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Mizzen staysail for A55

Joerg Esdorn
 

Happy New Year everyone!  The original sailplan for the 55 does not include a mizzen staysail but the standard spec includes 2 spare halyards on the mizzen, one running forward from the top of the mast.  i have had positive experience with a mizzen staysail on a prior boat so I have obtained a quote for one from Thierry Monge at Incidences sails.  Thierry tells me he’s made this sail for at least one A55.  The sail is big - 81 m2.  Anyone on this forum have a mizzen staysail on a 55?  How useful is it?  How do you run the sheets and tack?  


thanks much in advance!

Joerg Esdorn
A55 #53 Kincsem
Currently in La Rochelle 


Re: Onan 6500 genset can't put out rated power, output fluctuates

Craig Briggs
 

Just a shot in the dark, but could it be an AC circuit breaker failing? Try either replacing them or, to diagnose, temporarily hard wire across them and see if it holds. 

--
Craig Briggs - s/v Sangaris / SN68  Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Autopilot and other questions

Gerhard Mueller
 

Hi Giorgio
Thank you. I have the same tool (4) but finally now after many years I know what it is for.
--
Gerhard Mueller
Amel Sharki #60
Currently North Sea, Germany


Re: Autopilot and other questions

Giorgio Ardrizzi
 

Hi Ben

4) It is a tool for fixing the table in the cockpit.  It attaches to the wheelhouse seat and locks the table.
At least on my Sharki, but I think it's the same on the Maramu.

Greetings

Giorgio Ardrizzi
sy Saudade III - Sharki #1
currently in Guadalupe


   


Re: Autopilot and other questions

rob dillmann
 

Dear Ben,

Your maramu is in some respects similar to our contemporary mango:
1. It is cable steering
2. I think that might be possible, but you can also install a second one near the neco (that was done in our mango).
3. The tube with the bolts is the mechanical stop to limit rudder angles. Must be strong when you move backwards and let the rudder slip.
4. Haven’t got a clue on those. Interesting…
5. The guindeau is the anchorwinch. Has a seperate key. The other one is apparently for the disconnection of the amel bonding system. But I do not know more than that.
6. The piece of metal connects to earth plates in the skeg for the ssb set up.
7. There is acces to the fuel tanks, and they can be cleaned. Difficult to access, indeed.
8. I am not sure. We have a spanning device with shock cord that does the trick. 

I hope this helps!
Best regards,
Rob Dillmann
Mango 43

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Op 6 jan. 2022 om 19:26 heeft Ben Levy <benjamin.levy@...> het volgende geschreven:

Happy new year to all and everyone!

I have recently purchased an Amel Maramu 1981 and I am still trying to figure out what is what, what does what and what is original and what is not.
I have a few questions I was hoping some of you would be able to help me with.

1. Regarding the steering, is it hydraulic or just cables? Anyone can enlighten me please.

2. I currently have the original NECO auto pilot, is it (easily) possible to install a 2nd more modern auto pilot with a linear drive attached to the rudder quadrant? If not, what have people with such vintage boats done?

3. I can't figure out what this is for (circled in red in the photo bellow). It is in the aft cabine, just next to the rudder. It's a hollow tube, which doesn't seem to have any fonction. The plate it is attached to on the right hand side (also circled in red) is rusty, which would make me believe it isn't original. The board numbered 1 green on the photo is not only screwed in but also finer glassed on one side, so I can't remove it to see whether the tube goes anywhere or does anything. Anyone has an idea? Can I remove it? It wold be a good location for a linear drive unit (if I can install one...)
 

4. I found these in the boat spare parts. They have the amel logo on them, but I can't figure out what they are and what they are being used for?


5. Same with the 2 levers circled on the photo, what are they, what do they do, what is the on and the off position?


6. What about this big piece of metal which goes from the aft (into the fibreglass), under the bed and disappear into the fibreglass next to the rudder stock? Is it linked to the SSB? Is it for grounding?


7. Can anyone confirm whether there is or there is not an access to the fuel tank? It seems unlike amel not to have thought of that and I was wondering whether underneath the wooden board which sits on top on the fuel tank there would be an access (I haven't checked for myself yet as electronics has been installed on top of it and it will turn into a mission to remove it.)

8. I was told that the chain (like a cycle chain) linking the wheel to the NECO autopilot needed to be tightened. But I can't think of anyway to do so? Is it actually doable or does it need to be entirely replaced?


Thank you all so much for your help. I have to admit being a little overwhelmed by the boat and how different it is to any other boat I know...
Cheers,
Ben

Maramu #98, KUJIRA


Onan 6500 genset can't put out rated power, output fluctuates

Davi Rozgonyi
 

Hey all, it's been a while.... hoping y'all are doing great! And hoping someone has some knowledge of my generator problem.

It's an old (30 y/0) Onan 6500 marine genset in my amel super maramu. Symptoms are: gennie holds loads fine up to about 2000 watts of demand, but much above that (but well below 6500) it will cut out the production of power for a minute, the engine speeds up as the load comes off, then in a minute or even less, it cycles back to engine under load and the watts coming back online. So it works to a point all day long (at half load or less) but then will cut totally out and back if I put too much load on. The engine side has been serviced/rebuilt last year, and never stops running, just the revvs change as the output fluctuates from zero watts to 2000 or 2500 or so. It sounds like the engine is not the problem. 

What can I look for to see why it can't handle even half it's rated load? Mech/fuel side possible? The filters were changed last year too. Voltage regulator? Motherboard thingy? The local mechanics want to pull the whole thing to fix whatevers wrong but that's a huge job here and I'd rather wait or replace it if that's the case.

Any thoughts would be MUCH appreciated!
All the best
Davi
SY Wake


Re: In Mast Furling

Scott SV Tengah
 

Sorry, of course, I meant the cost for the fully battened main and mizzen. Then the Genoa. I presume by "jib", you mean staysail?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: In Mast Furling

Scott SV Tengah
 

Martin,

How much did it cost for your fully battened main, Genoa and mizzen? Is it hydranet?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: From 230V to 120V #alignment

Scott SV Tengah
 

Our boat is 230v but we spent some time in 120v land. We do not have an isolation transformer.

We don't spend a lot of time in marinas, but we found that most of them in 120v land had a pedestal with 240v/60hz. As others mentioned, the issue, even with an isolation transformer, will be the 60hz, which makes our dishwasher, microwave and clothes washing machine not work correctly. The AC pump also runs noticeably faster but I don't think they get damaged.

Our 120amp and 80 amp chargers can take 240v/60hz and output the proper DC battery charging voltage, so we just charged up our batteries and then unplugged from shore power and ran everything off our inverter. 

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


Re: From 230V to 120V #alignment

Eric Freedman <kimberlite@...>
 

Bertrand,

Does the marina have a 50 amp 220 volt plug?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io On Behalf Of JB Duler
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2022 9:28 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] From 230V to 120V #alignment

 

Bertrand, keep in mind that a simple transformer will not deal with frequency. In france you have 50Hz, and it is 60Hz in the US and other parts of the world. So electronics won't work (washing machine, microwave,etc...). A simple coffee machine will work.
You may just be better off using your inverter providing 220v/50Hz and charging batteries with the generator/solar.
Check your charger, if it is a new one it may be able to accept 110v (but you may have to run a different cable).
good luck
--
John Bernard "JB" Duler
San Francisco
Meltem # 19, Western Med


Re: From 230V to 120V #alignment

Bill Kinney
 

Our Super Maramu was unusual because it was equipped from the factory with a 120 to 220 transformer, and dual shore power cords, one for for each voltage.  We have since modernized that system using a Victron 3600kVA isolation transformer that can take either 120 or 220 as input and output 220.  Now we have a single shore power cord, and just change the plug at the end to match the local supply. We can use 120V/30A or 120V/50A or 220V/16A or 220V/32A just by changing plugs or using adapters

Of course, when plugged into 120V systems the transformer still outputs 60Hz power, so you have to be careful what you use it with.

I am a bit surprised that you haven’t been able to find the 125/250V 50Amp connections in Quepos. Those are pretty standard in the 120V marina world for larger boats.


Re: From 230V to 120V #alignment

JB Duler
 

Bertrand, keep in mind that a simple transformer will not deal with frequency. In france you have 50Hz, and it is 60Hz in the US and other parts of the world. So electronics won't work (washing machine, microwave,etc...). A simple coffee machine will work.
You may just be better off using your inverter providing 220v/50Hz and charging batteries with the generator/solar.
Check your charger, if it is a new one it may be able to accept 110v (but you may have to run a different cable).
good luck
--
John Bernard "JB" Duler
San Francisco
Meltem # 19, Western Med


Re: From 230V to 120V #alignment

Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
 

Hi Bertrand,

An isolation step up transformer is probably what you want. Wire it with a new shore plug for connecting to 120V only and leave your normal 240V plug in place. There are lots of other ways to go about this, but depends a lot on your existing set up and/or future electrical plans (and how much $$$ you want to spend). These transformers do not change frequency (50/60Hz), which can affect some appliances. This would likely be your quickest and cheapest solution to get 240V.

Cheers,
Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23
NZ


On Fri, Jan 7, 2022, 8:37 AM Bertrand Quénot <bertrand@...> wrote:

Hi all,
On our way for a circumnavigation started in Europe we are now crossing a 120V zone. 
In Panama there were still solutions in the marinas to get energy from the dock.
Currently in Quepos Costa Rica there is none.
I am interested to know from this Amel community how other amelians did manage connections to the dock energy in these 120V countries.
Bertrand on SV ANTINEA A54 #43


Re: Ultrasonic Wind Sensors

Adam Body
 

I see that lcjcapteurs has a wireless version: CV7SF2-WINDYPLUG – WIRELESS ULTRASONIC WIND SENSOR.  Has anyone got experience with this model??
--
Adam Body "Flora"   SM128 Annee 1994


Re: Onan running but no 230v

Joan Blaas
 

Olivier and Bill,

Thanks a million! That did the trick. It's my birthday and a great present! We have 230v at anchor now.. :-)


Re: Forever Young / Standing rigging

Pierre Blouin
 

All,
I have been discussing with ACMO for a while about buying a kit for my SM and  ACMO is now working on lining-up a shipper to the US for my kit.   
ACMO rep told me she just sold a kit to a US customer, does anyone know who that is? I am looking for the contact to discuss the "new" import/custom process and fees for that type of product..
Let me know here or contact me offline (blouinpdx@...).

Thanks

-Pierre Blouin
SV Viva, SM#374
Portland, OR, USA


From 230V to 120V #alignment

Bertrand Quénot
 

Hi all,
On our way for a circumnavigation started in Europe we are now crossing a 120V zone. 
In Panama there were still solutions in the marinas to get energy from the dock.
Currently in Quepos Costa Rica there is none.
I am interested to know from this Amel community how other amelians did manage connections to the dock energy in these 120V countries.
Bertrand on SV ANTINEA A54 #43


Re: Autopilot and other questions

Bill Kinney
 

Ben,

I can answer a few of your questions, but do not have enough familiarity with the details of a Maramu to get all of them just based on the pictures. It is also difficult to be 100% sure, since many things could have been changed by previous owners...

Here goes:

1:  The steering is a rack and pinion sheathed pull/pull cable system, same as used on most larger Amels. I can see enough of things in the various photos to be sure of this.

2:  It is POSSIBLE to install a linear drive for the AP.  How easy... I am not sure.  Don't discount the chain drive system to the wheel shaft.  It is no less "modern." If it needs replacing, Raymarine makes a chain drive unit that MIGHT fit right in there.

3. Can't help with that!  You'll need another Maramu owner, or more pictures...  I have a guess (but no more than that).  It LOOKS like the original mounting point for the steering cable ends, but that seems a VERY unlikely modification, so I'll go with "I don't know."

4.  Ibid.

5.  Based on the labels, I would guess those were the battery disconnect switches, but don't take that to the bank without tracing some wires.

6.  If your boat had a factory installed SSB this was part of the grounding system for that, connecting to a ground plate on the rudder skeg.  The details of how this was integrated (or not!) into the bonding system on a Maramu, I can't help with.

7.  No help, sorry.  Maybe a photo or two?

8. I haven't done this adjustment with this brand of AP drive, but I'd bet the drive unit is bolted down through slotted holes that allow fine positioning of it relative to the driven gear.  Loosen the bolts, slide the drive unit to the right (as in the photo) and tighten it down again.  The chain should be not sloppy, but not bar tight either. No more than needed to remove ALMOST all the play from the steering wheel when the drive is engaged.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
For Lauderdale, FL


Re: Autopilot and other questions

Courtney Gorman
 

Ben the very FIRST thing you should do is call Bill Rouse 1 832 380 4970 and sign up for his Amel School it will be the very best dollars you spend on your boat.  Cheers and congratulations
Courtney Gorman
scTrippin
54#101
secret Harbour Grenada



-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Levy <benjamin.levy@...>
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jan 6, 2022 1:26 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Autopilot and other questions

Happy new year to all and everyone!

I have recently purchased an Amel Maramu 1981 and I am still trying to figure out what is what, what does what and what is original and what is not.
I have a few questions I was hoping some of you would be able to help me with.

1. Regarding the steering, is it hydraulic or just cables? Anyone can enlighten me please.

2. I currently have the original NECO auto pilot, is it (easily) possible to install a 2nd more modern auto pilot with a linear drive attached to the rudder quadrant? If not, what have people with such vintage boats done?

3. I can't figure out what this is for (circled in red in the photo bellow). It is in the aft cabine, just next to the rudder. It's a hollow tube, which doesn't seem to have any fonction. The plate it is attached to on the right hand side (also circled in red) is rusty, which would make me believe it isn't original. The board numbered 1 green on the photo is not only screwed in but also finer glassed on one side, so I can't remove it to see whether the tube goes anywhere or does anything. Anyone has an idea? Can I remove it? It wold be a good location for a linear drive unit (if I can install one...)
 

4. I found these in the boat spare parts. They have the amel logo on them, but I can't figure out what they are and what they are being used for?


5. Same with the 2 levers circled on the photo, what are they, what do they do, what is the on and the off position?


6. What about this big piece of metal which goes from the aft (into the fibreglass), under the bed and disappear into the fibreglass next to the rudder stock? Is it linked to the SSB? Is it for grounding?


7. Can anyone confirm whether there is or there is not an access to the fuel tank? It seems unlike amel not to have thought of that and I was wondering whether underneath the wooden board which sits on top on the fuel tank there would be an access (I haven't checked for myself yet as electronics has been installed on top of it and it will turn into a mission to remove it.)

8. I was told that the chain (like a cycle chain) linking the wheel to the NECO autopilot needed to be tightened. But I can't think of anyway to do so? Is it actually doable or does it need to be entirely replaced?


Thank you all so much for your help. I have to admit being a little overwhelmed by the boat and how different it is to any other boat I know...
Cheers,
Ben

Maramu #98, KUJIRA


Autopilot and other questions

Ben Levy
 

Happy new year to all and everyone!

I have recently purchased an Amel Maramu 1981 and I am still trying to figure out what is what, what does what and what is original and what is not.
I have a few questions I was hoping some of you would be able to help me with.

1. Regarding the steering, is it hydraulic or just cables? Anyone can enlighten me please.

2. I currently have the original NECO auto pilot, is it (easily) possible to install a 2nd more modern auto pilot with a linear drive attached to the rudder quadrant? If not, what have people with such vintage boats done?

3. I can't figure out what this is for (circled in red in the photo bellow). It is in the aft cabine, just next to the rudder. It's a hollow tube, which doesn't seem to have any fonction. The plate it is attached to on the right hand side (also circled in red) is rusty, which would make me believe it isn't original. The board numbered 1 green on the photo is not only screwed in but also finer glassed on one side, so I can't remove it to see whether the tube goes anywhere or does anything. Anyone has an idea? Can I remove it? It wold be a good location for a linear drive unit (if I can install one...)
 

4. I found these in the boat spare parts. They have the amel logo on them, but I can't figure out what they are and what they are being used for?


5. Same with the 2 levers circled on the photo, what are they, what do they do, what is the on and the off position?


6. What about this big piece of metal which goes from the aft (into the fibreglass), under the bed and disappear into the fibreglass next to the rudder stock? Is it linked to the SSB? Is it for grounding?


7. Can anyone confirm whether there is or there is not an access to the fuel tank? It seems unlike amel not to have thought of that and I was wondering whether underneath the wooden board which sits on top on the fuel tank there would be an access (I haven't checked for myself yet as electronics has been installed on top of it and it will turn into a mission to remove it.)

8. I was told that the chain (like a cycle chain) linking the wheel to the NECO autopilot needed to be tightened. But I can't think of anyway to do so? Is it actually doable or does it need to be entirely replaced?


Thank you all so much for your help. I have to admit being a little overwhelmed by the boat and how different it is to any other boat I know...
Cheers,
Ben

Maramu #98, KUJIRA

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