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Re: Adjusting Ultraflex steering cables?

Beaute Olivier
 

Hello Scott,

in order to tension the cables' sheaths, you need to turn the threaded tubes clockwise when looking to portside.
Before this, you need to undo the big nut of each cable while you hold firmly the threaded tube with plyers.
Once released, mark the tubes with a blade in order to know how much you turn. Both tubes must be turned of the same amount, usually between 1 and 2 turns.
The best way to assess how much you need to turn is to have someone at the helm and someone at the quadrant.
Turn the wheel of a quarter of a turn, watch the quadrant and mark the position, then turn the wheelslowly the other way until the person at the quadrant says STOP as soon as he sees the quadrant move. Then you knwo how much slack you have on the wheel circumference. 5 cm is acceptable and necessary. 10 cm and more is too much.
Your goal is to turn the tubes until you have only 5 cm slack on the wheel.

Hope this is clear.

it's just like when you adjust the tension on your bicycle brake cable sheath.

Olivier

On Friday, November 20, 2020, 08:25:21 AM GMT+1, Scott SV Tengah <scott.nguyen@...> wrote:


Hi all,

I have Ultraflex M61 ft 25 82 steering cables on my A54 and they're in need of adjustment. I believe these are the same cables in the SM. There's a bit too much play and well, Olivier's purchase survey stated that I should tighten them. Additionally when using the linear AP, there's a bit of a clunk that I've isolated to the steering quadrant end of the cables. The steering rack end is totally quiet.

Has anyone successfully tightened these cables? If I try to turn the large bronze nut, entire assembly rotates and it seems the cable does seem to tighten a bit momentarily.  But because black jacketed portion of the steering cable also rotates, once I remove my wrench from the large bronze nut, the entire assembly rotates back to the previous position.

I took the steering quadrant off and tried to rotate the end "toggle" that attaches to the quadrant, but that too will rotate back to the previous position if I try to tighten it.

Any help appreciated!



--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: NIKIMAT spare parts

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello Pat, 

noted for the fuel stick

Eric just arrived, he suggested he could bring some parts back when he goes back (I understood in 6 weeks - wil ask him again this afternoon). 

alexandre



On Thursday, November 19, 2020, 05:45:05 PM CST, Patrick McAneny via groups.io <sailw32@...> wrote:


Alex, Did you mean , fly back, he just sailed down ,it was 28 degrees here this morning ! I would still like to buy the dipstick .
Pat
SM Shenanigans


-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar via groups.io <uster@...>
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 3:04 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] NIKIMAT spare parts

Eric on Kimberlite is currently in Sint Maarten and will sail back to the US in 5 or 6 weeks.  

If anyone is interested by some of the parts I have left, this would be a good opportunity to save on shipping.  

http://supermaramu2000.com/parts_for_sale/

Sincerely, Alexandre


Adjusting Ultraflex steering cables?

Scott SV Tengah
 

Hi all,

I have Ultraflex M61 ft 25 82 steering cables on my A54 and they're in need of adjustment. I believe these are the same cables in the SM. There's a bit too much play and well, Olivier's purchase survey stated that I should tighten them. Additionally when using the linear AP, there's a bit of a clunk that I've isolated to the steering quadrant end of the cables. The steering rack end is totally quiet.

Has anyone successfully tightened these cables? If I try to turn the large bronze nut, entire assembly rotates and it seems the cable does seem to tighten a bit momentarily.  But because black jacketed portion of the steering cable also rotates, once I remove my wrench from the large bronze nut, the entire assembly rotates back to the previous position.

I took the steering quadrant off and tried to rotate the end "toggle" that attaches to the quadrant, but that too will rotate back to the previous position if I try to tighten it.

Any help appreciated!



--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: NIKIMAT spare parts

Patrick McAneny
 

Alex, Did you mean , fly back, he just sailed down ,it was 28 degrees here this morning ! I would still like to buy the dipstick .
Pat
SM Shenanigans


-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar via groups.io <uster@...>
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 3:04 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] NIKIMAT spare parts

Eric on Kimberlite is currently in Sint Maarten and will sail back to the US in 5 or 6 weeks.  

If anyone is interested by some of the parts I have left, this would be a good opportunity to save on shipping.  

http://supermaramu2000.com/parts_for_sale/

Sincerely, Alexandre


Re: SM 2000 autopilot

Rob Smith
 

Thanks for the speedy reply. Some photos would be great. 


On Thu, 19 Nov 2020, 21:38 Germain Jean-Pierre, <jp.germain45@...> wrote:
Hi Rob,

I installed a Raymarine ACP 400 with hydraulic drive through Lecomte & Schmidt hydraulic rams. Works superbly and has been my primary AP for the last 5 years. My 7000 is a backup only. Hydraulic is far smoother. 

One small limitation... due to restrictions of space, the rams only give 22 degrees steering angle to bot P & S. In reality, had no effect on operations. 

I can perhaps send photos...

Jean-Pierre Germain, Eleuthera, SM007, NZ



On 20/11/2020, at 10:05 AM, Rob Smith <robfromcornwall.1966@...> wrote:


Hello I am somebody can help me, I have a Sm #152 and I would like to fit another autopilot directly onto the quadrant. Can anybody help with this? I'd like to know what systems are used on the SM2000.

Regards

Rob Smith
S/Y FORESIGHT 
SM #152


Re: SM 2000 autopilot

Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Hi Rob,

I installed a Raymarine ACP 400 with hydraulic drive through Lecomte & Schmidt hydraulic rams. Works superbly and has been my primary AP for the last 5 years. My 7000 is a backup only. Hydraulic is far smoother. 

One small limitation... due to restrictions of space, the rams only give 22 degrees steering angle to bot P & S. In reality, had no effect on operations. 

I can perhaps send photos...

Jean-Pierre Germain, Eleuthera, SM007, NZ



On 20/11/2020, at 10:05 AM, Rob Smith <robfromcornwall.1966@...> wrote:


Hello I am somebody can help me, I have a Sm #152 and I would like to fit another autopilot directly onto the quadrant. Can anybody help with this? I'd like to know what systems are used on the SM2000.

Regards

Rob Smith
S/Y FORESIGHT 
SM #152


SM 2000 autopilot

Rob Smith
 

Hello I am somebody can help me, I have a Sm #152 and I would like to fit another autopilot directly onto the quadrant. Can anybody help with this? I'd like to know what systems are used on the SM2000.

Regards

Rob Smith
S/Y FORESIGHT 
SM #152


NIKIMAT spare parts

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Eric on Kimberlite is currently in Sint Maarten and will sail back to the US in 5 or 6 weeks.  

If anyone is interested by some of the parts I have left, this would be a good opportunity to save on shipping.  

http://supermaramu2000.com/parts_for_sale/


Sincerely, Alexandre


Re: Sea Chest

Chris Doucette
 

Bill, 

I am looking at doing this same project. The elbow out of the sea strainer, what challenges did you encounter with it and what size Nipple did you get to fit into there.. If you also had a size / part breakdown of the two manifold sections you made it would be a fantastic time saver!

Chris


Re: New Thread on A54 fridge pumps (ATTN: OLIVER Vela Nautica)

Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica
 

Hello,

1. My brushless pump motors are a lot more efficient than the very basic brushed flowjet motors. Additional the frigoboat box applies PWM to the old brushed motor to convert 24 volts for a 12 volt pump, that adds even more unefficiency to the old system.

2. Reliability: brushless motors are used in places where reliability and 100% duty is required. Like atomic power plants, industry aso. With my conversion we get rid of most of the wear. At Scott we had to use a simple brushless motor because COVID-19 prevented us from shipping our new designed motors with advanved 100% duty marine bearings. 

3. For the boats using RAWwater for cooling, I created a pump version that flushes the tube system automaticaly to prevent silt. 

4. Scott measured 5 liter per minute at 25% motor speed. As the speed is free to adjust, the flowrate can be adjusted to the optimized rate. I run the pump at 30% and higher in flush mode. 

As we are going to convert an other Boat to the new system we will get more data about the energy savings. 

Kingd regards
Oliver from Vela Nautica 
A54#39 


On Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 23:23 Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
Second update: I measured the pump flow rate on the original flojet with a hose and bucket and it was 6.5 liters per minute. 

I measured the flow rate on the brushless set at 25% duty cycle and it was a bit over 5 liters per minute. That lower flow rate probably explains some, but not all of the 60% energy savings I am seeing vs. the brushed motor.

Frigoboat literature states that you need to supply 3.8 liters per minute, so even at my lower flow rate, I'm well over the requirement.

What is really odd is that the fridges seem to run better in that they're running less and use less energy. I surmise there may be some truth in Craig Briggs explanation about how warmer water results in more efficient compressor operation. My freezer, which gets cooling water that has been warmed by the first and second fridges, seems to be drawing less energy. Overall, I have a daily power surplus that is greater than the water pump energy savings (with solar output accounted for) can explain.

So far so good. Now let's see if it lasts!



--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: New Thread on A54 fridge pumps (ATTN: OLIVER Vela Nautica)

Scott SV Tengah
 
Edited

I asked my technical / warranty contact at Xylem but he couldn't answer because he was working at home. I'll try again as that was 6 months ago. 
 
The software associated with my brush less pump says it's running at 6000rpm but that must be an error. I can still read the text on the spinning motor body and I know my eyes aren't that good! 

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 07:10 Mark & Debbie Mueller <brass.ring@...> wrote:
Does anyone know the rpm of the Flojet pump?
--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54

 

 


--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: New Thread on A54 fridge pumps (ATTN: OLIVER Vela Nautica)

Mark & Debbie Mueller
 

Does anyone know the rpm of the Flojet pump?
--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54


Re: Lithium Batteries under Consideration

Grant Starling
 

Dean,

Yes, both are 12v, I have a Santorin which runs a 12v system, I guess if you are running a 24v house bank that would complicate it some, but there is probably a solution out there.

Scott,

It is a lot of capacity but I converted the entire boat to electric, no gas, so we do have a larger capacity need as we are running a convection oven/microwave combo and 2 plate induction hobb, plus toaster, kettle etc etc.  I have a victory multiplus 3000w inverter charger running the show.  I will eventually have 800w solar on arch and hardtop and a decent wind generator which should mean little if any generator requirement.

Of course until I am actually out on anchor for an extended period I won’t know for sure.  But can add components as required to properly balance the system.  I took the decision to err on the side of caution capacity wise.

best
Grant


Re: Rolls Batteries

Dean Gillies
 

Slavko,
The 240mm height includes the removable terminal posts. Under these is M8 threaded bolt holes.
it's important to get the correct size for your compartment !!
cheers,
Dean
SY Stella
A54-154


Re: Lithium Batteries under Consideration

Alan Leslie
 

Thanks Dean,
I believe that battery balancers are essential.
We have 6v 210Ah batteries in three parallel strings of 4 in series.
Each string has its own balancer for 4 batteries which I bought on Alibaba for minimal cost.
The system works well.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: New Thread on A54 fridge pumps (ATTN: OLIVER Vela Nautica)

Porter McRoberts
 

Really cool Scott. 
Thanks for the update. 
Now we all want the schematic and details I’m sure. 

Thanks for figuring this out!  

Porter

Porter McRoberts 
S/V IBIS A54-152
WhatsApp:+1 754 265 2206
Www.fouribis.net

On Nov 16, 2020, at 5:23 PM, Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:

Second update: I measured the pump flow rate on the original flojet with a hose and bucket and it was 6.5 liters per minute. 

I measured the flow rate on the brushless set at 25% duty cycle and it was a bit over 5 liters per minute. That lower flow rate probably explains some, but not all of the 60% energy savings I am seeing vs. the brushed motor.

Frigoboat literature states that you need to supply 3.8 liters per minute, so even at my lower flow rate, I'm well over the requirement.

What is really odd is that the fridges seem to run better in that they're running less and use less energy. I surmise there may be some truth in Craig Briggs explanation about how warmer water results in more efficient compressor operation. My freezer, which gets cooling water that has been warmed by the first and second fridges, seems to be drawing less energy. Overall, I have a daily power surplus that is greater than the water pump energy savings (with solar output accounted for) can explain.

So far so good. Now let's see if it lasts!



--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: What is this for?

Elja Röllinghoff Balu SM 222
 

You use it in the toilet pic it in the teak bottom it is for your feet to hold you back when the boat rols in big waves

Best Elja
SM Balu 222

Von meinem iPhone gesendet


Re: Lithium Batteries under Consideration

Scott SV Tengah
 

Grant, that's a LOT of capacity! Since you're talking about prop shaft alternators, do you have an older Amel that runs on 12v or are you talking 900amps at 24v? We have 450ah/24v and go through roughly 200-250ah a day while on anchor. In general, solar provides that and a bit more - that said I'm not in the UK or Scandinavia. :)  My math was always that if I add more capacity and didn't have enough renewables, it would just lengthen the period between when I had to run the genset. Are you "balanced" on renewables vs. capacity? 

FWIW - the Victron tech that I spent so much time talking to advised that if I was going to add more capacity, do it within the first six months as the batteries do age (despite marketing materials) and develop higher resistance and the new ones will absorb more charge, causing potential imbalance issues. This is one engineer's instruction so take it with a grain of salt, but I find it valuable because he was basically telling me NOT to purchase more of his company's products because I waited too long. So he hates his sales colleagues and/or he was telling me the truth. 


--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: What is this for?

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

It is an at sea foot rest for when you are sitting on the head. It slots into the grill on the floor. Adjust to your leg length. Henri thinks of every need.

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 18 November 2020 at 00:26 Slavko Despotovic <slavko@...> wrote:

I found this wooden part in front and aft head. Any idea what is this for and where it is mounted. Sorry I feel stupid but can not figure out where to use it.

Thank you.

--
Slavko
SM 2000
#279


Re: What is this for?

Pietro Zaccari
 

Slavko,

if you sit on your throne you can position the foot rest by inserting it into the holes in the shower grate based on your height, in case you need when the boat is heeling.

Pietro and Licia
SM2K 364 BOLERO


Inviato dal mio Galaxy


-------- Messaggio originale --------
Da: Slavko Despotovic <slavko@...>
Data: 17/11/20 11:27 (GMT+00:00)
A: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Oggetto: [AmelYachtOwners] What is this for?

I found this wooden part in front and aft head. Any idea what is this for and where it is mounted. Sorry I feel stupid but can not figure out where to use it.

Thank you.

--
Slavko
SM 2000
#279

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