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Re: Water Pressure Problem

minaxi53 <no_reply@...>
 

I had a similar baffling experience last year with the same faucet.
After doing all the usual stuff I found it was actually a leak from
the supply pipe. Behind the head under the shelf access panel you
will with much twisting of arms get to a copper supply pipe that is
connected to a rubber hose. This was the culprit for me, it had
worked loose with vibration and half the water was spurting into the
space below the head and into the bilge under the floor opposite
closet. I wondered for weeks where that water was coming from!!!
Good luck
Bob
Minaxi SM6
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-- In amelyachtowners@..., "pellegrini1942"
<afpellegrini@...> wrote:

I have an SM 2000 and am experiencing problems with cold water
pressure.
The cockpit shower is fine, but the forward head faucet has almost
no
pressure. The mix of hot and cold is OK, but not as strong as
usual.
The water pump is working and is at 20 psi when off and goes to 26
psi
when it turns on.
Any ideas on the problem will be appreciated.
Regards,
Tony Pellegrini
SM2000 #373
Port Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turkey


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Water Pressure Problem

peter pappas <pjppappas@...>
 

try removing the nozzel head and cleaning the screen. "callisto" 369

pellegrini1942 <afpellegrini@...> wrote: I have an SM 2000 and am experiencing problems with cold water pressure.
The cockpit shower is fine, but the forward head faucet has almost no
pressure. The mix of hot and cold is OK, but not as strong as usual.
The water pump is working and is at 20 psi when off and goes to 26 psi
when it turns on.
Any ideas on the problem will be appreciated.
Regards,
Tony Pellegrini
SM2000 #373
Port Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turkey





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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Future Amel 54 owner

G D <maramu@...>
 

Hi ROger
I'm using on my SM the Bauer Junior II to my entire satisfaction. My advice is dont get away from serious brand such as this one. It is may be more expensive than the rest but it is worth it. Dont forget that getting spare parts if a breakdown occures when u are lost in the middle of nowhere may become a serious issue.
To make it short, no compromise for this kind of equipement. I'm using the monophase type one. The oceanus looks very good as well. My only coment is that the faster you fill up the tank the more heat u generate and once it has cooled down you will realize that your initial 220 Bars may become much less than that. So it may not give in real as many advantage than on the paper.
I bought mine direct from Bauer France.
http://www.bauer-compresseurs.com/
They are very helpfull reliable and speak english. If I'm not mistaken they gave me a discount in the range of 15% based on the tarif price. Anyway it is worth trying.
Wishing you all the best with your new boat but be patient..........
Erick MEJEAN
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Roger Frederiks" <rofred@...>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@...
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Future Amel 54 owner
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 13:51:35 -0000

Hello, Amel owners/adventurers,

Just to introduce myself to the group, having ordered a new 54 some 10
days ago. She won't be delivered till September 2008! But, judging
from the wonderful day of sailing I had on her recently as well as all
the very positive feedback on Amel yachts in general, it will be well
worth waiting for.
My plans are to live aboard and to travel to far flung places, away
from the maddening crowds, and also to use her for scuba diving trips
to remote tropical locations with friends.
I have done a lot of online research, in particular going through most
of the very useful info on this site and by reading most of Patrick
Naegels' excellent AmelCaramel webpages. However, I still have quite a
few questions, some of which have already been dealt with by the Amel
sales staff.
For instance, I'm aware that some Super Maramu owners are sailing with
diving compressors onboard. I've been told that Amel can install a
Poseidon Junior II in the port cockpit locker. Are there any owners
here with such an installation? And if so, is it with the (single
phase) electric drive? FYI, I have been looking at the bigger cousin
of the Bauer Junior, the Oceanus, which has a 40% higher filling
capacity for the same dimensions and a gain of only 6 kg in weight. I
have ordered the Comfort Pack as 1 of the options for my 54, so there
should not be a problem charging batteries, running the 160 ltr/hr
Dessalator as well as charging batteries, and filling diving tanks,
all at the same time.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback from anyone on this. Needless
to say, I have other questions on various boat options, set ups and
general tricks of the trade, but those will come in due course.

Last but not least, if there are any Amel owners out there who might
require someone to help with watchkeeping during a long passage, I
would be delighted to assist. Naturally, I will arrange for my own
travel to and from the boat and I'm happy to contribute towards any
subsistence costs.

Many thanks and fair winds.

Roger


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Future Amel 54 owner

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Hi Roger, We have the Poseidon Junior 11 with electric drive. Neat installation.Noisy ( tell me a compressor that isnt!) but fills an empty bottle in about 28 minutes. Very happy with it. Cheers, Ian .Pen Azen, SM 302

From: "Roger Frederiks" <rofred@...>
Reply-To: amelyachtowners@...
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Future Amel 54 owner
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 13:51:35 -0000

Hello, Amel owners/adventurers,

Just to introduce myself to the group, having ordered a new 54 some 10
days ago. She won't be delivered till September 2008! But, judging
from the wonderful day of sailing I had on her recently as well as all
the very positive feedback on Amel yachts in general, it will be well
worth waiting for.
My plans are to live aboard and to travel to far flung places, away
from the maddening crowds, and also to use her for scuba diving trips
to remote tropical locations with friends.
I have done a lot of online research, in particular going through most
of the very useful info on this site and by reading most of Patrick
Naegels' excellent AmelCaramel webpages. However, I still have quite a
few questions, some of which have already been dealt with by the Amel
sales staff.
For instance, I'm aware that some Super Maramu owners are sailing with
diving compressors onboard. I've been told that Amel can install a
Poseidon Junior II in the port cockpit locker. Are there any owners
here with such an installation? And if so, is it with the (single
phase) electric drive? FYI, I have been looking at the bigger cousin
of the Bauer Junior, the Oceanus, which has a 40% higher filling
capacity for the same dimensions and a gain of only 6 kg in weight. I
have ordered the Comfort Pack as 1 of the options for my 54, so there
should not be a problem charging batteries, running the 160 ltr/hr
Dessalator as well as charging batteries, and filling diving tanks,
all at the same time.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback from anyone on this. Needless
to say, I have other questions on various boat options, set ups and
general tricks of the trade, but those will come in due course.

Last but not least, if there are any Amel owners out there who might
require someone to help with watchkeeping during a long passage, I
would be delighted to assist. Naturally, I will arrange for my own
travel to and from the boat and I'm happy to contribute towards any
subsistence costs.

Many thanks and fair winds.

Roger








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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel 54 Help for Specs.

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Dear John, Am I right to recall that you are an enthusiastic owner of a Kiwi built RIB with an aluminium hull? If so can you send me the details? I am looking at the Southern Pacific Sheerwater, made in Auckland, 3.09m, weighs only 38kgs. Do you carry yours on the aft coachroof or in davits?
To date we have had a Carib, very strong but also very heavy!We are toying with the idea of davits and would be interested to hear from anyone who has fitted the Amel ones .

Also, we have at last done what we should have done when we first bought Pen Azen, namely redesigned the spray hood so we can stand under it and see forward.We did it in Brazil with a very tight timetable . The workmanship leaves something to be desired but the overall effect is an enormous improvement.Essentially all we did was to lengthen the existing stainless frames by 4 cm for the aft two and by 10cm for the forward one. They stay in their original mounts and fold down about 4cm higher than the original. We used the same attachment for the forward edge of the sprayhood and the sprayhood cover when the sprayhood is folded away ( Never folded away on our boat, be it Caribbean or Cape Horn).This allows me ( 6 foot in my socks) to stand upright under the new sprayhood ,wearing shoes. We also made the whole of the forward panel of clear vinyl which can be zipped open. At last we can see where we are going when we are standing up AND I can leave the hood up and stand behind the wheel with my head out of the window AND I can sit on the aft coachroof and see forward---just like the Maramu and the Sharki and no doubt every other Amel except the SM!
( Incidentally, I am sure that tucked away in the Amel archives are to be found various versions of an improved sprayhoood for the SM but under the ancien regime such an alteration would have been the subject of a firm "Non"!)
Anyway, my thanks to Claude and Vito and various other owners who trod the sprayhood path ahead of us. If anyone else is thinking of doing the same thing I can only encourage them as heartily as possible.There are various versions on various boats. If someone will kindly tell me how to add photos to this website I will arrange for the Admiral to bring her dongle into a cybercafe and show you the end result. The stitching is not the prettiest and dear Mario who built the hood for us failed to warn us that he only had brown ( two different browns at that!) leather for the chafing strips, somewhat novel on white Sunbrella but it does the trick. If Brazil had had Stanoid ( which I think is the Amel material) that would have been even better but the Sunbrella is pretty sturdy.
Fair winds, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Uruguay.


Future Amel 54 owner

Roger Frederiks <rofred@...>
 

Hello, Amel owners/adventurers,

Just to introduce myself to the group, having ordered a new 54 some 10
days ago. She won't be delivered till September 2008! But, judging
from the wonderful day of sailing I had on her recently as well as all
the very positive feedback on Amel yachts in general, it will be well
worth waiting for.
My plans are to live aboard and to travel to far flung places, away
from the maddening crowds, and also to use her for scuba diving trips
to remote tropical locations with friends.
I have done a lot of online research, in particular going through most
of the very useful info on this site and by reading most of Patrick
Naegels' excellent AmelCaramel webpages. However, I still have quite a
few questions, some of which have already been dealt with by the Amel
sales staff.
For instance, I'm aware that some Super Maramu owners are sailing with
diving compressors onboard. I've been told that Amel can install a
Poseidon Junior II in the port cockpit locker. Are there any owners
here with such an installation? And if so, is it with the (single
phase) electric drive? FYI, I have been looking at the bigger cousin
of the Bauer Junior, the Oceanus, which has a 40% higher filling
capacity for the same dimensions and a gain of only 6 kg in weight. I
have ordered the Comfort Pack as 1 of the options for my 54, so there
should not be a problem charging batteries, running the 160 ltr/hr
Dessalator as well as charging batteries, and filling diving tanks,
all at the same time.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback from anyone on this. Needless
to say, I have other questions on various boat options, set ups and
general tricks of the trade, but those will come in due course.

Last but not least, if there are any Amel owners out there who might
require someone to help with watchkeeping during a long passage, I
would be delighted to assist. Naturally, I will arrange for my own
travel to and from the boat and I'm happy to contribute towards any
subsistence costs.

Many thanks and fair winds.

Roger


SM 1994 for sale

erik ortel
 

To my regret, I am selling my 1994 SM. Any interested parties may
contact me at the above address. Thank you.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Water Pressure Problem

afpellegrini@...
 

I have cleaned all the filters on the faucets, but it did not make much
difference.
The pressure in the cockpit shower is good so the problem must be in the
line to the forward head. I will work on that in the morning.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Regards,
Tony Pellegrini
Voyageur


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Water Pressure Problem

georges pellegrini <dji314@...>
 

1- it is not a leak. If it was the pump would be running permanently
2- If you have pressure in the other cold water faucets, it must be
either a kink in the cold line to the forward head or a clog in the
faucet.
-pop the pump breaker
-disconnect the cold line at the forward head faucet
-engage briefly the breaker.
-if there is little flow, it's a kink (or clog) in the line
-if there is a good flow, it's a clog in the faucet

G. Pellegrini
Santorin #132


On May 14, 2006, at 10:37 AM, pellegrini1942 wrote:

I have an SM 2000 and am experiencing problems with cold water
pressure.
The cockpit shower is fine, but the forward head faucet has almost no
pressure. The mix of hot and cold is OK, but not as strong as usual.
The water pump is working and is at 20 psi when off and goes to 26 psi
when it turns on.
Any ideas on the problem will be appreciated.
Regards,
Tony Pellegrini
SM2000 #373
Port Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turkey





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Water Pressure Problem

pellegrini1942 <afpellegrini@...>
 

I have an SM 2000 and am experiencing problems with cold water pressure.
The cockpit shower is fine, but the forward head faucet has almost no
pressure. The mix of hot and cold is OK, but not as strong as usual.
The water pump is working and is at 20 psi when off and goes to 26 psi
when it turns on.
Any ideas on the problem will be appreciated.
Regards,
Tony Pellegrini
SM2000 #373
Port Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turkey


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Water Pressure Problem

svmalaika@...
 

Sometimes the screen filters located at the water outlet of the faucets get
clogged with debris and calcium build up. Unscrew the filter and clean it.
This may help, particularly if the problem is only with the forward head. Do the
galley and aft head taps work normally?

Charlie
MALAIKA II, SM 336


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] AMEL 54 Help for specs.

Enrico <ebraglia@...>
 

Dear John,

I am also very interested becouse I ordered the AMEL 54 delivery in
June 2008! Could you be more specific on the type of passarelle you
are using. I was thinking something light (for my wife...) like a
Carbon from EXIT ENGENERING. Any Help appreciated.

Thanks

Enrico

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "John McDougall"
<j.c.mcdougall@...> wrote:

I took delivery of no 21 at end March in Hyeres. I don't know
where you
are but if you require a Mediterranean type stern passerelle,
don't get the
(current) Amel version. It is very awkward to extend and fold
away and
wobbly in use.
John McDougall
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Sent: 04 April 2006 18:13
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] AMEL 54 Help for specs.


I am going to order a new AMEL 54. I wonder if some actual owner
could
help me to better specify options with the manufacturer (size of
generator, type of watermaker etc.). Any help is very apreciated.
Thank you.



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Amel 54 Help for Specs.

John and Anne on Bali Hai <hollamby@...>
 

If I was ordering a 54 I would ask for the following (which it may
already have as I have not seen one and the Amel website does not
contain enough details).
Have the B&G instruments fully interfaced with the Raymarine so that
they can share the Raymarine fluxgate compass and wind instruments
to give you true wind speed and directionand to enable the pilot to
sail at a set angle to the wind.
Have telltales sewn on to the luff of the genoa and the leach of the
main. Sew on matching blue camber stripe in line with the Amel logo
on the main and at the same height on the genoa. Get sacrificial
strips sewn on to the leach and foot of the genoa.
Get the big 160 ltr per hour watermaker so that the watertank can be
filled up with minimum generator hours.
Have the pedestal for the helmsmans and charttable seats supplied by
the New Zealand company making Searider/Surfrider pedestals as it is
the only one made,so far as I know that has gas filled struts to
raise and lowerit and to move the seat in and out.It also swivels so
that it can be used facing against the heeling of the boat and to
face into the cockpit when dining etc. This would mean getting a
Swedish demountable table bracket so that the table can be tucked
away in the big cockpit locker when not in use. These fittings are
not expensive but, in my view are a huge improvement. I can give you
the details of the suppliers if you are interested.
Have teak grab handles fitted on the underside of the fixed part of
the windshield either side of the companionway for the helmsman etc
has something to use when getting up etc especially when it is rough.
If it is not already done have two vinyl windows put in the awning
in the two panels over and in front of the helmsmans seat so that
you can see the set of the two sails when the awning is open.
Test the water maker to ensure that the salinity monitor actually
works.

Good luck, John SM 319


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] AMEL 54 Help for specs.

John McDougall <j.c.mcdougall@...>
 

I took delivery of no 21 at end March in Hyeres. I don't know where you
are but if you require a Mediterranean type stern passerelle, don't get the
(current) Amel version. It is very awkward to extend and fold away and
wobbly in use.
John McDougall

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Sent: 04 April 2006 18:13
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] AMEL 54 Help for specs.


I am going to order a new AMEL 54. I wonder if some actual owner could
help me to better specify options with the manufacturer (size of
generator, type of watermaker etc.). Any help is very apreciated.
Thank you.



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U-drive oil

Judy Rouse
 

We pulled our Autoprop for service, thus draining the oil for the U-
drive. Looking for verification of weight of oil for replacement.
Notes we have from previous postings on this website state 15W40, but
the sticker in the engine room on the place where the oil should be
added states 20W40.

Can anyone confirm which is correct?

Judy Rouse
S/V Security
SM2 #387


Water Maker Question

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Several times on this site it has been mentioned that the water maker salinity sensor operates
at 500 hertz. On the actual solenoid valve on my boat it is labeled as 24 volt/50 hertz (50
Not 500). Does anyone know the source for the 500 hertz specification?

Thanks, Gary


[Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Hi Ian
On my last trip I installed a Blue Sea System Part Number: 8247 Digital Multimeter
with alarm. It has a digital display for Amps, Voltage, Frequency, and Power (watts).
You can see this at their web site. Just google up Blue Sea Systems.

I wired it to the 220 VAC feed to the 220 Volt Breaker Panel so that it
shows all parameters for the power either from the gen set or shore power before
any breakers are set, and also load (either amps or watts) for any given circuit or
combination of circuits. It was a very simple installation. It uses a power
transformer around one of the feed wires to sense amperage and calculate
power. It is great. I only used it for a day or two before coming home and
so on my next trip (3 wks) I will compile a load chart for all 220 VAC circuits.
I'll post that when I finish it.

I did verify that the gen set is putting out exactly its design spec voltage,
frequency, and rated power even at full power load.

I am not sure what you mean by "bung ". The EC sensor has US 1/2 inch pipe
thread. I wrapped it with Teflon plumbers tape and screwed it into the
1/2 inch threaded PVC pipe T.

Sincerely,
Gary

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Ian Shepherd" <ocean53@...> wrote:

Gary,

I fitted an AC current meter by drilling two holes in the left hand side of
the grey plastic 220V box just to the right of the cupboard above the sink.
The holes matched the two threaded studs the poke out of the back of the
meter. I then bolted the appropriate leads in the AC system supply to the
studs and presto, one very useful bit of kit which is viewable whenever the
cupboard door is open. Total cost about $10. It measures AC load from both
shore power and the genset.

I have a 160 Ltr/hour water maker too, and the total AC current draw is 17
amps at full output.

I note your further investigations to the sality probe function. When I get
Crusader back in the water in abou 4 weeks time, I will do the same test
that you did. What did you use to bung the hole that the probe screws into?

Regards

Ian SM 414 Crusader

-------Original Message-------

From: amelliahona
Date: 02/19/06 11:03:14
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "edmund_steele" <edmundsteele@>
wrote:
Ed and others:
I had similar trouble with my 160 l/hr watermater on SM # 335. This
behavior
began about 6 months after it was new (about the time we set off across the
Atlantic).
The 20 amp breaker would trip intermittently and periodically just as yours
did.

This problem continued intermittently until recently when it became more
frequent. So I checked the current draw at the 220 volt breaker panel
in the galley by using a clamp type AC ammeter and with the high pressure
pump running under load. The draw was only 13.5 amps. The breaker is a
20 amp breaker. Normally inductive motor start up loads are high and
you would expect the trip to occur with HP pump motor start, but this has
not been my experience. The trip would happen seemingly randomly and
unrelated to load or start. I didn't have a replacement breaker so I
adjusted
the existing breaker. This is done by turning the red painted "set" screw
on
the back of the breaker slightly. I turned mine each 1/8th turn. This
tensions
a spring inside the breaker and raises the tension that must be developed on
the bi-metallic conductive strip in the breaker that causes a trip when load
exceeds the "breaker size" limit. Of course I no longer know what the
actual
trip value of this breaker is. I intend to replace it with a 25 amp breaker
as
soon as possible.

Note that 13.5 amps is probably not the total current draw for the
desalinator.
The circuit box on the back of the watermaker control panel has a 25 amp
breaker labeled "HP" presumably for the HP pump, and also a 6 amp breaker
labeled "BP" which I presume is the "Brine Pump" or low pressure feed pump.
I will take some more measurements next time I am on the boat to verify this

I am trying to get a copy of the schematic and logic diagrams for the water
maker from Dessalator. So far they have only offered to supplly an
installation wiring diagram. I am prepared to reverse engineer this system
to get to the bottom of these questions.

Regards, Gary Silver s/v Liahona

I had a problem with the 160 l / hour watermaker on SM#331 which
tripped the breaker when it was first put into service. There had
been a seal failure problem with the pre-feed pump and I replaced
this with no change in the breaker tripping behavior. Sometimes the
unit would operate for 30 minutes or so before the breaker tripped. I
tried simply replacing the Amel supplied 20 ampere breaker, assuming
that it was faulty but the problem persisted. After several e-mails
to Amel, they agreed that I should replace the breaker with one rated
for 25 amperes. I did this and the unit has operated perfectly for
the past 12 months. I have since discovered that at least one other
Super Maramu owner has had to make the same modification. I have
assumed that the unit must be drawing around 22 amperes in normal
operation – around 4.8 kW but I have not metered this.

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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

Ian Shepherd <ocean53@...>
 

Gary,

I fitted an AC current meter by drilling two holes in the left hand side of
the grey plastic 220V box just to the right of the cupboard above the sink.
The holes matched the two threaded studs the poke out of the back of the
meter. I then bolted the appropriate leads in the AC system supply to the
studs and presto, one very useful bit of kit which is viewable whenever the
cupboard door is open. Total cost about $10. It measures AC load from both
shore power and the genset.

I have a 160 Ltr/hour water maker too, and the total AC current draw is 17
amps at full output.

I note your further investigations to the sality probe function. When I get
Crusader back in the water in abou 4 weeks time, I will do the same test
that you did. What did you use to bung the hole that the probe screws into?

Regards

Ian SM 414 Crusader

-------Original Message-------

From: amelliahona
Date: 02/19/06 11:03:14
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "edmund_steele" <edmundsteele@...>
wrote:
Ed and others:
I had similar trouble with my 160 l/hr watermater on SM # 335. This
behavior
began about 6 months after it was new (about the time we set off across the
Atlantic).
The 20 amp breaker would trip intermittently and periodically just as yours
did.

This problem continued intermittently until recently when it became more
frequent. So I checked the current draw at the 220 volt breaker panel
in the galley by using a clamp type AC ammeter and with the high pressure
pump running under load. The draw was only 13.5 amps. The breaker is a
20 amp breaker. Normally inductive motor start up loads are high and
you would expect the trip to occur with HP pump motor start, but this has
not been my experience. The trip would happen seemingly randomly and
unrelated to load or start. I didn't have a replacement breaker so I
adjusted
the existing breaker. This is done by turning the red painted "set" screw
on
the back of the breaker slightly. I turned mine each 1/8th turn. This
tensions
a spring inside the breaker and raises the tension that must be developed on
the bi-metallic conductive strip in the breaker that causes a trip when load
exceeds the "breaker size" limit. Of course I no longer know what the
actual
trip value of this breaker is. I intend to replace it with a 25 amp breaker
as
soon as possible.

Note that 13.5 amps is probably not the total current draw for the
desalinator.
The circuit box on the back of the watermaker control panel has a 25 amp
breaker labeled "HP" presumably for the HP pump, and also a 6 amp breaker
labeled "BP" which I presume is the "Brine Pump" or low pressure feed pump.
I will take some more measurements next time I am on the boat to verify this

I am trying to get a copy of the schematic and logic diagrams for the water
maker from Dessalator. So far they have only offered to supplly an
installation wiring diagram. I am prepared to reverse engineer this system
to get to the bottom of these questions.

Regards, Gary Silver s/v Liahona

I had a problem with the 160 l / hour watermaker on SM#331 which
tripped the breaker when it was first put into service. There had
been a seal failure problem with the pre-feed pump and I replaced
this with no change in the breaker tripping behavior. Sometimes the
unit would operate for 30 minutes or so before the breaker tripped. I
tried simply replacing the Amel supplied 20 ampere breaker, assuming
that it was faulty but the problem persisted. After several e-mails
to Amel, they agreed that I should replace the breaker with one rated
for 25 amperes. I did this and the unit has operated perfectly for
the past 12 months. I have since discovered that at least one other
Super Maramu owner has had to make the same modification. I have
assumed that the unit must be drawing around 22 amperes in normal
operation – around 4.8 kW but I have not metered this.

Ed Steele
#331 `DoodleBug'







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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Yacht Security

Ian Shepherd <ocean53@...>
 

I was boarded during the night whilst stern to the town quay in Marmaris
last July. The washboard was up and the companionway hatch cover pulled
closed (but regrettably not locked) as I was sleeping with the a/c on. It's
not easy to drop the washboards quietly for a newcomer, but never the less I
slept through the whole episode.

I lost video and still cameras and my briefcase containing credit cards,
passport, ships papers and VAT receipts etc. THey tried to steal my laptop
from the nav station, but gave up when they could not easily disconnect a
serial cable which was screwed into the computer casing. Luckily the
briefcase was found abandoned in a back alley a couple of days later. The
only item missing were the keys to my flat, which they may have thought were
the boat keys.

It turned out that an Italian boat was robbed in exactly the same spot
three nights previously. My advice is not to moor on the town quay, in
Marmaris but to anchor around the corner. Even there, I had to scare off two
suspicious characters that were very close to my boat in a wooden dinghy one
night.

I am about to build and install a beam sensor (not a PIR) in the right hand
side of the helmsman's seat just above the floor. The receiver would be
above the fuel tank in the cockpit side wall. When the beam is broken, it
will flash the deck and cockpit lights together with my air horn. It won't
be cat proof should one walk on board, but it will sure scare anyone who
crosses the line whilst at anchor!

Ian Shepherd SM 414 Crusader

-------Original Message-------

From: John and Anne on Bali Hai
Date: 03/29/06 17:34:48
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Yacht Security

I have copied an article about security into the files section. It
appeared in the latest issue of the Royal Yachting Association
magazine.
One of the alarming things about it, at least for those of us in the
Mediteranean, is that it indicates that there have been piracy or
perhaps robbery attacks in Greek and Turkish waters.
One of the worst aspects does not get covered, namely robbers coming
on board whilst the crew are asleep.
When we were in the Caribbean we met one couple who were totally
traumatised by two natives getting on board in the middle of the
night with machetes and assaulting them as well as robbing them.They
were on their way back to Europe to sell their boat and in the
meantime they locked themselves in every evening despite the heat. I
read a report that a similar thing happened to a couple anchored in
a bay in St Lucia. A Swan was boarded in Barbuda and the four people
on board were murdered about 15 years ago. When we were in Venezuela
about that time our boat was out of the water in the boat yard and
there was good security by patrols with dogs etc. but we met a
couple who had their boat in a slip and had locked their outboard on
the transom before retiring. Thieves got on board and took the
padlock keys off the chart table and made off with the engine
without waking them We also had our dinghy stolen whilst we were
asleep in a small marina at an offshore island. The thieves had cut
through the painter and made off with the dinghy with a 15 hp
outboard. Luckily we were able to buy a new locally made dinghy and
another engine in Venezuela quite cheaply. The loss of a dinghy is
potentially a major problem as it makes it very difficult to get
ashore when at anchor so we also bought a cheap plastic dinghy as a
precaution.
What should one do.
So far as the yacht is concerned it would be very easy to have a
mesh covered frame to slide in on top of the washboard/hatch and of
course to have some way of securing any hatches with grills so that
there is still ventilation. Joshua Slocombe used to spread thumb
tacks on the deck which made for the noisy departure of boarders.
So far as dinghies are concerned I believe in making up a long
length of strong but flexible stainless wire with eyes swaged on at
both ends. It should be long enough to secure it to a fixing point
at the front of the dinghy and still be long enough to have about 3
or 4 yards of scope for those many occasions when there is only one
place for all the cruisers to go ashore
I did have a nice long plastic covered wire made by Masterlock but
one day the eye splice fell off as the plastic had chafed through
and the non stainless wire had rusted through without any obvious
sign of weakness !

Happy sailing, Anne and John SM 319







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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Fuel dip stick

Ian Shepherd <ocean53@...>
 

Hi Dave,

I have not broken the dip stick, but the piece of cord at the top came off a
couple of years ago and disappeared into the bowels of the fuel tank never
to be seen again despite removing the inspection covers and having a good
look.

So far, no problems.

Regards

Ian SM 414 Crusader

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From: chislyons
Date: 03/28/06 16:43:36
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Fuel dip stick

Has anyone broken the fuel dip stick? We had a mishap and broke the
stick at the 300 liter mark and end piece is in the tank. Does anyone
know if this will cause a problem with the piece blocking or
restricting the fuel to the engine?
Thanks

Dave