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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Stephen Davis
 

JP,

We will be back in Aruba by 10 September, and should be on our way to Columbia a week or 2 later. I suspect we will hook up in the San Blas at some point. When are you planning your canal transit?

On another front, I have finally joined the ranks of unemployed/retired as of 10 days ago. Had a great last flight with friends and family onboard, and a water cannon salute at the end. Looking forward to being a full time sailor. 

Aloha,
Steve

On Aug 31, 2017, at 06:52, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve,


I just contacted John as well, he is  the HLR for CA (Cruising Association) and he told me the same.

As well, “noonsite" has a posting dated May 17 stating that Porvenir has been reinstated…

I’ll be in AUA for one night in mid October if Liz and you are still there…

Cheers,

Jean-Pierre



On 31 Aug 2017, at 17:47, flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Kent and JP,


We had been following the issues regarding check in in the San Blas for a while, and were concerned about the ability to do the check in there. We just corresponded with John Hailey who is the Port Officer for the Ocean Cruising Club in Panama and the Shelter Bay Marina manager. He was nice enough to contact Aron who is the Port Captain in Porvenir, San Blas, and the latest word Is that we are able to check in there. This includes customs, immigration, and the required Cruising permit. Checking on noonsite seems to confirm this information with some of the most recent reports. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz
Aloha SM 72


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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hi Steve,

I just contacted John as well, he is  the HLR for CA (Cruising Association) and he told me the same.

As well, “noonsite" has a posting dated May 17 stating that Porvenir has been reinstated…

I’ll be in AUA for one night in mid October if Liz and you are still there…

Cheers,

Jean-Pierre



On 31 Aug 2017, at 17:47, flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Kent and JP,


We had been following the issues regarding check in in the San Blas for a while, and were concerned about the ability to do the check in there. We just corresponded with John Hailey who is the Port Officer for the Ocean Cruising Club in Panama and the Shelter Bay Marina manager. He was nice enough to contact Aron who is the Port Captain in Porvenir, San Blas, and the latest word Is that we are able to check in there. This includes customs, immigration, and the required Cruising permit. Checking on noonsite seems to confirm this information with some of the most recent reports. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz
Aloha SM 72


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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Stephen Davis
 

Hi Kent and JP,

We had been following the issues regarding check in in the San Blas for a while, and were concerned about the ability to do the check in there. We just corresponded with John Hailey who is the Port Officer for the Ocean Cruising Club in Panama and the Shelter Bay Marina manager. He was nice enough to contact Aron who is the Port Captain in Porvenir, San Blas, and the latest word Is that we are able to check in there. This includes customs, immigration, and the required Cruising permit. Checking on noonsite seems to confirm this information with some of the most recent reports. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz
Aloha SM 72


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bilge Bonding strap connection to the keel - stainless steel or copper

Olaf RENOS at Yahoo <olaf_renos@...>
 

Hi Mark,

 

I found a manufacturer who gave me on yesterday a quotation for the copper bonding strap for my Santorin as the picture shows with a length of 140cm, 5mm thick, incl. overmolded black PVC, both ends has additionally pressed-on shucks (40mm x 40mm) and one of the shucks with a drilled hole. Here in Germany it will cost  EUR 55,00. Very cheap one ;-)

 

Fair winds

Olaf

 

MIA-AMARA

Santorin No. 135

LeMarin, Martinique

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: 31 August 2017 16:20
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bilge Bonding strap connection to the keel - stainless steel or copper

 

 

I am in the process of replacing our bilge bonding strap since ours was broken when we purchased the boat.  I just ordered a piece of 1/8" thick (3.2mm) x 2 inch wide x 48 inch long C110 Copper.  The retail price was ~$73.  For reference, that same size piece of material in 304 Stainless Steel is ~$20 and in 316 Stainless Steel it's $30.  So for an additional $40-$50 over the price of SS, you can use Copper.  If you amortize the cost difference over the life of the strap, it's pretty much inconsequential.  

 

That said, I am located in the USA and can easily get just about any material that I want.  I imagine in many of the more remote parts of the world that it's a lot easier to get Stainless Steel flat bar than Copper flat bar.  And certainly a Stainless Steel bonding strap is better than no bonding strap.

 

-- 

Mark McGovern

SM #440
SV Cara


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Stephen Davis
 

Hi Eric,

Yahoo dropped the last part of your email. Is your acct gmail, or something else

Thanks,
Steve and Liz


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Anchor washdown pump replacement

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Paul, 

I believe that there is also a possibility of water intrusion from:
Any hose
Any valve
Any pump
Saltwater manifold failure
Exhaust muffler/water separator/hose failure
Hose clamp failure
Exhaust Elbow failure
And more

I believe that we always have to keep all risks in mind when making decisions. The original anchor wash pump had a diaphragm and a seal behind the diaphragm which was equal in size to the actual diaphragm...not all diaphragm pumps have this extra but of safety. Personally I would not worry about Bill Kinney's caution any more than other known risks, although I completely respect his opinions and his research.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970




On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 9:02 AM, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Got answer from Jabsco today,

"There is the possibility of the pump leaking if the diaphragm fails but the hull fitting the pump is connected to should have a seacock which should be closed when the pump isn’t in operation."

So I will change to another pump, thank's for making me aware of the issue.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM259

 



Re: Bilge Bonding strap connection to the keel - stainless steel or copper

mfmcgovern@...
 

I am in the process of replacing our bilge bonding strap since ours was broken when we purchased the boat.  I just ordered a piece of 1/8" thick (3.2mm) x 2 inch wide x 48 inch long C110 Copper.  The retail price was ~$73.  For reference, that same size piece of material in 304 Stainless Steel is ~$20 and in 316 Stainless Steel it's $30.  So for an additional $40-$50 over the price of SS, you can use Copper.  If you amortize the cost difference over the life of the strap, it's pretty much inconsequential.  

That said, I am located in the USA and can easily get just about any material that I want.  I imagine in many of the more remote parts of the world that it's a lot easier to get Stainless Steel flat bar than Copper flat bar.  And certainly a Stainless Steel bonding strap is better than no bonding strap.

-- 
Mark McGovern
SM #440
SV Cara


Re: Anchor washdown pump replacement

Paul Osterberg
 

Got answer from Jabsco today,
"There is the possibility of the pump leaking if the diaphragm fails but the hull fitting the pump is connected to should have a seacock which should be closed when the pump isn’t in operation."

So I will change to another pump, thank's for making me aware of the issue.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM259

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stern Seal

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

My experience is that the C Drive takes almost 9 liters. The C-Drive has been modified by Amel at least once which may account for a slight variance in capacity. The Amel-printed instructions state 9.5 liters. 

It is possible that the "boat boy" that you hired spilled some oil into the gray water bilge, especially possible if he used no funnel. You may want to check this.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970








On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 9:19 PM, gashman@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi all, thanks for the reply.
As always you are spot on. I did the job myself apart from filling the reservoir with the 8lts which was done by the local boat boy. I believe there was some air locks as I've since put in about another 2ltrs. I ran the engine in gear forward and reverse on the dock for about 30-40 min and no drop in oil and no milkyness. I can now breath again.



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Battery power off levers do not cut all power

Thomas Peacock
 

The hot wiring to the one sailor unit is intentional. It can be used, for example, to save the programmed radio stations. Olivier confirmed that a few months ago. 
However, we do not have the cigar lighter wired to the hot sailor. I agree that might be a good idea to change. 
Tom Peacock
Aletes SM 240
Rock Hall, Maryland


On Aug 31, 2017, at 5:43 AM, eamonn.washington@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I will give a few more details of the current connections.  There are 3 Sailor units connected as follows:

- one switches off when the power levers are closed.  This is the Sailor unit dedicated for the B&G Hydra units.
- one switches off when the "Funk" switch beside the power levers is off (I assume this is Amel standard).  My VHF is not connected to it, but I guess that it should be.
- one never switches off, which has cigar lighters and various other things connected.  This I don't like.  I already had a USB chager in the cigar lighter start to smoke a month ago.  VHF is currently on this too.

Eamonn
Travel Bug 
SM 151


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Thank you Kent,  

I will check with Shelter Bay and “noonsite”… good to know.

Jean-Pierre
SY Eleuthera, SM 007



On 31 Aug 2017, at 11:14, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

JP, Steve,
The Kunas threw the Panamanian  officials out of San Blas last year.  Unless things have changed, you'll have to go to Colon to check in. It's a PITA there as the best place to stay is Shelter Bay Marina, a 45min drive, and you have to go to 3 different places to complete the process. Best to get a driver who knows the process.  Rick +507 6427 3044 was very helpful.  He can also arrange for line handlers, lines, fenders, and paperwork for Canal passage.

Plan on spending months in San Blas and Bocas Del Toro...INCREDIBLE!!!

Kent
SM 243
Kristy




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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

karkauai
 

JP, Steve,
The Kunas threw the Panamanian  officials out of San Blas last year.  Unless things have changed, you'll have to go to Colon to check in. It's a PITA there as the best place to stay is Shelter Bay Marina, a 45min drive, and you have to go to 3 different places to complete the process. Best to get a driver who knows the process.  Rick +507 6427 3044 was very helpful.  He can also arrange for line handlers, lines, fenders, and paperwork for Canal passage.

Plan on spending months in San Blas and Bocas Del Toro...INCREDIBLE!!!

Kent
SM 243
Kristy



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hi Gang,

The Santa Marta stop is an effective entry into Columbia according to “noonsite”.  Apparently, the Customs and Immigration in Cartagena is a PITA whereas the marina in SM will do all the work for you.

For Eric and Steve,

I am in Curacao and will be in SM 3rd week of Oct… then to CTG for 3-4 days departing for Porvenir (San Blas) on 4 Oct.  Lets see if we cross paths.

Jean-Pierre
SY Eleuthera, SM 007


On 31 Aug 2017, at 09:08, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve and Liz,
My girlfriends sister keeps her boat in Cartagena.
I will  get you the name of the marina in a few days.
There is not much to do In Santa Marta while Cartagena
Is an old city with much to do. Do you speak Spanish?
Please email me at kimberlite@...  so we can discuss Colombia and travels there.
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:15 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia
 
 
Hi Eric,
 
We were planning to spend about a month in Santa Marta while we did a few land tours. I had not heard of the black muck falling from the skies, and have to admit, it does not much appeal to me. Too bad, as it looks like a nice town, and very nice marina. Do you have any good suggestions for a secure place we can stay in Cartagena? Hope we can meet up with you while we are there, and thanks for the heads up on Santa Marta. 
 
Regards,
 
Steve and Liz
Aloha SM72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 17:54, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Hi Steve,
I see you are planning to go to Colombia. The Santa Marta marina is one of the nicest ones I have ever been in. Unfortunately across the bay is a coal fired plant. In 3 days you will be leaving footprints in the soot on deck . I did not know this and left the boat there for a month. When I returned everything to windward looked like a black flocked Elvis mural. It took 3 days to remove the sails and wash what we could. As we headed to Guadeloupe , when it rained, it rained black from the high rigging- Moral skip Santa Marta.
Cartagena is a better choice. When you get near Colombia , please drop me a note as I am there about every 6-8 weeks on business and would love to meet.
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:02 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?
 
 
Bill,
 
It is a fairly efficient machine, and really starts to shine above 7 knots, but does OK at 6. I was fortunate to find one used, and with someone else having engineered a very solid bracket. We are currently in Hawaii, but will get some pictures up on the forum when we return to Aruba and start preparing Aloha for our next leg to Columbia. It is only a 2 minute process to remove the unit from the transom, and store it in the aft lazarette. I think when you see our install, you will realize it does not hinder your access to the transom at all. 
 
Steve
Aloha SM 72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 14:25, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Steve,
 
I for one would love to see pictures of the hydrogenerator installation on your boat.  
 
My old boat had a water generator of a different brand, and with it as the only charging source, on a 21 day crossing from Hawaii to California the batteries never dropped below 95% SOC--and that was on a boat significantly slower than a Amel.
 
Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Boston, Mass
 
 
 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <flyboyscd@...> wrote :

Hi Bill,
 
On our older SM, we have a single 100 amp Mastervolt charger which works well, and yes, we upgraded the wiring size. The charger does draw about 10 amps when it is putting 100 amps into the batteries in bulk mode, but usually steps down to a lower rate quickly, as I never discharge my batteries too far.
 
Because we are circumnavigating on our boat, redundancy is very important, and we carry a spare 80 amp mastervolt charger. I can change the chargers out in under 30 minutes, and never have to live with a greatly reduced charging capacity. It's a great solution for us, but a little more expensive than having a 2nd 30 amp charger. 
 
We also installed a Watt and Sea hydro generator on the transom while in St Maarten last spring. We made a 3 day passage to Bonaire after installing the unit, never ran the generator, and arrived with full batteries. For anyone considering long passages, I think this is a great option If anyone is interested in the installation, I can provide some pictures in a couple of weeks when we return to the boat. These are expensive gadgets, but we were fortunate to obtain a lightly used one from a friend in Martinique along with the custom made stainless mounting bracket for the SM. Sorry for the thread creep, but it seemed to fit in with charging the batteries. 
 
Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Aruba


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Re: Battery power off levers do not cut all power

eamonn.washington@...
 

I will give a few more details of the current connections.  There are 3 Sailor units connected as follows:
- one switches off when the power levers are closed.  This is the Sailor unit dedicated for the B&G Hydra units.
- one switches off when the "Funk" switch beside the power levers is off (I assume this is Amel standard).  My VHF is not connected to it, but I guess that it should be.
- one never switches off, which has cigar lighters and various other things connected.  This I don't like.  I already had a USB chager in the cigar lighter start to smoke a month ago.  VHF is currently on this too.

Eamonn
Travel Bug 
SM 151


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

eric freedman
 

Hi Steve and Liz,

My girlfriends sister keeps her boat in Cartagena.

I will  get you the name of the marina in a few days.

There is not much to do In Santa Marta while Cartagena

Is an old city with much to do. Do you speak Spanish?

Please email me at kimberlite@...  so we can discuss Colombia and travels there.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:15 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

 

 

Hi Eric,

 

We were planning to spend about a month in Santa Marta while we did a few land tours. I had not heard of the black muck falling from the skies, and have to admit, it does not much appeal to me. Too bad, as it looks like a nice town, and very nice marina. Do you have any good suggestions for a secure place we can stay in Cartagena? Hope we can meet up with you while we are there, and thanks for the heads up on Santa Marta. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve and Liz

Aloha SM72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 17:54, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve,

I see you are planning to go to Colombia. The Santa Marta marina is one of the nicest ones I have ever been in. Unfortunately across the bay is a coal fired plant. In 3 days you will be leaving footprints in the soot on deck . I did not know this and left the boat there for a month. When I returned everything to windward looked like a black flocked Elvis mural. It took 3 days to remove the sails and wash what we could. As we headed to Guadeloupe , when it rained, it rained black from the high rigging- Moral skip Santa Marta.

Cartagena is a better choice. When you get near Colombia , please drop me a note as I am there about every 6-8 weeks on business and would love to meet.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:02 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

 

 

Bill,

 

It is a fairly efficient machine, and really starts to shine above 7 knots, but does OK at 6. I was fortunate to find one used, and with someone else having engineered a very solid bracket. We are currently in Hawaii, but will get some pictures up on the forum when we return to Aruba and start preparing Aloha for our next leg to Columbia. It is only a 2 minute process to remove the unit from the transom, and store it in the aft lazarette. I think when you see our install, you will realize it does not hinder your access to the transom at all. 

 

Steve

Aloha SM 72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 14:25, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve,

 

I for one would love to see pictures of the hydrogenerator installation on your boat.  

 

My old boat had a water generator of a different brand, and with it as the only charging source, on a 21 day crossing from Hawaii to California the batteries never dropped below 95% SOC--and that was on a boat significantly slower than a Amel.

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Boston, Mass

 

 

 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <flyboyscd@...> wrote :

Hi Bill,

 

On our older SM, we have a single 100 amp Mastervolt charger which works well, and yes, we upgraded the wiring size. The charger does draw about 10 amps when it is putting 100 amps into the batteries in bulk mode, but usually steps down to a lower rate quickly, as I never discharge my batteries too far.

 

Because we are circumnavigating on our boat, redundancy is very important, and we carry a spare 80 amp mastervolt charger. I can change the chargers out in under 30 minutes, and never have to live with a greatly reduced charging capacity. It's a great solution for us, but a little more expensive than having a 2nd 30 amp charger. 

 

We also installed a Watt and Sea hydro generator on the transom while in St Maarten last spring. We made a 3 day passage to Bonaire after installing the unit, never ran the generator, and arrived with full batteries. For anyone considering long passages, I think this is a great option If anyone is interested in the installation, I can provide some pictures in a couple of weeks when we return to the boat. These are expensive gadgets, but we were fortunate to obtain a lightly used one from a friend in Martinique along with the custom made stainless mounting bracket for the SM. Sorry for the thread creep, but it seemed to fit in with charging the batteries. 

 

Steve Davis

Aloha SM72

Aruba


Battery power off levers do not cut all power

eamonn.washington@...
 

I bought Travel bug, SM 151, 2 years ago and am the 4th owner.  Each owner made modifications and I am now unsure what was original and what was modified in some cases.


I am anchored in a gale for the last week so I took a detailed "look" at all of the wiring, with the aim of freeing some space in the overfull conduits.  (I was able to remove over 20 cables.)  Now I noticed that when the 2 power shutoff levers are in the off position, that I still have 12V power in one of the 3 "Sailor" units and everything connected to it.  I could fix it by moving that sailor connector away from the battery side. 

 

Did Amel intend this or is it a wiring mistake?


The issues I see are, (1) if there is an electrical fire then I would not be able to kill all the power, (2) if I lay up on the hard and am not connected to mains there could be a power drain on the batteries.  The advantage I see is, if there is a fire you could kill the power but have the VHF connected still for the mayday (but I have a handheld VHF in the grab bag...).


Thanks

Eamonn


Travel Bug SM 151



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Colombia

Stephen Davis
 

Hi Eric,

We were planning to spend about a month in Santa Marta while we did a few land tours. I had not heard of the black muck falling from the skies, and have to admit, it does not much appeal to me. Too bad, as it looks like a nice town, and very nice marina. Do you have any good suggestions for a secure place we can stay in Cartagena? Hope we can meet up with you while we are there, and thanks for the heads up on Santa Marta. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz
Aloha SM72

On Aug 30, 2017, at 17:54, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve,

I see you are planning to go to Colombia. The Santa Marta marina is one of the nicest ones I have ever been in. Unfortunately across the bay is a coal fired plant. In 3 days you will be leaving footprints in the soot on deck . I did not know this and left the boat there for a month. When I returned everything to windward looked like a black flocked Elvis mural. It took 3 days to remove the sails and wash what we could. As we headed to Guadeloupe , when it rained, it rained black from the high rigging- Moral skip Santa Marta.

Cartagena is a better choice. When you get near Colombia , please drop me a note as I am there about every 6-8 weeks on business and would love to meet.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:02 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

 

 

Bill,

 

It is a fairly efficient machine, and really starts to shine above 7 knots, but does OK at 6. I was fortunate to find one used, and with someone else having engineered a very solid bracket. We are currently in Hawaii, but will get some pictures up on the forum when we return to Aruba and start preparing Aloha for our next leg to Columbia. It is only a 2 minute process to remove the unit from the transom, and store it in the aft lazarette. I think when you see our install, you will realize it does not hinder your access to the transom at all. 

 

Steve

Aloha SM 72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 14:25, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve,

 

I for one would love to see pictures of the hydrogenerator installation on your boat.  

 

My old boat had a water generator of a different brand, and with it as the only charging source, on a 21 day crossing from Hawaii to California the batteries never dropped below 95% SOC--and that was on a boat significantly slower than a Amel.

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Boston, Mass

 

 

 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <flyboyscd@...> wrote :

Hi Bill,

 

On our older SM, we have a single 100 amp Mastervolt charger which works well, and yes, we upgraded the wiring size. The charger does draw about 10 amps when it is putting 100 amps into the batteries in bulk mode, but usually steps down to a lower rate quickly, as I never discharge my batteries too far.

 

Because we are circumnavigating on our boat, redundancy is very important, and we carry a spare 80 amp mastervolt charger. I can change the chargers out in under 30 minutes, and never have to live with a greatly reduced charging capacity. It's a great solution for us, but a little more expensive than having a 2nd 30 amp charger. 

 

We also installed a Watt and Sea hydro generator on the transom while in St Maarten last spring. We made a 3 day passage to Bonaire after installing the unit, never ran the generator, and arrived with full batteries. For anyone considering long passages, I think this is a great option. If anyone is interested in the installation, I can provide some pictures in a couple of weeks when we return to the boat. These are expensive gadgets, but we were fortunate to obtain a lightly used one from a friend in Martinique along with the custom made stainless mounting bracket for the SM. Sorry for the thread creep, but it seemed to fit in with charging the batteries. 

 

Steve Davis

Aloha SM72

Aruba


Colombia

eric freedman
 

Hi Steve,

I see you are planning to go to Colombia. The Santa Marta marina is one of the nicest ones I have ever been in. Unfortunately across the bay is a coal fired plant. In 3 days you will be leaving footprints in the soot on deck . I did not know this and left the boat there for a month. When I returned everything to windward looked like a black flocked Elvis mural. It took 3 days to remove the sails and wash what we could. As we headed to Guadeloupe , when it rained, it rained black from the high rigging- Moral skip Santa Marta.

Cartagena is a better choice. When you get near Colombia , please drop me a note as I am there about every 6-8 weeks on business and would love to meet.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:02 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

 

 

Bill,

 

It is a fairly efficient machine, and really starts to shine above 7 knots, but does OK at 6. I was fortunate to find one used, and with someone else having engineered a very solid bracket. We are currently in Hawaii, but will get some pictures up on the forum when we return to Aruba and start preparing Aloha for our next leg to Columbia. It is only a 2 minute process to remove the unit from the transom, and store it in the aft lazarette. I think when you see our install, you will realize it does not hinder your access to the transom at all. 

 

Steve

Aloha SM 72


On Aug 30, 2017, at 14:25, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve,

 

I for one would love to see pictures of the hydrogenerator installation on your boat.  

 

My old boat had a water generator of a different brand, and with it as the only charging source, on a 21 day crossing from Hawaii to California the batteries never dropped below 95% SOC--and that was on a boat significantly slower than a Amel.

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Boston, Mass

 

 

 



---In amelyachtowners@..., <flyboyscd@...> wrote :

Hi Bill,

 

On our older SM, we have a single 100 amp Mastervolt charger which works well, and yes, we upgraded the wiring size. The charger does draw about 10 amps when it is putting 100 amps into the batteries in bulk mode, but usually steps down to a lower rate quickly, as I never discharge my batteries too far.

 

Because we are circumnavigating on our boat, redundancy is very important, and we carry a spare 80 amp mastervolt charger. I can change the chargers out in under 30 minutes, and never have to live with a greatly reduced charging capacity. It's a great solution for us, but a little more expensive than having a 2nd 30 amp charger. 

 

We also installed a Watt and Sea hydro generator on the transom while in St Maarten last spring. We made a 3 day passage to Bonaire after installing the unit, never ran the generator, and arrived with full batteries. For anyone considering long passages, I think this is a great option. If anyone is interested in the installation, I can provide some pictures in a couple of weeks when we return to the boat. These are expensive gadgets, but we were fortunate to obtain a lightly used one from a friend in Martinique along with the custom made stainless mounting bracket for the SM. Sorry for the thread creep, but it seemed to fit in with charging the batteries. 

 

Steve Davis

Aloha SM72

Aruba


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

Stephen Davis
 

Bill,

It is a fairly efficient machine, and really starts to shine above 7 knots, but does OK at 6. I was fortunate to find one used, and with someone else having engineered a very solid bracket. We are currently in Hawaii, but will get some pictures up on the forum when we return to Aruba and start preparing Aloha for our next leg to Columbia. It is only a 2 minute process to remove the unit from the transom, and store it in the aft lazarette. I think when you see our install, you will realize it does not hinder your access to the transom at all. 

Steve
Aloha SM 72

On Aug 30, 2017, at 14:25, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve,


I for one would love to see pictures of the hydrogenerator installation on your boat.  

My old boat had a water generator of a different brand, and with it as the only charging source, on a 21 day crossing from Hawaii to California the batteries never dropped below 95% SOC--and that was on a boat significantly slower than a Amel.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Boston, Mass
 




---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

Hi Bill,

On our older SM, we have a single 100 amp Mastervolt charger which works well, and yes, we upgraded the wiring size. The charger does draw about 10 amps when it is putting 100 amps into the batteries in bulk mode, but usually steps down to a lower rate quickly, as I never discharge my batteries too far.

Because we are circumnavigating on our boat, redundancy is very important, and we carry a spare 80 amp mastervolt charger. I can change the chargers out in under 30 minutes, and never have to live with a greatly reduced charging capacity. It's a great solution for us, but a little more expensive than having a 2nd 30 amp charger. 

We also installed a Watt and Sea hydro generator on the transom while in St Maarten last spring. We made a 3 day passage to Bonaire after installing the unit, never ran the generator, and arrived with full batteries. For anyone considering long passages, I think this is a great option. If anyone is interested in the installation, I can provide some pictures in a couple of weeks when we return to the boat. These are expensive gadgets, but we were fortunate to obtain a lightly used one from a friend in Martinique along with the custom made stainless mounting bracket for the SM. Sorry for the thread creep, but it seemed to fit in with charging the batteries. 

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Aruba


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Stern Seal

Mawgan grace
 

Hi all, thanks for the reply.
As always you are spot on. I did the job myself apart from filling the reservoir with the 8lts which was done by the local boat boy. I believe there was some air locks as I've since put in about another 2ltrs. I ran the engine in gear forward and reverse on the dock for about 30-40 min and no drop in oil and no milkyness. I can now breath again.