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post #5 of Old 01-10-2006
kimberlite
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Amel vs others

the Amel is built with industrial Grade components , and marine grade if they can''t find industrial components.
the furling system on the amel uses a industrial gearbox and a large bosch motor.
there is no maintenance required except changing the brushes in the motor. Mine, after 19,000 miles) is like new. My friend who has crossed the atlantic circumnavigated most of south america and cape horn(in a factory stock amel) took apart his motors and found about 1/8 of the brushes were worn. no other work done on his boat.
the amel furling system is bulletproof but not idiotproof.
fair winds,
eric
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