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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Batteries

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Paul, 

Do you have a smart regulator on your engine mounted 24VDC alternator which will adjust for AGM and/or lithium and will your battery chargers adjust for AGM and/or lithium?

If the answer is no, you should reconsider. In my experience with 4 sets of batteries in SM387 and 20+ clients of Amel School, I am not aware of has a single case where it was a good investment to buy anything but an ordinary deep cycle battery, which will last 2 to 3.5 years. Also, I am aware of an installation of LiFePO4 in a 54 that lasted less than 2 years. I strongly believe that changing battery technology requires matching chargers and alternators to that technology. Of course there are those that will tell you don't worry about it, but they won't be around when you have a failure.

I know everyone has strong opinions on batteries and anchors, but I thought I would give you mine, for what it is worth. You can buy deep cycle G31 DEKA batteries for $150-200 each.


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

   

On Dec 9, 2017 11:45, "osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

We need new batteries in our SM, the last (sealed) batteries lasted less than 2 ½ year (No we never run them below 70% and often charge them close to 100% most days as we have 850 w of solar power so they have not been miss treated).

 I’m thinking on the FireFly OASIS AGM batteries, if half what the producer says is true they should be an excellent choice. They are rather expensive 486 $ plus tax and freight for a group 31 typ.

Has anyone any experience with them?


Another option is LiFePO4 batteries I found from Smart Battery 100 Ah group 31 for 1300 $

4 of them would give  more usable capacity at a cost of  5200 $ compare with 3900 $.

The Smart Battery come with 5 year’s replacement warranty and a pro rata life time warranty. They claim you can use your standard chargers, so no other investment needed.

But I assume with the strong focus on electric cars the development of batteries will be huge the coming years, so maybe better to wait to install LiFePO4 batteries until next time.  

 

Paul on SY Keepa SM 259 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Joe Nance
 

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On Dec 9, 2017 7:28 PM, "sangaris@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Kent and Iris, 

Check the December issue of the SSCA's Commodores Bulletin - they have about 50 contacts listed.  Also, you may want to reach out Joan Conover on Growl Tiger who is likely very knowledgeable.
Cheers, Craig & Katherine


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

Hi cousins,
Iris and I are heading S from Jacksonville FL in a couple of weeks.  We are hoping to get involved in the hurricane relief effort somewhere.  We could bring supplies or equipment, help in a medical clinic, hammer nails, or just about anything else that's needed.  I just discovered a website that is attempting to coordinate efforts by sailors called www.sailorshelping.com .

Does anyone know of specific needs or contacts in the islands that might be able to focus our efforts more precisely?

Is anyone else going to do any relief volunteering?

We'll make an effort to be in Martinique in mid-Jan for the apparent Amel Rendezvous.

Thanks,
Kent
SM243
Kristy


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Craig Briggs
 

Hi Kent and Iris, 
Check the December issue of the SSCA's Commodores Bulletin - they have about 50 contacts listed.  Also, you may want to reach out Joan Conover on Growl Tiger who is likely very knowledgeable.
Cheers, Craig & Katherine


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

Hi cousins,
Iris and I are heading S from Jacksonville FL in a couple of weeks.  We are hoping to get involved in the hurricane relief effort somewhere.  We could bring supplies or equipment, help in a medical clinic, hammer nails, or just about anything else that's needed.  I just discovered a website that is attempting to coordinate efforts by sailors called www.sailorshelping.com .

Does anyone know of specific needs or contacts in the islands that might be able to focus our efforts more precisely?

Is anyone else going to do any relief volunteering?

We'll make an effort to be in Martinique in mid-Jan for the apparent Amel Rendezvous.

Thanks,
Kent
SM243
Kristy


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] electric gas switch

eric freedman
 

Alex,

Are you using propane or butane?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2017 12:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] electric gas switch

 

 

Dear Amelians,

I know there has been a discussion about the electric gas switch that seats out there in the compartment with the gas tanks. I rememer you talked about a German manufacturer and how hard it is to get it....

Unfortunatellly, I can't find that conversation anymore. Any information in regards to the vendor and the model AMEL is using (2005 AMEL54) is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Alex

SY NO STRESS

AMEL54#15


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

eric freedman
 

Tom,

If you need rigging, it does not have to be ordered from France. Gaetan has everything needed to replace your rigging with genuine Acmo fittings. He just uses his own wire. They rerigged Kimberlite in 2 ½ days last month. He is very busy. An appointment would be good. He seems to be doing 4 boat at a time nonstop. Not only Amels. They even polished the chainplates before installing the toggles.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:38 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 

 

Tom,

 

The Amel Caraibes group (led by Jean Collin) have an office and workshop in the middle of the marina complex in Le Marin.  There is an " Amel dock" (Dock 4) which is the one where you will find most, but not all of the Amel boats.  They are long and short term transients, permanent residents, and boats for sale.  Other Amels can be found on the other docks and at moorings or at anchorage and at nearby St. Anne.  Dock 4 is not exclusively Amel, but also serves a large charter service for catamarans.

 

At a nearby dock Caraibe Greement is run by Gaetan Rivet, a very experienced rigger who replaced my standing rigging last year with stainless steel rigging I had ordered from ACMO and had shipped to Amel Caraibes.

 

Also nearby are many other yacht services that are Amel-friendly.  For example, Patrick Fougerouse of Caraibe Refrigeration SARL will be replacing my aft cabin Climma airconditioning in January when I am there.

 

Hope to see you in Martinique, if not before.  Brava is still on the hard in Bailey's Boatyard, Falmouth Harbour until the first week in January.

 

Derick Gates

SM2K#400 Brava

+1(617)512-8834 international cell


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

eric freedman
 

Amel has a great mechanic that works quickly, neatly, and really knows his engines.

Just contact Amel to schedule time with him.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:54 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 

 

I am also planning on being in Martinique, mostly to have Amel look at a possible bad engine mount. Not sure yet if January or March. I would certainly love to put some names and faces together.

I am unfamiliar with the layout there. Reading everyone’s messages, I almost have the sense there is a marina right at the Amel facility. Could someone give me a lay or the land (or water)?

Thanks as always,

 

Tom Peacock

SM 240 Aletes

Falmouth Harbor, Antigua. 

 


On Dec 8, 2017, at 5:52 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All,

I will be in Martinique the evening of January 18 for a while,

Looks like the following boats will be there around that time,

Some owners will be on board and others will be away. In any event here seems to be the list

If you will be there around that time please add your name.

 

Jeff Krause 54 Spirit

Derek Gates 53 Brava

Miles Bidwell-not aboard 53 Lady Bug

Dan Carlson, BeBe, SM#387

Vladimir SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Olaf MIA-AMARA,  Santorin  Ponton 5

James Cromie La Bella Vie (new owner) SM53

Alex Ramseyer, No Stress  AMEL54, 

 

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

eric freedman
 

Leo,

I do not know if you have the same genoa furler as I do . They rebuilt mine a few weeks ago.

I only needed bearings and seals. I would contact Jean COLLIN at Amel on the island . He would be able to

Answer your question about the availability of the gears.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2017 8:52 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Hi,

 

We are going to be in Le Marin too, for a month from about jan 6th., and 

are having a problem with the genua furler gear box.

Would be great to know if Amel has spare parts for it there? Any idea about that?

 

Hello from

Leo

Yin Yang

SM 69

 


Von meinem iPad gesendet


Am 05.12.2017 um 15:43 schrieb Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Hi Eric,

 

I will be happy see you and meet you in person, but I am not sure if I will stay in Martinique that long. We plan to be in Bequia by January 18. There is a music festival in Bequia at that time.

 

Vladimir 

SM 345 "LIFE IS GOOD"

 

On Dec 4, 2017 20:10, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Vladimir,

I will be on the dock January 18.

Please drop by and say hi.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 6:55 PM


To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

I plan to be in Martinique on a dock January 7 for a week or more.

I will be very happy to meet other Amel owners.

 

SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Vladimir

 

On Dec 4, 2017 17:34, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Mark,

I usually start my letter stating that I am sorry that I do not speak French and then write in English. The marina  usually responds in English.

 

The bracket that supports the Genoa furler was straightened by the rigger Gaetan when they changed my rigging. The riggers there are amazing and have everything needed for an Amel. Their head Amel rigger has been doing Amels for 25 years. Good time to have them check and tune your rigging.

 

I also had my Genoa furler rebuilt by Amel. Fortunately since I had added grease ports, the  bronze gear and worm gear were in very good condition. They only replaced the wire, 9 bearings and 4 seals. They said it would be good for another 15 years if I kept adding grease.

 

Have you removed the shaft that connects the outhaul motor to the outhaul winch on the main boom? If it doesn’t come out , I would suggest that you have the rigger remove it . Twice a year I remove mine and cover it with anti-seize grease. I also removed a few thousands of an inch from the key in the shaft.

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 4:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Eric,

 

We will be here for at least 2 months, maybe three. We do need some stuff done by Amel. We need to have the wood replaced in our forward lockers (over the anchor well). I could do it myself but hate hate hate to sand fiberglass on a hot day. For me, this is money well spent. And the do-hicky under our furling headsail unit is bent (the thing fastening the big bracket attaches to). This needs to be replaced by a rigger.

 

Thanks for the offer to mule stuff for us. We are in good shape right now since Paul and Anna-Marie on Rita Kathryn carried a duffle bag of goodies to St. Lucia. However, If we need something, we’ll be sure to let you know.

 

We’ll still be here when you get back so let’s get together – finally!

 

Are you sure the electric is included???? We received a separate quote for it when we made the reservation. However, it was all in French so it could have been lost in Google Translate. I thought it was included for monthly rates but not weekly or daily. But, now I’m not sure.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 4:42 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be at the dock? I will return January 18.

It is a bargain compared to St. Maarten prices and the electric is included.

 

Kimberlite is also there however I am in NY at the moment.

 

What model and hull number do you have?

Will you be having work done by Amel while you are there?

 

My friend Jeff Krause will be arriving about December 10 in his 54  named Spirit.

Please say hi for me. Also Miles Bidwell on Lady Bug a 53 is there now. Also please say hi for me.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 3:28 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Eric,

 

Right now we are anchored off Saint Anne’s. We well be moving into the marina Wednesday. Not sure what our slip assignment is yet.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

?

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 3:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be in Martinique?

Are you in the marina with the other Amels?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 1:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

If you make it to the windward Islands I would be interested in taking the old pump of your hands for the parts you mention. We don’t plan on going much further north than Guadeloupe this season.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of thomas.kleman
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 1:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hello all- I own Super Maramu #422, L'ORIENT. I replaced my original bilge pump at sea a few months ago as it started leaking from the seal with the diaphragm. Later, I took it apart and noted (among other things) that the all-important plastic gear is intact; the motor and pivot arm appear fine as well.......which I believe is important for folks who elect to rebuild and keep theirs.

 

I'm keeping my replacement bilge pump in service and would entertain interesting barter offers of spare parts for my leaking but still largely operational bilge pump. Payment in a reasonable Sancerre is also acceptable.

 

I'll be back on my boat in Antigua end of December and will be stationary for at least a few weeks doing bottom job/prop seal/bow thruster service. Lorient422"at"gmail"dot"com.

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Courtney Gorman
 

thanks Mark!
Sounds good!
Courtney
Trippin'


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 4:08 pm
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 
Better to go for the monthly rate after 2.5 weeks. Our boat is US$577 for a month (includes electric) water is cheap.
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Martinique
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:09 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18
 
 
Can anyone share the marina rates there will leave my Boat for 3 weeks 
Courtney 
Trippin 
 
 
 
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 
-------- Original message --------
From: "derickgates@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: 12/9/17 10:38 AM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18
 
 
Tom,
 
The Amel Caraibes group (led by Jean Collin) have an office and workshop in the middle of the marina complex in Le Marin.  There is an " Amel dock" (Dock 4) which is the one where you will find most, but not all of the Amel boats.  They are long and short term transients, permanent residents, and boats for sale.  Other Amels can be found on the other docks and at moorings or at anchorage and at nearby St. Anne.  Dock 4 is not exclusively Amel, but also serves a large charter service for catamarans.
 
At a nearby dock Caraibe Greement is run by Gaetan Rivet, a very experienced rigger who replaced my standing rigging last year with stainless steel rigging I had ordered from ACMO and had shipped to Amel Caraibes.
 
Also nearby are many other yacht services that are Amel-friendly.  For example, Patrick Fougerouse of Caraibe Refrigeration SARL will be replacing my aft cabin Climma airconditioning in January when I am there.
 
Hope to see you in Martinique, if not before.  Brava is still on the hard in Bailey's Boatyard, Falmouth Harbour until the first week in January.
 
Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
+1(617)512-8834 international cell


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Mark Erdos
 

Better to go for the monthly rate after 2.5 weeks. Our boat is US$577 for a month (includes electric) water is cheap.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:09 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 

 

Can anyone share the marina rates there will leave my Boat for 3 weeks 

Courtney 

Trippin 

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "derickgates@... [amelyachtowners]"

Date: 12/9/17 10:38 AM (GMT-06:00)

To: amelyachtowners@...

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 

 

Tom,

 

The Amel Caraibes group (led by Jean Collin) have an office and workshop in the middle of the marina complex in Le Marin.  There is an " Amel dock" (Dock 4) which is the one where you will find most, but not all of the Amel boats.  They are long and short term transients, permanent residents, and boats for sale.  Other Amels can be found on the other docks and at moorings or at anchorage and at nearby St. Anne.  Dock 4 is not exclusively Amel, but also serves a large charter service for catamarans.

 

At a nearby dock Caraibe Greement is run by Gaetan Rivet, a very experienced rigger who replaced my standing rigging last year with stainless steel rigging I had ordered from ACMO and had shipped to Amel Caraibes.

 

Also nearby are many other yacht services that are Amel-friendly.  For example, Patrick Fougerouse of Caraibe Refrigeration SARL will be replacing my aft cabin Climma airconditioning in January when I am there.

 

Hope to see you in Martinique, if not before.  Brava is still on the hard in Bailey's Boatyard, Falmouth Harbour until the first week in January.

 

Derick Gates

SM2K#400 Brava

+1(617)512-8834 international cell


Found it!

luvkante
 

Gasventil: BÜRKERT 125301 
SEF 0509

6013 A 3,0 FPM
G1/4 PNO-6bar
24V DC 8 W

Viele Grüsse,

Martin

AMEL 54 #149
CHIARA


Re: electric gas switch

luvkante
 

Alex,

I don`t have the type number, but the brand is BÜRKERT.

Martin
AMEL 54 #149
CHIARA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

karkauai
 

Thanks Craig and Katherine.  I've heard the unfortunate stories about Dominica...damned shame for all the good folks there.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Kent & Iris
S/V Kristy
SM 243


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Batteries

Mark Pitt
 

Hi Paul,

   You should check very carefully into the reputation of Smart Battery.  Sailing friends of mine paid thousands of dollars for batteries from Smart Battery and did not receive any product nor any refund.  If you check online, you will find that many sailors have had a very bad experience with this company.

   Mark

   Sabbatical III, SM#419


On 12/9/2017 12:45 PM, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:

We need new batteries in our SM, the last (sealed) batteries lasted less than 2 ½ year (No we never run them below 70% and often charge them close to 100% most days as we have 850 w of solar power so they have not been miss treated).

 I’m thinking on the FireFly OASIS AGM batteries, if half what the producer says is true they should be an excellent choice. They are rather expensive 486 $ plus tax and freight for a group 31 typ.

Has anyone any experience with them?


Another option is LiFePO4 batteries I found from Smart Battery 100 Ah group 31 for 1300 $

4 of them would give  more usable capacity at a cost of  5200 $ compare with 3900 $.

The Smart Battery come with 5 year’s replacement warranty and a pro rata life time warranty. They claim you can use your standard chargers, so no other investment needed.

But I assume with the strong focus on electric cars the development of batteries will be huge the coming years, so maybe better to wait to install LiFePO4 batteries until next time.  

 

Paul on SY Keepa SM 259 




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Courtney Gorman
 

Can anyone share the marina rates there will leave my Boat for 3 weeks 
Courtney 
Trippin 



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "derickgates@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: 12/9/17 10:38 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

 

Tom,


The Amel Caraibes group (led by Jean Collin) have an office and workshop in the middle of the marina complex in Le Marin.  There is an " Amel dock" (Dock 4) which is the one where you will find most, but not all of the Amel boats.  They are long and short term transients, permanent residents, and boats for sale.  Other Amels can be found on the other docks and at moorings or at anchorage and at nearby St. Anne.  Dock 4 is not exclusively Amel, but also serves a large charter service for catamarans.

At a nearby dock Caraibe Greement is run by Gaetan Rivet, a very experienced rigger who replaced my standing rigging last year with stainless steel rigging I had ordered from ACMO and had shipped to Amel Caraibes.

Also nearby are many other yacht services that are Amel-friendly.  For example, Patrick Fougerouse of Caraibe Refrigeration SARL will be replacing my aft cabin Climma airconditioning in January when I am there.

Hope to see you in Martinique, if not before.  Brava is still on the hard in Bailey's Boatyard, Falmouth Harbour until the first week in January.

Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
+1(617)512-8834 international cell


Companionway Removal, another method.

greatketch@...
 

I haven't found this method of removing the companionway discussed here, if I have missed it in searching, my apologies for being redundant...


When we got our boat, the teak in the cockpit had been finished with Cetol, a product with a look that is... how to say..."not to my taste."  The vertical sliding door also needed new veneer. A major refinishing project was called for.  To do this we needed good access to the door, which is not a trivial project on a Super Maramu.  I am aware of three techniques to do this.


First method was lifting the door as high as possible, and refinishing only what is then exposed. We dismissed this as unworthy of our yacht.

Second, was unbolting the dodger and raising it enough to lift the door out of its track. This would give us full access to the door, but seemed an awful lot of work and would create the potential for leaks where we didn’t have any.

Last, and in my mind best, is to use a fine kerf saw to remove the inside rail of the starboard side track, cutting vertically, athwartship, followed by a cross cut right at the top of the companionway ladder. This allows the door to be removed without other modification making reveneering and refinishing an easy workbench project.

I used a fine blade on my Fein multitool to do the cutting. Some kinds of hand saw would also do a very nice job. The rail was reattached with four countersunk screws, and nylon washers were added under the rail to make up for the wood removed by the saw kerf.  If you don’t do this the track can become too narrow to fit the door well.

This approach has the advantage that the door can be easily removed anytime in the future by removing the screws.  The gap resulting from the saw kerf is virtually invisible when reassembled. If you don’t want to see the screwheads you can put teak plugs in at the cost of making future removal a bit more work. If you wanted to be REALLY fussy you could replace the wood lost to the kerf by a glueing on a couple thicknesses of teak veneer to replace it. 

I’d love to claim that this method of removing the companionway slide was the result of my own natural brilliance and clever insight, but the idea actually came from Joel Potter.

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Batteries

Paul Osterberg
 

We need new batteries in our SM, the last (sealed) batteries lasted less than 2 ½ year (No we never run them below 70% and often charge them close to 100% most days as we have 850 w of solar power so they have not been miss treated).

 I’m thinking on the FireFly OASIS AGM batteries, if half what the producer says is true they should be an excellent choice. They are rather expensive 486 $ plus tax and freight for a group 31 typ.

Has anyone any experience with them?


Another option is LiFePO4 batteries I found from Smart Battery 100 Ah group 31 for 1300 $

4 of them would give  more usable capacity at a cost of  5200 $ compare with 3900 $.

The Smart Battery come with 5 year’s replacement warranty and a pro rata life time warranty. They claim you can use your standard chargers, so no other investment needed.

But I assume with the strong focus on electric cars the development of batteries will be huge the coming years, so maybe better to wait to install LiFePO4 batteries until next time.  

 

Paul on SY Keepa SM 259 



electric gas switch

Alex Ramseyer <alexramseyer@...>
 

Dear Amelians,
I know there has been a discussion about the electric gas switch that seats out there in the compartment with the gas tanks. I rememer you talked about a German manufacturer and how hard it is to get it....
Unfortunatellly, I can't find that conversation anymore. Any information in regards to the vendor and the model AMEL is using (2005 AMEL54) is highly appreciated.
Best Regards,
Alex
SY NO STRESS
AMEL54#15


Re: UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Derick Gates
 

Tom,

The Amel Caraibes group (led by Jean Collin) have an office and workshop in the middle of the marina complex in Le Marin.  There is an " Amel dock" (Dock 4) which is the one where you will find most, but not all of the Amel boats.  They are long and short term transients, permanent residents, and boats for sale.  Other Amels can be found on the other docks and at moorings or at anchorage and at nearby St. Anne.  Dock 4 is not exclusively Amel, but also serves a large charter service for catamarans.

At a nearby dock Caraibe Greement is run by Gaetan Rivet, a very experienced rigger who replaced my standing rigging last year with stainless steel rigging I had ordered from ACMO and had shipped to Amel Caraibes.

Also nearby are many other yacht services that are Amel-friendly.  For example, Patrick Fougerouse of Caraibe Refrigeration SARL will be replacing my aft cabin Climma airconditioning in January when I am there.

Hope to see you in Martinique, if not before.  Brava is still on the hard in Bailey's Boatyard, Falmouth Harbour until the first week in January.

Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
+1(617)512-8834 international cell


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] UPDATE *** Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

Thomas Peacock
 

I am also planning on being in Martinique, mostly to have Amel look at a possible bad engine mount. Not sure yet if January or March. I would certainly love to put some names and faces together.
I am unfamiliar with the layout there. Reading everyone’s messages, I almost have the sense there is a marina right at the Amel facility. Could someone give me a lay or the land (or water)?
Thanks as always,

Tom Peacock
SM 240 Aletes
Falmouth Harbor, Antigua. 


On Dec 8, 2017, at 5:52 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All,

I will be in Martinique the evening of January 18 for a while,

Looks like the following boats will be there around that time,

Some owners will be on board and others will be away. In any event here seems to be the list

If you will be there around that time please add your name.

 

Jeff Krause 54 Spirit

Derek Gates 53 Brava

Miles Bidwell-not aboard 53 Lady Bug

Dan Carlson, BeBe, SM#387

Vladimir SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Olaf MIA-AMARA,  Santorin  Ponton 5

James Cromie La Bella Vie (new owner) SM53

Alex Ramseyer, No Stress  AMEL54, 

 

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

Mark Erdos
 

Leo,

 

I would suggest you write to Jean Collin at the Amel store here in Martinique. Take picture of the unit, send it to him and explain what you need done. His email address is: amel “dot” caraibes “at” amel “dot” fr

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017 9:52 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Hi,

 

We are going to be in Le Marin too, for a month from about jan 6th., and 

are having a problem with the genua furler gear box.

Would be great to know if Amel has spare parts for it there? Any idea about that?

 

Hello from

Leo

Yin Yang

SM 69

 


Von meinem iPad gesendet


Am 05.12.2017 um 15:43 schrieb Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Hi Eric,

 

I will be happy see you and meet you in person, but I am not sure if I will stay in Martinique that long. We plan to be in Bequia by January 18. There is a music festival in Bequia at that time.

 

Vladimir 

SM 345 "LIFE IS GOOD"

 

On Dec 4, 2017 20:10, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Vladimir,

I will be on the dock January 18.

Please drop by and say hi.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 6:55 PM


To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

I plan to be in Martinique on a dock January 7 for a week or more.

I will be very happy to meet other Amel owners.

 

SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Vladimir

 

On Dec 4, 2017 17:34, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Mark,

I usually start my letter stating that I am sorry that I do not speak French and then write in English. The marina  usually responds in English.

 

The bracket that supports the Genoa furler was straightened by the rigger Gaetan when they changed my rigging. The riggers there are amazing and have everything needed for an Amel. Their head Amel rigger has been doing Amels for 25 years. Good time to have them check and tune your rigging.

 

I also had my Genoa furler rebuilt by Amel. Fortunately since I had added grease ports, the  bronze gear and worm gear were in very good condition. They only replaced the wire, 9 bearings and 4 seals. They said it would be good for another 15 years if I kept adding grease.

 

Have you removed the shaft that connects the outhaul motor to the outhaul winch on the main boom? If it doesn’t come out , I would suggest that you have the rigger remove it . Twice a year I remove mine and cover it with anti-seize grease. I also removed a few thousands of an inch from the key in the shaft.

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 4:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Eric,

 

We will be here for at least 2 months, maybe three. We do need some stuff done by Amel. We need to have the wood replaced in our forward lockers (over the anchor well). I could do it myself but hate hate hate to sand fiberglass on a hot day. For me, this is money well spent. And the do-hicky under our furling headsail unit is bent (the thing fastening the big bracket attaches to). This needs to be replaced by a rigger.

 

Thanks for the offer to mule stuff for us. We are in good shape right now since Paul and Anna-Marie on Rita Kathryn carried a duffle bag of goodies to St. Lucia. However, If we need something, we’ll be sure to let you know.

 

We’ll still be here when you get back so let’s get together – finally!

 

Are you sure the electric is included???? We received a separate quote for it when we made the reservation. However, it was all in French so it could have been lost in Google Translate. I thought it was included for monthly rates but not weekly or daily. But, now I’m not sure.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 4:42 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be at the dock? I will return January 18.

It is a bargain compared to St. Maarten prices and the electric is included.

 

Kimberlite is also there however I am in NY at the moment.

 

What model and hull number do you have?

Will you be having work done by Amel while you are there?

 

My friend Jeff Krause will be arriving about December 10 in his 54  named Spirit.

Please say hi for me. Also Miles Bidwell on Lady Bug a 53 is there now. Also please say hi for me.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 3:28 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Eric,

 

Right now we are anchored off Saint Anne’s. We well be moving into the marina Wednesday. Not sure what our slip assignment is yet.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

?

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 3:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be in Martinique?

Are you in the marina with the other Amels?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 1:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

If you make it to the windward Islands I would be interested in taking the old pump of your hands for the parts you mention. We don’t plan on going much further north than Guadeloupe this season.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of thomas.kleman
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 1:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hello all- I own Super Maramu #422, L'ORIENT. I replaced my original bilge pump at sea a few months ago as it started leaking from the seal with the diaphragm. Later, I took it apart and noted (among other things) that the all-important plastic gear is intact; the motor and pivot arm appear fine as well.......which I believe is important for folks who elect to rebuild and keep theirs.

 

I'm keeping my replacement bilge pump in service and would entertain interesting barter offers of spare parts for my leaking but still largely operational bilge pump. Payment in a reasonable Sancerre is also acceptable.

 

I'll be back on my boat in Antigua end of December and will be stationary for at least a few weeks doing bottom job/prop seal/bow thruster service. Lorient422"at"gmail"dot"com.