Date   
New Wheel Leather

Thomas Peacock
 

After several years of appearing “fashionably distressed”, our original wheel leather now just looks distressed. Does anyone have any tips for replacing this? Where might I get leather that would fit, or be fitted? Any shared experiences would be much valued. 
Tom Peacock
SM Aletes 240
Off Cape May, New Jersey USA

Re: Question to Amel 55 owners

Paul Brown
 

Thank you so much Bill, do you know if this is a common issue?

Regards Paul 


On 5 Jul 2019, at 6:27 pm, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:

Paul,

I think it is directly in the middle of the stern.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970 (If I do not have your number in My Contacts, you will go to VoiceMail. Text me in advance with your number and I'll white list it.)



On Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:
Could you please send wider image it is difficult for me to see the reference area?

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 3:57 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13
<DA50F479-6051-4870-BB50-F32F276A50A8.jpeg>

Re: Question to Amel 55 owners

 

Paul,

I think it is directly in the middle of the stern.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970 (If I do not have your number in My Contacts, you will go to VoiceMail. Text me in advance with your number and I'll white list it.)



On Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> wrote:
Could you please send wider image it is difficult for me to see the reference area?

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 3:57 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13
<DA50F479-6051-4870-BB50-F32F276A50A8.jpeg>

Re: Question to Amel 55 owners

Paul Brown
 

Ok Hans, I understand now, I have just completed the bottom maintenance on my 55 and certainly didn’t see any such crack or signs of a such a thing

Best of luck and of course hope it’s only in the gel coat layer.

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 5:55 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Hi Paul 
Actually I am in Germany and the boat is in Panama.
It is between the rudder and the foldable bathing plattform with the ladder
Regards Hans-Jörg

Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> schrieb am Fr. 5. Juli 2019 um 17:31:
Could you please send wider image it is difficult for me to see the reference area?

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 3:57 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13
<DA50F479-6051-4870-BB50-F32F276A50A8.jpeg>

Re: Question to Amel 55 owners

Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
 

Hi Paul 
Actually I am in Germany and the boat is in Panama.
It is between the rudder and the foldable bathing plattform with the ladder
Regards Hans-Jörg

Paul Brown <feeder.brown@...> schrieb am Fr. 5. Juli 2019 um 17:31:

Could you please send wider image it is difficult for me to see the reference area?

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 3:57 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13
<DA50F479-6051-4870-BB50-F32F276A50A8.jpeg>

Re: Question to Amel 55 owners

Paul Brown
 

Could you please send wider image it is difficult for me to see the reference area?

Regards Paul 55#17


On 5 Jul 2019, at 3:57 pm, Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13
<DA50F479-6051-4870-BB50-F32F276A50A8.jpeg>

Question to Amel 55 owners

Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
 

Dear all Amel 55 Owners

does one of you have this „crack“ problems at the Stern above the rudder?
Thank you
Hans-Jörg Wildhagen
SY WASABI hull 13

Re: Poor Anchor Chain Maintenance

James Sterling
 

I haven't heard anything on temp affecting strength but it's a conceivable issue.  I've also had mixed reviews on re-galvanizing. My chain as you can see was beyond help.  Some shops also balk if the chain has been paint marked for depth.

Re: electrical connector for Boxtron

Alexander Ramseyer
 

Thank you both for the information,
Greetings from Annapolis, Alex

Re: 24v alternator belts

ngtnewington Newington
 

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: AMEL 54 watertank compartments - access to clean

Alan Leslie
 

Re: anchor chain recommendations

Courtney Gorman
 

Just got back from Nimrods customs and boat work tomorrow 
Cheers 


On Jul 4, 2019, at 5:26 PM, Duane Siegfri via Groups.Io <carlylelk@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

We are a few coves to the east in Clarke's Court Bay.

Re: Dessalator HP Hoses

eric freedman
 

I have used hydraulic food grade hoses with swage on fittings with great success for the last 7 years rated at 5000 psi. You can get them at almost any hydraulic shop .

I also had them make spare hoses for the transmission cooler and the engine disk brake.

 

If you have a hose running between the copper propane line and the stove, I would check it. I was lucky to check mine (photo attached) I now have a hydraulic hose with interior steel braid.

It could have been a disaster.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rudolf Waldispuehl
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2019 1:46 AM
To: mshirloo@...
Cc: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Dessalator HP Hoses

 

Hi Mohammad 

 

Thank you for your valuable input. I just have seen by chance few days ago that the HP hose on the Membranes got some water leakage. I have tightening the screw a bit and it stopped. 

The big question is: HOW LONG?

 

Today after your comment I have checked the hose and it seem that the hose cover is slowly peeling off as well. So I have exactly the same problem what you described.

I will certainly order new hoses as well…. Not sure where I can wait for it. I’m in the south Ionian Sea and cannot wait for parts down here. 

 

What is your estimation from experience how many hours could the hose keep standing the pressure?

 

Best regards

Ruedi & Sabina Waldispuehl

"SY WASABI"

Amel 54. #55, Currently in Kyparissia 

 

MMSI: 269322000  , Call Sign: HBY3811

 

 

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Antworten an: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Datum: Mittwoch, 3. Juli 2019 um 11:37
An: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Betreff: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Masse - and Masse + lights

 

Hi Barry;

 

It was nice to finally meet and thanks for the drinks.

 

Dessalator usually stocks most of their items. They are pretty good at shipping and you should receive it in just a few a days. While you’re at it, check the condition of the high pressure hoses. Dessalator initially used HP hoses that were not UV resistant. I noticed droplets forming at one of our HP connections a couple of years ago. I tried to cut the hose back and redo the HP connector. The hose protective covering started to crumble. The connectors are designed to work with the hose covering and once the hose cover fails, so will the water tightness of the connector. If one of these fails while making water, the damage to the electronics and other items would be significant.

 

I ordered new hose and HP connectors and replaced all of them. From what I’ve been told by dessalator, the new hoses will not have the same issue.

 

Also check the bronze elbow from the HP pump to the blue pressure stabilizer canister ( if you have the 150 l/hr dessalator). Ours started leaking a few days ago. Luckily, since we have a smoke detector installed In the engine room, the moisture and mist from the high pressure leak at the elbow, set of the smoke detector and we caught it before further damage.

 

If you haven’t already done so, I would also recommend a smoke detector in the engine room.

Respectfully;

 

 

Mohammad Shirloo

323-633-2222 Cell

310-454-3148 Fax


On Jul 3, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Barry Connor via Groups.Io <connor_barry@...> wrote:

Hi Bill,

Another query on solenoids.

I hope that you or another member might know options where I could get a good water solenoid on the back of the control panel for the Dessalotor 230v water maker.

This solenoid stropped working so I used the button on the side of this solenoid to get the good water flowing into the tank.

I am in Sicily and would like to know if this solenoid can be bought from a supplier who I could arrange shipping with.

Would appreciate any advise.

 

Best

 

Barry and Penny

“Lady Penelope II”

Amel 54. #17

Syracuse, Sicily


On Jul 2, 2019, at 14:24, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:

Ruedi,

 

In your situation, I would look at the 24 volt solenoid switch for the 24 volt motor as being the most likely problem. I have noticed significant corrosion on these solenoid switches. 

 

If you disconnect only the wires from the motor and still have the light while the yellow/green bonding wire is connected, you have probably found a solenoid that needs replacing. 

 

Also, remember that saltwater is a good conductor of electricity. If saltwater is common between devices, all devices are "electrically connected."

 

I hope this helps you. Good luck. 

 

Bill Rouse

 

On Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 4:54 AM Rudolf Waldispuehl <Rudolf@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Group Friends

 

I’m asking you guys if someone had the same or similar experience and what is your advice for my question:

 

I have a Negative Leak light on the 24V Pump-Motor of the Dessalator Duo. There is a Bonding wire (yellow/green) that runs from the Bonding strap in the grey-water sink to the Dessalator. But this wire is disconnected on the Dessalator unit. When I’m connecting the 24v pump directly to the bonding system the negative leak remains. Light is still on. 

 

The light does only switching OFF when I’m switching the pump on, or if I’m disconnecting the negative wire. 

BTW:  I cannot see any corrosion on the Dessalator unit. The DC motor itself has no contact to saltwater, - it's only the pressure pump in contact with saltwater (but no 24V connection).

 

- Does it mean I need a new 24V DC Motor? 

- Are there any longterm experiences what can happen if a negative (or positive) light is not fixed? 

- What is the affect and result of a longterm neg. vs pos. leak?

 

It’s very easy to get miliAmps of current on a 24V motor with brushes and wires, etc. Are we AMELies to paranoid with these lights?

 

Best regards

Ruedi

P.S. I still not fully understand how these lights working. To my understanding it is indication a leak from Masse - and Masse + against the AMEL bonding system. Maybe I’m wrong?

 

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Betreff: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Masse - and Masse + lights

 

T

In the circumstance you describe, the light indicates that there is a connection (resistance) between either the positive or negative and the case of the macerator pump. That "connection" is usually saltwater leaking past the seal on the pump. It is an "early warning system" that your seal is leaking and your pump will fail. A switch such as you suggest will certainly be a "see no evil" solution.🙈😀 You could accomplish the same by disconnection the yellow/green wire from the case, but, don't you really want to know when you have a seal leak.

 

Best,

 

Bill Rouse

720 Winnie St.

Galveston, Texas 77550

832-380-4970

 

 

On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM <derickgates@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I have been diligently checking the Masse- and + lights in the companionway. Over the past 5 years when one of the lights go on (usually the Masse - ) I go and disconnect the power lines to the forward or aft head and sure enough, the leak of current to ground stops and I replace that Jabsco pump. Recently the Masse light did not go out until I had unplugged both the heads at the same time, indicating to me that both the head pumps were leaking to ground.

It occurs to me that instead of replacing the pump, I could just install a toggle switch to the offending brown or blue wire, so that I can turn the circuit on when anyone uses the head, and turn it off in the interim.  Then I could continue to use the offending pump until it dies a natural death.

Am I fooling myself or would installing that switch stop the current leakage to the Amel bonding system?

Derick Gates
SM2K #400 Brava

Re: anchor chain recommendations

Duane Siegfri
 
Edited

We are a few coves to the east in Clarke's Court Bay.

Re: anchor chain recommendations

Courtney Gorman
 

Hey Duane where in Grenada are you I’m sailing to Secret Harbour as I type 
Cheers 
Courtney 
Trippin
54 #101


On Jul 4, 2019, at 2:06 PM, Duane Siegfri via Groups.Io <carlylelk@...> wrote:

We're going to replace our anchor chain in Grenada or a nearby island.  The local chandlery here in Grenada (North Yacht Shop) stocks Acco/Peerless chain.  Does anyone have experience with it?  They claim to have the thickest galvanizing coating in the industry.  Budget Marine sells Aqua4.  

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477

anchor chain recommendations

Duane Siegfri
 

We're going to replace our anchor chain in Grenada or a nearby island.  The local chandlery here in Grenada (North Yacht Shop) stocks Acco/Peerless chain.  Does anyone have experience with it?  They claim to have the thickest galvanizing coating in the industry.  Budget Marine sells Aqua4.  

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477

Re: Poor Anchor Chain Maintenance

Duane Siegfri
 

Regalvanizing is very economical, and you can do it as many times as you want.  The problem is finding a galvanizer when you want one, that will work with chain.  There is one in Jacksonville FL, but they don't have a "chain tumbler".  They galvanized my chain and it came back with many of the links glued together by excess zinc.  They warned me about this and it was fine with me, it only took a few hours with a hammer to knock them apart.  However one of the other folks whose chain was in the group (they give a discount for quantity) was sorely pissed, even though I had passed on the warning.  The tumbler would have taken my chain and tumbled it in a drum to knock the links apart.

The one proviso is I have heard that if you have 70ksi chain, the heat in the galvanizing process will cause it to lose some strength.  I'm sure someone else will chime in to explain that.

Duane
Wanderer, SM#477

Re: AMEL 54 watertank compartments - access to clean

Stefan Schaufert
 

Dear Oliver,

thx.
That seems to be a good idea too.
Maybe I prefer this when I have to struggle with the freezer (locker) more then 2 or 3 hours.
This will be my work for the weekend :-).

Best regards
Stefan
A54 / 119 / LADY CHARLYETTE / La Rochelle

Re: AMEL 54 watertank compartments - access to clean

greg greg
 

Re: Dessalator HP Hoses

tony wells
 

Hi Ruedi 

I disconnected the hose from the galley panel, attached a strong mousing line and pulled it out through the engine bay and took both hoses to be copied. It was easy to pull the new hose through the same route. 

I took Bill’s advice - per Mohammad’s counsel too - and didn’t run the watermaker whilst the hose joint was leaking. 

Incidentally if you get the hoses made in Corfu and stay in Petriti, then there’s water (and electricity) available on the quay. 

Best,

Tony


On 4 Jul 2019, at 14:23, Rudolf Waldispuehl <Rudolf@...> wrote:

Hi Tony

Thank you. I unscrewed and checked the space behind the Panel. How did you replaced? There is very little space behind to access, I can even not get a Hand in!
Did you accessed from the Cockpit locker? There is only a small round opening as well. Maybe a have just to pull the hoses hard but I’m scarred to damage something there. 

Best regards
Ruedi


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Cc: <mshirloo@...>
Betreff: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Dessalator HP Hoses

Hi Ruedi 

I replaced my Dessalator hoses in Corfu recently. I got them made (next day service) with stainless steel fittings (not cheap at €270 for the pair but good quality) at a farm equipment suppliers near the old town port:


Corfu old town port was full of effluent when I was last there so my suggestion would be to anchor or berth (free) at Petriti, an attractive port/anchorage at the SE tip of Corfu. And then hire a car from Safe Car Hire, in the village. 

Gouvia Marina is €87 a night or Mandraki Marina is in Corfu old town and very attractive, at €70 per night. 

Hope to see you in July someplace!

Tony & Lel
A54 Balthazar #102, Levkas, Greece





On 4 Jul 2019, at 06:45, Rudolf Waldispuehl <Rudolf@...> wrote:

Hi Mohammad 

 

Thank you for your valuable input. I just have seen by chance few days ago that the HP hose on the Membranes got some water leakage. I have tightening the screw a bit and it stopped. 

The big question is: HOW LONG?

 

Today after your comment I have checked the hose and it seem that the hose cover is slowly peeling off as well. So I have exactly the same problem what you described.

I will certainly order new hoses as well…. Not sure where I can wait for it. I’m in the south Ionian Sea and cannot wait for parts down here. 

 

What is your estimation from experience how many hours could the hose keep standing the pressure?

 

Best regards

Ruedi & Sabina Waldispuehl

"SY WASABI"

Amel 54. #55, Currently in Kyparissia 


MMSI: 269322000  , Call Sign: HBY3811



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Antworten an: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Datum: Mittwoch, 3. Juli 2019 um 11:37
An: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Betreff: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Masse - and Masse + lights

Hi Barry;

It was nice to finally meet and thanks for the drinks.

Dessalator usually stocks most of their items. They are pretty good at shipping and you should receive it in just a few a days. While you’re at it, check the condition of the high pressure hoses. Dessalator initially used HP hoses that were not UV resistant. I noticed droplets forming at one of our HP connections a couple of years ago. I tried to cut the hose back and redo the HP connector. The hose protective covering started to crumble. The connectors are designed to work with the hose covering and once the hose cover fails, so will the water tightness of the connector. If one of these fails while making water, the damage to the electronics and other items would be significant.

I ordered new hose and HP connectors and replaced all of them. From what I’ve been told by dessalator, the new hoses will not have the same issue.

Also check the bronze elbow from the HP pump to the blue pressure stabilizer canister ( if you have the 150 l/hr dessalator). Ours started leaking a few days ago. Luckily, since we have a smoke detector installed In the engine room, the moisture and mist from the high pressure leak at the elbow, set of the smoke detector and we caught it before further damage.

If you haven’t already done so, I would also recommend a smoke detector in the engine room.

Respectfully;


Mohammad Shirloo
323-633-2222 Cell
310-454-3148 Fax

On Jul 3, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Barry Connor via Groups.Io <connor_barry@...> wrote:

Hi Bill,
Another query on solenoids.
I hope that you or another member might know options where I could get a good water solenoid on the back of the control panel for the Dessalotor 230v water maker.
This solenoid stropped working so I used the button on the side of this solenoid to get the good water flowing into the tank.
I am in Sicily and would like to know if this solenoid can be bought from a supplier who I could arrange shipping with.
Would appreciate any advise.

Best

Barry and Penny
“Lady Penelope II”
Amel 54. #17
Syracuse, Sicily


On Jul 2, 2019, at 14:24, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:

Ruedi,

In your situation, I would look at the 24 volt solenoid switch for the 24 volt motor as being the most likely problem. I have noticed significant corrosion on these solenoid switches. 

If you disconnect only the wires from the motor and still have the light while the yellow/green bonding wire is connected, you have probably found a solenoid that needs replacing. 

Also, remember that saltwater is a good conductor of electricity. If saltwater is common between devices, all devices are "electrically connected."

I hope this helps you. Good luck. 

Bill Rouse

On Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 4:54 AM Rudolf Waldispuehl <Rudolf@...> wrote:

Dear Amel Group Friends

 

I’m asking you guys if someone had the same or similar experience and what is your advice for my question:

 

I have a Negative Leak light on the 24V Pump-Motor of the Dessalator Duo. There is a Bonding wire (yellow/green) that runs from the Bonding strap in the grey-water sink to the Dessalator. But this wire is disconnected on the Dessalator unit. When I’m connecting the 24v pump directly to the bonding system the negative leak remains. Light is still on. 

 

The light does only switching OFF when I’m switching the pump on, or if I’m disconnecting the negative wire. 

BTW:  I cannot see any corrosion on the Dessalator unit. The DC motor itself has no contact to saltwater, - it's only the pressure pump in contact with saltwater (but no 24V connection).

 

- Does it mean I need a new 24V DC Motor? 

- Are there any longterm experiences what can happen if a negative (or positive) light is not fixed? 

- What is the affect and result of a longterm neg. vs pos. leak?

 

It’s very easy to get miliAmps of current on a 24V motor with brushes and wires, etc. Are we AMELies to paranoid with these lights?

 

Best regards

Ruedi

P.S. I still not fully understand how these lights working. To my understanding it is indication a leak from Masse - and Masse + against the AMEL bonding system. Maybe I’m wrong?


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Antworten an: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Datum: Mittwoch, 20. Februar 2019 um 14:21
An: "main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io" <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io>
Betreff: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Masse - and Masse + lights

T
In the circumstance you describe, the light indicates that there is a connection (resistance) between either the positive or negative and the case of the macerator pump. That "connection" is usually saltwater leaking past the seal on the pump. It is an "early warning system" that your seal is leaking and your pump will fail. A switch such as you suggest will certainly be a "see no evil" solution.🙈😀 You could accomplish the same by disconnection the yellow/green wire from the case, but, don't you really want to know when you have a seal leak.
 
Best,

Bill Rouse
720 Winnie St.
Galveston, Texas 77550
832-380-4970



On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM <derickgates@...> wrote:
[Edited Message Follows]

I have been diligently checking the Masse- and + lights in the companionway. Over the past 5 years when one of the lights go on (usually the Masse - ) I go and disconnect the power lines to the forward or aft head and sure enough, the leak of current to ground stops and I replace that Jabsco pump. Recently the Masse light did not go out until I had unplugged both the heads at the same time, indicating to me that both the head pumps were leaking to ground.

It occurs to me that instead of replacing the pump, I could just install a toggle switch to the offending brown or blue wire, so that I can turn the circuit on when anyone uses the head, and turn it off in the interim.  Then I could continue to use the offending pump until it dies a natural death.

Am I fooling myself or would installing that switch stop the current leakage to the Amel bonding system?

Derick Gates
SM2K #400 Brava