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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide

eric freedman
 

Bill,

I actually like the metal ones better. However I did not know of them at the time.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:22 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide

 

 

The files on the homemade cam were posted by Bill Rouse.  They are a great design and I am sure work well, and certainly look great.

 

As a full time liveaboard, the option of machining teak really isn't available to me.  Even if it was, my time is more valuable than the cost of the commercially available lever cams.  

 

Of course there are others who would enjoy the process of making them from scratch, and not put a price on the time involved.  They will end up with something more elegant than I have and I would not begrudge them such satisfaction for a second.

 

The commercial product is certainly not as nice a solution as the custom made teak cams, but are they are way better than the handwheels!

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Re: Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

pstas2003 <no_reply@...>
 

Tom,

Thank you for your response. 

I have been using the cable grab method to insert the pin, but what is the procedure to adjust the lift mechanism?

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising St. Lucia

www.RitaKathryn.com


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

greatketch@...
 

The files on the homemade cam were posted by Bill Rouse.  They are a great design and I am sure work well, and certainly look great.

As a full time liveaboard, the option of machining teak really isn't available to me.  Even if it was, my time is more valuable than the cost of the commercially available lever cams.  

Of course there are others who would enjoy the process of making them from scratch, and not put a price on the time involved.  They will end up with something more elegant than I have and I would not begrudge them such satisfaction for a second.

The commercial product is certainly not as nice a solution as the custom made teak cams, but are they are way better than the handwheels!

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Martinique. Boat on island about January 18

eric freedman
 

Hi All,

I will be in Martinique the evening of January 18 for a while,

Looks like the following boats will be there around that time,

Some owners will be on board and others will be away. In any event here seems to be the list

If you will be there around that time please add your name.

 

Jeff Krause 54 Spirit

Derek Gates 53 Brava

Miles Bidwell-not aboard 53 Lady Bug

Dan Carlson, BeBe, SM#387

Vladimir SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Olaf MIA-AMARA,  Santorin  Ponton 5

James Cromie La Bella Vie (new owner) SM53

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

eric freedman
 

Hi Bill,

About 10 or 12  years another Amel owner made them out of teak and posted dimensions and measurements in the photos sections. I have had them since I saw them.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 4:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

 

 

[Attachment(s) from greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] included below]

When I first saw a Super Maramu, I thought that some kind of cam would be a much better solution to clamping the bar that locks the companionway than the fussy hand wheels that were used.  I gather that toward the end of the production run, Amel saw that light and started using them.

 

I put that thought aside, never actually looking for a solution until I was on Steve's TouRai this past week which had been retro fitted with cam levers... "Hey! Where did you get those?"  He pointed me in the right direction. Turns out what I thought was a very clever idea might well be clever, but is not exactly original.

 

There is one company in Germany, Kipp, that makes a wide variety of various goodies, including an assortment of cam levers.  The ones that I needed were M8, internal thread, cam levers.  They are available in an assortment of materials, coated steel, aluminum, plastic, and stainless.  Pic the look you like, and pick your price (from US$12 to US$80 each)

 

These are the ones we installed: http://amzn.to/2BL5AOM

 

If you adjust them so the levers hang straight down when open they don't turn, and stay adjusted as you want them.  Just lift the handle, and the bar looks down. Quite slick.  

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

oops, that is SM 299, not 200

Danny

On 07 December 2017 at 07:29 "Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Hi Thomas,

I agree with your approach.

Danny

SM 200 Ocean Pearl

On 07 December 2017 at 06:10 "thomas.kleman" <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hey Paul- it seems like almost a two part problem......first, you want to get the pin in to create the seal. This can be done by just pulling the lift wire, lifting the thruster the remaining few millimeters to get the pin in. The second part involves the more complex task of adjusting the lift mechanism to achieve the correct height when the red indicator light indicates full lift on the unit.........personally, I have never mastered this. At one point I had it perfectly aligned but this yielded a new problem. With the holes perfectly aligned at full lift, there was no friction on the pin and in rough seas the pin actually slipped out after it was fully inserted. So I now lift it the last few millimeters by hand and insert the pin so the weight of the thruster holds the pin in place while keeping the seal firm. Bottom line, not a drop of water in the bow thruster bay. I will be anxiously reading these responses because one of the old salts always has a way to improve processes like these.


Tom Kleman
sm2k 422 L'ORIENT


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

We recently serviced our bow thruster and now the unit now longer comes up high enough to insert the pin easily.  There are (what appear to be) three adjustment pots.  Two are located above the control box and one below,  Of the two above, the one to starboard is labeled “B”  the one to port is unlabeled.  The one located below the control box is labeled “H”.

Are these indeed the adjustment pots and if so, which one is used to adjust the upward stopping point.

I have searched the manual and forum and can’t seem to located the information.

Thank in advance for any and all responses.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising St. Lucia

www.RitaKathryn.com

 


 

 


 


Re: Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

Craig Briggs
 

Hi Tom,
On the SN there is a fixed retaining post for the locking pin. You insert the locking pin fully through the shaft hole, then rotate it so the bent end goes behind the retaining post, preventing it from accidentally slipping out. 
When removed the locking pin stores down a hole on top of the port side the vertical support tube.
I suspect the SM is the same, but perhaps not.
Cheers, Craig SN#68 Sangaris


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

Hey Paul- it seems like almost a two part problem......first, you want to get the pin in to create the seal. This can be done by just pulling the lift wire, lifting the thruster the remaining few millimeters to get the pin in. The second part involves the more complex task of adjusting the lift mechanism to achieve the correct height when the red indicator light indicates full lift on the unit.........personally, I have never mastered this. At one point I had it perfectly aligned but this yielded a new problem. With the holes perfectly aligned at full lift, there was no friction on the pin and in rough seas the pin actually slipped out after it was fully inserted. So I now lift it the last few millimeters by hand and insert the pin so the weight of the thruster holds the pin in place while keeping the seal firm. Bottom line, not a drop of water in the bow thruster bay. I will be anxiously reading these responses because one of the old salts always has a way to improve processes like these.

Tom Kleman
sm2k 422 L'ORIENT


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Thomas,

I agree with your approach.

Danny

SM 200 Ocean Pearl

On 07 December 2017 at 06:10 "thomas.kleman" <no_reply@...> wrote:

 

Hey Paul- it seems like almost a two part problem......first, you want to get the pin in to create the seal. This can be done by just pulling the lift wire, lifting the thruster the remaining few millimeters to get the pin in. The second part involves the more complex task of adjusting the lift mechanism to achieve the correct height when the red indicator light indicates full lift on the unit.........personally, I have never mastered this. At one point I had it perfectly aligned but this yielded a new problem. With the holes perfectly aligned at full lift, there was no friction on the pin and in rough seas the pin actually slipped out after it was fully inserted. So I now lift it the last few millimeters by hand and insert the pin so the weight of the thruster holds the pin in place while keeping the seal firm. Bottom line, not a drop of water in the bow thruster bay. I will be anxiously reading these responses because one of the old salts always has a way to improve processes like these.


Tom Kleman
sm2k 422 L'ORIENT


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

We recently serviced our bow thruster and now the unit now longer comes up high enough to insert the pin easily.  There are (what appear to be) three adjustment pots.  Two are located above the control box and one below,  Of the two above, the one to starboard is labeled “B”  the one to port is unlabeled.  The one located below the control box is labeled “H”.

Are these indeed the adjustment pots and if so, which one is used to adjust the upward stopping point.

I have searched the manual and forum and can’t seem to located the information.

Thank in advance for any and all responses.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising St. Lucia

www.RitaKathryn.com

 


 


Re: Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

thomas.kleman <no_reply@...>
 

Hey Paul- it seems like almost a two part problem......first, you want to get the pin in to create the seal. This can be done by just pulling the lift wire, lifting the thruster the remaining few millimeters to get the pin in. The second part involves the more complex task of adjusting the lift mechanism to achieve the correct height when the red indicator light indicates full lift on the unit.........personally, I have never mastered this. At one point I had it perfectly aligned but this yielded a new problem. With the holes perfectly aligned at full lift, there was no friction on the pin and in rough seas the pin actually slipped out after it was fully inserted. So I now lift it the last few millimeters by hand and insert the pin so the weight of the thruster holds the pin in place while keeping the seal firm. Bottom line, not a drop of water in the bow thruster bay. I will be anxiously reading these responses because one of the old salts always has a way to improve processes like these.

Tom Kleman
sm2k 422 L'ORIENT


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

We recently serviced our bow thruster and now the unit now longer comes up high enough to insert the pin easily.  There are (what appear to be) three adjustment pots.  Two are located above the control box and one below,  Of the two above, the one to starboard is labeled “B”  the one to port is unlabeled.  The one located below the control box is labeled “H”.

Are these indeed the adjustment pots and if so, which one is used to adjust the upward stopping point.

I have searched the manual and forum and can’t seem to located the information.

Thank in advance for any and all responses.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising St. Lucia

www.RitaKathryn.com


Bow Thruster Travel Adjustment

pstas2003 <no_reply@...>
 

We recently serviced our bow thruster and now the unit now longer comes up high enough to insert the pin easily.  There are (what appear to be) three adjustment pots.  Two are located above the control box and one below,  Of the two above, the one to starboard is labeled “B”  the one to port is unlabeled.  The one located below the control box is labeled “H”.

Are these indeed the adjustment pots and if so, which one is used to adjust the upward stopping point.

I have searched the manual and forum and can’t seem to located the information.

Thank in advance for any and all responses.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage
SM #466 - s/v Rita Kathryn
Cruising St. Lucia

www.RitaKathryn.com


Re: Flexofold Prop

rossirossix4
 

VARIPROP--This is follow-up on the model, size and pricing information that I received back from the German company S.P.W. GmbH  .   The size used on our Redline SM was a DF-112, ø 22" x 16" pitch ahead x 14" pitch astern LH rotation for ISO 35.  The current pricing is €4.469,80.  I had asked them about other Amels and their response was "
Yes, we fit... mostly 4 blades onto AMEL Yachts. Some were smaller sizes, some same DF-112 types  as well, depends on the Yacht and engine details."

Hope this is helpful to anyone inquiring regarding the Variprop.  I do have their pdf price list if anyone needs it.

Bob, KAIMI SM429


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

John Clark
 

Hi Duane,
   I got a rebuild kit along with a spare pump from Amel in Le Marin last winter.

John 
SV Annie. SM 37
Key West Florida

On Dec 6, 2017 10:17 AM, "sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I would be very interested in peoples experience in replacing the AMFA Marina bilge pump in terms of fit-up.  I plan to buy a spare and have it ready for the day the AMFA fails.


Some prior posts seem to indicate that parts for the AMFA Marina pump are no longer available, is that true?

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477


Re: Martinique.

Derick Gates
 

Hi all,

I will be sailing Brava from Antigua to Le Marin, Martinique in early January, arriving approximately January 15th, to get some work done for a few weeks. Will leave February 10th to go south to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines before returning to Martinique February 21st.  I look forward to seeing you all in Le Marin.

Derick Gates
SM2K#400 Brava
Currently on the hard in Bailey's boatyard in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua


Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

Duane Siegfri
 

I would be very interested in peoples experience in replacing the AMFA Marina bilge pump in terms of fit-up.  I plan to buy a spare and have it ready for the day the AMFA fails.

Some prior posts seem to indicate that parts for the AMFA Marina pump are no longer available, is that true?

Thanks,
Duane
Wanderer, SM#477


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

Dan Carlson
 

Hi all, Lori and I also expect to arrive in Le Marin by early Jan until early Feb.

Dan Carlson,  sv BeBe, SM#387



On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 8:10 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]
wrote:
 

Hi Vladimir,

I will be on the dock January 18.

Please drop by and say hi.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 6:55 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

I plan to be in Martinique on a dock January 7 for a week or more.

I will be very happy to meet other Amel owners.

 

SM 345 "LIFE is Good"

Vladimir

 

On Dec 4, 2017 17:34, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Mark,

I usually start my letter stating that I am sorry that I do not speak French and then write in English. The marina  usually responds in English.

 

The bracket that supports the Genoa furler was straightened by the rigger Gaetan when they changed my rigging. The riggers there are amazing and have everything needed for an Amel. Their head Amel rigger has been doing Amels for 25 years. Good time to have them check and tune your rigging.

 

I also had my Genoa furler rebuilt by Amel. Fortunately since I had added grease ports, the  bronze gear and worm gear were in very good condition. They only replaced the wire, 9 bearings and 4 seals. They said it would be good for another 15 years if I kept adding grease.

 

Have you removed the shaft that connects the outhaul motor to the outhaul winch on the main boom? If it doesn’t come out , I would suggest that you have the rigger remove it . Twice a year I remove mine and cover it with anti-seize grease. I also removed a few thousands of an inch from the key in the shaft.

 

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 4:10 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Eric,

 

We will be here for at least 2 months, maybe three. We do need some stuff done by Amel. We need to have the wood replaced in our forward lockers (over the anchor well). I could do it myself but hate hate hate to sand fiberglass on a hot day. For me, this is money well spent. And the do-hicky under our furling headsail unit is bent (the thing fastening the big bracket attaches to). This needs to be replaced by a rigger.

 

Thanks for the offer to mule stuff for us. We are in good shape right now since Paul and Anna-Marie on Rita Kathryn carried a duffle bag of goodies to St. Lucia. However, If we need something, we’ll be sure to let you know.

 

We’ll still be here when you get back so let’s get together – finally!

 

Are you sure the electric is included???? We received a separate quote for it when we made the reservation. However, it was all in French so it could have been lost in Google Translate. I thought it was included for monthly rates but not weekly or daily. But, now I’m not sure.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 4:42 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be at the dock? I will return January 18.

It is a bargain compared to St. Maarten prices and the electric is included.

 

Kimberlite is also there however I am in NY at the moment.

 

What model and hull number do you have?

Will you be having work done by Amel while you are there?

 

My friend Jeff Krause will be arriving about December 10 in his 54  named Spirit.

Please say hi for me. Also Miles Bidwell on Lady Bug a 53 is there now. Also please say hi for me.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 3:28 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Eric,

 

Right now we are anchored off Saint Anne’s. We well be moving into the marina Wednesday. Not sure what our slip assignment is yet.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

?

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 3:30 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hi Mark,

How long will you be in Martinique?

Are you in the marina with the other Amels?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 1:03 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

If you make it to the windward Islands I would be interested in taking the old pump of your hands for the parts you mention. We don’t plan on going much further north than Guadeloupe this season.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of thomas.kleman
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 1:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Diaphragm Bilge Pump failure.

 

 

Hello all- I own Super Maramu #422, L'ORIENT. I replaced my original bilge pump at sea a few months ago as it started leaking from the seal with the diaphragm. Later, I took it apart and noted (among other things) that the all-important plastic gear is intact; the motor and pivot arm appear fine as well.......which I believe is important for folks who elect to rebuild and keep theirs.

 

I'm keeping my replacement bilge pump in service and would entertain interesting barter offers of spare parts for my leaking but still largely operational bilge pump. Payment in a reasonable Sancerre is also acceptable.

 

I'll be back on my boat in Antigua end of December and will be stationary for at least a few weeks doing bottom job/prop seal/bow thruster service. Lorient422"at"gmail"dot"com.


New Autoprop Specs

Dean Gillies
 

Hi all,

Having made the decision to order the Autoprop, I just wanted to check the relevant specs to make sure it fits ok. I am ordering the following from Bruntons:


H6-566mm 3 Blade Autoprop
Roller Bearing Propeller to suit Amel 54 with Volvo D3-110 Engine 110hp @ 3000rpm, with a 1.97:1 Gearbox Ratio 35mm Shaft Diameter, with LH Rotation. Serial Number:- AP10276


I am fairly confident that Bruntons know what is needed for the Amel 54, however the only two items I cannot confirm from the Amel documentation that I have are the Gearbox Ratio 1.97:1 and the shaft diameter 35mm.

The 1.97 is correct for the ZF transmission, so may I assume that the C-Drive is 1:1?


Stella is a 2010 model Amel 54.


Many thanks 

Dean (back in Sydney)

SY Stella

Amel 54 #154




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

greatketch@...
 

Ryan,

Exactly what I was thinking.  I had the design in my head, and Bill R's design on the forum was certainly a better iteration of my thoughts,  but we all have our priorities...  Heck, it took Amel ten years to make the change!

If I had access to my workshop fabricating something would have been a fun and interesting project, but really hard to justify the time and effort when they are available for $12...

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL


---In amelyachtowners@..., <ryan.d.meador@...> wrote :

Bill, I had the same idea when I first saw how the door worked :)  But I assumed I would need to fabricate my own cam, so that was way down the priority list.  This looks like a fantastic solution, and I just ordered one.  Thanks!

Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

And, if you look in the photo section you will find a drawing of cam levers that I had made out of teak 12 years ago.


CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970

   

On Dec 5, 2017 17:54, "greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
[Attachment(s) from greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] included below]

When I first saw a Super Maramu, I thought that some kind of cam would be a much better solution to clamping the bar that locks the companionway than the fussy hand wheels that were used.  I gather that toward the end of the production run, Amel saw that light and started using them.


I put that thought aside, never actually looking for a solution until I was on Steve's TouRai this past week which had been retro fitted with cam levers... "Hey! Where did you get those?"  He pointed me in the right direction. Turns out what I thought was a very clever idea might well be clever, but is not exactly original.


There is one company in Germany, Kipp, that makes a wide variety of various goodies, including an assortment of cam levers.  The ones that I needed were M8, internal thread, cam levers.  They are available in an assortment of materials, coated steel, aluminum, plastic, and stainless.  Pic the look you like, and pick your price (from US$12 to US$80 each)


These are the ones we installed: http://amzn.to/2BL5AOM


If you adjust them so the levers hang straight down when open they don't turn, and stay adjusted as you want them.  Just lift the handle, and the bar looks down. Quite slick.  


Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 



DEKA Batteries

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Anyone with DEKA freedom style batteries...

Pull the plastic label off and check the water level. You will certainly be adding distilled water.

Check them monthly.


CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School www.amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970

   


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

Mark Erdos
 

Bill,

 

Very clever, I think I understand how it works.

 

Bill Rouse had something he posted quite a few years ago on the forum. He made some very clever handles out of wood. He posted the specs somewhere on this site. He gave them to other Amel owners he met along their journey. But alas, he ran out of them long before we bought our Amel.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Martinique

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:54 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Easy Lock Companionway Slide [1 Attachment]

 

 

[Attachment(s) from greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] included below]

When I first saw a Super Maramu, I thought that some kind of cam would be a much better solution to clamping the bar that locks the companionway than the fussy hand wheels that were used.  I gather that toward the end of the production run, Amel saw that light and started using them.

 

I put that thought aside, never actually looking for a solution until I was on Steve's TouRai this past week which had been retro fitted with cam levers... "Hey! Where did you get those?"  He pointed me in the right direction. Turns out what I thought was a very clever idea might well be clever, but is not exactly original.

 

There is one company in Germany, Kipp, that makes a wide variety of various goodies, including an assortment of cam levers.  The ones that I needed were M8, internal thread, cam levers.  They are available in an assortment of materials, coated steel, aluminum, plastic, and stainless.  Pic the look you like, and pick your price (from US$12 to US$80 each)

 

These are the ones we installed: http://amzn.to/2BL5AOM

 

If you adjust them so the levers hang straight down when open they don't turn, and stay adjusted as you want them.  Just lift the handle, and the bar looks down. Quite slick.  

 

Bill Kinney

SM160, Harmonie

Fort Lauderdale, FL