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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Rick Grimes
 

After going as high as my bosun's chair can get me, I am able to get above the mast to work by tying loops on each end of a ten foot strap to create stirrups, looping one end over the top of the mast, putting one foot in each stirrup, and standing up. Of course I never leave the bosun's chair. It is cinched tight to my butt so I can't fall out.  I hang on for dear life with one hand and work with the other...

Done this twice now and feel reasonably safe.  

Rick Grimes
S/V Rascal
Soper's Hole, Tortola

609-932-2307 (direct line)
Sent on the run from my iPhone

On Nov 14, 2015, at 2:03 PM, Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I've tried it at the boat show , the demo is only about a 6 ft. climb, I found it to be hard to do. You must have strong legs and start each morning doing 100 leg squats , or maybe I am a wimp that needs to lose a few pounds. Pat
 
 
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From: Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 10:36 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
I also use the Mastclimber and recommend it.
In my case I use it on a 2nd halyard (backup) which is spinnaker halyard when I climb

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Great Exumas, Bahamas

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On Sat, 11/14/15, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Cc: gear@...
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:17 AM


 









Do a web search for ATN top climber. Several of my
clients have purchased and used these and all are pleased
with the result. One added benefit, it is operated by the
person going to the masthead, no assistance needed. Also, no
protracted negotiations with the person working the windlass
on deck about the cost of a ‘safe’ return from the
masthead. The fellow who makes them/owns the company is
Etienne ( ATN, get it? ) Giore. He will give you my discount
if you mention that I sent you along. Not much but better
than nothing. He also makes a Gale Sail that works. I have
used it and it seems bulletproof. All the stuff on his
website is clever and useful, probably because he is a
thoughtful and experienced offshore sailor. He is not my
brother in law and I get nothing out of this referral other
than helping him stay productively busy so he can make good
things for cruisers.



All the Best, Joel



Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC



THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY



954 462 5869 office



954 812 2485 cell



From: amelyachtowners@...
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Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too
low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher
attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple
steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted
. Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace
the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I
had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat



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From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
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To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@...>

Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,



I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair.
The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is
about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within
about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of
the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast.
It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try
to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting
around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little
challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate.
I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc.
in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up
there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the
boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.



I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his
boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps
for a more upright position. Very clever.



With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000



Hull #275



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL



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Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM

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Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high
enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install
a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did
you position yourself high enough to work . Pat



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Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Alexandre,



If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast
top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of
silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of
contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in
the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you
really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the
mast top for the new installation.



I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender
assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few
issues.



With best regards,



Mark



Skipper



Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



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Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM

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Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Good morning Mark,



Yes I hope we meet!

I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.

Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of
December.

Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months



Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old
base?

I didn’t see screw when I was up there.

http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html



Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…




Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre



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On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
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wrote:



Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

To: amelyachtowners@...
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Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM



Hi Alexandre,

I hope you are doing well. I see you

are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I

hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and

working our way from North to South.

When we purchased Cream Puff, it had

the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15

years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit

crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It
was

also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a

comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer
making

lights. We replaced the unit with one I

purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor
light

Series 34 LED model 34706-7
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e>;
&id=2113738>; &id=2113738

This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel

switch to these units on later models when they installed

the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used

the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I
cut

back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I
had

to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved

drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes
for

stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the
top

of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the
anchor

light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are
connected

to the new base and the light unit plugs into the

base. The unit I purchased failed within a

couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid

shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the

replacement has been trouble free.

Hope this

helps. With best

regards, Mark Super Maramu

2000Hull

#275www.creampuff.usCurrently

cruising: St Augustine FL



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

James,

My take away from all of your posts is that the mechanics and other experts that you have hired have done nothing except throw parts at your engine hoping that the part dejour will solve the problem. 

Also, it seems to me that most of the diagnoses that you have written about has come from you and not the people you hired to diagnose the engine non-starting problem.

If you are replacing the engine because you have had a series of people do nothing toward identifying the problem, you could be making another mistake. What if the problem is external of your engine?

I would raise all sorts of hell with Volvo Penta and demand that they identify someone who can give you a diagnoses and a recommended solution. I would also insist on some sort of compensation for parts replaced in error. I am not sure that I would get anywhere with these things, but I would work at it very hard.

If you are not going to do this, do you plan to buy and install a Volvo? And, if you are going to change that engine to Yanmar, you may be looking at all sorts of other issues...the house 24VDC alternator, motor mounts, Vetus coupling, etc.

Just my two cents worth. 

One last comment: That boat does not appear to have been maintained properly...probably not neglect, but likely some things were not completely understood by the owner...like the barnacle and marine growth...possibly there was an engine overheating issue...a proper compression test would give you a strong indication of damage. That boat spent a lot of time in Curacao where the barnacles breed like few other places. Gary left most things up to mechanics in marinas rather than being hands-on...and you know the quality of mechanics in marinas...I think you have met some recently.

Bill
BeBe #387

On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 6:07 PM, James Wendell ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Kent, I certainly appreciate the input, and I have to agree with you in principle. The engine seems to have expired prematurely, but that 10,000 hours is only realistic if properly maintained. But I have no other explanation, as we have tried almost every possible "solution" to no avail. Many folks have tested, diagnosed, and assessed the engine. I have listened to the engine spin and everyone (including myself) feels that it spins too easily. Spraying WD40 into the air intake should have at least allowed the engine to "cough" or "kick." It did not, and this is not the first time we have tried to inject "fuel" directly into the combustion chambers. I do not know how to explain that except with low compression in at least 2 or more cylinders. Plus, the suction at the intake during cranking seems quite weak.

We have not tried a compression check at this point, since that in itself is a fairly involved process. If we discover anything other than adequate compression, then I am faced with further engine tear down. Even if the compression is good, what then? We have tried almost everything else we could try. The technician did not actually volunteer the possibility that fuel starvation could have caused the problem, but when I explained to him that the engine stopped and failed to restart during sea trial (filters were solid black with contamination), he concluded that lack of fuel "lubrication" could have at least contributed to engine failure. He could not positively identify the problem without further investigation.

At this point I am becoming more and more convinced that there is internal engine damage. Again, I feel that chasing the problem will be quite costly unless I undertake that expedition on my own. I am most weary of fighting with this engine, as it has not run for the last 4 months, and I have already replaced a bunch of parts that have not allowed it to start.

If you do get an opinion from your contacts, I would sure welcome additional inputs.

Thanks, and I do agree with your opinion on Yanmars.............

Jamie Wendell



On Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:56 AM, "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 
He "thinks"???  Has he actually checked compression?  I'm skeptical.  I wrote to Danny Ramos but he didn't reply, sorry.
If it really is a low compression problem, how does he's explain that fuel starvation caused the problem?  Does he explain what he thinks is the problem?  Bad rings? Bad valves?

I would guess that engine should be good for 10000 hrs.  I'd contact Danny Ramos at Marine Mechanical in Fajardo, PR before I bought a new engine.

If you're set on re powering, look at a new Yanmar.  Much easier to work on, get parts, etc.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy


On Nov 14, 2015, at 11:35 AM, ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

James Wendell <ms42phantom54@...>
 

The Volvo guy did not do a compression check, but did suggest that would be the next recommended step. After studying the Volvo Penta D3-110 service manual, my assessment is that getting access to do a compression check is not easy. Plus it requires test equipment. Have you seen one performed on that engine? Was it expensive?
Thanks,
Jamie Wendell



On Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:46 PM, "Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Hi Jamie. He "thinks" the compression may be low. I am totally cynical about this. Did he do a compression test, a very standard test that takes little time given the correct equipment. I would suspect a fault in the electronic "clevers" that don't allow fuel until the electronic checks are done and "requirements" met. In any event I would not proceed until a compression test is done. The results do not have to be perfect, an engine will start with one cylinder totally lacking compression, and will start with varying compressions but obviously not if they are too low.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl 
 

From: "ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:35 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

 
I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Jamie. He "thinks" the compression may be low. I am totally cynical about this. Did he do a compression test, a very standard test that takes little time given the correct equipment. I would suspect a fault in the electronic "clevers" that don't allow fuel until the electronic checks are done and "requirements" met. In any event I would not proceed until a compression test is done. The results do not have to be perfect, an engine will start with one cylinder totally lacking compression, and will start with varying compressions but obviously not if they are too low.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl 
 

From: "ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:35 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

 
I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

karkauai
 

I've been to the top once with my TopClimber, and I agree with Pat that it is awkward to use.  I can only get about 8" higher with each move up or down.  I didn't feel it required extraordinary strength, it just took a long time to get up the mast.
Also, the tethers are relatively short, so I couldn't reach the ends of the spreaders. (I used two halyards, fixed at the lower end.)  If the lower ends were left free, I don't see how it would work at all.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Nov 14, 2015, at 1:03 PM, Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I've tried it at the boat show , the demo is only about a 6 ft. climb, I found it to be hard to do. You must have strong legs and start each morning doing 100 leg squats , or maybe I am a wimp that needs to lose a few pounds. Pat
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 10:36 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
I also use the Mastclimber and recommend it.
In my case I use it on a 2nd halyard (backup) which is spinnaker halyard when I climb

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Great Exumas, Bahamas

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On Sat, 11/14/15, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Cc: gear@...
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:17 AM


 









Do a web search for ATN top climber. Several of my
clients have purchased and used these and all are pleased
with the result. One added benefit, it is operated by the
person going to the masthead, no assistance needed. Also, no
protracted negotiations with the person working the windlass
on deck about the cost of a ‘safe’ return from the
masthead. The fellow who makes them/owns the company is
Etienne ( ATN, get it? ) Giore. He will give you my discount
if you mention that I sent you along. Not much but better
than nothing. He also makes a Gale Sail that works. I have
used it and it seems bulletproof. All the stuff on his
website is clever and useful, probably because he is a
thoughtful and experienced offshore sailor. He is not my
brother in law and I get nothing out of this referral other
than helping him stay productively busy so he can make good
things for cruisers.



All the Best, Joel



Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC



THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY



954 462 5869 office



954 812 2485 cell



From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too
low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher
attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple
steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted
. Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace
the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I
had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>

To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@...>

Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,



I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair.
The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is
about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within
about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of
the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast.
It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try
to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting
around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little
challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate.
I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc.
in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up
there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the
boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.



I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his
boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps
for a more upright position. Very clever.



With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000



Hull #275



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL



From: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?>; ]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high
enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install
a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did
you position yourself high enough to work . Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...>; [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >

To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >

Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Alexandre,



If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast
top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of
silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of
contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in
the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you
really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the
mast top for the new installation.



I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender
assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few
issues.



With best regards,



Mark



Skipper



Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



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Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Good morning Mark,



Yes I hope we meet!

I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.

Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of
December.

Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months



Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old
base?

I didn’t see screw when I was up there.

http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html



Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…




Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre



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On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...>; [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >
wrote:



Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM



Hi Alexandre,

I hope you are doing well. I see you

are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I

hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and

working our way from North to South.

When we purchased Cream Puff, it had

the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15

years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit

crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It
was

also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a

comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer
making

lights. We replaced the unit with one I

purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor
light

Series 34 LED model 34706-7
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e>;
&id=2113738>; &id=2113738

This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel

switch to these units on later models when they installed

the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used

the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I
cut

back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I
had

to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved

drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes
for

stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the
top

of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the
anchor

light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are
connected

to the new base and the light unit plugs into the

base. The unit I purchased failed within a

couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid

shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the

replacement has been trouble free.

Hope this

helps. With best

regards, Mark Super Maramu

2000Hull

#275www.creampuff.usCurrently

cruising: St Augustine FL



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

James Wendell <ms42phantom54@...>
 

Kent, I certainly appreciate the input, and I have to agree with you in principle. The engine seems to have expired prematurely, but that 10,000 hours is only realistic if properly maintained. But I have no other explanation, as we have tried almost every possible "solution" to no avail. Many folks have tested, diagnosed, and assessed the engine. I have listened to the engine spin and everyone (including myself) feels that it spins too easily. Spraying WD40 into the air intake should have at least allowed the engine to "cough" or "kick." It did not, and this is not the first time we have tried to inject "fuel" directly into the combustion chambers. I do not know how to explain that except with low compression in at least 2 or more cylinders. Plus, the suction at the intake during cranking seems quite weak.

We have not tried a compression check at this point, since that in itself is a fairly involved process. If we discover anything other than adequate compression, then I am faced with further engine tear down. Even if the compression is good, what then? We have tried almost everything else we could try. The technician did not actually volunteer the possibility that fuel starvation could have caused the problem, but when I explained to him that the engine stopped and failed to restart during sea trial (filters were solid black with contamination), he concluded that lack of fuel "lubrication" could have at least contributed to engine failure. He could not positively identify the problem without further investigation.

At this point I am becoming more and more convinced that there is internal engine damage. Again, I feel that chasing the problem will be quite costly unless I undertake that expedition on my own. I am most weary of fighting with this engine, as it has not run for the last 4 months, and I have already replaced a bunch of parts that have not allowed it to start.

If you do get an opinion from your contacts, I would sure welcome additional inputs.

Thanks, and I do agree with your opinion on Yanmars.............

Jamie Wendell



On Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:56 AM, "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
He "thinks"???  Has he actually checked compression?  I'm skeptical.  I wrote to Danny Ramos but he didn't reply, sorry.
If it really is a low compression problem, how does he's explain that fuel starvation caused the problem?  Does he explain what he thinks is the problem?  Bad rings? Bad valves?

I would guess that engine should be good for 10000 hrs.  I'd contact Danny Ramos at Marine Mechanical in Fajardo, PR before I bought a new engine.

If you're set on re powering, look at a new Yanmar.  Much easier to work on, get parts, etc.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy


On Nov 14, 2015, at 11:35 AM, ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Patrick McAneny
 

I've tried it at the boat show , the demo is only about a 6 ft. climb, I found it to be hard to do. You must have strong legs and start each morning doing 100 leg squats , or maybe I am a wimp that needs to lose a few pounds. Pat
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 10:36 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
I also use the Mastclimber and recommend it.
In my case I use it on a 2nd halyard (backup) which is spinnaker halyard when I climb

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Great Exumas, Bahamas

--------------------------------------------
On Sat, 11/14/15, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Cc: gear@...
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:17 AM


 









Do a web search for ATN top climber. Several of my
clients have purchased and used these and all are pleased
with the result. One added benefit, it is operated by the
person going to the masthead, no assistance needed. Also, no
protracted negotiations with the person working the windlass
on deck about the cost of a ‘safe’ return from the
masthead. The fellow who makes them/owns the company is
Etienne ( ATN, get it? ) Giore. He will give you my discount
if you mention that I sent you along. Not much but better
than nothing. He also makes a Gale Sail that works. I have
used it and it seems bulletproof. All the stuff on his
website is clever and useful, probably because he is a
thoughtful and experienced offshore sailor. He is not my
brother in law and I get nothing out of this referral other
than helping him stay productively busy so he can make good
things for cruisers.



All the Best, Joel



Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC



THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY



954 462 5869 office



954 812 2485 cell



From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too
low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher
attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple
steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted
. Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace
the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I
had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>

To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@...>

Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,



I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair.
The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is
about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within
about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of
the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast.
It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try
to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting
around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little
challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate.
I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc.
in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up
there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the
boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.



I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his
boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps
for a more upright position. Very clever.



With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000



Hull #275



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL



From: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?>; ]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high
enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install
a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did
you position yourself high enough to work . Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...>; [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >

To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >

Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Alexandre,



If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast
top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of
silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of
contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in
the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you
really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the
mast top for the new installation.



I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender
assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few
issues.



With best regards,



Mark



Skipper



Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>;



From: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?>;
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?%3e>; >; ]


Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Good morning Mark,



Yes I hope we meet!

I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.

Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of
December.

Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months



Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old
base?

I didn’t see screw when I was up there.

http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html



Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…




Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre



--------------------------------------------

On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...>; [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>; >
wrote:



Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>;

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM



Hi Alexandre,

I hope you are doing well. I see you

are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I

hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and

working our way from North to South.

When we purchased Cream Puff, it had

the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15

years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit

crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It
was

also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a

comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer
making

lights. We replaced the unit with one I

purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor
light

Series 34 LED model 34706-7
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e>;
&id=2113738>; &id=2113738

This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel

switch to these units on later models when they installed

the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used

the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I
cut

back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I
had

to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved

drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes
for

stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the
top

of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the
anchor

light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are
connected

to the new base and the light unit plugs into the

base. The unit I purchased failed within a

couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid

shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the

replacement has been trouble free.

Hope this

helps. With best

regards, Mark Super Maramu

2000Hull

#275www.creampuff.usCurrently

cruising: St Augustine FL



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

karkauai
 

He "thinks"???  Has he actually checked compression?  I'm skeptical.  I wrote to Danny Ramos but he didn't reply, sorry.
If it really is a low compression problem, how does he's explain that fuel starvation caused the problem?  Does he explain what he thinks is the problem?  Bad rings? Bad valves?

I would guess that engine should be good for 10000 hrs.  I'd contact Danny Ramos at Marine Mechanical in Fajardo, PR before I bought a new engine.

If you're set on re powering, look at a new Yanmar.  Much easier to work on, get parts, etc.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy


On Nov 14, 2015, at 11:35 AM, ms42phantom54@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.


I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom


Re: Engine Problems Amel 54

ms42phantom54@...
 

I want to thank everyone for the great advice and suggestions regarding my Amel 54 (Phantom) engine "no-start" issue. Since no one has been able to pinpoint the problem, I just had a Volvo Penta factory technician out to survey the situation. He thinks the compression is low on the engine, as it would not fire even as we sprayed WD40 into the intake. Although he had no specific rationale as to the possible cause of this conclusion, he did suggest that earlier fuel-starvation could have caused the problem, stressing the importance of maintaining a clean fuel supply at all times.

I have decided to replace the engine. That will restart the clock with zero hours and a 5-year warranty. The alternative would be to start tearing down the engine to determine the problem. Even if we do find something (blown head gasket, stuck valves, scored cylinders, etc.), chasing this "rebuild" tactic would be a very expensive and time-consuming operation - and it will still be a 9-year-old engine with 2500 hours. Although hugely expensive, a new engine is the only rational option. I do not want to continue chasing "ghosts."

Thanks again for the support.
Jamie Wendell
s/v Phantom


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Mike Ondra
 

Hi Pat.

For work on top of the mast that I can’t quite reach from the normal max halyard elevation, I make a simple rope bridle with 2 foot loops to lay over the mast top that allows me to stand enough taller to work on top.

Not elegant or permanent, just a temporary solution for the few times it may be necessary.

Mike

Aletes SM#240



From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632





Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted . Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat





-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,

I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair. The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast. It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate. I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc. in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.

I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps for a more upright position. Very clever.

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> ]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Alexandre,

If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.

I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.

With best regards,

Mark

Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> <mailto:amelyachtowners@...? <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?%3e> >; ]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM

Hi Alexandre,
I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights. We replaced the unit with one I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e> &id=2113738>; &id=2113738
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base. The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
Hope this
helps. With best
regards, Mark Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising: St Augustine FL

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Shore Power Configuration

ms42phantom54@...
 

I am upgrading my Amel 54 (Phantom) to include a 3.6-kVA isolation transformer somewhere in the shore power feeder, and (separately) a Victron Energy 3-kVA/50Hz inverter that will allow me to run the microwave and receptacles without having to fire up the generator. Amel offered a 2.5-kVA Mastervolt inverter as an option, but I do not have that configuration at this time. I plan to install the inverter just as the Amel schematics show, but with a manual transfer switch, rather than the automatic switch Amel would have installed. That way I can use the inverter (50Hz microwave and receptacles) without having to switch off the main shore power feed driving the AC loads and battery charger (which would pass through unwanted 60Hz power to the microwave in the US). To make that happen, I will have to split the main AC panel above the galley sink as Amel would have done. I think this setup will work well, but I welcome any comments or suggestions from others who may have made this change. If you have the Amel option, how does it work in the US with 60Hz power?


The isolation transformer I selected is a Victron Energy 3.6-kVA auto-switching unit. This unit will automatically sense the incoming shore power voltage (240V or 120V in the US, or 230V in the rest of the world) and ensure a consistent 230 volts output. I want to be able to use 120 volts/60Hz power in the US (stepped up to 240V) if I cannot find 240 volts to keep my batteries charged. Of course, it will not change the frequency, but that is not an issue with the battery charger. To install the isolation transformer using the best setup possible, I am hoping to find out if my shore power installation is typical or if I have a configuration that was modified by the previous owner. What I have does not appear to be safe as presently configured and does not seem to match the Amel electrical schematics that came with my boat. Also, it appears that the Amel drawings are not consistent. On one drawing, they show the circuit breaker mounted on the AC panel above the galley sink as 63A, and in another they show it as 40A. I actually have a 40A breaker, which is correctly sized for my 9.5-kVA generator.


There is also some confusion as to the shore power circuit breaker rating in the lazarette. I have a single Hubble shore power inlet on the transom rated at 32A/230V (oddly a twist-lock versus the standard 3-prong Euro plug I would expect). It feeds into a 32A circuit breaker in the lazarette. It appears from the Amel electrical drawings I have that the breaker should have been a 16A breaker. Regardless of voltage (since current is the driving factor), the wiring downstream from the primary shore power breaker is 4mm2 (equivalent to roughly a 12 gauge US wire), which is too small for a 32A circuit, but properly rated for a 16A breaker. With a 32A breaker it should be 6mm2 (10 gauge US). The Amel schematics show the possibility of 2 shore power feeds, with one leg a 230V/50Hz line feeding a 16A breaker, and a second feed going through a 32A breaker rated for 120V/60Hz, and then through a transformer to step up the voltage to 230V for use in the US.


The concern I have is the following:

If I install the isolation transformer in the existing single-feed shore power line, I will be limiting ALL shore power to 3600 VA. Based on the Amel drawings, I think that was the design (likely the reason for the 30A/40A battery charger for use with a shore power supply and the 4mm2 wire). If that is the case, I am OK with this limit, but to be safe I may want to replace the existing 32A breaker in the lazarette with a 16A breaker, which would necessarily limit my power at 120V in the US. Installing the larger 7.2-kVA isolation transformer would allow for 32A at 230V, but overload the wiring.


Unfortunately there is no simple answer that optimizes the configuration, short of a very expensive, complicated multiple inverter setup or a frequency converter. If I match the Amel drawings, I would have to install a secondary shore power line using the Victron isolation transformer. That would allow me to use shore power at 120V/240V (32A/16A) in the US through one leg, or 240V (16A/3.6kVA) in the US (or 230V in Europe) through the other (after replacing the existing 32A shore power circuit breaker with a 16A device). Aside from limiting all ore power to 3600 VA as I noted earlier, the problem here is that I would have no isolation in the 230V shore power feeder without installing a second isolation transformer. I would also have to monitor the current on the US feeder, since loading up the shore power line with 240V power could overload the isolation transformer (240V at 32A would require a much larger transformer and heavier wire).


I apologize for the long, technical nature of this posting, but I do not have this separate US shore power feed on Phantom and am curious as to how others have their boats configured. Does anyone out there have this secondary shore power feeder for use in the US? If so what are your shore power inlet configurations and circuit breaker ratings? Also, how is your inverter set up for the microwave and AC receptacles if you have one installed?


Thanks,

Jamie Wendell

s/v Phantom


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

I also use the Mastclimber and recommend it.
In my case I use it on a 2nd halyard (backup) which is spinnaker halyard when I climb

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Great Exumas, Bahamas



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On Sat, 11/14/15, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Cc: gear@...
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:17 AM


 









Do a web search for ATN top climber. Several of my
clients have purchased and used these and all are pleased
with the result. One added benefit, it is operated by the
person going to the masthead, no assistance needed. Also, no
protracted negotiations with the person working the windlass
on deck about the cost of a ‘safe’ return from the
masthead. The fellow who makes them/owns the company is
Etienne ( ATN, get it? ) Giore. He will give you my discount
if you mention that I sent you along. Not much but better
than nothing. He also makes a Gale Sail that works. I have
used it and it seems bulletproof. All the stuff on his
website is clever and useful, probably because he is a
thoughtful and experienced offshore sailor. He is not my
brother in law and I get nothing out of this referral other
than helping him stay productively busy so he can make good
things for cruisers.



All the Best, Joel



Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC



THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY



954 462 5869 office



954 812 2485 cell



From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too
low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher
attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple
steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted
. Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace
the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I
had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>

To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@...>

Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,



I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair.
The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is
about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within
about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of
the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast.
It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try
to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting
around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little
challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate.
I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc.
in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up
there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the
boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.



I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his
boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps
for a more upright position. Very clever.



With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000



Hull #275



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>



Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL



From: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> ]

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high
enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install
a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did
you position yourself high enough to work . Pat



-----Original Message-----

From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...> [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...> >

To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...> >

Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Alexandre,



If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast
top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of
silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of
contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in
the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you
really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the
mast top for the new installation.



I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender
assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few
issues.



With best regards,



Mark



Skipper



Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>



From: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?>
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...?%3e> >; ]


Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Good morning Mark,



Yes I hope we meet!

I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.

Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of
December.

Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months



Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old
base?

I didn’t see screw when I was up there.

http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html



Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…




Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre



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On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@...
<mailto:mcerdos@...> [amelyachtowners]
<amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...> >
wrote:



Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor &
Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

To: amelyachtowners@...
<mailto:amelyachtowners@...>

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM



Hi Alexandre,

I hope you are doing well. I see you

are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I

hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and

working our way from North to South.

When we purchased Cream Puff, it had

the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15

years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit

crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It
was

also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a

comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer
making

lights. We replaced the unit with one I

purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor
light

Series 34 LED model 34706-7
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561
<http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e>
&id=2113738>; &id=2113738

This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel

switch to these units on later models when they installed

the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used

the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I
cut

back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I
had

to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved

drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes
for

stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the
top

of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the
anchor

light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are
connected

to the new base and the light unit plugs into the

base. The unit I purchased failed within a

couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid

shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the

replacement has been trouble free.

Hope this

helps. With best

regards, Mark Super Maramu

2000Hull

#275www.creampuff.usCurrently

cruising: St Augustine FL



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

amelforme
 

Do a web search for ATN top climber. Several of my clients have purchased and used these and all are pleased with the result. One added benefit, it is operated by the person going to the masthead, no assistance needed. Also, no protracted negotiations with the person working the windlass on deck about the cost of a ‘safe’ return from the masthead. The fellow who makes them/owns the company is Etienne ( ATN, get it? ) Giore. He will give you my discount if you mention that I sent you along. Not much but better than nothing. He also makes a Gale Sail that works. I have used it and it seems bulletproof. All the stuff on his website is clever and useful, probably because he is a thoughtful and experienced offshore sailor. He is not my brother in law and I get nothing out of this referral other than helping him stay productively busy so he can make good things for cruisers.

All the Best, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell





From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:44 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632





Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted . Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat





-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Hi Pat,

I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair. The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast. It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate. I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc. in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.

I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps for a more upright position. Very clever.

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>

Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL

From: amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...> [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> ]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM
To: amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...>
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... <mailto:mcerdos@...> [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...> >
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...> >
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Alexandre,

If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.

I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.

With best regards,

Mark

Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us <http://www.creampuff.us>

From: amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...> [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> <mailto:amelyachtowners@...? <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?%3e> >; ]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...>
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

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On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... <mailto:mcerdos@...> [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...> > wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...>
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM

Hi Alexandre,
I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights. We replaced the unit with one I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738%3e> &id=2113738>; &id=2113738
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base. The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
Hope this
helps. With best
regards, Mark Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising: St Augustine FL

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'!

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Just read about what happened... this is crazy.



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On Sat, 11/14/15, karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'!
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:00 AM


 









Condolences to the people of France for the
horrible events of last night.

Please know that all the people of the civilized world stand
with you in the fight to put an end to radical Islamic
terrorism.

Your brother,

Kent Robertson

SV Kristy

SM243









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'!

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

 I think we all feel the same about this tragedy for France  and her people.  It is indeed a sad day when this beautiful city of light is attacked by barbarians....

Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM 347

On Nov 14, 2015, at 10:00 AM, karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Condolences to the people of France for the horrible events of last night.
Please know that all the people of the civilized world stand with you in the fight to put an end to radical Islamic terrorism.
Your brother,
Kent Robertson
SV Kristy
SM243


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Patrick McAneny
 

Mark, I've to the top many times , but always seemed too low to work on the top. My boson chair may have a higher attachment point , making me lower. I think adding a couple steps may be the solution such as Paul on Nomad just posted . Neither my anchor or tri is working so I need to replace the old unit . Should have done it a few years ago when I had the mast down to paint . Thanks ,Pat
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
Hi Pat,

I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair. The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast. It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate. I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc. in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.

I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps for a more upright position. Very clever.

With best regards,

Mark

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Alexandre,

If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.

I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.

With best regards,

Mark

Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?>; ]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM

Hi Alexandre,
I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights. We replaced the unit with one I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738>; &id=2113738
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base. The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
Hope this
helps. With best
regards, Mark Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising: St Augustine FL

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Pat,



I don’t have any steps. I use a regular boson’s chair. The knot fastening the chair to the ballooner halyard is about chest high. If I am cranked up so the knot is within about 3” of the internal halyard block at the very top of the mast, my arms and solders are above the top of the mast. It isn’t easy to do work this way but it is doable. I try to position the chair to the side of the mast. Getting around the furling head and cap shrouds can be a little challenging. Cindy and I use walkie-talkies to communicate. I take an extra line up with me so Cindy can put tools etc. in a bucket for me to hoist up. It never fails, I get up there and need something I didn’t put in the pocket of the boson’s chair. This way we can send stuff up and down.



I recently saw a guy who added looped straps to the seat his boson’s chair allowing him to “stand” on the straps for a more upright position. Very clever.







With best regards,



Mark



Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising: St Augustine, FL



From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:40 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632





Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat





-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632



Alexandre,



If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.



I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.





With best regards,



Mark



Skipper

Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff



www.creampuff.us



From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@... <mailto:amelyachtowners@...?> ]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632





Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM












Hi Alexandre,
I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights. We replaced the unit with one I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561 <http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738> &id=2113738
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED. The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base. The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
Hope this
helps. With best
regards, Mark Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising: St Augustine FL









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Paul LaFrance <pflafrance@...>
 

Pat
We have used these type of mast steps on Nomad. They are removable and easy to install. They allow us to step up and see the top of the masts as required.  We use 3 per mast.
http://www.capehorn.com/sections/pages/mast_steps1.htm

Paul & Sue LaFrance
SV NOMAD SM #362
Currently in Grenada


To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:39:49 -0500
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 

Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
Alexandre,
 
If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.
 
I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
 
 
Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM


 









Hi Alexandre,
 I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
 When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights.  We replaced the unit with one  I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738 
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED.  The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base.  The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
 Hope this
helps.  With best
regards,  Mark  Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising:  St Augustine FL









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Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'!

karkauai
 

Condolences to the people of France for the horrible events of last night.
Please know that all the people of the civilized world stand with you in the fight to put an end to radical Islamic terrorism.
Your brother,
Kent Robertson
SV Kristy
SM243


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

Patrick McAneny
 

Mark, Its always seemed it would be difficult to get high enough to drill and tap the top of the mast. Did you install a set of mast steps to get above the mast, if not how did you position yourself high enough to work . Pat
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632

 
Alexandre,
 
If I remember correctly, the base was screwed to the mast top platform with 2 screws. It was also sealed with a lot of silicone. If you pry the base you should see the points of contact. It doesn’t matter if you destroy the old base in the process since you will need to drill new holes. All you really care about it reaching the wiring and cleaning the mast top for the new installation.
 
I was pretty miffed when my first unit failed. But Defender assured me they sell a lot of these and have very few issues.
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:26 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
 
 
Good morning Mark,

Yes I hope we meet!
I am in Great Exumas until the 26 of November.
Then sailing to Turks & Caicos likely until the end of December.
Then Dominican Republic for 2 or 3 months

Thanks for the information. Was it easy to remove the old base?
I didn’t see screw when I was up there.
http://nikimat.com/mast_tricolor_anchor_light_base.html

Not good it failed so quickly, but good it was replaced…

Thanks again, sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 11/12/15, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Base for Tricolor & Anchor light Legrand 55152 55632
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 PM


 









Hi Alexandre,
 I hope you are doing well. I see you
are in the Bahamas. We are heading there in a few days. I
hope we can meet. We will be going at it backwards and
working our way from North to South.
 When we purchased Cream Puff, it had
the original Guest tri-color fitting. It failed after 15
years of being in the sun. When I removed it the unit
crumbled in my hands. It was amazing it still lit up. It was
also very corroded inside. We searched all over for a
comparable fitting but I believe Guest is no longer making
lights.  We replaced the unit with one  I
purchased from Defender: mast-top tri-color w/Anchor light
Series 34 LED model 34706-7 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C65136%7C2312550%7C2312561&id=2113738 
This was a recommendation from Bill Rouse. I believe Amel
switch to these units on later models when they installed
the LED.  The unit will take 12 or 24 v. I used
the existing wiring and just made the 3 connections. I cut
back the wire to ensure I had a new clean connection. I had
to install a new base for the new fixture. It involved
drilling new holes in the mast top and tapping the holes for
stainless steel screws (I purchased separately). At the top
of the mast, there is a common neg and a pos for the anchor
light and a pos for the tri-color. These wires are connected
to the new base and the light unit plugs into the
base.  The unit I purchased failed within a
couple of months. Aqua-signal replaced it and even paid
shipping for the return of the old unit. So far, the
replacement has been trouble free.
 Hope this
helps.  With best
regards,  Mark  Super Maramu
2000Hull
#275www.creampuff.usCurrently
cruising:  St Augustine FL









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