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Re: bilge switch replacement / how to remove the black cap

karkauai
 

I bought a new switch and a short piece of 1/4" ID copper tubing. I crimped the tubing onto the switch, flattened the rest of the tubing, and drilled a hole through it near the end. It has held up for 3+ years.

Kent
SM 243
Kristy
Portland ME for a week or so then heading N. 

On Aug 8, 2020 4:55 AM, Ralph Heilig <ralph.heilig@...> wrote:
As I am working on the boat, I also want to replace the bilge switch (corrosion / got an new one from Amel). I wanted to remove the back cap on top of the stick to mount the new string, but it looks like it is clued on the stick.

Any help if I have to cut the cap of the stick and try to get a new one? I could not find any tips here in the forum but I'm sure note the first one trying to mount a new bilge switch string...



Vintage Maramu traveller cars for sale

smiles bernard
 

Hello friends

I managed to pick up a pair of new Goiot mainsheet cars when we were in Martenique last year
So I have some new shiny ones that I’m rather pleased with.

(Still hunting mizzen cars but that’s a different matter!)

But I noticed these on eBay and thought I would highlight them to this group in case anyone with a similar vintage vessel was also after ‘hard to find’ replacements
Just to be clear I’m not selling these and can’t vouch for them at all but they look nice and I would probably be buying them if I hadn’t already replaced mine !
Think these are only for the mk1 rigged Maramus? Pre double spreaders and electric mainsail furling etc

If interested and shipping to some exotic location is an issue I might be able to help out somehow

Fair winds

Miles
Maramu 162


Re: bilge switch replacement / how to remove the black cap

Courtney Gorman
 

Leave the string attached to the ‘stick’ and tie it to the new switch easy 
Cheers 
Courtney 
Trippin 
54 #101


On Aug 8, 2020, at 4:55 AM, Ralph Heilig <ralph.heilig@...> wrote:

As I am working on the boat, I also want to replace the bilge switch (corrosion / got an new one from Amel). I wanted to remove the back cap on top of the stick to mount the new string, but it looks like it is clued on the stick.

Any help if I have to cut the cap of the stick and try to get a new one? I could not find any tips here in the forum but I'm sure note the first one trying to mount a new bilge switch string...

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bilge switch replacement / how to remove the black cap

Ralph Heilig
 

As I am working on the boat, I also want to replace the bilge switch (corrosion / got an new one from Amel). I wanted to remove the back cap on top of the stick to mount the new string, but it looks like it is clued on the stick.

Any help if I have to cut the cap of the stick and try to get a new one? I could not find any tips here in the forum but I'm sure note the first one trying to mount a new bilge switch string...


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Alan "Woody" Wood
 

Craig, I commend you on the succinctness of this post. If we had a summary like this for ALL topics, I’m sure it would save everyone hours of scrolling and searching! 👍


Re: AmelYachtOwners: Interior textiles SM

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

It is the same in our SM 2000 no 299

Danny

On 07 August 2020 at 22:03 "Alexander Schenk via groups.io" <schenkschierloh@...> wrote:

Hallo,

A question out of curiosity. We are planning to redo our interior textiles and are wondering if the design as shown is the original for a SM or SM2K, see photo attached.

Best regards
Alexander Schenk

SY Antinea #


 


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

 

A grease nipple is not needed on this gearbox but a method of adding grease will lengthen the life of the gearbox attached to the furling motor and outhaul motor.

CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 1:37 PM Bill Shaproski <bill.shaproski@...> wrote:
Thierry from Amel's support office advised me last week that the manual gearbox furler is filled with grease from the factory, not oil.  He also said he was not aware of anyone having installed a grease nipple.   
Bill 


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 8:51 AM Ryan Meador <ryan.d.meador@...> wrote:
Here's another data point: the brand new mizzen furler gearbox we bought from Amel for our SM came completely filled with grease.  We've never noticed a drip.

Ryan and Kelly
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM Giovanni TESTA <giovannitesta53@...> wrote:
Hi all, when I was at Marin Amel Martinica, they used a gray grease. No more drops
Gianni 
Eutikia SM 428

Il Ven 7 Ago 2020, 17:28 CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> ha scritto:
Craig, Kent, et al;

This is the best summary that I can give you of this obviously moving target. Most is based on verified fact, but some is based on logical conclusions. So take this with a grain of salt.

Shortly after Kent posted that, I was in discussions with the original supplier of that gearbox to Amel who is the same guy (no retired) that made the SM genoa gearbox and motor assembly. He said that Kent was correct. The oil that Kent specified is what he recommended. However, the practical usage of this gearbox and the lubrication of the gears causes me to conclude that even though the supplier of the gearbox suggested oil, it is not practical. And, FYI, I believe that every SM that I have seen has a wet input shaft seal. I also believe that as these gearboxes sat new on his shelf, none leaked.

This gearbox and its supplier was changed during the production of the 54. I assume that this change had something to do with no longer buying the genoa gearbox. The guy that originally supplied this gearbox and the genoa furling gearbox and motor retired. The new supplier (unknown to me) of that gearbox possibly "fixed" the poor fit of the oil seal. I know that the new supplier changed one seal in this gearbox from 45mmX60mmX7mm to 45mmX58mmX7mm, because one of my SM clients had one size and a 54 client had the other size.

Also, I should note that some owners observed, "The outer lip seal (for the input shaft) is 30x40x7 but might be a very sloppy fit. Use RTV or machined it out to fit a 30x41x7 Lip Seal." This note is included in my Amel Book for the rebuild of this gearbox.

Although it might have nothing to do with this, there is also an O ring that seals the input shaft plastic cover to the gearbox. Possibly some owners have missed this. One owner measured it as 1.4mm fitting into an O ring groove.

I hope that this helps.

Bill 
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:47 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Bill Shaproski
 

Thierry from Amel's support office advised me last week that the manual gearbox furler is filled with grease from the factory, not oil.  He also said he was not aware of anyone having installed a grease nipple.   
Bill 


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 8:51 AM Ryan Meador <ryan.d.meador@...> wrote:
Here's another data point: the brand new mizzen furler gearbox we bought from Amel for our SM came completely filled with grease.  We've never noticed a drip.

Ryan and Kelly
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM Giovanni TESTA <giovannitesta53@...> wrote:
Hi all, when I was at Marin Amel Martinica, they used a gray grease. No more drops
Gianni 
Eutikia SM 428

Il Ven 7 Ago 2020, 17:28 CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> ha scritto:
Craig, Kent, et al;

This is the best summary that I can give you of this obviously moving target. Most is based on verified fact, but some is based on logical conclusions. So take this with a grain of salt.

Shortly after Kent posted that, I was in discussions with the original supplier of that gearbox to Amel who is the same guy (no retired) that made the SM genoa gearbox and motor assembly. He said that Kent was correct. The oil that Kent specified is what he recommended. However, the practical usage of this gearbox and the lubrication of the gears causes me to conclude that even though the supplier of the gearbox suggested oil, it is not practical. And, FYI, I believe that every SM that I have seen has a wet input shaft seal. I also believe that as these gearboxes sat new on his shelf, none leaked.

This gearbox and its supplier was changed during the production of the 54. I assume that this change had something to do with no longer buying the genoa gearbox. The guy that originally supplied this gearbox and the genoa furling gearbox and motor retired. The new supplier (unknown to me) of that gearbox possibly "fixed" the poor fit of the oil seal. I know that the new supplier changed one seal in this gearbox from 45mmX60mmX7mm to 45mmX58mmX7mm, because one of my SM clients had one size and a 54 client had the other size.

Also, I should note that some owners observed, "The outer lip seal (for the input shaft) is 30x40x7 but might be a very sloppy fit. Use RTV or machined it out to fit a 30x41x7 Lip Seal." This note is included in my Amel Book for the rebuild of this gearbox.

Although it might have nothing to do with this, there is also an O ring that seals the input shaft plastic cover to the gearbox. Possibly some owners have missed this. One owner measured it as 1.4mm fitting into an O ring groove.

I hope that this helps.

Bill 
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:47 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Ryan Meador
 

Here's another data point: the brand new mizzen furler gearbox we bought from Amel for our SM came completely filled with grease.  We've never noticed a drip.

Ryan and Kelly
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM Giovanni TESTA <giovannitesta53@...> wrote:
Hi all, when I was at Marin Amel Martinica, they used a gray grease. No more drops
Gianni 
Eutikia SM 428

Il Ven 7 Ago 2020, 17:28 CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> ha scritto:
Craig, Kent, et al;

This is the best summary that I can give you of this obviously moving target. Most is based on verified fact, but some is based on logical conclusions. So take this with a grain of salt.

Shortly after Kent posted that, I was in discussions with the original supplier of that gearbox to Amel who is the same guy (no retired) that made the SM genoa gearbox and motor assembly. He said that Kent was correct. The oil that Kent specified is what he recommended. However, the practical usage of this gearbox and the lubrication of the gears causes me to conclude that even though the supplier of the gearbox suggested oil, it is not practical. And, FYI, I believe that every SM that I have seen has a wet input shaft seal. I also believe that as these gearboxes sat new on his shelf, none leaked.

This gearbox and its supplier was changed during the production of the 54. I assume that this change had something to do with no longer buying the genoa gearbox. The guy that originally supplied this gearbox and the genoa furling gearbox and motor retired. The new supplier (unknown to me) of that gearbox possibly "fixed" the poor fit of the oil seal. I know that the new supplier changed one seal in this gearbox from 45mmX60mmX7mm to 45mmX58mmX7mm, because one of my SM clients had one size and a 54 client had the other size.

Also, I should note that some owners observed, "The outer lip seal (for the input shaft) is 30x40x7 but might be a very sloppy fit. Use RTV or machined it out to fit a 30x41x7 Lip Seal." This note is included in my Amel Book for the rebuild of this gearbox.

Although it might have nothing to do with this, there is also an O ring that seals the input shaft plastic cover to the gearbox. Possibly some owners have missed this. One owner measured it as 1.4mm fitting into an O ring groove.

I hope that this helps.

Bill 
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:47 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Updated Event: NEW: European distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium and Victron Energy joining ZOOM Meeting with Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries - Saturday, 8 August 2020 #cal-invite

 

Everyone,

If you like the Victron Energy products and want to save money, and/or if you are thinking about LiFePO4 Lithium batteries, you should join this meeting.

A distributor for both products in Europe and another distributor for the rest of the world will be presenting during this meeting.

Bill
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 10:22 AM main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io Calendar <main@amelyachtowners.groups.io> wrote:

NEW: European distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium and Victron Energy joining ZOOM Meeting with Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries

When:
Saturday, 8 August 2020
20:00 to 21:00
(UTC+00:00) UTC

An RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP

Description:

If you are interested in Lithium batteries for your Amel, you should attend this presentation by Jesse Asay of DragonFly, manufacturer of LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries with the brand Battle Born Batteries, and Transporter Energy Batteries (UK). Many of you know that Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium batteries were installed in s/y DELOS. They have since been installed in several other Amels. Jesse will inform you of a Special Bundled Price exclusively for Amel owners of Battle Born batteries and Victron Energy devices.


Justin Richardson of Transporter Energy Batteries (UK), distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium batteries manufactured by DragonFly will also be on the call. Transporter Energy ss also a major European distributor for Victron Energy. I am in talks with Justin about a significant discount on Victron products for all Amel owners.

I encourage you to RSVP early for this presentation.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://epfl.zoom.us/j/96789511226

Meeting ID: 967 8951 1226

Join by SIP
96789511226@...

YouTube:

From Tilo Peters: I just got the YouTube link set up for the live stream:
 

 

It’s on the AYOG channel and I uploaded the last two meetings on there as well.


Updated Event: NEW: European distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium and Victron Energy joining ZOOM Meeting with Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries - Saturday, 8 August 2020 #cal-invite

main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

NEW: European distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium and Victron Energy joining ZOOM Meeting with Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries

When:
Saturday, 8 August 2020
20:00 to 21:00
(UTC+00:00) UTC

An RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP

Description:

If you are interested in Lithium batteries for your Amel, you should attend this presentation by Jesse Asay of DragonFly, manufacturer of LiFePO4 Lithium Batteries with the brand Battle Born Batteries, and Transporter Energy Batteries (UK). Many of you know that Battle Born LiFePO4 Lithium batteries were installed in s/y DELOS. They have since been installed in several other Amels. Jesse will inform you of a Special Bundled Price exclusively for Amel owners of Battle Born batteries and Victron Energy devices.


Justin Richardson of Transporter Energy Batteries (UK), distributor of LiFePO4 Lithium batteries manufactured by DragonFly will also be on the call. Transporter Energy ss also a major European distributor for Victron Energy. I am in talks with Justin about a significant discount on Victron products for all Amel owners.

I encourage you to RSVP early for this presentation.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://epfl.zoom.us/j/96789511226

Meeting ID: 967 8951 1226

Join by SIP
96789511226@...

YouTube:

From Tilo Peters: I just got the YouTube link set up for the live stream:
 

 

It’s on the AYOG channel and I uploaded the last two meetings on there as well.


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Giovanni TESTA
 

Hi all, when I was at Marin Amel Martinica, they used a gray grease. No more drops
Gianni 
Eutikia SM 428

Il Ven 7 Ago 2020, 17:28 CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> ha scritto:
Craig, Kent, et al;

This is the best summary that I can give you of this obviously moving target. Most is based on verified fact, but some is based on logical conclusions. So take this with a grain of salt.

Shortly after Kent posted that, I was in discussions with the original supplier of that gearbox to Amel who is the same guy (no retired) that made the SM genoa gearbox and motor assembly. He said that Kent was correct. The oil that Kent specified is what he recommended. However, the practical usage of this gearbox and the lubrication of the gears causes me to conclude that even though the supplier of the gearbox suggested oil, it is not practical. And, FYI, I believe that every SM that I have seen has a wet input shaft seal. I also believe that as these gearboxes sat new on his shelf, none leaked.

This gearbox and its supplier was changed during the production of the 54. I assume that this change had something to do with no longer buying the genoa gearbox. The guy that originally supplied this gearbox and the genoa furling gearbox and motor retired. The new supplier (unknown to me) of that gearbox possibly "fixed" the poor fit of the oil seal. I know that the new supplier changed one seal in this gearbox from 45mmX60mmX7mm to 45mmX58mmX7mm, because one of my SM clients had one size and a 54 client had the other size.

Also, I should note that some owners observed, "The outer lip seal (for the input shaft) is 30x40x7 but might be a very sloppy fit. Use RTV or machined it out to fit a 30x41x7 Lip Seal." This note is included in my Amel Book for the rebuild of this gearbox.

Although it might have nothing to do with this, there is also an O ring that seals the input shaft plastic cover to the gearbox. Possibly some owners have missed this. One owner measured it as 1.4mm fitting into an O ring groove.

I hope that this helps.

Bill 
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:47 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

 

Craig, Kent, et al;

This is the best summary that I can give you of this obviously moving target. Most is based on verified fact, but some is based on logical conclusions. So take this with a grain of salt.

Shortly after Kent posted that, I was in discussions with the original supplier of that gearbox to Amel who is the same guy (no retired) that made the SM genoa gearbox and motor assembly. He said that Kent was correct. The oil that Kent specified is what he recommended. However, the practical usage of this gearbox and the lubrication of the gears causes me to conclude that even though the supplier of the gearbox suggested oil, it is not practical. And, FYI, I believe that every SM that I have seen has a wet input shaft seal. I also believe that as these gearboxes sat new on his shelf, none leaked.

This gearbox and its supplier was changed during the production of the 54. I assume that this change had something to do with no longer buying the genoa gearbox. The guy that originally supplied this gearbox and the genoa furling gearbox and motor retired. The new supplier (unknown to me) of that gearbox possibly "fixed" the poor fit of the oil seal. I know that the new supplier changed one seal in this gearbox from 45mmX60mmX7mm to 45mmX58mmX7mm, because one of my SM clients had one size and a 54 client had the other size.

Also, I should note that some owners observed, "The outer lip seal (for the input shaft) is 30x40x7 but might be a very sloppy fit. Use RTV or machined it out to fit a 30x41x7 Lip Seal." This note is included in my Amel Book for the rebuild of this gearbox.

Although it might have nothing to do with this, there is also an O ring that seals the input shaft plastic cover to the gearbox. Possibly some owners have missed this. One owner measured it as 1.4mm fitting into an O ring groove.

I hope that this helps.

Bill 
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 8:47 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: AmelYachtOwners: Interior textiles SM

Alexander Schenk
 

Thank you very much for all your input.
If somebody is interested in the old drapery etc, pls send me a personal message.

Best
Alexander Schenk
SY Antinea
#231 


On 7 Aug 2020, at 15:02, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:


That drapery fabric shown in the photo is a cotton print fabric. Cotton prints are constantly changed by the manufacturers of the fabric and there are hundreds of manufacturers of cotton prints, worldwide. I can guarantee you that it will be impossible to find the exact match, but you will certainly be able to find something that will work well for you. Cotton prints are usually made with the pattern "down the roll." The original SM 2k fabric shown is a "down the roll" pattern. This is what you want, because of the longer pieces used on closets and elsewhere. When you are shopping, "down the roll" and "railroaded patters" will be available. "Railroaded patterns" primarily exist to upholster furniture, not drapery

The key to doing a good job on the drapery is to sew in a UV and light blocking liner. If you do not, the cotton print will fade withing 1 year of sunlight. Select the liner well.

Bill
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On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 5:55 AM Slavko D. <slavko@...> wrote:
Hi,

on my #279 SM 2000 is the same.

regards,

Slavko


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Craig Briggs
 

This may sum it all up - bottom line, grease, not oil:
  • Bill Shaproski on Pacific Cool initiated the discussion.
  • Randall on A54 #56 referred him to the YouTube video by Ken on Aquarius. In that video Ken used grease, not oil.
  • Kent on Kristy said his was filled with “very heavy gear oil” and he used Shell Oil WE320 when he redid his but found it leaking onto the deck for a couple of days after.
  • Bill Rouse then said “Kent is exactly correct” … to use WE320 and gave a source for buying it.
  • Bill Shaproski then asked Kent if he meant the manual furler (not the gearbox driven by the electric motor) because he wondered if he could oil his in place. Kent said he poured the oil in with it lying on the bench before completing reassembly.
  • Bill S noted again that Ken on Aquarius used grease, not oil. Jean-Pierre Germain on Eleuthera said you must install grease nipples, but then clarified that he was talking about the reduction gearboxes (driven by the electric motors) and that for the manual furler a fresh water rinse works fine for him.
  • Kent then updated his situation and noted that his newly redone furler (using WE320, not grease) was (still) leaking onto the cabin top and he could redo it using grease.
  • You, Fred on ScentStone, then posted to say you had used oil and it was leaking.
  • I posted to reiterate that grease should be used.
  • Bill Rouse then posted to say that he (now) thinks grease is to be used, not oil.
Fred, I think you’ve got your answer. There may have been some confusion in this tread between the manual furler and the reduction gear box. Definitely grease for the manual furler.  For the reduction gearbox either 320 oil or grease, with perhaps the best being to use grease and add Zerk fittings for periodic maintenance.

Cheers, Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

 

Grease is my friend! I would use grease.

I think the issue with oil is that if you get enough inside to lubricate both gears, the oil level is higher than the input shaft. I do not believe that the seal on the input shaft is designed to retain liquid. Look at the drawing below. If the oil level (RED) is as high as the shaft, I believe it will leak. If the oil level is lower than the bottom of the shaft, it will not leak, but it likely will not lubricate the gears.

I suggest grease, even though it is possible the manufacturer suggested a very thick oil.

It is possible that you might be able to change the size of the input shaft seal on get a good enough seal to retain oil. That will need someone to test.

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CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
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On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 7:40 AM Craig & Katherine Briggs via groups.io <sangaris=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Fred,
I believe the Amel employee told you correctly to use grease, not oil (even 320 viscosity). It is basically a winch, not a high speed gear box and you should grease it like a winch. The oil will leak out, although, like bleeding, it will stop eventually :-)

I don't know the source of the recommendation you note to use 320 oil, although Kent and I discussed that on this forum as being the original oil in the Bonfiglioli (or other brand) "reductori" reduction gear boxes that are driven by the electric furling motors. Many of us have changed that out to conventional grease with Zerk fittings added for periodic replenishment, although in that appllication either should be fine.

Hope this helps,
Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: AmelYachtOwners: Interior textiles SM

 

That drapery fabric shown in the photo is a cotton print fabric. Cotton prints are constantly changed by the manufacturers of the fabric and there are hundreds of manufacturers of cotton prints, worldwide. I can guarantee you that it will be impossible to find the exact match, but you will certainly be able to find something that will work well for you. Cotton prints are usually made with the pattern "down the roll." The original SM 2k fabric shown is a "down the roll" pattern. This is what you want, because of the longer pieces used on closets and elsewhere. When you are shopping, "down the roll" and "railroaded patters" will be available. "Railroaded patterns" primarily exist to upholster furniture, not drapery

The key to doing a good job on the drapery is to sew in a UV and light blocking liner. If you do not, the cotton print will fade withing 1 year of sunlight. Select the liner well.

Bill
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 5:55 AM Slavko D. <slavko@...> wrote:
Hi,

on my #279 SM 2000 is the same.

regards,

Slavko


Re: Lubrication of the Mechanism That Drives The Main Sail Furling Unit

Craig Briggs
 

Hi Fred,
I believe the Amel employee told you correctly to use grease, not oil (even 320 viscosity). It is basically a winch, not a high speed gear box and you should grease it like a winch. The oil will leak out, although, like bleeding, it will stop eventually :-)

I don't know the source of the recommendation you note to use 320 oil, although Kent and I discussed that on this forum as being the original oil in the Bonfiglioli (or other brand) "reductori" reduction gear boxes that are driven by the electric furling motors. Many of us have changed that out to conventional grease with Zerk fittings added for periodic replenishment, although in that appllication either should be fine.

Hope this helps,
Craig - SN68 Sangaris, Tropic Isle Harbor, FL


Re: AmelYachtOwners: Interior textiles SM

Slavko D.
 

Hi,

on my #279 SM 2000 is the same.

regards,

Slavko


Re: AmelYachtOwners: Interior textiles SM

amelforme
 

While that is Amel material, it was used on boats built a few years later than yours. I can tell by the drawer pulls and saloon lamps you have a "Classic" model SM 53. It is always helpful to place your model year and hull number below the boat name.

JOEL F. POTTER
CRUISING YACHT SPECIALIST LLC
THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY
Office 954-462-5869 

On Aug 7, 2020, at 6:33 AM, Alexander Schenk via groups.io <schenkschierloh@...> wrote:

Hallo,

A question out of curiosity. We are planning to redo our interior textiles and are wondering if the design as shown is the original for a SM or SM2K, see photo attached.

Best regards
Alexander Schenk

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