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Liferaft

asm283 <no_reply@...>
 

Hi All

After some research on life rafts, I found that the best solution for
my particular needs was a windlow 6 Man offshore unit for the
following reasons.

1-It is consistently rated #1 by the sailing publications.

2-It weighs about 75 lbs in the soft case. Enabling most crew members
to lift it out of the liferaft locker and deploy.

3-The life raft can be vacum packed (making it even smaller). This
extends your service time to at least 3 years and on a passage it can
be stores on deck without worry of water intrusion. Also you can use
most of the storage space unserneath the life raft locker.

4-Windslow was a good company to deal with. If you take into
consideration what you get and the money you save by servicing every
3 years the price is not too bad.

Vito Ciaravino
Wanderer #283


Re: Varnishing

kimberlite1212 <no_reply@...>
 

what do you do about small dings in the interior where i have
dropped things on the varnished surfaces?
thanks
eric
sm 376 kimberlite



--- In amelyachtowners@..., Mike Gough <mahili_au@y...>
wrote:
Hi Delores,

We share a similar problem, our Maramu is 19 years old and some of
the interior needs attention. I am sorry I cannot answer your
questions except to say that varnish is probably not the way to go.
A furniture manufacturer could point you in the right direction,

Regs,
Mike Gough

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...> wrote:
Has anyone attempted to varnish over or repair the original
factory
applied varnish? I understand from the Amel factory that the
varnish
is a sprayed 2 part polyurethane finish. It is very hard finish
and
has held up well for the 16 year old vessel we have. But there
are
areas that need repairing and I am really concerned how difficult
it
is to deal with the existing finish. I was able to refinish the
floors, exterior trims and interior steps beautifully but they had
a
different varnish finish. Any knowledgable help in this area will
be
greatly appreciated. Delores Carter


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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Varnishing

Mike Gough <mahili_au@...>
 

Hi Delores,

We share a similar problem, our Maramu is 19 years old and some of the interior needs attention. I am sorry I cannot answer your questions except to say that varnish is probably not the way to go. A furniture manufacturer could point you in the right direction,

Regs,
Mike Gough

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...> wrote:
Has anyone attempted to varnish over or repair the original factory
applied varnish? I understand from the Amel factory that the varnish
is a sprayed 2 part polyurethane finish. It is very hard finish and
has held up well for the 16 year old vessel we have. But there are
areas that need repairing and I am really concerned how difficult it
is to deal with the existing finish. I was able to refinish the
floors, exterior trims and interior steps beautifully but they had a
different varnish finish. Any knowledgable help in this area will be
greatly appreciated. Delores Carter


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Holding Tank Problem

Stephan Regulinski
 

Does anyone have any experience repairing a holding tank? On my SMM
the aft tank has developed a leak in the copper exit tube glassed
into the tank. (A white 1.5 inch hose connect this tube to the ball
valve at the hull.) A small crack has appeared at the edge of the
fibreglass on the outside . . . viewable only with a mirror! (ugh!)

Stephan
Delos (SMM #303)


Re: Companionway Hatch & Liferafts

kimberlite1212 <no_reply@...>
 

thanks for the bolt idea.

with respect to life rafts.
i was concerned about water getting into the locker and rotting the
raft.
I made a grid of 2x4 in the bottom of the locker to keep all the
emergency stuff hi and dry.
fair winds,
eric
'


--- In amelyachtowners@..., "John Martin"
<jjmartin24@h...> wrote:
To Eric on Kimberlite - To make your companionway door "quick
opening and closing", screw a sliding barrel bolt under the 2x4
board on top of the hatch. Place the receiving end on the
bulkhead. If you grind off the locking part of the bolt it makes it
easier to slide the bolt in place. You really don't need to the
lock the sliding bolt as you're only using it to hold the hatch up.

On liferafts - when the previous owner of my boat had the life
raft serviced they put the lifting handle on the opposite end of the
pull ring of the raft, thus the pull ring end sat on the locker
floor. Consequently in one year with a little moisture in the
bottom of the locker the entire aluminum pull ring had
disintegrated, and the moisture had ruined the cannister inside. I
had the unit serviced and the lifting handle put on the same UP side
as the pull ring. I also put a heavy duty rubber mat (like a front
door mat) in the bottom of the locker so the raft would not sit
directly on any water that might be on the bottom of the locker. I
now also open the locker now and then on a hot day to air the
compartment out.

Also on liferafts - I was on Vito's "Wanderer" (AMS 283) the other
day and he was showing me his new vacuum packed 6-man raft. It only
needs to be serviced every 5 years and it is so light that one man
can pick it up. Perfect for the Amel owner with deep pockets !

Regards

John Martin
SM 248 "Moon Dog"



Liferafts

Anne and John Hollamby <hollamby@...>
 

The Avon 8 person liferaft on my last boat was OK when serviced at 12 years
in Fiji but the top tube was full of tiny leaks when it was tested in
Australia. My current raft is a six person model in a GRP box mounted in a
quick release cradle on the back of the pushpit.
I had the port side of the pushpit altered as I did not like the huge
opening to allow a rubber dinghy to be easily fitted into he lazarette as
we have a 3.1 metre aluminium RIB which only weighs 37 kilos. We believe
that an 8 person raft is too big and too heavy. We also believe in
visiting the raft service centre to see the raft inflated and how it works!

Regards from Anne and John Hollamby, Bali Hai SM 319 in
Turkey


Companionway Hatch & Liferafts

John Martin <jjmartin24@...>
 

To Eric on Kimberlite - To make your companionway door "quick opening and closing", screw a sliding barrel bolt under the 2x4 board on top of the hatch. Place the receiving end on the bulkhead. If you grind off the locking part of the bolt it makes it easier to slide the bolt in place. You really don't need to the lock the sliding bolt as you're only using it to hold the hatch up.

On liferafts - when the previous owner of my boat had the life raft serviced they put the lifting handle on the opposite end of the pull ring of the raft, thus the pull ring end sat on the locker floor. Consequently in one year with a little moisture in the bottom of the locker the entire aluminum pull ring had disintegrated, and the moisture had ruined the cannister inside. I had the unit serviced and the lifting handle put on the same UP side as the pull ring. I also put a heavy duty rubber mat (like a front door mat) in the bottom of the locker so the raft would not sit directly on any water that might be on the bottom of the locker. I now also open the locker now and then on a hot day to air the compartment out.

Also on liferafts - I was on Vito's "Wanderer" (AMS 283) the other day and he was showing me his new vacuum packed 6-man raft. It only needs to be serviced every 5 years and it is so light that one man can pick it up. Perfect for the Amel owner with deep pockets !

Regards

John Martin
SM 248 "Moon Dog"


Spinnaker SM For Sale

Tijssen, Mr. J. (Hans) <jtijssen@...>
 

I have my 3 year old, hardly used, spi for the super maramu for sale
- asymmetrical, 144 m2, white
- made by GATEFF, France
- incl. spi sock
- location: South of France or the Netherlands
- price EURO 2950 ( = 50% of the new price )

Pls send reactions by email

Hans Tijssen
"Tishuit"
sm 120


Outrigger

galacsea2000 <no_reply@...>
 

Dear all

I just got a 1450 Sq. Ft. asymmetric spinnaker and would like to ear
from members who have installed (or contemplated installing) a
permanent or removable outrigger. Thanks

GalacSea


Re: companionway sliding hatch

kimberlite1212 <no_reply@...>
 

hi,
did you have a chance to take those photos?
thanks
eric



--- In amelyachtowners@..., stargazer41amel
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
I will get pics taken. Give me until Monday to post on website as
I
have had a death in family and will not be back to boat until
then.
BTW, I do custom canvas for boaters as a business and I have made
many canvas doors, many ways through the years. Mine is attached
with snaps but I am going to change that as guests tend to pull
the
canvas door too hard and unsnap it. I will use a slide track with
a
bolt rope. Easy enough change. Should have designed it that way
to
start with. What is great about the door is that I can just roll
it
up and tuck it at the base of the dodger and it's out of the way.

Delores
s/v Stargazer
41' Sharki

--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite1212
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
dolores,
i would love to see a few photos especially the attachment point.
fair winds,
eric
s/v Kimberlite

kimberlt@o...


--- In amelyachtowners@..., stargazer41amel
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
Yep, I sewed a great canvas door with an oval window in it. I
attached the canvas to the fiberglass at the forward end of
the
sliding hatch. I placed a sail batten inside the canvas at
the
aft
end of the sliding hatch to hold the fabric up so the sliding
hatch
could also stay open. I also sewed in insulating material
(winter
coat lining) to retain my heat & A/C inside the boat. It
works
great! And all I have to do is lift the canvas out of the
way.
Much
better than constantly sliding opening the hatch and the door
a
hundred times a day! I even incorporated a zip-in no-see-um
screen
for the days I don't need to worry about heat or A/C being on.
If
you
need a pic, let me know!
Delores
s/v Stargazer
41' Sharki

--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite1212
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
Has anyone figured out a way to close the companionway hatch
without
using the knobs.
when we are at a dock with the air conditioner on. it seems
i
am
opening and closing these knobs a lot while company comes
and
goes.
aqny good ideas?
thanks
eric


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Life raft

Joel F. Potter <jfpottercys@...>
 

Hi Mr. McCarthy,

Don't know anything specific, good or bad, about this brand of raft.
However, most reputable life raft service companies that I am familiar with
won't repack a raft that is older than ten years. Seems the material used
to make them degrades and losses strength over the years.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
Joel F. Potter
SUPER MARAMU #400 "MARY BROWN"


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Life raft

silkair@...
 

Could anyone give me any positive or negative comments about a 15 year old
Deutsche Parachute 6-man liferaft.
Thanks, Michael P. McCarthy


Re: Life raft

Stephan Regulinski
 

Bill,

I bought a Winslow 8 man life raft in a valise that is lighter than
others on the market in order to make it easier to get in and out of
the safety locker. To make it easier to retrieve, I asked Winslow to
sew in handels on the end (which would be the top as I loaded it)
strong enough to lift the raft. I have since removed it from the
locker using the spare halyard on the mizzen mast (on my SMM #303
this is a black and white halyard stowed on the port side and also
used to raise the mizzen foc) and the electric main winch.

If you are careful how you stow this raft (that is, do not pack too
tightly and do not jam under the edge of the locker) it lifts easily
from the locker with no further ado. I suggest training your crew on
this procedure.

Good luck,

Stephan G. Regulinski


--- In amelyachtowners@..., Krassopoulos Dimitris
<dkra@p...> wrote:
Dear Bill,

On my previous boat Amel Santorin and the new SM2000 there is a
simple
system with which you can lift the life raft out of the locker with
the
electric sail winch. I do it every year for the inspection and it is
straight forward you just need to attach two points on the raft to
attach
the hooks. Do not buy a hard container for the life-raft as the
locker
protects the life-raft from the elements.

Best Regards


Dimitris Krassopoulos




Mobile GSM: +306944302318
Email: dkra@a... <mailto:dkra@a...>
Web: www.almalibre.gr <http://www.almalibre.gr/>









_____

From: Bill & Sara Atz [mailto:WCZ4455@s...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Delivery and Crossing


--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Bill & Sara Atz"
<WCZ4455@s...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
wrote:
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
December
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on
to
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list
and
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery
in
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Rochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S.
documentation
vs. foreign documentation.

Thanks

Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked
up
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious,
but
they may help you. We justify some based on our change of plans,
from sailing around the world to our current plan of staying in
the
Caribbean. We have lived aboard here since 4 years ago, when in
October-November we sailed from LaRochelle to the Canaries to St.
Lucia. We shipped a fold-up dinghy to LaRochelle, and bought a 4-
cycle, 8 hp outboard there. We never used either until we got to
St.Lucia. We found 4-cycle outboards are almost impossible to
get
repaired in the Caribbean, and a large percentage of the people
like
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela
(2
companies). We shipped over a Grundig TV (made in Germany,
purchased in the US, and shipped to France) with a VCP (a player,
not a VCR). Both run on 220V or !!0V, and the video player also
runs on 24V DC or 12V DC and plays any cassette made
internationally. Amel wired both to run on our 110V inverter.
We
shipped a 24 VDC to 110 VAC, 1000 watt inverter, with outlets,
which
Amel wired for us. We shipped a poorly-evaluated cockpit
chartplotter, which Amel wired for us - only later did we
realized
that at that time Amel had its own chart plotter at the nav
station,
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one.
Our
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and
outboard; we have just replaced the VCR and probably soon the TV
(In our opinion, there are few if any decent TV shows in the
Caribbean except on marina cable in Trinidad.) We are replacing
our
inverter with a hard-wired 1800 watt version this week. If we
could have had a choice, it would have been nice to have Amel
supply
a Spade anchor (made in Tunesia, a French country) instead of the
Amel modified CQR - we didn't know about Spade then.
In case some of this sounds negative, I would like to add
that
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have
accepted in trade for our Amel. Some things don't change as you
progress along your learning curve.
Best wishes for you and your new Amel.
Bill on S/V Lady Sadie, currently in Trinidad
for hurricane season
I forgot to mention another important group of purchases. We
shipped our goods to France by boat, so we included inflatatble
PFD's and our Man-Overboard-Module. We asked Amel to purchase a
life raft for us, without giving them any specifications. They
purchased an 8-passenger Plastimo life raft. It was so heavy that
my wife and I together could barely lift it IN the safety locker,
let alone think of getting it OUT of the locker in bad conditions.
We never have more than 4 persons aboard, and usually only 2
persons. Our new 4-passenger life raft meets our needs much better.
Fair winds and fine wines, Bill on S/V Lady Sadie



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genoa sail cover for sale

kimberlite1212 <no_reply@...>
 

I have a one year old sail cover for the genoa of my sm 2000
i had my sailmaker add uv protection to my sails and the cover is
now unnecessary.
please e-mail back channel
Fair winds,
eric s/v kimberlite
kimberlt@...


Re: Delivery and Crossing

Stephan Regulinski
 

Bill,

Here are a few thoughts:

(1) 110 vs 220. If you want to enjoy the benefits of lower prices
in the US for computer gear and such, you ought to consider a 24v to
110v pure sine wave inverter. I bought one from WM and had Amel
install in the wet locker. It cost $600 or $700 as I recall and has
allowed me to acquire a CD burner and printer (among other things) in
the US for my laptop at half the cost of one in the MED. This also
has the advantage that when we sell the boat, all the electronics
will still be usefull when we return to the states.

(2) If you are shipping by sea, you can ship hazardous materials
that cannot be shipped by air. These items include all inflatable
stuff (life raft, inflatable life jackets, MOM8 or equivalent, etc.),
flares, and so forth.

(3) If you are shipping by sea, note that most companies charge by
the cubic meter not by the pound. Hence shipping dense stuff makes
sense. I shipped all the tools that I thought would be useful, two
dingies, two outboards, two spare anchors, etc, etc on up to about 11
cubic meters!

(4) Why ship so much stuff? VAT in France runs just under 20% and
prices on a lot of stuff starts out higher than in the US.
(Particularly if you are buying with a West Marine new boat card [ask
Joel Potter]). Once I decided to go by sea, it made sense to
provision the entire boat that way. However, pay attention to the
shipping schedule. You will need to allow at least six weeks off the
West Coast, less from the East.

(5) Note that the Amel comes with a lot of stuff that you may think
you have to buy for yourself. For example, it comes with fenders,
docklines, dingy inflation pump, two hair driers (!), one boosun's
chair, one vacuum cleaner, etc. etc. I wound up returning a bunch of
stuff to WM.

(6) If you want more chain, get it in La Rochelle. It needs to
match the windlass. Further, spare parts for anchoring gear should
be bought to fit the chain, so get them in La Rochelle.

(7) In California, I was able to avoid state sales tax on big-ticket
items by having the vendor ship to my shipping company. Thus the
dinghy and outboards went directly to the shipper.

(8) Amel will give you the name of an import agent that will help
with clearing customs. I found this person very helpful.

Good luck,

Stephan (Delos SMM #303)


--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
wrote:
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
December
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on to
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list and
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery in
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Rochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S. documentation
vs. foreign documentation.

Thanks

Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"


Life raft

Krassopoulos Dimitris <dkra@...>
 

Dear Bill,

On my previous boat Amel Santorin and the new SM2000 there is a simple
system with which you can lift the life raft out of the locker with the
electric sail winch. I do it every year for the inspection and it is
straight forward you just need to attach two points on the raft to attach
the hooks. Do not buy a hard container for the life-raft as the locker
protects the life-raft from the elements.

Best Regards


Dimitris Krassopoulos




Mobile GSM: +306944302318
Email: dkra@... <mailto:dkra@...>
Web: www.almalibre.gr <http://www.almalibre.gr/>









_____

From: Bill & Sara Atz [mailto:WCZ4455@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Delivery and Crossing


--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Bill & Sara Atz"
<WCZ4455@s...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
wrote:
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
December
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on
to
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list
and
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery
in
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Rochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S.
documentation
vs. foreign documentation.

Thanks

Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked
up
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious,
but
they may help you. We justify some based on our change of plans,
from sailing around the world to our current plan of staying in
the
Caribbean. We have lived aboard here since 4 years ago, when in
October-November we sailed from LaRochelle to the Canaries to St.
Lucia. We shipped a fold-up dinghy to LaRochelle, and bought a 4-
cycle, 8 hp outboard there. We never used either until we got to
St.Lucia. We found 4-cycle outboards are almost impossible to get
repaired in the Caribbean, and a large percentage of the people
like
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela
(2
companies). We shipped over a Grundig TV (made in Germany,
purchased in the US, and shipped to France) with a VCP (a player,
not a VCR). Both run on 220V or !!0V, and the video player also
runs on 24V DC or 12V DC and plays any cassette made
internationally. Amel wired both to run on our 110V inverter. We
shipped a 24 VDC to 110 VAC, 1000 watt inverter, with outlets,
which
Amel wired for us. We shipped a poorly-evaluated cockpit
chartplotter, which Amel wired for us - only later did we realized
that at that time Amel had its own chart plotter at the nav
station,
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one.
Our
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and
outboard; we have just replaced the VCR and probably soon the TV
(In our opinion, there are few if any decent TV shows in the
Caribbean except on marina cable in Trinidad.) We are replacing
our
inverter with a hard-wired 1800 watt version this week. If we
could have had a choice, it would have been nice to have Amel
supply
a Spade anchor (made in Tunesia, a French country) instead of the
Amel modified CQR - we didn't know about Spade then.
In case some of this sounds negative, I would like to add that
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have
accepted in trade for our Amel. Some things don't change as you
progress along your learning curve.
Best wishes for you and your new Amel.
Bill on S/V Lady Sadie, currently in Trinidad
for hurricane season
I forgot to mention another important group of purchases. We
shipped our goods to France by boat, so we included inflatatble
PFD's and our Man-Overboard-Module. We asked Amel to purchase a
life raft for us, without giving them any specifications. They
purchased an 8-passenger Plastimo life raft. It was so heavy that
my wife and I together could barely lift it IN the safety locker,
let alone think of getting it OUT of the locker in bad conditions.
We never have more than 4 persons aboard, and usually only 2
persons. Our new 4-passenger life raft meets our needs much better.
Fair winds and fine wines, Bill on S/V Lady Sadie



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Volvo belts

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Dear Stephan and Jay, thanks a lot for your further thoughts.I find the education fascinating.What expertise.Dont either of you ever sell your Amels! Ian

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Re: Delivery and Crossing

Bill & Sara Atz <WCZ4455@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Bill & Sara Atz"
<WCZ4455@s...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
wrote:
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
December
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on
to
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list
and
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery
in
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Rochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S.
documentation
vs. foreign documentation.

Thanks

Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked
up
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious,
but
they may help you. We justify some based on our change of plans,
from sailing around the world to our current plan of staying in
the
Caribbean. We have lived aboard here since 4 years ago, when in
October-November we sailed from LaRochelle to the Canaries to St.
Lucia. We shipped a fold-up dinghy to LaRochelle, and bought a 4-
cycle, 8 hp outboard there. We never used either until we got to
St.Lucia. We found 4-cycle outboards are almost impossible to get
repaired in the Caribbean, and a large percentage of the people
like
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela
(2
companies). We shipped over a Grundig TV (made in Germany,
purchased in the US, and shipped to France) with a VCP (a player,
not a VCR). Both run on 220V or !!0V, and the video player also
runs on 24V DC or 12V DC and plays any cassette made
internationally. Amel wired both to run on our 110V inverter. We
shipped a 24 VDC to 110 VAC, 1000 watt inverter, with outlets,
which
Amel wired for us. We shipped a poorly-evaluated cockpit
chartplotter, which Amel wired for us – only later did we realized
that at that time Amel had its own chart plotter at the nav
station,
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one.
Our
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and
outboard; we have just replaced the VCR and probably soon the TV
(In our opinion, there are few if any decent TV shows in the
Caribbean except on marina cable in Trinidad.) We are replacing
our
inverter with a hard-wired 1800 watt version this week. If we
could have had a choice, it would have been nice to have Amel
supply
a Spade anchor (made in Tunesia, a French country) instead of the
Amel modified CQR – we didn't know about Spade then.
In case some of this sounds negative, I would like to add that
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have
accepted in trade for our Amel. Some things don't change as you
progress along your learning curve.
Best wishes for you and your new Amel.
Bill on S/V Lady Sadie, currently in Trinidad
for hurricane season
I forgot to mention another important group of purchases. We
shipped our goods to France by boat, so we included inflatatble
PFD's and our Man-Overboard-Module. We asked Amel to purchase a
life raft for us, without giving them any specifications. They
purchased an 8-passenger Plastimo life raft. It was so heavy that
my wife and I together could barely lift it IN the safety locker,
let alone think of getting it OUT of the locker in bad conditions.
We never have more than 4 persons aboard, and usually only 2
persons. Our new 4-passenger life raft meets our needs much better.
Fair winds and fine wines, Bill on S/V Lady Sadie


Re: Delivery and Crossing

Bill & Sara Atz <WCZ4455@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wcreed2" <wcreed2@y...>
wrote:
My name is Bill Reed and I am taking delivery of my Amel on
December
15th in La Rochelle. I am sailing it to Guadaloupe and then on to
the states. I am in the process of preparing my packing list and
would appreciate any advice from those that have taken delivery in
La Rochelle and made the crossing. Specifically, I would be
interested in a packing list that breaks down what was procured
prior to departure for France and what was procured in La
Rochelle.
Would appreciate any comments on the merits of U.S. documentation
vs. foreign documentation.

Thanks

Bill Reed
Amel SM 2000 "Gallatea"
Dear Bill, As real novices at sailing, 4 years ago we picked up
our SM in LaRochelle. To many, our mistakes will seem obvious, but
they may help you. We justify some based on our change of plans,
from sailing around the world to our current plan of staying in the
Caribbean. We have lived aboard here since 4 years ago, when in
October-November we sailed from LaRochelle to the Canaries to St.
Lucia. We shipped a fold-up dinghy to LaRochelle, and bought a 4-
cycle, 8 hp outboard there. We never used either until we got to
St.Lucia. We found 4-cycle outboards are almost impossible to get
repaired in the Caribbean, and a large percentage of the people like
us have a 15 hp 2-cycle engine on a RIB dinghy made in Venezuela (2
companies). We shipped over a Grundig TV (made in Germany,
purchased in the US, and shipped to France) with a VCP (a player,
not a VCR). Both run on 220V or !!0V, and the video player also
runs on 24V DC or 12V DC and plays any cassette made
internationally. Amel wired both to run on our 110V inverter. We
shipped a 24 VDC to 110 VAC, 1000 watt inverter, with outlets, which
Amel wired for us. We shipped a poorly-evaluated cockpit
chartplotter, which Amel wired for us – only later did we realized
that at that time Amel had its own chart plotter at the nav station,
which they consequently just did not install. Ours hasn't worked
for two years, and will be replaced if we decide we need one. Our
changes have been as follows: we quickly replaced the dinghy and
outboard; we have just replaced the VCR and probably soon the TV
(In our opinion, there are few if any decent TV shows in the
Caribbean except on marina cable in Trinidad.) We are replacing our
inverter with a hard-wired 1800 watt version this week. If we
could have had a choice, it would have been nice to have Amel supply
a Spade anchor (made in Tunesia, a French country) instead of the
Amel modified CQR – we didn't know about Spade then.
In case some of this sounds negative, I would like to add that
in four years we have not seen a single boat that we would have
accepted in trade for our Amel. Some things don't change as you
progress along your learning curve.
Best wishes for you and your new Amel.
Bill on S/V Lady Sadie, currently in Trinidad
for hurricane season


Re: companionway sliding hatch

stargazer41amel <no_reply@...>
 

I will get pics taken. Give me until Monday to post on website as I
have had a death in family and will not be back to boat until then.
BTW, I do custom canvas for boaters as a business and I have made
many canvas doors, many ways through the years. Mine is attached
with snaps but I am going to change that as guests tend to pull the
canvas door too hard and unsnap it. I will use a slide track with a
bolt rope. Easy enough change. Should have designed it that way to
start with. What is great about the door is that I can just roll it
up and tuck it at the base of the dodger and it's out of the way.

Delores
s/v Stargazer
41' Sharki

--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite1212
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
dolores,
i would love to see a few photos especially the attachment point.
fair winds,
eric
s/v Kimberlite

kimberlt@o...


--- In amelyachtowners@..., stargazer41amel
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
Yep, I sewed a great canvas door with an oval window in it. I
attached the canvas to the fiberglass at the forward end of the
sliding hatch. I placed a sail batten inside the canvas at the
aft
end of the sliding hatch to hold the fabric up so the sliding
hatch
could also stay open. I also sewed in insulating material
(winter
coat lining) to retain my heat & A/C inside the boat. It works
great! And all I have to do is lift the canvas out of the way.
Much
better than constantly sliding opening the hatch and the door a
hundred times a day! I even incorporated a zip-in no-see-um
screen
for the days I don't need to worry about heat or A/C being on. If
you
need a pic, let me know!
Delores
s/v Stargazer
41' Sharki

--- In amelyachtowners@..., kimberlite1212
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
Has anyone figured out a way to close the companionway hatch
without
using the knobs.
when we are at a dock with the air conditioner on. it seems i
am
opening and closing these knobs a lot while company comes and
goes.
aqny good ideas?
thanks
eric