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Down wind pole corrosion damage

Thomas Kleman
 

A small crack emerged from under the black cover on the inner down wind pole. I drilled out the cover's retaining rivets and saw the full damage. Visiting the local welder to discuss options. Glad I found this prior to February's Panama City to Marquesas passage. 

Tom and Kirstin 
SM2K 422
SV L'ORIENT


Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Matt Salatino
 

Mohammed, photos?

~~~⛵️~~~Matt

On Nov 11, 2019, at 10:53 AM, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:

Hello Stefan;

 

After the first season aboard Kokomo about 5 years ago, we started looking for a solution for the “banging” you refer to. After a few iterations of trying different solutions, we came up with our final solution that we affectionately refer to as the “slap slap device”.

 

It basically consists of two layers of mesh fabric (the same material cargo straps are made of), strengthened by 1 inch mesh straps sewed in both directions every 18 inches. The two layers are then sewed together forming several pockets that we have inserted 2 mm waterproof foam for floatation and sound insulation. This is custom made to fit the entire stern from the trailing edge of the rudder to the back of the transom and all the way to the sides about 12 inches above the water line. It has several long straps for attachment to the lifelines/stanchions.

 

We simply deploy from the stern and slip it under the stern from the sides. We just attach four of the straps to the lifelines (just at the forward/rudder end) and let the rest happily float and move up and down with the water movement, under the stern. This provides an insulated barrier between the water line and the hull, where the hull rises out of the water at the stern and the sound originates from.

 

It takes one person about 5 minutes to deploy and retrieve. We simply fold and hang on the life lines, after retrieval, to dry.

 

This will handle almost all conditions that we typically anchor in, where the boat is facing the wind and waves. It does not do as well when larger waves are coming from the stern, but does help to dampen the sound (this is not a common condition). We also deploy her at marinas/harbors where small wavelets are present. As soon as deployed, it transforms the master cabin from a drum machine, into a quiet place to rest and relax. It is on extremely rare occasions that we have to move to the forward cabin due to sound.

 

We have now utilized our slap slap device for 5 seasons in the Med. It has been used in all conditions from 2-3 knot currents to 35-40 knot winds. She is almost like new and should last for a few more years. It has made a huge difference for us, as the master cabin was one of the major selling points of the 54 and we could not imagine, not being to utilize it.

 

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Stefan Schaufert via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 5:48 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Wave slap / banging under the stern

 

Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo


Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Courtney Gorman
 

Learn to sleep with a pillow over your head and hope your wife still loves you 


On Nov 11, 2019, at 9:48 AM, Stefan Schaufert <mail@...> wrote:

Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo


Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Peter Forbes
 

Hi Stephan,

We too were concerned about this but as Bill and Mark rightly say it just goes away as an irritant after a short time on board.

Peter
Peter Forbes
0044 7836 209730
Carango  Sailing Ketch
Amel 54 #035
In La Rochelle

On 11 Nov 2019, at 14:40, Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

Hi Stefan,
 
In the past, we have effectively used swimming noodles. Put a rope through about three of them and attach each end of the rope to the furthest aft cleats on the toe-rail (level with the portholes of the aft cabin). Pull the noodles into position under the stern. 
 
No that we have been living on the boat for quite some time, the noise no longer bothers us. At first it was very annoying. 
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Vista Mar, Panama
 
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Stefan Schaufert
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 9:48 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Wave slap / banging under the stern
 
Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo 



Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hello Stefan;

 

After the first season aboard Kokomo about 5 years ago, we started looking for a solution for the “banging” you refer to. After a few iterations of trying different solutions, we came up with our final solution that we affectionately refer to as the “slap slap device”.

 

It basically consists of two layers of mesh fabric (the same material cargo straps are made of), strengthened by 1 inch mesh straps sewed in both directions every 18 inches. The two layers are then sewed together forming several pockets that we have inserted 2 mm waterproof foam for floatation and sound insulation. This is custom made to fit the entire stern from the trailing edge of the rudder to the back of the transom and all the way to the sides about 12 inches above the water line. It has several long straps for attachment to the lifelines/stanchions.

 

We simply deploy from the stern and slip it under the stern from the sides. We just attach four of the straps to the lifelines (just at the forward/rudder end) and let the rest happily float and move up and down with the water movement, under the stern. This provides an insulated barrier between the water line and the hull, where the hull rises out of the water at the stern and the sound originates from.

 

It takes one person about 5 minutes to deploy and retrieve. We simply fold and hang on the life lines, after retrieval, to dry.

 

This will handle almost all conditions that we typically anchor in, where the boat is facing the wind and waves. It does not do as well when larger waves are coming from the stern, but does help to dampen the sound (this is not a common condition). We also deploy her at marinas/harbors where small wavelets are present. As soon as deployed, it transforms the master cabin from a drum machine, into a quiet place to rest and relax. It is on extremely rare occasions that we have to move to the forward cabin due to sound.

 

We have now utilized our slap slap device for 5 seasons in the Med. It has been used in all conditions from 2-3 knot currents to 35-40 knot winds. She is almost like new and should last for a few more years. It has made a huge difference for us, as the master cabin was one of the major selling points of the 54 and we could not imagine, not being to utilize it.

 

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Stefan Schaufert via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 5:48 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Wave slap / banging under the stern

 

Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo


Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Stefan,

 

In the past, we have effectively used swimming noodles. Put a rope through about three of them and attach each end of the rope to the furthest aft cleats on the toe-rail (level with the portholes of the aft cabin). Pull the noodles into position under the stern.

 

No that we have been living on the boat for quite some time, the noise no longer bothers us. At first it was very annoying.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Vista Mar, Panama

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Stefan Schaufert
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 9:48 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Wave slap / banging under the stern

 

Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo


Re: Desperate plea for an alternator/charging problem - Amel Euros 41, 1976, MD21a engine

 

Andrew,

You will not find 24 volts in your Euros. Later model Amels have 24 volts, beginning with the Super Maramu.

--
CW Bill Rouse Amel Yacht Owners School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   


On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 2:45 AM Andrew Eaves <andyeaves@...> wrote:
Hi John 

Thanks for the offer and advice!
 
Sorry for the delay, yes an auto electrician found it in 20 mins. It was the alternator bulb/lamp. What usually comes on when your alternator is faulty in a car, but I never knew this bulb was in the circuit as it never had worked. Lesson learnt here now. Still one alternator to repair and batteries would benefit from being changed. Also to my knowledge this system is now just 12v, I haven't found any 24v lying around anywhere yet.
 
Thanks for your help, learning curve here!
 
Regards


Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

 

Stefan,

I know that this is hard to believe, but the number one cure is time. Over a period of months, this will become less of a distraction to you and you will become more accustomed to it. There are many things you can do and/or buy, but none really changes the waves or the shape of the hull. 

The slapping issue is caused by the waves or swell, not the Amel 54, although the Amel 54 will be worse than the SM. The 54 has a wider flatter stern hull...more area to slap.

--
CW Bill Rouse Amel Yacht Owners School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   


On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 8:45 AM ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
I  notice it in harbour, not at anchor so much, but if I run the fan all night it helps drown it out.

Nick

Amelia
AML 54-019
On 11 Nov 2019, at 14:32, Germain Jean-Pierre <jp.germain45@...> wrote:

Hi Gents,

WE have an SM, so we have the same problem perhaps worse.

We use large clothes pegs and attach a blanket overboard across the transom .. its a bit of a faffff but it reduces the wave slap.

After the condition, we wash the blanket .

Good luck.


Jean-Pierre Germain, SY Eleuthera, SM 007, Opua, NZ
jp.germain45@...



On 12 Nov 2019, at 03:27, Ian <parkianj@...> wrote:

Hmmm
If it’s really bad we move up front. Tried a couple of other things, but nothing that really works.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96







Re: Final on the genset exhaust fan wiring

 

Thanks Eric.

Your description reflects that the fuse and capacitor are each in series on the load, with the fuse and capacitor parallel to one another. I assume that wiring the fuse and capacitor parallel to one another and in series on the load is the same as each being wired in-line and in series to the load. I suspect that either way the fuse and capacitor will do their job. Since I am not an electrician, I would wire them in-line and in series to the load with the fuse between the load source and the capacitor and the capacitor between the fuse and blower. But, my method  probably isn't as clean and neat. One day I will go back to school, maybe.😀

--
CW Bill Rouse Amel Yacht Owners School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   


On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 10:59 PM eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:

Hi Bill ,Here is how the genset fan is wired:

green yellow  in the cable to the fan green yellow

Blue in the cable to the blue on on the fan

Red from the cable to the fuse.

Then one side of the capacitor and the brown wire from to the fan connected together to the other side  side of the fuse.
The brown and the capacitor wire are connected in parallel to the fuse

Black wire from the fan connected to the other side of the capacitor.

Fair Winds,
Eric
Sm 376 Kimberlite



Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

ngtnewington Newington
 

I  notice it in harbour, not at anchor so much, but if I run the fan all night it helps drown it out.

Nick

Amelia
AML 54-019

On 11 Nov 2019, at 14:32, Germain Jean-Pierre <jp.germain45@...> wrote:

Hi Gents,

WE have an SM, so we have the same problem perhaps worse.

We use large clothes pegs and attach a blanket overboard across the transom .. its a bit of a faffff but it reduces the wave slap.

After the condition, we wash the blanket .

Good luck.


Jean-Pierre Germain, SY Eleuthera, SM 007, Opua, NZ
jp.germain45@...



On 12 Nov 2019, at 03:27, Ian <parkianj@...> wrote:

Hmmm
If it’s really bad we move up front. Tried a couple of other things, but nothing that really works.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96







Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Hi Gents,

WE have an SM, so we have the same problem perhaps worse.

We use large clothes pegs and attach a blanket overboard across the transom .. its a bit of a faffff but it reduces the wave slap.

After the condition, we wash the blanket .

Good luck.


Jean-Pierre Germain, SY Eleuthera, SM 007, Opua, NZ
jp.germain45@...

On 12 Nov 2019, at 03:27, Ian <parkianj@...> wrote:

Hmmm
If it’s really bad we move up front. Tried a couple of other things, but nothing that really works.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96



Re: Wave slap / banging under the stern

Ian Park
 

Hmmm
If it’s really bad we move up front. Tried a couple of other things, but nothing that really works.

Ian

Ocean Hobo SN96


Raw water pump on Volvo D3

ngtnewington Newington
 

I have another question for the group.

Two years ago in Trinidad I replaced the bearings and seals on  the raw water pump on my Volvo D3 as it was dripping sea water. Not ideal since the 12v alternator is directly below!!! Since then it has not leaked a drop it until now. I noticed a few crystals of salt on a little plastic tray, I keep below the pump, whilst putting the boat to bed for the winter.

The rebuild two years ago was some 500  engine hours ago. 

Is that normal? I am a bit disappointed. I was hoping for double that.


What to do?

1. Buy whole new pump at a cost of £525.

2. Buy the rebuild kit that includes a new shaft. £225

3. or just fit a new lip seal that costs very little about £5

Nick

S/Y Amelia

AML 54-019 
Bazimakopolos yard, Greece






Wave slap / banging under the stern

Stefan Schaufert
 

Hello to all,

today a less technical issue.
Do somebody got a (temporarily) solution against the banging (and often really annyoing) waves under the stern/ owners bed of the AMEL 53/ 54/ 55 - when on anchor?

Best regards
Stefan
A54 119 Lady Charlyette - Porto Santo


Re: Bowthruster Gear Oil

ngtnewington Newington
 

Thanks James and everyone else. I am home in the UK for the winter. October was gorgeous in Greece. The sea was warm enough to swim and the air pleasantly warm in the day and almost chilly at night. 

Amelia is ready to launch, but it will be a long winter in the UK.

Nick

On 11 Nov 2019, at 13:09, James Alton via Groups.Io <lokiyawl2@...> wrote:

Nick,

   Ahh, so it has finally cooled off in Greece. But what a nice October we had this year eh?  As you have already suspected I am sure that the difference in the flow of the oil is just the viscosity has increase from the temperature.  This is the same reason that changing engine oil with the engine warm, much easier.  In the future if you have the same problem,  just put some gentle heat on the unit such as a 100 watt clamp light or a small thermostatically controlled heater  (in a pinch a hair dryer, but keep an eye on these things, not rated for continuous use) .  No need to get anything really hot, just bring the oil up to 100F or so and it will be much thinner and should flow.  It might take hours of gentle heating to accomplish this, especially if the 54’s have fibreglass cases on the lower units of the bow thruster which does not conduct heat very well.  Hope you also had a good season in Greece this year.

James
SV Sueno
Preveza,  Greece
Also now high and dry..

On Nov 10, 2019, at 9:15 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

I recently hauled out and decided to drain the gear oil from the Bowthruster, the oil was good and not cloudy but after two years needed changing.

Then after replacing the oil drain screw filled up the oil reservoir with 90 weight gear oil. The problem is that the gear oil will not flow. There is obviously some kind of air lock. I managed to get about 250ml in by Blowing into the reservoir, i.e. pressurising it. 

I have now left the boat for the winter and maybe the oil will work its way down by gravity. 

I looked for a bleed screw to let the air out but found nothing. 

Does anyone know if there is a air vent bleed screw? Or is there some trick?

Nick

Amelia 
AML 54-019 ashore at the Bazimakoplou boat yard Kilada Greece



Re: Bowthruster Gear Oil

James Alton
 

Nick,

   Ahh, so it has finally cooled off in Greece. But what a nice October we had this year eh?  As you have already suspected I am sure that the difference in the flow of the oil is just the viscosity has increase from the temperature.  This is the same reason that changing engine oil with the engine warm, much easier.  In the future if you have the same problem,  just put some gentle heat on the unit such as a 100 watt clamp light or a small thermostatically controlled heater  (in a pinch a hair dryer, but keep an eye on these things, not rated for continuous use) .  No need to get anything really hot, just bring the oil up to 100F or so and it will be much thinner and should flow.  It might take hours of gentle heating to accomplish this, especially if the 54’s have fibreglass cases on the lower units of the bow thruster which does not conduct heat very well.  Hope you also had a good season in Greece this year.

James
SV Sueno
Preveza,  Greece
Also now high and dry..

On Nov 10, 2019, at 9:15 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

I recently hauled out and decided to drain the gear oil from the Bowthruster, the oil was good and not cloudy but after two years needed changing.

Then after replacing the oil drain screw filled up the oil reservoir with 90 weight gear oil. The problem is that the gear oil will not flow. There is obviously some kind of air lock. I managed to get about 250ml in by Blowing into the reservoir, i.e. pressurising it. 

I have now left the boat for the winter and maybe the oil will work its way down by gravity. 

I looked for a bleed screw to let the air out but found nothing. 

Does anyone know if there is a air vent bleed screw? Or is there some trick?

Nick

Amelia 
AML 54-019 ashore at the Bazimakoplou boat yard Kilada Greece


Re: Desperate plea for an alternator/charging problem - Amel Euros 41, 1976, MD21a engine

Andrew Eaves
 

Hi John 

Thanks for the offer and advice!
 
Sorry for the delay, yes an auto electrician found it in 20 mins. It was the alternator bulb/lamp. What usually comes on when your alternator is faulty in a car, but I never knew this bulb was in the circuit as it never had worked. Lesson learnt here now. Still one alternator to repair and batteries would benefit from being changed. Also to my knowledge this system is now just 12v, I haven't found any 24v lying around anywhere yet.
 
Thanks for your help, learning curve here!
 
Regards


Final on the genset exhaust fan wiring

eric freedman
 

Hi Bill ,Here is how the genset fan is wired:

green yellow  in the cable to the fan green yellow

Blue in the cable to the blue on on the fan

Red from the cable to the fuse.

Then one side of the capacitor and the brown wire from to the fan connected together to the other side  side of the fuse.
The brown and the capacitor wire are connected in parallel to the fuse

Black wire from the fan connected to the other side of the capacitor.

Fair Winds,
Eric
Sm 376 Kimberlite



Re: Bow thruster Gear Oil

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hi Bill;

I have to give credit to the yard guys at Manoel’s boat yard in Malta too as we came up with the idea together.

Off course it is OK to publish. Glad to make a small contribution to years of benefits we have reaped from yours and other Amel owners’ shared experiences..

Happy Sailing;


Mohammad & Aty
B&B Kokomo
Amel 54 #099

On Nov 10, 2019, at 11:16 AM, CW Bill Rouse via Groups.Io <brouse@...> wrote:

Mohammad, 

I just revised my page in the Amel Book to include that PEARL of sage advice from you. Let me know if it is ok to publish. 

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Amel Yacht Owners School - www.AmelYachtOwnersSchool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 12:24 PM Matt Salatino via Groups.Io <helmsmatt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Ingenious!

~~~⛵️~~~Matt

On Nov 10, 2019, at 12:14 PM, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:

Hi Nick;

 

We made a fill plug by drilling a hole in the center of an all thread the same size as the drain plug. We just attach a clear hose with the same ID as the OD of the all thread and attach it to a nipple drilled and installed on the lid of the gear oil bottle. We then attach the gear oil bottle inverted to the SS lifeline above the bow thruster. The oil simply gravity feeds from the bottom up. Leave the cap on the bow thruster oil fill reservoir open to let the air escape. It takes a few hours, depending on temperature, but you are sure that you have zero air and it is hassle free while you focus on other tasks. Just check the reservoir once in a while to be sure it does not overflow.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Paul Dowd and Sharon Brown via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:59 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Bowthruster Gear Oil

 

Nick,

 

I filled mine from the top, with the drain open, then used a dinghy pump to pressurise the reservoir until clean oil came out the drain. I did need a few periodical top-ups but never had any problem with the bowthruster.

 

Cheers,

Paul

S/Y Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io
Sent: 10 November 2019 10:43
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Bowthruster Gear Oil

 

Hi Matt,

 

That does make sense but this is not the first time I have changed the oil. I did it when I bought the boat in June 2017 in Grenada WI. As I remember, I just drained it and filled the reservoir. It was hot and the oil would have been thinner. It was quite cool this time and the oil more viscous…any other thoughts out there?

 

Nick 

Amelia AML 54-019

On 10 Nov 2019, at 14:03, Matt Salatino via Groups.Io <helmsmatt@...> wrote:

 

I may be speaking from ignorance, but many lower units require removing the vent plug, and filling via a squeeze bottle from the drain plug, until oil seeps out the vent, installing the vent plug, an then quickly installing the drain plug.

This way, you fill from the bottom, and air is pushed out the top.

~~~~~~Matt


I On Nov 10, 2019, at 8:15 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

I recently hauled out and decided to drain the gear oil from the Bowthruster, the oil was good and not cloudy but after two years needed changing.

 

Then after replacing the oil drain screw filled up the oil reservoir with 90 weight gear oil. The problem is that the gear oil will not flow. There is obviously some kind of air lock. I managed to get about 250ml in by Blowing into the reservoir, i.e. pressurising it. 

 

I have now left the boat for the winter and maybe the oil will work its way down by gravity. 

 

I looked for a bleed screw to let the air out but found nothing. 

 

Does anyone know if there is a air vent bleed screw? Or is there some trick?

 

Nick

 

Amelia 

AML 54-019 ashore at the Bazimakoplou boat yard Kilada Greece

 


--
Cheers
Paul
Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98


Re: Bow thruster Gear Oil

 

Mohammad, 

I just revised my page in the Amel Book to include that PEARL of sage advice from you. Let me know if it is ok to publish. 

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Amel Yacht Owners School - www.AmelYachtOwnersSchool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970


On Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 12:24 PM Matt Salatino via Groups.Io <helmsmatt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Ingenious!

~~~⛵️~~~Matt

On Nov 10, 2019, at 12:14 PM, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:

Hi Nick;

 

We made a fill plug by drilling a hole in the center of an all thread the same size as the drain plug. We just attach a clear hose with the same ID as the OD of the all thread and attach it to a nipple drilled and installed on the lid of the gear oil bottle. We then attach the gear oil bottle inverted to the SS lifeline above the bow thruster. The oil simply gravity feeds from the bottom up. Leave the cap on the bow thruster oil fill reservoir open to let the air escape. It takes a few hours, depending on temperature, but you are sure that you have zero air and it is hassle free while you focus on other tasks. Just check the reservoir once in a while to be sure it does not overflow.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Paul Dowd and Sharon Brown via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:59 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Bowthruster Gear Oil

 

Nick,

 

I filled mine from the top, with the drain open, then used a dinghy pump to pressurise the reservoir until clean oil came out the drain. I did need a few periodical top-ups but never had any problem with the bowthruster.

 

Cheers,

Paul

S/Y Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io
Sent: 10 November 2019 10:43
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Bowthruster Gear Oil

 

Hi Matt,

 

That does make sense but this is not the first time I have changed the oil. I did it when I bought the boat in June 2017 in Grenada WI. As I remember, I just drained it and filled the reservoir. It was hot and the oil would have been thinner. It was quite cool this time and the oil more viscous…any other thoughts out there?

 

Nick 

Amelia AML 54-019

On 10 Nov 2019, at 14:03, Matt Salatino via Groups.Io <helmsmatt@...> wrote:

 

I may be speaking from ignorance, but many lower units require removing the vent plug, and filling via a squeeze bottle from the drain plug, until oil seeps out the vent, installing the vent plug, an then quickly installing the drain plug.

This way, you fill from the bottom, and air is pushed out the top.

~~~~~~Matt


I On Nov 10, 2019, at 8:15 AM, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

I recently hauled out and decided to drain the gear oil from the Bowthruster, the oil was good and not cloudy but after two years needed changing.

 

Then after replacing the oil drain screw filled up the oil reservoir with 90 weight gear oil. The problem is that the gear oil will not flow. There is obviously some kind of air lock. I managed to get about 250ml in by Blowing into the reservoir, i.e. pressurising it. 

 

I have now left the boat for the winter and maybe the oil will work its way down by gravity. 

 

I looked for a bleed screw to let the air out but found nothing. 

 

Does anyone know if there is a air vent bleed screw? Or is there some trick?

 

Nick

 

Amelia 

AML 54-019 ashore at the Bazimakoplou boat yard Kilada Greece

 


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