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Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

Bruno COTTE
 

Agreed totally I am a little bit more than 6 foot and no problem at the wheel of my A 55#63
As Sup up I consider the 54 better than the super maramu and the 55 better than the 54. With the A 60 and A 60 there is a change of global philosophy so it is almost impossible to compare ….

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Le 24 nov. 2021 à 17:54, Joerg Esdorn via groups.io <jhe1313@...> a écrit :

Joan, I'm sorry you're having trouble with the A55 helmsman seat.  I'm 5'10" and find the seat quite comfortable.  When sailing longer distances heeled, I often sit sideways in the seat with my feet up on the cockpit table and have a number of small sofa cushions in my back to increase comfort.  

If the moderators permit, I'd also would like to make a point of order.  I personally find it annoying that many questions about an issue or problem with the newer boats on this forum draw an answer from one or more of the many owners of older boats to the effect that their boats are really very superior and don't have the particular issue or problem the newer boats have.  I think this site could really do without those types of comments.  They do not help us all improve our experiences with our boats, clutter up the site and make it more difficult to find the answers we're looking for.  I eliminated the SM from my consideration after being on one for a couple of hours.  But I'm not trashing the SM because something I didn't like about it.
Just my five cents.   

Joerg Esdorn
A55 #53 Kincsem
Currently in La Rochelle 


Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

Joerg Esdorn
 

Joan, I'm sorry you're having trouble with the A55 helmsman seat.  I'm 5'10" and find the seat quite comfortable.  When sailing longer distances heeled, I often sit sideways in the seat with my feet up on the cockpit table and have a number of small sofa cushions in my back to increase comfort.  

If the moderators permit, I'd also would like to make a point of order.  I personally find it annoying that many questions about an issue or problem with the newer boats on this forum draw an answer from one or more of the many owners of older boats to the effect that their boats are really very superior and don't have the particular issue or problem the newer boats have.  I think this site could really do without those types of comments.  They do not help us all improve our experiences with our boats, clutter up the site and make it more difficult to find the answers we're looking for.  I eliminated the SM from my consideration after being on one for a couple of hours.  But I'm not trashing the SM because something I didn't like about it.
Just my five cents.   

Joerg Esdorn
A55 #53 Kincsem
Currently in La Rochelle 


Hi Res SM drawing picture

Jérémy
 

Hi all,

Does anyone have a high resolution picture of this Super Maramu drawing :


Thanks !

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Jérémy
SM#121

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SM #121 Nausicaä
Nantes, France


Re: National ensign on top of mizzen mast

Joerg Esdorn
 

Thank you, Paul.  Where do you lead the bottom of the flag halyard?  

Joerg Esdorn


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Slavko Despotovic
 

Hi Arno,

I did not put this as negative complaint to Amel. I was looking for more reasonable solution. The order was 100 pcs of plastic plugs, Rudder bolt and Packing stuff for rudder post. It was a small box 20X10X4 cm. Nothing special. When I send something of this size with DHL in Europe the cost is marginal.
At the same time I have ordered springs (cost 50euro) from Antal, delivery cost was 10 euro from Italy. 
I agree that Amel is doing superb job of keeping as much as possible spare for older models, but this is the part of Amel way of doing business. Exceptional support for our boats. That keeps the value of the boats as well.  
I learned my lesson and in the future I will be make bigger orders and the delivery cost will be reasonable.
And my name is Slavko :)).

Best regards.
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Slavko
SM 2000
#279 Bonne Anse in Croatia


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Arno Luijten
 

Hi Slavo,

Keep in mind that Amel is a boat builder and not a parts supplier or a shop. The fact that they supply parts makes them a better boat builder but they do have to charge the logistic costs to you as well to keep this a viable process. For them these ad-hoc logistics are quite a disturbance of their primary process.
Shops typically have deals with logistic partners to keep the transport costs down. I don't think Amel has enough volume in parts to do such a thing
When I owned a Hallberg Rassy I found out they actually had someone start a separate company to deal with all these requests. On itself a very clever idea that may work for Amel as well but they charged decent money as well to send things over.
So yes I agree it can be annoying but I praise the service Amel provides us with helping us to keep afloat.

Just my 2 cents.

Kind regards,

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Bruno COTTE
 

In Turkey you have a Amel
Representative in Gocek . 

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Le 24 nov. 2021 à 13:56, Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond via groups.io <southernadventurer@...> a écrit :

 Yes it certainly is a problem in Europe and a gamble as to how much you actually get charged when bringing items into another country. We are currently in Turkey where Amel will not ship items to. Probably due to import costs.

Regards
Ross and Donna
SV Intrepid Kiwi
SM2K #356
Currently in Turkey


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On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 11:05 AM, Slavko Despotovic <slavko@...> wrote:

I have ordered some small parts from Amel all together for 70 Euro. Delivery cost from France to Slovenia was almost 68Euro. So total order cost was 158Euro including VAT. Other supplier cost in Europe are much lower, 10 Euro for this kind of orders. I do not want to be negative and AMEL is very responsive so there is no issue. Question is, do you experience the same issue? Or if not, how do you handle shipments from Amel.
For comparison I have ordered ZODIAC dinghy from seller in Austria, and some small items, shipment weight was 50kg, shipping cost was 18 Euro.
I hope I do not violate any rules of this site.
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Slavko
SM 2000
#279 Bonne Anse in Croatia

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Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond
SV Intrepid Kiwi
SM2K #356
Currently in Turkey


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond
 

Yes it certainly is a problem in Europe and a gamble as to how much you actually get charged when bringing items into another country. We are currently in Turkey where Amel will not ship items to. Probably due to import costs.

Regards
Ross and Donna
SV Intrepid Kiwi
SM2K #356

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 11:05 AM, Slavko Despotovic <slavko@...> wrote:

I have ordered some small parts from Amel all together for 70 Euro. Delivery cost from France to Slovenia was almost 68Euro. So total order cost was 158Euro including VAT. Other supplier cost in Europe are much lower, 10 Euro for this kind of orders. I do not want to be negative and AMEL is very responsive so there is no issue. Question is, do you experience the same issue? Or if not, how do you handle shipments from Amel.
For comparison I have ordered ZODIAC dinghy from seller in Austria, and some small items, shipment weight was 50kg, shipping cost was 18 Euro.
I hope I do not violate any rules of this site.
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Slavko
SM 2000
#279 Bonne Anse in Croatia

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Ross Hickey & Donna Hammond
SV Intrepid Kiwi
SM2K #356
Currently in Turkey


Re: Retractable bow thruster replacement

Paul Peschel
 

Many thanks for all your replies and tips!  🙏🙏🙏

Since I still have all the important parts (Shaft, bearing, propeller,..) and only the bearing housing is broken, I want to try to fix it first before considering a new system. So I measured the remaining part and created a 3D model ( which you can find here if interested:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1399ygbJxGDwj2QWs8F_ks_N7xXlpLo13 )

The plan is to 3D print the part and reinforces it with fiberglass and epoxy. I got a test print ( the purple one in the picture) to check dimensions, but unfortunately, there was no 3d print shop that could print in a high-quality filament such as nylon or carbon within two weeks in Cartagena / Spain where we have been hauled out.  So I have closed the hole for now and postponed the project. One more on the to-do list :-) 


Does anyone have experience with reinforced 3D printed parts?


Once this works I will share it here in the forum and occasionally there will be an update on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blue.calling/

 


Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Slavko Despotovic
 

I have ordered some small parts from Amel all together for 70 Euro. Delivery cost from France to Slovenia was almost 68Euro. So total order cost was 158Euro including VAT. Other supplier cost in Europe are much lower, 10 Euro for this kind of orders. I do not want to be negative and AMEL is very responsive so there is no issue. Question is, do you experience the same issue? Or if not, how do you handle shipments from Amel.
For comparison I have ordered ZODIAC dinghy from seller in Austria, and some small items, shipment weight was 50kg, shipping cost was 18 Euro.
I hope I do not violate any rules of this site.
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Slavko
SM 2000
#279 Bonne Anse in Croatia


Re: Retractable bow thruster replacement

Paul Peschel
 

Hi Eric,

it's an Amel Sharki from 1980 and is currently on the way to the Canary Islands. Where did you get the spare thruster from?

Paul


Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
 

Nice to see all the humour and good spirit here. Let me add to this thread to show we are all different, and possible Captain Henry did get it right. I am 6ft3in / 1.93m tall and for me that Amel SM2K "Captain's Chair" was simply fantastic!

Whilst it would certainly be different from the 54, and 55, the SM2K we owned and loved for 9 years and circumnavigated in (see some of our tracks here https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/IslandPearl2/), the helm chair was one of the standout features of comfort at sea which would bring me back to purchase another SM in the future if the new seat designs are not as good.

Being taller, what I always did was to remove the Amel original rear back support cushion making me totally comfortable, and in tight manoeuvring situations (eg at the start of the video link below at notorious Dolphin Lagoon pass in the Maldives), or to get more breeze in hot sweltery tropics such as Maldives/ Chagos Areas, and parts of SE Asia, was to sit on the rear on top of the backrest where vision was great and breezes cooled one down nicely.  The Admiral and some of our shorter crew (in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean crossings) also always had their favourite comfort positions in that chair too by immediately replacing the backrest cushion, and/or adding some of the copious numbers of small sofa cushions we had on the yacht to keep them from slipping in the chair. We all loved that chair!

Being a tall person, the only slight gripes I ever had with the Amel SM design was the length of the bunks and rear bed (we changed it to a sideways large King bed, and loved that), and also the Amel original Bimini being a bit low, with no forward vision/window/airflow over the top of the windscreen. This was easily solved by lifting the front profile of the bimini to create more head height, and most importantly to create a window looking over the top of the windscreen. 

Should we ever purchase another Amel SM, if we are lucky enough to find a good one when the time comes, then I would immediately add a very nicely designed cockpit hardcover system for better sun/rain/heat protection. That, and the above two items is all I would change!

Colin
ex Amel SM2K SV Island Pearl II



On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 8:31 AM Joan Blaas <joan.blaas@...> wrote:
Alex, I guess you are right! I felt in love with the Amel too quickly. But it's definitely not a one night stand so I need to find a comfortable seating position.:-)

Joan
Amel55 - Caconano




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Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

Joan Blaas
 

Alex, I guess you are right! I felt in love with the Amel too quickly. But it's definitely not a one night stand so I need to find a comfortable seating position.:-)

Joan
Amel55 - Caconano



Re: National ensign on top of mizzen mast

Paul Osterberg
 

We have mounted an old glasfiber batten on top of our mizzenmast to keep the Flag away from the back stays, Like to have the Swedish flag Up there.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM 259


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Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

PAOLO CUNEO
 

Hi all,
Nice and amusing the exchange between Joan and Alex . I am Italian and, according to the current stereotype, presumably even smaller than a Frenchman. As it is, I happen to be 187 cm, and the helm seat of my SM, which seemed acceptable to me 12 years ago when I bought it, is starting to give me serious problems especially on long overnight passages. Short, if someone has modified the seat or found a way to replace it with one of the slightly more ergonomic ones on the market, while maintaining the convenience of the folding table, I would be interested to know.
Bests
Paolo Cuneo
SM 454 Whisper

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Paolo Cuneo
SM 454 Whisper


Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

Alex BAIZEAU
 

We might be small but probably smart enough to try to sit at the helm once before spending a million dollar on a boat. Sorry guys :-) 

On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 2:09 AM Joan Blaas <joan.blaas@...> wrote:
Hello,

I just got an Amel after owning X-Yachts and Albin Express before.

Has any of.the other Amel 55 owners made any modifications to the captain's seat? With my 185cm height it's really to small for me to sit comfortably. There is no way to adjust the seat.. My back starts to hurt when sailing.... That's not good.  It seems the seat is designed for smaller french people. Sorry guys. :-)

I wonder if any other owners recognise this problem.

Kind regards,

Joan
Amel55



Amel 55 - captain's seat

Joan Blaas
 

Hello,

I just got an Amel after owning X-Yachts and Albin Express before.

Has any of.the other Amel 55 owners made any modifications to the captain's seat? With my 185cm height it's really to small for me to sit comfortably. There is no way to adjust the seat.. My back starts to hurt when sailing.... That's not good.  It seems the seat is designed for smaller french people. Sorry guys. :-)

I wonder if any other owners recognise this problem.

Kind regards,

Joan
Amel55



Re: Selling New Jordan Series Drogue

Joan Blaas
 

I am interested. Can you email me?


Re: Standing rigging

Ian Park
 

Thanks guys. Having new rigging in the new new year. Just trying to get the rigger tuned in to Amel standard.

Ian

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