Swivel head

John Broersen

Good evening Amel owners,

I own a Amel Mango and the swivel head on the genoa furler is almost seized up. I have not taken it apart yet, I am wondering what kind of parts if any I need to repair the swivel head?
Thanks for any help, Amel Mango C'est si Bon

Ian Park

Mine failed. It got very stiff. When I dropped it to deck level the two halves of the unit wobbled and bits of delrin bearings fell out. So do try washing first - with hot water only and see if it frees up. But try the wiggle test. Don't know if the Mango top swivel is the same/similar to the Santorin. I had to detach the bottom of the forestry to slide mine off. Inside are two plastic plugs which you remove and pour out the delrin bearings. Mine were 10mm (actually 9.5) and I bought 2 packs of Harken 10 mm bearings. You feed them in through the plug holes and they keep the two halves securely together- provided you replace the two plugs. It is a simple and robust system that Henri may have carried over from the Mango.

Good luck

Ocean Hobo SN 96 on the hard Grenada


I recently rebuilt the swivel on Mango #62.  The bearings are steel, not the modern Delrin type.  Good news is that I was able to purchase the bearings and seals at a local bearing shop.  I had to take the unit to a machine shop to press it apart.  It is really not a great design, buy mine lasted more than 25 years before it was a problem.
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