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Re: Jib Track Plugs

Miles
 

Hi Bill,

 

I replaced mine with white silicone sealant several years.  They seem to work just fine.

 

Regards,

Miles

S/Y Ladybug sm 216,  Martinique

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] NIKIMAT Illustrations & Parts for sale (SWIM LADDER)

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Amonn,
Finally time to write down about the ladder.
Mine was under water, I found and removed it, it is now cover with barnacles. When I have time I will clean it.
Are you still interested? Mine was the longest of the 2, it is 3.1 meter instead of the usual 2.9 m!!!
Sincerely Alexandre



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On Sun, 10/29/17, eamonn.washington@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] NIKIMAT Illustrations & Parts for sale
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 9:42 AM


 









Hi Alexandre, I relied on your photos to help plan
my first wear bearings replacement.  Thanks!
I need a swim ladder.  Did yours
survive?  It is not on the parts for sale
list.
All the
bestEamonn WashingtonTravel
BugSM 151









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Jib Track Plugs

James Alton
 

Bill,

   I think that your idea of using the silicone might be the best idea.  The filled (Grey as opposed to the clear)  Dow Corning 3145 stands up for a long time to the UV in my experience.  The 3145 was designed for electrical work  (does not contain Acetic acid) and is supposed to be non-corrosive.  Especially if you use the primer you should get a good bond and seal to the aluminum track so hopefully this would keep the salt out of there.  

   Do you still like the Firefly batteries?

James
SV Sueño,  Maramu #220

On Feb 10, 2018, at 3:10 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



Last year we replaced all the plugs that keep water from sitting in the recesses around the bolts that attach the jib track to the rail.  We ordered them from Amel, and I was disappointed to find that they were natural white polyethylene—not something I expected to have a reasonable lifespan in sunlight.  Sure enough, a year later they are all crumbling away.

Has anybody found a better alternative?  Maybe black plastic?  or anything else better able to handle sunlight? I haven’t been able to track anything down.

In the absence of a better alternative, I am thinking of plugging the holes with silicone sealant.  Yes, it would be something of a pain (but not impossible) to extract if I ever needed to, but I really don’t want these bolts soaking in salt water constantly.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie

Freeport, Bahamas.




Shaft packing

David Wallace
 

We’re off the boat so hopefully someone in the group can answer a quick question. What size shaft packing do I need: Maramu, original shaft size and packing housing? Thanks in advance!

Dave Wallace
s/v Air Ops
Maramu#104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

Jib Track Plugs

greatketch@...
 



Last year we replaced all the plugs that keep water from sitting in the recesses around the bolts that attach the jib track to the rail.  We ordered them from Amel, and I was disappointed to find that they were natural white polyethylene—not something I expected to have a reasonable lifespan in sunlight.  Sure enough, a year later they are all crumbling away.

Has anybody found a better alternative?  Maybe black plastic?  or anything else better able to handle sunlight? I haven’t been able to track anything down.

In the absence of a better alternative, I am thinking of plugging the holes with silicone sealant.  Yes, it would be something of a pain (but not impossible) to extract if I ever needed to, but I really don’t want these bolts soaking in salt water constantly.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie

Freeport, Bahamas.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Question about earth plates replacement

Willem Kroes
 

Hi Alan,

 

Thanks for your reply. I will ask Olivier Beaute. He surveyed my boat 2 years ago and noticed the worn out earth plates in his report.

 

Kind regards,

 

Willem

 

Van: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Verzonden: vrijdag 9 februari 2018 13:07
Aan: amelyachtowners@...
Onderwerp: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Question about earth plates replacement

 

 

Hi Willem,

Our plates seem to be attached with rather large slot headed screws/ bolts.
I would doubt that they are just self tapping, I'm sure they would thread into something inside the rudder.
Our plates....and we're not that much removed from you # wise ....are just fine...I work them over with a wire brush on a drill every time we haul out...they haven't actually decayed at all...and the SSB performance is always improved after the wire brushing.
BUT the ONLY person who would know for sure how they are attached is OLIVIER BEAUTE....
OLIVIER, perhaps you can answer this question ?

Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Forward Sonar

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Alan. I had a new interphase transducer fitted on the center line. I couldnt give you the measurement but I noticed it is much more than hull normal thickness. It seemed the v had a reinforced impact protection thickness. Sorry cant be more help.

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 10 February 2018 at 14:27 "divanz620@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

We have an Interphase Probe forward looking sonar on Elyse that has given up. We replaced the transducer a few years ago and it worked sort of, for a while, but now it doesn't at all...except when the boat isn't moving, then it works sometimes.

I'm going to replace it with a Navico forward scan transducer and a B&G Vulcan FS display.

The probe transducer is on the centre line forward of the depth sounder.

I know that the Navico transducer housing is a larger diameter than the probe threaded stem, but what concerns me a bit is the thickness of the hull there. 


Does anyone know how thick the hull is at that point on a Super Maramu ? 


Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437

 


 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bow Thruster won't come up

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Duane,

Id borrow the limit switch from Joy again. See what happens. If not available try another new switch. Check all wiring connections, a bit of corrosion can cause funny things to happen. I get good results with WD40. (OK Alan it works) Corrosion X is recommended too

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 10 February 2018 at 10:54 "sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I received the new limit switch today and still no joy.  


This is confusing since, in diagnosing the problem (bow thruster would not retract), I borrowed a new limit switch from another Amel SM  (JOY), put it in the lowest position on the Actuator (marked "H") and the Actuator was then able to raise the bow thruster to retract it into the hull.  From this I assumed the problem was the limit switch.

Okay, so I get the new switch and install it in the "H" position (lowest on the actuator tube).  With the new switch in place I tried to lower the bow thruster motor.  The lights on the "SP" and "B" switches lit up, but the actuator motor did not engage.

I switched the toggle switch at the helm to the "UP" position and the lights on the "SP" and "H" switches lit up, and the up buzzer sounded.  This seems right since the thruster motor was "UP". 

I replaced the "B" switch (the upper position on the actuator tube) with a new one, and repeated the procedure above with the same results.

I'm starting to wonder if the actuator motor is burnt out, so tested the motor wires for continuity through the motor and got continuity.

-What else could I test?

-If the actuator motor was not working it would explain the current situation, how do I test the actuator motor?  And, if it's shot, why did it work to raise the thruster motor with the borrowed switch?

-What does it mean when the light on the limit switch comes on?  I find it odd that the "SP" limit switch light comes on when the thruster motor is all the way up.  I tried to activate the thruster prop in this position and it did not activate.  From that I assume when the limit switch light is on, the motor is locked out.  The old switches were marked with a "Normally Closed" icon.

-Which switch controls the limit of the bow thruster motor up and down?  Is the "B" (on the top of the actuator tube) the limit switch for the down position for the thruster motor?  And the "H" switch (on the bottom of the actuator) the switch for the "UP" position of the thruster motor?)

-I don't understand why with the bow thruster motor up (and you get no movement of the thruster motor):
When you toggle the actuator for "UP" the switches look like this:
SP (lit)     B (not lit)

H (lit)

When you toggle for "Down" with the thruster motor up you get this:
SP (lit)B (lit)

H(not lit)

Any ideas out there?
Thanks,
Duane

 


 

Bow Thruster Wiring and French terms??

Duane Siegfri
 

Looking at the Bow Thruster wiring diagram in the Files section, there are four control wires going to the Thruster Linear Actuator.  Two are marked "lev" and two are marked "tem".  I am guessing "lev" stands for "lever" or "raise" in english. 


What does "tem" stand for?


Note that this is a 1987 drawing, so likely not representative of the current design.  Does anyone have a more up to date wiring diagram of the bow thruster, especially the linear actuator?


Thanks,

Duane

Wanderer, SM#477

Re: Support for Liferaft on rails

greatketch@...
 

As far as I know, every liferaft manufacturer makes a rail mount holder to fit the life rafts that they have packaged for exterior exposure.  Have you contacted them? Design of these isn’t always simple, especially if you use a hydrostatic release.

Our thinking on life rafts has slowly evolved as we have lived with one, and reading about those few cases where people actually needed to deploy one.  

On an Amel, with multiple watertight compartments, it seems the most likely reason for needing to take to the raft is an uncontrolled fire on board. With this in mind,  I do not consider storage below deck a good idea.

I have no issue with storage in the bottom of the Amel deep Port side deck locker.  Anything stored on top would just be thrown overboard in an emergency.  Yes, our four-man raft is heavy (80lbs/40kg) but not so heavy any single crew member could not lift it if they HAD to.  A 6 or 8 man raft changes that calculation a lot.  A 8 man raft is really heavy and awkward.  If I felt the need for 8 man raft capacity I would seriously consider using two four man rafts!

We have ended up with our valise packed raft in the cockpit locker as part of our ongoing effort to move weight as far starboard as possible.  I am liking it there for another reason, it gets looked at a lot!  It anything was going wrong, we would see it.

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Forward Sonar

Patrick McAneny
 

Alan, The threaded stem is pretty long on transducers , I don't think you will have a problem . I would guess the hull is probably 11/4" thick , just guessing . I had a B&G sonar transducer installed last year and there is plenty of threaded stem inside . It went in the hole where the Interphase twinscope transducer was located.
Pat 
SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: divanz620@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 8:39 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Forward Sonar

 
We have an Interphase Probe forward looking sonar on Elyse that has given up. We replaced the transducer a few years ago and it worked sort of, for a while, but now it doesn't at all...except when the boat isn't moving, then it works sometimes.
I'm going to replace it with a Navico forward scan transducer and a B&G Vulcan FS display.
The probe transducer is on the centre line forward of the depth sounder.
I know that the Navico transducer housing is a larger diameter than the probe threaded stem, but what concerns me a bit is the thickness of the hull there. 

Does anyone know how thick the hull is at that point on a Super Maramu ? 

Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

Red1 Stella SM359
 

Thank you for the feedback it seems that we are in line with the storage on the stern railing.  The big question is now where do I get a stainless steel holder that is suitable.

Red1 on Stella SM359

On 10 Feb 2018, at 04:30, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Our liferaft is a Plastimo mounted on a Plastimo rail mount frame on the port aft rail, as another poster has said, and as many Super Maramus have it.

Personally I would not stow a liferaft inside the boat or in that deep side locker. These things are heavy and difficult to maneuver. I believe they are best stowed where they can be deployed easily and quickly.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Bow Thruster won't come up

greatketch@...
 

Duane,

When a DC electric motor starts to work intermittently, and power supply is not the problem, the next place to look are the brushes.  

I would think that a brush problem is unlikely with the thruster jack screw motor because it accumulates so few hours of actual operation, even on a heavily used boat... but stranger things have happened!

Bill Kinney
Sm160, Harmonie
Freeport, Bahamas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

Alan Leslie
 

Our liferaft is a Plastimo mounted on a Plastimo rail mount frame on the port aft rail, as another poster has said, and as many Super Maramus have it.
Personally I would not stow a liferaft inside the boat or in that deep side locker. These things are heavy and difficult to maneuver. I believe they are best stowed where they can be deployed easily and quickly.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Forward Sonar

Alan Leslie
 

We have an Interphase Probe forward looking sonar on Elyse that has given up. We replaced the transducer a few years ago and it worked sort of, for a while, but now it doesn't at all...except when the boat isn't moving, then it works sometimes.

I'm going to replace it with a Navico forward scan transducer and a B&G Vulcan FS display.

The probe transducer is on the centre line forward of the depth sounder.

I know that the Navico transducer housing is a larger diameter than the probe threaded stem, but what concerns me a bit is the thickness of the hull there. 


Does anyone know how thick the hull is at that point on a Super Maramu ? 


Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

I keep my 4 people liferaft in the aft cabin under a desk. It is better protected inside.
Better not to rush with liferaft deployment. You have to "stap up" on the liferaft when it is absolutely no doughs that a boat is going down. It is always better to be on a partially submerged boat than on the liferuft.

You can always bring a liferuft to the cockpit when things are going very bad. 

On Feb 6, 2018 20:13, "Stella.AmelSM359@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hello,


I would like to add an elegant support for the liferaft on the rails, any body has a recommendation for this?  

The idea is;

- to make it easier to launch in case of emergency.  (I find that going into the locker is rather unpleasant event during an emergency!

- to save the locker for other types of storage


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

James Studdart
 

Hello,
Our life raft is mounted on the port stern rail. It was like that when we bought the boat and I find it a pretty nice solution. There is one long stainless steel pin to release it. I’d hate to have to dig down into that locker for a life raft in even calm seas. We’ve got diesel jerry cans and fenders in the locker instead.

If you wish I can take a photo and post it to the group. I’d be surprised if there isn’t one from someone already though. We’ve seen many Super Maramu with the same setup. This topic has also come up before with much discussion about safety and sunshine hurting the life raft.

Cheers,
James.
SeaBean SM344
Moorea, FP


On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 12:20 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I once had a switlik raft and they told me that the raft had to be mounted horizontally. Check with your raft manufacturer.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Support for Liferaft on rails

 

 

Hello,

 

I would like to add an elegant support for the liferaft on the rails, any body has a recommendation for this?  

The idea is;

- to make it easier to launch in case of emergency.  (I find that going into the locker is rather unpleasant event during an emergency!

- to save the locker for other types of storage

Re: Bow Thruster won't come up

Duane Siegfri
 

I received the new limit switch today and still no joy.  

This is confusing since, in diagnosing the problem (bow thruster would not retract), I borrowed a new limit switch from another Amel SM  (JOY), put it in the lowest position on the Actuator (marked "H") and the Actuator was then able to raise the bow thruster to retract it into the hull.  From this I assumed the problem was the limit switch.

Okay, so I get the new switch and install it in the "H" position (lowest on the actuator tube).  With the new switch in place I tried to lower the bow thruster motor.  The lights on the "SP" and "B" switches lit up, but the actuator motor did not engage.

I switched the toggle switch at the helm to the "UP" position and the lights on the "SP" and "H" switches lit up, and the up buzzer sounded.  This seems right since the thruster motor was "UP". 

I replaced the "B" switch (the upper position on the actuator tube) with a new one, and repeated the procedure above with the same results.

I'm starting to wonder if the actuator motor is burnt out, so tested the motor wires for continuity through the motor and got continuity.

-What else could I test?

-If the actuator motor was not working it would explain the current situation, how do I test the actuator motor?  And, if it's shot, why did it work to raise the thruster motor with the borrowed switch?

-What does it mean when the light on the limit switch comes on?  I find it odd that the "SP" limit switch light comes on when the thruster motor is all the way up.  I tried to activate the thruster prop in this position and it did not activate.  From that I assume when the limit switch light is on, the motor is locked out.  The old switches were marked with a "Normally Closed" icon.

-Which switch controls the limit of the bow thruster motor up and down?  Is the "B" (on the top of the actuator tube) the limit switch for the down position for the thruster motor?  And the "H" switch (on the bottom of the actuator) the switch for the "UP" position of the thruster motor?)

-I don't understand why with the bow thruster motor up (and you get no movement of the thruster motor):
When you toggle the actuator for "UP" the switches look like this:
SP (lit)     B (not lit)

H (lit)

When you toggle for "Down" with the thruster motor up you get this:
SP (lit) B (lit)

H(not lit)

Any ideas out there?
Thanks,
Duane

Re: Question about earth plates replacement

Alan Leslie
 

Hi Willem,
Our plates seem to be attached with rather large slot headed screws/ bolts.
I would doubt that they are just self tapping, I'm sure they would thread into something inside the rudder.
Our plates....and we're not that much removed from you # wise ....are just fine...I work them over with a wire brush on a drill every time we haul out...they haven't actually decayed at all...and the SSB performance is always improved after the wire brushing.
BUT the ONLY person who would know for sure how they are attached is OLIVIER BEAUTE....
OLIVIER, perhaps you can answer this question ?
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437 

Question about earth plates replacement

Willem Kroes
 

Hi fellow Amelians,


The earth plates on my SM 2K need to be replaced (the bronze 'bubbles' are gone for more than 60%). The plates are connected to the antenna tuner of the ssb transceiver.

My question: how is the installation of the plates done. Can I expect a laminated bronze plate inside with screw threads tapped?
Or is there only a cable connection and the attachment of the plates must be done with self tapping screws?

I am not on my boat now and I want to know how to instruct the mechanic of the boat yard.

Fair winds to you all,

Willem Kroes

SM 2k #351 Kavanga