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Re: Our first 200nm Day

Judy Rouse
 

I'm jealous! We did the Grenada to Isla Margarita passage at speeds
of 9.8 SOG with just genoa poled and preventers on main and mizzen.
You did far better. Congratulations on completion of a safe and fast
passage.

Judy
S/V BeBe
Amel SM2 #387

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "agav8ter" <agav8ter@...> wrote:

Hello all,

We set sail from Grenada bound for Boniare. We set the poles and both
head sails. The first 24 hours showed 202nm on the GPS over the bottom
and the second day clocked 199nm over the bottom. Yes, I know the
current was with us. The GPS showed an average of 8.4 kts. and a top
speed of 12.7. For us this was really moving!! We normally let the
sails breathe and take it easy, as the boat is way tougher than us, so
it was fun to be going so fast! What a please to be dry, safe and
comfy while getting where you want to go.

Tony
WORLD CITIZEN
SM #266


freshwater toilet flush

drdavegoodman
 

Greetings all;
I am installing Jabsco electric quiet flush heads on a 1998 SM and
researching freshwater vs salt water flush. I have received
conflicting info on this topic and hope that someone has some
experience they can share. Amel recommended I use the 24v Jabsco
electric quite flush connected to saltwater. These require a
pressurized water intake system, minimum 3.5 GPM. If I use the
existing sea water connection, I must install a pressure pump for each
head. If I tap into the freshwater system going to the sinks and
showers, this is already pressurized, and I do not need to install an
additional pump. There are many advantages to using freshwater vs
seawater. However there are 2 main concerns that I can see (1)
depleting your freshwater with flushing and (2) freshwater system
contamination. The first concern is answered by the fact that our
boat has a watermaker that can easily keep up with demand, and the
boat carries 1000 liters (about 250 gallons?) of water. The second
concern is answered by use of the electric solenoid valve in the
freshwater intake line (placed near the toilet, about 6 inches above
the toilet intake)which eliminates the possibility of
back-contamination. Any advise in this matter would be greatly
appreciated.
Dave on Bel Ami


--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "John & Ruth Martin"
<jjmartin24@...> wrote:

Hello All

Has anyone with an SM connected their toilets to the ship's fresh water
supply ? I have studied the plumbing and it seems it would be easy. I
would cut the salt water intake hose for the toilets and insert a
valve.
Then I would cut the fresh water hose (before it goes to the pump)
and place
a valve there with a hose teed to the salt water intake. I would
then cut
off the salt water and open the fresh water. This would make the
toilets
smell fresher and be less corrosive to the toilet components than salt
water. If berthed at a marina with abundant fresh water, it seems
like
this would be a good idea, especially if in a dirty harbor. When going
cruising, I could easily convert back to the salt water flush. I would
welcome any comments.

Also, in reading up on the SM, I've found a little known problem
regarding
the proper lifting points (when using straps, not hooking to the
lifting
eyes) for the boat. It appears that the proper place for the aft
lifting
straps is exactly where the aft lifting eye is located; but the
proper place
for the forward lifting strap is aligned with the hatch of the
forward head,
not aligned with the forward lifting eye. If you position the
forward strap
at the forward eye, you can easily damage the speedo unit, which is
aligned
with the forward eye. Some SM owners have mysteriously developed leaks
around their speedos and this may be the reason.

Lastly, a pointer I just discovered using naval jelly. I've had
amazing
results using naval jelly to clean up stainless and chrome items like
fishing reels, diving equipment, turnbuckles, etc. I apply the
naval jelly,
scrub with a toothbrush, let sit for 10 minutes, and the pieces turn
out
like brand new !

Happy New Year to all,

John Martin
SM #248 "Moon Dog"




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Decking systems for Euros

m_iachelli
 

Hello everybody,
I'm owner of An Euros with a cockpit remade in teak. Unfortunately the
installation was poor or the deck is very old (or both...). In any
case, I need to replace it. I'm not very fond of teak in a cruising
yacht (they are wonderful on a tradition/classic yacht, but beauty
being probably their only quality) and I'd like to replace with
something else. The original gelcoat has been badly damaged durig the
installation and I'm looking for some alternatives and suggestions. Has
anybody tried Flexiteek? I've heard of a product called "Aikon" but I
cannot find it on the web. Does anybody knows it? I was wondering about
the decking system of later Amel models, If I'm not mistaking it should
be some kind of anti-skidding gelcoat, am I right? I'd appreciate any
ideas, suggestions, informations and advices. Thank you all.
Mauro
Euros#166 Karyan

PS: By the way any other ideas on the cockpit table?


Our first 200nm Day

Ag Av8ter
 

Hello all,

We set sail from Grenada bound for Boniare. We set the poles and both
head sails. The first 24 hours showed 202nm on the GPS over the bottom
and the second day clocked 199nm over the bottom. Yes, I know the
current was with us. The GPS showed an average of 8.4 kts. and a top
speed of 12.7. For us this was really moving!! We normally let the
sails breathe and take it easy, as the boat is way tougher than us, so
it was fun to be going so fast! What a please to be dry, safe and
comfy while getting where you want to go.

Tony
WORLD CITIZEN
SM #266


Seacocks

sgmrktg
 

Does anyone know who manufactured the seacocks used on the 1984 Amel
Sharki? I need to replace a handle and cannot identify the mfr. Thanks
for any input.


Re: Canopy for AMEL 54

Judy Rouse
 

Dave,

We would use the Shadetree Awnings more often if:
1.) We were at one place for longer than a week or two.
2.) And if we did not have a custom extended bimini with shade panels
on the sides and back; we also have a large canvas shade awning which
was made in La Rochelle that covers from the main mast to the mizzen.

We think Shadetree is a good product. It actually provides a greater
area of shade than our other two systems; however, our other systems
are quicker to rig. We are on the move quite often and having a third
shade system is really too much...that is if you can have too much
shade in the tropics.

Best,

Bill Rouse - sailing with Captain Judy
s/v BeBe
SM2 #387


--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "drdavegoodman"
<drdavegoodman@...> wrote:

Hi Judy;
I'm wondering why you decided not to use the Shade Tree, and am also
wondering what you have rigged up as an alternative. I have found
that once the shade tree is rigged up, it works well. But it is quite
labor intensive to get it rigged, and I wonder about utilizing a
system thats easier to rig.
Thanks
Dave


Re: Canopy for AMEL 54

drdavegoodman
 

Hi Judy;
I'm wondering why you decided not to use the Shade Tree, and am also
wondering what you have rigged up as an alternative. I have found
that once the shade tree is rigged up, it works well. But it is quite
labor intensive to get it rigged, and I wonder about utilizing a
system thats easier to rig.
Thanks
Dave

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Judy" <sailingjudy@...> wrote:

Gary,

We have a set of 3 Shade Tree Awnings that have barely been used, if
you are interested in purchasing a set. We are in Isla Margarita and
will be in Bonaire approximately August 1st. We have not used the
Shade Tree Awnings because we have an another cover. The Shade Tree
Awnings do fold into compact storage bags. We also have extra poles
and extra hardware for these awnings. If you are interested, you can
contact us at KE5TFK "at" winlink.org (replacing the "at" with @ )

Judy & Bill Rouse
S/V BeBe
Amel SM2 #387

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@>
wrote:

Dear Dave,
Thank you very much for the information-I have looked at there web
site and have start a dialog with them. The awnings look like they
will provide great protection and assume that they will break down to
a very small storage size.
Thanks, Gary



--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "drdavegoodman"
<drdavegoodman@> wrote:

I recently a 53 SM 1998. The previous owner used a canopy produced
by
"Shade Tree" [http://www.intheshd.com/]. It comes in 3 sections to
cover the entire boat. Some of the sections and tent pole pieces
are
quite worn, and in need of repair, which makes assembly and
disassembly quite difficult. The middle section and poles are in
very
good shape, and even though thats the biggest section, it goes on
the
easiest. It has taken me about 1-2 hours to set up and to break
down,
but each time I do it it goes faster. It provides great sun
protection. I plan to get the worn sections repaired as well as get
some new pole sections, and that should make the
assembly/disassembly
process much easier and faster.

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@>
wrote:

Our vessel is presently moored in Spanish Waters,Curacao and will
be
there thru November/December. We would like to have a canopy made
to
cover the vessel and us from the hot sun. Plus it would help keep
the
interior cooler. So we are looking for recommendations & names of
businesses we could contact in Curacao to make a portable canopy.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] SM Mizen furling Drive shaft unscrewing itself from the gear box

Richard Piller <richard03801@...>
 

Graham, try turning the handle the other way to roll
up the sail. That way the screw is always getting
tighter. It should run out easy.

Good luck and fair winds.
Richard SM 209&#92;

--- Graham Boyd <crwggb@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Hi

Dear All

When I tried to furl the mizen sail into the mast
using a winch
handle in the hole on the front of the mizen mast,
after a few turns
the sail would no longer furl and the winch handle
turned freely as
though the gear box at the bottom of the furling
foil had broken. I
disconnected the gear box from the mast and
discovered that the
drive shaft that goes through the mast into the
gear box had become
unscrewed from the gear box. I screwed the drive
shaft back into the
gear box and tried the system again but it continues
to become
unscrewed and you can't furl the sail.

How do I get this drive shaft to remain screwed into
the gear box? Is
there a pin that has perhaps sheared? or do I just
put epoxy glu on
the screw threads and hope it holds?

I look forward to your help and advice with this
problem,

Graham G Boyd
SM 140 SULA




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Re: Canopy for AMEL 54

Judy Rouse
 

Gary,

We have a set of 3 Shade Tree Awnings that have barely been used, if
you are interested in purchasing a set. We are in Isla Margarita and
will be in Bonaire approximately August 1st. We have not used the
Shade Tree Awnings because we have an another cover. The Shade Tree
Awnings do fold into compact storage bags. We also have extra poles
and extra hardware for these awnings. If you are interested, you can
contact us at KE5TFK "at" winlink.org (replacing the "at" with @ )

Judy & Bill Rouse
S/V BeBe
Amel SM2 #387

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@...>
wrote:

Dear Dave,
Thank you very much for the information-I have looked at there web
site and have start a dialog with them. The awnings look like they
will provide great protection and assume that they will break down to
a very small storage size.
Thanks, Gary



--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "drdavegoodman"
<drdavegoodman@> wrote:

I recently a 53 SM 1998. The previous owner used a canopy produced
by
"Shade Tree" [http://www.intheshd.com/]. It comes in 3 sections to
cover the entire boat. Some of the sections and tent pole pieces
are
quite worn, and in need of repair, which makes assembly and
disassembly quite difficult. The middle section and poles are in
very
good shape, and even though thats the biggest section, it goes on
the
easiest. It has taken me about 1-2 hours to set up and to break
down,
but each time I do it it goes faster. It provides great sun
protection. I plan to get the worn sections repaired as well as get
some new pole sections, and that should make the
assembly/disassembly
process much easier and faster.

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@>
wrote:

Our vessel is presently moored in Spanish Waters,Curacao and will
be
there thru November/December. We would like to have a canopy made
to
cover the vessel and us from the hot sun. Plus it would help keep
the
interior cooler. So we are looking for recommendations & names of
businesses we could contact in Curacao to make a portable canopy.


Re: Canopy for AMEL 54

gwollenberg <bozocinq@...>
 

Dear Dave,
Thank you very much for the information-I have looked at there web
site and have start a dialog with them. The awnings look like they
will provide great protection and assume that they will break down to
a very small storage size.
Thanks, Gary



--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "drdavegoodman"
<drdavegoodman@...> wrote:

I recently a 53 SM 1998. The previous owner used a canopy produced
by
"Shade Tree" [http://www.intheshd.com/]. It comes in 3 sections to
cover the entire boat. Some of the sections and tent pole pieces
are
quite worn, and in need of repair, which makes assembly and
disassembly quite difficult. The middle section and poles are in
very
good shape, and even though thats the biggest section, it goes on
the
easiest. It has taken me about 1-2 hours to set up and to break
down,
but each time I do it it goes faster. It provides great sun
protection. I plan to get the worn sections repaired as well as get
some new pole sections, and that should make the
assembly/disassembly
process much easier and faster.

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@>
wrote:

Our vessel is presently moored in Spanish Waters,Curacao and will
be
there thru November/December. We would like to have a canopy made
to
cover the vessel and us from the hot sun. Plus it would help keep
the
interior cooler. So we are looking for recommendations & names of
businesses we could contact in Curacao to make a portable canopy.


Re: Canopy for AMEL 54

drdavegoodman
 

I recently a 53 SM 1998. The previous owner used a canopy produced by
"Shade Tree" [http://www.intheshd.com/]. It comes in 3 sections to
cover the entire boat. Some of the sections and tent pole pieces are
quite worn, and in need of repair, which makes assembly and
disassembly quite difficult. The middle section and poles are in very
good shape, and even though thats the biggest section, it goes on the
easiest. It has taken me about 1-2 hours to set up and to break down,
but each time I do it it goes faster. It provides great sun
protection. I plan to get the worn sections repaired as well as get
some new pole sections, and that should make the assembly/disassembly
process much easier and faster.

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "gwollenberg" <bozocinq@...>
wrote:

Our vessel is presently moored in Spanish Waters,Curacao and will be
there thru November/December. We would like to have a canopy made to
cover the vessel and us from the hot sun. Plus it would help keep the
interior cooler. So we are looking for recommendations & names of
businesses we could contact in Curacao to make a portable canopy.


SM Mizen furling Drive shaft unscrewing itself from the gear box

Graham Boyd
 

Hi

Dear All

When I tried to furl the mizen sail into the mast using a winch
handle in the hole on the front of the mizen mast, after a few turns
the sail would no longer furl and the winch handle turned freely as
though the gear box at the bottom of the furling foil had broken. I
disconnected the gear box from the mast and discovered that the
drive shaft that goes through the mast into the gear box had become
unscrewed from the gear box. I screwed the drive shaft back into the
gear box and tried the system again but it continues to become
unscrewed and you can't furl the sail.

How do I get this drive shaft to remain screwed into the gear box? Is
there a pin that has perhaps sheared? or do I just put epoxy glu on
the screw threads and hope it holds?

I look forward to your help and advice with this problem,

Graham G Boyd
SM 140 SULA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Microwave replacement

dianexnielsen@...
 

Bill & Judy,
We did purchase a Sharp R-228H Microwave Oven on-line at http://www.western-international.com. The price and shipping were very reasonable. It is smaller than the original, white which does brighten up the galley, it does not have the grill which didn't matter as we would most likely not use the grill much. It works great. Thank you for your information.
Diane & Pat
s/v Shenanigans SM123


Canopy for AMEL 54

gwollenberg <bozocinq@...>
 

Our vessel is presently moored in Spanish Waters,Curacao and will be
there thru November/December. We would like to have a canopy made to
cover the vessel and us from the hot sun. Plus it would help keep the
interior cooler. So we are looking for recommendations & names of
businesses we could contact in Curacao to make a portable canopy.


Re: Microwave replacement

Judy Rouse
 

Diane,

Our "repaired" microwave failed again. We had Caroline at Amel in
Guadeloupe purchase the same microwave that Gary describes below. She
is holding it until we arrive in Bonaire and will ship it to us there.

Her email address is amel.caraibes "at" wanadoo.fr..substitute the
"at" with @.

Best,

Bill & Judy Rouse
s/v BeBe
SM2 #387



- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:

Diane:

We just replaced our microwave on our SM 2000 , hull #335 while we
were in Guadeloupe
for a few weeks. We measured the cabinetry space and bracket
available, including the
recess' in the the wood base into which the microwave rubber feet
fit, and found a near
perfect fit with a Samsung 82 W -X 23L purchased from the Conforma
store on the road
to the airport. It is a 220 volt, 50 Hertz model, white in color so
that it lightens the galley
up a little bit and does not have the browning element. It isn't
quite as tall as the original
Amel provided microwave but measures the same in all other
dimensions. I utilized a
piece of dark colored closed cell foam padding under the hold down
bracket to make up
for the height and it is barely visible in the rather dark recesses
where the hold down
bracket is located. I considered purchasing a 110 volt 60 hertz
unit and running it off my
inverter but in the end decided to stick with a 50 hertz unit.

Regards, Gary Silver


[Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Dual Racor 500 facts or myths?

Judy Rouse
 

According to the Racor information supplied with the adapters, the
rubber spacer is required for those units which have a "flat top
surface" on the cross bar at the base of the standpipe. This
description is not very clear to me yet as I have not looked inside
the filter unit.

I believe that the primary source of the confusion is that Racor
decided to change the filter unit and then change the filter elements
without changing the element part number. I have been told that
complete information is on their website, but buried deeply. I have
searched their website and have not been able to locate the
information. You may be able to get more information if you can call
their 800 number at 800-344-3286.

One thing that troubles me is that I met a Beneteau owner yesterday.
He ordered and received delivery of a new Beneteau including a factory
installed dual Racor in 2004. He says that his dual Racor is the
older model and he has to use the adapters. This worries me.
Fortunately, I have obtained some adapters from another cruiser and I
still have a supply of the older red/orange filters, so I will not
have an issue until that supply depletes.

Regards,

Bill Rouse
s/v BeBe anchored Isla Margarita, VZ
SM2 #387


--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, svmalaika@... wrote:

Thanks for the Racor filter information. Our dual Racor was
installed by
AMEL in 2005, but I am not sure when it was built. The brown 2
micron filters we
use do not appear to go down below the standpipe hole. Is it obvious
from
visual inspection when the filter slides too low, or is it more
subtle?

Regards,

Charlie & Ruth
MALAIKA II, SM 336



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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Dual Racor 500 facts or myths?

svmalaika@...
 

Thanks for the Racor filter information. Our dual Racor was installed by
AMEL in 2005, but I am not sure when it was built. The brown 2 micron filters we
use do not appear to go down below the standpipe hole. Is it obvious from
visual inspection when the filter slides too low, or is it more subtle?

Regards,

Charlie & Ruth
MALAIKA II, SM 336



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Re: Dual Racor 500 facts or myths?

Judy Rouse
 

We found some information on the adapter...here it is:
Racor 500 Series Built about 1996 or 1997 and before may need a Spacer
if using the new Racor element 2010 S T or P. This Filter can be
easy identified by the recess at the bottom of the filter.

If not used the filter may go far down into the housing past the hole
in the suction pipe and the filter will be bypassed. Racor Part # 15424

Racor will provide the spacer at no cost - not even a
shipping/handling fee - or you can cut your own from 5/16" i.d. flex
fuel hose, 1 inch in length. Call this number to get your free
spacers: (800-344-3286)

Cheers,

Bill & Judy Rouse
s/v BeBe
SM2 #387

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Judy" <sailingjudy@...> wrote:

We recently purchased a new supply of Racor filters and noticed that
the color of the plastic on the Racor brand 2 micron filter was now
beige/brown, whereas the previous Racor brand 2 micron filter was
red/orange.

We were discussing this someone else who insisted that the new
redesigned 2 micron filter would not work properly in a Dual Racor 500
that was manufactured prior to 2006. He said that you had to get an
adapter from Racor which was placed on the standpipe prior to
inserting a new filter. He said the adapter looked like a small piece
of PVC pipe that fit over the standpipe. He said if you did not use
the adapter, fuel would bypass the new beige/brown filter and make the
dual Racor inoperable.

I found nothing at the Racor website at
http://www.parker.com/ead/cm1.asp?cmid=392

Is this Fact or Myth?

Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

Regards,

Bill & Judy Rouse
s/v BeBe
SM2 #387


Dual Racor 500 facts or myths?

Judy Rouse
 

We recently purchased a new supply of Racor filters and noticed that
the color of the plastic on the Racor brand 2 micron filter was now
beige/brown, whereas the previous Racor brand 2 micron filter was
red/orange.

We were discussing this someone else who insisted that the new
redesigned 2 micron filter would not work properly in a Dual Racor 500
that was manufactured prior to 2006. He said that you had to get an
adapter from Racor which was placed on the standpipe prior to
inserting a new filter. He said the adapter looked like a small piece
of PVC pipe that fit over the standpipe. He said if you did not use
the adapter, fuel would bypass the new beige/brown filter and make the
dual Racor inoperable.

I found nothing at the Racor website at
http://www.parker.com/ead/cm1.asp?cmid=392

Is this Fact or Myth?

Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

Regards,

Bill & Judy Rouse
s/v BeBe
SM2 #387


Geonav Plotter

ianjenkins1946 <ianjudyjenkins@hotmail.com>
 

Our SM is no 302, launched in June 2000.I need another chart chip for the Geonav plotter but I am in London and the boat is in Uruguay.Some of the new Navionics cahrt chips use an updated software and I cannot remember which software I have. From memory the software number comes up when you first switch on the plotter.
Is there anyone out there on a SM numbered between 297and 307 who can tell me what software number they have? Thanks, Ian and Judy Jenkins, Pen Azen

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