I may only have to turn on the main engine once a day to help charge the batteries with the lithium batteries holding enough power to run aircon in aft cabin during the evening).

I understand purchasing a yacht I would most likely not make any money when it came time to sell, though in this case i would hope to break even especially if we went to the trouble of doing these modifications to the Santorin that future buyers would appreciate. The only thing bugging me is whether the total cost involved with such an enterprise would be mostly recovered or I am throwing good money after bad and could perhaps be better off spending more to buy an SM with less headache.

Again thoughts and recommendations greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards 
Orion


Re: Maramu headliner

James Alton
 

Dave,

   I would like to eventually replace the entire liner in my boat as well so am curious about how the job went?  The flat areas of the overhead look pretty straight forward but what about the areas such as the pass thru which are a compound shape?  What techniques did you use to get the fabric to fit the compound shape and have you had any problems?   I would also like to identify the best adhesive to use for the job.   I like your idea of going with a lighter colour.  

   If you can positively identify the location of the handrail bolts, you can cover your cuts through the liner for access by using varnished wooden blocks that will also allow future access.   African Mahogany selected for colour should match the rest of the interior pretty well I think.  If done well these blocks can actually improve the overall appearance.  You can use either round head, flat head or oval head screws that are left exposed to secure the blocks which makes future removal for inspection very easy.  

James Alton
SV Sueno
Maramu #220
Preveza,  Greece

   

On Oct 29, 2019, at 7:43 PM, david bruce <davidcbruce57@...> wrote:

Hi Miles,  Just a thought here.  I also have a small leak there and have temporarily sealed it externally so can not speak to the logistics of the headliner directly.  Liesse has had the entire headliner in all cabins replaced with a lighter white headliner which really serves to open and brighten the spaces. If you are doing an entire space i personally might take the opportunity to go lighter.  I haven t tackled a true leak repair yet largely because it looks like i will have to in some way mar this really nice headliner, but know i m just kicking the can down the road here.

Best, 
Dave 
Liesse
SN006
On Oct 29, 2019, at 3:02 PM, smiles bernard via Groups.Io <smilesbernard@...> wrote:



Hello 

A leak on the stainless grab rails on the aft cabin top has lead to some discolouration of the headliner during previous ownership. 

I’m hoping to leave the Headliner trim on the vertical window sections in place as it’s not stained at all but also I can’t see any easy way of removing this other than taking the windows out to expose, I presume, hidden screws that hold internal ply backing in place. 

Has anyone tried this ?

I’m considering not gluing new headliner directly but instead templating thin ply then covering this and screwing the ply sections to the roof. Hopefully this will work ok 🤞

Also does anyone have any experience of a good headliner match for the vintage Maramus ?

Many thanks in advance

Miles 
Maramu 162






Re: B&G Halcyon (GSC) Gyro-Stabilized Compass

 

OK, thanks...I was just trying to pass on what appeared to be a good deal

--
CW Bill Rouse Amel Yacht Owners School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   


On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 4:42 PM Wolfgang Weber via Groups.Io <webercardio=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bill,
I think a compass is also necessery.  The part is only the interface. 
Thank you very much Wolfgang SY Elise Amel 54 #162





Re: Maramu headliner

david bruce
 

Hi Miles, Just a thought here. I also have a small leak there and have temporarily sealed it externally so can not speak to the logistics of the headliner directly. Liesse has had the entire headliner in all cabins replaced with a lighter white headliner which really serves to open and brighten the spaces. If you are doing an entire space i personally might take the opportunity to go lighter. I haven t tackled a true leak repair yet largely because it looks like i will have to in some way mar this really nice headliner, but know i m just kicking the can down the road here.

Best,
Dave
Liesse
SN006

On Oct 29, 2019, at 3:02 PM, smiles bernard via Groups.Io <smilesbernard=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:



Hello

A leak on the stainless grab rails on the aft cabin top has lead to some discolouration of the headliner during previous ownership.

I’m hoping to leave the Headliner trim on the vertical window sections in place as it’s not stained at all but also I can’t see any easy way of removing this other than taking the windows out to expose, I presume, hidden screws that hold internal ply backing in place.

Has anyone tried this ?

I’m considering not gluing new headliner directly but instead templating thin ply then covering this and screwing the ply sections to the roof. Hopefully this will work ok 🤞

Also does anyone have any experience of a good headliner match for the vintage Maramus ?

Many thanks in advance

Miles
Maramu 162



Re: Onan service

Paul Brown
 

I would have the parts in case they fail. The generator should alert you of any thermostat issue and a leaking radiator cap would be visible at the time of routine checks

Regards, Paul... Sent from my iPhone

On 30 Oct 2019, at 09:06, Joerg Esdorn via Groups.Io <jhe1313@...> wrote:



The manual for my Onan generator says that every two years I should change the radiator cap and the thermostat on my generator.   That seems a tad excessive to me.  Do I really need to do that or should I just have the parts in case they fail?  


Joerg Esdorn 
A55 #53
Kincsem
Vigo, Spain


Onan service

Joerg Esdorn
 

The manual for my Onan generator says that every two years I should change the radiator cap and the thermostat on my generator.   That seems a tad excessive to me.  Do I really need to do that or should I just have the parts in case they fail?  


Joerg Esdorn 
A55 #53
Kincsem
Vigo, Spain


Maramu headliner

smiles bernard
 

Hello

A leak on the stainless grab rails on the aft cabin top has lead to some discolouration of the headliner during previous ownership.

I’m hoping to leave the Headliner trim on the vertical window sections in place as it’s not stained at all but also I can’t see any easy way of removing this other than taking the windows out to expose, I presume, hidden screws that hold internal ply backing in place.

Has anyone tried this ?

I’m considering not gluing new headliner directly but instead templating thin ply then covering this and screwing the ply sections to the roof. Hopefully this will work ok 🤞

Also does anyone have any experience of a good headliner match for the vintage Maramus ?

Many thanks in advance

Miles
Maramu 162


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker seals

eric freedman
 

Hi,

I just bought my seals from Maud.

It is on my boat and I will wait till I get to the Caribbean to install it.

What I received seems to be a low durometer. I will report back when I have a minute.

Fair Winds

Eric

Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Ross via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:16 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker seals

 

Hi Eric, and others,

Eric did you get your seals?
If so did you order from AAA-Acme rubber company? If so what model# did you decide on? Does it have tape on it for attaching? Did you pick neoprene? Price?
I have sent an email to AAA-Acme as well, waiting on their response.

Our thread left me a little confused - but that is easy.
The measurements on our boat are 1" wide by 1/2" high.  (25mmx12mm) and hollow.
If Amel has/is running out of inventory then I guess we are looking at AAA_Acme or similar?

So I am thinking AAA-ACME CACD110 is the correct size as a 1/8" think hollow version and 1"x1/2". Not the 1" x 1" version.

Too Bill's point if today's neoprene is not as "tough" as in 2002 then should we consider 1"x1/2" solid half-round CACD120
This is a project I would like to have done before shoving off this season.
Any help, experience and advice is always appreciated.

Fair winds and good holding,
Bob
Nomad SM2K #362 Trinidad


Re: B&G Halcyon (GSC) Gyro-Stabilized Compass

Wolfgang Weber
 

Hi Bill,
I think a compass is also necessery.  The part is only the interface. 
Thank you very much Wolfgang SY Elise Amel 54 #162





Re: D3-110 oil blow-by

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hi Oliver;

 

Responses in red.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad & Aty

B&B Kokomo

Amel 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2019 3:16 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] D3-110 oil blow-by

 

Hello,

 

Maybe it fits in here most. 

 

I am asking all with Volvo D3-110 motor in Amel 54.

 

 

I like to get some basic values about this motors. 

 

What is the max rpm when under way? About 2850

 

What is the max vessel speed? About 9.3

 

What is average fuel consumption? Calculated at approx. 3.5 l/hr at cruising 1350 RPM

 

What is the turbo pressure at certain rpm? Have not recorded at different RPMs

 

What is the usual temperature at 1500 rpm? 79

 

How many hours motor age. 2200

 

Have ther been extensive repairs in the past? No. Just standard maintenance and normal wear and tear replacement

 

If anybody has other motor health relevant questions please add. 

 

I like to get some values from other owners. I think with some observations we might gather a base that will help. 

 

Oliver

Vela Nautica 

A54#39 

 

Gibraltar

 

 

 

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019, 14:33 Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:

Hi all,

My Volvo D3-110 is exhibiting what I think is blow by. Oil migrates up the return hose and slowly collects in the air filter. In the attached photo, I am pointing to the hose where oil migrates.

I have read some articles that indicate that blow by indicates worn rings (only 2250 hours!) but also might be due to a failed/clogged crankcase breather or just because the tolerances are loose when the engine is cold, so there's inevitably some blowby. 

It's not a lot of oil, perhaps a tablespoon per 100 hours or so, but it's annoying in that it starts leaking out of the air filter housing, across the hoses and down to the engine room floor.

Should I be worried?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker seals

Bob Ross
 

Hi Eric, and others,

Eric did you get your seals?
If so did you order from AAA-Acme rubber company? If so what model# did you decide on? Does it have tape on it for attaching? Did you pick neoprene? Price?
I have sent an email to AAA-Acme as well, waiting on their response.

Our thread left me a little confused - but that is easy.
The measurements on our boat are 1" wide by 1/2" high.  (25mmx12mm) and hollow.
If Amel has/is running out of inventory then I guess we are looking at AAA_Acme or similar?

So I am thinking AAA-ACME CACD110 is the correct size as a 1/8" think hollow version and 1"x1/2". Not the 1" x 1" version.

Too Bill's point if today's neoprene is not as "tough" as in 2002 then should we consider 1"x1/2" solid half-round CACD120
This is a project I would like to have done before shoving off this season.
Any help, experience and advice is always appreciated.

Fair winds and good holding,
Bob
Nomad SM2K #362 Trinidad


Re: Amel Santorin Specs and Alterations

Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Hi Dave,

We faced the same dilemma when we were looking; you are not alone.

But given your list of “must have” the SM will get them all at one price.  With a Santorin, you will spend the entire cost difference getting to your sweet spot perhaps more.  A well kept SM should have most of your list already aboard.

Welcome aboard!!!

Jean-Pierre Germain, Eleuthera SM 007 enroute Fiji to NZ

On 29 Oct 2019, at 22:25, Orion Martin <poonz1@...> wrote:

Hi Dave,

Thank you for your reply. Yes the difference in price between a suitable Santorin and an SM is significant. Having looked at all the major yacht websites frequently for comparison and gauging condition of yachts relative to asking price, there is on average a significant price difference of $75-100k. Understandable given the specs that the SM has. The variables that were mentioned, such as cost of ownership and challenging logistics and tradework based on geography do give rise to reservations about doing a full fit out for a Santorin. It’s not an easy decision, and if I’m honest the replies have made me think twice. A lot to think about...

Fair winds to you and kindest regards
Orion



Jean-Pierre Germain




B&G Halcyon (GSC) Gyro-Stabilized Compass

 



--
CW Bill Rouse Amel Yacht Owners School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   


Re: Amel Santorin Specs and Alterations

Orion Martin
 

Hi Dave,

Thank you for your reply. Yes the difference in price between a suitable Santorin and an SM is significant. Having looked at all the major yacht websites frequently for comparison and gauging condition of yachts relative to asking price, there is on average a significant price difference of $75-100k. Understandable given the specs that the SM has. The variables that were mentioned, such as cost of ownership and challenging logistics and tradework based on geography do give rise to reservations about doing a full fit out for a Santorin. It’s not an easy decision, and if I’m honest the replies have made me think twice. A lot to think about...

Fair winds to you and kindest regards
Orion


Re: Electrical cooktop and stove #replacement #electricstove #stove #cooktop #galley

Annsofie & Jonas Svanberg
 

Hi, 
the price to invest in the kitchen stove with its different components are divided into the following:
- Kenyon Silkon 2 induction cook top $990
- Steba KB E350 table top convection oven €<200
- Stainless steel box <€300

Alternative induction cook top available at Steba.

Regards
Annsofie & Jonas on S/Y Lady Annila, SM232, 1998


Den 2019-10-24 kl. 17:12, skrev Scott SV Tengah:
Amazing, very cool and well done! 

Can I ask how much it all cost? 
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com
-- 


_____________________________________
Ann-Sofie Svanberg
Edificio Pluma
Rua Teófilo Braga 17-6a
8500-668 Portimao
Portugal

Tel: 00351 914 879 021


Re: Amel Santorin Specs and Alterations

david bruce
 

Hi Orion,

We have a beautiful Santorin sloop well equipped for Med cruising (which coincidently we purchased after also seriously considering both a Contest or Hallberg Rassy).  For instance she has an Opacmare hydraulic passarelle, genset , AC, and stern thruster.  However despite our fondness for the boat we are also deliberating on whether or not to put money into equipping her for longer distance cruising or seek a well loved SM that would largely have these items, i.e. solar, arch, 2nd autopilot. 

It’s a tough decision, we really like our Santorin, which in response to your follow up questions does not have a second icebox or freezer under the forward settee seat, but which would easily accommodate one.  The AC fits well on the outboard side of the passageway just aft of the nav desk.   The 5kw genset fits well on the port side of the engine room, however in our installation anyway the batteries were moved under the salon seaberth on the stb side.  They do not come with water makers.  

There are two factors favoring an SM for us, one is based on geography and one is based on our sloop rig, so neither might apply to you.  The Med is a challenging and expensive place to have work done I have found.  Costs aside, logistics can be a challenge and tradespeople familiar with Amels are rare, making larger more complex projects such as equipping a boat for transoceanic passages (particularly as a part time cruiser) a somewhat daunting prospect. 

The second issue relates to the sloop rig which has the traveler along the aft end of the cockpit serving to make a full cockpit enclosure ( a must for me ) impossible due the angle of the mainsheet.  

At any rate, were I to do it again, my ideal scenario might be a well loved and fully equipped Santorin ketch, but they are pretty rare I think, so I have to agree with Ian and Mark that if the budget allows for the purchase and ongoing maintenance of a larger and more complex boat, the SM seems like the way to go, BUT, having purchased a Santorin and having recently kept an eye on the SM market,that difference with all respect to Mark, will be more than a ‘tad’ at least for me, I’d be thinking 75-100k. 

As an aside, an interesting phenomenon I am finding is how much less enthused I seem to be for most other boats I look at after having an Amel.  There just seem to be so many features I would not want to give up, I don’t think you can go too far wrong whatever you decide.  

Good luck, 

Dave 
Liesse
SN006 








On Oct 28, 2019, at 7:46 AM, Ian <parkianj@...> wrote:

Fully agree with Mark. 
I have a Santorin. I don’t want air con or freezers etc. It is a great blue water boat as it is. The prop shaft alternator keeps us well charged without running the engine. 
You will only get a Santorin price for your boat after 3 years. 
My advice is look for a well maintained SM that has everything On your wish list and ensure a similar resale price. S
Ian
Ocean Hobo
SN96




On 28 Oct 2019, at 14:15, Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:


Orion,
 
I mean the upmost respect as I say this, I do not think the Santorin and adding upgrades is a good plan. You are looking to purchase an Amel and make significant investments and changes. Just the lithium upgrade along is going to cost US$15,000+, Aircon is another US$10,000+ etc (assuming you have an electrical system that can handle the load or you’ll have to make major changes).  Have you considered the cost of ownership while making these upgrades. They will all take considerable time. You will also need an electrician knowledgeable of Amel’s unique floating ground system (a very rare find). Why not buy the SM that already has this stuff. I think you can easily find a well kept Amel in this price range (maybe a tad more). Also keep in mind, in three years when you sell the SM, it will sell for more than the Santorin giving you your extra money back. 
 
The best advice I received when purchasing Cream Puff was from Bill Rouse who told me not to change anything for a year. This was very sound advice that prove invaluable. We sailed the eastern USA for the first year of our cruising getting to know our Amel. Only then did we make a couple of changes. We added an arch and solar. We have tried to keep all systems on our vessel as close to the original design as possible. We learned very quickly about the level of detailed thought that went into the vessel design. 
 
There is a very good string in this group regarding lithium upgrades. You will find it is not as easy as it sounds. You will also need to change alternators, battery chargers, regulators etc. These are major expensive components for a three year plan. Why not just install good quality batteries. Even if you change them all out midway, this is still 20% of the cost of the upgrade. A good set of Firefly batteries will last more than three years, again 1/3 the cost. I can see adding lithium for a ten year plan, but not a three.
 
I see you make no mention of a washer/dryer. Perhaps the most valuable piece of equipment on our boat is the washer/dryer. We have learned in our travels how doing laundry is a major pain. I can’t imagine cruising full-time without a washer/dryer. This sure has made life on anchor a lot more comfortable. 
 
I think your idea of breaking even on upgrades you make to a vessel is a little myopic. All the upgrades will do is sell the vessel faster when it goes to market. You will never recoup monies spent on a boat. If you try, you’ll own the boat longer than planned.
 
My advice, either buy the Santorin and sail it as is. Or, buy the SM and sail it as is. The SM will offer more comforts and in my opinion is easier to sail.
 
This is just my 2¢, I’m sure others will disagree. But, I’d love to see their viewpoints also.
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Vista Mar, Panama
 
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Orion Martin
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2019 8:18 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Amel Santorin Specs and Alterations
 
Good evening everyone,

After many months of struggling between the Super Maramu and the Santorin, we have settled on the Santorin to do a circumnavigation. In the end the main reasons was cost and time. We considered the possibility that a circumnavigation would take three years, in which all likelyhood we would never use the boat again once we had finished. While the SM is the perfect boat for us (if there is such a thing in yachting), the expenses involved to get the boat up to scratch before we even set sail (let alone the cost of the boat) we found hard to justify for a three year trip. So our next option is the Santorin, in which we think we can modify the galley (to include washing machine and extra bench space), modify the portside seating, add air con to the aft cabin, possibly build a solar arch and install lithium batteries, plus standard antifouling paint/servicing/other minor modifications for under $300k AUD(including the purchase of the boat. Any thoughts on this scenario and its feasibility would be most appreciated.

Regarding the Santorin, I have a few burning questions that i haven't been able to source the information for. Does the Santorin have:
- Freezer under salon seating? 
- Any aircon? ( and is there space to install aircon units in aft/forward cabins and salon?) 
- Is the Santorin 12V or 24V, and what is the advantage of having 24V compared with 12V?
- If I install the lithium batteries in the passageway, is it possible to fit a small generator in the engine room and do I need one? ( If I have lithium batteries and solar arch, I figure I may only have to turn on the main engine once a day to help charge the batteries with the lithium batteries holding enough power to run aircon in aft cabin during the evening).

I understand purchasing a yacht I would most likely not make any money when it came time to sell, though in this case i would hope to break even especially if we went to the trouble of doing these modifications to the Santorin that future buyers would appreciate. The only thing bugging me is whether the total cost involved with such an enterprise would be mostly recovered or I am throwing good money after bad and could perhaps be better off spending more to buy an SM with less headache.

Again thoughts and recommendations greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards 
Orion 



Re: Tips for the passage from Chesapeake to St. Maarten?

Courtney Gorman
 

Hi Scott Cindy and I made our first real passage from Brunswick GA to Puerto Rico In January not quite as far But similar course.  I would first recommend putting up your winter enclosure what a great way to sail second no matter what the forecast says East as much as possible before heading south.  We didn’t and when the wind unexpectedly shifted spent 4 days beating into heavy winds and confused seas.  My last advice is don’t be afraid to burn some diesel no reason to suffer IF the ocean isn’t being nice 👍🏻 
Cheers 
Courtney
54 #101 


On Oct 28, 2019, at 3:00 PM, Mike Ondra via Groups.Io <mdondra@...> wrote:

Hi Scott. I think my approach would be to take a look at PredictWind, their departure scenarios. Then look at the forecast and conditions out 2 to 3 days and pick the departure day based on the most comfortable scenario, not the fastest scenario.
Mike
Aletes SM 240

On Oct 28, 2019, at 7:35 AM, Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:

Thanks Mike. It'd be great if we could time it to leave more or less around the same time. We'll probably stick around DC this weekend and may just do an overnighter to get to Norfolk on Sunday.

Since leaving with a NW from Norfolk is not advisable, how do you choose your weather window?

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Track on main boom SM

karkauai
 

Thanks Danny, I’ve tried PB Blaster and impact wrench. So far have only gotten one out and broke one head off.  If I ever get them out I’ll make a point of keeping them treated with Never Seez and do a better job of sealing them  regularly.

Kent
S/V Kristy
SM 243

On Oct 28, 2019, at 9:42 PM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:



Hi Kent  I went along with my crc marine twice in the preceding two days. The countersink made a helpfull puddle. Then some just unscrewed, a few needed a tap or two with my impact driver to get them going. But all were easy.

Regards

Danny

On 29 October 2019 at 14:26 "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:

Unfortunately mine are all frozen.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 3:28 PM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:

Hi Kent, i have just had it confirmed they are aluminium. And they unscrew very easily given how long they have been in there

Kind Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 29 October 2019 at 02:09 "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:

Hi Danny, timely question.  I thought they were aluminum.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 4:59 AM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Has anyone replaced the bolts holding the track onto the top of the main boom on the SM 2000. I would particularly like to know what the material of the bolts is so I can get the same to replace them with. Mine are an alloy of some sort. Most definitely not stainless of any kind. They are M 8x50mm countersunk head and thread into the boom, no nuts.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl


 


 


 


 


Re: Track on main boom SM

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Kent  I went along with my crc marine twice in the preceding two days. The countersink made a helpfull puddle. Then some just unscrewed, a few needed a tap or two with my impact driver to get them going. But all were easy.

Regards

Danny

On 29 October 2019 at 14:26 "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:

Unfortunately mine are all frozen.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 3:28 PM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:

Hi Kent, i have just had it confirmed they are aluminium. And they unscrew very easily given how long they have been in there

Kind Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 29 October 2019 at 02:09 "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:

Hi Danny, timely question.  I thought they were aluminum.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 4:59 AM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Has anyone replaced the bolts holding the track onto the top of the main boom on the SM 2000. I would particularly like to know what the material of the bolts is so I can get the same to replace them with. Mine are an alloy of some sort. Most definitely not stainless of any kind. They are M 8x50mm countersunk head and thread into the boom, no nuts.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl


 


 


 


 


Re: Track on main boom SM

karkauai
 

Unfortunately mine are all frozen.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 3:28 PM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:



Hi Kent, i have just had it confirmed they are aluminium. And they unscrew very easily given how long they have been in there

Kind Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 29 October 2019 at 02:09 "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:

Hi Danny, timely question.  I thought they were aluminum.

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

On Oct 28, 2019, at 4:59 AM, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Has anyone replaced the bolts holding the track onto the top of the main boom on the SM 2000. I would particularly like to know what the material of the bolts is so I can get the same to replace them with. Mine are an alloy of some sort. Most definitely not stainless of any kind. They are M 8x50mm countersunk head and thread into the boom, no nuts.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl