Water coming through below rudder quadrant


svperegrinus@yahoo.com
 

We also had a bit of water come in during our first sailing season, up in Canada.  We hoped to get back to Fort Lauderdale in December and have our regular Amel specialist have a look at it.  But the problem worsened on our way S and finally in Georgetown, SC, we felt compelled to let a non-Amel party have a look at it.

The guys a Hazzard Marine were surprised to find a boat with packing on the steering system, but quickly got to work.  It took two very big strong guys, several tools, and a lot of effort over several hours to pull out the old packing, but they put new one (BROWN in color, made of a natural fiber), tightened the nut, and we carried on.  For the first few days, not a drop leaked, but by the time we got home, the leak  was again excessive.

On Eric's (Kimberlite) advice, we ordered new packing from La Rochelle, plus spares, and an extra nut, just in case we ever crack the old one.  Like Eric says, tape it near the quadrant.  Two things: first, the French packing is WHITE, and made out of a synthetic material.  Second, the Amel original is ***metric***, whereas the South Carolina guys put in an Imperial-size equivalent, or whatever it is called... this is why their efforts were good for only a few weeks.

As for the tool, the ideal is to have one custom-made as per Eric's recommendation, but not having access to that, we took the new plastic nut to a tool specialist in Ft. L who sold us a sufficiently flat, adjustable, $75 Ridgid wrench which one is able to rotate under the quadrant to tighten the nut.

Cheers,

Peregrinus
SM2K #350 (2002)
At anchor, La Maddalena, Sardinia


greatketch@...
 

Surprised by packing on a rudder shaft???? That's... surprising!  It's certainly not an unusual situation, LOTS of boats have it.  Mixing up imperial and metric sizes are good for lots, and lots of problems.

Guess those guys didn't see too many sailboats... makes me wonder if they actually knew how to cut and fit the packing into the gland... there are an awful lot more wrong ways to do it than right ones.

Pretty much any decent chandlery will have the adjustable packing nut wrench.  A good hardware store will have it in the plumbing section for nuts on sink and toilet drains.  Plumbers call them "slip wrenches."  It is thin enough and short handled enough it does fit on our rudder gland.  I am not usually a fan of adjustable wrenches, but if you have to tighten this nut so tight that becomes an issue, the gland needs repacking.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas


Rick Swinemar Jazz II Maramu #144
 

Hi Bill
I frequently see in your posts that you contact Amel for parts
I don’t seem to have much luck contacting them from Nova Scotia
Any advice?
We have a Maramu and experienced the same rudder post leaking.
I’d like to order spares from them.
BTW this is an awesome forum.
Always helpful
Cheers
Rick


greatketch@...
 

Rick,

I can't say I have any magic tricks for Amel communications.  We write to Maude Touillet at sav@...  We try to be polite, and patient, understanding that parts for boats produced two decades ago are not exactly a huge money maker for the yard, and just about everything they do will have a higher priority!

We have initiated contact with them probably a half dozen times, and only had two where some kind of follow up was needed, and once was just a bit of a miscommunication.  In general, Maude has been very responsive, and helpful.

I suspect that getting specialized bits and pieces for a Maramu might be getting a bit more difficult.

Our cruising plans are the head up to Nova Scotia this summer.  For all that cruising plans are worth!

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Great Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas

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

Hi Bill
I frequently see in your posts that you contact Amel for parts
I don’t seem to have much luck contacting them from Nova Scotia
Any advice?
We have a Maramu and experienced the same rudder post leaking.
I’d like to order spares from them.
BTW this is an awesome forum.
Always helpful
Cheers
Rick