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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.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

greatketch@...
 

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: Anchor washdown pump replacement

greatketch@...
 


Re: B&G wind sensor

Willem Kroes
 

Hi Stephen,

Last weekend I bought a new mast top unit (wind sensor) on Ebay. I noticed one new for sale from a seller in Spain. The seller is living very close to where my boat is now (Ria de Arousa in Galicia NW Spain) and delivered it the next day. It turned out that he was a former dealer for B&G in Spain and he even installed the new unit for me. Now the system works fine. It turned out that the pcb of the original unit failed. I am very happy with the new one. It is about ten years old but came new out of the box.

Kind regards,

Willem

SM #351 "Kavanga"


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hurricane Harvey - Longbow

James Sterling
 

Good people... helping.

James Sterling

S/V Longbow SM2K #418






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On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 4:59:40 PM CDT, Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:


 

From faraway New Zealand we send our love and care to the people of Texas. We feel for you in the disaster you all face and we know its not over yet.The stories of heroism reveal again the best of human nature when facing terrible times and they inspire us

Danny SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 31 August 2017 at 04:29 "jamessterling88@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:

 

Longbow, in the Corpus Christi City Marina was extremely fortunate.  At the last moment the eye of the storm turned and hit Rockport 25 miles away.  Rockport, a lovely little place, was almost obliterated.  There are many in the Corpus Christi and surrounding area still without power and everyone is helping each other.  Longbow rode it out in the slip and her lines stretched to the max.  We had left her when they called Cat 3 never expecting to see her again.  To make a long story short, she didn't have a scratch on her.  I'm extremely grateful because I had suffered a heart attack the week before and had just gotten out of the hospital.  My prayers go out to everyone affected and my friends still stranded on their boats in Kemah. 

James Sterling

S/V Longbow SM2K #418


 


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hurricane Harvey - Longbow

James Sterling
 

Island Moorings started kicking out liveaboards last year in favor of the large sport fisher type boats.  They didn't fare well.  Nothing is hurricane proof.  Many of the big sport fishers are sitting on my pier here in CCM.  The ones that got here before the storm are ok.  The ones that are showing up today have damage.  I think we had wind here of 80+ knots.  Nothing like Rockport.  Selective damage there because of the swarms of twisters embedded in the eye wall.  Our favorite little aquarium there, where we used to take our dogs is gone, as are many other things.

James Sterling

S/V Longbow SM2K #418



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On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 3:58:40 PM CDT, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:


 

Hi James,

 

It is good to know that the CCCM fared well. I understand they did a few improvements there in recent years. We kept a Cheoy Lee there many years ago and at the time it was fixed old wooded docks. When we were there I never thought the sea wall would be high enough if the big one hit.

 

I am curious if the Port Aransas Marina and Island Moorings Marina had damage. Port A is pretty exposed and I cannot imagine how it looks today. When Island Moorings was built they were selling it as “hurricane proof”.  Both of these were close to the eye.

 

Cindy’s parents have a house in Rockport on the bay-front. Remarkably it is still standing. Although they did suffer some water damage due to a window being blown out. It didn’t break. The whole frame was pulled out. It looked like a tornado hit their living room. Many of the houses on their street were reduced to a pile of rubble. Her dad just completed a new dock. He is an engineer and…. well… engineers being what they are …the dock survived completely unscathed.

 

Wishing you a speedy recovery with your health.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Grenada

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hurricane Harvey - Longbow

 

 

Longbow, in the Corpus Christi City Marina was extremely fortunate.  At the last moment the eye of the storm turned and hit Rockport 25 miles away.  Rockport, a lovely little place, was almost obliterated.  There are many in the Corpus Christi and surrounding area still without power and everyone is helping each other.  Longbow rode it out in the slip and her lines stretched to the max.  We had left her when they called Cat 3 never expecting to see her again.  To make a long story short, she didn't have a scratch on her.  I'm extremely grateful because I had suffered a heart attack the week before and had just gotten out of the hospital.  My prayers go out to everyone affected and my friends still stranded on their boats in Kemah. 

James Sterling

S/V Longbow SM2K #418

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Battery Charger Thoughts?

Alan Leslie
 

Yes the 12 battery system has significantly bigger wiring for the 100 A charger
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Sea water chest

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Ron,

I assume that you were questioning me. I have never been on a Meltem, nor do I know the plumbing of the sea chest on the Meltem. 

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 Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:55 AM, Ron Hynes riffhynes@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Back in April you were kind enough to send me your design for a snake to clean the path from the sea to my sea chest on my 1976 Meltem. At that time, I took the better part of an entire day to disassemble everything from the sea cock up. Big, tough job...I barely fit between the 1st and 2d step under the companionway!  I cleaned out lots of spaghetti-like marine growth. The next day, I dived and ran a flexible auger in and around as much as I could to clean the area outside the ball valve. Afterwards, engine had plenty of cooling water and none of the other users were shortchanged. A success!

So 4 months later on a trip from Gibraltar to the Canaries, I noticed the engine temp rising and not high enough water in the sea chest to feed the frig compressor. To tough to turn back to Gib after 12 hours and 500 nm to the Canaries!  I reversed the frig pump pulling raw sea water in through the c ockpit scupper and exhausted the compressor water into the sea chest. I was able to run almost at cruising R.E.M.'s without overheating. 

Today in Lanzarote I made up the "tool" you suggested back in April. I needed more than 1 meter as the tortuous path on the old Meltem is on the order of 1.5 meters. I made a hole in the top of the sea chest cover so that I could open the sea cock and hopefully clean the entire pathway. I managed to work the tool down and out of the sea cock. As I was twisting and turning, always counterclockwise so that the wire didn't unbraiding, the wire started kinking.  So I'm thinking of getting a plumber's snake or something stiffer. Got any ideas. I'm somewhat limited here as the hardware stores have limited selections. I'm heartened by the fact that I can navigate the 1.5M with all the right angle bends...I just need something stiffer that I can mount a wire brush on the en d.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated. 

My thoughts are with you folks in SE Texas. As a resident of Florida, I know how trying a time it is. In 2005-6, we had 7 hurricanes and the last, Wilma, nearly got me and my boat!  Keep the faith, you always come out better on the other side. 

Ron Hynes

On Apr 3, 2017, at 2:28 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Ron,

There is another tool that I made for cleaning lines. Have a rigger make it for you. Use 1 meter of 6mm rigging wire. Have one end blunted and welded so that it will not unravel. At the other end have him use a rigging wire sleeve clamped about 20mm from the bitter end. Splay the wires between the sleeve and the end. Insert the welded end in an electric drill. Push the splayed end into the pipe while rotating with the drill. This probably will not turn 90 degrees without some help, but if it does, you have a solution. You can also use it to push out plastic from inside the boat by using the blunt welded end.


Best,

Bill
X-BeBe

On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 3:51 AM, Ron Hynes riffhynes@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Bill, thank you very much for all your help but the early Amels were early in the evolutionary path. Hull #29 has a 90 degree elbow on the bottom of the sea chest that attaches to a 75mm hose that is "U" shaped and is about 90cm in length. This hose terminates at a ball valve that is mounted on a fiberglass elbow that exits the hull. No way to force any brush down this tortuous path. We first removed all the hoses from the sea chest with the exception of the engine supply as this was only a few cm's from the bulkhead and had no play in it. The sea chest was then unbolted from the bulkhead and moved forward to pull out of the engine supply hose. The sea chest could then be raised and removed from the large supply hose. The large hose was then removed from the sea cock. This hose was completely blocked by spaghetti-like marine growth. These were easily removed and the sea chest cleaned. The only area still to be cleaned is the fiberglasses elbow on the hull. As I said ear lier, a diver cleaned about 20cm into the opening but didn't clean out the elbow. We will dive on it today and remove this growth. 

Thanks again for your time and expertise. Unfortunately, we were so involved we didn't take any photos.  We used a GoPro before starting tat really was helpful in planning the operation. 

Ron Hynes

On Apr 1, 2017, at 10:44 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:

 

Ron,

That is because you need to "login with your Yahoo user name and password to be able to view photos and upload or download files and photos.

I CC'd you of this email and I attached the photo that I downloaded for you...you should login on the website because there are lots of things available there. The dimensions for this tool are for a Super Maramu...maybe you can use this idea and make one to fit your Meltem.

Best,

Bill
X-BeBe

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 2:05 PM, Ron Hynes riffhynes@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

Thanks for your help, much appreciated. I recently joined this group and while I can read conversations, for some reason I am precluded from viewing photos.

Ron Hynes

On Apr 1, 2017, at 2:35 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:

 

Yes, there is a photo for the tool with dimensions that I uploaded. 

Search for "sea chest tools" in Photos on the Amel Yacht Owner's Yahoo website. 

You will find the tool I made that cleans from the top of the sea chest. I used this tool at least 8 times while circumnavigating. A few times for plastic removal, once for jellyfish and the rest for growth. Don't leave port without something to clean this!

The inside of that conduit from the outside of the hull to the ball valve is usually missed during the application of antifouling and, it is perfect for barnacle or mussel growth with the huge flow of water. 


CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Galveston Island
Sent using Google Fi
& #43;1(832) 380-4970

   

On Apr 1, 2017 05:53, "Ron Hynes riffhynes@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

I have a '76 Meltem and have recently experienced a blockage below the sea cock feeding the chest. A diver was able to clear about 20cm from the hull surface to where the hose makes a 90 degree bend but was unable to clear further. Any ideas as to clear this last area would be appreciated.

Riff on Swan Song, Amel #29