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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Kent,

I believe that Cartagena should not be missed. Many cruisers were going there for Christmas when we were in that part of the Caribbean. It is a wonderful and safe European styled walled city. I loved Cartagena on so many levels. One thing about really great Cartagena is that you can have anything repaired and at little cost. A friend had an AC mechanic make the top half of his AC compressor which had developed a hole. He also had the guy make a new squirrel-cage fan for his AC blower...total cost was less than $200. There is a new marina in Cartagena and I understand from Eric KIMBERLITE that it is nice. I had our chain regalvanized there.

Panama is a different story. There is almost nothing near Shelter Bay Marina which is near the Panama Canal, but the marina and the hard stand storage is safe and good. For any decent shopping you have to take a bus to Panama City from Colon. Colon has always been a pace for criminals and outlaws...nothing has changed in 150 years.

And, of course, don't miss the San Blas Islands after your visit in Cartagena...be sure to buy Eric Bauhaus Cruising Guide. All charts are terrible, but his guide and chartlets are spot-on. He personally sounded the entire area and his chartlets have Google Earth overlays.

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I've heard Aruba isn't very cruiser friendly, that's why I didn't include it.
Others have told me Cartagena and Panama are good places to leave your boat for extended periods.
Kent


On Jul 21, 2016, at 12:10 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Aruba is also a good hurricane avoidance spot.  However, the port in Oranjestaaad is pretty awful.


GL

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM 007


On 21 Jul 2016, at 14:54, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

ConsiderTrinidad or Bonaire, or Curacao.  They are South of the Hurricane belt.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 21, 2016, at 7:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

karkauai
 

I've heard Aruba isn't very cruiser friendly, that's why I didn't include it.
Others have told me Cartagena and Panama are good places to leave your boat for extended periods.
Kent


On Jul 21, 2016, at 12:10 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Aruba is also a good hurricane avoidance spot.  However, the port in Oranjestaaad is pretty awful.


GL

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM 007


On 21 Jul 2016, at 14:54, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

ConsiderTrinidad or Bonaire, or Curacao.  They are South of the Hurricane belt.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 21, 2016, at 7:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Original instruments

Patrick McAneny
 

Craig, That's a crazy high quote. My installation is being covered by Pantaenius Insurance ,( which has been prompt and fair ), due to a lightning strike , not a direct hit , but must have been very close. The settlement  includes the mechanics time , and I expect the insurance co. expects those monies to go to him. If I was just upgrading my boat, believe me , I also would be doing my own installation. I also find it hard to pay anyone $100.00/hr. for something that I can do.

Pat SM123


-----Original Message-----
From: sangaris@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:18 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Original instruments

 
Hi Pat,
Other replies have given you good input on B&G, which I think is still great. Your "ton of money" quote from your mechanic is interesting. I got a $64,000 quote. It included about $14,000 of equipment and the rest was labor. Believe me, this stuff is not rocket science, installation is easy plug and play and if you run the wires and install the units yourself you'll know where to look for future troubleshooting. B&G has excellent free tech support and can talk you through any issues you may encounter. Then again, I'm a DIY guy and hate to pay $100 an hour to mechanics.  (I did have one come out after I did the installation to "bless it" so I could get an extra year of warranty - he had good generic knowledge, but had to call B&G support to find out how to set parameters.)

If you do go B&G, their WR10 handheld Bluetooth remote Autopilot Controller is super and let's you move arou nd the boat while still being able to steer. If you'd like more details about what my system looks like, send a pm. And if you want a real expert, go to Francesco on Perigrinus!

Cheers,
Craig, SN#68 Sangaris



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

I will be replacing all of my instruments. The mechanic doing the work ,Its a ton of moneysuggest I go with B&G as opposed to Furuno chartplotters and raymarine instruments that I have now. I know the Amels came with B&G instruments , but did they also come with B&G chartplotters and radar ? What autopilot ? I think B&G was sold , are they still a quality instrument ? Its a ton of money and I want to make the right choices. I guess it makes it easier to integrate if everything is one brand. Go all Furuno or all B&G , any thoughts .

Thanks,
Pat
SM Shenanigans # 123



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mizzen Traveler

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

Bill Kinney,

We have pictures of the next-to-last Super Maramu 2000 that Amel built.  This boat came from the factory with a cockpit-adjustable traveler; the winch sits on the port side, next to the coach-roof cleat.

It's an update we considered, and eventually just never got done.  We cruise leisurely and often follow a Maine cruiser friend's principle: the sails aren't making noises, right?  So all must be well with the world...

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2K No. 350
La Spezia


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] In the market for a late model SM 2000

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Paul,

Welcome to the group.
In 2012 I purchased my SM2K from Jean Paul Bahuaud of Caribbean Yachts and have been extremely happy with the service
http://www.caraibe-yachts.com/en/usedboats.php?search=builder&builder=1&length=0:0

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico


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On Thu, 7/21/16, Paul pstas2003@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] In the market for a late model SM 2000
To: "amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 10:31 AM


 









I
have joined this group for the sole purpose of eventually
becoming a real member.  I am an Amel Yacht Owner Wanabe. 


I am
in the market for a late model SM 2000 (preferably 2003-2005
but will consider 2000+)  Should any of you know someone
who is even talking about plans to swallow the anchor, even
if it’s a year or more in the future, please let me know
about it.  I would be most appreciative.
Paul










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Original instruments

Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
 

$50K in labor?  Geez! In the engineering world I looked at any project from a “man-month” standpoint to estimate it.  A full install of all new instruments on a SM would be about 1 man-month of work, maybe 1.5  

A plane ticket and $20K plus parts and I’ll install a full suite of electronics on any boat, anywhere!


On Jul 21, 2016, at 10:31, sangaris@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hi Pat,

Other replies have given you good input on B&G, which I think is still great. Your "ton of money" quote from your mechanic is interesting. I got a $64,000 quote. It included about $14,000 of equipment and the rest was labor. Believe me, this stuff is not rocket science, installation is easy plug and play and if you run the wires and install the units yourself you'll know where to look for future troubleshooting. B&G has excellent free tech support and can talk you through any issues you may encounter. Then again, I'm a DIY guy and hate to pay $100 an hour to mechanics.  (I did have one come out after I did the installation to "bless it" so I could get an extra year of warranty - he had good generic knowledge, but had to call B&G support to find out how to set parameters.)

If you do go B&G, their WR10 handheld Bluetooth remote Autopilot Controller is super and let's you move around the boat while still being able to steer. If you'd like more details about what my system looks like, send a pm. And if you want a real expert, go to Francesco on Perigrinus!

Cheers,
Craig, SN#68 Sangaris



---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

I will be replacing all of my instruments. The mechanic doing the work ,Its a ton of moneysuggest I go with B&G as opposed to Furuno chartplotters and raymarine instruments that I have now. I know the Amels came with B&G instruments , but did they also come with B&G chartplotters and radar ? What autopilot ? I think B&G was sold , are they still a quality instrument ? Its a ton of money and I want to make the right choices. I guess it makes it easier to integrate if everything is one brand. Go all Furuno or all B&G , any thoughts .


Thanks,
Pat
SM Shenanigans # 123





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Original instruments

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Craig, 

I will take that $50,000 install job!

Bill
BeBe 387

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:31 PM, sangaris@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Pat,

Other replies have given you good input on B&G, which I think is still great. Your "ton of money" quote from your mechanic is interesting. I got a $64,000 quote. It included about $14,000 of equipment and the rest was labor. Believe me, this stuff is not rocket science, installation is easy plug and play and if you run the wires and install the units yourself you'll know where to look for future troubleshooting. B&G has excellent free tech support and can talk you through any issues you may encounter. Then again, I'm a DIY guy and hate to pay $100 an hour to mechanics.  (I did have one come out after I did the installation to "bless it" so I could get an extra year of warranty - he had good generic knowledge, but had to call B&G support to find out how to set parameters.)

If you do go B&G, their WR10 handheld Bluetooth remote Autopilot Controller is super and let's you move around the b oat while still being able to steer. If you'd like more details about what my system looks like, send a pm. And if you want a real expert, go to Francesco on Perigrinus!

Cheers,
Craig, SN#68 Sangaris



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

I will be replacing all of my instruments. The mechanic doing the work ,Its a ton of moneysuggest I go with B&G as opposed to Furuno chartplotters and raymarine instruments that I have now. I know the Amels came with B&G instruments , but did they also come with B&G chartplotters and radar ? What autopilot ? I think B&G was sold , are they still a quality instrument ? Its a ton of money and I want to make the right choices. I guess it makes it easier to integrate if everything is one brand. Go all Furuno or all B&G , any thoughts .


Thanks,
Pat
SM Shenanigans # 123




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] In the market for a late model SM 2000

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Paul,

Joel Potter will be the best source for the best Amel...no doubt about it.

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM, Paul pstas2003@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Thank you for the warm welcome Bill.

I received that same advice a while back and have acted on it.  I have met Joel and he is actively looking for me.  I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of Joel.  I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the Amels and his character.

I put this post out there as I have come to realize that sometime, some really good boats don’t ever make into his stables.  Some deals get done on the golf course.  Hence, I’m trying to cover all my bases.

Thanks again for the warm welcome I look forward to getting to know many of you in the future.

Paul Stascavage
SM# ???
Connecticut


On Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:47 AM, "Bill Kinney greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 
Paul,

Welcome, and good luck with your search.  

I will give you the same excellent advice I got from the people here when I was in your shoes. If you are considering a boat located in North America you should contact Joel Potter (jfpottercyc (at) att (dot) net)  He is a broker who specializes in Amels and is an honest and straightforward guy. He is picky about which boat he lists. He’ll steer you to a boat that will meet your needs, and is a font of knowledge about Amels in general and also about individual boats and their histories.


Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Highlands, NJ
“Ships and men rot in port."





On Jul 21, 2016, at 11:31, Paul pstas2003@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


I have joined this group for the sole purpose of eventually becoming a real member.  I am an Amel Yacht Owner Wanabe.  

I am in the market for a late model SM 2000 (preferably 2003-2005 but will consider 2000+)  Should any of you know someone who is even talking about plans to swallow the anchor, even if it’s a year or more in the future, please let me know about it.  I would be most appreciative.

Paul






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mizzen Traveler

danielmfrey63@...
 

Just added some pictures from a Super Maramu whose owner has done it. (Album name: mizzen traveller)


Best - Daniel

SN 64 (1992)


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Aruba is also a good hurricane avoidance spot.  However, the port in Oranjestaaad is pretty awful.

GL

Jean-Pierre Germain
Eleuthera, SM 007


On 21 Jul 2016, at 14:54, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

ConsiderTrinidad or Bonaire, or Curacao.  They are South of the Hurricane belt.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 21, 2016, at 7:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ










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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] In the market for a late model SM 2000

Paul Stascavage
 

Thank you for the warm welcome Bill.

I received that same advice a while back and have acted on it.  I have met Joel and he is actively looking for me.  I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of Joel.  I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the Amels and his character.

I put this post out there as I have come to realize that sometime, some really good boats don’t ever make into his stables.  Some deals get done on the golf course.  Hence, I’m trying to cover all my bases.

Thanks again for the warm welcome I look forward to getting to know many of you in the future.

Paul Stascavage
SM# ???
Connecticut


On Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:47 AM, "Bill Kinney greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Paul,

Welcome, and good luck with your search.  

I will give you the same excellent advice I got from the people here when I was in your shoes. If you are considering a boat located in North America you should contact Joel Potter (jfpottercyc (at) att (dot) net)  He is a broker who specializes in Amels and is an honest and straightforward guy. He is picky about which boat he lists. He’ll steer you to a boat that will meet your needs, and is a font of knowledge about Amels in general and also about individual boats and their histories.


Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Highlands, NJ
“Ships and men rot in port."





On Jul 21, 2016, at 11:31, Paul pstas2003@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


I have joined this group for the sole purpose of eventually becoming a real member.  I am an Amel Yacht Owner Wanabe.  

I am in the market for a late model SM 2000 (preferably 2003-2005 but will consider 2000+)  Should any of you know someone who is even talking about plans to swallow the anchor, even if it’s a year or more in the future, please let me know about it.  I would be most appreciative.

Paul





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] In the market for a late model SM 2000

Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
 

Paul,

Welcome, and good luck with your search.  

I will give you the same excellent advice I got from the people here when I was in your shoes. If you are considering a boat located in North America you should contact Joel Potter (jfpottercyc (at) att (dot) net)  He is a broker who specializes in Amels and is an honest and straightforward guy. He is picky about which boat he lists. He’ll steer you to a boat that will meet your needs, and is a font of knowledge about Amels in general and also about individual boats and their histories.


Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Highlands, NJ
“Ships and men rot in port."





On Jul 21, 2016, at 11:31, Paul pstas2003@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


I have joined this group for the sole purpose of eventually becoming a real member.  I am an Amel Yacht Owner Wanabe.  

I am in the market for a late model SM 2000 (preferably 2003-2005 but will consider 2000+)  Should any of you know someone who is even talking about plans to swallow the anchor, even if it’s a year or more in the future, please let me know about it.  I would be most appreciative.

Paul



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mizzen Traveler

Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
 

Race?  Never for me!  

I’d completely agree it’s not worth the money or install time if I only sailed long, downwind passages.  However, in coastal cruising and day sailing (both of which I do a lot of) I find myself on the aft deck quite a bit shoving the mizzen traveller around.  It’s awkward, not the safest arrangement, and in any kind of breeze my partner struggles with it, she’s just not big enough.  

I am probably a bit more anal about sailtrim than many cruisers.  My old ketch did not have a traveller for the mizzen, and I find having one really makes the sail a lot more useful.  For that reason I am reluctant to just park the traveller amidships and trim with the sheet alone. 

For me, one of the glories of sailing a ketch is getting her “in the groove”--perfectly balanced so she steers herself without the help of the autopilot.  When I am sailing on a reach having delicate mizzen trim is really a help for this.

With many manufacturer’s traveller line control systems there is no need to drill holes in the deck, they actually attach to the track. 


Bill Kinney
SM #160, Harmonie
Highlands, NJ
“Ships and men rot in port."





On Jul 21, 2016, at 08:01, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Bill,

As you may suspect, I will tell you do not do this unless you plan to race the boat. 

It just is not worth it for downwind passage making. In most cases, you will set the traveler on a passage and not touch it again. And, why would you want to drill holes in the aft coach roof to do this?

However, if you want photos, go here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/amelyachtowners/photos/albums/1137563012

You will also note that this owner (now deceased) removed one of the best cockpit features which is the helm seat. I think the new owner reversed this.

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad



On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:40 AM, gary@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Yes, I have seen it and took some pictures. It was a very nice handling of the project.  I will try to reach deep and find those pictures and upload them.  ... somewhere :) 

Gary W.
SM 209 Adagio
Gibraltar





In the market for a late model SM 2000

Paul Stascavage
 

I have joined this group for the sole purpose of eventually becoming a real member.  I am an Amel Yacht Owner Wanabe. 

I am in the market for a late model SM 2000 (preferably 2003-2005 but will consider 2000+)  Should any of you know someone who is even talking about plans to swallow the anchor, even if it’s a year or more in the future, please let me know about it.  I would be most appreciative.

Paul


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Aldo,

The ABC's are relatively safe...but 

In 2007 we had to run from Bonaire to ChiChiRiviche, VZ because of Hurricane Dean, then a month later the eye of Hurricane Felix missed us by 30 miles in Curacao.

The ABC's are considered safe from hurricanes, but i would not leave my boat unattended during hurricane season. 

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM, Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

ConsiderTrinidad or Bonaire, or Curacao.  They are South of the Hurricane belt.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 21, 2016, at 7:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ







Re: Original instruments

Craig Briggs
 

Hi Pat,
Other replies have given you good input on B&G, which I think is still great. Your "ton of money" quote from your mechanic is interesting. I got a $64,000 quote. It included about $14,000 of equipment and the rest was labor. Believe me, this stuff is not rocket science, installation is easy plug and play and if you run the wires and install the units yourself you'll know where to look for future troubleshooting. B&G has excellent free tech support and can talk you through any issues you may encounter. Then again, I'm a DIY guy and hate to pay $100 an hour to mechanics.  (I did have one come out after I did the installation to "bless it" so I could get an extra year of warranty - he had good generic knowledge, but had to call B&G support to find out how to set parameters.)

If you do go B&G, their WR10 handheld Bluetooth remote Autopilot Controller is super and let's you move around the boat while still being able to steer. If you'd like more details about what my system looks like, send a pm. And if you want a real expert, go to Francesco on Perigrinus!

Cheers,
Craig, SN#68 Sangaris



---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :

I will be replacing all of my instruments. The mechanic doing the work ,Its a ton of moneysuggest I go with B&G as opposed to Furuno chartplotters and raymarine instruments that I have now. I know the Amels came with B&G instruments , but did they also come with B&G chartplotters and radar ? What autopilot ? I think B&G was sold , are they still a quality instrument ? Its a ton of money and I want to make the right choices. I guess it makes it easier to integrate if everything is one brand. Go all Furuno or all B&G , any thoughts .


Thanks,
Pat
SM Shenanigans # 123



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

karkauai
 

ConsiderTrinidad or Bonaire, or Curacao.  They are South of the Hurricane belt.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jul 21, 2016, at 7:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] A RIB Dinghy Question...

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Bill K,

 

Keep the beer on ice for me!!! Although, I must say I would never knowingly endorse West Marine or as I refer to them: Worst Marine.

 

We just purchased a new Highfield CL310. We looked long and hard at the folding RIBs but other than WM couldn’t find a distributor in the USA. I couldn’t bring myself to buy a WM boat. But, I hope it works out for you. However, if we could have found a distributor, the FRIB would have been our first choice. We were writing to a FRIB distributor in the UK and toiled with the idea of shipping to the USA but in the end decided against it. I wouldn’t worry about PVC. It has come a long way in UV protection in the last few years. Many PVC dinghy manufactures warranty their models for the same time as Hypalon. And besides, the PVC is so much less expensive. The decision to replace the worn out PVC dinghy is much easier to make.

 

We have the same 8HP 2 stroke Yamaha as you. Awesome engine! Easy to lift and plenty of power.

 

We added an arch with davits for the solar panel this year. We will lift the dink onto the davits when on the hook (which is most of the time). We will sail with it lashed to the aft cabin top. When in a marina, it will be stowed upside-down on the foredeck. Yes, we are starting to look like cruisers J

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising:  Tampa Bay for hurricane season

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:24 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] A RIB Dinghy Question...

 

 

I wanted to update people on what we found following up on our original question for a RIB dinghy that would fit in the lazzerette.

 

Mark from Creampuff suggested we look into folding RIBs.  That turned out to be the perfect suggestion (Thanks Mark!  If we cross paths that earned you a free beer!)  He was right about there being very few options on the market in the USA, but we only needed one—which we found.

 

West Marine has a spotty (at best) reputation for dinghy construction, so it was with some trepidation that we traveled a long distance to the nearest store that had their 10.6 folding RIB in stock. I really liked the design.  The construction quality was reasonable, although some of the details are spotty.  But the price was very good, especially because they had a previous model year in stock.

 

Things I like:  

  • The price.  By the time Karen got finished negotiating we paid about $1400.
  • It fits in the lazzerette!  It’s a tight fit, but it fits, with the engine in there too!  I never wanted to be that boat that pulls into the harbor and based on the deck clutter everybody thinks “look at the cruisers!”.  Getting the dinghy stowed below decks for passages is a very big plus for me.
  • If you don’t want to put it in the lazzerette, fold it up, put it in its bag, and tie it down between the rails on the aft deck.  Out of the sun and out of the way.
  • It has great performance.  It is rated for an 8HP engine.  We have a venerable 8HP 2 stroke Yamaha that puts it up on plane with both of us onboard, no problem. It is truly a ridged RIB when inflated to full pressure. (As an aside, that 9 year old Yamaha will have to be torn from my cold dead hands! It is an awesome machine.)

 

Things I don’t like:

  • It’s made of PVC fabric. Granted, it is the “good German PVC” but I do not expect it to last as long as a Hypalon dinghy. I’ll be making chaps to keep the sun off.  But given the price, I can’t complain too much.
  • Some of the details of manufacture were weak.  The inflation pump didn’t work (West Marine replaced it no questions asked).  Some glue stains were where they shouldn’t have been.  Little things like that.

 

Time will tell if it was a good idea, but we like it so far!

 

Bill Kinney

SM #160, Harmonie

Highlands, NJ

“Ships and men rot in port."

 

 

 

 

On Jun 29, 2016, at 12:52, 'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Try doing a Google search for “Folding RIB”. This will give you some options but very few in the USA.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Super Maramu 2000

Hull #275

www.creampuff.us

Currently cruising:  Tampa Bay for hurricane season

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:56 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] A RIB Dinghy Question...

 

  

I suspect I know the answer to this already, but it's worth asking the group...

Has anybody found a rigid hull inflatable dinghy that when deflated/disassembled fits a Super Maramu's aft deck locker?

Bill Kinney
SM160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] year round Caribbean marinas recommendations needed

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

In my opinion, Le Marin Martinique is the best place in the Caribbean to have a year round slip...the cost including electricity will be around 500 euros/month. On a month to month basis it is 575 euros including electricity. BTW, if you live aboard in Grenada you will pay close to $900USD per month just for electricity because the cost is about $0.65/KwH.

Le Marin will be lonely during Hurricane Season and there is a risk of a hurricane there.

Crews Inn in Trinidad has low cost electricity at about $0.13 USD/KwH.

Since electricity is a major expense for AC in the Caribbean, be sure to check the price.

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM, Aldo Roldan aroldan1796@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Does anyone have recommendations of where in the Caribbean to keep our SM year round? We will check out Martinique. 

Thank you kindly,
Aldo Roldan
Moonshot SM
Princeton, NJ



On Jul 10, 2016, at 2:50 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Has anyone a clever idea about how to tweak the leech line tension while underway?

On the battenless roller furling sail the adjustment of the tension in the leech line seems much more of an issue than on a battened sail, yet reaching the clew of the mainsail borders on treacherous when the wind picks up and we're sailing close hauled.

On my old boat the i lead the leech line over a small cheek block at the head of the sail, and down the luff so I could adjust it at the mast.  Clever, but obviously not an option for a roller furled sail.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Highlands, NJ





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Mizzen Traveler

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Bill,

As you may suspect, I will tell you do not do this unless you plan to race the boat.

It just is not worth it for downwind passage making. In most cases, you will set the traveler on a passage and not touch it again. And, why would you want to drill holes in the aft coach roof to do this?

However, if you want photos, go here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/amelyachtowners/photos/albums/1137563012

You will also note that this owner (now deceased) removed one of the best cockpit features which is the helm seat. I think the new owner reversed this.

Bill
BeBe 387, but not for long
Trinidad



On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:40 AM, gary@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Yes, I have seen it and took some pictures. It was a very nice handling of the project.  I will try to reach deep and find those pictures and upload them.  ... somewhere :)

Gary W.
SM 209 Adagio
Gibraltar