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Intermittent A/C Seawater Pump

Dean Gillies
 

Hi All,
After some fault-finding on our AirCon system, I'm fairly confident I've isolated the problem to the Calpeda Seawater pump. The pump is being energised to start by all three A/C sub-systems, but most of the time it doesn't spin up. (Sometimes it does, just to make fault-tracing more interesting :-)

Anyway, each time I turn on the system and the pump doesn't start, I can make it work by first turning the the system back off, giving the pump spindle a little spin with a screwdriver and then turning the system on again. There is usually a little resistance to spinning which feels like it could maybe be a blockage, but if I turn the spindle through 30-60 degrees it frees up.

I'm interested in hearing any theories as to where I go next? Could there be debris in the pump? Is it a capacitor failure (is that a start cap or a run cap that I see in there on top of the pump?). Is this a sign I need to service or replace the pump?

All theories entertained !

Many thanks
Dean
SY Stella
Amel 54 #154

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

Mark Erdos
 

Pat,

 

We use a length of regular chain (stainless would be best). It is about 10’ long. We have two locks (combination locks). One secures an end to the dinghy. We have an aluminum RIB that has welded lift points. This is where we fasten the chain. The other end we try to lock to a cleat or board on the dock. So far, we still have the dinghy.

 

We also use an outboard motor lock. We use this lock when the motor is attached to the dinghy or attached to the rail on Cream Puff:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Panther-75-8201-Outboard-Motor-Lock/dp/B003E1XI9C/ref=lp_2598139011_1_10?srs=2598139011&ie=UTF8&qid=1502976427&sr=8-10

 

We also try to tie the dinghy next to one that is nicer, has a newer engine and an inferior lock/cable. Our thought being someone would take it first rather than ours. You don’t want to be the prettiest or newest at the dock.

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:46 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Securing dinghy ashore

 

 

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, Pat

SM Shenanigans

Securing dinghy ashore

Patrick McAneny
 

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, Pat

SM Shenanigans

Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights

Miles
 

HI Ryan,

 

I have the same fixtures.  I solved the problem by undoing the lamp fitting and turning it 90 degrees.   I stuck some back with a little silicone glue.  Others I just left to sit on the glass dome.  The leds give off so little heat that this has not been a problem.

 

Regards,

 

Miles

 

Ladybug, SM216  Newport, RI

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Down wind sail configuration

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Miles,


I do not have a Maramu Manual, but maybe the Super Maramu manual will help.


Best,

CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
Commander Emeritus

Amel School  http://amelschool.com
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550

+1(832) 380-4970









On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 5:41 PM, Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...> wrote:
Miles,

Read your manual...it is very straightforward. Let me know if you do not have a manual.


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] Anemometer stop working

Alan Leslie
 

We had the same issue last year. I took the wand down and cleaned it with fresh water to get the cups turning again, it has worked fine ever since.
I wouldn't use WD40. It may seem to work at first but over time you will have the problem again as standard WD40 is hydrophilic (attracts water)...and in a salt water environment that will lead to things getting gummed up with the remnants of WD40 and salt.
Better to use a hydrophobic (repels water) product like INOX or CorrosionX.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anemometer stop working

Rink De Haan
 

Ours also stopped this summer. In our case the little windmill at the top of the mast was stuck. Had to climb to the top and cleaned the windmill and used WD40 to lubricate it. Works fine now. Checked wind speed with manual anemometer. 

Rink
SM2K #330 Razor's Edge
Lefkas Greece. 

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

Paul Osterberg
 

Ryan
We have the same issue, I found a yachty who sold led lamps, and he soldering a few lamps for me with the right orientations of the pins. I was not sure he would be successful so only ordered a few. But they worked.
If you or someone found led lamps with the right orientation please let me know. By the way we bought the one that give red light first time they are switched on and bright white the second time they are turned on.
Paul on SY Kerpa SM259 Martha's Vineyard 

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

Ryan Meador
 

Bill, those lights are the best option I've seen yet.  Thank you!  I wonder if they'd sell me just the pigtails for me to solder onto another manufacturer's bulb, since theirs are a little dimmer than I'd like (I read the existing 20W halogens are 300 lumens and I want to meet or exceed that).

I'll send you an email off-list about meeting up.

Thanks,
Ryan

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:40 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Ryan....


On more thing, we'll be in Boston next week.  Give me a shout at greatketch at yahoo dot com if you want to get together and compare notes.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass


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

greatketch@...
 

Ryan....

On more thing, we'll be in Boston next week.  Give me a shout at greatketch at yahoo dot com if you want to get together and compare notes.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass

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

greatketch@...
 

Brent

LED bulbs are now available to fit every imaginable kind of fixture--including some I never imagined!  Those G4 sockets (two pin) have widely available LED replacements.  

Ryan's problem is that the fixtures on his boat are (IMO) incorrectly oriented even for halogen bulbs.  The way his lamps are set up the filament of the halogen bulb would be vertical, not the best way to shine light down out of a ceiling fixture.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass




---In amelyachtowners@..., <brentcameron61@...> wrote :

That looks like a halogen bulb… very bright but also extremely hot and power hungry.  I doubt you’ll find a LED fitting for it.  

On Aug 16, 2017, 7:06 PM -0400, John Clark john.biohead@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>, wrote:
 

Hi Ryan,
  I can tell you that I have different fixtures in my 1990 SM.  They are all festoon fittings.

John Clark
SV Annie SM 37
Cruising Pamlico Sound

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

Brent Cameron
 

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

greatketch@...
 

Hi Ryan,

That's an unusual orientation for a G4 mount, and although my fixtures look similar to yours on the outside, the internal details are different.

You might try these bulbs...  they plug in with a wire, so the orientation of the pins isn't an issue....


Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] finding LED bulbs for overhead lights [1 Attachment]

John Clark
 

Hi Ryan,
  I can tell you that I have different fixtures in my 1990 SM.  They are all festoon fittings.

John Clark
SV Annie SM 37
Cruising Pamlico Sound

On Aug 16, 2017 6:44 PM, "Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
[Attachment(s) from Ryan Meador included below]

Maybe I'm just missing something, but the offerings on that site look the same as the others I've found, which is to say none will fit my boat.  All of the "side pin" G4 bulbs have the pins in the plane of the disc, and I need them rotated 90 degrees to the plane of the disc (but not back pin, I still want the pins out the side).  Does my Super Maramu have non-standard light fixtures?  I've attached a photo of one, but it's a little difficult to see the orientation of the pins.

Thanks,
Ryan

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Hi Ryan,


Try boatlamps.co.uk… their site has piccies of every LED fixture known.

Good luck.


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM 007


On 16 Aug 2017, at 19:22, Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:

 

Hi all,
I'm in the process of converting all the interior lights on my SM to LED.  It was easy to find BA15d LED bulbs for the wall lights, so that's taken care of (though I did break one since the label on the fixture said they're G4, but they're definitely BA15d -- twist, don't pull!).  I'm having a bear of a time finding a bulb that will work in the overhead fixtures though.  They all take G4 bulbs, but the sockets are mounted such that the two pins are vertically aligned.  All the bulbs for this application (example) have pins that are horizontal, so they won't fit.  I have been able to find some LED bulbs that are the same form factor as the original halogens, but they have much lower light output because they're smaller and some of the LEDs are pointing at the ceiling, so I don't want those.  I also haven't had luck finding a 90 degree adapter.  Does anyone have a solution to this problem?  I've seen posts in the archive about people who have changed their lights, but not how they did it.  I thought I should ask before I go creating my own adapters or kludging something together.

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anemometer stop working

pjn.mccallin@...
 

Good day ! Suggest you contact Myles marine, he carries most spares you need for any B&G unit.
I have had to replace the electric board inside the head unit also the cup unit when the UV destroyed the spinning unit, all obtained from Myles, he posts all over the world.
Hope all is well and you are still sharing the Champagne 
Patrick& Elaine,Caramelle #385.

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Down wind sail configuration

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Miles,

Read your manual...it is very straightforward. Let me know if you do not have a manual.


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] Anemometer stop working

mfmcgovern@...
 

We found that ours was not working when we had her surveyed.  There were two issues:

1.  The bearings were seized in the anemometer

2.  The main connection was corroded and cracked.  Picture attached.  

I asked Bill Rouse about the issue and he sent me the following response:

B&G Wind Speed
If the Wind Speed is inaccurate in light winds and sometimes zero, it is almost always the Wind Speed Sensor Part# 210-10-038 about $150. See attached: 
B&G Masthead Unit 213 exploded view.JPG

If the Wind Speed is zero and the 213 MHU wind cups are turning, it could be lots of things including in the order of probability:
  1. Same part above
  2. PCB inside the 213 MastHead Unit (213MHU) about $150
  3. The 213MHU Mount and the in-mast cable (this is one part) about $300
  4. Incorrect programming of the CPU for the analog repeater gauges (let's talk)
  5. The B&G Hydra 2000 Processor (CPU) only available used about $250
We ended up replacing the entire mast head unit as well as the cable.

Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Deale, MD

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

Ryan Meador
 

Maybe I'm just missing something, but the offerings on that site look the same as the others I've found, which is to say none will fit my boat.  All of the "side pin" G4 bulbs have the pins in the plane of the disc, and I need them rotated 90 degrees to the plane of the disc (but not back pin, I still want the pins out the side).  Does my Super Maramu have non-standard light fixtures?  I've attached a photo of one, but it's a little difficult to see the orientation of the pins.

Thanks,
Ryan

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Ryan,


Try boatlamps.co.uk… their site has piccies of every LED fixture known.

Good luck.


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM 007


On 16 Aug 2017, at 19:22, Ryan Meador ryan.d.meador@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Hi all,
I'm in the process of converting all the interior lights on my SM to LED.  It was easy to find BA15d LED bulbs for the wall lights, so that's taken care of (though I did break one since the label on the fixture said they're G4, but they're definitely BA15d -- twist, don't pull!).  I'm having a bear of a time finding a bulb that will work in the overhead fixtures though.  They all take G4 bulbs, but the sockets are mounted such that the two pins are vertically aligned.  All the bulbs for this application (example) have pins that are horizontal, so they won't fit.  I have been able to find some LED bulbs that are the same form factor as the original halogens, but they have much lower light output because they're smaller and some of the LEDs are pointing at the ceiling, so I don't want those.  I also haven't had luck finding a 90 degree adapter.  Does anyone have a solution to this problem?  I've seen posts in the archive about people who have changed their lights, but not how they did it.  I thought I should ask before I go creating my own adapters or kludging something together.

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, USA




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

eric freedman
 

Thanks Willem,

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:46 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

 

 

I am referring to the horizontal placed solenoid connected to the red manual stop lever.

 

Regards, Willem

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anemometer stop working

greatketch@...
 

Alexandre,

We have had that problem twice.  In both cases the problem was mechanical, not electrical.  If the wind cups are turning and you are not seeing any reported speed, then your problem is electrical, and different than we have seen...

Once, after we blew out our ballonner we had a few stray threads of nylon wrap themselves around the wind cups.  No mystery what happened there.  Remove threads, and we were back in business

More recently, we have symptoms of the bearing going bad.  Ours hasn't stopped completely yet, but it is showing high start-up friction.  We have the spare unit ready to go, the next time we get weather calm enough to go up the mast.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Gloucester, Mass


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

The Anemometer stop working… Wind speed was showing 0 during the last trip
Has anyone experienced this?
What was the issue and solution?
Thanks in advance

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