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Bow thruster shaft stuck

francesringley@...
 

We are attempting an in-water prop replacement of the bow thruster. After removing the collar and four allen screws, the shaft will not fall. It appears to be corroded. We have tried lubricating oil (but only for a couple of hours so far), raising and lowering the motor, banging the shaft with a hammer and prying the fairing by inserting a 2x4. No luck. We have stopped for a drink to mull it over. Any ideas?


Ian Townsend

SM153

Loca Lola II


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

eric freedman
 

What are they called?

Thanks

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2016 11:54 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

 

 

eBay or Amazon by the 100s and very cheap


On 4 Jan 2016, at 16:44, 'Miles Bidwell' milesbid@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

The fabric on my boat is still good but some of the plastic hooks that hold it up have broken.  Does anyone know where to get more of the hooks?

Miles

SM216

Ladybug


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

eric freedman
 

They are standard in Europe , but I got a bunch from Amel . there are different sizes for the shades and the

Curtain.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2016 10:45 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

 

 

The fabric on my boat is still good but some of the plastic hooks that hold it up have broken.  Does anyone know where to get more of the hooks?

Miles

SM216

Ladybug


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan Generator issue

eric freedman
 

 

Clean the raw water sensor screwed into the hose near the raw water pump mounted in the hose on a metal tube. The fitting on the sensor is probably full of rust.

 

What is your hull number and model of boat?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2016 10:16 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan Generator issue

 

 

Yanmar engine working...more to come about the solution later but now dealing with another issue:  I didn't run the Onan genset for a month (sitting at a marina with power).  Just tried it, turns over and runs--then shuts down after about 30 seconds.  Water flowing happily yet yellow light blinking pattern is 7 indicating that is it is a raw water or cooling problem.  Ideas? Thanks!

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

Andrew & Kate Lamb
 

eBay or Amazon by the 100s and very cheap


On 4 Jan 2016, at 16:44, 'Miles Bidwell' milesbid@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

The fabric on my boat is still good but some of the plastic hooks that hold it up have broken.  Does anyone know where to get more of the hooks?

Miles

SM216

Ladybug


Re: SM shower curtain size?

Miles
 

The fabric on my boat is still good but some of the plastic hooks that hold it up have broken.  Does anyone know where to get more of the hooks?

Miles

SM216

Ladybug


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan Generator issue

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Sounds typical of an impeller without blades...
you should that first...
Mine use to loose its blades after 6 to 8 months, after cleaning the water pump, now it is ok.
http://nikimat.com/onan_water_pump_cleaning.html

Keep us posted on what you find !

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Blue Haven Marian, Turks & Caicos.





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On Mon, 1/4/16, rickgrimes1@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan Generator issue
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, January 4, 2016, 9:16 AM


 









Yanmar engine working...more to come
about the solution later but now dealing with another
issue:  I didn't run the Onan genset for a month
(sitting at a marina with power).  Just tried it, turns
over and runs--then shuts down after about 30 seconds. 
Water flowing happily yet yellow light blinking pattern is
7 indicating that is it is a raw water or cooling problem. 
Ideas? Thanks!










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Onan Generator issue

rickgrimes1@...
 

Yanmar engine working...more to come about the solution later but now dealing with another issue:  I didn't run the Onan genset for a month (sitting at a marina with power).  Just tried it, turns over and runs--then shuts down after about 30 seconds.  Water flowing happily yet yellow light blinking pattern is 7 indicating that is it is a raw water or cooling problem.  Ideas? Thanks!



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Rocna 40 kg anchor on SM with dual bow rollers

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Will,
I was interested to read your email about the Vulcan. I have fitted a Spade for the last 16 years and I knew Alain Poiraud, its inventor, sailor and a lovely man, who alas has since died of cancer.
The Spade predated the Rocna and after the Rocna had appeared there was quite a conflict between the owner of Rocna and Alain over the performance of their respective anchors. I won't go into the details, but there were some pretty heated exchanges, somewhat unpleasant. They are both good anchors.
Looking down from his lofty perch and seeing the resemblance between the new Vulcan and the original Spade I suspect that Alain might now have a wry smile on his face...
Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Greece

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From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> on behalf of tango708@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: 04 January 2016 04:16
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Rocna 40 kg anchor on SM with dual bow rollers

Hi Ben,
I was ready to buy a Rocna 40 but a friend mentioned that he had returned his for a Vulcan, which is made by Rocna. So after looking at both anchors I decided on the Vulcan. It has a shape that fits my bow rollers well and according to test the shanks deforms less on side loads than the regular Rocna. Also, the shape of the Vulcan does not require the hoop to turn the anchor upright to set. I think both are great anchors.

I was deploying my old CQR (the shaft of which had a bend) an average of 3 times before I could get a set. With the Vulcan it sets the first time every time .

Will Stout
Anni Bea True
SM180
Fort St Louie, St Martin, FWI

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Glitchy starting Yanmar 100HP

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 7:51 AM, sailormon kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Derick,

I have a photo of the starter relay, the fan relay, and the negative ground relay courtesy of bill on BeBe.

 

I can email it to you if you send me your address . I will be on the boat Saturday in Colombia and can send you a picture of the relay in question if ypu will remond me here on this site on Satuday.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maram u #376

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 10:38 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Glitchy starting Yanmar 100HP

 

 

Eric, do you have a picture of where this "small black relay" is on the engine?  I am having problems with the red stop button not stopping the engine and I suspect this relay might be the problem since my red stop button seems to not be the issue.  I think I r emember that there may be a diode in this circuit that might need replacing, but I have been so far unable to trace the stop circuit near the engine. 

 

Anyone else have pictures illustrating the stop components on the Yanmar 100 hp?

 

Derick

SM2K#400 Brava

Currently in the Isles des Saintes, Guadloupe and stopping the engine manually...



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wearing out Bearing - Drawing?

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Stephan,

I have not seen one with the kind of accuracy needed to machine one...don't forget about the inner slot of the O Ring and do not make it too deep. I think that I received one from Amel that was a fraction too deep.

Bill
BeBe #387

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 2:50 AM, stephreg@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Does anyone have a drawing for the wearing out bearing (WOB) for the prop shaft for the SM2000?  I would like to have one machined, but do not have the off part with me.


I checked the drawings/pictures/files and did not see a drawing, but it is easy to miss things.


Thanks in advance.


Stephan

s/v Hanalei (SM2000)



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Glitchy starting Yanmar 100HP

eric freedman
 

Hi Derick,

I have a photo of the starter relay, the fan relay, and the negative ground relay courtesy of bill on BeBe.

 

I can email it to you if you send me your address . I will be on the boat Saturday in Colombia and can send you a picture of the relay in question if ypu will remond me here on this site on Satuday.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 10:38 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Glitchy starting Yanmar 100HP

 

 

Eric, do you have a picture of where this "small black relay" is on the engine?  I am having problems with the red stop button not stopping the engine and I suspect this relay might be the problem since my red stop button seems to not be the issue.  I think I remember that there may be a diode in this circuit that might need replacing, but I have been so far unable to trace the stop circuit near the engine. 

 

Anyone else have pictures illustrating the stop components on the Yanmar 100 hp?

 

Derick

SM2K#400 Brava

Currently in the Isles des Saintes, Guadloupe and stopping the engine manually...


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Digest Number 4248

Rick Grimes <rickgrimes1@...>
 

Yammer engine issue resolved! Details on fix to come tomorrow. Learned more about my engine than ever from all the comments and suggestions--including the specific fix.  Thanks all! 
In the interim, Gary Silver, I see that you are on the hard in Puerto Del Ray; I am in the water at Sun Bay up the street.  Are you back in Puerto Rico yet? If not, anything I can do for you here? If so, would be my pleasure to buy you dinner--or at least a drink or six...😎

Rick GrimesS/V Rascal SM2K (#404)Sun Bay MarinaFajardo, PR

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On Saturday, January 2, 2016, 2:33 PM, amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Amel Yacht Owners - Forum for owners of Amel sailboats Group
15 Messages
Digest #4248 1a Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin by rossirossix4 1b Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin by "Ian Park" oceanhobo 1c Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin by "Ric Gottschalk" ric_gottschalk 2a Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery? by rossirossix4 2b Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery? by "Bill & Judy Rouse" svbebe 2c Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery? by "Ian" 3a Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu by "Graham Cresswell" cresswell_graham 3b Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu by "Germain Jean-Pierre" ogedm688 3c Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu by "sailormon" kimberlite1212 4a Yanmar Engine issue by rickgrimes1 4b Re: Yanmar Engine issue by svbebe 4c Re: Yanmar Engine issue by seafeverofcuan 4d Re: Yanmar Engine issue by "amelliahona" amelliahona 4e Re: Yanmar Engine issue by "sailormon" kimberlite1212 5 Fwd: [Amel Yacht Owners] Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a by "Yvon PUILL" ypuill


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1a

Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin

Sat Jan 2, 2016 2:43 am (PST) . Posted by:

rossirossix4
In 2010 I replaced my 1993 Santorin #86 with the Isotherm Cruise 130 Classic with ASU. It fit perfectly with no modifications although I elected not to reinstall the old wooden door. I especially liked the ASU which simply runs the unit at full tilt if it senses an alternator, generator or solar panel is charging...adjustable if you are plugged in at a dock. It consumed less energy than the old one. From my actual order history. http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|2276179|2276204| 2276226|2276234& id=922241. (Defender product number 402159) There was also room to attach some kind of super foam board I got to Home Depot to 3 sides and top using 2 sided tape Eric M has the boat now....he might update.
Bob, KAIMI SM429
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Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin

Sat Jan 2, 2016 5:55 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Ian Park" oceanhobo
I replaced mine with a 140 litre Waeco. Fits ok and I also installed a computer fan above the condenser on the wooden facia at the back of the work surface. Helps on a hot day.
Ian

Ocean Hobo. SN96

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Re: Recommendtions for replacement fridge for a Santorin

Sat Jan 2, 2016 7:22 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Ric Gottschalk" ric_gottschalk
I used vitrifrigo DW180. It is a 2 drawer ac/dc unit that has a freezer top & frig below. Stainless steel finish. I like the big freezer. Easy installation. I also have Engel mt30 and mt60. The engel 60 I use in the cockpit for drinks only for crew. Easy to set on seat to access engine

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802

On Jan 2, 2016, at 4:13 AM, joemac4sail@yahoo.ie<mailto:joemac4sail@yahoo.ie> [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com<mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>> wrote:

Hi All

Can anyone recommend a replacement fridge (one that requires the minimum amount of surgery to fit) for the original Electrolux fitted to the Santorin' s. After 23 years of service ours has finally said enough.

Regards and Happy New Year to you all

Joe McDonnell

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Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery?

Sat Jan 2, 2016 2:47 am (PST) . Posted by:

rossirossix4
My 1993 Santorin #86 had a single dedicated 12V 31 series battery for starting in its own Amel factory battery box near the back of the engine. Was charged by the engine alternator along with house 31s using a battery isolator. When I bought her in 2003 ABYC standards required a manual shut off switch to the starter battery (house already had the Amel lever). This was to prevent a fire in the case of a stuck starter. A 250 amp fuse was also required for the house batteries, never needed replacement despite the judicious use of the bow thruster.

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Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery?

Sat Jan 2, 2016 3:02 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Bill & Judy Rouse" svbebe
Bob,

Bob, KAIMI S&M :-) 429 wrote: "("BeBe Bill" pressured me into posting this)"

I never realized I had such an influence on you. However, come polish my
boat as soon as possible! ;) ;) :>)

Bill
BeBe 387

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 10:47 AM, rossidesigngroup@gmail.com
[amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



My 1993 Santorin #86 had a single dedicated 12V 31 series battery for
starting in its own Amel factory battery box near the back of the engine.
Was charged by the engine alternator along with house 31s using a battery
isolator. When I bought her in 2003 ABYC standards required a manual shut
off switch to the starter battery (house already had the Amel lever). This
was to prevent a fire in the case of a stuck starter. A 250 amp fuse was
also required for the house batteries, never needed replacement despite the
judicious use of the bow thruster.

Bob, KAIMI S&M :-) 429 ("BeBe Bill" pressured me into posting this)

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Re: Santorin: Why no starter battery?

Sat Jan 2, 2016 5:42 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Ian"
My Santorin has a separate starter battery plus four house batteries. My Amel factory plans for the boat show one starter and two house batteries. Perhaps a previous owner decided to use all the batteries as house batteries given that the Santorin has a prop shaft alternator and also came with a Honda EX350 2 stroke generator as an emergency back up charger, albeit only 6 amps.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96
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Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Sat Jan 2, 2016 8:01 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Graham Cresswell" cresswell_graham
Dear Joel,

Many thanks for your thoughts. As a retired airline pilot and aviation
medicine specialist physician, I'm acutely aware that I may have had
brain failure so I certainly don't feel scolded! In particular, owing
to my current inexperience with the boat, the limited space in the
marina where I'm berthed and the unnerving proximity of various million
dollar yachts, my mental capacity was dramatically reduced by this event
and I cannot now be absolutely sure that the bow thruster motor was
turning when I diagnosed the failure. Plainly, if the motor was not
turning, then there is a completely different set of possibilities,
including the possibility that I'd inadvertently switched it off. The
marina where I'm berthed has virtually no current and is very sheltered
so that there is almost no wind so I doubt that they are factors.

I did have some manoeuvring practice with the previous owner although it
was not extensive and all the sternward manoeuvring was accomplished
with the aid of the bow thruster. I agree with you that it makes sense
to try to use the standard handling techniques employing prop kick and
prop wash rather than resorting to the bow thruster in the first
instance and I'm trying to acquire the necessary skills. However, I've
been warned by a friend, who is a very experienced SM owner, to expect
it to be very difficult to manage when it is making sternway so I'm
currently developing a plan for managing my berthing in the event of
another bow thruster failure. I'm also planning to take the boat out
tomorrow and to dive to observe the bow thruster functioning.

Finally, I wonder if there exists an exploded diagram of the bow
thruster that would help me to understand its mechanisms and how
technical problems might be addressed. My Maramu is the 1989 model
launched in 1988 and is hull number 240. Maude has been unable to
supply more than a very rudimentary owners manual.

With many thanks and kind regards

Graham

On 31/12/2015 18:58, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@att.net [amelyachtowners]
wrote:

Graham, as odd as it might sound, Trevor’s suggestion of ‘heat of the
moment brain fade’ could be the likely culprit. I have sold hundreds
of used Amel’s and offer clients a training period of several days to
get them up to speed. On more occasions than you would believe, when
things get tense the first few times with the new owner on the helm (
after I demonstrate that “THIS IS EASY”), they lower the thruster and
then turn off the power switch the first time they reach for the
toggle/joy stick. Especially with short timers, panic ensues and the
helmsperson goes into save the boat mode and neglects to turn the
power on. Just to make an indelible impression, I wait until the
helmsperson gulps, loudly , before restoring power.

If this is the case, don’t feel bad. I’ve had many folks much brighter
than I, which is just about everybody, do this. Some have even turned
the power back on in their panic without realizing they had turned it
off! Go easy on yourself.

Were you fortunate to have the seller/other knowledgeable person spend
time with you familiarizing you with your-new-to-you Amel? I sure hope
so, If not, find an Amel owner close to you and buy them dinner with
many adult beverages if they will get you on the path. Lots of little
secrets, all of which add to the greatness and enjoyment of these very
cleverly conceived and mostly well engineered cruisers.

Some misconceptions that have been inadvertently offered here…

Your bow thruster is an early Amel BISSON/BUFFLE type, more than
likely. Lots of evolution since. It is a 12 volt unit, not 24 volts as
on the Super Maramu and subsequent Amel models. It is better than
nothing certainly but not a game changer/life saver like the much more
powerful 24 volt units that followed. The bow thruster on the Amel 54
is a completely different animal, dual props, counter-rotating, very
powerful. Your installed bow thruster won’t allow you to dock your
Amel Maramu with impunity in 20 plus knots of wind until you practice
and really learn the capabilities and limitations and even then...
Practice makes perfect and I try to use the bow thruster as little as
possible to keep my boat handling skills alive but do not hesitate to
employ it before it is needed.

There is no fuse/thermal limiter on the electric motor on any Amel
installed bow thruster on a Sharki, Maramu, Mango, Santorin, Super
Maramu, or Amel 54 so don’t go looking for that as there is none

Anybody close to Graham in Barbados? I think you will be getting a
dinner invite.

I waited to chime in as I make my living selling experienced Amels and
I wanted someone else to make the suggestion that Trevor did. I can’t
afford to have anyone feel I have scolded them and I sure hope you
don’t. You will love and appreciate this owners group.

Have Fun With Your Amel, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 12:24 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Graham,

The motor (15hp) has so much torque it will either throw off weed or
light plastic immediately, or break the nylon shear bolts.

This is a really lame suggestion, but as it is all a bit new to you,
is it possible you turned off the switch beside the toggle switch in
the heat of the moment?

The good news is the more that you practice the easier it will become,
you will quickly be able to wander through a marina in 25kts+ of winds
stern too, without a thought.

Happy new year.

Trevor

Seafever of Cuan

SM 425 Redline 2004

For Sale

$295k

Mexico

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Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Sat Jan 2, 2016 9:11 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Germain Jean-Pierre" ogedm688
Hello Graham,

We are birds of a feather in various ways (pun intended). Retired Airline pilot/gynaecologist(amateur)!! :-)

Eleuthera is hull number 007 built in 1989 … doubtful yours is number 240… perhaps more like 024.

As far as steering while going astern, the bugger is almost as bad as a full keel; however, fully manageable if one counts in wind/tide effects and has a brain capable of doing 1,000,000 calculations a second. Not capable of so many tasks instantly, I have decided to use the Amel formula and to spend some handling time with (non judgemental) friends.

GL and enjoy your boat.


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

On 2 Jan 2016, at 17:02, Graham Cresswell grahamjcresswell@gmail.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Dear Joel,

Many thanks for your thoughts. As a retired airline pilot and aviation medicine specialist physician, I'm acutely aware that I may have had brain failure so I certainly don't feel scolded! In particular, owing to my current inexperience with the boat, the limited space in the marina where I'm berthed and the unnerving proximity of various million dollar yachts, my mental capacity was dramatically reduced by this event and I cannot now be absolutely sure that the bow thruster motor was turning when I diagnosed the failure. Plainly, if the motor was not turning, then there is a completely different set of possibilities, including the possibility that I'd inadvertently switched it off. The marina where I'm berthed has virtually no current and is very sheltered so that there is almost no wind so I doubt that they are factors.

I did have some manoeuvring practice with the previous owner although it was not extensive and all the sternward manoeuvring was accomplished with the aid of the bow thruster. I agree with you that it makes sense to try to use the standard handling techniques employing prop kick and prop wash rather than resorting to the bow thruster in the first instance and I'm trying to acquire the necessary skills. However, I've been warned by a friend, who is a very experienced SM owner, to expect it to be very difficult to manage when it is making sternway so I'm currently developing a plan for managing my berthing in the event of another bow thruster failure. I'm also planning to take the boat out tomorrow and to dive to observe the bow thruster functioning.

Finally, I wonder if there exists an exploded diagram of the bow thruster that would help me to understand its mechanisms and how technical problems might be addressed. My Maramu is the 1989 model launched in 1988 and is hull number 240. Maude has been unable to supply more than a very rudimentary owners manual.

With many thanks and kind regards

Graham


On 31/12/2015 18:58, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@att.net <mailto:jfpottercys@att.net> [amelyachtowners] wrote:

Graham, as odd as it might sound, Trevor’s suggestion of ‘heat of the moment brain fade’ could be the likely culprit. I have sold hundreds of used Amel’s and offer clients a training period of several days to get them up to speed. On more occasions than you would believe, when things get tense the first few times with the new owner on the helm ( after I demonstrate that “THIS IS EASY”), they lower the thruster and then turn off the power switch the first time they reach for the toggle/joy stick. Especially with short timers, panic ensues and the helmsperson goes into save the boat mode and neglects to turn the power on. Just to make an indelible impression, I wait until the helmsperson gulps, loudly , before restoring power.

If this is the case, don’t feel bad. I’ve had many folks much brighter than I, which is just about everybody, do this. Some have even turned the power back on in their panic without realizing they had turned it off! Go easy on yourself.

Were you fortunate to have the seller/other knowledgeable person spend time with you familiarizing you with your-new-to-you Amel? I sure hope so, If not, find an Amel owner close to you and buy them dinner with many adult beverages if they will get you on the path. Lots of little secrets, all of which add to the greatness and enjoyment of these very cleverly conceived and mostly well engineered cruisers.

Some misconceptions that have been inadvertently offered here…

Your bow thruster is an early Amel BISSON/BUFFLE type, more than likely. Lots of evolution since. It is a 12 volt unit, not 24 volts as on the Super Maramu and subsequent Amel models. It is better than nothing certainly but not a game changer/life saver like the much more powerful 24 volt units that followed. The bow thruster on the Amel 54 is a completely different animal, dual props, counter-rotating, very powerful. Your installed bow thruster won’t allow you to dock your Amel Maramu with impunity in 20 plus knots of wind until you practice and really learn the capabilities and limitations and even then... Practice makes perfect and I try to use the bow thruster as little as possible to keep my boat handling skills alive but do not hesitate to employ it before it is needed.

There is no fuse/thermal limiter on the electric motor on any Amel installed bow thruster on a Sharki, Maramu, Mango, Santorin, Super Maramu, or Amel 54 so don’t go looking for that as there is none

Anybody close to Graham in Barbados? I think you will be getting a dinner invite.

I waited to chime in as I make my living selling experienced Amels and I wanted someone else to make the suggestion that Trevor did. I can’t afford to have anyone feel I have scolded them and I sure hope you don’t. You will love and appreciate this owners group.

Have Fun With Your Amel, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

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Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Graham,

The motor (15hp) has so much torque it will either throw off weed or light plastic immediately, or break the nylon shear bolts.

This is a really lame suggestion, but as it is all a bit new to you, is it possible you turned off the switch beside the toggle switch in the heat of the moment?

The good news is the more that you practice the easier it will become, you will quickly be able to wander through a marina in 25kts+ of winds stern too, without a thought.

Happy new year.

Trevor

Seafever of Cuan

SM 425 Redline 2004

For Sale

$295k

Mexico

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Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Sat Jan 2, 2016 10:23 am (PST) . Posted by:

"sailormon" kimberlite1212
Graham,

I believe I posted a exploded diagram of the bow thruster mechanism if not it was posted by Bill on BeBe.

There is really nothing to fix inside the thruster.

Basically if the motor turns, unless there is a broken gear inside, the thruster will work.

The electrical connections and the electric jack are another issue.

My suggestion is to take the boat out of the marina to open water and try making loop de loops in reverse with the bow thruster, it is very easy.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016 11:02 AM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Dear Joel,

Many thanks for your thoughts. As a retired airline pilot and aviation medicine specialist physician, I'm acutely aware that I may have had brain failure so I certainly don't feel scolded! In particular, owing to my current inexperience with the boat, the limited space in the marina where I'm berthed and the unnerving proximity of various million dollar yachts, my mental capacity was dramatically reduced by this event and I cannot now be absolutely sure that the bow thruster motor was turning when I diagnosed the failure. Plainly, if the motor was not turning, then there is a completely different set of possibilities, including the possibility that I'd inadvertently switched it off. The marina where I'm berthed has virtually no current and is very sheltered so that there is almost no wind so I doubt that they are factors.

I did have some manoeuvring practice with the previous owner although it was not extensive and all the sternward manoeuvring was accomplished with the aid of the bow thruster. I agree with you that it makes sense to try to use the standard handling techniques employing prop kick and prop wash rather than resorting to the bow thruster in the first instance and I'm trying to acquire the necessary skills. However, I've been warned by a friend, who is a very experienced SM owner, to expect it to be very difficult to manage when it is making sternway so I'm currently developing a plan for managing my berthing in the event of another bow thruster failure. I'm also planning to take the boat out tomorrow and to dive to observe the bow thruster functioning.

Finally, I wonder if there exists an exploded diagram of the bow thruster that would help me to understand its mechanisms and how technical problems might be addressed. My Maramu is the 1989 model launched in 1988 and is hull number 240. Maude has been unable to supply more than a very rudimentary owners manual.

With many thanks and kind regards

Graham

On 31/12/2015 18:58, 'Joel Potter' jfpottercys@att.net [amelyachtowners] wrote:

Graham, as odd as it might sound, Trevor’s suggestion of ‘heat of the moment brain fade’ could be the likely culprit. I have sold hundreds of used Amel’s and offer clients a training period of several days to get them up to speed. On more occasions than you would believe, when things get tense the first few times with the new owner on the helm ( after I demonstrate that “THIS IS EASY”), they lower the thruster and then turn off the power switch the first time they reach for the toggle/joy stick. Especially with short timers, panic ensues and the helmsperson goes into save the boat mode and neglects to turn the power on. Just to make an indelible impression, I wait until the helmsperson gulps, loudly , before restoring power.

If this is the case, don’t feel bad. I’ve had many folks much brighter than I, which is just about everybody, do this. Some have even turned the power back on in their panic without realizing they had turned it off! Go easy on yourself.

Were you fortunate to have the seller/other knowledgeable person spend time with you familiarizing you with your-new-to-you Amel? I sure hope so, If not, find an Amel owner close to you and buy them dinner with many adult beverages if they will get you on the path. Lots of little secrets, all of which add to the greatness and enjoyment of these very cleverly conceived and mostly well engineered cruisers.

Some misconceptions that have been inadvertently offered here…

Your bow thruster is an early Amel BISSON/BUFFLE type, more than likely. Lots of evolution since. It is a 12 volt unit, not 24 volts as on the Super Maramu and subsequent Amel models. It is better than nothing certainly but not a game changer/life saver like the much more powerful 24 volt units that followed. The bow thruster on the Amel 54 is a completely different animal, dual props, counter-rotating, very powerful. Your installed bow thruster won’t allow you to dock your Amel Maramu with impunity in 20 plus knots of wind until you practice and really learn the capabilities and limitations and even then... Practice makes perfect and I try to use the bow thruster as little as possible to keep my boat handling skills alive but do not hesitate to employ it before it is needed.

There is no fuse/thermal limiter on the electric motor on any Amel installed bow thruster on a Sharki, Maramu, Mango, Santorin, Super Maramu, or Amel 54 so don’t go looking for that as there is none

Anybody close to Graham in Barbados? I think you will be getting a dinner invite.

I waited to chime in as I make my living selling experienced Amels and I wanted someone else to make the suggestion that Trevor did. I can’t afford to have anyone feel I have scolded them and I sure hope you don’t. You will love and appreciate this owners group.

Have Fun With Your Amel, Joel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 12:24 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

Graham,

The motor (15hp) has so much torque it will either throw off weed or light plastic immediately, or break the nylon shear bolts.

This is a really lame suggestion, but as it is all a bit new to you, is it possible you turned off the switch beside the toggle switch in the heat of the moment?

The good news is the more that you practice the easier it will become, you will quickly be able to wander through a marina in 25kts+ of winds stern too, without a thought.

Happy new year.

Trevor

Seafever of Cuan

SM 425 Redline 2004

For Sale

$295k

Mexico

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Yanmar Engine issue

Sat Jan 2, 2016 9:40 am (PST) . Posted by:

rickgrimes1


Surely there is an easy fix but…this has me stumped:

I have the Yanmar 4JH-3-HTE engine on my SM2000 (#404). When I start it up cold, no water flows from the impeller to the heat exchanger. A large air bubble forms in the bottom of the translucent hose that goes from the impeller and, of course, the engine begins to overheat if not shut down. (Before I detected this problem, we overheated and melted the plastic muffler early into the Salty Dawg venture last month).
Impeller recently replaced and working fine, water is flowing freely from the sea chest (e.g., when the heads are filled or the air conditioning is turned on), belts are new and snug. There are no leaks, water or air, that I can detect anywhere along the path from the sea chest to and through the engine.

But here’s the interesting part:

When I disconnect the hose from the heat exchanger (the hose that goes from the impeller to the heat exchanger), lay it down on the floor of the boat below the level of the impeller, and then start the engine, the water (and bubbles) starts flowing forcefully through the hose into the bilge—after which, with engine still running, I immediately slam the end of the hose back into the heat exchanger and tighten it down, the water continues to flow forcefully as it should (but no bubbles), the engine remains cool, and all is right with the world.

It seems to stay ‘primed’ if I shut it down and start it again after only a few hours. However, if I start the engine up after a couple of days of not running the engine, I then have the same symptoms and cure it with the same solution.

Thoughts? Ideas? THANKS!

Rick Grimes
S/V Rascal
Amel SM2K (#404)







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Re: Yanmar Engine issue

Sat Jan 2, 2016 10:01 am (PST) . Posted by:

svbebe


Ric,

I suggest that you do two things:

Open the boot on the sea chest side of the transmission oil cooler. This is inline the hose from the sea chest to the Yanmar water pump. Use a wet vac to suck all of the debris out of it.

Next, check the hose clamps at every connection between the sea chest and the water pump. Now would be a good time to replace them all. Do not tighten the hose clamps too tight on the transmission oil cooler body because the metal is soft and you will close the water paths through it.

I believe you have suction side blockage (most likely in the transmission cooler) and because of the suction side blockage you have air entering at a not-so-secure hose connection.

Please let us know if this guess on my part helps you solve your issue.

Bill
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Re: Yanmar Engine issue

Sat Jan 2, 2016 10:15 am (PST) . Posted by:

seafeverofcuan
Ric, It is likely to be as Bill suggests. I have had exactly the same problem which drove me mad for eighteen months.
The casing of the Johnson raw water pump in which the impeller is housed was worn by 3mm plus, resulting in the pump cavitating with air on start up.
Once I opened the face plate on the impeller housing the engine ran fine.
I couldn't work out what was wrong until I got a new pump and measured the inside of the housing with a Vernier and it was plain to see the difference.
I had been in Brazil for a couple of years, in the Amazon and many of the tributaries which is what I believe caused it due to the heavy silt. I also went through lots of impellers on the Onan and the Yanmar during this time.
New pump and it was fine.


Regards,


Trevor


Seafever SM 425
Ireland




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Re: Yanmar Engine issue

Sat Jan 2, 2016 10:17 am (PST) . Posted by:

"amelliahona" amelliahona
Hi Rick:

This is curious but the system has basically a suction side (thru hull --> sea chest (including the manifold for the toilets/AC etc --> transmission intercooler --> suction side of the Yanmar engine driven sea water pump including the pump cover), and the pressure side (i.e. output side) as you know goes from the pump to the engine oil cooler --> to the engine coolant heat exchanger --> to the turbo exhaust elbow --> etc.


The output of the pump is dependent on there being both not too much suction required, and not too much head of pressure to pump against. In this case I would guess that you have an air leak on the suction side in combination with some sort of (perhaps relative) obstruction on the suction side. Or, less likely in my opinion, there might be an obstruction on the outflow side (most commonly due to impeller pieces at the inlet of the engine oil intercooler) . Once the pressure is reduced on the output side by removing the hose, water can literally "flow" and the suction leak is relieved as not as much suction is required.


My trouble shooting usually follows the path of least resistance, and here is how I perceive that:


1. Are you absolutely certain that the O ring is in the groove for the cover of the sea water pump (i.e. the O ring that seals the pump cover to the pump housing)?
2. While you are checking that, visually confirm the impeller blades are in good shape. You might even motor the engine thru a few cranks with the cover off the pump (sea chest closed) and verify the impeller is turning. I had one once that delaminated the rubber from the metallic hub and while the hub turned the impeller was turning at a different rate.
2. Have you inspected the transmission intercooler to see if it is clogged creating a suction side negative pressure that may be resulting entrainment air leak at any of the joints between the sea chest and the sea water pump inlet.
3. Have you tried shutting off the manifold to the toilets, AC etc to see if perhaps the air entrainment is coming from there.
4. Are you sure there isn't partial blockage of the thru hull, resulting in greater negative pressure on the suction side.
5. Have you verified that the inlet to the engine oil intercooler (tucked between the turbo and engine block) is clear (this is harder to get at so that is why I have listed it last.)
6. How many hours on the engine/sea water pump, I suppose if it is a high time engine there could be a water pump shaft seal leak allowing air entrainment. If all else fails swap out the sea water pump with your new spare one.


Just some ideas, let us know what you eventually find.


Sincerely,


Gary S. Silver
s/v Liahona Amel SM 2000 On the hard for two more weeks Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico
Hull # 335
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Re: Yanmar Engine issue

Sat Jan 2, 2016 10:33 am (PST) . Posted by:

"sailormon" kimberlite1212
Hi Rick,

In addition to all of the mentioned items, you might try reversing the plate that covers the raw water impeller.

Sometimes it gets warped. I had the same problem at different times and have found a bad plate, an O ring that needed to be replaced, and the replacement of the raw water pump due to wear of the pump body.

To prevent melting the muffler again , I would suggest buying a Borel Mfg. exhaust hose temperature alarm.

It is a very simple install and costs about $90- US. I posted a photo of my melted muffler years ago.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016 1:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Yanmar Engine issue

Hi Rick:

This is curious but the system has basically a suction side (thru hull --> sea chest (including the manifold for the toilets/AC etc --> transmission intercooler --> suction side of the Yanmar engine driven sea water pump including the pump cover), and the pressure side (i.e. output side) as you know goes from the pump to the engine oil cooler --> to the engine coolant heat exchanger --> to the turbo exhaust elbow --> etc.

The output of the pump is dependent on there being both not too much suction required, and not too much head of pressure to pump against. In this case I would guess that you have an air leak on the suction side in combination with some sort of (perhaps relative) obstruction on the suction side. Or, less likely in my opinion, there might be an obstruction on the outflow side (most commonly due to impeller pieces at the inlet of the engine oil intercooler) . Once the pressure is reduced on the output side by removing the hose, water can literally "flow" and the suction leak is relieved as not as much suction is required.

My trouble shooting usually follows the path of least resistance, and here is how I perceive that:

1. Are you absolutely certain that the O ring is in the groove for the cover of the sea water pump (i.e. the O ring that seals the pump cover to the pump housing)?

2. While you are checking that, visually confirm the impeller blades are in good shape. You might even motor the engine thru a few cranks with the cover off the pump (sea chest closed) and verify the impeller is turning. I had one once that delaminated the rubber from the metallic hub and while the hub turned the impeller was turning at a different rate.

2. Have you inspected the transmission intercooler to see if it is clogged creating a suction side negative pressure that may be resulting entrainment air leak at any of the joints between the sea chest and the sea water pump inlet.

3. Have you tried shutting off the manifold to the toilets, AC etc to see if perhaps the air entrainment is coming from there.

4. Are you sure there isn't partial blockage of the thru hull, resulting in greater negative pressure on the suction side.

5. Have you verified that the inlet to the engine oil intercooler (tucked between the turbo and engine block) is clear (this is harder to get at so that is why I have listed it last.)

6. How many hours on the engine/sea water pump, I suppose if it is a high time engine there could be a water pump shaft seal leak allowing air entrainment. If all else fails swap out the sea water pump with your new spare one.

Just some ideas, let us know what you eventually find.

Sincerely,

Gary S. Silver

s/v Liahona Amel SM 2000 On the hard for two more weeks Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico

Hull # 335

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Hello Ric,

Do you have photos of your fridges? Specialy the Engels...

I'm planning to change my fridge this winter...

Happy new year to all!

Yvon PUILL
Santorin "Santenig"

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Le 2 janv. 2016 à 16:22, Ric Gottschalk ric@kitchenmagic.net [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> a écrit :

I used vitrifrigo DW180. It is a 2 drawer ac/dc unit that has a freezer top & frig below. Stainless steel finish. I like the big freezer. Easy installation. I also have Engel mt30 and mt60. The engel 60 I use in the cockpit for drinks only for crew. Easy to set on seat to access engine

Ric Gottschalk
Kitchen Magic Refacers, Inc
Office 410-923-5800
Fax 410-923-5802

On Jan 2, 2016, at 4:13 AM, joemac4sail@yahoo.ie [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


Hi All

Can anyone recommend a replacement fridge (one that requires the minimum amount of surgery to fit) for the original Electrolux fitted to the Santorin' s. After 23 years of service ours has finally said enough.

Regards and Happy New Year to you all

Joe McDonnell
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Re: Rocna 40 kg anchor on SM with dual bow rollers

tango708@...
 

Hi Ben,
I was ready to buy a Rocna 40 but a friend mentioned that he had returned his for a Vulcan, which is made by Rocna. So after looking at both anchors I decided on the Vulcan. It has a shape that fits my bow rollers well and according to test the shanks deforms less on side loads than the regular Rocna. Also, the shape of the Vulcan does not require the hoop to turn the anchor upright to set. I think both are great anchors.

I was deploying my old CQR (the shaft of which had a bend) an average of 3 times before I could get a set. With the Vulcan it sets the first time every time .

Will Stout
Anni Bea True
SM180
Fort St Louie, St Martin, FWI


Re: Glitchy starting Yanmar 100HP

Derick Gates
 

Eric, do you have a picture of where this "small black relay" is on the engine?  I am having problems with the red stop button not stopping the engine and I suspect this relay might be the problem since my red stop button seems to not be the issue.  I think I remember that there may be a diode in this circuit that might need replacing, but I have been so far unable to trace the stop circuit near the engine. 

Anyone else have pictures illustrating the stop components on the Yanmar 100 hp?

Derick
SM2K#400 Brava
Currently in the Isles des Saintes, Guadloupe and stopping the engine manually...


Wearing out Bearing - Drawing?

Stephan Regulinski
 

Does anyone have a drawing for the wearing out bearing (WOB) for the prop shaft for the SM2000?  I would like to have one machined, but do not have the off part with me.


I checked the drawings/pictures/files and did not see a drawing, but it is easy to miss things.


Thanks in advance.


Stephan

s/v Hanalei (SM2000)


Re: Intermittent bow thruster - Maramu

svcharisma
 

Graham,
I’ve had ongoing issues with the bow thruster on Mango (1986).  The problem has been with the contactors on the relay at the bulkhead near the bow thruster.  I’m getting ready to change out the mechanical contactors with some solid state ones.  You might check to see if this is your problem.

Alan
“Charisma” Mango #62

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: SM shower curtain size?

karkauai
 

I really like the fabric that came with my boat.  Maybe not the most stylish, but dries fast and never has had a spot of mildew.

Don't know what it is, but I would try hard to replace it with the same material.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Jan 3, 2016, at 3:01 PM, russ.roberts.va@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Thanks all, for the info. We have a shower curtain that my onboard decorator likes. She was wondering if it would be worth bringing down to the boat. We appreciate the answers. 


Russ
SM 116 Arctic Tern


Re: Bilge Pump on Super Maramu

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Dear Juan,
               I think what most of us have done is to certainly to have two electrical
pumps, one that is working and one as a spare, but not fitted.
Making sure that what ever the make of pump, the fittings are the same and that it is ready to easily slip into the outlet hose without any fuss, and that the electrical connections are the same for both pumps.
Due to the easy access of the electrical bilge pump in the engine room, it is not necessary to have two electrical pumps fitted at once.
If you did have a problem with water flooding your bilge, your manual bilge pump would keep it down until you fitted the spare pump.
The manual bilge pump is designed to use the cockpit table leg as the lever so that anyone sailing alone can work the pump.
Best Regards,
Trevor
Seafever
SM 425
Ireland


Re: Bilge Pump on Super Maramu

Juan de Zulueta
 

The pump which is installed is a PAM form Feit which is not manufactured anymore.
I bought from Feit the PVM 0.16 model as a spare which is slightly different from the initial model, that why I wanted to install it as a spare.