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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

tango708@...
 

Hi Paul, I am one of several folks that have experienced a broken shaft. If you still need directions to remove the shaft for repairing let me know and I will be happy to send instruction. The shaft comes out pretty easy and can be repaired by a good machine shop. I had to replace some bearings as well and the shaft seal. The seal had to be ordered from Europe as I could not find the metric size in the states.

Will Stout
SM180
St Martin, Marina Ft Louie

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

karkauai
 

Glad you're getting it done.  Please say Ola to Danny for me.
Kent


On Jan 29, 2016, at 9:59 AM, Paul LaFrance pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Kent
Thanks for the info. We have ordered a replacement from Amel. We are on our way after repairs are done and will have the old transmission repaired if possible by Danny in Fajardo.
Paul & Sue

To: amelyachtowners@...; pflafrance@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:24:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

 

Hi Paul,
The mechanic in Fajardo is Danny Ramos at Marine Mechanical.
(787) 655-3702 office
(787) 607-0945 mobile
He is walking distance from SunBay Marina.
Kent


On Jan 27, 2016, at 11:38 AM, Paul LaFrance pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve
Thanks for the info.
The shaft is definitely broken as we have taken the Vetus coupling off after moving the engine back. We did break up a Vetus coupling last year that was caused by the mechanic not using lock washers on the bracket holding the transmission in place and it came loose. This was done when the engine was replaced and the mechanic who installed the engine loosened up the bolts. The Vetus coupling could be replaced but is serviceable as soon as I punch out the broken shaft that is inside it.
It would be a tough sail over to St Martin due to the pointing aspects of an Amel. I believe FKG could machine a part. In Roadtown there is a machine shop, Nautitool, who could machine a part.
My real question is how to remove the shaft. Did Kent have his shaft removed? If possible I would sail to Puerto Rico to have it done if this is what Kent had done. I would prefer to know how it comes apart even if Amel can source a replacement.
I have posted pictures on the Amel site.

Thanks
Paul & Sue LaFrance
SV NOMAD #362

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:53:24 -0400
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

 

Paul,

Just a thought...Fixing the problem in the BVI might be a little difficult due to lack of good marine resources, and knowledge of the Amel. Here in St Martin, the resources are much better, and it is only an 80 mile sail away. Also, Will has a special tool he had machined to help with the alignment process, and I'm sure he would let you use it. When Kent had his problem, he had it fixed in Puerto Rico, and he has the name of the mechanic who did the work. 

Steve
Aloha Sm72
St Martin


On Jan 27, 2016, at 10:55, pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
We have broken the shaft from the engine to the transmission. The shaft broke inside the Vetus Flex Coupling.
Has any one had to replace this part and if so how did it come off. Does Amel have a spare for this? We have emailed Amel and are awaiting their reply.

Paul & Susan LaFrance
SV NOMAD SM #362
Currently at anchor in Peter Island BVI







Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dutchman Boom Brake

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hello Duane,

I made my own after the refit yard lost both of my original units.  I took 2 pieces of Dyneema of suitable length and tied each to 6 swaged loops of heavy stretch cord ensuring the Dyneema loop will ultimately stop the motion should the stretch cord were to break.  Works well in practice and is simple.

Not on the boat at the moment so cannot send you a photo.  Sorry.

GL


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, Amel Super Maramu 007


On 29 Jan 2016, at 17:43, sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone tried a boom brake?  It would be so much easier than managing the two preventers that Amel has rigged for the boom.

Duane
Wanderer SM#477





Dutchman Boom Brake

Duane Siegfri
 

Has anyone tried a boom brake?  It would be so much easier than managing the two preventers that Amel has rigged for the boom.

Duane
Wanderer SM#477


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

Paul LaFrance <pflafrance@...>
 

Kent
Thanks for the info. We have ordered a replacement from Amel. We are on our way after repairs are done and will have the old transmission repaired if possible by Danny in Fajardo.
Paul & Sue

To: amelyachtowners@...; pflafrance@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:24:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

 

Hi Paul,
The mechanic in Fajardo is Danny Ramos at Marine Mechanical.
(787) 655-3702 office
(787) 607-0945 mobile
He is walking distance from SunBay Marina.
Kent


On Jan 27, 2016, at 11:38 AM, Paul LaFrance pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve
Thanks for the info.
The shaft is definitely broken as we have taken the Vetus coupling off after moving the engine back. We did break up a Vetus coupling last year that was caused by the mechanic not using lock washers on the bracket holding the transmission in place and it came loose. This was done when the engine was replaced and the mechanic who installed the engine loosened up the bolts. The Vetus coupling could be replaced but is serviceable as soon as I punch out the broken shaft that is inside it.
It would be a tough sail over to St Martin due to the pointing aspects of an Amel. I believe FKG could machine a part. In Roadtown there is a machine shop, Nautitool, who could machine a part.
My real question is how to remove the shaft. Did Kent have his shaft removed? If possible I would sail to Puerto Rico to have it done if this is what Kent had done. I would prefer to know how it comes apart even if Amel can source a replacement.
I have posted pictures on the Amel site.

Thanks
Paul & Sue LaFrance
SV NOMAD #362

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:53:24 -0400
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Broken/Snapped drive shaft

 

Paul,

Just a thought...Fixing the problem in the BVI might be a little difficult due to lack of good marine resources, and knowledge of the Amel. Here in St Martin, the resources are much better, and it is only an 80 mile sail away. Also, Will has a special tool he had machined to help with the alignment process, and I'm sure he would let you use it. When Kent had his problem, he had it fixed in Puerto Rico, and he has the name of the mechanic who did the work. 

Steve
Aloha Sm72
St Martin


On Jan 27, 2016, at 10:55, pflafrance@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
We have broken the shaft from the engine to the transmission. The shaft broke inside the Vetus Flex Coupling.
Has any one had to replace this part and if so how did it come off. Does Amel have a spare for this? We have emailed Amel and are awaiting their reply.

Paul & Susan LaFrance
SV NOMAD SM #362
Currently at anchor in Peter Island BVI







Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu Survey

Richard Piller <richard03801@...>
 

Hi ck the bottom to be sure there are no blisters.  Ck the keel to hull joint. Ck your chain hause pipe and the windlass. All of your standing rigging including at the top of the masts. 

Regards
Capt Richard Piller

On Jan 28, 2016, at 15:47, ecole2020@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I am new to the forum.  I will be going to see/survey/sea trial a Maramu in 2 days.  I'm about 90% sure I will be an Amel owner by the end of February.  But I'm prepared to walk if it is not what I want.  I hired the surveyor (recommended by local charter company) myself without owner input.  I have seen/crawled around a maramu before.  Boat, from owner's descriptions and from pictures (neither of them EVER lies, right?  :-)), is in good shape, was repowered with Yanmar, has extensive cruising kit (love the British term).  The bottom inspection will be performed after I leave.  Engine oil analysis will also be performed by an outside source. I have a couple questions:


1.  Even though the boat will be hauled and bottom inspected, would it be of any use for me to tote along my mask and snorkel and take an underwater peek myself while I'm there?  Not sure if I'd be able to learn anything from that, or not.


2.  Any deal-breaking issues I should pay particular attention to?  from what I have read, Maramu's are like tanks.  This boat is 33 years old and I know there will be significant wear and tear.  Fortunately, it has been used by the owner and not just sat.  I am not worried about cosmetic issues so much.  I'm sure the surveyor will point out things.  I just want to know if there is something that could be missed that could be a real problem down the road.


Thanks 


Eric 

s.v- TBD

Re: Changes to Yahoo

Gary Wells
 

OK< had a couple of requests from folks asking for help to log on or register to log on.

The site is "www dot amelowners dot net"

When the page loads, right below the word "Amel" in the upper left hand corner there are boxes for login name and password.  

Below that, at the end of options open to guests, is the word "Register"

As you register, provide the email address where you want your validation email to arrive (this proves that you're a human and not a spam 'bot'.

When you get the email, follow the instruction and then you can use the login and password box to access the member sections of the board.  

Click on "Profile" and fill in as much information as you'd care to share with other members about you and your boat.

Let me know via PM (Personal Message) if you have any problems.

Gary W.
S/V Adagio, SM 209
BVI


Re: Changes to Yahoo

Gary Wells
 

Board update 1/28/16
Yesterday was my day in the cyberworld for photo transfers.  I moved pretty close to 700 of them across from Yahoo to my personal server then to the Amelowners.net web space and then into a photo gallery generic 'bucket'.

The problem, as most know, is that Yahoo keeps all these files in a big, undefined bucket.  The photos that are posted are in 'folders' and that structure can be retained when you download them.  Putting them back up is not so simple as a separate photo gallery would have to be created for each folder and that would prove to be very time intensive (I did three and decided it was not the way to go about it.

My workaround was to take all the images out of their folders and into one giant gallery. But before I did that, I went through most of them and renamed them by appending the name of their previous folder to each picture.  
For instance, a folder named "Aletes" has let's say 20 photos in it.  Each photo has a generic camera file name like "IMG2014310000024113.jpg"  Not useful for searching or understanding context.  By appending "Aletes_" to each of those file names now it will be opssible to see the file "Aletes_IMG2014......" and group them together in the appropriate member's home gallery(ies).  

Man, now that I've read what I wrote it's confusing even to me ...  nonetheless, the pictures are transferred (through about the 1st of January 2016)  I'll take a look at trying to move the newer photos a bit later.

The galleries are working now after a day long search to find the missing backslant.  
You can upload photos to either public or personal galleries and make them viewable/searchable or keep them private.  
You can copy photos between galleries, post them from the gallery into messages and send them via personal message to other members. 
There is a slideshow capability built in.
There is also limited photo editing after posting.
Probably more I haven't learned yet too :)

Eventually, I'd envision the owners of their photos would pull them out of the -All Photos- gallery and put them together in a proper gallery or posting.  Again, this is totally new capability so it may come slowly as we figure it out.

Gary W.
SM 209, Adagio
BVI


Re: Changes to Yahoo

Gary Wells
 

Hi Barry and Robin,

I did not have restrictions on the "For Sale" and "Wanted" boards so they should be viewable by guests.  I logged off my account to verify that those categories were open for anyone to look at.  If that's not the case I'll do my best to make it happen.  Please let me know.

Thanks,

Gary W.
SM 209, Adagio
BVI


Re: Changes to Yahoo

Gary Wells
 

Miles,

Thank you for that.  To me it is kind of like getting a 'smart' phone and  wondering what was wrong with the old one:)  I think the new board has a lot of capability, but as with anything 'new' there will be growing pains and disconnects.  I think this group is unique; different than any other user form I have ever been associated with and that's why I chose to sink my teeth into this project.  
I have high hopes that the new format will indeed show itself to ultimately be more user friendly and capable than Yahoo, plus we don't have to worry about some corporate decision that makes groups disappear.  

Gary W.
S/V Adagio, SM 209
BVI


Re: Maramu Survey

jjjk12s@...
 

Hi Eric and welcome,

 

Answer to question 1 - I think a snorkel under the boat won't tell you much. Shame you can't be at the haul out. But then if you really want to see yourself it would depend upon where the boat is. I 'm not a fan of going in the water at marinas as you don't know which neighbour secretly flushes their toilet!

 

Answer to question 2 - earlier Maramus are quite different to later ones so not sure which you have. About 1984 (I think) lifting bow thrusters and the electric furling rigs were introduced. So the earler ones are more simple. You also don't have as many systems and Amel specific things like the C drive introduced on the Super Maramu and Santonin. Ideally an Amel knowledgable surveyor is best- but it sounds like you already have one organised and commited. At least it's not as important as for a later Amel model if you have no choice. 

 

As for deal breakers...I can't think of any specific to a Maramu. Amazingly for a boat of this era there are no obvious weeknesses other than the headlining. The build quality means hull structure, osmosis, balsa cored deck rot, keel bolt issues etc are not normally a worry. On an older boat it's obviously really important whether updates have been done properly rather than on a shoestring to avoid retrofitted stuff fitted incorrectly being a problem. Yourself or any surveyor should be able to tell that.

 

Apart from that, evidence of water ingress from rain should be visible easily from veneer damage and investigated. The interior woodwork is all Mahogany and very good quality but it can rot if wet such as constantly leaking dech fittings or hatches. Areas to check are like the bulkheads and roof of the anchor locker. The freshwater pipes are copper and glassed in but can be replumbed if not done already (after 30 years they can get pin holes). The fuel tank is stainless steel.

 

Definately take Joel up on his offer of giving you some history from the hull number! And maybe even post the survey here so we can read it.

 

Good luck,

John Maramu #91 1981 Popeye

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Loose bolt on rudder hinge SM2K

Derick Gates
 

Merci Olivier! Of course I need to ask, what is " too long"? If I use a length for which there is no effect on the ability of the rudder to turn, is that OK then?

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu Survey

amelforme
 

Eric, as Alexandre mentions, as will everyone in this group, a complete survey by someone very familiar with Amel boats who has surveyed a great number of them is the most important part. Beware of a 'first timer' survey. Amel boats are unique in many ways. While very well conceived, designed and engineered, they have there own particular group of 'challenges'.
If you would care to tell me the name and location of the boat, the Amel hull number and year of build, I can quite possibly tell you a lot about that specific Maramu.
Be careful and you will enjoy the Amel you end up with. You will find this group to be very helpful and a magnificent resource.

Joel F. Potter
THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY
954-812-2485
Jfpottercys 'at'att.net

On Jan 28, 2016, at 3:55 PM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Good afternoon Eric,

Welcome to the group!
I am sure you will be a very happy Amel owner!
I am not familiar with the Maramu but it has a great reputation (like a tank).
You might want to hire a surveyor that is familiar with Amel. If you are in the US, contact Joel Potter he can recommend you to one.
If you are in the Caribbean, I recommend Martial Barriel.
Hopefully you can get some good feedback from the Maramu owners on this forum.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Blue Haven Marina, Turks & Caicos Islands

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On Thu, 1/28/16, ecole2020@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu Survey
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 2:47 PM


 









I am new to the forum.  I will be
going to see/survey/sea trial a Maramu in 2 days.  I'm
about 90% sure I will be an Amel owner by the end of
February.  But I'm prepared to walk if it is not what I
want.  I hired the surveyor (recommended by local charter
company) myself without owner input.  I have seen/crawled
around a maramu before.  Boat, from owner's
descriptions and from pictures (neither of them EVER lies,
right?  :-)), is in good shape, was repowered with Yanmar,
has extensive cruising kit (love the British term).  The
bottom inspection will be performed after I leave.  Engine
oil analysis will also be performed by an outside source. I
have a couple questions:
1.  Even though the boat
will be hauled and bottom inspected, would it be of any use
for me to tote along my mask and snorkel and take an
underwater peek myself while I'm there?  Not sure if
I'd be able to learn anything from that, or
not.
2.  Any deal-breaking
issues I should pay particular attention to?  from what I
have read, Maramu's are like tanks.  This boat is 33
years old and I know there will be significant wear and
tear.  Fortunately, it has been used by the owner and not
just sat.  I am not worried about cosmetic issues so much.
 I'm sure the surveyor will point out things.  I just
want to know if there is something that could be missed that
could be a real problem down the
road.
Thanks 
Eric s.v-
TBD









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu Survey

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Eric,

Welcome to the group!
I am sure you will be a very happy Amel owner!
I am not familiar with the Maramu but it has a great reputation (like a tank).
You might want to hire a surveyor that is familiar with Amel. If you are in the US, contact Joel Potter he can recommend you to one.
If you are in the Caribbean, I recommend Martial Barriel.
Hopefully you can get some good feedback from the Maramu owners on this forum.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Blue Haven Marina, Turks & Caicos Islands



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On Thu, 1/28/16, ecole2020@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Maramu Survey
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 2:47 PM


 









I am new to the forum.  I will be
going to see/survey/sea trial a Maramu in 2 days.  I'm
about 90% sure I will be an Amel owner by the end of
February.  But I'm prepared to walk if it is not what I
want.  I hired the surveyor (recommended by local charter
company) myself without owner input.  I have seen/crawled
around a maramu before.  Boat, from owner's
descriptions and from pictures (neither of them EVER lies,
right?  :-)), is in good shape, was repowered with Yanmar,
has extensive cruising kit (love the British term).  The
bottom inspection will be performed after I leave.  Engine
oil analysis will also be performed by an outside source. I
have a couple questions:
1.  Even though the boat
will be hauled and bottom inspected, would it be of any use
for me to tote along my mask and snorkel and take an
underwater peek myself while I'm there?  Not sure if
I'd be able to learn anything from that, or
not.
2.  Any deal-breaking
issues I should pay particular attention to?  from what I
have read, Maramu's are like tanks.  This boat is 33
years old and I know there will be significant wear and
tear.  Fortunately, it has been used by the owner and not
just sat.  I am not worried about cosmetic issues so much.
 I'm sure the surveyor will point out things.  I just
want to know if there is something that could be missed that
could be a real problem down the
road.
Thanks 
Eric s.v-
TBD









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Maramu Survey

ecole2020@...
 

I am new to the forum.  I will be going to see/survey/sea trial a Maramu in 2 days.  I'm about 90% sure I will be an Amel owner by the end of February.  But I'm prepared to walk if it is not what I want.  I hired the surveyor (recommended by local charter company) myself without owner input.  I have seen/crawled around a maramu before.  Boat, from owner's descriptions and from pictures (neither of them EVER lies, right?  :-)), is in good shape, was repowered with Yanmar, has extensive cruising kit (love the British term).  The bottom inspection will be performed after I leave.  Engine oil analysis will also be performed by an outside source. I have a couple questions:


1.  Even though the boat will be hauled and bottom inspected, would it be of any use for me to tote along my mask and snorkel and take an underwater peek myself while I'm there?  Not sure if I'd be able to learn anything from that, or not.


2.  Any deal-breaking issues I should pay particular attention to?  from what I have read, Maramu's are like tanks.  This boat is 33 years old and I know there will be significant wear and tear.  Fortunately, it has been used by the owner and not just sat.  I am not worried about cosmetic issues so much.  I'm sure the surveyor will point out things.  I just want to know if there is something that could be missed that could be a real problem down the road.


Thanks 


Eric 

s.v- TBD

Re: Changes to Yahoo

Miles
 

Thank you Gary for the further explanations.  I have today had the opportunity to spend some time getting to know your new system and I now like it much more even though I had become fond of the old site over the years.  The Yahoo difficulty in searching has been a big frustration and provides, for me, a compelling reason to leave.

 

Miles 

 

Ladybug

 

Sm216  on the hard in Newport, RI

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Changes to Yahoo

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi, I have just completed my regular morning scroll through the Amel owners forum emails. I love the diversity of threads, some I read carefully, others I skim. If I had to enter categories or topics it is very unlikely I would do it. If I see a post pertinent to me or I think I may want to review it some time in the future I have an email folder called "Amel advice" that I shift it to. Been doing that since 2009 so there are a few in there (in date order).
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
 



From: "greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Thursday, 28 January 2016 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Changes to Yahoo

 
I'll chime in with my own thoughts, and they are worth every penny you have paid for them.  I like the idea of a new forum. Certainly this one has be an invaluable resource to me as I have been researching Amel boats.

I definitely dislike the fragmentation of the new forum into 60 different topics.  One of the real benefits of a forum like this is the cross-fretilization.  A SM2K owner might think he would never care what solutions a Sharki needs, but sometimes there are gems of wisdom in places we don't expect to see them.

I want to read ALL the message posted in the Amel owner forum, and the new format structure makes that a real pain...

Searching is still best done by keyword, not by forum category.

Bill Kinney
Honolulu, HI
Currently on SOB (Some Other Boat)
SM Shopping
http://www.fetchinketch.net


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Motor Mount Life Span

Patrick McAneny
 

Kent, Same thing here , I had the original mounts , which I just replaced a few months ago. I definitely have less vibration thus noise than before.
Pat SM #123
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 6:05 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Motor Mount Life Span

 
I had the original Vetus mounts with my factory Volvo TMD.  They were really bad after 12 years.
When I repowered I used the Yanmar recommended mounts per Olivier's recommendation.

I guess I didn't realize how be the old mounts were, there is less engine noise and vibration than there's been since I bought the boat.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy


On Jan 27, 2016, at 2:31 PM, sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
I feel a bit like the Medical School student studying a disease (hey! I think I have this!).

There has been some discussion in the past about changing motor mounts, but I haven't seen a life span for the mounts.  In cars they basically last the life of the car in my experience.

Does anyone have some info on when they should be changed out? 

Does one need to disconnect the Vetus Coupler to lift the frame enough?

Thanks,
Duane

Wanderer SM#477

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Failed Dolphin Chargers

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

Thanks to all for input on Dolphin charger issue.  I upgraded to Master-volt 60 amp from Dolphin 50 and will next month replace Dolphin 30 with Master-volt 40.  I am adding  the Master Bus panel as well so I may monitor both chargers and batteries from one control panel.  Incidentally I bought the unit from Go2 Marine in Seattle and had it shipped 3 day UPS to Puerto Rico and - even with UPS charge -  paid $250 less than anywhere I could find the unit on the local islands.  

Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Dec 28, 2015, at 12:45 PM, 'jlm@...' jlm@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

For 3 years ago I tried to reaper the 50A Dolphin charger and lost my time and found that the quality of this unit is to bad and never will work properly ... so I put it in the bean and bought a 60A Master Volt unit .... I am very happy with my new MasterVolt charger.
Be careful with 100A charger to not burn the batteries (specially by using both together 100+30=130A!)
Jean-Luc On CottonBay
SM316
 

Le 28/12/2015 02:01, sailormon kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] a écrit :
 

Did you try washing down the units with fresh water?

Use a lot of water and let them dry for days.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2015 11:09 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Failed Dolphin Chargers

 

 

My high pressure Dessalator hose burst yesterday and filled engine compartment with saltwater (ironically, I planned on replacing hoses next week).  The original Dolphin 50 and 30 amp chargers shut down.  The 50 amp displays a temp fault and the 30 amp a fuse fault.  I suspect they are toast but not sure.  Does anyone know a routine I can follow to trouble the units?  I am not sure where all the fuses are for the units but do know about the ceramic fuse in the 30 amp.  It looks fine.

 

What replacement units would you recommend?  I thought maybe a 100 amp Master
Volt unit but not sure my existing wiring would support the current? 

 

Any advise would be appreciated. With both units down, I need to move quickly.   I'm in the Virgin Islands so should be able to source an acceptable unit locally. 

 

Ben Driver

La Bella Vita

SM #347





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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: 24 volt charger on Yanmar quit working causing DC panel light to indicate fault

Ben and Gayle Super Maramu #347
 

Thanks to all for suggestions and recommendations on the 24 volt engine driven charger issue.  After a very close examination I discovered a small field wire was broken at its base.  On closer inspection I noticed the insulation on the small conductors was mostly deteriorated and wires corroded so all were upgraded.  It now seems I have a few more years on my Amel original unit.  Before I discovered the problem I did find a top notch alternator generator rebuild shop in San Juan -  EWCO - who came highly recommended by local contractors.  This is a family owned business since 1965.  Contact info follows for anyone who needs starter alternator rebuild and is near Puerto Rico.   
Cheers,
Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM #347

EWCO
Ave. Piñero #1639 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00920
USA 
(787) 783-8918


Ben Driver
La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Jan 21, 2016, at 7:13 PM, svperegrinus@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

On SM2K Nr.350 (2002), the 24v alternator is a Leece-Neville 8SC3009ZA, 175 A.


Amel originally installed it with internal regulation.  Since we wanted to switch to Trojan AGM batteries which would be fried by the non-adjustable internal regulator, we modified the alternator for external regulation by a Mastervolt Alpha Pro external regulator/charger.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
At anchor, Águilas (Murcia)