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Autoprop H6 Tools

Duane Siegfri
 

I'm preparing to replace the bearings in my Autoprop.  I've got the H6 LH (left hand) Tab Screw model.

You need a "Peg Spanner" to get the round outer covers off, and another "Peg Spanner" to get the Tab Screw off, and a "Nut Spanner" to get the Tab Screw Nut off.  The combined cost of these tools from Brunton is over $370, which is crazy excessive. The boat is in Grenada, and I'm in the midwest. 

There are a variety of "Adjustable Pin Wrenches" on Amazon, but I need the diameter of the "pin" holes in the cover, as well as the diameter of the pins in the Tab Screw.  Does anyone have that info?

The "Nut Spanner" looks like a socket with the perimeter filed down leaving four "legs".  This is the expensive tool at $192.  I don't know that anyone makes something similiar that would work, any suggestions?  I think I saw on this forum that someone had filed down a socket to fit but I can't find that post or file.

Just FYI I made my own "Prop Puller" from a piece of aluminum plate with three holes for the zinc nose cone bolts and a large hole in the center.  Using this aluminum plate with my bearing puller (Harbor Freight $50) does a great job of popping the prop off.  Brunton wants $236 for the same tool.



If I can get this info together I'll post drawings of the tool fabrication in the files section.

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477

Re: Companionway locker for SM2K

Mark McGovern
 

Olaf,

I got the same "shock" this past winter when my lock failed.  The lock on my boat was not the original lock but was a very common door lock used throughout France.  I ended up getting this one:  https://www.amazon.fr/City-Verrou-suret%C3%A9-Cylindre-s%C3%A9curit%C3%A9/dp/B07JHTQXDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1548273837&sr=1-1&keywords=verrou+city+25

The bolt pattern was perfect but I did have to modify it slightly to get it to fit. I had to shorten the locking bar by about ~10mm.  Also, it is definitely not "Marine Grade" so it will eventually rust out.  A little Corrosion X will help and since it only cost around €25, I figure that I can replace it 20 times and still save money! ;)

--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Deale, MD USA

Re: Companionway locker for SM2K

Elja Röllinghoff Balu SM 222
 

I will take tomorrow the details and will try to get one in Germany where we order ouer where we order our stuff for the carpentry

Best Elja 
SM 222 Balu 

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 22.07.2019 um 20:13 schrieb Annsofie & Jonas Svanberg <ann-sofie@...>:

Ouch, that much now. 
We took ours to a locksmith that managed to renovate it, thats about 10 years ago. It is still going strong.
Maybe that is a solution for you

Hälsningar/Regards/Cumprementos
Ann-Sofie
S\Y Lady Annila, SM232, 1998.


Skickat från min iPhone

22 juli 2019 kl. 18:00 skrev Olaf Bauer <olaf.bauer@...>:

Hi AMELians,

 

Does anyone know where to buy the companionway locker for a SM2K or a similar one? The original one from AMEL France should cost EUR 575.00 pls taxes and fees :-o

 

Hope to get a similiar or original one significantly more favourable

 

Fair winds

Olaf

 

S/V Katchopine, SM2K 392

<campanionway locker 1.JPG>

Re: Companionway locker for SM2K

Annsofie & Jonas Svanberg
 

Ouch, that much now. 
We took ours to a locksmith that managed to renovate it, thats about 10 years ago. It is still going strong.
Maybe that is a solution for you

Hälsningar/Regards/Cumprementos
Ann-Sofie
S\Y Lady Annila, SM232, 1998.


Skickat från min iPhone

22 juli 2019 kl. 18:00 skrev Olaf Bauer <olaf.bauer@...>:

Hi AMELians,

 

Does anyone know where to buy the companionway locker for a SM2K or a similar one? The original one from AMEL France should cost EUR 575.00 pls taxes and fees :-o

 

Hope to get a similiar or original one significantly more favourable

 

Fair winds

Olaf

 

S/V Katchopine, SM2K 392

<campanionway locker 1.JPG>

Re: Companionway locker for SM2K

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello Olaf,

Did you try rebuilding your?

Here is what I did:
http://www.nikimat.com/companion_way_broken_lock.html

Hope that helps and good luck!

Alexandre

On Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:00:30 PM CDT, Olaf Bauer <olaf.bauer@...> wrote:


Hi AMELians,

 

Does anyone know where to buy the companionway locker for a SM2K or a similar one? The original one from AMEL France should cost EUR 575.00 pls taxes and fees :-o

 

Hope to get a similiar or original one significantly more favourable

 

Fair winds

Olaf

 

S/V Katchopine, SM2K 392

Companionway locker for SM2K

Olaf Bauer
 

Hi AMELians,

 

Does anyone know where to buy the companionway locker for a SM2K or a similar one? The original one from AMEL France should cost EUR 575.00 pls taxes and fees :-o

 

Hope to get a similiar or original one significantly more favourable

 

Fair winds

Olaf

 

S/V Katchopine, SM2K 392

Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

Alan Leslie
 

It seems it very much depends on where you are.
In the South Pacific we have found C-Map to be very good. Navionics is very good in SOME places but definitely not all.
In the Yasawa islands, Fiji,  Navionics showed reefs where there aren't any and didn't show some reefs that are there. It also didn't show passages which are marked with buoys that have been there for years.
In New Caledonia however Navionics charts seemed very accurate and the bottom contours particularly useful (is that because NC is French?)
We have both C-Map and Navionics in Time Zero, Navionics also in the cockpit B&G plotter with forward scan (not very useful), C-Map in the Furuno NavNet II at the chart table and the cockpit and OpenCPN with GE2KAP satellite photos on the PC at the chart table and repeater tablet in the cockpit, which is very useful to display along side a chart to see reefs and shoals that sometimes aren't on the charts.  
Can't be too careful!
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

Willem Kroes
 

Hi Joerg,

I use C-map on my board PC and Navionics on my B&G plotter. I agree with your findings. For this reason I bought another navigating app on my PC that allows me to copy (within this app) the Navionics sd-card onto the hard disk of the PC. Don't try to copy without this app; little chance to succeed and the risk of loosing the functionality of the Navioncs sd-card.as well. The app I bought is called 'Tiki'. This is the website: http://www.tiki-navigator.com/English/default.htm

I use this app now during two seasons and I am quite satisfied to have the Navioncs chart not only on my plotter but also on my board PC.

Best regards,

Willem Kroes

SM2K #351 "Kavanga"

now in Greece

 

Re: Shore power contactor burnt out

Mark Erdos
 

Here is a source for the contactor: https://www.eibmarkt.com/cgi-bin/eibmarkt.storefront/5d3498c9007021c62746ac1e04020600/Product/View/NS0742502

 

I believe the original was rated 25A – I may be wrong about this.

 

Also, consider Amel as a part source on this. If the old part is no longer available perhaps they can suggest a replacement.

 

 

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 Eamonn Washington
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:23 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Shore power contactor burnt out

 

The full description of the original contactor is LC1-D25008-M7.  It is discontinued.  I have ordered a used one on ebay, so I could eventually do a like for like swap, but I have been unable to find a good substitute new model.  I would much prefer to use a new product.  Does anyone know what product would meet the specification of the original (including rated for 40A continuous current etc.)

Craig, based on your advice, I am looking for a place where I can get the rewinding of the stator or rotor done.  It was really great to read that it is not necessary to remove the generator.  I will see around Sardinia, or points West of here.  Much appreciated!

--
Eamonn Washington
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Currently in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

Re: Shore power contactor burnt out

Eamonn Washington
 

The full description of the original contactor is LC1-D25008-M7.  It is discontinued.  I have ordered a used one on ebay, so I could eventually do a like for like swap, but I have been unable to find a good substitute new model.  I would much prefer to use a new product.  Does anyone know what product would meet the specification of the original (including rated for 40A continuous current etc.)

Craig, based on your advice, I am looking for a place where I can get the rewinding of the stator or rotor done.  It was really great to read that it is not necessary to remove the generator.  I will see around Sardinia, or points West of here.  Much appreciated!

--
Eamonn Washington
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Currently in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

Re: 24v alternator belts

ngtnewington Newington
 

I forgot to mention that the alignment looks spot on, there is no side wear on the belts. Just the bottom teeth coming off. A damned mess in the engine room of course but no harm done.
Nick
Amelia in Fiskardo Greece
AML 54-019


On 21 Jul 2019, at 17:33, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

So further to this I ordered a pair of Optibelt super xe-power pro XPB 1320 belts. I chose the toothed ones as the alternator pulley is quite small diameter.
Anyhow after a few hours running the teeth are flying off. I have checked the tension which could have been on the tight side, but not excessive enough. on close inspection it appears that the taper on the pulleys is different to the belts the belts taper in more sharply than the pulley so that the surface in contact with the pulley is only the top of the side of the belt.
Looking again at the optibelt website the XPB profile is the only one that is 16mm wide at the top and 13mm high. The other profile codes are for 13mm wide and 10mm. 
I also measured the depth of the pulley which is 15mm so the 13mm high XPB does not bottom out. 
I will call Optibelt tomorrow and see what they say.
Maybe I should not have gone for the toothed belts!
Any thoughts out there re toothed verses normal wedge belt and taper on pulleys?
38 degree taper comes to mind as standard but I am not sure.
Nick
Amelia back in Fiskardo Greece
AML 54-019

On 5 Jul 2019, at 08:11, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

Hi Oliver,
I had a look at the Optibelt website  and it certainly looks very promising. I will buy a couple of pairs and we can put it to the test.

Nick
SY Amelia anchored Corfu
AML 54-019



On 4 Jul 2019, at 12:50, Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica <oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:

Hello,

I got same setup. 

Its mandatory to get bets matching the small pully belt disk size and that are possible to get tighten over the back.
Some lawnmower belts do that. 
I got now some OPTIBELT SUPER XE-POWER PRO M=S XPB 1320

No experiance for now, need to relaunch in few days after this refit. 

Oliver
Vela Nautica 54#39
Portugal

On Thu, Jul 4, 2019, 10:20 ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

I have a 175A 24v alternator on my 54. With twin pulley v belts.
It is the set up with the alternator to port and separate from the 12v alternator and raw water pump  belt. I know some 54’s are set up with the alternator to starboard and run off the same belt as the 12v and pump belt. Not my Amelia.
I am disappointed with the life I am getting from a matched pair, only about 100 hours. I tried to get the green stripe quality in the UK and was sold some blue belt.
The pulley grooves are for 15mm or maybe 16mm,  so that they do not bottom out. That is, so the sides of the belt grip the pulley. Which is what I used.
I have now put a pair of belts that the previous owner bought which are 13mm, but a matched pair (so it is bottoming out) as an experiment, to see how they perform.
Does anyone with my twin belt set up, recommend any particular brand and size/specs?
It would be nice to find a brand that does not shed dust and that lasts for 300 hours or more!

Nick
Amelia Corfu area
AML 54-019



Re: 24v alternator belts

ngtnewington Newington
 

So further to this I ordered a pair of Optibelt super xe-power pro XPB 1320 belts. I chose the toothed ones as the alternator pulley is quite small diameter.
Anyhow after a few hours running the teeth are flying off. I have checked the tension which could have been on the tight side, but not excessive enough. on close inspection it appears that the taper on the pulleys is different to the belts the belts taper in more sharply than the pulley so that the surface in contact with the pulley is only the top of the side of the belt.
Looking again at the optibelt website the XPB profile is the only one that is 16mm wide at the top and 13mm high. The other profile codes are for 13mm wide and 10mm. 
I also measured the depth of the pulley which is 15mm so the 13mm high XPB does not bottom out. 
I will call Optibelt tomorrow and see what they say.
Maybe I should not have gone for the toothed belts!
Any thoughts out there re toothed verses normal wedge belt and taper on pulleys?
38 degree taper comes to mind as standard but I am not sure.
Nick
Amelia back in Fiskardo Greece
AML 54-019

On 5 Jul 2019, at 08:11, ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington@...> wrote:

Hi Oliver,
I had a look at the Optibelt website  and it certainly looks very promising. I will buy a couple of pairs and we can put it to the test.

Nick
SY Amelia anchored Corfu
AML 54-019



On 4 Jul 2019, at 12:50, Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica <oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:

Hello,

I got same setup. 

Its mandatory to get bets matching the small pully belt disk size and that are possible to get tighten over the back.
Some lawnmower belts do that. 
I got now some OPTIBELT SUPER XE-POWER PRO M=S XPB 1320

No experiance for now, need to relaunch in few days after this refit. 

Oliver
Vela Nautica 54#39
Portugal

On Thu, Jul 4, 2019, 10:20 ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

I have a 175A 24v alternator on my 54. With twin pulley v belts.
It is the set up with the alternator to port and separate from the 12v alternator and raw water pump  belt. I know some 54’s are set up with the alternator to starboard and run off the same belt as the 12v and pump belt. Not my Amelia.
I am disappointed with the life I am getting from a matched pair, only about 100 hours. I tried to get the green stripe quality in the UK and was sold some blue belt.
The pulley grooves are for 15mm or maybe 16mm,  so that they do not bottom out. That is, so the sides of the belt grip the pulley. Which is what I used.
I have now put a pair of belts that the previous owner bought which are 13mm, but a matched pair (so it is bottoming out) as an experiment, to see how they perform.
Does anyone with my twin belt set up, recommend any particular brand and size/specs?
It would be nice to find a brand that does not shed dust and that lasts for 300 hours or more!

Nick
Amelia Corfu area
AML 54-019



Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

 

I am sure that you all know this about Vector Charts: There is a huge amount of information embedded in these chart files. Some chart plotting programs allow you to select what will be displayed. If you are a user of OpenCPN, you have probably noticed about 100 display options. The same Vector chart on Other Chart plotting programs offer very few options.

Apples, oranges, and onions🙃

Best,

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


On Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 7:26 AM Peter Forbes <ppsforbes@...> wrote:
We found C-Map very good in our circumnavigation - I had Avionics as my constantly running reserve system but C - Map proved good for us.

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

On 21 Jul 2019, at 13:18, Paul Osterberg <osterberg.paul.l@...> wrote:

We always try to have minimum two different systems. Navionics is one of them, but they have a few nasty mistakes in The Bahamas as example. As back up we have oppenCPN with various charts, iPad and android om which we download what ever we find recommended locally.
Open CPN is very good for planning and have an excellent anchor watch 
Paul on SY Kerpa SM 259 Horta 

Re: Spade Anchor

Eamonn Washington
 

Hi

I have 2 spades, S140, the still unused and bubble wrapped spare from Ian and Judy plus the one I use daily.  2 years ago I anchored on Ios in F10 for a couple of days and It held while boats dragged all around me.  In the straits of Messina, with a 4 knot current, we anchored and endured some 180 degree current shifts, and again it held perfectly.

If I was buying new I would go for the S160 probably, although with the S140 I always slept well.  I was impressed by the Ultra in boat shows.  I believe the newer Rocnas are good, but not for me.

--
Eamonn Washington
Travel Bug
Super Maramu #151
Currently in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

Re: Hot water pressure

 

David,

The simple answer is air is getting into the hot system at a point where the air entry is not "wet."

I'll take a wild guess: 

Here are 3 things to look at, in order of probability:
There is some trapped air in the hot water tank and eventually will stop
The electric thermostat is not turning OFF the heating element, allowing boiling inside the tank.
If the pressure relief valve is located above the tank waterline, it may be leaking, allowing air to pass into the tank.


Best,

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


On Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 12:44 AM Davi Rozgonyi <davi.rozgonyi@...> wrote:
I have a tangential hot water question on our SM.... it sputters... good pressure but there what is best described as a mix of air that causes the flow to sputter when any 'hot' component is added to the water. Cold water / and freshwater pump run fine with no sputtering.... any ideas? 

Re: Panama Crime on the Caribe Side

Thomas Kleman
 

I have to admit, we have been cruising in this area the past 6 months and the recent uptick in crime has me spooked. The fact that there seems to be no police response is more than alarming. When added to the recent attacks north of San Andres off Nicaragua it paints a grim picture. I'm now considering pushing forward my Canal transit since it's easier than mounting an 88 mm Flak gun on a Super Maramu.

Thomas Kleman
SM2K 422
Shelter Bay Marina

Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

Peter Forbes
 

We found C-Map very good in our circumnavigation - I had Avionics as my constantly running reserve system but C - Map proved good for us.

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

On 21 Jul 2019, at 13:18, Paul Osterberg <osterberg.paul.l@...> wrote:

We always try to have minimum two different systems. Navionics is one of them, but they have a few nasty mistakes in The Bahamas as example. As back up we have oppenCPN with various charts, iPad and android om which we download what ever we find recommended locally.
Open CPN is very good for planning and have an excellent anchor watch 
Paul on SY Kerpa SM 259 Horta 

Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

Paul Osterberg
 

We always try to have minimum two different systems. Navionics is one of them, but they have a few nasty mistakes in The Bahamas as example. As back up we have oppenCPN with various charts, iPad and android om which we download what ever we find recommended locally.
Open CPN is very good for planning and have an excellent anchor watch 
Paul on SY Kerpa SM 259 Horta 

Re: C-Map vs Navionics charts

Elja Röllinghoff Balu SM 222
 

He Joerg
I have the same with Navionics in a Raymarine Plotter
On my i Pad i have a lot of more infotmations for the deep and more details

Elja
SY Balu
SM 222

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 21.07.2019 um 13:31 schrieb Joerg Esdorn via Groups.Io <jhe1313=yahoo.com@groups.io>:

i have C Map on my Furuno TZ Plotter and Navionics on my iPad as a backup. I’ve been noticing that the C Map charts for the Med often lack detail where we cruising sailors need it most: many little bays suitable as anchorages are just blue without soundings. On the Navionics charts, on the other hand, I often have significant depth soundings and contours and rocks not shown on C map. And there are other inaccuracies as well. Just now on my way south to Carthagena I passed a fish farm 5 miles from land that is not on my C map chart but is shown on Navionics. And I just updated the C map ( but not Navionics).

Is this experience typical for C map in other regions of the world as well? I’m thinking seriously about buying Navionics for the Atlantic. Can you mix C map and Navionics on the same plotter?

C-Map vs Navionics charts

Joerg Esdorn
 

i have C Map on my Furuno TZ Plotter and Navionics on my iPad as a backup.   I’ve been noticing that the C Map charts for the Med often lack detail where we cruising sailors need it most: many little bays suitable as anchorages are just blue without soundings.  On the Navionics charts, on the other hand, I often have significant depth soundings and contours and rocks not shown on C map.  And there are other inaccuracies as well. Just now on my way south to Carthagena I passed a fish farm 5 miles from land that is not on my C map chart but is shown on Navionics.  And I just updated the C map ( but not Navionics).  

Is this experience typical for C map in other regions of the world as well?  I’m thinking seriously about buying Navionics for the Atlantic. Can you mix C map and Navionics on the same plotter?

joerg esdorn
A55 #53’
Kincsem