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Re: Seacock Replacement Ball Valve in Head

Mark McGovern
 

Mark,

For the forward head ball valve removal, I carefully used an oscillating multitool, then a mini-hacksaw that has a portion of the blade sticking out past the frame and finally a plain hacksaw blade by hand to get the outboard most part as best I could.  

I had a lot of difficulty getting my 16" adjustable wrench to get a good grip on the flats of the valve.  It is clearly the wrong tool for this job.  I switched up to my largest Channellock (20").  I put one jaw on the "stub" where the valve handle goes (with the valve handle removed, of course) and the other gripping the middle of the valve body (the round part, not the flat).  It came loose on the first try with what seemed like a ridiculous amount of force.  So much force that I feared ripping a hole in the boat.  I imagine that a pipe wrench will also work well here as the serrated jaws will bite into the valve. 

Here's a pic of the old valve on the left and the new Groco valve I replaced it with on the right.  Note the copious amount of gelcoat all the way up the back of the old valve. 



Oddly, the aft head had absolutely no fiberglass or gelcoat on the ball valve.  It appears to be the original valve or if it was replaced by one of the three previous owners of Cara, it was replaced with the exact same type of valve.

Good luck!

--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA


Re: Seacock Replacement Ball Valve in Head

John Facci
 

Hi Mark,
I used a multi tool (vibrating blade). The main problem I had (other than getting the hose back on) was unscrewing the valve. It wouldn't budge and I was worried my 'large' shifting spanner was going to break. I ended up borrowing a huge pipe wrench from the marina. I used plumbing tape for sealant.

Regards
John
SM #332
Brisbane Australia


Re: Seacock Replacement Ball Valve in Head

 

Mark,

A Dremel worked fine for me.
You may not be able to remove the hose before you remove the valve. As an alternative, loosen the clamps on the hose barb on top of the valve, then unscrew the hose barb from the valve. 

Also, have a method to heat the hose, which you will likely need to do.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse 
Amel Owners Yacht School
+1 832-380-4970 | brouse@...
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
www.AmelOwnersYachtSchool.com 
Yacht School Calendar: www.preparetocastoff.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


   


On Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 15:36 Rob Andrews <robsclan@...> wrote:
Hey Mark,
I did mine a few months ago and just used a 4 inch angle grinder (very carefully).  I could reach most of the way around with that and then finished off with a loose hacksaw blade.  They were the tools I had on hand and it worked without drama.
Rob.
--
Rob & Dee
SV Jaygo.
SM#224
Brisbane, Australia


Re: Onan MDKAL Generator starts but shuts off #YouTube_Live_Stream

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Kevin,

 

Glad to see you are back in Panama.

 

It sounds like a fuel flow issue. If you bypassed the fuel shutoff solenoid and it works, have you tried replacing it. Dumb question but worth asking. Is the fuel pump good? I believe it is an electric pump – easy to check. Is the stop solenoid working correctly?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Kevin Cole
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:39 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Onan MDKAL Generator starts but shuts off #YouTube_Live_Stream

 

Our generator has been sleeping for a year and a half; we can start the generator but as soon as we release the start switch it does not stay running; we bypassed fuel shut off solenoid and generator will mechanically run; we have changed the oil, replaced exhaust temp switch, coolant temp switch, confirmed all K relays work except K4.  Wondering if we should flash the field and what method we should use.  Thank you, Kevin
Super Maramu, Anahita #276, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama 


Re: Something for Electrical Engineers, Experts, and Wannabes like me

Clive Chapman
 

I haven’t had the chance to watch the video yet, but as an electronics engineer as training, if you want to blow your birdy brains try understanding the propagation of RF along a coax cable…then try how an aerial works…and for Einstein level, try RF down a waveguide as used on most radars. Nearly forty years on I’m still struggling with the concept that energy would rather travel down the air in the middle of a bit of waveguide than the solid bit of conductor that surrounds it!

Regards
Clive


Onan MDKAL Generator starts but shuts off #YouTube_Live_Stream

Kevin Cole
 

Our generator has been sleeping for a year and a half; we can start the generator but as soon as we release the start switch it does not stay running; we bypassed fuel shut off solenoid and generator will mechanically run; we have changed the oil, replaced exhaust temp switch, coolant temp switch, confirmed all K relays work except K4.  Wondering if we should flash the field and what method we should use.  Thank you, Kevin
Super Maramu, Anahita #276, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama 


Re: Seacock Replacement Ball Valve in Head

Rob Andrews
 

Hey Mark,
I did mine a few months ago and just used a 4 inch angle grinder (very carefully).  I could reach most of the way around with that and then finished off with a loose hacksaw blade.  They were the tools I had on hand and it worked without drama.
Rob.
--
Rob & Dee
SV Jaygo.
SM#224
Brisbane, Australia


Seacock Replacement Ball Valve in Head

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Everyone,

 

Next week I being the joyous task of changing out the seacock in the aft head.

 

For those who have done this, do you have any advice on the best way to remove the fiberglass overlay allowing the valve to be turned? Also, what product did you successfully use for thread sealant on the new valve,

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 


Re: Something for Electrical Engineers, Experts, and Wannabes like me

Alex BAIZEAU
 

Thanks Bill, This video blew my mind and actually raised more questions than it answered :D 

If I understand correctly Electrical energy is not like a fluid that flows through a pipe but carried by electromagnetic waves that radiates from the battery to the lightbulb in all directions.

But then, I believe, most of the power has to flow along the wires otherwise electromagnetic waves would cause all kinds of interferences in all directions radiating from all power sources.

So in that video, some energy flows in a straight line between the battery in the light bulb at the speed of light, but how much? Is it negligible? enough to turn on the light? If so, isn't this just an antenna effect? 

Thanks for sharing.



On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 5:11 PM CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:
I really enjoyed this video. It explains how electricity works. Maybe you will enjoy it also. It was given to me by my grandson, an engineering student and junior at Texas A&M.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHIhgxav9LY

Bill

CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


Re: Cracked Fitting on Main Boom

Mark McGovern
 
Edited

Adam,

If Amel doesn't have them fellow SM owner Paul Stascavage from Rita Kathryn had the same issue and had some replacements machined.  He had some extras made and as of July 2020 still had some available.  See this post:  https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/main/message/53463

You can ask him If he still has some for sale by replying privately in that thread.

--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA


Re: Cracked Fitting on Main Boom

Ann-Sofie, S/Y Lady Annila <ann-sofie@...>
 

Hi Adam
If you are on Facebook, here is a URL to my post on the matter



Regards
Ann-Sofie Svanberg


Skickat från min iPhone

27/11/2021 kl. 09:41 skrev Alan Leslie <s.v.elyse@...>:

Hi Adam,

If you search the forum you will find lots of posts about these things...
They are (were) available from Amel in La Rochelle - sav at amel dot fr
They can be quite difficult to remove as the stainless bolts and the alloy block weld themselves together over the years.
We took this fitting out and had an alloy plate welded to the boom...a la Amel 54, to avoid this issue in the future.

Good luck
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Cracked Fitting on Main Boom

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Adam,

If you search the forum you will find lots of posts about these things...
They are (were) available from Amel in La Rochelle - sav at amel dot fr
They can be quite difficult to remove as the stainless bolts and the alloy block weld themselves together over the years.
We took this fitting out and had an alloy plate welded to the boom...a la Amel 54, to avoid this issue in the future.

Good luck
Alan
Elyse SM437


Cracked Fitting on Main Boom

Adam Carpenter
 

Hello, 

I found the aluminium main sheet attachment on the boom is cracked on the aft end. 

Does anyone know where I can find a replacement?

Alternatively has anyone successfully repaired this fitting, it appears to be anodized aluminium.

Much appreciated.

Adam 
Lady Annabelle #339
Australia






Re: National ensign on top of mizzen mast

Joerg Esdorn
 

Thanks very much, Paul.  Cheers Joerg


Re: National ensign on top of mizzen mast

Paul Osterberg
 

Jörgen
We just tie it on the rail, will probably put a small cleat at the centre of the solar panels on the arc.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM 259


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Justin Maguire
 

Shipping globally is simply WAAY more expensive due to the mess that is supply chain logistics right now.  


On Nov 24, 2021, at 17:23, Mark McGovern <mfmcgovern@...> wrote:

Slavko,

I am in the USA and yes, shipping costs from Amel are pretty high.  However, Amel is probably charging you exactly what they are being charged by the shipper.  As stated earlier, Amel is a boatbuilder, not an online retailer.  Therefore, they have a very small shipping volume and are probably paying "full retail" price for shipping and are just passing this cost onto you (as they should!).  Large volume shippers get huge discounts from carriers like UPS, FedEx and DHL compared to low volume shippers. I know this because I own a small manufacturing business in the USA.  One of my customers is large distributor.  Because their shipping volume is thousands of times larger than ours they pay 65%-75% less to ship the exact same package to exact same place.  So UPS will charge me $100 to ship a package yet only charge them $25-$35.  Lately, the rates have gotten even worse for small volume shippers.

I keep a spreadsheet of "Amel Parts to Order" and then when the time comes that I really need them, I place a good size order.  I also tend to buy "generic" parts like oil seals and bearing locally. 

--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Belfast, ME USA


Re: Delivery cost from AMEL #spares

Mark McGovern
 
Edited

Slavko,

I am in the USA and yes, shipping costs from Amel are pretty high.  However, Amel is probably charging you exactly what they are being charged by the shipper.  As stated earlier, Amel is a boatbuilder, not an online retailer.  Therefore, they have a very small shipping volume and are probably paying "full retail" price for shipping and are just passing this cost onto you (as they should!).  Large volume shippers get huge discounts from carriers like UPS, FedEx and DHL compared to low volume shippers. I know this because I own a small manufacturing business in the USA.  One of my customers is a large distributor.  Because their shipping volume is thousands of times larger than ours, they pay 65%-75% less to ship the exact same package to the exact same place.  So UPS will charge me $100 to ship a package yet only charge them $25-$35.  Lately, the rates have gotten even worse for small volume shippers.

I keep a spreadsheet of "Amel Parts to Order" and then when the time comes that I really need them, I place a good size order.  I also tend to buy "generic" parts like oil seals and bearings locally. 

--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Belfast, ME USA


Re: Hi Res SM drawing picture

heinz@quetzal.berlin
 

Hier is a Link there are also amel Logos for caps and shirts.
Cheers Heinz


Mit freundlichen Grüßen 
Heinz Stutenbäumer



Am 24.11.2021 um 15:38 schrieb Jérémy <jeremy@...>:



Hi all,

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

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Thanks !

-- 
Jérémy
SM#121

--
SM #121 Nausicaä
Nantes, France

--
Hello 
Since yesterday when I tried to park in a box in a marina in Auckland my bow thruster motor failed. 
If I turn the beam to the left or right the whole power supply breaks down for a moment. After that the power is back. 
I took the rudder off and it can be turned perfectly by hand. 
But the same happens with the engine. No power for a few seconds, all instruments off, no rotation of the motor. 
Does anyone know this problem. 
Does anyone know how I can find out if it's the motor or maybe a relay that doesn't work. 
Can I test the motor without a relay, maybe on the 4 cables marked D1, D2, and A1, A2?
I am grateful for a quick answer.
Heinz SY Quetzal, SM 2000, 292


Re: Amel 55 - captain's seat

 

I am sure that Judy and I are not alone with what we did on passages. Most of the time we were not in the SM helm seat, rather we sat elsewhere in the cockpit. That said, we appreciated the design and engineering of the SM helm seat in heavy weather and especially a cyclone. That basic design is the foundation of the helm seat design for the SN, 54, 55, 64, 50, and 60. The 50 & 60 have the added features of an adjustable and swivel helm seat. The progression from the SM to the 50/60 helm seat is very clear to me. Each new Amel model improved the original helm seat from the previous models.

Some unique and especially beneficial designs and features in all Amel models are not immediately understandable. In fact, some of them took me years to completely understand.

This is the helm seat on an Amel 54. This photo says much about the Amel Helm Seat.
Amel under sail at night.jpg

CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar

On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 9:08 AM Bruno COTTE <cotte.bruno@...> wrote:
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 ….

Envoyé de mon iPhone

Le 24 nov. 2021 à 17:54, Joerg Esdorn via groups.io <jhe1313=yahoo.com@groups.io> 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: Hi Res SM drawing picture

 

These are the best that I have:




CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar

On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 8:38 AM Jérémy <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi all,

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


Thanks !

-- 
Jérémy
SM#121

--
SM #121 Nausicaä
Nantes, France

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