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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Pacific

Derek jarvis <sailorman522000@...>
 

Mike
My name is Derek Jarvis and I'm a broker over in Ft lauderdale these days but cruised extensively in that area a number of years ago.
I have done the route you are planning,but not as far north as you want to go.I went from Queensland to Samarai then to the Trobriands,up to Madang then the Hermits,Philippines and Hong Kong.On the way back I hit the Philippines again,then Palau,the Ninigoes,Madang again,then the Louisiades,Gizo in the Solomons and back to Oz.
The usual route is thru PNG to Palau(now Belau)Yap and up to Guam then Saipan,Okinawa to southern Japan.From there its follow the Westerlies to Dutch Harbor,along the chain of the Aleutian islands.
I came back across from Queensland via the Solomons,Tarawa,Majuro,Wake Island,Honolulu to Vancouver.
Enjoy your sail its a great part of the world!If I can be of help email me at derek@bollmanyachts.com
Cheers Derek

Mike Gough <mahili_au@yahoo.com> wrote:
Greetings and happy new year to all,

My name is Mike Gough, I am preparing a Maramu, 1984, #147 for a Pacific crossing. I am considering clockwise from Australia, Louisiades, Micronesia, Japan, Alaska then West coast till Panama and join the trade wind route back to Aust. Has anyone any experience or info on this route please?



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5% VAT Opportunity

Ian Shepherd <g4ljf@...>
 

For those of you that have not paid VAT in Europe, you might be interested to know that Malta are offering a special 5% rate of VAT till the end of March this year. Here is an article that I found on the net:

Opposition leader Dr Alfred Sant has attacked the government for reducing the VAT payable on super yachts from 15 to five per cent. Sant said the decrease was unfair and socially unacceptable given that other sectors will have to face a higher tax on their purchases with the increase of VAT from 15 to 18 percent.
The Malta Financial and Business Times is informed that the change aims to attract more business in what is being seen as a niche opportunity prior to EU entry. Speaking to the owner of a yacht supplies business, The Malta Financial and Business Times was told that the idea of the VAT decrease is aimed at attracting foreigners to buy yachts and motor boats in Malta prior to EU entry.
According to the source, Malta will have to pay its VAT on such yachts and motor boats to the EU after membership on 1 May 2004 and the government saw the opportunity to try to attract purchasers to Malta before that time.
According to the legal notice LN 384 of 2003, the rate of VAT on certain seafaring vessels will be 5 percent from 1 December to 31 March. The vessels affected are: yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sport including rowing boats and canoes that are sailboats, with or without motors; sail boats and motor boats of a length exceeding 7.5 metres.
The Malta Financial and Business Times contacted the Malta Maritime Authority, which was not able to provide further information on the matter, and attempted to contact Finance Minister John Dalli for his reaction, but the minister was not available for comment.

End

I have checked this out with my Maltese registration company, and they have confirmed that this offer is in effect and genuine. Here is their response:

Dear Ian;

Please note that it has been definitely established that the special concession for payment of vat is valid until the end of march 2004 at a special reduced rate of 5%.

What is obviously required for this purpose is the following:

a-The attached authority is to be signed by the owner of each yacht and sent back to us in its original form.
b-a photograph of each yacht showing her name and as much of the yacht as possible.
c-a certified copy of the certificate of registration of each yacht
d- if privately owned a copy of the passport of the owner and if company owned a copy of the memorandum and articles of association of the company.
e- confirmation where each yacht is lying and whether each owner can sail here before the end of march for us to make an official valuation of the craft or alternatively we will send somebody to inspect for valuation purposes.

It is preferable if the yacht is registered under the Malta Flag.

So, a good opportunity if it suits you.

Fair Winds

Ian Shepherd SM2000 "Crusader"


Pacific

Mike Gough <mahili_au@...>
 

Greetings and happy new year to all,

My name is Mike Gough, I am preparing a Maramu, 1984, #147 for a Pacific crossing. I am considering clockwise from Australia, Louisiades, Micronesia, Japan, Alaska then West coast till Panama and join the trade wind route back to Aust. Has anyone any experience or info on this route please?



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Xmas present for Volvos

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Well, what do you know? Imagine a Volvo without an exhaust stain, no more cleaning everytime you go for a swim, no more six layers of expensive wax jut to delay the inevitable grime.Solution? Simple.just make sure you fill up in Ecuador, Peru or Chile. All produce their own diesel ( confusingly called petroleo) and having motored more miles in ther last five weeks than I care to recall , there is not a hint of a stain to be seen. Too far to go?Never! Just nip throught the Canal and hang a left.
No more stains! Youll be glad you did! Happy Xmas, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen

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Batteries

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

DearJim, Eric and Roy, Thanks, guys. certainly going to save me some unneccesary charging.Ian

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] 110 volts

Ruth & John Martin <jjmartin24@...>
 

Hi Walter

Replying to your November email requesting info on inverter charger...we're in the Caribbean now and have been moving alot so sorry for the late reply.

The answer to some of your problems with the microwave is the European model of the Heart Interface Freedom 25. It is a 65 amp charger and puts out 220 volt 50 Hz on the inverter. It's nice because you dont have to turn on the gen set just to run the microwave for a few minutes.

I'm at the Amel dock in Guadaloupe now having a few things done and heading south soon - give me a call on 8104 SSB around 8 a.m. if you want to chat !

Regards,
John Martin
SM 248 "Moon Dog"

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Water heater/softener

itacknjibe
 

I've read with interest and concern many of the postings re: calcium
buildup in the Amel water heater, and wintering in Almerimar, Spain,
where the water is extremely hard has made it even more of a
concern. I have what I hope will be a good long term solution. I
went to a large comercial hardware store here in Spain and purchased
a generic, cartridge-type filter holder, much like the one used in
the pre-filters for the water maker. I have used a water softening
cartridge filled with large blocks of salt, and simply strap it to
the rail with velcro and run the water at the dock through it when I
fill the tanks. The results are immediately noticable, and there is
no discernable salt taste to the water. A friend with the same setup
has used it for 3 months and still has what appears to be a full
salt cartridge. The total cost including an extra cartridge and hose
fittings was about 45 Euros. Much better than pulling the water
heater.

Fair winds,
Bill Sogno di Mare
SM2000 #404


Re: Batteries

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, kimberlt <kimberlt@o...>
wrote:
Dear Roy,
Is it safe to equalize sealed batteries. My concern is that water
that
boils off can not be added back.
Fair winds,
Eric
Hi Eric,
I originally contacted the Delphi distributor in Europe, located
in Holland, who gave me the technical specs for equalizing these
batteries. (voltage depends on ambient temperature). He recommended
monthly equalization. I only do it every 3 months or so, although
once I did it two months in a row. I equalized the first set of
batteries 8 times, without any problems. (That set lasted 5 years,
and were good when changed. I changed them before transatlantic).
I admit that the sound of boiling batteries is a bit unnerving,
but they don't get hot, and don't seem to lose their water/acid. Try
contacting Delphi to see what they think. I have found that most
battery "experts" recommend equalization to reduce sulfation. And it
is sulfation that kills batteries.
If the indicator on a Delphi battery is dark after charging,
that's a good sign that the battery is sulfated. After equalizing,
the indicator will turn green again.
BTW, before equalizing, batteries must be fully charged, and all
downstream loads removed to prevent damaging them with 32 volts. I
do it at night, with refrigeration, instruments, and lights etc.
off. Amperage is about 10 amps at start, tapering off to about 5-6
at end.

Regards, Roy
SM Excalibur #195


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Batteries

kimberlt <kimberlt@...>
 

Dear Ray,
Is it safe to equalize sealed batteries. My concern is that water that
boils off can not be added back.
Fair winds,
Eric

-----Original Message-----
From: rbenven44 [mailto:no_reply@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 11:16 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Batteries

I have the original Amel supplied sealed batteries. My monitor
will
show 100% after charging but I haven't really paid attention to the
voltage after charging. What should it be when the batteries are
fully charged?

Thanks, Gary Silver SM #335 Liahona
Hi Gary,
I have the older model battery monitor, and % charge is
unreliable. Therefore, I monitor voltage closely. Fully charged
Delphi sealed batteries, with little or no load on them, should read
close to or above 26 volts. This reading should be obtained at least
30 minutes after charging has stopped. Really good batteries will
read as high as 26.3 or 26.4 volts. I recharge when the voltage
drops below 25 volts. I would not recommend letting them go below
24.75 volts (Again, measured with little or no load. A heavy load
will drop the voltage).
If the batteries "top off" too quickly, and also discharge
quickly, it is usually a sign that they are sulfated. I have found
that applying an equalization charge, using my Heart Interface
inverter/charger, of 32 volts for a period of 8 hours, does wonders
for restoring the health of the Delphi batteries. I now apply an
equalization charge every 3 months or so, and the batteries act like
new. How long this will last, I don't know. My first set lasted 5
years, but that was in the Med, with lots of motoring and marinas.
Since then, with 18 months of ocean cruising and few marinas, I have
found that the batteries lose their "vigor" faster.
Hope this helps.

By the way, Mr. Wagner at Dessalator is very helpful. If I
remember correctly, his English is quite good, too.

Regards, Roy


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Re: Batteries

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

I have the original Amel supplied sealed batteries. My monitor
will
show 100% after charging but I haven't really paid attention to the
voltage after charging. What should it be when the batteries are
fully charged?

Thanks, Gary Silver SM #335 Liahona
Hi Gary,
I have the older model battery monitor, and % charge is
unreliable. Therefore, I monitor voltage closely. Fully charged
Delphi sealed batteries, with little or no load on them, should read
close to or above 26 volts. This reading should be obtained at least
30 minutes after charging has stopped. Really good batteries will
read as high as 26.3 or 26.4 volts. I recharge when the voltage
drops below 25 volts. I would not recommend letting them go below
24.75 volts (Again, measured with little or no load. A heavy load
will drop the voltage).
If the batteries "top off" too quickly, and also discharge
quickly, it is usually a sign that they are sulfated. I have found
that applying an equalization charge, using my Heart Interface
inverter/charger, of 32 volts for a period of 8 hours, does wonders
for restoring the health of the Delphi batteries. I now apply an
equalization charge every 3 months or so, and the batteries act like
new. How long this will last, I don't know. My first set lasted 5
years, but that was in the Med, with lots of motoring and marinas.
Since then, with 18 months of ocean cruising and few marinas, I have
found that the batteries lose their "vigor" faster.
Hope this helps.

By the way, Mr. Wagner at Dessalator is very helpful. If I
remember correctly, his English is quite good, too.

Regards, Roy


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator

Hanspeter B├Ąttig <hanspeter.baettig@...>
 

Dear Gary
The official water maker supplier for AMEL is the company
"DESSALATOR"
Addresse:
Dessalator SA
67 Av. des Anemones
France-06600 Antibes
Contact: Mr. Wagner
Tel: +33 4 93 95 04 55
Fax: +33 4 93 95 04 66

I hope this infos are helpful for you
regards
Hanspeter
SY SM "Tamango 2"

----- Original Message -----
From: amelliahona
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 8:01 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator


I would like to contact the technical support people of the company
that manufatures the water maker for Amel. I have e-mailed Amel with
this request but thought someone on this forum might know how to
contact that company.
Thanks, Gary Silver Amel SM #335 Liahona



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Thanks for your reply Erick. I tried the link you suggested for
Amel's desalinator company butit came up as an unkown URL. Is there
something that I am missing?
Sincerely,
Gary Silver Amel SM #335 Liahona


-- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Erick MEJEAN" <maramu@h...>
wrote:
Here it is

dessalator@w...

Regards

Erick

----Original Message Follows----
From: amelliahona <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2003 07:01:54 -0000

I would like to contact the technical support people of the company
that manufatures the water maker for Amel. I have e-mailed Amel
with
this request but thought someone on this forum might know how to
contact that company.
Thanks, Gary Silver Amel SM #335 Liahona

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Re: security Windward Islands

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

I left Liahona (AM SM # 335) in Grenada from July 2002 to December
2002 at the NEW yard facility of the Spice Island Marina in Prickley
Bay on the south end of the island. I stayed aboard in the yard
while I did work for 10 days and found their security good. There
was always someone present at the yard and he had a phone to call
for help if needed. There is a lot of surge in Prickley Bay and I
would not want to leave my boat in the water there un-attended. I
felt safe in the yard and the boat seemed safe. No damage and no
theft.

From January 2003 to March 2003 we left the boat in the water in
Granada around the corner from Prickley Bay Grenada at the Secret
Harbor Marina (The Moorings base). It was well tended by a local
and we found it clean and safe when we returned. I felt safe
everywhere I went in Grenada (using common sense of course). I
would not hesitate to again leave the boat in the water at Secret
Harbor or on the hard at Spice Island Marina.

Sincerely , Gary Silver


Re: Super Maramu for Sale in Australia

koenvelleman <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, slavko_despotovic
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, koenvelleman
<no_reply@y...>
wrote:
My Super Maramu Flash IV is now for sale
She is on the hardstand in Bundaberg QLD and in perfect condition.
Hello,

is Maramu Flash IV avaliable? Or sold?

Best regards,

Slavko
Hi Slavko,

Yep Flash IV, a 1990 Super Maramu is for sale. I will be back in
Australia by the end of Jan, do some sailing till Easter and put
Flash IV on the market after Easter.
Pls let me know if interested.
Best Regards,

Koen Velleman
koenvelleman@hotmail.com


Re: Light Bulb Replacement

Geoffrey Tyers <geoffrey_tyers@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, sv_alchemy wrote:
I am seeking replacement light bulbs for the
brass cabin light in the main saloon of my Sharki. The
lamp is made by Poinsard. The bulb is a 12v 25w
bayonet type with two contact points. The base is
approximately .875" (22mm) and the bulb is approximately 1.25"
(32mm)diameter. It is about 2 5/8" high overall. Writing on the
bulb is: SPLENDOR 12V 25W AUSTRIA J4. I haven't been
able to locate such a bulb locally and would
appreciate any help. Thanks!
Did anyone get an answer to this request. I have the same need.
I also am missing the Port side main cabin aft light fitting .
Advice as to a source for one would be welcome.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator

Erick MEJEAN <maramu@...>
 

Here it is

dessalator@wanadoo.fr

Regards

Erick

----Original Message Follows----
From: amelliahona <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel Desalinator
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2003 07:01:54 -0000

I would like to contact the technical support people of the company
that manufatures the water maker for Amel. I have e-mailed Amel with
this request but thought someone on this forum might know how to
contact that company.
Thanks, Gary Silver Amel SM #335 Liahona

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Re: Batteries

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Regarding: "in the case of Sealed batteries (like the original Amel
Delphi/Delco batteries), voltage after you finish charging. "

Hi Roy:

I have the original Amel supplied sealed batteries. My monitor will
show 100% after charging but I haven't really paid attention to the
voltage after charging. What should it be when the batteries are
fully charged?

Thanks, Gary Silver SM #335 Liahona


Amel Desalinator

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

I would like to contact the technical support people of the company
that manufatures the water maker for Amel. I have e-mailed Amel with
this request but thought someone on this forum might know how to
contact that company.
Thanks, Gary Silver Amel SM #335 Liahona


Re: Batteries

rbenven44 <no_reply@...>
 

Hello Ian & Judy,
I think I can help you sort out your battery questions, but please
tell me first: what brand and model batteries do you have installed,
and what battery monitor do you have? Also, what brand and size
battery chargers do you have? And, do the battery chargers have an
equalization cycle?
Some battery monitors are programmed to show a % charge number
based on an assumed recharge efficiency. That is, to replace 100 amp-
hrs into batteries, you will need to generate 130 or 140 or 150 amp-
hrs, depending on the program that is in the battery monitor. A more
accurate measure of battery charge is Specific Gravity of the battery
acid, or in the case of Sealed batteries (like the original Amel
Delphi/Delco batteries), voltage after you finish charging.
Let me know what you have, and I will let you know what I think
based on 21 years experience with Amel batteries!!
Best regards, and Feliz Navidad,
Roy Benveniste
SM Excalibur #195


Re: Batteries

jjwiggin02 <no_reply@...>
 

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Ian & Judy Jenkins"
<ianjudyjenkins@h...> wrote:
On our SM, 302, June 2000 launch, now lived aboard for 18 months,we
find
that at sea we run the genset about every six hours for an hour to
an hour
and a half on each occasion. Less when at anchor without autohelm,
nav
lights radar etc.Our first batteries ( we have 420 amps) lasted two
years,
since when I tend to recharge when we are down to 90% ( We found
that the
fridge cut out somewhere below 87% notwithstanding the fact that we
still
had 24v).
I find that the recharge quickly up to 99% but that those last few
amps,say the last 7, take for ever.
Does anyone know how important it is to always recharge to 100%?
The one thing I would suggest when running the genset is to check
that the
220v fan is working ( put your hand over the outlet in the cockpit
coaming.
) Ours failed in the Caribean and the extra heat in the engine room
was
appparently the reason why our 50 amp charger failed after 3 years,
to be
followed by the 30 amp one ten weeks later.This, despite the fact
that both
chargers have heat cut outs.The first failed in Guadeloupe and was
beyond
the knowledge of Pochon for a speedy repair.but both were repaired
by Manuel
in Ecuador ( thank God for the third world--they still know how to
fix
things there).He said he had never seen anything so hi tech and
powerful in
such a small box--the last time he saw such a powerful gadget it was
the
size and weight of his mother in law!
The cost of a new 220v fan ,one new 50 amp and two repairs was
unwelcome,
and I don`t understand the need for the 220v fan. The two 24v fans
are much
more powerful,give you an element of redundancy, much cheaper and
can be
sourced anywhere.Is there a good reason why they could not be wired
up to
come on with the genset just as they come on with the Volvo/Yanmar?
Ian. Pen
Azen
Azen,

If you are trying to charge to 100% you will be running your genset
far more than necessary. Conventional wisdom is that it is bad for
the batteries to go below 50% and that above 80% further recharging
becomes increasingly less cost-effective. Therefor an optimal program
would be to dischage to 50% and re charge to only 80%. Crossing the
Atlantic 19 days with 6 people, radar on most of the time,
transmitting daily on SSB, two refrigerators and a freezer, we ran it
for 1 to 1 1/2 hours twice a day.

Hope this helps,

Jim Wiggin, ANTARES, Amel SM
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