Date   
Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DC Panel dial and green light in star

John Clark
 

Hi Chris,
  Darn it Mike beat me to it!   Yes, it is the light for the compass at the helm.  You can dim it as needed to maintain night vision.   I know there will be a few issues with a boat that has as many systems as the Amel, but with the forum you should be able to find answers from people who have been there....and one or two that have literally written books on the Amel.

I might address your 12v main engine alternator issue.  I have an older SM that was updated to the same engine I suspect you have, the Volvo TMD22.   My 12v alternator sometimes does not want to wake up in the morning.  What has resolved the issue was to rev the engine to about 2000rpm in neutral(go into engine room and locally activate the throttle linkage without putting transmission in gear) then quickly back to idle.  Might take a try or two.  It usually catches.  Once woken up it is good for the day.   Is your tachometer also showing no activity?  

               Regards,   John

John Clark
SV Annie  SM37
cruising Pamlico Sound  

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Mike Ondra mdondra@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Binnacle light

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid
On Aug 15, 2017 11:47 AM, "rettirc@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

After being on our new (to us) Super Maramu for about 2 weeks, there have been a few challenges thrown at me from generator stopping, air conditioning raw water pump issues, 12v alternator on main engine not working, torn head sail, blocked electric toilet, tender outboard overheating, flat start battery, main battery bank low,..............etc


I am starting to learn the ropes of boat ownership!!!!!!  I was once told, "the only that that works on a boat, is the owner".


Anyway we have just arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia from Phuket, Thailand and honestly enjoying the boat.


My question is, what is the dial on the DC panel for?  It does turn on a green light in the star, however I am sure it has another purpose, could somebody please help me.  The very few manuals I have are in French and I failed that subjec t at school.


On another note, just to ensure I don't get bored, I have new standing rigging arriving in the next few days from ACMO.


Chris

SM224

Lena S, changing to Jaygo


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DC Panel dial and green light in star

Mike Ondra
 

Binnacle light

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid

On Aug 15, 2017 11:47 AM, "rettirc@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

After being on our new (to us) Super Maramu for about 2 weeks, there have been a few challenges thrown at me from generator stopping, air conditioning raw water pump issues, 12v alternator on main engine not working, torn head sail, blocked electric toilet, tender outboard overheating, flat start battery, main battery bank low,..............etc


I am starting to learn the ropes of boat ownership!!!!!!  I was once told, "the only that that works on a boat, is the owner".


Anyway we have just arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia from Phuket, Thailand and honestly enjoying the boat.


My question is, what is the dial on the DC panel for?  It does turn on a green light in the star, however I am sure it has another purpose, could somebody please help me.  The very few manuals I have are in French and I failed that subjec t at school.


On another note, just to ensure I don't get bored, I have new standing rigging arriving in the next few days from ACMO.


Chris

SM224

Lena S, changing to Jaygo

DC Panel dial and green light in star

rettirc@...
 

After being on our new (to us) Super Maramu for about 2 weeks, there have been a few challenges thrown at me from generator stopping, air conditioning raw water pump issues, 12v alternator on main engine not working, torn head sail, blocked electric toilet, tender outboard overheating, flat start battery, main battery bank low,..............etc


I am starting to learn the ropes of boat ownership!!!!!!  I was once told, "the only that that works on a boat, is the owner".


Anyway we have just arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia from Phuket, Thailand and honestly enjoying the boat.


My question is, what is the dial on the DC panel for?  It does turn on a green light in the star, however I am sure it has another purpose, could somebody please help me.  The very few manuals I have are in French and I failed that subject at school.


On another note, just to ensure I don't get bored, I have new standing rigging arriving in the next few days from ACMO.


Chris

SM224

Lena S, changing to Jaygo

Re: DC Grounding fault

ofer magen
 

Hi Alan,
I had the same problem. The way to solve it is to start from the main big red battery  switchs. Disconnect all cables going out from the (minus),then connect them each at a time and check for the leak.i found it to be the motor of the bow thruster . If the cable you found is going to another junction, check there, the same way.
Good luck. 

Ofer
Amel 54 160
Now in gocek ,Turkey. 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

eric freedman
 

Hi Willem,

What solenoid are you referring to?

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:27 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

 

 

Hi Mark and other Amel lovers,

 

Yes, the problem appears to be the solenoid. Before this problem the Onan had a different problem that was caused by me. I put some rags to clean the dipstick onder the Kubota and the result was lots of black smoke. I realized after consulting the installation manual that this problem was caused by lack of air. Now the generator is running with a piece of rope plus shock cord to hold the solenoid valve into the 'on' position. So the electric shut off is not working anymore and I have to do this by hand. The problem is that also the fault mechanism is not working and that is a risk, I have to take until the new solenoid arrives.

 

Best regards,

 

Willem 

 

SM #351 "Kavanga" at anchor in Falmouth waiting for a favourable wind to cross the Biscay.

 

 

 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
 

Hello again Willem,

Seapower Marine is a good parts supplier in UK (Falmouth)… especially if you are pressed for time.

+44 1473 718713

Good luck with your fix.


Jean-Pierre Germain,
SY Eleuthera, SM 007


On 15 Aug 2017, at 09:26, kavanga@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi Mark and other Amel lovers,

Yes, the problem appears to be the solenoid. Before this problem the Onan had a different problem that was caused by me. I put some rags to clean the dipstick onder the Kubota and the result was lots of black smoke. I realized after consulting the installation manual that this problem was caused by lack of air. Now the generator is running with a piece of rope plus shock cord to hold the solenoid valve into the 'on' position. So the electric shut off is not working anymore and I have to do this by hand. The problem is that also the fault mechanism is not working and that is a risk, I have to take until the new solenoid arrives.

Best regards,

Willem 

SM #351 "Kavanga" at anchor in Falmouth waiting for a favourable wind to cross the Biscay.






Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Onan starting problem

Willem Kroes
 

Hi Mark and other Amel lovers,

Yes, the problem appears to be the solenoid. Before this problem the Onan had a different problem that was caused by me. I put some rags to clean the dipstick onder the Kubota and the result was lots of black smoke. I realized after consulting the installation manual that this problem was caused by lack of air. Now the generator is running with a piece of rope plus shock cord to hold the solenoid valve into the 'on' position. So the electric shut off is not working anymore and I have to do this by hand. The problem is that also the fault mechanism is not working and that is a risk, I have to take until the new solenoid arrives.

Best regards,

Willem 

SM #351 "Kavanga" at anchor in Falmouth waiting for a favourable wind to cross the Biscay.



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

eric freedman
 

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: DC Grounding fault

Thomas Peacock
 

Hello Alan,

I must admit I do not understand the issue that Raymarine raises with the AC connected to the laptop. As most of us on this forum say, “I’m not an electrician, but”…

I don’t know if this is a specific Raymarine issue, or if it applies to most or all AIS units. I can’t help but think it might be a generic issue, perhaps just more recognized by Raymarine. Why a laptop running just on battery is OK, but a laptop that is also plugged into 110 or 220 is not, it beyond me. Nevertheless, below is the page from my manual.

Tom Peacock
SM #240 Aletes
Rock Hall, Maryland

Warning: Do NOT connect a USB device with an AC power source

Your Raymarine product includes a USB data connection. To prevent potential grounding problems and possible damage to equipment:

  • DoNOTconnectadevicewithanACpowersource (such as a PC or laptop) via USB to your Raymarine product.

  • If you need to connect external equipment (such as a laptop) to your Raymarine product via USB, ensure that the external equipment is powered only by a DC power source (such as a laptop battery).

  • DisconnectanyACpowersourcefromtheexternal equipment before attempting to connect it via USB to your Raymarine product.

Installing USB drivers

Prior to connecting the AIS to A PC the USB drivers must rst be installed. To install follow the steps below:

  1. Insert the supplied CDROM and navigate to the USB drivers folder.

  2. Doubleclickonthesetup.exe letolaunchtheinstaller.

  3. Follow the on screen installation instructions to complete installation.

  4. Once installed the AIS unit can be connected to the PC. The USB drivers will be installed automatically and the AIS will appear as a new COM port device.

  5. SelecttheAISCOMportandabaudrateof38400inPCbased navigation software to make use of the AIS data.

AIS350 Receiver

35

Note: If the USB connection is removed from the PC during use you must reset the connection before further use. To reset the connection disconnect then reapply power to the AIS before closing and re-launching any PC applications using the USB connection. Finally, reconnect the USB cable between the PC and AIS unit.

Power connection

Power supply protection

Always protect the power supply by connecting the red (positive) wire to the supply via a 2 A fuse or equivalent automatic circuit breaker.



On Aug 14, 2017, at 8:12 PM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hello Thomas, 

I have an AMEC Camino 101 AIS Transponder.
The manual doesn't mention anything like that.
And in fact it wouldn't be a problem in most boats with DC-ve connected to ground anyway.
I have this morning installed a small 24V-19V converter to power the laptop so I don't need to use the charger and the problem has gone away.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: DC Grounding fault

Alan Leslie
 

Hello Thomas, 
I have an AMEC Camino 101 AIS Transponder.
The manual doesn't mention anything like that.
And in fact it wouldn't be a problem in most boats with DC-ve connected to ground anyway.
I have this morning installed a small 24V-19V converter to power the laptop so I don't need to use the charger and the problem has gone away.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] winter liveaboard?

eric freedman
 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] winter liveaboard?

Ryan Meador
 

Hi Eric,
I talked to Frank about winterizing, but that information only goes so far, since I'll actually be living on it and I'll need most of the systems functional, not winterized (fresh water, heads, etc).  As best I can recall in my conversation with Frank, he didn't have any info on how warm the boat was in the winter.  This boat is equipped with an extra outlet with its own breaker in the aft cabin which is intended for a heater (I do not know if this is standard).  The breaker panel has the same symbol for another breaker as well, but I don't know where that leads.  I believe these are in addition to the heaters built into the air conditioning system, but I'm not entirely clear on that.  If they are, maybe they're sufficient?  50A@240V should be more than enough power to keep the boat warm, if it comes down to it, but that's $2160/month so hopefully nothing near that much power is required!

Thanks,
Ryan 

On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM, 'sailormon' kimberlite@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Ryan,

You might ask the previous owner Frank, as to what he did to store the boat as It was here last winter.

The heating on the boat will not be sufficient to keep you warm this winter. It did not keep me warm in the late fall here in Huntington. I installed an Espar Heater, however I had the optional fresh air system and ducting installed when I had Kimberlite constructed.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 3:09 PM
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] winter liveaboard?

 

 

Hi all,

I pains me to be thinking about winter already, but I need to plan ahead.  I'm going to be spending this winter in Boston, MA, USA aboard my new-to-me Super Maramu.  Does anyone have any tips for living aboard a SM in a cold climate?  I'm no stranger to living aboard in this climate in general, as I've spent the last 7 winters here aboard my old Gulfstar 37.  I'm looking for SM-specific tips and tricks, if anyone has any.

 

The weather here goes well below freezing at times in the winter; I've seen as low as -10F/-23C.  We also get lots of snow.  Despite this, the water rarely freezes and bubblers are not typically used.  It is standard practice here to shrinkwrap the boats in clear plastic, which keeps a lot of heat in and makes for a great greenhouse effect on a sunny day, not to mention keeping the snow off the boat.

 

Is the built-in electric heat on the SM sufficient for this climate, or will I have to install supplementary heating like I had on my old boat?  On that boat, I had an Espar forced-air diesel heater which did a great job.  I'd rather not have to install such a thing on my SM for several reasons, such as cost, not wanting to mess with the Amel design, and hoping to sail south in a year or two so I won't get the ROI.  If you did install extra heating, what type of system did you use?  Would you recommend it?

 

Is the SM fairly well insulated?  Has anyone had trouble with condensation?  I feel like the cored deck and cloth-lined lockers will offer pretty good insulation, but I'm also concerned about that cloth getting wet from condensation and molding.  I'm also surprised/amazed that all of the lockers have solid doors; most boats have ventilated lockers to prevent condensation even in summer.  But clearly Amel has solved this problem, so perhaps it will work in winter too.

 

Thanks,

Ryan

SM 233 Iteration (ex Monarae)

Boston, MA, USA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: DC Grounding fault

Thomas Peacock
 

Not sure what type of AIS you have; however, my Raymarine AIS manual makes a big deal about NOT having your laptop connected to AC if you are running USB from your laptop to AIS. 


On Aug 14, 2017, at 4:22 PM, divanz620@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi  Bill,

Yes I have the AIS connected to the laptop via a Serial - USB cable. It would seem that the Serial-USB converter uses the cable shield as the -ve return, so unplugging either the charger or the AIS USB cable, the problem goes away.
I am going to install a small isolated power supply for the laptop, hopefully that will solve the issue permanently.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: DC Grounding fault

Alan Leslie
 

Hi  Bill,
Yes I have the AIS connected to the laptop via a Serial - USB cable. It would seem that the Serial-USB converter uses the cable shield as the -ve return, so unplugging either the charger or the AIS USB cable, the problem goes away.
I am going to install a small isolated power supply for the laptop, hopefully that will solve the issue permanently.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] ICW bridge clearance and depth report

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi John,

even from NZ that was interesting. In 2009 we sailed up the East Coast US from Florida to Maine so we considered and rejected the inland waterway as being to shallow and too low. Enjoyed reading of your experience.

Regards

Danny

SM 299 Ocean Pearl

On 15 August 2017 at 04:24 "john.biohead@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

Hi All,

  I note that occasionally there is interest in visiting the inland waters of the US east coast, but there is concern over height and depth issues.   We wanted to visit the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina.  We initially looked at the Okracoke inlet however after calling the USCG station at Hatteras for a consult, we were warned that the reported depths are not accurate and are in fact much shallower.  Their patrol boat with a 4 ft draft touches bottom routinely. More phone calls for local knowledge reported we should be able to enter at Morehead City so that is where we tried.    I now report that a stock Super Maramu can enter the Pamlico Sound via Morehead City and the Core Creek section of the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW), narrative and details below.  

 

Bridge height was the only part of the entrance that required special planning.  Depth even at low tide was not a problem at any part of the trip.

 

We took the route through the 65ft fixed Morehead City Bridge/Newport River, not the Gallant Channel.  The new fixed 65ft Gallant Channel Bridge is under construction with a lot of scaffolding and barges and the channel is shallower and trickier to navigate than the main Newport River channel.

 

We arrived on Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 and anchored just inside the harbor to wait for the tide.  There is a spot to anchor just south of the main channel between red 22 and green 23 buoys.   There is a beach along the channel to picnic on.

We waited for the afternoon low tide which was to be 0.26 ft, and then approached the bridge.  That day there were a lot of thunderstorms and a constant 20 knot wind blowing right up the channel to the bridge.  The clearance marker on the starboard side of the adjacent railroad bridge was covered with growth making it difficult to see from a distance so we had to motor pretty much right up to it to see it.  We could not see water lower than the 66 ft mark.  According to local knowledge there should have been over 68 ft of clearance. With mast at 65.75ft and the wind pushing us into the bridge we decided to wait for the morning low tide and hope for more benign conditions.

 

Next morning, Sunday, August 13, 2017 , weather was perfect, light wind and a slightly lower tide predicted (0.01ft).  This time we could see water at the 67 ft mark barely showing.  We approched very slow and stopped about a foot from the bridge.  The Admiral eyeballed the mast with binoculars and reported it looked good, so we proceeded slowly.  The VHF whip antenna (2-3ft higher than masthead) touched each girder, but being flexible, just bent under.  It looked like we had a foot of clearance between the bridge and the instruments at the mast head. 

 

We then proceeded up the ICW at 6.2 kts to the Core Creek Bridge , also a 65 ft fixed span.  Maintaining 6.2 kts you will reach the Core Creek bridge at its lowest tide time. If you miss it there is space to anchor and wait off to the starboard side of the channel.

 

The height boards at Core Creek were easier to read and showed in excess of 67 ft.  We proceeded slowly as before.  The VHF antenna barely touched.  We then continued at 6.5 knots up Core Creek/Adams River to the Pamlico Sound . 

 

One caution is the power boaters who have zero respect for a sailboat passing under a bridge.  At both bridges we had large power boats moving fast try to run under the bridge at the same time with us.  The wake from these boats can erase your one ft of clearance. Additionally, half of the boaters did not have a radio turned on.

 

Second note is the tides can be affected by wind and rain events.  Watch the height boards before passing under the bridges, don’t assume the low tide will be sufficient.  67 ft showing on the boards was good for us.

 

At the moment we are tied up at a public marina in Washington , North Carolina , at the head of the Pamlico River .  As we docked a friendly Dutchman recognized the finest cruising boat ever made and came over to introduce himself.  He noted that Annie was the first Amel he has ever seen this far inland in America .   

 

Washington , NC , seems (after one night) like a very nice quiet town with a brand new waterfront municipal marina.  They have 50amp/240v service at the dock along with usual amenities. There is a place to anchor out, and a public dinghy dock. I have been told that the depth of the anchorage is 14 ft.  So far there have been no bugs to speak of.  There are restaurants along the waterfront and a West Marine store three blocks away.   Washington appears to be one of those small American towns that time forgot.  It is presently in a revitalization phase becoming a vacation spot for the Raleigh/Rocky Mount crowd.  While in the Pamlico we plan to check out Oriental, the “sailing capital” of North Carolina and also New Bern, supposedly a trendy an up and coming city both located on the Pamlico Sound. 

 

 

Summary:

 

SM #37, with original B&G instrument package at mast head and a 6 inch tall tricolor LED mounted on top of mast head.  VHF antenna also mounted on top of mast head.  Water tank at 800L and fuel tank full.  Emek solar arch mounted at stern.  Vessel was not carrying a dinghy or outboard for this passage.

 

Morehead City Bridge :  Predicted tide 0.01 ft, 67 ft barely showing on height board.

 

Core Creek Bridge : predicted tide 0.01 ft, in excess of 67 ft showing on the height board.

 

Pamlico River Channel:  followed the markers and we had 2-3 meters below keel  most of the way with a short stretch of 1 meter.

 

 

Depth under keel was sufficient at dead low tide.  Depth indicator read <1 meter for a few short stretches after the Morehead City bridge, but was 1 meter or greater through rest of  canal passage.  We never touched bottom.  Note the bottom here is mud/sand and fairly soft, so if one did touch it is not likely to damage a Super Maramu.



Regards,  John 


John Clark

SV Annie, SM 37

cruising Pamlico Sound USA


 


 

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] winter liveaboard?

eric freedman
 

Hi Ryan,

You might ask the previous owner Frank, as to what he did to store the boat as It was here last winter.

The heating on the boat will not be sufficient to keep you warm this winter. It did not keep me warm in the late fall here in Huntington. I installed an Espar Heater, however I had the optional fresh air system and ducting installed when I had Kimberlite constructed.

Fair Winds

Eric

Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 3:09 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] winter liveaboard?

 

 

Hi all,

I pains me to be thinking about winter already, but I need to plan ahead.  I'm going to be spending this winter in Boston, MA, USA aboard my new-to-me Super Maramu.  Does anyone have any tips for living aboard a SM in a cold climate?  I'm no stranger to living aboard in this climate in general, as I've spent the last 7 winters here aboard my old Gulfstar 37.  I'm looking for SM-specific tips and tricks, if anyone has any.

 

The weather here goes well below freezing at times in the winter; I've seen as low as -10F/-23C.  We also get lots of snow.  Despite this, the water rarely freezes and bubblers are not typically used.  It is standard practice here to shrinkwrap the boats in clear plastic, which keeps a lot of heat in and makes for a great greenhouse effect on a sunny day, not to mention keeping the snow off the boat.

 

Is the built-in electric heat on the SM sufficient for this climate, or will I have to install supplementary heating like I had on my old boat?  On that boat, I had an Espar forced-air diesel heater which did a great job.  I'd rather not have to install such a thing on my SM for several reasons, such as cost, not wanting to mess with the Amel design, and hoping to sail south in a year or two so I won't get the ROI.  If you did install extra heating, what type of system did you use?  Would you recommend it?

 

Is the SM fairly well insulated?  Has anyone had trouble with condensation?  I feel like the cored deck and cloth-lined lockers will offer pretty good insulation, but I'm also concerned about that cloth getting wet from condensation and molding.  I'm also surprised/amazed that all of the lockers have solid doors; most boats have ventilated lockers to prevent condensation even in summer.  But clearly Amel has solved this problem, so perhaps it will work in winter too.

 

Thanks,

Ryan

SM 233 Iteration (ex Monarae)

Boston, MA, USA

winter liveaboard?

Ryan Meador
 

Hi all,
I pains me to be thinking about winter already, but I need to plan ahead.  I'm going to be spending this winter in Boston, MA, USA aboard my new-to-me Super Maramu.  Does anyone have any tips for living aboard a SM in a cold climate?  I'm no stranger to living aboard in this climate in general, as I've spent the last 7 winters here aboard my old Gulfstar 37.  I'm looking for SM-specific tips and tricks, if anyone has any.

The weather here goes well below freezing at times in the winter; I've seen as low as -10F/-23C.  We also get lots of snow.  Despite this, the water rarely freezes and bubblers are not typically used.  It is standard practice here to shrinkwrap the boats in clear plastic, which keeps a lot of heat in and makes for a great greenhouse effect on a sunny day, not to mention keeping the snow off the boat.

Is the built-in electric heat on the SM sufficient for this climate, or will I have to install supplementary heating like I had on my old boat?  On that boat, I had an Espar forced-air diesel heater which did a great job.  I'd rather not have to install such a thing on my SM for several reasons, such as cost, not wanting to mess with the Amel design, and hoping to sail south in a year or two so I won't get the ROI.  If you did install extra heating, what type of system did you use?  Would you recommend it?

Is the SM fairly well insulated?  Has anyone had trouble with condensation?  I feel like the cored deck and cloth-lined lockers will offer pretty good insulation, but I'm also concerned about that cloth getting wet from condensation and molding.  I'm also surprised/amazed that all of the lockers have solid doors; most boats have ventilated lockers to prevent condensation even in summer.  But clearly Amel has solved this problem, so perhaps it will work in winter too.

Thanks,
Ryan
SM 233 Iteration (ex Monarae)
Boston, MA, USA

Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] ICW bridge clearance and depth report

Stephen Davis
 

Great report John! You are a braver man than I, but enjoy your inland expedition. 

Cheers,
Steve
Aloha SM72
Aruba

On Aug 14, 2017, at 11:24, john.biohead@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Hi All,

  I note that occasionally there is interest in visiting the inland waters of the US east coast, but there is concern over height and depth issues.   We wanted to visit the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina.  We initially looked at the Okracoke inlet however after calling the USCG station at Hatteras for a consult, we were warned that the reported depths are not accurate and are in fact much shallower.  Their patrol boat with a 4 ft draft touches bottom routinely. More phone calls for local knowledge reported we should be able to enter at Morehead City so that is where we tried.    I now report that a stock Super Maramu can enter the Pamlico Sound via Morehead City and the Core Creek section of the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW), narrative and details below.  

 

Bridge height was the only part of the entrance that required special planning.  Depth even at low tide was not a problem at any part of the trip.

 

We took the route through the 65ft fixed Morehead City Bridge/Newport River, not the Gallant Channel.  The new fixed 65ft Gallant Channel Bridge is under construction with a lot of scaffolding and barges and the channel is shallower and trickier to navigate than the main Newport River channel.

 

We arrived on Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 and anchored just inside the harbor to wait for the tide.  There is a spot to anchor just south of the main channel between red 22 and green 23 buoys.   There is a beach along the channel to picnic on.

We waited for the afternoon low tide which was to be 0.26 ft, and then approached the bridge.  That day there were a lot of thunderstorms and a constant 20 knot wind blowing right up the channel to the bridge.  The clearance marker on the starboard side of the adjacent railroad bridge was covered with growth making it difficult to see from a distance so we had to motor pretty much right up to it to see it.  We could not see water lower than the 66 ft mark.  According to local knowledge there should have been over 68 ft of clearance. With mast at 65.75ft and the wind pushing us into the bridge we decided to wait for the morning low tide and hope for more benign conditions.

 

Next morning, Sunday, August 13, 2017 , weather was perfect, light wind and a slightly lower tide predicted (0.01ft).  This time we could see water at the 67 ft mark barely showing.  We approched very slow and stopped about a foot from the bridge.  The Admiral eyeballed the mast with binoculars and reported it looked good, so we proceeded slowly.  The VHF whip antenna (2-3ft higher than masthead) touched each girder, but being flexible, just bent under.  It looked like we had a foot of clearance between the bridge and the instruments at the mast head. 

 

We then proceeded up the ICW at 6.2 kts to the Core Creek Bridge , also a 65 ft fixed span.  Maintaining 6.2 kts you will reach the Core Creek bridge at its lowest tide time. If you miss it there is space to anchor and wait off to the starboard side of the channel.

 

The height boards at Core Creek were easier to read and showed in excess of 67 ft.  We proceeded slowly as before.  The VHF antenna barely touched.  We then continued at 6.5 knots up Core Creek/Adams River to the Pamlico Sound . 

 

One caution is the power boaters who have zero respect for a sailboat passing under a bridge.  At both bridges we had large power boats moving fast try to run under the bridge at the same time with us.  The wake from these boats can erase your one ft of clearance. Additionally, half of the boaters did not have a radio turned on.

 

Second note is the tides can be affected by wind and rain events.  Watch the height boards before passing under the bridges, don’t assume the low tide will be sufficient.  67 ft showing on the boards was good for us.

 

At the moment we are tied up at a public marina in Washington , North Carolina , at the head of the Pamlico River .  As we docked a friendly Dutchman recognized the finest cruising boat ever made and came over to introduce himself.  He noted that Annie was the first Amel he has ever seen this far inland in America .   

 

Washington , NC , seems (after one night) like a very nice quiet town with a brand new waterfront municipal marina.  They have 50amp/240v service at the dock along with usual amenities. There is a place to anchor out, and a public dinghy dock. I have been told that the depth of the anchorage is 14 ft.  So far there have been no bugs to speak of.  There are restaurants along the waterfront and a West Marine store three blocks away.   Washington appears to be one of those small American towns that time forgot.  It is presently in a revitalization phase becoming a vacation spot for the Raleigh/Rocky Mount crowd.  While in the Pamlico we plan to check out Oriental, the “sailing capital” of North Carolina and also New Bern, supposedly a trendy an up and coming city both located on the Pamlico Sound. 

 

 

Summary:

 

SM #37, with original B&G instrument package at mast head and a 6 inch tall tricolor LED mounted on top of mast head.  VHF antenna also mounted on top of mast head.  Water tank at 800L and fuel tank full.  Emek solar arch mounted at stern.  Vessel was not carrying a dinghy or outboard for this passage.

 

Morehead City Bridge :  Predicted tide 0.01 ft, 67 ft barely showing on height board.

 

Core Creek Bridge : predicted tide 0.01 ft, in excess of 67 ft showing on the height board.

 

Pamlico River Channel:  followed the markers and we had 2-3 meters below keel  most of the way with a short stretch of 1 meter.

 

Depth under keel was sufficient at dead low tide.  Depth indicator read <1 meter for a few short stretches after the Morehead City bridge, but was 1 meter or greater through rest of  canal passage.  We never touched bottom.  Note the bottom here is mud/sand and fairly soft, so if one did touch it is not likely to damage a Super Maramu.



Regards,  John 


John Clark

SV Annie, SM 37

cruising Pamlico Sound USA


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

John Clark
 

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@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

 

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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@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: [Amel Yacht Owners] Martinique

eric freedman
 

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