[Amel Yacht Owners re excitation and halyard broken and jammed

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS

You should have 12bolt in the excitation circuit. Sorry can't help with the halyard issue but I'm sure someone will have been there before

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On 16 Aug 2017 18:21, "rettirc@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Thanks Danny,

When I checked the excitation to the 12v alternator I only had 7volts, perhaps not enough to start the alternator?  I need to reconnect the cable back to the alternator and test it again.  Must be a bad contact somewhere. 

I am totally stumped about what to do with the rope in the mast, only about 5 metres came out of the mast at the bottom after it broke, the rest of the rope is jammed inside the mast, thoughts?  What can I do?  I am trying to resist the urge to winch it out, I know it shall damage something.   Are the electrical wires in this section too?



some clues (thanks to servicing masts on Maramu 1982) concerning halyard stuck inside the mast
  • halyards are running Inside mast independently from cables (electric, signal);
  • cables are run through pvc pipes (2 x dia 32 mm) held by rivets or guided on rail;
  • one place where halyards can get stuck is at top where cables are coming out of pvc tube;
  • other place is on rivet heads (or bolts if modified ?) holding mast fittings in place;
  • other place is rope jumped out of pulley block groove at top of mast;

one trip up the mast with Tools to remove screws holding mast fitting in place & a good look Inside mast seems to be the way before pulling rope with winch.
Wish you luck & a good trip to the top.

cheistian alby - Desirade VIII Maramu 116 now in Canet