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SSB Ground Plane - Advice?

Duane Siegfri
 

We're having issues with our ICOM M802.  It won't transmit at all.  Another cruiser (electronics engineer) checked it with an SWR meter and said the antenna reflectance was off the charts.  I understood that to mean the ground plane (counterpoise) was not "present" to the radio.

We are receiving Chris Parker, with a lot of static, between FL and the Turks & Caicos.  We could not get him in Sint Maarten.

We checked the conductivity of the ground wire and it was fine, so apparently that's not an issue.
We also checked the mic on another set and it was fine.
We checked all the connections, and they were fine, no corrosion, shiny and tight.
We opened the antenna tuner and it looked good, no corrosion.  We could hear the tuner tuning.

I'm wondering if the lack of a counterpoise could have shorted something in the radio that is causing the lack of transmission?

What could be causing the extreme reflectance on the SWR meter?

Any recommendations for a radio tech in Ft Lauderdale?

ICOM's manual said absolutely not to use round wire for the ground connections, which is what is on my boat.  If you have an Amel installed SSB, is the ground wire flat copper ribbon or is it round wire?

Thanks,
Duane  
Wanderer, SM#477

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Randall
 

Paul,

Well there is an MDL marina in San Carles de la Rapita Spain.
You pay one price for your 6 months or year, to be hauled out, they then power spray the bottom, supply stands, strap you down to concrete, complete flat yard, with electical and water supplied in that price then put you back in the water. And the main bonus is if you want is, you can stay/live on the boat, while you work.
The town has all you need for provisions, they have one of the best Volvo Dealer/Service shops in the world.
Not the cheapest. But really a good, safe marina.

Randall,
A54 #56


On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 10:58 PM Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:
Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Harmonie's new windows

Patrick McAneny
 

Bill & Karen, You guys have really been making a huge investment of time and money into your boat this year , I am sure it will pay dividends in pleasure as well as resale value. Your description of this window job was very detailed ,got to give you credit for taking it on. Its amazing how many hours it takes to complete a job like this. Its in my bucket list,but I can't find it because of all the other jobs piled on top of it.
Take it easier,
Pat
SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Smith via Groups.Io <karenharmonie@...>
To: main <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 10:06 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Harmonie's new windows

Hi Amelians,

We are just about finished with installing the new windows on Harmonie, there are just a couple of pieces of trim left to put back. It was a major project! Here is a link for the details!  https://fetchinketch.net/a-new-clearer-view-of-the-world/

Re: Harmonie's new windows

marklesparkle59
 

That is a splendid description. Our windows are a project-in-waiting, now we know what we are letting ourselves in for
Thanks,
Mark Porter
Sea Hobo
Sharki #96



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Re: Harmonie's new windows

Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Hello Karen,

Did the same earlier this season.. looks good and totally water tight.

:-)

Jean-Pierre Germain, SY Eleuthera, SM 007, NZ




On 12 Mar 2020, at 15:06, Karen Smith via Groups.Io <karenharmonie@...> wrote:

Hi Amelians,

We are just about finished with installing the new windows on Harmonie, there are just a couple of pieces of trim left to put back. It was a major project! Here is a link for the details!  https://fetchinketch.net/a-new-clearer-view-of-the-world/

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Consider in water at Marina Di Ragusa in Sicily.  Little to no fouling as there are many fresh water sources within the perimeter.  We lived aboard for 6 months...

Jean-Pierre Germain,SY Eleuthera, SM 007, NZ




On 12 Mar 2020, at 10:58, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Harmonie's new windows

Karen Smith
 

Hi Amelians,

We are just about finished with installing the new windows on Harmonie, there are just a couple of pieces of trim left to put back. It was a major project! Here is a link for the details!  https://fetchinketch.net/a-new-clearer-view-of-the-world/

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Steve Hoefel
 

Paul,

   If location is not a factor, I can highly recommend the Basimakopoulos shipyard in Kilada.  I have been using them for 14 years and they have grown and modernized with each and every year.  Very boat friendly staff and Kilada is a hidden gem. 

 

Steve Hoefel

s/v Trident Star

Maramu #25

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

Re: Hatch handle seat (corners) for Goiot tradition series

Charles Bell
 
Edited

Hello Mike,

Thank you for the kind words on the parts I made. Yes, I am in the US.

It took me 5 or 6 weeks to make the batch of parts you see in the pictures. The steps are:

  • I spent about a week measuring and drawing the parts, thinking about which measurements are critical for the part to work, and then tweaking the 3D model and cut path. On this project, I am wondering a lot about
    • The inside corner where the plate and wall meet. I am thinking about doing a rounded curve with a ball mill and need to make sure it will not interfere with the latch sweep.
    • The necessary thickness of the base plate and if we might need to make it from aluminum to survive abuse (or if the touch composite I used on the handles will do the job well)
  • After tweaking the design files, I cut samples from scrap, verified the fit on the boat, and then ordered material.
    • The black plastic you see takes me about a week to get in
    • The aluminum can sometimes be *found* in the cut-offs pile of my shop. Otherwise, it is usually 2 days to get in the stock.
  • Then I waited to get machine time to cut the parts. The machines in the shop usually run 24x7 and personal projects have to run on the weekends.
  • Once I had machine time, things happened really fast. Most of the parts you saw in my pictures were a minute or two per cycle.
  • Then the aluminum parts were anodized, about a 3 day turn around.
Assuming no surprises, this is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Without a sample of the original part in hand, there is a really high probability of surprises. 

Maybe we can find somebody in the group who has a broken one they could part with temporarily? 

Let's find a way to do this, I enjoy these sorts of challenges.


Charles

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Paul Brown
 

Hi Dave,

thank you, I will inquire. I did hard stand there many years ago and found it reliable and efficient

Kind regards, Paul - Fortuna II 55#17

On 12 Mar 2020, at 09:46, david bruce <davidcbruce57@...> wrote:

Hi Paul, 
 I can unreservedly recommend Cleopatra in Preveza, it s the cleanest, most well organized marina I have seen and have heard same from several world cruisers.  Average prices, not a steal but not outrageous. There are 4-5 Amels within a heaving line throw of us.  Close to airport and there is a daily launch to Preveza town to do shopping and paperwork.  Staff friendly and efficient. 

Best,   Dave 
Liesse
SN006


On Mar 11, 2020, at 3:28 PM, Peter Forbes <ppsforbes@...> wrote:

We stored in Gouvia marina on Corfu - excellent and good Amel familiar German guy there who I can introduce you too if you like.

Peter Forbes
Carango Amel 54#035
07836 209730

On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:58, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

david bruce
 

Hi Paul, 
 I can unreservedly recommend Cleopatra in Preveza, it s the cleanest, most well organized marina I have seen and have heard same from several world cruisers.  Average prices, not a steal but not outrageous. There are 4-5 Amels within a heaving line throw of us.  Close to airport and there is a daily launch to Preveza town to do shopping and paperwork.  Staff friendly and efficient. 

Best,   Dave 
Liesse
SN006


On Mar 11, 2020, at 3:28 PM, Peter Forbes <ppsforbes@...> wrote:

We stored in Gouvia marina on Corfu - excellent and good Amel familiar German guy there who I can introduce you too if you like.

Peter Forbes
Carango Amel 54#035
07836 209730

On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:58, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Paul Brown
 

Thank you Peter, I know where that marina is and will make an inquiry.

Kind regards, Paul - Fortuna II 55#17

On 12 Mar 2020, at 09:28, Peter Forbes <ppsforbes@...> wrote:

We stored in Gouvia marina on Corfu - excellent and good Amel familiar German guy there who I can introduce you too if you like.

Peter Forbes
Carango Amel 54#035
07836 209730

On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:58, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Peter Forbes
 

We stored in Gouvia marina on Corfu - excellent and good Amel familiar German guy there who I can introduce you too if you like.

Peter Forbes
Carango Amel 54#035
07836 209730

On 11 Mar 2020, at 21:58, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Jose Alegria
 

Paul hi

Cleopatra Marina- Preveza
Nice yard service - contact Grigoris Psofakis at  techdep@...
Merit is at Cleopatra Marina dry dock from last September- they do all kind of jobs very attentively


Regards

José Alegria
A55#003MERIT
josealegr@...
Mobile: + 351 91 866 30 37




On Wed, 11 Mar 2020 at 22:18, Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:
Thanks Ian and Judy, I will check them out

Regards, Paul... Sent from my iPhone

On 12 Mar 2020, at 09:16, ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@...> <ianjudyjenkins@...> wrote:


Hi Paul,

We have had good experiences at both Cleopatra Marina , Preveza in the Ionian and Basimapokoulos Shipyard in Kilada in the Aegean.

Lots of Amels in both. Good range of services in the former, adequate in the latter.  We have heard of good services at Lavrion, the nearest to Athens airport, but pricey.

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kilada

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...>
Sent: 11 March 2020 21:58
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Hardstand storage Greece
 
Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

Paul Brown
 

Thanks Ian and Judy, I will check them out

Regards, Paul... Sent from my iPhone

On 12 Mar 2020, at 09:16, ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@...> <ianjudyjenkins@...> wrote:


Hi Paul,

We have had good experiences at both Cleopatra Marina , Preveza in the Ionian and Basimapokoulos Shipyard in Kilada in the Aegean.

Lots of Amels in both. Good range of services in the former, adequate in the latter.  We have heard of good services at Lavrion, the nearest to Athens airport, but pricey.

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kilada

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...>
Sent: 11 March 2020 21:58
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Hardstand storage Greece
 
Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: Hardstand storage Greece

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Paul,

We have had good experiences at both Cleopatra Marina , Preveza in the Ionian and Basimapokoulos Shipyard in Kilada in the Aegean.

Lots of Amels in both. Good range of services in the former, adequate in the latter.  We have heard of good services at Lavrion, the nearest to Athens airport, but pricey.

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Kilada


From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...>
Sent: 11 March 2020 21:58
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Hardstand storage Greece
 
Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Hardstand storage Greece

Paul Brown
 

Dear Amel Owners Group,

I am considering storing my Amel on the hardstand for 8-12 months from August this year and inquiring for any recommendations from the group for value and good service available, preferably Greece or Italy but happy to consider other locations in the MED.

Please reply with any assistant and thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards, Paul - FORTUNA II 55#17

Re: In mast Furler - A simple precaution for the (occasionally) inattentive skipper

PAOLO CUNEO
 

Sorry, a cut and paste mishap, second paragraph of my previous message should obviously read “heath first before drilling.....”
Paolo Cuneo
Whisper

Inviato da iPad

Re: In mast Furler - A simple precaution for the (occasionally) inattentive skipper

PAOLO CUNEO
 

Hi all
Here some more info.
The material is 5mm polystyrene (see attached photo), bent using a hot air gun, and drilled/ rectified with the two 14 mm bits below..
Some practical tips :
Drill first before bending. In my first attempt, heating after drilling, the heat completely distorted the holes and I was forced to throw the piece.
Drill at both sides two pilot holes prior to full drilling to avoid fragmenting the edges and keep rpm as low as possible, whilst cooling with water during the operation: as soon as the temp increases, the material immediately melts making your tools unusable.
Heat the sheet uniformly on both sides, otherwise it will immediately crack, especially at the edges.
Heat bending is, at least for me, an awkward process and, if I had to replicate the piece, I would probably opt for a flat piece of polystyrene and four small s/steel legs at the four corners, or, to the same effect two “U” shaped brackets on two opposite sides, perhaps a less stylish solution but much much simpler to make.
Obviously, if the boat is at hand, to produce a template directly on the spot is the obvious choice. Otherwise, as soon as the Covid-19 restrictions of movement currently in force in Italy are lifted, I’ll produce a drawing with all the measurements

Best
Paolo Cuneo
SM #454 Whisper, currently in Genoa






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Re: Propeller. Bowthruster lost. Sm435

Arthur Sundqvist
 

Thank you all!
I scubadived and mounted the new Bowthrusterpropeller, delrinhub and new nylon screws..... I usel mmM8. Stainless steelsqrews as Kevin pointers out. 30 minutes in Water and preparing sqrews took 1 hour. I Sidney have the tight length . But I trimmed and modifyed what I had. The propeller sits tight with is importstopp..