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Re: Hauling boat in the SW Carribean

Herbert Lackner
 

Pat, we have good experience with Shelter Bay Marina in Panama.  nice and safe

herbert
SN120, Kali Mera, Shelter Bay

Re: Hauling boat in the SW Carribean

SV Perigee
 

We are presently working up our STORM PLAN for staying in the Caribbean this Hurricane Season.

No place is 100% safe.  This situation is complicated this year, because some of the Lloyds underwriting syndicates are (since March 2018) removing any coverage for Named Tropical Storms (NTS).

We see this as the Insurance Company - Pantaenius AUST, in our case - removing NTS coverage from their standard policy.  The change will take place when an existing policy is renewed, or when a new policy is issued.  Coverage for NTS can in some cases be obtained by paying an excess premium, typically between 40% and 50% of the annual premium.

For us, we renew in Oct'18 - meaning either that we:
>  pay an extra $3k for 15 days coverage (with a pro-rata rebate possibly
        available) - OR
>  leave the Hurricane Belt (between 10º and 30.5º North), until the
       Hurricane season defined by Pantaenius ends (15-Nov) - OR
>  we stay, and self-insure against a NTS.

Coverage with other insurance companies is under investigation.

In the meantime, while we work this out, we are have a paid reservation for a marina berth in Curaçao, and have a reservation inquiry for haul-out with Curaçao Marine.  The response-time to an on-line inquiry via their web-site was less than 24 hours.  Cost: haul-out will be about USD550- in+out; yard fees of between USD610- and USD660- per month; an insurance-approved cradle costing USD80- to set-up, and then USD110- per month rental.  There are a few other incidental costs, depending upon your usage pattern, such as custom USD65- in/out, and a usage fee of USD5- per day. 

Preliminary study of the Hurricane Patterns seem to indicate that Curaçao is not often affected by Tropical Storm systems and, when so, not (often) major hurricanes.  But the updated forecasts for the 2018 Hurricane Season are not released until early May; until then, the best information we can find from the meteorologists, is that the 2018 season in the Atlantic Basin will be as active as 2017.  Surface Sea Temperatures are up near 25ºC, so already close to that needed to trigger / assist the formation of cyclonic weather systems.

We have not yet decided on our final strategy for this season.

David
Perigee, SM#396
St Maarten

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hauling boat in the SW Carribean

Stephen Davis
 

Hi Pat,

We just just spent a couple of months in Panama, and have now moved on to Hawaii. The marina at Shelter Bay near the canal entrance on the Caribbean side has a good secure long term storage yard. I would not hesitate to leave my boat there short term, but for 6 months expect big mildew problems inside and out due to the extremely wet climate in that area. Another reasonable option is the marina at Linton Bay which is about 30 miles south of Shelter Bay. They also have a yard with a large travel lift, but not as good security there. You will have the same wet climate issues, but Linton Bay will be a bit cheaper. My choice would be Shelter Bay, as it is better run, and has a fenced yard with great security. 

Regards,

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Ko Olina, Hawaii


On Mar 21, 2018, at 8:10 AM, sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Is there a safe place to leave a boat for six months in the Columbia or Panama area ? I don't recall reading about anyone hauling their boat in this area. I believe this area would be out of the hurricane zone. Any reasons not to consider this?

Thanks,

Pat

SM Shenanigans

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hauling boat in the SW Carribean

Jp
 

Curacao marine in curacao or shelter bay 
I was in Curaçao this summer and no problem
For 6 months I think it's the best solutions

JP
SM ARAMIS

Le 21 mars 2018 à 08:10, sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> a écrit :

 

Is there a safe place to leave a boat for six months in the Columbia or Panama area ? I don't recall reading about anyone hauling their boat in this area. I believe this area would be out of the hurricane zone. Any reasons not to consider this?

Thanks,

Pat

SM Shenanigans

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Cayman Islands2?

Avv Frisani
 

this is pietro from ocean bird. Sm 2000  n 468 
I have been in cayman island in october 2015 and i remain two weeks at the mooring in front of five miles beach waiting  for better sea condition but the north sound is very very shallow and it s very dangerous for us to get inside. After two weeks i leaved for mexico. You can stay very well at the moorings but of course you cannot leave the boat unattended .
And remenber the island is very very very expensive!!!
Ciao 
Pietro frisani
Sm 2000
Ocean bird
Syoceanbird.com

Inviato da iPhone

Il giorno 21 mar 2018, alle ore 14:38, Bob Fritz sailboatdelivery@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> ha scritto:

 

A few years ago on a passage to Shelter Bay, we picked up a mooring in the same bay where cruise ships anchor. I had a SM and there was plenty of water under the keel. I’m sitting in an airport now, so I don’t have a chart available, and I don’t remember the exact spot, but it was off the town.

Bob Fritz
Amal Sailor


Re: Cayman Islands2?

Bob Fritz
 

A few years ago on a passage to Shelter Bay, we picked up a mooring in the same bay where cruise ships anchor. I had a SM and there was plenty of water under the keel. I’m sitting in an airport now, so I don’t have a chart available, and I don’t remember the exact spot, but it was off the town.

Bob Fritz
Amal Sailor

Hauling boat in the SW Carribean

Patrick McAneny
 

Is there a safe place to leave a boat for six months in the Columbia or Panama area ? I don't recall reading about anyone hauling their boat in this area. I believe this area would be out of the hurricane zone. Any reasons not to consider this?

Thanks,

Pat

SM Shenanigans

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

Craig & Katherine Briggs
 


Sorry, Pat - that was an old sail that I've since replaced and have no logo now. Plus we're an SN not an SM. 
Cheers, Craig SN68 Sangaris

---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :

Craig, I definately would wanyt it sewed on. My old sail does not have the logo, thus we need to make one from a picture, can you tell me roughly the length of it.
Thanks,
Pat SM#123

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

Alan Grayson
 

Hi all, i've just got to jump in regarding getting weather at sea. in 2005 -09 when we were cruising the carib we were using a service out of the UK. www.mailasail.com combined with a sat phone. we were able to request a weather fax, 72 hr grib file and text for local area and any personal emails. took about 30 sec to send. it automatically disconnects if no new incoming mail. wait one minute then reconnect and it would download all weather within 2 mins. the cost of their service is still 10 pound a month i believe.
Alan Grayson
Future Amel owner

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Furuno Nav Gear for Sale (Hydra 2000 coming soon)

pjn.mccallin@...
 

Good morning, can you confirm the B&G system is the Hydra2000 and the MHU is type 213 please, would be interested if they are compatible with my units which were installed 2003 ! Thanks Patrick Caramelle 385 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

Patrick McAneny
 

Bill, Thats a big help, Your pic of the flying fish was pretty cool.
Thanks Again,
Pat SM# 123


-----Original Message-----
From: greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 8:53 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

 
Pat,

On our sail the logo is positioned half way up the sail (midway between the spreaders) and is roughly 3' feet in length.

Bill Kinney
SM#160, Harmonie
Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas




---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :

Craig, I definately would wanyt it sewed on. My old sail does not have the logo, thus we need to make one from a picture, can you tell me roughly the length of it.
Thanks,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: sangaris@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 1:15 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

 
Bill - many thanks for the file posting. Much appreciated.
Pat - My sailmaker put an Amel Logo on my main with typical adhesive sail number material (I think he just copied it from the original sail). Unfortunately, an edge peeled up when the sail was furled and made a real mess such that we could neither furl nor unfurl the main.  Took me two hours up the mast to get it all separated. Took it back and he put a new one on but sewed it. End of problem. 
Cheers, Craig, SN#68 


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

Bill, Thank you for the logo, if you have it on your mainsail, could you estimate how long , high it is.
Thanks Again,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 1:17 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

 
Pat (or anyone else interested)

If it would help, I have a vector graphic file of the Amel Logo that should be way easier for someone to work with than a photo.

Bill Kinney
SM#160, Harmonie
Moraine Cay, Abacos, Bahamas

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Furuno Nav Gear for Sale (Hydra 2000 coming soon)

JEFFREY KRAUS
 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

Dimitris Krasopoulos
 

How have you done thatHave you connected the ethernet from the Furuno Fax 30 to your PC?

Best Regards

Dimitris Krasopoulos
Mob:+306944302318


2018-03-21 12:09 GMT+02:00 sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:

 

Weber,


Eureka!  I was able to connect to the Fax 30 and it had some legacy images onboard.  Now I just have to figure out how to use it.

Thanks for the help!
Duane


Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

Duane Siegfri
 

Bill,

I've been using the Airmail application with my Iridium Go to get weather.  I usually request the text forecast, for my area.  They have a catalog of the weather reports available.  You select which report you want and then specify how many times per day and then how many days.  It's the same as the NOAA process, just a bit more automated.

Duane

Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

Duane Siegfri
 

Weber,

Eureka!  I was able to connect to the Fax 30 and it had some legacy images onboard.  Now I just have to figure out how to use it.

Thanks for the help!
Duane

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Baby on Board and where to go in the Bahamas -

tfortner1975
 

Hello Eric,

Congratulations on the little one! 

Our daughter was born in July (in the UK) last year and arrived on the boat 2 months later (in Phuket).  

We’ve been living full time and traveling coastal. We are about to do the Passage to the East Rally which heads down the Straight to Singapore and then over to Borneo.  

As you can imagine my wife has had some concerns with an infant on a boat. 

I’m sure you’ve thought of most of these items but here is a quick list that has affected us. 

- It is pretty much child proof already (no low sockets, locking doors and cabinets, rounded edges etc. 
- We are in a Santorin so the berthing might be different. Our aft cabin had a small cushioned section with a leeboard on the starboard side.  I relocated it a foot more inboard and now my kid has her own bed in our cabin with all sides protecting her from rolling out - she’s now a week shy of 8 months and pulling herself over them so we are getting two Lee cloths sown up.  One for her bed and the other for the bunk in the saloon.  You might opt for the pilot bunk though. 
- We bought a Salus Infant Vest for her once she was 6 months. She uses this to chill in the water with us.  A great vest for kids as no matter how they enter the water they end up face up.  I’ve tested it well and am positive it works. 
- In the tender we strap her in a chest harness to one of us. We are both competent swimmers and while she is attached our only role is to look after her. No other tender duties. Not that we couldn’t but even a simple task of tying up to the dock is not worth it. A slip of the foot in the wet dinghy, you’d fall forward and crush her. So we just play it safe and make sure there is always positive control. 
- We don’t have as much space as an SM so we opted for a small umbrella type stroller. We would prefer something larger that would recline back so she could sleep / nap when we are off the boat. 
- Welcome to single handling everything.  That kid is a non stop attention taker.  Not by choice, it’s just an infant that poops by itself.  That’s the only thing it does on its own. Everything else is on us. So one of us is off boat duty and on kid duty.  So night passages are almost a no go for us at the moment.  As neither one of us gets an ‘off watch’ time to sleep ourselves. So we plan our passages accordingly. 
- Car seat.  We have a quality seat that gets strapped down in the saloon and she gets strapped in it should the weather get bad or I absolutely need a hand with something. We do not strap her to us and try to multi task the boat duties. 
- A hammock in the shade of the cockpit for naps and such. So she isn’t always down below by herself. 
- A small portable chair that sets on a seat.  Like a high chair, minus the legs.  
- Food and nappies.  Plan well.  We are in Southeast Asia and trying to find things my wife is happy with is time consuming and costly when we do find some imported items.  I suppose this is dependent on your location though.  
- Shots. If you’re electing to get shots for the kid plan out the locations.  As the shots are given based on the age of the kid. 
- Passport right away for foreign travel
- Ro Sham Bo sunglasses for infants (when she leaves them on). 
- A large umbrella for tender travel. 

Good luck and enjoy. 

Trevor
Iris, SN 027
Phuket



On Mar 12, 2018, at 7:25 PM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Good morning Eric,

First of all congratulations for little Nolan coming this June !!!

I love the Bahamas.
Just like you I work so internet is important to me.

One of my favorite place is Port Lucaya in Grand Bahama because of the reasonable monthly marina rate, access to groceries and other infrastructure, etc.
In 2014 I spent 4 months in Port Lucaya Marina / Yacht Club and paid $600/month.
In 2015 I spent 3 months in Taino Beach (also in Port Lucaya) which became my favorite and paid $540/month.
Because of their huge pool with a some shallow area, I am certain you, Viki and especially little Nolan will love this place!
I can look for pictures to send you.
The beach 3 minutes walk away from the marina, they are places to walk, lay down, etc.
They also loan you towels for a $10 deposit and you can exchange them as often as you want, which you will realize is a considerable saving on laundry/generator time especially with the little one!.
I used my bicycle to go grocery shopping, but they have a bus going twice a week. In the super market you will find groceries as well as baby supplies.
I can not imagine a better place for you and your family.
Regarding the draft, you will have to wait almost “mid tide” to enter/leave the Bell Channel.
Port Lucaya is only 90 NM from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, so less than a day trip should you need to go. They i also an international airport.

Later in I also suggest you spend 1 months in Great Harbor Cay in the Berry Island. It is an overnight trip from Grand Bahama.
I was there in low season so the price was $540/month, the prices are higher now, but I think you can negotiate and you get a discount with Active Captain.
Surprisingly the internet was the best I have seen in the Bahamas.
There was no issue to enter the channel even at low tide.
The beach was 20 minutes walk from the marina. They loan you bicycle if you don’t have any, the water is clearest I have seen.
There was no real grocery store some come prepared, therefore the fishermen come back every afternoon with 250 to 250 lobsters and sell you “tail only” for $10/lbs. Sailing along the coast is excellent for fishing!

As Nolan grows up (but wait him to be tall enough for all the ride), then a stop in Atlantis is a must. Not sure who will like the place the most Nolan or dad! But it is quite expensive per day. Nassau is an overnight trip from the Berry Island.
There is no worry for the draft. Atlantis is also very protected from Hurricane.

Hope that helps, please feel free to contact me directly if you want pictures of the places.

Enjoy your trip!
Sincerely, Alexandre

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On Sun, 3/11/18, ericmeury@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Baby on Board and where to go in the Bahamas -
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:18 PM


 









Hello amel family.
Viki and I are expecting (this is
why the boat is on the hard right now) our first little crew
member    
Nolan
(insert middle name)  Meury will be arriving this
June.  
Our plan is
to spend November and December around Stuart Florida as
Nolan will be signed up for infant water survival classes
there.  Then we are thinking of heading the bahamas for a
month and then back to GA where we will keep the boat for
the next hurricane season.
I have two requirements for the
bahamas...
1.  Some place that has access
to mobile internet or awesome wifi as i still have to work m
start up (www.pascalworkflow.com) and my tax
practice.  
2.  Some place that we don't
have to worry about draft (marsh harbor or Georgetown? -
other ideas)

Also would love some Amel specific
or non amel specific for those that have had their baby on
board.
Thanks
again




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

greatketch@...
 

Pat,

On our sail the logo is positioned half way up the sail (midway between the spreaders) and is roughly 3' feet in length.

Bill Kinney
SM#160, Harmonie
Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas




---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :

Craig, I definately would wanyt it sewed on. My old sail does not have the logo, thus we need to make one from a picture, can you tell me roughly the length of it.
Thanks,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: sangaris@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 1:15 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

 
Bill - many thanks for the file posting. Much appreciated.
Pat - My sailmaker put an Amel Logo on my main with typical adhesive sail number material (I think he just copied it from the original sail). Unfortunately, an edge peeled up when the sail was furled and made a real mess such that we could neither furl nor unfurl the main.  Took me two hours up the mast to get it all separated. Took it back and he put a new one on but sewed it. End of problem. 
Cheers, Craig, SN#68 


---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :

Bill, Thank you for the logo, if you have it on your mainsail, could you estimate how long , high it is.
Thanks Again,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 1:17 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Amel logo

 
Pat (or anyone else interested)

If it would help, I have a vector graphic file of the Amel Logo that should be way easier for someone to work with than a photo.

Bill Kinney
SM#160, Harmonie
Moraine Cay, Abacos, Bahamas

Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

greatketch@...
 

To download weatherfaxes over the air I use my Icom 710, a  Mac laptop, and a freeware program called "Multimode Cocoa".  

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html

Works a treat.  There were some issues connecting the Mac to the audio output of the radio, but it has been so long since I did it, I have to confess I have forgotten the issue and solution.  I do remember it was an Apple specific issue...

Multimode Cocoa is a program written by, and for, ham radio geeks, so it is not always the most user friendly thing around, but it works.

Getting the synoptic charts by satellite would be nice, that way I wouldn't have to worry about the broadcast schedule.  Unfortunately, it would overload our satellite data plan pretty quickly. That, and the email request function for the charts from the USCG is a 1980's technology solution.  It works, but is a total PITA.

Bill Kinney
SM#160, Harmonie
Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
 

Re: St Martin

SV Perigee
 

Greetings all,

Many of the water-side suppliers are well up and running again.

- FKG, the rigging and stainless fabrication outfit, is running at full capacity.

- The chandleries Island Water World and Budget Marine, are fully stocked.
 
- Alternator work with Electec, all good.

- Haul-out facilities around the Simpsons Bay Lagoon, all working well - take your pick.

- Many other services - Yamaha, B&G & Raymarine agents, for example - are getting regular shipments, and  deliver with duty-free prices.

David
SV Perigee, SM#396

Re: Furuno Fax 30 (Weatherfax)...Repair?....Worthwhile?

Wolfgang Weber
 


The PC communicates  with  the FAX-30 via Internet  protocol  TCP/IP.  Therefore, set  IP  address on the PC as below. 1.  Start  up the PC and open the Control Panel folder. 2.  Open the Network and Dial-up Connections folder. 3.  Double-click Local  Area Connection. 4.  Click  Properties. 5. Check  Internet  Protocol (TCP/IP). 6.  Click  Properties. 7.  Choose “Use the following IP  address.” 8.  Set  the IP  address  for 172.31.100.100. 9.  Set  the Subnet  mask  for 255.255.0.0. FACSIMILE RECEIVER FAX-30 IP  Address:  172.31.8.1 Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0 HUB* * = HUB is not required to connect single PC. IP  address 10. Click  OK. 11. Click  OK. PC IP  Address: 172.31.100.100 PC IP  Address: 172.31.100.101