Power lead for SSB

asm283 <no_reply@...>

Thank you for you advise. I will definatly use a power converter for
the SSB. I think I will buy the davits from France. I have looked for
quite a while and the system made in La Rochelle seems to be the
best, if not perfect solution. And they dont look too bad.

Vito Ciaravino

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Anne and John Hollamby
<hollamby@c...> wrote:
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Dear Vito,
The amswer is to fit an isolated 24/12 volt converter made by an
company called Alphatronix. The cost is about 150 pds stlg. It is
for usein everything from petrol tankers downwards. If you want to
money get the one made by Icom at about three or five times as
much !!! I
do not have the Email address for Alphatronix to hand as I am not
on the
boat but I am sure I gave all the details to this group six or nine
ago so look back through the archive. One must wonder about the guy
told you to run a SSB off the starter battery. Are you sure he is
to make the installation....when he has ask him to demonstrate it by
calling up a ham operator at least a thousand miles away. After I
mine I had a technician do this and he spoke with an amateur radio
in Poland with no problem 5 by 5 from my boat in a marina in Malta.
Fortunately the ground plate by Amel is excellent.
I have the davits from La Rochelle where they were fitted by the
There are a number of points. The fixing to the transom is OK on
the port
side as they fitted a S/S strut to take the load. The starboard
side should
have been reinforced with a hardwood pad resined on to the inside
of the
transom. The lifting arrangement as supplied is totally inadequate
to lift
a dinghy even though my RIB is aluminium and weighs only 37 kilos
on its
own. What is needed is a set of small triple sheave blocks to pull
davits up and a similar set to lift the dinghy to the davits. This
set will
need small plates welded on to the davits to take jam cleats for the
lifting tackle. The hinge bolts for the davits are not a close fit
in the
fittings thus allowing movement. With any davits the dinghy needs
to be
securely lashed to avoid any movement for short days sails but for
trips the dinghy will still have to be lifted on to the deck. If
you need
to lift the davits/dinghy/outboard etc overnight to avoid theft the
solution is to use the mizzen staysail halyard tied on to the
outboard end
of the davit next to the outboard end of the dinghy. Incidentally
my dinghy
is a 3.1mtr made in New Zealand where it retails for about 1100pds
stlg. It
is absolutely first class and will eventually get up on the plane
with its
15 hp motor with three heavy adults and a full fuel tank even in
choppy waters, a load of over 300 kilos. I stow it inverted fully
on the aft cabin top for short passages and in the same place
deflated for
long passages. It is not made of Hypalon but mine has spent two
years in
the Med and still looks as new. The make is Southern Pacific and
they are
,I think, Now being imported to the UK by a company in Wales
although I
suspect it would be cheaper to buy one direct from NZ and haveit
sent by
ship or air cargo. Even with those costs and import duties which
might not
be payable for a yacht in transit. Incidentally 3.1 mtrs is the
size that fits on the aft cabintop. If anyone is interested I have
all the
contact info on my boat down in the marina. I suppose that Joel
could make a nice deal if he were to take up an import agency for
them !!

Best wishes from John SM319
Bali Hai