Date   

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anse Marcel

Darren Ward <darren_ward@...>
 

On Sunday, September 24, 2017 4:31 PM, "Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Good afternoon Eric,
Today I went to Grand Case, Anse Marcel, Oriental Baie, Oyster Pond and Phillisburg.
I don’t have words for the damages.
Definitely worst on the French side than the Dutch side.
It will take years for the island to be back to normal.
I located Rafael’s Super Maramu.
I will send him the pictures.
Only in a couple of area I was a bit concerned for safety (had wasp spray with me).
Now back to the hotel.
Sincerely, Alexandre

--------------------------------------------
On Sun, 9/24/17, kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anse Marcel
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 9:29 AM


 









Alexandre,I don't know if you have
been to Anse marcel  But is far from any help. I would not
suggest that you go to that particular marina for a while.
It is in the woods and I would be concerned about getting
Car Jacked or worse.Eric

----- Original Message
-----
From: "Alexandre Uster von
Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners]"
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:15 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re:
Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the
factory.
To:
amelyachtowners@...

> Good morning Dan,
>

> I definitely hope I can find a
solution for the hotel, it is my
>
priority at the moment.
>
> If not I need to find a place to rent on
the French or Dutch
> side.
> Yesterday I drove a little on the Dutch
and French side, pretty
> much all the
building are destroyed. I don’t much the point of
> staying here.
> So
far I don’t see a future for the island before several
years.
>
>
> I have the car all day today, I will go
deeper on the French
> side and see if I
can find Rafael’s Super Maramu at Anse Marcel.
>
>
> I thought of going to Martinique but was
told I would have to
> pay 20% on
everything I bring… and show invoices.
> So Monday or Tuesday, I will call the
French customs and explain
> the
situation, will see what they say.
> If
acceptable, then still will have to find a container, etc.

>
> Thanks for the
help offering Dan.
> I don’t want to
write non-Amel stuff on the forum, but I might
> time to time to see if people have
suggestions.
>
>
Sincerely, Alexandre
>
>
>
>
--------------------------------------------
> On Sat, 9/23/17, dancarlson367@...
[amelyachtowners]
> wrote:
>
> Subject: Re: [Amel
Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer
>
pump.wired backwards from the factory.
>
To: amelyachtowners@...
>
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:14 PM
>
>
>  
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Alexandre,  Thanks for the
reply.   I am
> sorry to read about
your latest round with the hotel you are
> in.   I hope that you are able to work
something out. 
>  Have you been able
to identify any reasonable ways to get
>
out of there with all of your things?   I am for your
> electricity and internet to get a little
bit better and try
> to reach out to you
for a real conversation.   Then we can
> talk more specifically about ways that we
can help or where
> we might be able to
catch up with you.   
> Please keep the
updates coming
> and let us know ways
that we might be able to help. 
>  
> Best Regards,  Dan Carlson, 
> sv BeBe, SM#387 
>
>
>
>





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anse Marcel

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Eric,
Today I went to Grand Case, Anse Marcel, Oriental Baie, Oyster Pond and Phillisburg.
I don’t have words for the damages.
Definitely worst on the French side than the Dutch side.
It will take years for the island to be back to normal.
I located Rafael’s Super Maramu.
I will send him the pictures.
Only in a couple of area I was a bit concerned for safety (had wasp spray with me).
Now back to the hotel.
Sincerely, Alexandre




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

On Sun, 9/24/17, kimberlite@optonline.net [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anse Marcel
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 9:29 AM


 









Alexandre,I don't know if you have
been to Anse marcel  But is far from any help. I would not
suggest that you go to that particular marina for a while.
It is in the woods and I would be concerned about getting
Car Jacked or worse.Eric

----- Original Message
-----
From: "Alexandre Uster von
Baar uster@rocketmail.com [amelyachtowners]"
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:15 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re:
Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the
factory.
To:
amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com

> Good morning Dan,
>

> I definitely hope I can find a
solution for the hotel, it is my
>
priority at the moment.
>
> If not I need to find a place to rent on
the French or Dutch
> side.
> Yesterday I drove a little on the Dutch
and French side, pretty
> much all the
building are destroyed. I don’t much the point of
> staying here.
> So
far I don’t see a future for the island before several
years.
>
>
> I have the car all day today, I will go
deeper on the French
> side and see if I
can find Rafael’s Super Maramu at Anse Marcel.
>
>
> I thought of going to Martinique but was
told I would have to
> pay 20% on
everything I bring… and show invoices.
> So Monday or Tuesday, I will call the
French customs and explain
> the
situation, will see what they say.
> If
acceptable, then still will have to find a container, etc.

>
> Thanks for the
help offering Dan.
> I don’t want to
write non-Amel stuff on the forum, but I might
> time to time to see if people have
suggestions.
>
>
Sincerely, Alexandre
>
>
>
>
--------------------------------------------
> On Sat, 9/23/17, dancarlson367@yahoo.com
[amelyachtowners]
> wrote:
>
> Subject: Re: [Amel
Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer
>
pump.wired backwards from the factory.
>
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
>
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:14 PM
>
>
>  
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Alexandre,  Thanks for the
reply.   I am
> sorry to read about
your latest round with the hotel you are
> in.   I hope that you are able to work
something out. 
>  Have you been able
to identify any reasonable ways to get
>
out of there with all of your things?   I am for your
> electricity and internet to get a little
bit better and try
> to reach out to you
for a real conversation.   Then we can
> talk more specifically about ways that we
can help or where
> we might be able to
catch up with you.   
> Please keep the
updates coming
> and let us know ways
that we might be able to help. 
>  
> Best Regards,  Dan Carlson, 
> sv BeBe, SM#387 
>
>
>
>


Re: Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

Duane Siegfri
 

Jeff,

Congratulations on dodging the bullet.  Hope to catch up with you again soon.  We still talk about your culinary skills with seafood!

Warm regards,

Duane & Peg
Wanderer, SM#477


Re: Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Duane Siegfri
 

Gary,

Peg and I want to add our condolences on the damage to your Amel.  I know just a little of how much it hurts when something you cherish and have worked so hard to maintain is badly damaged despite your best attempts.  

Keep up your spirits and don't let anything get you down!

Duane & Peg
Wanderer, SM#477


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Gary;

It is hard to read your play by play as we see the potential of being in your shoes and having to go through what you and Alex have experienced.

Wishing you both the best outcome and back on the water as quickly as possible.

Respectfully;


Mohammad and Aty
B&B Kokomo
Amel 54 #099

On Sep 24, 2017, at 8:37 PM, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Oh, Gary,
I am so glad Liahona survived, and sorry that she suffered so much damage.  Keep us in the loop as you learn more and get her ship shape again.

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
Panama cell: +507-61171896
USA cell: 828-234-6819

On Sep 23, 2017, at 4:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:


I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  


We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.


The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 


The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word..  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  


The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 


Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 


Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 


Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah






Anse Marcel

eric freedman
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

karkauai
 

Oh, Gary,
I am so glad Liahona survived, and sorry that she suffered so much damage.  Keep us in the loop as you learn more and get her ship shape again.

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
Panama cell: +507-61171896
USA cell: 828-234-6819

On Sep 23, 2017, at 4:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:


I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  


We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.


The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 


The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word..  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  


The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 


Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 


Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 


Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Porter McRoberts
 

One more voice on condolences.  Very sad to hear Gary. 
Thinking and praying for you too!

Porter
S/V Ibis 54-153



On Sep 23, 2017, at 11:57 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Gary,

I am really saddened by this news. I know for a fact that Judy and I would have never enjoyed our life aboard BeBe without the tremendous support that you provided.

Thinking about you.

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 Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:23 PM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Gary,

 

Thank you for sharing this. I found it very insightful. We know a few people we met while in Palmas Del Mar YC in PR who decided to stay there for this h’season. Their plan was to go to the BVI in November and they didn’t want to sail all the way back. The eye of Maria pass right over them. I don’t expect the news to be good.

 

I wish you well as you start to put the pieces back together (perhaps not the best choice of words). Let’s hope things aren’t too bad and can be repaired quickly. Keep us posted. We hope to see you on the water again soon.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Grenada

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St.. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Jean-Pierre's MacBook Air <jgermain@...>
 

Hello Liz & Steve,

I am planning Santa Marta and Cartagena.  The latter for sure as I pick up crew on 4 Nov.  Then off to San Blas for quite some time.

For Eric: thanks for the tip regarding Kelly.

For Gary:  so sorry for you.  I’ve learnt a great deal from your writings… I would think you will have more information for us as you begin the in depth repairs.  Good luck Amel friend!

Jean-Pierre Germain
SY Eleuthera, SM 007



On 23 Sep 2017, at 22:23, Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Hello Eric,

So far the wind has been light, and not coming from the direction of the coal pile behind the port, and Aloha is clean. Other than short trips inland, we will be on the boat, and can keep it clean should the situation change. Also we are enjoying the town and marina so far. 

Kelly has been really helpful, and we will say hi for you. 

Let us know if yo make it to Cartagena, and we will take the bus there for a couple of days. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz

On Sep 23, 2017, at 17:39, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve and Liz

Are you having a problem with the soot from the coal burning plant across the harbor?

 

Please say hello to Kelly in the office  from Eric on Kimberlite

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] 
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

  

So sorry to hear about the damage to your beautiful Amel. Best of luck getting her repaired, and back on the water. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve and Liz Davis

Aloha SM 72

Santa Marta, Columbia


Steve Davis

S/V Aloha


On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

  

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

Gary
Gayle and I are sad to hear about Liahona and your misfortune.  We hope to see you and Mary again in happier times.

Ben

Ben and Gayle 
S/V La Bella Vita
SM #347
Le Marin Martinique 

On Sep 23, 2017, at 4:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:


I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  


We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.


The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 


The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word..  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  


The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 


Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 


Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 


Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Dan,

I definitely hope I can find a solution for the hotel, it is my priority at the moment.

If not I need to find a place to rent on the French or Dutch side.
Yesterday I drove a little on the Dutch and French side, pretty much all the building are destroyed. I don’t much the point of staying here.
So far I don’t see a future for the island before several years.

I have the car all day today, I will go deeper on the French side and see if I can find Rafael’s Super Maramu at Anse Marcel.

I thought of going to Martinique but was told I would have to pay 20% on everything I bring… and show invoices.
So Monday or Tuesday, I will call the French customs and explain the situation, will see what they say.
If acceptable, then still will have to find a container, etc.

Thanks for the help offering Dan.
I don’t want to write non-Amel stuff on the forum, but I might time to time to see if people have suggestions.

Sincerely, Alexandre



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

On Sat, 9/23/17, dancarlson367@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:14 PM


 









Hi Alexandre,  Thanks for the reply.   I am
sorry to read about your latest round with the hotel you are
in.   I hope that you are able to work something out. 
 Have you been able to identify any reasonable ways to get
out of there with all of your things?   I am for your
electricity and internet to get a little bit better and try
to reach out to you for a real conversation.   Then we can
talk more specifically about ways that we can help or where
we might be able to catch up with you.   
Please keep the updates coming
and let us know ways that we might be able to help. 
 
Best Regards,  Dan Carlson, 
sv BeBe, SM#387


Re: Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Alan Leslie
 

Dear Gary,
I am so sorry to hear your story.Certainly surge is THE problem in marinas with hurricanes approaching. That's a powerful lesson you have given all of us in this Amel family.
I wish you well on your path to resolve this dreadful situation. Not as bad as Alex, as you say, but bad enough.
Best wishes
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Gary,

I am really saddened by this news. I know for a fact that Judy and I would have never enjoyed our life aboard BeBe without the tremendous support that you provided.

Thinking about you.

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 Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:23 PM, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Gary,

 

Thank you for sharing this. I found it very insightful. We know a few people we met while in Palmas Del Mar YC in PR who decided to stay there for this h’season. Their plan was to go to the BVI in November and they didn’t want to sail all the way back. The eye of Maria pass right over them. I don’t expect the news to be good.

 

I wish you well as you start to put the pieces back together (perhaps not the best choice of words). Let’s hope things aren’t too bad and can be repaired quickly. Keep us posted. We hope to see you on the water again soon.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Grenada

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Stephen Davis
 

Hello Eric,

So far the wind has been light, and not coming from the direction of the coal pile behind the port, and Aloha is clean. Other than short trips inland, we will be on the boat, and can keep it clean should the situation change. Also we are enjoying the town and marina so far. 

Kelly has been really helpful, and we will say hi for you. 

Let us know if yo make it to Cartagena, and we will take the bus there for a couple of days. 

Regards,

Steve and Liz

On Sep 23, 2017, at 17:39, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Steve and Liz

Are you having a problem with the soot from the coal burning plant across the harbor?

 

Please say hello to Kelly in the office  from Eric on Kimberlite

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

So sorry to hear about the damage to your beautiful Amel. Best of luck getting her repaired, and back on the water. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve and Liz Davis

Aloha SM 72

Santa Marta, Columbia


Steve Davis

S/V Aloha


On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Dan Carlson
 

Hi Alexandre,  Thanks for the reply.   I am sorry to read about your latest round with the hotel you are in.   I hope that you are able to work something out.   Have you been able to identify any reasonable ways to get out of there with all of your things?   I am for your electricity and internet to get a little bit better and try to reach out to you for a real conversation.   Then we can talk more specifically about ways that we can help or where we might be able to catch up with you.   

Please keep the updates coming and let us know ways that we might be able to help.   

Best Regards,  Dan Carlson,  sv BeBe, SM#387 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Gary,

 

Thank you for sharing this. I found it very insightful. We know a few people we met while in Palmas Del Mar YC in PR who decided to stay there for this h’season. Their plan was to go to the BVI in November and they didn’t want to sail all the way back. The eye of Maria pass right over them. I don’t expect the news to be good.

 

I wish you well as you start to put the pieces back together (perhaps not the best choice of words). Let’s hope things aren’t too bad and can be repaired quickly. Keep us posted. We hope to see you on the water again soon.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Grenada

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Dear Gary,

I am so sorry and heart broken to read your beloved Liahona was damaged during Hurricane Maria. Hopefully there is not more damaged than what you describe and she can be repaired.

I know how meticulous you are and again I want to thanks you so much for all your help on the forum, writing how to overhaul bow thruster, adjusting the bow thruster rigging, C-drive overhaul and so on.
Without all your articles, I probably would not have make it that long.

I hope we meet one day and you give me a tour of Liahona.
We have many points in common (I also fly and a few months ago even landed in St Barth)
Thank you so much for thinking and praying for and with me, I am very touched.

Not to go into personal issues, but the hotel which agrees on a $1500 monthly price, now is calling the deal of raising to $3,000 month (and we only have electricity, water and internet 4 hours/day).

I don’t think I mention, the insurance adjuster came by Thursday and told me it was a total loss. I am still to hear back from the insurance…

When I tied NIKIMAT, I gave enough slack to anticipate a 5 ft water surge.
Unfortunately, it was a direct hit (passing through the eye) and the wind ripped off the cleats from the marina and (at least) 1 from the boat.
When both cleats hold, it is the 7/8” dock line that broke… just insane.

Back to you, I am really sorry for you Gary, I hope with time Liahona will be back as beautiful as she was.

Sincerely, Alexandre




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

On Sat, 9/23/17, amelliahona <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 3:54 PM


 









Hi Amel family:
I have followed with
sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St.
Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales
in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences
to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because
I just didn't know, until now.  
We have had Liahona at
Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane
seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found
the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that
the insurance premium was no different for being laid up
ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat
"in the water" both last year and again this year.
 I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items,
the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on
the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14
dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe
gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.
 Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a
large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the
slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed
wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls
closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My
boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the
batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged
in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and
had 800 liters of water on board.
The south eyeball of Irma
passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks
could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only
some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up
against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of
position and that combined with line stretch left them
ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly
cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to
me.  Then came Maria.... 
The north eyeball of Maria
passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read
of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock
lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected
by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout
sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I
watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the
internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations
stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was
98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I
watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the
radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the
island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have
survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to
the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that
from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina),
there we're many "vertical masts".  5
pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other
sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report
is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown
numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece
for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was
not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I
spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did
a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of
dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my
boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of
the cell phone system and power grid there was no further
word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the
roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.
 Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as
miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.
 More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel
Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost
contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.
 My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into
the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and
stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright
but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry
belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth
floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the
companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail
damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines
destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a
thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the
waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger
pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every
fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the
fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside
down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin
top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter
cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I
lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of
helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the
remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a
fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.
 
The wait resumes for what
is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah
than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that
have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that
aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my
sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly
imagine the pain and suffering. 
Lesson learned, surge is the problem for
a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional
boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats
that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona
somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't
ever lay her up "in the water" again. 
Perhaps my experience will be of some
value to the membership. 
Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v
Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

eric freedman
 

Hi Steve and Liz

Are you having a problem with the soot from the coal burning plant across the harbor?

 

Please say hello to Kelly in the office  from Eric on Kimberlite

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Puerto Del Ray - Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma/Maria

 

 

So sorry to hear about the damage to your beautiful Amel. Best of luck getting her repaired, and back on the water. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve and Liz Davis

Aloha SM 72

Santa Marta, Columbia


Steve Davis

S/V Aloha


On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:54 PM, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Amel family:

 

I have followed with sadness and horror Alexandre's loss and odessy in St. Martin and his struggle to survive since.  My story pales in comparison so I haven't posted about my experiences to our beloved Liahona (Amel SM 2000 #335) until now because I just didn't know, until now.  

 

We have had Liahona at Puerto Del Ray marina (PDR) for the last three hurricane seasons.  The first year we hauled out in PR but I found the storage yard a bit lacking and so after finding out that the insurance premium was no different for being laid up ashore vs being laid up in the water,  we laid up the boat "in the water" both last year and again this year.  I stripped her of sails as well as all rail mounted items, the SSB antenna, bimmini etc.  I had multiple lashings on the booms to the jib sheet cars etc. I rigged a web of 14 dock lines, many doubled up and all with fire hose chafe gear to every cleat and pole in an extra wide slip.  Liahona was  seperated by a 45 ft finger pier from a large power yacht on starboard and there was no boat in the slip to port.  I faced the boat east into the presumed wind.  Water tight compartments sealed off, thru hulls closed and 15 fenders and 4 fender boards deployed.  My boat caretaker checked her just before Irma, charged the batteries one final time (I don't leave the boat plugged in continuously) and we prayed. She was full of diesel and had 800 liters of water on board.

 

The south eyeball of Irma passed 60 miles north of PDR and two days later when folks could make it to the marina we were pleased to find only some modest damage to the port aft rub-rail from chaffing up against a pole.  The fender boards had been blown out of position and that combined with line stretch left them ineffective.  Nevertheless, this seemed to be mostly cosmetic based on the single photo that I have available to me.  Then came Maria.... 

 

The north eyeball of Maria passed 16 miles south of PDR.  I feared the worst as I read of Nikimat's fate.  My caretaker trimmed some dock lines, and I put my faith in the fact that I was protected by concrete piers and sat right behind a 20 foot very stout sea wall with moles on both sides.  The night of landfall I watched from my home in Utah as best I could via the internet.  I watched until all the reporting stations stopped sending (last wind I could find for Fajardo area was 98 mph), that was 2.5 hrs before Maria made landfall.  I watched as the rain bands struck and then watched as the radar failed.  Then there was virtual silence from the island.  I feared that my boat caretaker might not have survived.  52 hrs after Maria, Samuel called (he drove to the San Juan Airport to get cell service) and indicated that from afar (he wasn't able to gain access to the marina), there we're many "vertical masts".  5 pictures from a distance showed some boats sunk and other sitting on top of the docks or on top of other boats (report is 26 sunk and many many more are heavily damaged, unknown numbers toppled in the yard).  I scanned every news piece for hints and clews of how bad it was.  Initially there was not much news as there was no electricity etc.  On day 3, I spied a HD video on YouTube from a helicopter crew that did a brief flyover of the marina.  I saw a 2 second glimpse of dock14 that I was able to freeze-frame and enhance to see my boat afloat.  My hopes soared.  Due to the annihilation of the cell phone system and power grid there was no further word.  Gas is in short supply and Samuel believes soon the roads will be littered with cars that are out of gas.  Electricity isn't likely to be restored for months as miles of concrete power poles are toppled onto roadways etc.  More silence.  Just now today (23 sept 2017) Samuel Moorefield called and in a brief cell call, before we lost contact, he told me that surge in the marina was 6 feet.  My boat floated up over the finger pier and smashed into the power yacht (or vice-versa).  All the lifelines and stanchions are smashed and mangled.  The masts are upright but rigging integrity could not be confirmed.  Mostly dry belowdecks except for some salt spray in the quarter berth floor (perhaps from spray coming thru the gap in the companionway closure).  Engine room is dry.  More rub-rail damage to the port side,  bow and foredeck ok, 6 dock-lines destroyed. One spring-line, chafed thru holding by "a thread".    The hull is punctured but it is above the waterline, (unknown if this was from cleats on the finger pier or from flying debris).  Every fender is gone, every fender board is gone, some of the ropes remain but the fenders were ripped from their lines.  Amazingly the upside down RIB is still lashed securely in place on the aft cabin top.  All the winch covers are gone as is the winter cockpit cover.  More damage reports will have to wait as I lost cell contact with Samuel about this point.  Kind of helpless to prevent further damage except to trim the remaining dock lines.  I'll bet there isn't a fender to be bought in Puerto Rico.  

 

The wait resumes for what is next but I know it will be far easier for me here in Utah than for Alexadre or the poor folks in the Leewards that have born the brunt of these two hurricanes.  I pray that aid will come soon to those most in need.  Alexandre my sincere prayers are for and with you, I can only slightly imagine the pain and suffering. 

 

Lesson learned, surge is the problem for a lay up in the water.  If and when there are functional boatyards again, and when the thousands of damaged boats that will fill the cue for repairs are dealt with, Liahona somewhere in that line will be repaired, but I shan't ever lay her up "in the water" again. 

 

Perhaps my experience will be of some value to the membership. 

 

Sincerely,  Gary S. Silver   s/v Liahona   Amel  SM 2000 335,  Farmington, Utah

 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

I don’t have the parts number, but I have the brushes, actually I have the entire rebuild kit I purchase from Amel La Rochelle.

Sincerely, Alexandre




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

On Sat, 9/23/17, dancarlson367@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amfa domestic watrer pump.wired backwards from the factory.
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:38 PM


 









Hi All,  I am working on my spare parts list for
my return to BeBe in November.   I am looking for details
on the replacement brushes for the AMFA fresh water pump. 
 
Does anyone know a
part number for just the brushes.   That is all that I
need for that pump.   
Or if you don't know the part
number if you could give me the dimensions of the brushes
themselves (length, width, height) and a picture of the
brushes as well.  The shape of metal clip at the top is
good to have a picture of in case I just need to go to a
motor store to try to pick the best fit. 
Thanks and Regards,  Dan Carlson,
sv BeBe, SM#387


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Congratulations Jeff!!!
Sincerely, Alexandre



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

On Sat, 9/23/17, Courtney Gorman Itsfun1@aol.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane Maria
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11:51 AM


 









Well Done Jeff!!






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From: 'sailormon' kimberlite@optonline.net
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>

To: amelyachtowners
<amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Fri, Sep 22, 2017 9:03 pm

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jeff on Spirit and hurricane
Maria








 
















I just received a note
from Jeff on his Amel 54.

He left the South west
coast of Puerto  Rico before Maria and headed south. He
encountered winds to 40 knots and seas 8-12
feet.

He returned to the
marina and he was the only boat floating,. The buoys to the
entrance were gone

Some boats floating and
many piled up on the beach. He entered and tied up to the
gas dock in 20 knots.

He did this all single
handed.30 hours total time solo.

Congratulations to
Jeff









































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