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Mastervolt Batery Monitor

Slavko Despotovic
 

I have Mastervolt BM on my SM that is not working well as it is shoving only positive values of current and very fluctuating (changing value all the time), remaining time is not shown, Ah are unreliable . So I assume that the unit is broken or shunt might send wrong info. Before buying new unit, most likely 712 from Victron I would like to know if there is any similar experience with Mastervolt unit.
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Slavko
SM 2000
#279 Bonne Anse in Portoroz


Re: alarm unit

Mike Johnson
 

HI Steven,

 

It the control panel for the Active Echo radar reflector.

 

When switched on it enhances the boats response to a radar signal reflecting back a stronger response.

 

When the buzzer is selected on an audible warning is given when a radar signal is received.  This can be annoying!

 

Very best wishes

 

Mike & Peta

 

SM2k 461

SOLITUDE

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Steven Nieman
Sent: 22 February 2021 10:04
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] alarm unit

 

Hi,
does anyone know what this unit is for?


alarm unit

Steven Nieman
 

Hi,
does anyone know what this unit is for?


Re: Many Yanmar owners can eliminate the fuel filter with the warer sensing wiring.

Mark Pitt
 

Eric,

I have never had water in my fuel filter, perhaps as a result of my fuel polishing system, and would like to eliminate the wiring and sensor.  Don't I need a different setup under the filter?  Where would one get that?

Mark Pitt
Sabbatical III, SM#419, Rhode Island, USA

On 2/21/2021 3:42 AM, eric freedman wrote:

If you have a 4jh Yanmar engine and your instrument panel does not have a light to indicate you have water in the filter

you can eliminate the expensive filter, wiring,  and sensor. The only purpose of that sensor is to indicate you have water in the filter. I eliminated that setup from my new engine and added the one shown in the photo. It is so much easier to  change without the wiring.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 


Re: Another mystery parts question

 

The bolt is for the C-Drive oil drain. It was likely replaced with the V Bolt for the Spurs Line Cutter.
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On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 2:59 PM Wolfgang Weber via groups.io <webercardio=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes, the bolt for using with line cutter has a V-cut at the head of the bolt. So this was perhaps before adding the line-cutter
Wolfgang Weber SY Elise Amel 54#162




Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Martin Birkhoff
 

Thanks to all of you for your input,

affirming our decision not to add a windvane (though I would like to fuss with it ...). 
At present we have a spare linear drive in a locker and an installed chain drive too. We can choose the preferred drive by switch. A spare controll unit / computer will be added soon. To improve the energy situation we will add an hydro generator.

Martin
Mago del Sur 54#40   


Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Ian Park
 

Agree fully with Bill.
I took my hydrovane off and sold it. I would have loved it on my previous boat (Jeanneau 37). I'm not the best sail trimmer and if the boat went off course it meant releasing the locked steering wheel and getting the boat back on course - or - going to the back of the boat to disengage it. At night this was more of a problem. The rudder on it is vertical and is great at gathering sargasso weed. So even on autopilot it can be a pain. The hydrovane rudder is very difficult to put on in a seaway so you have to fit it before departure. It is easy enough to remove under way but not to replace it.
As an ever ageing couple of was obvious that 'we' on this boat didn't need it. We just carry a spare rotary drive.
If you do install a hydrovane reinforce the transom. It wasn't built to take the forces of the mounting struts.

Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Bill Kinney
 

I love windvanes.  They are awesome pieces of mechanical kit.  I have spent many hours on a long ocean passage just watching one, which can be endlessly fascinating to an engineering nerd like me.  There is something very satisfying about working to get the sails trimmed right and the boat in perfect tune and steering itself.  But... other than the entertainment value, there are really only two practical reasons I can think of for having one.

First is the low power usage.  On an Amel this is not an issue.  You can have all the power you need to run an electric autopilot.  The amount of extra energy used by the autopilot over and above what we need to run our fridges and other "routine" stuff is really pretty trivial.

Second reason is the perceived reliability of a windvane over an electric autopilot.  In all of my ocean sailing I have had ONE self-steering system failure that left me needing to change plans for my trip. That was a windvane that cracked an aluminum casting 800 miles out in the Pacific.  By my measure--an admittedly very limited in number of data points--electric auto pilots have been much more reliable.  For much less than the cost of a windvane you can buy a spare linear drive for your autopilot (our boat came to us with a spare) and have a ready to drop in backup for all the mechanical bits in the system.

What we have on Harmonie is an installed linear drive, with a backup in the locker, and an installed chain drive, and two independent autopilot computers each of which can run either drive unit.  Short of a lightning strike taking down all of our electronics, I have confidence we have sufficient redundancies.

As far as I know, for an Amel 54 the only practical option you have for a windvane is a Hydrovane.  If there are no arches, or other obstructions on the stern of the boat, I would bet it would work, but would take quite a bit of fussing to balance the boat well enough to make it reliable. I would enjoy that fussing, not everybody would.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Charleston, SC, USA


Many Yanmar owners can eliminate the fuel filter with the warer sensing wiring.

eric freedman
 

If you have a 4jh Yanmar engine and your instrument panel does not have a light to indicate you have water in the filter

you can eliminate the expensive filter, wiring,  and sensor. The only purpose of that sensor is to indicate you have water in the filter. I eliminated that setup from my new engine and added the one shown in the photo. It is so much easier to  change without the wiring.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 


Re: Amel Club still active??? http://www.club-amel.fr/home-community/

Teun BAAS
 

JB,

 

I am a subscriber; virtually never go there. Just checked and it appeared unchanged from last time I logged in.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

In Storage on the hard in COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

February 20, 2021 16:06:08

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

.

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of JB Duler via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 09:56
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Amel Club still active??? http://www.club-amel.fr/home-community/

 

The Amel Yard seems to run a Forum/  Amel Club (http://www.club-amel.fr/home-community/).
Does anybody know if that forum/club is still maintained?
It takes forever to load (I am in San Francisco, so I assume they are using a local server in France), there are lots of broken links, outdated posts, little activity, and on the top of it the site is not secure.
As we are trying to gather feedback from Amel owners on insurance issues (potentially leading to a self insured plan) I am trying to reach as many Amel Owners as possible.
Fill out the survey if you have not done so:
English version: https://kivfinance.typeform.com/to/weCULvfW


French version:https://kivfinance.typeform.com/to/bsWP60ko

--

John Bernard "JB" Duler
San Francisco
Meltem # 19, Western Med


Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Randall Walker
 


Hey Martin,

I believe when the solar panels and wind generators went on, the run your autopilot full time was less of an energy issue.
But with the newer tender davit, the hydrovane just had to go.
My opinion is the Hydrovane would spend way to much time popping up out of the water on a 54.
Just work toward good electrical power.
Randall
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On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 8:52 PM Martin Birkhoff <mbirkhoff@...> wrote:

Randall,
did the former owner say something about his experiences? 

I would expect - as Bill said - the 54 to be to big to be steered by a windvane. 
But because we made good experiences using a Windpilot Pacific and knowing that there are some big boats up to 60 feet with wind gear its interesting to know more if possible.

Martin
Mago del Sur 54#40


Re: Super Maramu interior upgrades

eric freedman
 

Hi,

Thank You so much.

Nice Idea.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of rossirossix4
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:55 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Super Maramu interior upgrades

 

Eric,
Not sure if this is a physical upgrade you were looking for but it is the first thing I would recommend to other Amel SM owners.  (Below is a cut and paste of an earlier post updated with new links to Google photos rather than Dropbox and a sink insert drying rack)

We thought we would share a solution we found for the slippery Corian-like counter tops.  OXO "Good Grip" silicone drying mats.  Advantages--

 

  • they are designed to contain liquids or other spilled substances
  • almost perfectly pre-sized for the SM counters.  We bought 5 "Large"; 1 "Square"; and 2 "Rectangular" --16.9" x 12.5"; 12" x 12"; 17" x 6".
  •  easy to clean, food safe silicone
  • withstand up to 425F, so you can set a hot pan on them
  • neutral color, durable, non-staining (after several months of use you can remove deposits with vinegar
  • highly slip resistant and you can still use a regular cutting board and drying rack on top of them
  • relatively inexpensive--we bought all 8 from Amazon for $121 

The 12x12 that goes over the pantry lid may be harder to find these days.

 

Google Photo pics (click for larger image/slide show)-- https://photos.app.goo.gl/K7s6QjZxd4rPPwuV7   (BTW coffee cups are Ikea)

We used 5 of the large because our dishwasher was converted to a toploading fridge.  Not sure of the dimension size of the dishwasher.

We also use a drying rack with silicone sides (can be collapsed) that we constantly keep inserted in the left kitchen sink.  The silicone keeps it firmly wedged and prevents any wear or marks and the bottom is held about 1" above the drain of the sink.  It really controls any items that you might want to dry or drain while underway and we use it at anchor or dock as well.  We purchased it at The Container store, model info is in photo https://photos.app.goo.gl/WbuW57fAeCYpgero9

Suzanne and Bob

SM 429 KAIMI 


Re: Sub-Group - Commercial

eric freedman
 

Thank You Bill.

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of CW Bill Rouse
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:59 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io Notification
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Sub-Group - Commercial

 

Eric,

 

You were not a member of ShareParts. I just changed that.

 

You can post in share parts by emailing this email address...it will post your email: ShareParts@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io

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On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 11:51 AM eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:

Hi Bill,

I would like to list my Yanmar 4jh3hte for sale it is in perfect working order .

I cannot seem to find a link to add items for sale.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of CW Bill Rouse
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2021 9:17 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io Notification
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Sub-Group - Commercial

 

After a lengthy trial, I have closed the Commerical Sub-Group. About 95% of the activity was at least 1 SPAM message a day, which I had to filter and manually delete. 

 

We tried, but it was much more trouble than it was worth.

 

We have 2 active Sub Groups: Yachts For Sale and Share Parts. Of these, Yachts for Sale is by far the most active.

 

Bill

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Re: Another mystery parts question

Wolfgang Weber
 

Yes, the bolt for using with line cutter has a V-cut at the head of the bolt. So this was perhaps before adding the line-cutter
Wolfgang Weber SY Elise Amel 54#162




Re: Another mystery parts question

Ian Townsend
 

No, the plug cannot be used for that in any way. It's just a bolt-type plug with an o-ring to create the seal. 

Ian & Margaret
S/V Loca Lola II 
SM153

On Feb 20, 2021, at 3:32 PM, Arno Luijten <arno.luijten@...> wrote:

Thanks for that. That plug is as alternative when you do not have the line cutter installed I presume?

Regards,

Arno


Re: Another mystery parts question

Arno Luijten
 

Thanks for that. That plug is as alternative when you do not have the line cutter installed I presume?

Regards,

Arno


Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Wolfgang Weber
 

Hi Martin,
I had this question to the group some years ago and Olivier responded - windvane not recommended. 
Perhaps you will find it in the mails.
Greetings to Anke, 
Wolfgang Weber SY Elise Amel54#162





Re: Vindvane on a 54?

Martin Birkhoff
 

Randall,
did the former owner say something about his experiences? 

I would expect - as Bill said - the 54 to be to big to be steered by a windvane. 
But because we made good experiences using a Windpilot Pacific and knowing that there are some big boats up to 60 feet with wind gear its interesting to know more if possible.

Martin
Mago del Sur 54#40


Re: Another mystery parts question

Wolfgang Weber
 

The first should be used in connection with a accu screw driver and could be used for the genua/staysail manual furling.
The secound is already described.
Wolfgang Weber SY Elise Amel 54 #162





Re: Foredeck dinghy cradle

Ian Townsend
 

We use the same tie-down arrangement. The only extra thing we do is to minimize lateral motion, we loop a line around the pontoons, back to the mast step through a block (or shackle) and up to the cleat on the mast. It works well for us. 

Ian & Margaret
S/V Loca Lola II 
SM153

On Feb 20, 2021, at 1:09 PM, Bill Kinney <cruisingconsulting@...> wrote:

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 05:11 AM, michael winand wrote:
Thanks Bill,  some photos would be appreciated. We have the same AB.
Michael Nebo sm251 
In the category of "better late than never", here are pictures of the tie down scheme we are using for our AB 9.5 on the foredeck.  It seems secure, i can't move it throwing my weight against it. Like any "bottom-up" inflatable tie, the lines would need to be tightened if the temperature dropped and the tubes softened.  All the lines are secured with "trucker hitches" to make this easy.  Tying like this avoids the need to add tie down strong points to the deck.

Visibility is pretty good. When standing at the helm working close quarters, I can see the bow better with the dinghy here than I can see the stern with the dinghy on the aft deck. Sitting at the helm give a good view of the horizon. While sitting, there is a longer blind spot on the surface directly in front of the boat.

We are getting ready for our first passage with this arrangement, so we'll see.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Charleston, SC, USA
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