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Why does my mouth taste like leather?

amelforme
 

 

Hello Ryan and I apologize for having sent this message to the whole group. I am very sleep deprived lately and I am a danger to myself and those around me…

 

Some background, quickly. I have been selling Amel boats for nearly four decades and sold all the new Amel product to North American clients as Amel’s exclusive associate for most of that time. I now focus only on Amel brokerage boats. I have owned two Super Maramu’s and have something between 30,000 and 40,000 miles, not a lot, in this model and have sold well over 250 Super Maramus when new and used examples are combined. I also acted as a liaison with the Amel Shipyard during this time for technical assistance to the Amel owners who wanted our help. This brief resume is not to be boastful but to illustrate some familiarity with the product. I know and truly love these boats and have genuine enthusiasm for them.

 

Rather than work from memory about something that happened more than a while ago, I would urge you to link up with a knowledgeable Amel Super Maramu owner such as Bill Kinney and have a look at their basically ‘stock’ electrical systems and see the differences for yourself. Unless the boat was modified from when I saw it, quite a bit has been changed/added/removed. I am sure if you put the word out, someone nearby will be happy to have you come aboard. I mention Bill Kinney as he is exceptionally knowledgeable.

 

All Amel boats have a floating/full earth return/isolated negative DC electrical system. Of course this means all the electricity comes out of the batteries, goes to the component requiring power, and then back to the batteries directly. It is a closed system much like one would find on an aluminum or steel boat.  Again, rather than a point by point breakdown that may not be accurate, go have a look at an unmodified example and, with your background, the differences will be obvious.

 

When I sell a used Amel to a customer, I tell them to hide their credit card and checkbook for a year and just use and enjoy their “new to them’ Amel and gain an appreciation for the way Captain Amel intended things to be. He was a man of strong convictions and I had a tremendous respect for him when he was here with us. Quite a unique guy, to say the very least. I strongly suggest that they change nothing for this year of familiarization other than doing required maintenance and upgrades to safety equipment. Hug and kiss your boat for a while before any heavy breathing ensues. Better decisions are made with familiarity. The best investment you can make after purchasing a used Amel is to take Bill Rouse’s Amel School. I have his syllabus and it is extraordinary.

 

Again, I apologize for calling you a know it all. I am sure you have forgotten more about electricity than I will ever know.

 

All The Best, Joel

 

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC

THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY

954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell

 

 

 

 

 

Re: winter liveaboard?

william_maffei@...
 

Ryan, 

I am a live aboard in Boston Harbor on SM#195. Personal message me and I will share a better contact email and my phone number.

This is my 3rd year on board and I'd be happy to help you acclimate yourself. Short answer is you'll be fine on board. I have no problem keeping my boat 68-70 degrees. No modifications needed. 

Bill Maffei 
SM #195
It's all Good

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

eric freedman
 

Hi John,

What do you mean by “associated work needs more attention”?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 3:06 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

 

 

Hi Eric,

   I had my rigging down also in March 2017,  Caraibe did a good job, I think the rig looks good.  Only complaint was the genoa furling motor wired backwards.  Not a big deal and easy fix.  Materials and metal work very good, associated work needs more attention.  

 

                     John

 

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hello Ken,

 

I caught them putting the genoa on the starboard track… they had to make it right.  But I took time to explain why the genoa had to go on port track.  It should not happen again for an Amel.

 

Jean-Pierre Germain,

SY Eleuthera, SM007

 

 

On 18 Aug 2017, at 19:27, Ken Powers sailingaquarius@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

 

Hello Eric,

 

Gaetan Rivet Caraibe did my standing rigging 5 months ago.  Looks good, and was a bit more than 10K euros for the entire job.  The only thing I could complain about is that they put the genoa on the ballooner track.  I didn't find this out until I wanted to fly the ballooner..  :( 

 

Was very pleased with their service.

 

Ken

SM2K #262

 

On Monday, August 14, 2017 9:01 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

John,

Thanks

Eric

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

 

 

Hi Eric,

   I just had Caraibe rerig SM 37.  They were fast and efficient.  You might save some $$ on VAT by talking to Douglas Rapier at Douglas Yacht Services.  I obtained a VAT exemption certificate from him that covered all the work and purchases for my refit in Marin.

 

Regards,  John

 

John Clark

SV Annie SM 37

Cruising Pamlico Sound

 

On Aug 14, 2017 2:39 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Thanks Ben,

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

 

 

Hi Eric,

This is rigger Amel recommends.  

 

Gaetan Rivet

Caraibe Greement

Email:  gaetan@...

Cell #:  596696415642

Le Marin MARTINIQUE 97290

 

------------

 

Amel Le Marin contact info:

 

Caraibes - Amel FR Amel

Jean Collin

Office:  +596 (0) 596 58 50 37

 

Ben Driver

S/V La Bella Vita

SM #347


On Aug 13, 2017, at 10:30 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi,

I know it has been posted before but does someone have the Amel contact and the riggers contact info in Martinique?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Yes Pat you could well be right, and we remember the Amel gathering well, we were fairly new owners then and it was a real buzz to get together.  

One thing further on the securing a dinghy. You can get what we in rural NZ call high tensile chain. We use it a a tow chain as a much lighter chain can be used for pulling/lifting big loads. It cannot be cut with bolt cutters,I tried once with a big set and put a gap in the jaws.

I was buying a length from a workshop and used their big bolt cutters to "cut" it. Result ruined jaws and a red face for me.

Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

Ju

On 19 August 2017 at 00:38 "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Danny, No doubt you are right , if someone has a large cable/chain cutter , I guess they can steal your dinghy , no matter what you do. Its a shame , every time we go ashore I am concerned about losing my ride back to my boat . I have sailed to Annapolis probably 60 times over the last 40 yrs., I have never heard of a dinghy being stolen , although it probably has happened. The dinghy dock gets very crowded at the show, more likely someone moved yours to get their dinghy out. I remember well meeting you and about four other Amels there many years ago , we had a party , good times. Say hey ! to Yvonne .

Sail On,
Pat SM Shenanigans


-----Original Message-----
From: Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 6:06 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

 
 
Hi Pat,
I think all the locking methods only stop the impulse thefts. If someone sets out to steel a dinghy and comes equipped they're going to get one no matter what we do. One time we were at the Annapolis boat show. We came back and found ours shifted but tied up again. The Mercury 4 stroke outboard we had was a bit hard to start and if you got it wrong it had a kick back that would break your arm. Might have saved us a new dinghy  and left a thief with a sore arm.
Regards
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
On 18 August 2017 at 07:43 "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 
Thanks all, it sounds like everyone is using chain, which is heavy and can be cut , I was hoping som eone had discovered a flexible cable that was difficult to cut . I guess its chain and keeping the insurance premiums paid.
Thanks Again,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 12:42 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

 
Good morning Pat,

My solution is probably extrem e.

Last year I purchased small length of 3/8 chain and 1/2 chains to secure dinghy and bicycles.

Then I realized the eyes on the dinghy to secure it are about 10 mm made of aluminium, so they will be cut quicker than the chain, so I use the 3/8 chain.

I use the 1/2 inch chain to secure my bicycles (around cleat, pole, etc.).
When people see its size of the chain they smile (many take pictures).
I assume/hope that a thief (a lazy person to start with) will be discouraged of cutting off such chain and look for another victim.
For the lock I use the German Made ABUS Granit which are Level 10
https://www.abus.com/eng/Mobile-Security/Marine/Padlocks/GRANIT-37-55-S-038-S

All the chains can also be linked together using shackles for my 2nd anchor.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
IGY Simpson Bay Marina, St Maarten, NA

--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 8/17/17, sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:46 AM


 









The last time we were in the Caribbean
I secured my dinghy with a cable that was encased in gray
plastic . I think it was called Kryptonite , I was told by a
friend and where I bought it , that it was very difficult to
cut. Well I just cut it very easily with a very short
handled cable cutter. When we go ashore , I like to think
that are dinghy will be there when we get back . So does
anyone have a suggestion as to t he most secure way to secure
a dinghy. Nothing is bullet proof , but I want to get as
close as possible.Thanks,
PatSM Shenanigans









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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

John Clark
 

Hi Eric,
   I had my rigging down also in March 2017,  Caraibe did a good job, I think the rig looks good.  Only complaint was the genoa furling motor wired backwards.  Not a big deal and easy fix.  Materials and metal work very good, associated work needs more attention.  

                     John

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hello Ken,


I caught them putting the genoa on the starboard track… they had to make it right.  But I took time to explain why the genoa had to go on port track.  It should not happen again for an Amel.

Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM007


On 18 Aug 2017, at 19:27, Ken Powers sailingaquarius@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Hello Eric,

Gaetan Rivet Caraibe did my standing rigging 5 months ago.  Looks good, and was a bit more than 10K euros for the entire job.  The only thing I could complain about is that they put the genoa on the ballooner track.  I didn't find this out until I wanted to fly the ballooner..  :( 

Was very pleased with their service.

Ken
SM2K #262


On Monday, August 14, 2017 9:01 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


 
John,
Thanks
Eric
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
   I just had Caraibe rerig SM 37.  They were fast and efficient.  You might save some $$ on VAT by talking to Douglas Rapier at Douglas Yacht Services.  I obtained a VAT exemption certificate from him that covered all the work and purchases for my refit in Marin.
 
Regards,  John
 
John Clark
SV Annie SM 37
Cruising Pamlico Sound
 
On Aug 14, 2017 2:39 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Thanks Ben,
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
This is rigger Amel recommends.  
 
Gaetan Rivet
Caraibe Greement
Email:  gaetan@...
Cell #:  596696415642
Le Marin MARTINIQUE 97290
 
------------
 
Amel Le Marin contact info:
 
Caraibes - Amel FR Amel
Jean Collin
 
Ben Driver
S/V La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Aug 13, 2017, at 10:30 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Hi,
I know it has been posted before but does someone have the Amel contact and the riggers contact info in Martinique?
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 






Re: winter liveaboard?

greatketch@...
 

Ryan,

The rewiring you ask about is a really complex question...  

Yes, what you want to do CAN be done. but how can be complex and rather detail oriented, and depends a lot on your individual boat's setup and wiring details, also on the size and capability of the inverter you use.

Some Amel's are set up as 220V/50 Hz systems exclusively, and use nothing else.  Others have have more complex setups.  Some have inverters, some get all AC they use away from the dock from the genset, so it is really hard to generalize.

Amel also installed transformers on some boats for the USA market.  It works a treat, and because of that (when we are at the dock) we actually usually use 110V service, but we CAN use anything available.  On the boat itself, we have both 110 and 220 available, and unlike many Amel owners, we are agnostic about the difference between them.  We have some 110V things, and some 220V things, and everybody plays happy together.


Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass

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

Those are good ideas.  I used to have one of those Eva-Dry units and they are indeed a joke.  I had it for the summer though, not the winter.  It tends to be very dry here once the temperature goes below freezing.  My old boat had an Espar (Eberspacher), my new one does not.  That goes a long way towards keeping the boat dry because it exchanges air with the outside.  I think I'm going to try to heat with electric only this year rather than install one of those systems.  I also do not have a 50Hz inverter, but I'm sure I can find a similar dehumidifier that works at 60Hz.  I may also add a 50Hz inverter so I can run the washing machine.  Does anyone have experience separating out the electrical system so some things run on the inverter and some things don't?  Or did you just wire it right into the main breaker (in which case how do you run the hot water heater)?

Thanks,
Ryan


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

eric freedman
 

Alan,

You get 110 volts of you connect the white wire (neutral)  to the wiring on the boat.

I only use the Red , Black, and Green.

I felt it was best not to use the neutral on board. I get my 110 volts from an 1800 watt inverter.

I rarely use it.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 5:14 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

 

 

Hi Danny,

In the USA they have a four wire system. If you use one of the hot wires and neutral you get 110V . If you use the two hot wires you can get 220V @ 60Hz. It's a bit bizarre to us 220/240V folk....but that's the way it is. 

Cheers

Alan

Elyse SM437

PS Nice pic on Facebook of you sailing in to Manganui

 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hello Ken,

I caught them putting the genoa on the starboard track… they had to make it right.  But I took time to explain why the genoa had to go on port track.  It should not happen again for an Amel.

Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM007


On 18 Aug 2017, at 19:27, Ken Powers sailingaquarius@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hello Eric,

Gaetan Rivet Caraibe did my standing rigging 5 months ago.  Looks good, and was a bit more than 10K euros for the entire job.  The only thing I could complain about is that they put the genoa on the ballooner track.  I didn't find this out until I wanted to fly the ballooner..  :( 

Was very pleased with their service.

Ken
SM2K #262


On Monday, August 14, 2017 9:01 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 
John,
Thanks
Eric
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
   I just had Caraibe rerig SM 37.  They were fast and efficient.  You might save some $$ on VAT by talking to Douglas Rapier at Douglas Yacht Services.  I obtained a VAT exemption certificate from him that covered all the work and purchases for my refit in Marin.
 
Regards,  John
 
John Clark
SV Annie SM 37
Cruising Pamlico Sound
 
On Aug 14, 2017 2:39 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Thanks Ben,
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
This is rigger Amel recommends.  
 
Gaetan Rivet
Caraibe Greement
Email:  gaetan@...
Cell #:  596696415642
Le Marin MARTINIQUE 97290
 
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Amel Le Marin contact info:
 
Caraibes - Amel FR Amel
Jean Collin
 
Ben Driver
S/V La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Aug 13, 2017, at 10:30 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Hi,
I know it has been posted before but does someone have the Amel contact and the riggers contact info in Martinique?
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

amelforme
 

Bill. This guy bought a boat I built for Frank Mc Carrol and his wife Bernadette who I got quite close to. It was struck by lightning. He asked me how to fix it as I have been involved, with support from Amel, in about twenty of these restoration processes. I told him DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING. USE ONLY COMPONENTS SUPPLIED BY AMEL. He let some unscrupulous outfit convince him the Amel way was stupid and dangerous and they did it their way. A total disaster! Frank asked me to sell the boat so I went up to New York to do so. When I discovered the changes, I told him I was not the guy to sell it as I could not represent it as a good value based on the lunatic changes. This ruined our friendship, unfortunately and needlessly.
Leave this know it all alone, he is not worth your time as he is the type that will work against what he does not understand.

Be careful Buddy

Joel 
THE EXPERIENCED AMEL GUY
954-812-2485

On Aug 18, 2017, at 1:16 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Ryan, 

That was a lot of words, but your question was, "how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available."

The smart-ass answer is why.  You are over thinking this and negotiating with yourself without any real experience. 

The short answer is, it is much simpler to leave things as they are and buy 50htz devices.

The longer answer may be for someone who is willing to destroy the original design, which I will tell you is perfect and "child-proof," especially when traveling to many different countries. Search earlier posts for my definition of child-proof. 

I really hopes that this helps you make a decision... it would take me an hour to give you all the supporting data that I am sure you want. 

Best,

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 Aug 18, 2017 11:31, "Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Wall power in the USA targets 120V (and they're very good at maintaining it), but it is allowed to vary from 110V to 125V. All at 60Hz; they will change the voltage to maintain the frequency if the grid is under heavy load.  So in my opinion it is most correct to call it 120V, but a lot of people call it 110V or even 115V.  Our homes (and larger boats, like the SM) are supplied with split-phase 240V, so you can use 240V directly or get two 120V circuits by connecting them across the middle of the transformer (the neutral wire) -- this is as Alan says.  Even larger buildings are supplied with 3-phase power, but that gets very complicated very quickly.

My question was regarding the actual wiring of the SM, how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available. And also to switch the 50Hz circuit from the inverter to the generator as needed. Has anyone done this?

If I were to go hog wild, I'd build seven separate AC electrical systems: 50Hz, 60Hz, and "don't care"; each at both 120V and 240V; and a seventh that doesn't care about voltage or frequency.  But I'm resisting the temptation primarily because I don't want to mess too much with the Amel design, and also because that would be a lot of work and expense. Can you tell I'm an electrical engineer? 😂

Implicit in the above is a related question that's been marinating in my mind for a while: has anyone in the US tried swapping out their 3-wire shore power cord for a 4-wire cord and thus running 120V to US-style wall outlets?  I have a number of US wall outlets on board, but they're all powered from an inverter right now, which is not the most efficient thing and also limits how much power I can draw. I'd get 240V space heaters if I go forward with electric heat for this reason.

I think someone in this thread also mentioned the main breaker is 35A? Is the existing system sufficiently robust that I could safely replace it with 50A? Is this the breaker on the panel above the galley or is there another one closer to the shore power inlet (as required by ABYC...)?

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

Hi Danny,

In the USA they have a four wire system. If you use one of the hot wires and neutral you get 110V . If you use the two hot wires you can get 220V @ 60Hz. It's a bit bizarre to us 220/240V folk....but that's the way it is. 
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437
PS Nice pic on Facebook of you sailing in to Manganui


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

greatketch@...
 

The USA has two main types of plugs.  

A 30 amp plug that supplies one hot, one neutral, and one ground wire and is 110 volt only.  

A 50 amp plug supplies one ground, one neutral, and TWO hot wires.  The hot wires are each 110 volts relative to the neutral, and are 180 degrees out of phase, so are 220 volts relative to each other.

Note that people talk about voltages of 110, 115 and 120, but they are all (for all practical purposes) the same.  Same with 220, 230, and 240.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

Ken Powers <sailingaquarius@...>
 

Hello Eric,

Gaetan Rivet Caraibe did my standing rigging 5 months ago.  Looks good, and was a bit more than 10K euros for the entire job.  The only thing I could complain about is that they put the genoa on the ballooner track.  I didn't find this out until I wanted to fly the ballooner..  :( 

Was very pleased with their service.

Ken
SM2K #262
sailingaquarius.com


On Monday, August 14, 2017 9:01 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
John,
Thanks
Eric
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
   I just had Caraibe rerig SM 37.  They were fast and efficient.  You might save some $$ on VAT by talking to Douglas Rapier at Douglas Yacht Services.  I obtained a VAT exemption certificate from him that covered all the work and purchases for my refit in Marin.
 
Regards,  John
 
John Clark
SV Annie SM 37
Cruising Pamlico Sound
 
On Aug 14, 2017 2:39 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Thanks Ben,
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:45 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique
 
 
Hi Eric,
This is rigger Amel recommends.  
 
Gaetan Rivet
Caraibe Greement
Email:  gaetan@...
Cell #:  596696415642
Le Marin MARTINIQUE 97290
 
------------
 
Amel Le Marin contact info:
 
Caraibes - Amel FR Amel
Jean Collin
 
Ben Driver
S/V La Bella Vita
SM #347

On Aug 13, 2017, at 10:30 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Hi,
I know it has been posted before but does someone have the Amel contact and the riggers contact info in Martinique?
Fair Winds
Eric
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights

Ken Powers <sailingaquarius@...>
 

Lots of people tell you that these will work on the Amel 24 volt system.  But, I blew out many LED lights trying to change over.  Trust me, buy two of these lamps and put them in series.  You will be much happier with the results.  

Ken
SM #262
Sailingaquarius.com


On Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:25 AM, "svperegrinus@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Hello Ryan,

I converted all bulbs on hull № 350 to LED in 2013.  I faced the same problem as you have.

For my overhead lights, the two-pin socket which comes from the Amel factory aligning vertically consists of a brown or black bakelite terminal with the electric wires coming in the back and the two pins exposed to the center of the light assembly.

This bakelite terminal is held in place by a little screw.  The bakelite terminal is elongated in such a way that when the little screw tightens, it automatically rotates the pins to the factory vertical position; i.e., if you loosen the screw, rotate the bakelite terminal 90°, and try to tighten the screw, it will inevitably rotate the bakelite  terminal back to the Amel factory position with the pins aligned vertically.

In 2013, no suitable LED existed with vertically aligned pins, much less in the warm light variety we required, and which proved very hard to find.

So I took an abrasive tip on a dremel, loosened the screw, pulled bakelite terminal so I had one or two inches of electric wire exposed (for ease of work), and wore down the Amel factory elongation on each bakelite terminal.  Sometimes upon retightening the screw the base still rotated a bit so the LED was not perfectly horizontal, but frankly, this does not impact light distribution in any perceptible way.  One or two of mine are crooked enough that one edge of the flat disk LED may be touching the diffuser glass, but I don't think anyone has ever noticed.

It takes a bit of time.  And I ruined one of the LEDs in the process of installing, but so far, only one LED has burned out, just a week or two ago.

Cheerio,

Peregrinus
SM2000 № 350 (2002)
Underway, Thermopylae to Sciathus




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Ryan, 

That was a lot of words, but your question was, "how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available."

The smart-ass answer is why.  You are over thinking this and negotiating with yourself without any real experience. 

The short answer is, it is much simpler to leave things as they are and buy 50htz devices.

The longer answer may be for someone who is willing to destroy the original design, which I will tell you is perfect and "child-proof," especially when traveling to many different countries. Search earlier posts for my definition of child-proof. 

I really hopes that this helps you make a decision... it would take me an hour to give you all the supporting data that I am sure you want. 

Best,

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 Aug 18, 2017 11:31, "Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Wall power in the USA targets 120V (and they're very good at maintaining it), but it is allowed to vary from 110V to 125V. All at 60Hz; they will change the voltage to maintain the frequency if the grid is under heavy load.  So in my opinion it is most correct to call it 120V, but a lot of people call it 110V or even 115V.  Our homes (and larger boats, like the SM) are supplied with split-phase 240V, so you can use 240V directly or get two 120V circuits by connecting them across the middle of the transformer (the neutral wire) -- this is as Alan says.  Even larger buildings are supplied with 3-phase power, but that gets very complicated very quickly.

My question was regarding the actual wiring of the SM, how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available. And also to switch the 50Hz circuit from the inverter to the generator as needed. Has anyone done this?

If I were to go hog wild, I'd build seven separate AC electrical systems: 50Hz, 60Hz, and "don't care"; each at both 120V and 240V; and a seventh that doesn't care about voltage or frequency.  But I'm resisting the temptation primarily because I don't want to mess too much with the Amel design, and also because that would be a lot of work and expense. Can you tell I'm an electrical engineer? 😂

Implicit in the above is a related question that's been marinating in my mind for a while: has anyone in the US tried swapping out their 3-wire shore power cord for a 4-wire cord and thus running 120V to US-style wall outlets?  I have a number of US wall outlets on board, but they're all powered from an inverter right now, which is not the most efficient thing and also limits how much power I can draw. I'd get 240V space heaters if I go forward with electric heat for this reason.

I think someone in this thread also mentioned the main breaker is 35A? Is the existing system sufficiently robust that I could safely replace it with 50A? Is this the breaker on the panel above the galley or is there another one closer to the shore power inlet (as required by ABYC...)?

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

Hi Danny,

In the USA they have a four wire system. If you use one of the hot wires and neutral you get 110V . If you use the two hot wires you can get 220V @ 60Hz. It's a bit bizarre to us 220/240V folk....but that's the way it is. 
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437
PS Nice pic on Facebook of you sailing in to Manganui


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights

Ken Powers <sailingaquarius@...>
 

Hello Ryan,

I also had a problem with the overhead lights with the two parallel inserts to make connection.  I did find some that "worked" but the only worked for about 10 minutes and blew out.  Also, they were not very bright.  So, here is what I did:

My SM is 24V...  So I bought 4 each of 12V LED lights and soldered 2 sets of 2 in series.  Then Kluged the connection into the socket and WA-LA....  Let there be light!!  My wife was VERY happy.

Ken
SM2000 #262
sailingaquarius.com


On Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:28 PM, "'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:


 
Here is a link to LED bulbs that are G4 bases 24v that we are using on Cream Puff:
 
 
and
 
 
 
 
With best regards,
 
Mark
 
Skipper
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Grenada
www.creampuff.us
 
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:42 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights
 
 
Thanks for the tips.  You've given me a bunch of good ideas.  Also, I contacted boatlamps.co.uk and they knew exactly what I was talking about.  They recommend this bulb, which looks like it might work... I'll have to measure carefully to see if the fixture can accomodate the diameter.  It seems a little silly to me to waste the light that would be pointing up, but the bulbs are in theory brighter than the halogens they're replacing, so it might be OK.  Also I learned that the largest fixture on my boat, the one above the salon table, has the pins oriented straight out of the ceiling (so it would take a back-pin LED bulb).
 
Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA
 
On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:24 AM, svperegrinus@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Hello Ryan,
 
I converted all bulbs on hull № 350 to LED in 2013.  I faced the same problem as you have.
 
For my overhead lights, the two-pin socket which comes from the Amel factory aligning vertically consists of a brown or black bakelite terminal with the electric wires coming in the back and the two pins exposed to the center of the light assembly.
 
This bakelite terminal is held in place by a little screw.  The bakelite terminal is elongated in such a way that when the little screw tightens, it automatically rotates the pins to the factory vertical position; i.e., if you loosen the screw, rotate the bakelite terminal 90°, and try to tighten the screw, it will inevitably rotate the bakelite  terminal back to the Amel factory position with the pins aligned vertically.
 
In 2013, no suitable LED existed with vertically aligned pins, much less in the warm light variety we required, and which proved very hard to find.
 
So I took an abrasive tip on a dremel, loosened the screw, pulled bakelite terminal so I had one or two inches of electric wire exposed (for ease of work), and wore down the Amel factory elongation on each bakelite terminal.  Sometimes upon retightening the screw the base still rotated a bit so the LED was not perfectly horizontal, but frankly, this does not impact light distribution in any perceptible way.  One or two of mine are crooked enough that one edge of the flat disk LED may be touching the diffuser glass, but I don't think anyone has ever noticed.
 
It takes a bit of time.  And I ruined one of the LEDs in the process of installing, but so far, only one LED has burned out, just a week or two ago.
 
Cheerio,
 
Peregrinus
SM2000 № 350 (2002)
Underway, Thermopylae to Sciathus
 
 
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Base for Jabsco Quiet Flush head Broken

Philippe Morel
 

Hello all , I hard the same issue on both toilets , ont have been fully glass fiber reinforced , and for the second , I have made long search on internet and found the following supplier .
If any body order , thanks for let us informed
Regards
Philippe 
BELAVITA SM2k n°238

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Pat,

I used the same, but thick cable and had almost the same "bait" in 58 countries...a 3.2 AB Aluminum with a 15hp 2 cycle...almost 13 years.

Maybe it was thickness...maybe luck!


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 Aug 18, 2017 08:16, "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Bill, I don't know the thickness of the cable I had, what ever Lowes stocks. Did not know it was available thicker . I was shocked how easy it was to cut . Fortunately / Unfortunately we have a dinghy we love , but thieves may love more , a  10.5' AB aluminum with a 18 hp. two stroke , both almost new. You did not say what you used .

Thanks,
Pat SM #123


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 5:58 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

 
Pat,

In my experience, "Kryptonite" flex cable comes in several thicknesses and the one that is between 3/8" and 7/16" is difficult to cut. The thieves usually steal the best available dinghy with the easiest-to-cut cable.

But, if you have a nice dinghy and/or a stupid crook, you may lose your dinghy no matter what you do. BTW, most crooks hate 4 cycle Hondas, and love 15+ hp 2 cycle engines.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus
Amel School  http://amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550








On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:43 PM, Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Thanks all, it sounds like everyone is using chain, which is heavy and can be cut , I was hoping someone had discovered a flexible cable that was difficult to cut . I guess its chain and keeping the insurance premiums paid.
Thanks Again,
Pat SM#123


-----Original Message-----
From: Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...om>
Sent: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 12:42 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

 
Good morning Pat,

My solution is probably extreme.

Last year I purchased small length of 3/8 chain and 1/2 chains to secure dinghy and bicycles.

Then I realized the eyes on the dinghy to secure it are about 10 mm made of aluminium, so they will be cut quicker than the chain, so I use the 3/8 chain.

I use the 1/2 inch chain to secure my bicycles (around cleat, pole, etc.).
When people see its size of the chain they smile (many take pictures).
I assume/hope that a thief (a lazy person to start with) will be discouraged of cutting off such chain and look for another victim.
For the lock I use the German Made ABUS Granit which are Level 10
https://www.abus.com/eng/Mobile-Security/Marine/Padlocks/GRANIT-37-55-S-038-S

All the chains can also be linked together using shackles for my 2nd anchor.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
IGY Simpson Bay Marina, St Maarten, NA

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On Thu, 8/17/17, sailw32@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore
To: amelyachtowners@...m
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:46 AM


 









The last time we were in the Caribbean
I secured my dinghy with a cable that was encased in gray
plastic . I think it was called Kryptonite , I was told by a
friend and where I bought it , that it was very difficult to
cut. Well I just cut it very easily with a very short
handled cable cutter. When we go ashore , I like to think
that are dinghy will be there when we get back . So does
anyone have a suggestion as to the most secure way to secure
a dinghy. Nothing is bullet proof , but I want to get as
close as possible.Thanks,
PatSM Shenanigans









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Re: winter liveaboard?

svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

On No. 350, Peregrinus, no 60Hz devices come onboard.  All devices are 50Hz or 50/60Hz.  Most of the devices, by far, we purchased in the U.S.   Amazon.co.uk is a great source.

On #350, the 230V user panel has two vertical bus bars, one for the left breakers and one for the right breakers.  Also from factory, there is a breaker+RCD device hung to the left of the 230V panel, accessible only from inside the electronics cabinet above the kitchen sink.  Aftermarket, we installed the Xantrex Prosine International 1800w inverter (230V/50Hz).  Note this very Xantrex inverter is what the Amel factory installed on sisterships of the era of #350.  Our inverter, the 806-1884, has a transfer relay built-in.  Aftermarket, we also installed another RCD device and 32A breaker at the entry of shore power into the boat.

In Fort Lauderdale, an electrician sawed off the bus bars so that the bottom two breakers, i.e., Outlets (port) and Microwave (starboard) are isolated from the rest of the bus.  He then fed those two outlets from the 1800w Xantrex inverter (230V/50Hz).  

So here is how our setup works, even with inverter off:

1. If shore power is available and the 230V user panel breaker+RCD is OFF, Microwave and Outlets can only get 50Hz power, which must necessarily come from inverter or from genset.  Useful in the U.S. to keep our 50Hz devices from dying.

2.  If shore power is available and the 230V user panel breaker+RCD is ON, Microwave and Outlets get whatever Hz shore power supplies.  Useful in Europe.

Bottom line, in any countries with 60Hz power, the user panel 230V breaker on #350 stays OFF, and elsewhere this breaker stays ON.  

Works!

Cheers,

SM2K (2002)
underway to Salonica



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

Wall power in the USA targets 120V (and they're very good at maintaining it), but it is allowed to vary from 110V to 125V. All at 60Hz; they will change the voltage to maintain the frequency if the grid is under heavy load.  So in my opinion it is most correct to call it 120V, but a lot of people call it 110V or even 115V.  Our homes (and larger boats, like the SM) are supplied with split-phase 240V, so you can use 240V directly or get two 120V circuits by connecting them across the middle of the transformer (the neutral wire) -- this is as Alan says.  Even larger buildings are supplied with 3-phase power, but that gets very complicated very quickly.

My question was regarding the actual wiring of the SM, how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available. And also to switch the 50Hz circuit from the inverter to the generator as needed. Has anyone done this?

If I were to go hog wild, I'd build seven separate AC electrical systems: 50Hz, 60Hz, and "don't care"; each at both 120V and 240V; and a seventh that doesn't care about voltage or frequency.  But I'm resisting the temptation primarily because I don't want to mess too much with the Amel design, and also because that would be a lot of work and expense. Can you tell I'm an electrical engineer? 😂

Implicit in the above is a related question that's been marinating in my mind for a while: has anyone in the US tried swapping out their 3-wire shore power cord for a 4-wire cord and thus running 120V to US-style wall outlets?  I have a number of US wall outlets on board, but they're all powered from an inverter right now, which is not the most efficient thing and also limits how much power I can draw. I'd get 240V space heaters if I go forward with electric heat for this reason.

I think someone in this thread also mentioned the main breaker is 35A? Is the existing system sufficiently robust that I could safely replace it with 50A? Is this the breaker on the panel above the galley or is there another one closer to the shore power inlet (as required by ABYC...)?

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@... om> wrote:
 

Hi Danny,

In the USA they have a four wire system. If you use one of the hot wires and neutral you get 110V . If you use the two hot wires you can get 220V @ 60Hz. It's a bit bizarre to us 220/240V folk....but that's the way it is. 
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437
PS Nice pic on Facebook of you sailing in to Manganui


Re: Intermittent A/C Seawater Pump

Dean Gillies
 

So here's the plan...

1. Start trying to find a replacement Capacitor as we cruise. 10 microfarads. (Ryan, you are quite correct, but I knew what Bill meant :-)

2. If it's the Cap, then we carry on with the system we have and a new cap.

3. If the cap doesn't fix it, I'll start looking for a new pump as suggested.

In the meantime, I'll keep twiddling the spindle each time we need A/C to work!

Will post again when things progress.

Cheers and thanks all
Dean
SY Stella Amel 54 #154
Patras, Greece.

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: winter liveaboard?

Ryan Meador
 

Wall power in the USA targets 120V (and they're very good at maintaining it), but it is allowed to vary from 110V to 125V. All at 60Hz; they will change the voltage to maintain the frequency if the grid is under heavy load.  So in my opinion it is most correct to call it 120V, but a lot of people call it 110V or even 115V.  Our homes (and larger boats, like the SM) are supplied with split-phase 240V, so you can use 240V directly or get two 120V circuits by connecting them across the middle of the transformer (the neutral wire) -- this is as Alan says.  Even larger buildings are supplied with 3-phase power, but that gets very complicated very quickly.

My question was regarding the actual wiring of the SM, how best to separate out some circuits so they always have 50Hz, but allow others to use whatever frequency is available. And also to switch the 50Hz circuit from the inverter to the generator as needed. Has anyone done this?

If I were to go hog wild, I'd build seven separate AC electrical systems: 50Hz, 60Hz, and "don't care"; each at both 120V and 240V; and a seventh that doesn't care about voltage or frequency.  But I'm resisting the temptation primarily because I don't want to mess too much with the Amel design, and also because that would be a lot of work and expense. Can you tell I'm an electrical engineer? 😂

Implicit in the above is a related question that's been marinating in my mind for a while: has anyone in the US tried swapping out their 3-wire shore power cord for a 4-wire cord and thus running 120V to US-style wall outlets?  I have a number of US wall outlets on board, but they're all powered from an inverter right now, which is not the most efficient thing and also limits how much power I can draw. I'd get 240V space heaters if I go forward with electric heat for this reason.

I think someone in this thread also mentioned the main breaker is 35A? Is the existing system sufficiently robust that I could safely replace it with 50A? Is this the breaker on the panel above the galley or is there another one closer to the shore power inlet (as required by ABYC...)?

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA

On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

Hi Danny,

In the USA they have a four wire system. If you use one of the hot wires and neutral you get 110V . If you use the two hot wires you can get 220V @ 60Hz. It's a bit bizarre to us 220/240V folk....but that's the way it is. 
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437
PS Nice pic on Facebook of you sailing in to Manganui


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Base for Jabsco Quiet Flush head Broken

karkauai
 

I'll look into both of those solutions, Bill.  Thank you!

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
Panama cell: +507-61171896
USA cell: 828-234-6819

On Aug 17, 2017, at 8:47 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

I have not had to solve that particular problem, but it sounds like a rivnut might be an answer instead of a molly-bolt


Another creative solution, might be to get a sheet of 3/8" thick G10.  Epoxy it down on top of the existing fiberglass base.  If you go slow and are very careful with a sharp new tap you can drill and tap it.  It is strong enough to hold threads, and is non-corroding.  I have used it a lot as backing plates.  It usually comes in a light green color that is not horrible to the eye.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass