Early SM: Linear Autopilot Drive


Michael Fuchs
 

Hello,

My SM#75 from 1992 has a rotary autopilot drive. At some point I want a redundant system and therefore I want to add a linear drive.

However, there's not much space in the early SMs below the aft cabin bed. Can some share some pictures of how they archived this?

Thank you!
Michael


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SM#75 Eden (soon "Sulair II")


amelforme
 

Hello Michael and congratulations on your recent Super Maramu acquisition. I have been fortunate to own two of them and I always smile when memories of time aboard come to mind.

 

The area under the aft cabin berth was substantially re-engineered to accommodate the linear drive that was optional on Super Maramu from about 1996 on.  Not exactly sure when the  precise date was but the linear drive was not listed as an option on the information sheets for Amel sales people in 1995 but was on the 1996 options sheet.

 

I have seen and sold several brokerage SM 53 where the linear drive was added to a boat like yours but have no pictures I can put my hands on. Most of these linear drives were oriented fore and aft and seemed to perform well during the sea trial testing. Pretty sure an owner who has such a linear drive will post some photos for you here.

 

Good luck with your Super Maramu!

 

All the best,

Joel

 

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Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Early SM: Linear Autopilot Drive

 

Hello,

 

My SM#75 from 1992 has a rotary autopilot drive. At some point I want a redundant system and therefore I want to add a linear drive.

 

However, there's not much space in the early SMs below the aft cabin bed. Can some share some pictures of how they archived this?

 

Thank you!

Michael


 

--

SM#75 Eden (soon "Sulair II")


Germain Jean-Pierre
 

Hello Michael,

I was the previous owner of SM007 named Eleuthera.  Now sold to an Aussie…

I had the same battery compartment you pictured.  I started by modifying the storage space under the passage berth to accommodate 8 house batteries.  Then I wired from aft of the bulkhead “stairs” to the engine bay,  restoring the “water tight” feature after the wires were lead into the under berth area.  Built a cover to hide the wires and changed the carpet to fit.  Looks original.

I kept the engine start battery in the engine bay but  changed it for a 1100 CCA rating.  Worked well for my 8 year ownership.

FOR THE SECOND AUTOPILOT: I installed a Raymarine ACP 400 with Lacombe & Schmitt hydraulic ram onto the bell crank of the rudder.  An EXCELLENT upgrade; the result is much smoother, uses about the same power level and is almost quiet in operation.  Additionally, if ever you have a steering problem, you just disconnect the lines from the helm and drive the boat through the autopilot.  The original AP is there as a backup.

Good luck with your new (to you) vessel.  I loved mine!!


Jean-Pierre Germain, EX Eleuthera SM007



On 13 Aug 2022, at 16:27, Michael Fuchs <fuchsmi@...> wrote:

Hello,

My SM#75 from 1992 has a rotary autopilot drive. At some point I want a redundant system and therefore I want to add a linear drive.

However, there's not much space in the early SMs below the aft cabin bed. Can some share some pictures of how they archived this?

Thank you!
Michael


--
SM#75 Eden (soon "Sulair II")
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This Amel Book Supplement will give you some ideas based on what other people have done:




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On Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 4:11 PM Germain Jean-Pierre <jp.germain45@...> wrote:
Hello Michael,

I was the previous owner of SM007 named Eleuthera.  Now sold to an Aussie…

I had the same battery compartment you pictured.  I started by modifying the storage space under the passage berth to accommodate 8 house batteries.  Then I wired from aft of the bulkhead “stairs” to the engine bay,  restoring the “water tight” feature after the wires were lead into the under berth area.  Built a cover to hide the wires and changed the carpet to fit.  Looks original.

I kept the engine start battery in the engine bay but  changed it for a 1100 CCA rating.  Worked well for my 8 year ownership.

FOR THE SECOND AUTOPILOT: I installed a Raymarine ACP 400 with Lacombe & Schmitt hydraulic ram onto the bell crank of the rudder.  An EXCELLENT upgrade; the result is much smoother, uses about the same power level and is almost quiet in operation.  Additionally, if ever you have a steering problem, you just disconnect the lines from the helm and drive the boat through the autopilot.  The original AP is there as a backup.

Good luck with your new (to you) vessel.  I loved mine!!


Jean-Pierre Germain, EX Eleuthera SM007



On 13 Aug 2022, at 16:27, Michael Fuchs <fuchsmi@...> wrote:

Hello,

My SM#75 from 1992 has a rotary autopilot drive. At some point I want a redundant system and therefore I want to add a linear drive.

However, there's not much space in the early SMs below the aft cabin bed. Can some share some pictures of how they archived this?

Thank you!
Michael


--
SM#75 Eden (soon "Sulair II")
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Juan de Zulueta
 

Hello Michael,

I own a SM of 1990 Ophelie X (number 32).
In 2020 Amel Martinique modified the starboard part in order to accommodate a linear drive almost in a similar way it was installed on SM2000.
It works perfectly, we have just cross the Pacific Ocean this year.


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Let me know if you need more informations.


Juan de Zulueta
+33680895892
sent from my Ipad.
Ophelie X SM32
French Polynesia

Le 13 août 2022 à 22:28, Michael Fuchs <fuchsmi@...> a écrit :


Hello,

My SM#75 from 1992 has a rotary autopilot drive. At some point I want a redundant system and therefore I want to add a linear drive.

However, there's not much space in the early SMs below the aft cabin bed. Can some share some pictures of how they archived this?

Thank you!
Michael


--
SM#75 Eden (soon "Sulair II")
20220630_180106.jpg

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Juan de Zulueta
OPHELIE X
Super Maramu #32