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Re: Parts for sale from Alex Uster formerly NIKIMAT

Randall
 

Alexandre, Nikimat was one of my inspirations for buying into the AMEL world. I remember seeing it after the Hurricane in a you tube video it was sad to see. I have wondered what became of her.

Take care,
Randall
A54 #56

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM Alexandre Uster von Baar via Groups.Io <uster=rocketmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Good morning, 


I am back in Sint Maarten and putting the rest of my boat parts for sale.  


Just posted information on my Genoa, Main and Like New Mizzen. 


You can read the information on the Share Parts section of the forum: 

 https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/ShareParts/topics


More to come:

Full/complete bow thruster foot

Volvo TMD 22 P parts (including 4 injectors)

etc.  

If some of you pass by Sint Maarten, let me know it will be a pleasure to meet you.  
Just met Bill & Joanna the new owners of Cloudstreet as well as Brian who just purchase a Maramu.  


Thanks in advance, sincerely, Alexandre

Formerly SM2K #289 NIKIMAT

Re: Headliner fix

James Alton
 

Bob,
   Removal of the wood panels was one of my concerns as well.  Fortunately there was some relatively recent discussion on the boards that indicated that the panels are fastened in with the bolts and screws holding the windows in place.  In addition there is apparently some silicone bonding the wood to the cabin sides.  Bill Kinney on SV Harmonie recently removed, refinished and reinstalled the panels on his SM.  Perhaps you could send him an email to get the details.  They may also be in his blog. I think that Amel solved the deteriorating foam problem with the felt backed vinyl but I am not clear on what adhesive is best to use.  When I bought my boat there were many different kinds of solvent based adhesives aboard that apparently were used by the previous owner and none of them seem to work.  A friend with another Maramu glued up his liner with a thick white glue that looks like a version of the water based Carpenters glue and it seems to be holding.   I have glued a few test areas up with minimal preparation and it seems to be working but I would not do the whole boat without more research.  One good thing about the water based white glue is water clean up, no damage to the vinyl, non toxic and easy removal from the front berglass when I take the liner down fully to do the whole boat.  Best of luck to you with your project.  These boats are well worth the effort to restore IMO.

James 
SV Sueno
Maramu #220

On Mar 4, 2020 5:40 AM, "Robert Linley via Groups.Io" <minaxibob@...> wrote:

On my older SM6 I had the drooping headliner problem. My 1st fix was the wood strips idea screwed in to hold up the sagging areas. It looked good and lasted about 10 years before I had to start chasing kittens trying to “fix” new areas. Many of the wall sections are also peeling, such as captains berth and the heads. I am now considering the real fix of a total strip and new material (with proper protection per Joel). My concern is how to handle the areas of vinyl that were glued in place at the edges behind wood trim such as the wood wall panels in the window areas etc. does anyone know if these can be removed, I see no screws or attachment methods and do not want to mess up the fine woodwork.
Bob
SM6 Minaxi




Iridium go external antenna location

Scott SV Tengah
 

Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com

Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Scott SV Tengah
 

Like Peter, I have zero black soot on my A54. 
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com

Important Q for electrical engineers: Covering solar panels for Panama Canal transit - possible damage?

Scott SV Tengah
 

All,

We are scheduled to transit the Panama Canal today and I'm trying to be extra careful with respect to covering the panels to avoid damage by the monkey fists thrown by the canal advisors.

Our intent is to use an extra sunbrella cover first and then put the cockpit cushions on top of that. I do recall somewhere that having complete shading on some parts of the panel but not others (as will happen with putting cockpit cushions on them) may cause hotspots and damage to the diodes.

Any electrical engineers or more experienced folks have an opinion on this?

We intend to turn off the master switches for pos/neg that are installed specifically for the solar panels. The 3 panels are setup in parallel, fyi. That should open circuit them and cause no current to flow and hence eliminate risk of damage, no?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com

Parts for sale from Alex Uster formerly NIKIMAT

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning, 


I am back in Sint Maarten and putting the rest of my boat parts for sale.  


Just posted information on my Genoa, Main and Like New Mizzen. 


You can read the information on the Share Parts section of the forum: 

 https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/ShareParts/topics


More to come:

Full/complete bow thruster foot

Volvo TMD 22 P parts (including 4 injectors)

etc.  

If some of you pass by Sint Maarten, let me know it will be a pleasure to meet you.  
Just met Bill & Joanna the new owners of Cloudstreet as well as Brian who just purchase a Maramu.  


Thanks in advance, sincerely, Alexandre

Formerly SM2K #289 NIKIMAT

Re: Headliner fix

Robert Linley <minaxibob@...>
 

On my older SM6 I had the drooping headliner problem. My 1st fix was the wood strips idea screwed in to hold up the sagging areas. It looked good and lasted about 10 years before I had to start chasing kittens trying to “fix” new areas. Many of the wall sections are also peeling, such as captains berth and the heads. I am now considering the real fix of a total strip and new material (with proper protection per Joel). My concern is how to handle the areas of vinyl that were glued in place at the edges behind wood trim such as the wood wall panels in the window areas etc. does anyone know if these can be removed, I see no screws or attachment methods and do not want to mess up the fine woodwork.
Bob
SM6 Minaxi

Re: A55: fresh water pump system : Beam IV

Paul Stascavage
 

Stuart

Congratulations

Looks like you are well on your way to fixing this problem.

All the Best,

Paul Stascavage
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466

RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas

Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Peter Forbes
 

Dear Carina,

I’m glad you are still going well - just for interest we did not have the black exhaust spot problem so I wonder if it is your engine or fuel combination? We used additives many different types which we bought as we sailed around.

Peter

Peter Forbes
Carango 54  #035 
La Rochelle
00447836 209730
07836 209730

On 4 Mar 2020, at 03:15, CARINA HAMMARLUND <syultimo@...> wrote:

Hi,
we love our Amel 54 but we constantly struggle to keep the exhaust side of the hull clean. A battle we often loose and after just another couple of days that black spot on the side start growing back - So frustrating.

It’s also very difficult to get rid of the soot as it seems to grow into the gelcoat. When in NZ we polished the boat with SealX and the result was stunning - for a couple of weeks.
Over time we’ve tried many many products but we still struggling and it’s so hard to clean the soot away and to keep the hull side clean. 

what products do you use to get rid of the soot?
We appreciate all tips and tricks:)
--
Carina
SV Ultimo
Amel 54 No 165

Re: tb/custom broker BRISBANE/COOMERA QLD AUSTRALIA/AYOGF

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Teun,

I can't help you with Customs Broker in Brisbane, but I would think that pretty much any customs broker would be able to do it for you.

Just FYI, in New Caledonia, when you arrive and  clear customs (they never come to the boat) in Port Moselle, you complete the customs declaration and the Capitainnerie fax off the form to Customs and if you don't hear anything within a few hours then you are cleared in. If you want to get your imported items for the boat in duty and tax free, you need to ask the Capitainnerie to ask customs to send back an IFT number...they never send it without being asked...and often you need to ask a few times.....basically its the customs form you filled in with their reference number on it. Presenting that form to Fedex, DHL or whoever will ensure you don't pay tax or duty on items imported for the yacht in transit.

Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: A55: fresh water pump system : Beam IV

Stuart Hemingway
 

Thank you Michael,

Where would you back connect the hose to please?

Stuart

 On 3 Mar 2020, at 19:50, michael winand via Groups.Io <mfw642000@...> wrote:

Great to hear that you have most likely found the problem. If you still have a flow problem it is likely to be a partial blockage where the water is distributed. If so. I would back connect a hose to flush the circuit. 
Michael  nebo sm251


On Sat, 29 Feb 2020 at 5:00 am, Stuart Hemingway
<stuart@...> wrote:
Thank you Michael,

That should be the next procedure to investigate . 

Confusingly the deck hose and the transum shower have good pressure.

  

Stuart Hemingway AA Dipl DMS RIBA


Symbiotic Relationships Ltd.,


 Grove Park Studios,

188-192 Sutton court Road,

Chiswick,

London,

W4 3HR

 

Telephone

From the UK  :    001 561 371 2321

From the US  :    561 371 2321


E . Studio@...

W. www.groveparkstudios.co.uk.


On 27 Feb 2020, at 17:45, michael winand via Groups.Io <mfw642000@...> wrote:

Just a thought. 
If you have a leak on the suction side it will allow air to enter the water pipes and this won't compress enough to reach the shut off pressure. 
Michael. Nebo sm251


On Thu, 27 Feb 2020 at 10:39 pm, CW Bill Rouse
<brouse@...> wrote:
Stuart,

I gave you all of my ideas. Like I said before I don't think the accumulator tank pressure has anything to do with a continuous running pump. 


Best,

CW Bill Rouse 
Amel Owners Yacht School
+1 832-380-4970 | brouse@...
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
www.AmelOwnersYachtSchool.com 
Yacht School Calendar: www.preparetocastoff.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


   

On Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 5:08 PM Stuart Hemingway <stuart@...> wrote:
Hello Joerg & Bill,

Who ever thought you’d need a bicycle pump on a boat , but you do!

We bought this fancy cycle pump in Bonaire ( the old fashion type would be better ) pumped up the accumulator and we have water!!

THANK YOU 

The pump is still running continuously though any ideas on that one?

Very best regards & thanks ..

Stuart

Stuart Hemingway AA Dipl DMS RIBA


Symbiotic Relationships Ltd.,


 Grove Park Studios,

188-192 Sutton court Road,

Chiswick,

London,

W4 3HR

 

Telephone

From the UK  :    001 561 371 2321

From the US  :    561 371 2321


E . Studio@...

W. www.groveparkstudios.co.uk.


On 25 Feb 2020, at 01:53, Joerg Esdorn via Groups.Io <jhe1313=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

In my experience, there has to be nothing wrong to create this condition.   I’ve had this happen on my boat when I get back after many months away.  Or if the tank was run very low.   Pump up the tank and see whether it works.  Cheers. Joerg 

Joerg Esdorn
A55 #53 Kincsem
Vigo, Spain

Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Matt Salatino
 

People swear by this diesel fuel additive. Doesn’t deposit black soot on the hull.

On Mar 3, 2020, at 10:15 PM, CARINA HAMMARLUND <syultimo@...> wrote:

Hi,
we love our Amel 54 but we constantly struggle to keep the exhaust side of the hull clean. A battle we often loose and after just another couple of days that black spot on the side start growing back - So frustrating.

It’s also very difficult to get rid of the soot as it seems to grow into the gelcoat. When in NZ we polished the boat with SealX and the result was stunning - for a couple of weeks.
Over time we’ve tried many many products but we still struggling and it’s so hard to clean the soot away and to keep the hull side clean. 

what products do you use to get rid of the soot?
We appreciate all tips and tricks:)
--
Carina
SV Ultimo
Amel 54 No 165

How to clean the hull from diesel soot

CARINA HAMMARLUND
 

Hi,
we love our Amel 54 but we constantly struggle to keep the exhaust side of the hull clean. A battle we often loose and after just another couple of days that black spot on the side start growing back - So frustrating.

It’s also very difficult to get rid of the soot as it seems to grow into the gelcoat. When in NZ we polished the boat with SealX and the result was stunning - for a couple of weeks.
Over time we’ve tried many many products but we still struggling and it’s so hard to clean the soot away and to keep the hull side clean. 

what products do you use to get rid of the soot?
We appreciate all tips and tricks:)
--
Carina
SV Ultimo
Amel 54 No 165

Re: More Options for Rub Rail Inserts

Karen Smith
 

Steve,

I am not (yet) sure about delivery time and cost to HI, but I know Seattle would work. At this point it looks like one or possibly two, boxes UPS ground for something less than $100.

Bill & Karen
SM Harmonie, #160
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Re: More Options for Rub Rail Inserts

Stephen Davis
 

Hi Karen,

Thanks for doing all the research on this. I’d be very interested in this purchase, but we are way out in Hawaii until the beginning of June when we head for Alaska. With that said, if the manufacturer was able to arrange shipping to Hawaii at a cost that wouldn’t break the bank, I would still be interested. Alternatively, if Hawaii would not work, I could pick it up from my sister in law in Seattle when we arrive there in September. Let me know if you think any of that could possible work. 


Thanks,
Steve and Liz Davis
Aloha SM 72
Hawaii

Re: Headliner fix

Eric Meury
 

We need to replace our headlines well.   I think. Going to do white PVC bead board
It will be easy to keep clean.  Probably going to use Velcro and use small pieces and some trim pieces that match the existing wood to cover up the seams.  This way I can take it down and inspect for mold

On Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 5:57 PM Paul Stascavage via Groups.Io <pstas2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just an FYI. 

I’m not sure what headliner was used in the 54 or earlier models of SM’s, Maramu’s, etc., but the headliner in our boat (SM #466) was still available about a year ago. It has a felt like backing. We are looking to replace the fine plush like material that lines the forward and captains berth walls and thought the headliner would be a good replacement material as well as match the rest of the boat.  Most SM’s we have seen have the pleated cushion material in these areas and it is attached with Velcro. Ours has this thin layer of material that appears to be glued in place. We haven’t completed the project yet as I am still trying to figure out if I will be able to remove these panels first. Hopefully this summer I will find some spare time to investigate further. It does appear that there are some screws behind the fabric but I am not sure if all the mounting screws are accessible. If anyone knows please let me know. 

Slightly off topic, but if anyone is interested, at the same time we purchased some of the original blue shower curtain material and had new curtains made. Again that was available as of about a year ago. 

All the Best,

Paul Stascavage
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466

RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas

Re: A55: fresh water pump system : Beam IV

michael winand
 

Great to hear that you have most likely found the problem. If you still have a flow problem it is likely to be a partial blockage where the water is distributed. If so. I would back connect a hose to flush the circuit. 

On Sat, 29 Feb 2020 at 5:00 am, Stuart Hemingway
<stuart@...> wrote:
Thank you Michael,

That should be the next procedure to investigate . 

Confusingly the deck hose and the transum shower have good pressure.

  

Stuart Hemingway AA Dipl DMS RIBA


Symbiotic Relationships Ltd.,


 Grove Park Studios,

188-192 Sutton court Road,

Chiswick,

London,

W4 3HR

 

Telephone

From the UK  :    001 561 371 2321

From the US  :    561 371 2321


E . Studio@...

W. www.groveparkstudios.co.uk.


On 27 Feb 2020, at 17:45, michael winand via Groups.Io <mfw642000@...> wrote:

Just a thought. 
If you have a leak on the suction side it will allow air to enter the water pipes and this won't compress enough to reach the shut off pressure. 
Michael. Nebo sm251


On Thu, 27 Feb 2020 at 10:39 pm, CW Bill Rouse
<brouse@...> wrote:
Stuart,

I gave you all of my ideas. Like I said before I don't think the accumulator tank pressure has anything to do with a continuous running pump. 


Best,

CW Bill Rouse 
Amel Owners Yacht School
+1 832-380-4970 | brouse@...
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
www.AmelOwnersYachtSchool.com 
Yacht School Calendar: www.preparetocastoff.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


   

On Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 5:08 PM Stuart Hemingway <stuart@...> wrote:
Hello Joerg & Bill,

Who ever thought you’d need a bicycle pump on a boat , but you do!

We bought this fancy cycle pump in Bonaire ( the old fashion type would be better ) pumped up the accumulator and we have water!!

THANK YOU 

The pump is still running continuously though any ideas on that one?

Very best regards & thanks ..

Stuart

Stuart Hemingway AA Dipl DMS RIBA


Symbiotic Relationships Ltd.,


 Grove Park Studios,

188-192 Sutton court Road,

Chiswick,

London,

W4 3HR

 

Telephone

From the UK  :    001 561 371 2321

From the US  :    561 371 2321


E . Studio@...

W. www.groveparkstudios.co.uk.


On 25 Feb 2020, at 01:53, Joerg Esdorn via Groups.Io <jhe1313=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

In my experience, there has to be nothing wrong to create this condition.   I’ve had this happen on my boat when I get back after many months away.  Or if the tank was run very low.   Pump up the tank and see whether it works.  Cheers. Joerg 

Joerg Esdorn
A55 #53 Kincsem
Vigo, Spain

Strainer air lock

Patrick McAneny
 

Sailing back from Bermuda last spring , my engine would shut down and I discovered that there was no water in my strainer ,thus the engine had no water and shut down. We were sailing in only moderate to strong conditions ,but never heeled beyond 20 degrees. When I opened the strainer lid water would flow to the top, and I could motor once again. This same thing happened repeatedly ,and had never happened prior to this trip. I made a change to the cooling system in Bermuda, and I want to know if this may have caused this air lock .
Upon starting any boat engine, I have always checked the exhaust for water flow. However on my Amel the exhaust is at water level making it impossible to see if cooling water is flowing. When a couple of owners a while back posted that they had a small hose streaming cooling water into the cockpit confirming flow, I wished I had that set up,Amel must of added this feature to newer models.
So in Bermuda I took off the anti siphon valve off the loop at the top of the hose from the heat exchanger to the exhaust elbow. In place of the valve I ran a small hose to my cockpit scupper to show me water flow. It worked only marginally well ,I surmise most of the water flow never rises to the top of the loop. I figured it still served as a siphon break as it is open to the atmosphere . My question is ,could this have allowed all the water to flow back out of the engine and strainer while heeled over and create an air lock ? Secondly has anyone have a photo of how this system is installed ,I would like to replicate it.
Thanks,
Pat
SM Shenanigans

tb/custom broker BRISBANE/COOMERA QLD AUSTRALIA/AYOGF

Teun BAAS
 

Can somebody help/refer me to a customs broker near BRISBANE/COOMERA familiar with the YACHTS IN TRANSIT procedure. I am getting parts from AMEL and need to clear into AUSTRALIA.

 

In December/January a shipment from NEW CALEDONIA FedEx charged me GST, Duty etc. etc. which I agreed to pay to avoid FedEx returning the parts to NEW CALEDONIA.

When I contacted ABF (AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE) last month for my 3 monthly reporting and questioned what happened they confirmed the YACHTS IN TRANSIT system works in AUSTRALIA but I need to use a customs broker for their “bond”.

 

Via a yacht broker in the marina/yard I contacted WALLACE Int. but they are not familiar with the YIT concept and try to convince me that I am not a commercial vessel and therefore YIT does not apply to me.  

 

A reference would be greatly appreciated.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

On the hard in COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

March 3, 2020 17:20:40

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

 

 

Re: Front furler Bamar MEJ upgrade to EJF? Is it worth it?

Teun BAAS
 

I also have a problem understanding the issue on the furler drainage. The thick black (electrical) cable does go via a ss pipe (if I remember correctly) into the sail/bow locker and on AMELIT the caulking around that cable into the ss pipe was compromised and allowed water into the sail/bow locker. Once we fixed that no more water via that entry into the locker.

 

When I am back on the boat I will check if there is a drain plug on the bottom of the furler.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

On the hard in COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

March 3, 2020 17:08:08

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

 

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Arno Luijten via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 04:50
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Front furler Bamar MEJ upgrade to EJF? Is it worth it?

 

I replaced both furlers with the EJF’s. Since they use a planetary gear system instead of belts and worm-gears the torque provided by the furler is about twice as high compared to the original MEJ’s at the same power consumption. For me they are working well, When furling in strong winds I can’t hear the motor being stressed at all, it furls in quite smoothly.

I have a hard time understanding the thing Courtney mentions about the cable sleeve also used for draining any water that enters the unit. When you buy the units the sleeve is quite long and I cannot imagine some Italian designer thinks to use it as a drain pathway. It seems more that you must prevent water to enter the sleeve so it cannot reach the unit.

Do make sure you use the electronically controlled Boxtrons in conjunction with the new furlers as they also provide a soft-start to make it easier on the rig.

Regards,

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121