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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Batteries in Caribbean

Patrick McAneny
 

Today I checked on the price in Le Marine for 12v deep cycle at a battery warehouse,$328 about double of in the states.
Hope this helps,I will be nursing my batteries til I get home.
Pat
SM Shenanigans


Perfect in appearance aft deck cushions

Porter McRoberts
 

Hello Amelians.
We have decided to give away our Amel brand aft cabin cushions. We simply need the space. Would anyone be interested?
We’re in Vista Mar Marina, Panama

Thank you

Porter McRoberts
A54-152 S/V IBIS

Excuse the errors.
Sent from my IPhone
Www.fouribis.com


FOR SALE Amel Super Maramu 2000

Niklas Glöggler
 

Hello
My Amel Super Maramu 2000 #333 year 2001 is for sale.

Location Le Marin Martinique

For more information contact me on gloggler at gmail dot com


Re: Batteries in Caribbean

karkauai
 

I have a battery issue too, that I’d like opinions about.

I just bought 8 new series 31 120 AHr deep cycle marine batteries in August (while in Maryland). They were kept fully charged with solar before we headed S in late Dec. After only a month, they are not acting like 120 AHr batteries. They stay charged fully during the day with solar (900watts) but at night they discharge to ~24.7V and the monitor says I’ve only used ~45AHrs. I reset the monitor at dusk when the solar is no longer charging. 24.7V should be about 70% of capacity. That is where I’d like to set my minimum voltage before recharging, in the interest of battery life. But my 480 AHr battery bank shouldn’t get there until I’ve used 30% of capacity, which would be about 160 AHrs.

Am I thinking correctly about that?

I checked the batteries which consistently showed low specific gravity of 1.225 to 1.250 (in the”Fair” range). This didn’t change appreciably after running two equalization cycles with my Victron Skylla charger. It does seem that the batteries are a bit better in that they are now at about 24.8 V just before sunrise.

What do you think is going on here? Should I just keep running equalization cycles until the SG gets back to normal?

Thanks for any advice, thoughts, etc in advance.

Kent & Iris
SM 243
Kristy
Still in Ft Lauderdale (We’re calling it Hotel California...you can check out but you can never leave.)


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Batteries in Caribbean

Mark Erdos
 

Kent,

 

Your math is correct and you should be reading slightly higher voltage reads than you are getting.

 

A couple of thoughts:

 

Are you depending solely on the meter in the panel to monitor the batteries? If so, the meter may be out of adjustment of failing. Did you adjust the Peukert exponent when installing the new battery bank?

 

The best way to check the voltage of the bank is to disconnect the bank for a while by turning off the red handle switches, check the voltage with a good quality meter from the main studs in the battery well.

Do you have any load on the batteries when checking the voltage. A load such as a refrigerator running will cause lower voltage reads.

 

Have you load tested each battery to determine if you were sold a faulty or defective battery?

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:50 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Batteries in Caribbean

 

 

I have a battery issue too, that I’d like opinions about.

I just bought 8 new series 31 120 AHr deep cycle marine batteries in August (while in Maryland). They were kept fully charged with solar before we headed S in late Dec. After only a month, they are not acting like 120 AHr batteries. They stay charged fully during the day with solar (900watts) but at night they discharge to ~24.7V and the monitor says I’ve only used ~45AHrs. I reset the monitor at dusk when the solar is no longer charging. 24.7V should be about 70% of capacity. That is where I’d like to set my minimum voltage before recharging, in the interest of battery life. But my 480 AHr battery bank shouldn’t get there until I’ve used 30% of capacity, which would be about 160 AHrs.

Am I thinking correctly about that?

I checked the batteries which consistently showed low specific gravity of 1..225 to 1.250 (in the”Fair” range). This didn’t change appreciably after running two equalization cycles with my Victron Skylla charger. It does seem that the batteries are a bit better in that they are now at about 24.8 V just before sunrise.

What do you think is going on here? Should I just keep running equalization cycles until the SG gets back to normal?

Thanks for any advice, thoughts, etc in advance.

Kent & Iris
SM 243
Kristy
Still in Ft Lauderdale (We’re calling it Hotel California...you can check out but you can never leave.)


Re: Freezer kaput

Arno Luijten
 

What makes you think you hear the refrigirant flowing? A little hissing sound is not eough to go by. My guess is you need to re-pressurize the system. You may also need to replace the seals inside the connection points and replace the drying filter inside the circuit. Best to call a tech for this as you need some speciality tools for this.
I just had had my crash course in marine refrigiration unfortunatly...

Regards,

Arno Luijten,
SY Luna,
A54-121


Re: Freezer kaput

greatketch@...
 

Duane,

Poke around on Coastal Climate Control website for a bit, and you'll find a great trouble shooting guide for cooling systems.  Follow it carefully and you'll find your problem--for better or worse.

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



Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Duane Siegfri
 

We're headed south and if the timing works out would like to attend...sounds like loads of fun!


Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477


Freezer kaput

Duane Siegfri
 

We replaced the insulation for the air cooled-under seat- freezer and when we put all back in place, the freezer does not work.


The only thing I disconnected was the DC power, nothing else.  Checked all the connections and nothing amiss.  I can feel the compressor running and refrigerant flowing but no cool.  I tried it on both refrigerator and freezer and nothing.  Prior to this it was working flawlessly.


Any ideas on what to check?


Thanks,

Duane

Wanderer SM#477


Bamar electric furler / extracting the sheaves - Extractors … Never leave home without one!

galacsea galacsea
 

Recently, the belt in my Bamar genoa electric fuller ruptured while furling in.  Opening the box, I realized both sheaves had to be replaced. Here comes the hard work of extracting these little guys.  Bamar tells you to lever them out with the help of two screwdrivers.  Good luck!!  After a good three days of hard work, plenty of penetrating WD40, and runs to local hardware stores, I finally succeeded in pulling them out.  Why was it such a hard job?  Can’t explain as the axel on which each each sheave is fitted was perfectly smooth and clean.  No rust.  So, it’s just a faulty design on Bamar’s part.  Just another one.




Re: Possible late Spring Amel Caribbean Rally

Gary Wells
 

We are also spending time in the Caribbean and would love to join up. Currently in the BVIs/USVIs but heading down to Martinique soon, then returning to BVIs.

If it's of interest to come this far north, I can ask a couple of businesses about 'sponsoring' us (although I don't know what that might mean...).  

We've spent two winters here already and I have a couple of contacts.

Gary W.
SM 209, Adagio

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Batteries in Caribbean

Mark Erdos
 

Miles,

 

You do not say which direction you are heading when leaving Grenada or what type of batteries you are seeking.

Throughout most of the islands, batteries are going to be expensive, about 50% or more over USA prices. The bigger challenge is getting the quantity you need and fresh batteries. If you seek specialty batteries, this is going to be harder still. If you seek wet cell, the choices and availability will be greater.

 

You have three choices:

 

1)    Buy from a local store such as Budget Marine or Island Water World and just swallow the price

2)    Freight batteries from the USA using one of many freight shipping options – This will be lower than option 1 but require an agent in Grenada for YIT status and of course will take time.

3)    Sail to another country such as Puerto Rico and buy batteries at Costco or West Marine. You can buy on-line and have them delivered to a store for free in PR (sometimes) – it’s only a 4 day sail from Grenada to get there. Some of the other islands also offer a good battery selection such as Martinique and St. Martin.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:44 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Batteries in Caribbean

 

 

Hi folks
My service batteries seem to be on the way out.
Does anyone know where batteries can be purchased economical in the Caribbean chain?
Currently in Grenada where they seem expensive and so wondering about delaying the replacement till we get somewhere else.
Any info most gratefully received
All the very best
Miles


Batteries in Caribbean

smiles bernard
 

Hi folks
My service batteries seem to be on the way out.
Does anyone know where batteries can be purchased economical in the Caribbean chain?
Currently in Grenada where they seem expensive and so wondering about delaying the replacement till we get somewhere else.
Any info most gratefully received
All the very best
Miles


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

Joe Nance
 

Hi Bill,

This sounds like a great idea.  Tracie & I would love to participate if the timing works out.  We never know our schedule so if this happens & a date is set, we can most likely block it our of our work schedule back in the States.  Currently in St. Vincent,, heading to Martinique where we will keep the boat for a while.

Thanks for spearheading this!

Joe

On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 2:58 PM 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: 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

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
 

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