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Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Paul Osterberg
 

We would like to participate if place and timing work. We are in St Martin heading south. Probably laying up on Trinidad for the Hurricane season.
Paul and Kerstin on SY Kerpa SM 259


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Chuck_Kim_Joy
 

OMG!
I have got to hear your story before your subconscious blocks the bad parts from your memory. Count us in. 
Kim and Chuck 
Joy #388
In st.martin slow waking south 

On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 3:44 PM Sailing Island Pearl colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Island Pearl II just arrived in Caribbean early this morning from Brisbane, Australia via Asia, most Indian Ocean Islands, South Atlantic Islands and Brazil.

In Prickly Bay now, then a slow trip up the Windward then Leewards before BVI's & US BVI's etc then across to Bonaire in late May/June for Hurricane season.

Would love to participate if the dates work out, and/or say HI to any other Amel owners as we travel the Caribbean this season. If you see us anchored near you feel free to come over for a cold beer. We love Amel talk!

Cheers
Colin



On Tue, 22 Jan. 2019, 13:01 alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Hello Bill,

I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.
Alex Paquin
SIMPATICO
Maramu #94, 1981


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

 

Alex,

I envision no cost for the participation in the rally. Of course there may be other costs (food & drink). If there is enough interest, we might get some of the individual island's tourist bureaus to contribute something, like bus transportation for a tour of some sort. We will surely have island stopovers, and if we get enough interest we may be able to get a significant discount for marina fees.

It all starts with how many boats express interest....then some of us will go to work seeing what we can get in terms of support from the various entities. As of now there are about 8 responses to my original posting. I am thinking that if we had 20 or more, we could leverage that number to get something...maybe I am wrong.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 11:01 AM alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hello Bill,

I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.
Alex Paquin
SIMPATICO
Maramu #94, 1981


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Donald Patterson
 

Do you have a return scheduled 


On Jan 22, 2019, at 2:17 PM, Sailing Island Pearl colin.d.streeter@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Island Pearl II just arrived in Caribbean early this morning from Brisbane, Australia via Asia, most Indian Ocean Islands, South Atlantic Islands and Brazil.

In Prickly Bay now, then a slow trip up the Windward then Leewards before BVI's & US BVI's etc then across to Bonaire in late May/June for Hurricane season.

Would love to participate if the dates work out, and/or say HI to any other Amel owners as we travel the Caribbean this season. If you see us anchored near you feel free to come over for a cold beer. We love Amel talk!

Cheers
Colin



On Tue, 22 Jan. 2019, 13:01 alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Hello Bill,

I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.
Alex Paquin
SIMPATICO
Maramu #94, 1981


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Mark Erdos
 

Colin,

 

Also consider an extended stay in Aruba during hurricane season. Curacao, not so much. You will love the diving and snorkeling in Bonaire, it is really first rate. If you opt to go to Aruba, the Renaissance marina is right downtown in the heart of everything and have reasonable monthly rates. You will need to book way ahead since due to many people’s insurances companies making changes, the ABC’s are becoming a destination for those wanting to stay in the Caribbean.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:17 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

 

 

Island Pearl II just arrived in Caribbean early this morning from Brisbane, Australia via Asia, most Indian Ocean Islands, South Atlantic Islands and Brazil.

 

In Prickly Bay now, then a slow trip up the Windward then Leewards before BVI's & US BVI's etc then across to Bonaire in late May/June for Hurricane season.

 

Would love to participate if the dates work out, and/or say HI to any other Amel owners as we travel the Caribbean this season. If you see us anchored near you feel free to come over for a cold beer. We love Amel talk!

 

Cheers

Colin

 

 

 

On Tue, 22 Jan. 2019, 13:01 alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:

 

Hello Bill,

I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.

Alex Paquin

SIMPATICO

Maramu #94, 1981


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

islandpearl2_sm2k332
 

Island Pearl II just arrived in Caribbean early this morning from Brisbane, Australia via Asia, most Indian Ocean Islands, South Atlantic Islands and Brazil.

In Prickly Bay now, then a slow trip up the Windward then Leewards before BVI's & US BVI's etc then across to Bonaire in late May/June for Hurricane season.

Would love to participate if the dates work out, and/or say HI to any other Amel owners as we travel the Caribbean this season. If you see us anchored near you feel free to come over for a cold beer. We love Amel talk!

Cheers
Colin



On Tue, 22 Jan. 2019, 13:01 alex.paquin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

Hello Bill,

I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.
Alex Paquin
SIMPATICO
Maramu #94, 1981


Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Alejandro Paquin
 

Hello Bill,
I think it is a great idea, our Maramu is based in Venezuela, if we get and idea of the overall plan with dates included, we would seriously consider participating. Also the cost would be an important factor, in my opinion. Thanks for promoting such an activity. Maybe we can convince other Amel owners here to participate.
Alex Paquin
SIMPATICO
Maramu #94, 1981


Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Patrick McAneny
 

Bill, Diane and I would attend,depending on where and when.Ordered the water pump from Caribb Marine and said your hello to Sabin for you, she smiled,you devil. Hoping the pump will be in Wed.Thanks for the help on that.
Pat & Diane,
SM Shenanigans
Le Marin Martinique


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re- port bow locker floor

 

Tom,

I believe that you have received very good first-hand accounts from very good owners, especially Mark Erdos s/v CREAM PUFF. I never experienced this locker floor cracking problem first-hand, and couldn't add anything to what others have said. I am curious as to why some SMs have this problem at an early age, more latter in life, and some never. My guess is it must be correlated with dampness in the chain locker, or storage of heavy items such as anchors that will bounce up and down in heavy seas (I see a lot of pointed anchors and chain in these sail lockers, but I just don't know the cause.

To answer your question about the first things I look for when doing a pre-purchase review of a resale Amel: I look for signs of "owner care" and whether the condition is Satisfactory, Average, or Poor. Sometimes the clues are very subtle, but once I determine the level of "owner care," it is easy to find issues that are: many times are not found on a survey, sometimes hidden by the current owner, or in some cases, not known by the current owner. Obviously, if I saw a cracked and unrepaired sail locker bottom, I will suspect a "poor level of care" by the current owner. I absolutely love it when I see an Amel that is prepared for an inspection by Henri Amel. I see this about 15% of the time.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970



On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 9:10 AM thomas.kleman <no_reply@...> wrote:
 

I wanted to thank all of you for the help. I’m planning on incorporating many/most of the ideas put forward. If I was in the E Carib I know where I could find competent help; Im headed for shelter Bay, Panama so it might be just us (again).

Questions (because Im ordering raw materials for this project from Miami to meet me in Shelter Bay).

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ?
3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

Bill Rouse (if youre reading this)- noted that your biz is booming and you survey many SMs. Is this the first thing you look for ? And interested in your remediation preferences on this issue.

Thanks Much

Tom and Kirstin
SV L’ORIENT
Green Island Panama
SM2K 422


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

John Clark
 

Arno, I thought you were going to stay in Curacao? 

John

SV Annie SM 37
Just arrived Le Marin.

On Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 10:09 Arno Luijten arno.luijten@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

We are “permanently” based in Marigot, Saint Martin. Let me know if I can help in some way.

Arno
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

John Clark
 

I think it is a great idea.  I had the great fun last summer sailing with three other  SMs between Grenada and Trinidad.  We "raced" a few legs for fun and of course took each other's pictures.  

I had the nite watch last nite and thought a really cool picture would be a "fleet" of Amels running downwind on the double pole.  St Maarten to St Thomas maybe....  From the USVI/BVI we could run south to Martinique with no stress at all.

On Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 14:58 Bill Rouse brouse@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... wrote:
 

I would like to know what you think about having an Amel Caribbean Rally in 2019.

I would be happy to spearhead it and believe I might be able to get some discounts from marinas, marine vendors, and possibly restaurants. If we get enough participants, we might even quality for Tourism Board support from places like the BVI, St. Maarten, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Grenada. I know that the Tourism Boards have participated in past rallies by supplying transportation and tours which promote their islands.

As a participant in the Amel Rendezvous in the Chesapeak, I know how much fun these can be.

This email opens it up for discussion. Let me know if you are interested and/or if you can help put this together. Many of us probably have at least one contact in the Caribbean who could help.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970
My calendar: 
https://theamelschool.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


Re- port bow locker floor

thomas.kleman <no_reply@...>
 

Thanks again (with a special tip of the cap to Bill K and Mark E). Got my order ready- my Miami to Shelter Bay freighter leaves in a week so the project planning was urgent.

Regarding people’s sage advice to get help- We do everything ourselves except bottom sanding (even canvas).....but if I can find someone to assist Im all over that. We are going west for the first time and I dont know what I will find in Shelter Bay. Like most of us, when I have a boat problem its pretty much all I can think of since this is both my vehicle and home.

Armed with this site and youtube, we are not the quickest but we fix things the right way, if slowly.

One thing about the inside of the chain locker and port bow locker- there are several places on SMs where fiberglass work was not “finished” but painted (look in your mizzen line storage basin). Depending on how much weight Ive lost and how my relationship is going with Kirstin beside me in the chain locker, I might delay some of the finishing work in these places.


Re: Re- port bow locker floor

Craig Briggs
 

Tom,

I'd add three suggestions to Bill's excellent post:

A.) put a prefabricated access panel in at least one side for easy access to the chain locker in the future
B.) check the condition of your hawse pipe, which is galvanized iron. The anchor chain wears off the galvanizing and the pipe rusts - mine rusted right through. Easier to replace when you're doing the floors, too. I used Schedule 80 CPVC.
3.) Consider a penetrating epoxy like Git-Rot for the forward side of the watertight bulkhead in the chain locker area, possibly in addition to glass if it's really compromised like Bill Kinney's - mine was still in very solid condition and I decided the Git-Rot would be sufficient.

Good luck with it.
Craig Briggs SN68


---In amelyachtowners@..., <greatketch@...> wrote :

Tom,

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
For this span, 1/2 inch ply should be fine.

2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ? 
For the bulkhead, we just ground off all compromised wood, then used polyester resin and glass cloth to cover it. It's a pretty tough environment. 

3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
Definitely glass cloth over the WHOLE floor, both sides!  Not only will it seal and protect the wood from water and mechanical damage, it makes the whole structure a lot stiffer.  And definitely glass cloth to tab the new floor to the hull.  Do not butt the plywood tight against the hull; leave a bit of a gap to avoid making a hard spot.

4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?
I would.

When you remove the old floor, be sure to leave a fiberglass shelf around the edge for the new one to sit on.  Trying to build that from underneath would truly be a nightmare.

This was one of those jobs that I kept looking at and saying... I'll do that.  I know fiberglass, it's not hard. Karen insisted that we hire someone.  Watching him come up out of the locker in a full suit, and respirator, covered from head to toe in fiberglass grinding dust, I realized once again she is smarter than I am.

Here is a detailed process for what was done for our floors:
  • Cut around about 2 to 3 inches in from the hull.
  • Pull out all of the old plywood.
  • Solvent wipe, and then grind hull where the new tabbing will go and the top of "shelf" to ensure adhesion of new parts.
  • Make a template for each side.
  • Cut out core material (plywood, foam, whatever)
  • Check fit.
  • Glass both sides of panel core. (Doing the bottom is a lot easier now than after it is installed!) Be sure to seal the edges of the plywood all around.
  • Check fit.
  • Solvent wipe and grind the new glass on the bottom of panel where it will rest on the old floor tabbing.
  • Check fit.
  • Use thickened epoxy to bed the panel down on the shelf. Let cure.
  • Tab the top side of the panel to the hull.
  • Sand smooth.
  • Apply gelcoat--if desired.
Pretty much everything was done with polyester resin.  

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera Is., Bahamas

---In amelyachtowners@..., <no_reply@...> wrote :

I wanted to thank all of you for the help. I’m planning on incorporating many/most of the ideas put forward. If I was in the E Carib I know where I could find competent help; Im headed for shelter Bay, Panama so it might be just us (again).

Questions (because Im ordering raw materials for this project from Miami to meet me in Shelter Bay).

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ?
3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

Bill Rouse (if youre reading this)- noted that your biz is booming and you survey many SMs. Is this the first thing you look for ? And interested in your remediation preferences on this issue.

Thanks Much

Tom and Kirstin
SV L’ORIENT
Green Island Panama
SM2K 422


Re: Re- port bow locker floor

greatketch@...
 

Tom,

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
For this span, 1/2 inch ply should be fine.

2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ? 
For the bulkhead, we just ground off all compromised wood, then used polyester resin and glass cloth to cover it. It's a pretty tough environment. 

3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
Definitely glass cloth over the WHOLE floor, both sides!  Not only will it seal and protect the wood from water and mechanical damage, it makes the whole structure a lot stiffer.  And definitely glass cloth to tab the new floor to the hull.  Do not butt the plywood tight against the hull; leave a bit of a gap to avoid making a hard spot.

4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?
I would.

When you remove the old floor, be sure to leave a fiberglass shelf around the edge for the new one to sit on.  Trying to build that from underneath would truly be a nightmare.

This was one of those jobs that I kept looking at and saying... I'll do that.  I know fiberglass, it's not hard. Karen insisted that we hire someone.  Watching him come up out of the locker in a full suit, and respirator, covered from head to toe in fiberglass grinding dust, I realized once again she is smarter than I am.

Here is a detailed process for what was done for our floors:
  • Cut around about 2 to 3 inches in from the hull.
  • Pull out all of the old plywood.
  • Solvent wipe, and then grind hull where the new tabbing will go and the top of "shelf" to ensure adhesion of new parts.
  • Make a template for each side.
  • Cut out core material (plywood, foam, whatever)
  • Check fit.
  • Glass both sides of panel core. (Doing the bottom is a lot easier now than after it is installed!) Be sure to seal the edges of the plywood all around.
  • Check fit.
  • Solvent wipe and grind the new glass on the bottom of panel where it will rest on the old floor tabbing.
  • Check fit.
  • Use thickened epoxy to bed the panel down on the shelf. Let cure.
  • Tab the top side of the panel to the hull.
  • Sand smooth.
  • Apply gelcoat--if desired.
Pretty much everything was done with polyester resin.  

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera Is., Bahamas

---In amelyachtowners@..., <no_reply@...> wrote :

I wanted to thank all of you for the help. I’m planning on incorporating many/most of the ideas put forward. If I was in the E Carib I know where I could find competent help; Im headed for shelter Bay, Panama so it might be just us (again).

Questions (because Im ordering raw materials for this project from Miami to meet me in Shelter Bay).

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ?
3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

Bill Rouse (if youre reading this)- noted that your biz is booming and you survey many SMs. Is this the first thing you look for ? And interested in your remediation preferences on this issue.

Thanks Much

Tom and Kirstin
SV L’ORIENT
Green Island Panama
SM2K 422


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Re- port bow locker floor

Mark Erdos
 

Amen:

 

“This was one of those jobs that I kept looking at and saying... I'll do that.  I know fiberglass, it's not hard. Karen insisted that we hire someone.  Watching him come up out of the locker in a full suit, and respirator, covered from head to toe in fiberglass grinding dust, I realized once again she is smarter than I am.”

 

This was some of the best money I’ve ever spent. Add the Panama heat to the equation and, oh boy!

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2019 12:19 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Re- port bow locker floor

 

 

Tom,

 

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?

For this span, 1/2 inch ply should be fine.

 

2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ? 

For the bulkhead, we just ground off all compromised wood, then used polyester resin and glass cloth to cover it. It's a pretty tough environment. 

 

3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?

Definitely glass cloth over the WHOLE floor, both sides!  Not only will it seal and protect the wood from water and mechanical damage, it makes the whole structure a lot stiffer.  And definitely glass cloth to tab the new floor to the hull.  Do not butt the plywood tight against the hull; leave a bit of a gap to avoid making a hard spot.

 

4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

I would.

When you remove the old floor, be sure to leave a fiberglass shelf around the edge for the new one to sit on.  Trying to build that from underneath would truly be a nightmare.

 

This was one of those jobs that I kept looking at and saying... I'll do that.  I know fiberglass, it's not hard. Karen insisted that we hire someone.  Watching him come up out of the locker in a full suit, and respirator, covered from head to toe in fiberglass grinding dust, I realized once again she is smarter than I am.

 

Here is a detailed process for what was done for our floors:

  • Cut around about 2 to 3 inches in from the hull.
  • Pull out all of the old plywood.
  • Solvent wipe, and then grind hull where the new tabbing will go and the top of "shelf" to ensure adhesion of new parts.
  • Make a template for each side.
  • Cut out core material (plywood, foam, whatever)
  • Check fit.
  • Glass both sides of panel core. (Doing the bottom is a lot easier now than after it is installed!) Be sure to seal the edges of the plywood all around.
  • Check fit.
  • Solvent wipe and grind the new glass on the bottom of panel where it will rest on the old floor tabbing.
  • Check fit.
  • Use thickened epoxy to bed the panel down on the shelf. Let cure.
  • Tab the top side of the panel to the hull.
  • Sand smooth.
  • Apply gelcoat--if desired.

Pretty much everything was done with polyester resin.  

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera Is., Bahamas


---In amelyachtowners@..., wrote :

I wanted to thank all of you for the help. I’m planning on incorporating many/most of the ideas put forward. If I was in the E Carib I know where I could find competent help; Im headed for shelter Bay, Panama so it might be just us (again).

Questions (because Im ordering raw materials for this project from Miami to meet me in Shelter Bay).

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ?

3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?

4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

Bill Rouse (if youre reading this)- noted that your biz is booming and you survey many SMs. Is this the first thing you look for ? And interested in your remediation preferences on this issue.

Thanks Much

Tom and Kirstin
SV L’ORIENT
Green Island Panama
SM2K 422


Re- port bow locker floor

thomas.kleman <no_reply@...>
 

I wanted to thank all of you for the help. I’m planning on incorporating many/most of the ideas put forward. If I was in the E Carib I know where I could find competent help; Im headed for shelter Bay, Panama so it might be just us (again).

Questions (because Im ordering raw materials for this project from Miami to meet me in Shelter Bay).

1) thickness of marine plywood for floor ?
2) My chainlocker bulkhead wall seems Ok. Precise name of product to seal it ?
3) Glass in the seams of new floor ? The whole floor ? The bulkhead too ?
4) starboard floor seemed Ok. Just go ahead and do that too ?

Bill Rouse (if youre reading this)- noted that your biz is booming and you survey many SMs. Is this the first thing you look for ? And interested in your remediation preferences on this issue.

Thanks Much

Tom and Kirstin
SV L’ORIENT
Green Island Panama
SM2K 422


Re: Port bow locker floor

alanwood123@...
 

HI Tom..

We had to do ours too as part of our on going pan-mediterranean fit out. The locker floor repairs I started in Greece were finished in Tunisia. I filmed the whole thing but haven't edited it together properly yet (I hope to edit all our maintenance blogs properly before the winter is out :/) but there's a snippet here from our travel blogs. 

It's also a good opportunity to give the anchor locker a good clean and paint too.

Cost approx €200.. : https://youtu.be/6nHe3zU--rU?t=1119 

Cheers!

Woody


Re: Stern arch Amel 54

Arno Luijten
 

Hi Mark,

I actually ordered the arch at the Annapolis boat show. I have been talking to them on the show for a while and it seems they have a permanent 3rd party address for the powder coating as they do this frequently.
They have long term experience with this coating as well (7 years) and provided the assembly is done well the stuff holds up very well they told me.

So the plan is to have the front legs mounted on the deck under the corner seats in the back and the two rear legs on the transom. This means I will have to cut off part of the front legs to make it fit. Their engineer thinks I can do with the arch with the front and back legs at the same width (so no offset between the front and real legs). But I need to verify this.
Communication with Atlantic Towers is a bit slow. So getting the precise information about size and dimensions takes some time.

The front legs have an angle of 55 deg. with the horizontal plane and the rear legs have an angle of 60 degrees. This determines how far forward the arch can be before it touches the corner seat
I have ordered the david-tubes as well so we can hang a dingy from it.
The legs are mounted on the boat using feet with a swivelling eye to adjust to the angle of the mounting surface.

We plan to put four solar panels on the arch with total peak power of about 600 Watts (4 pce. Solara S565M44 Ultra), not a huge amount but I don’t want the total installation to be crazy big.

I will let you know how this will progress.

In the mean time does anyone know what color the gelcoat of the Amel 54 is? Preferably a RAL color number.

Regards,

Arno
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] parts

karkauai
 

Welcome to the group and congratulations on your Amel.

You will find this forum a wonderful resource for all kinds of information that will help you learn your Amel's systems, and give you a great start on trouble-shooting any problems you may encounter.  There are many folks here who will happily help you with any problems you may encounter.

For this question it didn't make a difference, but in the future it will help if you sign you post with your name, boat name and hull number, and where you are currently located.

For parts from Amel, contact Maud Touillet by email at sav "at" amel "dot" fr, she is in LaRochelle.  Send complete description including part numbers.  If you aren't sure of part numbers, take pictures and send with your request.
If there is something you need right away, in addition to your email call her at +33 5 46 55 00 75

All the best to you and yours.
Happy and safe sailing,
Kent & Iris
SM 243
Kristy
Currently Ft. Lauderdale, FL Hoping to leave for Turks and Caicos in a few more days.



From: "sailunavida@... [amelyachtowners]"
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:30 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] parts

 
Im a new owner of a 2001 SM 2000 cruising Mexico with my kids. Where do I order parts for my AMEL can some one send ne contact info for parts please. Thanks



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Port bow locker floor

eric freedman
 

Mark,

Thank you,

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:32 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Port bow locker floor

 

 

Eric,

 

The total cost of the locker floor replacement for both front lockers was right at 3,500 euros (inc. VAT tax). I took 5 days and two guys. We had some other stuff done (cosmetic gel coat stuff on the transom) so it is hard to pin-point the exact cost for this. But, 3,500 would be pretty close. 

 

I uploaded some pictures to the forum.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:20 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Port bow locker floor

 

 

Hi Mark,

What was the total cost of the deck repair in the forward lockers in Martinique?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:53 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Port bow locker floor

 

 

Tom,

 

We had to make this repair past year. It is not difficult any decent glass person would have the capability. We had it done in Martinique at Amel. They sub-contracted  the work to a local company but told them what to do. We had both forward lockers done. This problem is a little bit of a design flaw in the Amel. As the anchor chain is stowed the moisture in the anchor well will slowly rot the wood since it was unfinished on the lower side.

 

They cut away the existing floor to within about 2-3 inches from the edge. They cut marine ply to fit into place and used the 2-3” lip to resin the new shelf. They sanded the lip to ensure it was free of rot and all paint for a good surface to adhere to. They finished both sides of the new floor with resin and gelcoat ensuring any moisture will not affect it. It took quite a bit of fiberglass work to make it look as good as new.

 

We paid a little bit extra to have an access panel put into the floor of the port side locker allowing us full access to the anchor well without having to go through the forward cabin.

 

My advice is to pay to have this done. Although you could do it yourself, the resin work and sanding required will leave you itching for years. Not, to mention the toxic fumes. I was going to do the repair myself but now look at the money I spent as a very good value.

 

I inserted a couple of pictures. If they don’t make it –let me know and I email them.

 

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of thomas.kleman
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 5:15 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Port bow locker floor

 

 

As I was re-wiring my nav lights from the port bow locker (empty) I heard a crack. The top layer of the marine plywood floor separated from the rest and the floor is bowed but not cracked through. I checked it from top and bottom and it doesnt seem rotten. In case you’re wondering I weigh 200 lbs so it wasnt overloaded (ha). I know of at least one other SM that had this happen. Im in San Blas so an Amel fix in Martinique is out of the question. I will need to do this myself in Shelter Bay. Would love some ideas.

Tom Kleman
SM2K 422
SV L’ORIENT
San Blas