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Re: Galley Stove Replacement #galley #stove

Richard May
 

JP Germain
can you post a photo detail of how you lock the induction cooktop into your OC3?


I am about to install and OC and am very excited for it.  I did not want to take full dive into their induction OC because I have not upgraded my electrical sys.   Seems like more aHr would be a must. 


Re: Identify this part

Bill Kinney
 

Bill,

You are correct. This style of locking prop washer is very common on French built boats using metric standard prop shaft tapers.

For boats using these, it is best to carry a spare washer.  They can be peened over to lock the nut a couple of times, but they eventually fatigue and fracture.  It is best practice to replace them each time the prop is removed.

Bill Kinney
SM160,  Harmonie
Brunswick, GA


Re: Holes in the watertight bulkhead

Bill Kinney
 

Eric,

As far as I know no stock Super Maramus ever had wire and plumbing penetrations through the watertight bulkheads in the places you describe when they left La Rochelle.  

Holes drilled through the watertight bulkheads are by far the most common modification I have seen to Super Maramus that compromise the intent of Amel's design for these boats. It is usually done as part of modifications made by people who do not understand or appreciate the importance of the integrity of these bulkheads to the design of the boat.  Of course holes can be drilled and then sealed, but it is usually easier/better to just use the existing wire chases. 

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Brunswick, GA


Re: In Mast Furling

Martin Birkhoff
 

Hi All,

we follow the discussion with great interest. But up to now we did not see any comment of an experienced sailmaker. So we decided to ask Jens Nickel 
and his oppinion. Jens is a well known German sailmaker (Segelwerkstatt Stade) with excellent reputation. We think his answer of interest to all of you. Here my “free” translation:

“A furling mainsail without battens (excuse the expression) is simply crap. The top 18 to 20% of the sail only create drag (resistance) and no lift/buoyancy (more heeling, more rudder pressure, less speed).

- A mainsail with short vertical battens is already better, but the leech rounding is still limited, which mitigates the points described above but does not really cancel them out. Furthermore the short battens have no reefing function (see below). The main reason against short battens, however, is that they can get jammed in the mast on the starboard inner mast edge (when, as usual, furled anti-clockwise). This does not happen often, but when it does you have a real problem.

- The only argument against full battening is the higher price. These sails produce more propulsion, less heeling, less rudder pressure. Furthermore, the battens are perfect reefing steps. The battens are not parallel to the luff, but slightly slanted. Reefing should now always be done in such a way that the batten is always completely furled into the mast. It then winds itself slightly around the pole in the mast as a spiral and thus stretches the "new luff" a little.

After more than 25 years of producing fully battened furling mainsails we have never had one owner who was not satisfied with the conversion.”

 

I have to add: The battens are round (diameter some 8 to 10 mm) and made of two different materials: glass fibre and carbon, the latter used in the upper part of the sail to keep the aft part stiff.

Further I have to add this: When we got our Mago del Sur in March 2016 she was fitted with original genoa, main and mizzen. (The jib had disappeared.) Main and mizzen were bare of the vertical battens. The leeches of all three sails were worn out and causing enormous flapping and vibrations. In spite of that the performance of these sails was surprisingly good. When we had to furl in the main the first time during our delivery trip (with winds of some 7 Beaufort) the furling system blocked because of overload. Thus giving us the chance to furl in the main by hand. Which worked very well.

In July 2016 we ordered new genoa, jib, full battened main and full battened mizzen from Jens Nickel. Since then we never had any problem to furl in or out main and mizzen. We can do it on all angles to the apparent wind and in all wind speeds we have met until now. The furling systems never blocked. Meanwhile we sail the full batten sails some six years without any problems.

But there is one aspect you have to know if you think about a full batten sail. The connection between halyard and sail has to be reliable. Once it happened that a boatyard fitted our main to the mast with an unreliable connection. I insisted to change it but I forget to proof the connection after the main mast was fitted on the boat. After 3 hours of sailing the main came down -  more or less half way and creating an interesting S-shaped new sail design because the battens blocked the rest of its way down. It was quite a nice job to get the battens out of their pockets piece by piece …
But finally we managed it to get the sail down.


Martin Birkhoff
Mago del Sur 54#40
sailing near Cap Trafalgar heading east


Re: Identify this part

 

I would appreciate it if someone who has installed the fixed prop will verify the image below and the correct way to lock the prop in place:
image.png
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 7:48 AM Richard May via groups.io <airwisrich2000=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Super Maramu.  


Re: Identify this part

Richard May
 

Super Maramu.  


Re: Identify this part

Richard May
 

I have the above pictured washer and nut.  The washer tooth fits into the keyway of the prop perfectly.   But if oriented that way, the nut is still free to spin.  


A54 Tachometer LCD blank..?

Chris Likins
 

Hello! 


I just installed a new tachometer on my A54. I plugged it in expecting it to work but menu is not appearing on the LCD screen. The LCD momentarily flashes “volvo penta” and then goes blank. Before the main menu would appear automatically after engine start...? Seems like I’m missing something super simple here.... 

Any Volvo EVC experts out there? 


Thanks! 


Re: Identify this part

Ian Park
 

No photo Richard. Which model? My Santorin has a fixed prop. There is a washer between the prop and the coned nut. It fits into the key way slot. Tighten the bolt then use a sharp screwdriver to lift the edge of the washer and bend it onto the flat of the coned bolt.

Ian
‘Ocean Hobo’ SN 96


Re: Identify this part

Richard May
 

I am about to install this part and do not understand how that washer keeps the nut from backing off.  If the “tooth” on the washer fits into the key-slot of the prop as described above, how does that keep the nut from backing off?   Anyone have a photo?


Re: Pacific Crossing 2022

Juan de Zulueta
 

Stefan,

Let’s stay in touch.
We really plan to cross in spring 2022.
We will be back on our boat in Grenada in October and head north before reaching Panama in March.
This is only a plan since we might need to adapt with this never ending COVID-19…
We are potentially a small group of boat friends crossing at the same time.

Talk to you soon.
You can reach e on my french mobile +33680895892 or on WhatsApp (same number)
Or by mail jdezulue@...


Juan de Zulueta
+33680895892
sent from my Ipad.

Le 18 juil. 2021 à 20:28, Stefan Schaufert <mail@...> a écrit :

Dear Juan, dear Kent & Iris,

our plans are also the Canal, Galapagos, perhaps Ecuador and South America (after a analysis of the weather conditions: not by boat ;-) and then FP …
in 2022.
But depending on the Covid restrictions. Thus everything is open.
Would be nice to stay in contact for this. 

Only going back to the Caribbean in December this year seems to be sure.

Best regards
Stefan
A54 #119 Lady Charlyette, currently still in Santa Maria, Azores

--
Juan de Zulueta
OPHELIE X
Super Maramu #32


Re: Reinsert SM Bow Thruster after service

Trevor Lusty
 

Hi Eammon,
                   Cover the two parts with a good coat of lanolin. That will be the end of your problem. Delighted to see that you are still out there.
Best regards,
Trevor Lusty
West Cork


Re: Reinsert SM Bow Thruster after service

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Eamonm, do have the motor at half height too and make the wriggles of the propeller at least half turns to allow for the gearing.

Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 19 July 2021 at 02:42 Eamonn Washington <eamonn.washington@...> wrote:

Hi Danny

that is a good tip to wriggle the propellor when trying to reconnect the 2 parts, I'll try it tomorrow.  I always had it well oiled, and greased the area where the 2 parts join, but I never greased into the lower part or spline.  I will also do that, as I see Nikimat also did it.  Hopefully tomorrow will be less frustrating.

Eamonm
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Ireland


Re: Holes in the watertight bulkhead

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Eric, no I haven't. I have wiring holes at the top outer corners. None at the lower. The only plumbing hole is the grey water bilge pipe passing through and well sealed. However next time I'm aboard I will look but I would be surprised to find such holes since in 12 years I have not seen them.

Kind Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 19 July 2021 at 02:12 eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:

Danny,

Have you noticed holes for wires and plumbing in the port and starboard outboard lower corners of the bulkhead going from the forward head and the forward hanging locker to the main cabin?

Fair Winds

ERIC

Kimberlite Amel SM 376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:39 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Warning about "UFOs"

 

Hi Gerhard,

you rightly say that there is little we can do about these lost containers because they float so low we cant see them, even if a good watch is being kept. The Amel bulkhead system is our friend. On the SM (which I know best) we have the collision bulkhead which seals off the anchor chain locker. The access port on mine is always closed. Then the gasketed door to the front cabin. We had a report in this last week of a SM being holed forward of this and by closing the door was able to restrict water ingress to the front cabin and make port safely. The water only rose to the level of the berths and the fore /aft trim of the boat was little affected. 

Another example of Henri Amels superb attention to design that matters.

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 11 May 2021 at 23:23 "Gerhard Mueller via groups.io" <carcode@...> wrote:

Gladefully it still don't have happened to me. But more and more container ships lost a large amount of containers at sea. They are called UFOs (Unidentified Floating Objects) and they are a real danger especially for sailing boats and fishing boats because even in moderate sea they are not seen or very late. Also the radar don't see them with no area above waterline. Since October 2020 and March 2021 more than 2,500 containers are lost. It is said about 12,000 containers are drifting in the oceans right now. Most of them goes to the ground when lost from the ship but others like reefer containers can float a very long time.

--
Gerhard Mueller
Amel Sharki #60
Currently Kalamata, Greece

 



 


 


Re: Mold between cushion and chest freezer on 55

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi, as I said in my previous SM 299 Ocean Pearl has the void built in on top of the freezer. We spent time in the Caribbean and repeated trips to the Pacific Islands from NZ. We have not experienced the problem of wetness in the cushions

Regards

Danny.  

On 18 July 2021 at 22:57 Arno Luijten <arno.luijten@...> wrote:

Quote:
” On Amelia there is a void built in to the bench, so the bottom cushion stays dry.”

Sorry but this is not valid in the tropics. Our lid is also “vented” but that makes very little difference. It still gets wet if you keep the cushion on all the time. As matter of experiment I filled the void with insulation material. That brought the duty cycle of the freezer down but the problem of condensation remained, it jus took a bit longer to get wet. The problem is that the cushion is filled with moist air from the environment and gets relatively cool on the freezer side. This makes the moist condensate like the outside of a glass of a cold beer. 

The backrest cushion only gets wet if you use the countertop cavity as freezer. Used as fridge it is OK. It is all about temperature differential and humidity. 

Cheers,

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: Mold between cushion and chest freezer on 55

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Nick, likewise on Ocean Pearl SM 299.

Regards

Danny

On 18 July 2021 at 17:15 "ngtnewington Newington via groups.io" <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

On Amelia there is a void built in to the bench, so the bottom cushion stays dry.
The back rest however is Velcro’d to the bulkhead with no void and it gets damp from the galley chest fridge. It would be possible to make a narrow void though.


The insulation is clearly not great. 
The way to go is to build new insulated boxes using vacuum panels but it would be quite a project….one that I am not in a hurry to do but maybe one day…
Nick
SY Amelia 
AML 54-019
Sailing Sporades GR
 

On 17 Jul 2021, at 13:54, Arno Luijten <arno.luijten@...> wrote:

Try living in the tropics with your Amel. You will find this annoyance on daily basis.  We remove the cushion during the night to allow the moisture to evaporate.
There is a 40+ degree Celsius temperature gap between the outside and the inside of the freezer. The design and materials used are not able to prevent condensation of the moisture in the air at the rim and the top of the freezer-lid.
Solving this problem is a major undertaking as you need to improve the insulation of the lid big time.
By taking off the cushion during the night the problem becomes manageable. That is what I do and I know several other Amel owners do. 


Cheers,
Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121


 


 


Re: Pacific Crossing 2022

Stefan Schaufert
 

Dear Juan, dear Kent & Iris,

our plans are also the Canal, Galapagos, perhaps Ecuador and South America (after a analysis of the weather conditions: not by boat ;-) and then FP …
in 2022.
But depending on the Covid restrictions. Thus everything is open.
Would be nice to stay in contact for this. 

Only going back to the Caribbean in December this year seems to be sure.

Best regards
Stefan
A54 #119 Lady Charlyette, currently still in Santa Maria, Azores


Re: Reinsert SM Bow Thruster after service

 

You also need to clean the rust from the bottom of the motor in the opening for the bow thruster tube, then use a lot of waterproof grease. This clip from my Amel Book may help you:
image.png
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 9:42 AM Eamonn Washington <eamonn.washington@...> wrote:
Hi Danny

that is a good tip to wriggle the propellor when trying to reconnect the 2 parts, I'll try it tomorrow.  I always had it well oiled, and greased the area where the 2 parts join, but I never greased into the lower part or spline.  I will also do that, as I see Nikimat also did it.  Hopefully tomorrow will be less frustrating.

Eamonm
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Ireland


Re: Reinsert SM Bow Thruster after service

Eamonn Washington
 

Hi Danny

that is a good tip to wriggle the propellor when trying to reconnect the 2 parts, I'll try it tomorrow.  I always had it well oiled, and greased the area where the 2 parts join, but I never greased into the lower part or spline.  I will also do that, as I see Nikimat also did it.  Hopefully tomorrow will be less frustrating.

Eamonm
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Ireland


Holes in the watertight bulkhead

Eric Freedman
 

Danny,

Have you noticed holes for wires and plumbing in the port and starboard outboard lower corners of the bulkhead going from the forward head and the forward hanging locker to the main cabin?

Fair Winds

ERIC

Kimberlite Amel SM 376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:39 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Warning about "UFOs"

 

Hi Gerhard,

you rightly say that there is little we can do about these lost containers because they float so low we cant see them, even if a good watch is being kept. The Amel bulkhead system is our friend. On the SM (which I know best) we have the collision bulkhead which seals off the anchor chain locker. The access port on mine is always closed. Then the gasketed door to the front cabin. We had a report in this last week of a SM being holed forward of this and by closing the door was able to restrict water ingress to the front cabin and make port safely. The water only rose to the level of the berths and the fore /aft trim of the boat was little affected. 

Another example of Henri Amels superb attention to design that matters.

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 11 May 2021 at 23:23 "Gerhard Mueller via groups.io" <carcode@...> wrote:

Gladefully it still don't have happened to me. But more and more container ships lost a large amount of containers at sea. They are called UFOs (Unidentified Floating Objects) and they are a real danger especially for sailing boats and fishing boats because even in moderate sea they are not seen or very late. Also the radar don't see them with no area above waterline. Since October 2020 and March 2021 more than 2,500 containers are lost. It is said about 12,000 containers are drifting in the oceans right now. Most of them goes to the ground when lost from the ship but others like reefer containers can float a very long time.

--
Gerhard Mueller
Amel Sharki #60
Currently Kalamata, Greece

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