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Replace Fridge/Freezer 1 compressor on A54

Arno Luijten
 

For those interested:

I had to replace the compressor on the fridge/freezer cabinet in the galley. Reason was the heat exchanger was corroded through so the cooling gas would escape into the sea water system.
My belief is that this was accelerated by lack of usage keeping the same seawater in the pipes for very long times.

To remove the compressor you will need to cut though some wood just below the access hatch for the compressor. When done with care you will need to do very little afterwards to restore it. The trick is to use the seam of the floor panels on the left side of the hatch to cut just through the dark wood. Make sure you do not cut into the underlying plywood. On the left side there is a screw you can undo. There may also be a screw on the inside of the cavity that you need to undo. Use a very short Phillips screwdriver.
Once this is done you can lift the dark piece of wood to increase the opening of the cavity.
To replace you just need to drill an addtional hole similar to the one already in the dark wood but then on the right side to attach it to the underlying plywood. It will look perfectly like stock Amel.

I ordered the new compressor (Model FM W50F) from  www.penguinfrigo.co.uk. Fast service. It's almost exactly the same as the one that came out. I did not use the relay that was provided as I'm using the pump-interface. I also set the compressor to 3000 RPM as I'm using the box as fridge so I estimate I don't need to go full pull on the compressor.

Connecting it to the existing evaporator is an exercise in agility but doable. Be very careful bending the pipes into position don't make sharp turns in the piping. Make sure you insulate the pipes after you have connected and tested the system.

Let me know If you need more information.

Arno
Luna,
A54-121




Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

carcodespam@...
 

Hi Dave,
the original foot switches are mounted on deck, same as at my Sharki #60, see picture FootSwitch5.jpg.
You can buy such switches e.g. here: https://www.svb.de/de/lofrans-fussschalter-taster.html
They are available in black or red. See pics.
Later on Amel has integrated the switches into the windlass, see pics FootSwitch3.png + FootSwitch4.png.
However the power circuit is always the same, see pic FootSwitch6.png for all Lofrans windlasses.
As far as I know all people with buildin switches to the windlass uses these types as spare parts:

Gerhard
Sharki #60


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: How to remove the Mainsail furling motor on a 54?

Porter McRoberts
 

Ok. I’ll have a re-look with that in mind Bill. 
Quite appreciated.

Porter


On Dec 29, 2018, at 10:33 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Porter,


I haven't done this on a 54, but looking at the photos, I would bet if you remove the manual furling gearbox you can remove the electric one by lifting it up and out.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA


Diameter of forestay

ahmet kipcak
 

Hi Guys,
Happy New year to all.
I am planning to change my (super maramu 1999) Forestay. I couldn’t be sure about diameter of forestay due to it is inside the jib furling tube. According to my research, both 10mm or 12 mm could be used. Before giving any part order, I would like to take your advices .

Thanks for your all valuable feedbacks,

Ahmet


Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

Alan Leslie
 

Some have deck mounted switches, others are on the actual windlass....
Deck mounted switches are easy to find...as are the windlass mounted switches, but it becomes an issue if you have had to replace the motor, as the new motors are bigger than the old ones....you don;t need to ask me how I know this....it's also an issue to get the rear housing on....the windlass needs lifting up.
I ordered new switches from Amel and recv'd advice that I needed new plastic surrounds....well I didn't need them and I have quite a few of those now. I have since discovered that the switches I have on my Lofrans windlass are quite common...and not necessarily marine.   
Just go on Google and you can find them...and the boots....

Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

earoygqnobuqyxflnnlje6pvepcircllumuqqvak@...
 

Hi Ian, 

 Interesting that they specified this modification, nice not having to perforate the deck any more than necessary I suppose.    Fortunately we only need the rubber caps and rings, but it won't be long before we need new switches too if we run with them leaking for long.  I have found some more detailed info by going back through threads on this topic that may prove helpful.  Good luck with the switches.  

Thanks,  Dave

sv Liesse, SN 006


Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

Ian Park
 

Dave
The windlass was modified by Amel to incorporate the switches. The difficulty I have is finding the switches with the correct dimensions. I have found them on eBay, almost the right size but not the quality of the originals. The main issue is the depth of the switch as there is little clearance room between the outer casing and the body of the electric motor.
Ian
Ocean Hobo SN96


Re: Rubber caps for Lofrans

earoygqnobuqyxflnnlje6pvepcircllumuqqvak@...
 

Hi Gerhard, 

 I too am looking for the rubber boots for our Lofrans windlass and have not had any luck on my own, through Lofrans or in fact through ebay or britak uk.  Would you be able to provide any additional information doe sourcing these?  

 I appears on mine that the fiber ring is integral with the rubber boot, does this come with the replacement?  i am surprised at how difficult these things have been to find. 

 In fact Lofrans told me the windless must have been owner modified ( very skeptical of this) since the switches are always mounted on the deck, thus only had the switches with the hinged caps. 

Any additional information would be great.  

Best regards, 
 
Dave Bruce,  sv Liesse,  SN006  


Re: How to remove the Mainsail furling motor on a 54?

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hi Porter;

I did replace our main furler motor back in 2015 with a new one due to the top seal failure and water penetration.

I do vaguely recall having a similar issue during removal, but I do not exactly recall the solution. One thing I can assure you of is that it will come out and mast removal is not required. I do recall that there were hard plastic spacers that filled the space between the mast profile and the furler motor. I believe that the motor has to be turned in to the proper orientation to the mast in order for it to slide out. I will look through my files and pictures to see if it will jog my memory. Unfortunately we are not on board.

Mohammad and Aty
B&B Kokomo
Amel 54 #099


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

Alan Leslie
 

Thanks Bill,

Yes the Amel pulleys are available at Eu200+ each, that's Eu400+ for a pair, but they're alloy with SS bolts and on a SS shaft...as you know that's not good with sea water around....that's why they need replacing.
Bernard's pulleys are only 60Eu for a pair, so worth trying I think. I'll install them and use 10mm polyester sheathed Vectran (no creep, no stretch) and see how they go.

Cheers

Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

greatketch@...
 

Alan,

Those dimensions are very different than the Amel original cast pulleys, and the shape is also very different, with significantly less taper.

Amel's design has a 15mm opening on the outer edge, and 5.6mm at the "bottom" of the groove (ignoring the line gripping ribs). The bottom of the groove on the Amel pulleys is also not curved, but square.

We received two sets from Amel in September.  Are they no longer available?

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA


---In amelyachtowners@..., <divanz620@...> wrote :

Further to this, I've looked closely at the pulley and the groove is actually wider at the outside than the inside.
As near as I can measure it, just under 10mm at the outer edge and just under 8mm at the inside before the curve. I think this angled flange with a 10mm polyester sheathed vectran core line pulled tight probably will do the job.
That's what I'll do at the end of the month and we'll see how it goes when soaked.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: How to remove the Mainsail furling motor on a 54?

greatketch@...
 

Porter,

I haven't done this on a 54, but looking at the photos, I would bet if you remove the manual furling gearbox you can remove the electric one by lifting it up and out.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

Alan Leslie
 

Further to this, I've looked closely at the pulley and the groove is actually wider at the outside than the inside.
As near as I can measure it, just under 10mm at the outer edge and just under 8mm at the inside before the curve. I think this angled flange with a 10mm polyester sheathed vectran core line pulled tight probably will do the job.
That's what I'll do at the end of the month and we'll see how it goes when soaked.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


How to remove the Mainsail furling motor on a 54?

Porter McRoberts
 

Gentlemen and ladies,

May I please impose a question on you?

Because the mainsail is furling ever more slowly and in a “tired” fashion I want to remove the mainsail furling motor and examine it.

Today I tried, unsuccessfully, to do just that. I could not get the motor and housing out of the mast. There appeared to be no way of removing it. I removed all the mounting screws and dropped it down, but the motor and housing diameter appears larger than the exiting width of the mast. There must be a trick. Surely we don’t have to take down the mast to do this. Does anyone have any insight on how to do this? I can’t believe Amel would make this as easy and obvious as they have with everything else. I am most certainly just not thinking of it.

Pictures below.

Many thanks in advance,

Porter McRoberts
Amel 54-152 S/V IBIS. Panama








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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

Alan Leslie
 

Thanks Mike,

Jean-Luc Mertz was the original prototype tester.

Maybe you have some advice Jean-Luc?

Cheers

Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

Mike Ondra
 

Hi Alan,

I have emailed Bernard (without reply to date) about any testing he may have done relative to slippage and recommended line size/composition.

Peter de Groot has lightly tested this with success. Since I have Bernard’s sheaves and will not be on Aletes until February I will be eager for your evaluation and see if you find like Peter that these work.

Does anyone else have experience with Bernard’s sheaves?

If there is insufficient friction, a possible modification might be to drill into the slot/groove all around to create teeth. See sketch. Drill size and spacing is engineering far beyond my capability. Gut feel is between ½” and 5/8” diameter and 12 to 16 in total.

I am also a bit concerned about sharp edges chafing the line. May soften them a bit with sandpaper.

Thoughts so far pending other’s insightful comments.

Mike Ondra

Aletes SM#240

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 5:29 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Toe pulley (headsail)

 

 

Yeah...I bought a set and I'm thinking the same thing, but maybe using Vectran with a polyester cover and pulled tight it may be OK....

I'm not back on the boat until the end of January, I'll install them then, test them out and report back.

Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437


Re: Toe pulley (headsail)

Alan Leslie
 

Thanks Peter,

Can you tell us what type and size of line you used ?

Cheers
Alan
Elys SM437


Re: Looking for a Super Maramu or 54

tango708@...
 

I have a SM that is for sale.  I can be reached at 206.841.9556 boat is in Annapolis, MD.

Regards,
Will Stout
SM Anni Bea True
For Sale in Annapolis


Re: Looking for a Super Maramu or 54

pjn.mccallin@...
 

Should a one owner 2003 S M 2000 be of interest please contact me pjn.mccallin@gmail.com. Not sure if I would compare a S M to the 54, no doubt others will give their opinions!


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a Super Maramu or 54

Mark Erdos
 

If in the USA, I would suggest you make contact with Joel Potter and Bill Rouse.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:15 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Looking for a Super Maramu or 54

 

 

Please message me if you're looking to sell a Super Maramu or 54.

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