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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-12-2006 02:38 AM
genesis-uno
Amel vs others

I''ll be glad.
jorge.zlatar@cepal.org
01-11-2006 05:18 PM
kimberlite
Amel vs others

Dear Genesis-uno
i am planning circumnavigating South america starting this april.
could you e-mail me.
i would love to speak to you about your experiences in South America. particularly
about the canals of Chile.
eric

kimberlite@optonline.net
01-11-2006 05:15 PM
kimberlite
Amel vs others

whoosh,
the 46 footer has to be about 17 or more years old.
the only problem that i have heard of is that the gearbox on the motor shaft gets froxen due to a lack of grease. about every 5 years the gearbox needs maintenance.
since 2002 of the 378 owners on the amel users website
i have not heard one owner complain of furling motor problems or a furling problem
.Fair winds,
eric
01-11-2006 11:39 AM
Sasha_V
Amel vs others

ummm...How did I end up in this?

Amel maybe good, amel maybe bad, don''t know, never been on one, never asked whichever question you are answering.

I do have my own share of seized electric motor stories from the workshop though!

Sasha

01-11-2006 08:06 AM
WHOOSH
Amel vs others

Sasha, Eric is very happy with his Amel and is always very positive in his comments, which are based on experience...but of course it''s only his experience. Just to offer perspective, STELLA (an Amel 46 that is immaculately kept by its Scottish owners) pulled into the factory docks in 2005 to have various projects attacked before they took off on the Blue Water Rally. One project was a frozen motor on their mainsail furling system. The mechanic''s comment was something in French to the effect ''Oh, this again...'' which the French speaking Scottish captain was a little disappointed to hear.

This does not mean the system is poorly engineered but it does illustrate - yet again - that on boats which are more complex (and that certainly includes motors), there is the potential for additional problems.

Jack
01-11-2006 07:17 AM
kimberlite
Amel vs others

Jeff,
i do not believe that the motor on my furling system is a mercedes starter motor.
this motor has external removable brush caps, and would not be suitable for a car.
if you could find the post you were referring to i would appreciate it.
i cant find it.
Fair winds,
\eric
01-11-2006 03:59 AM
genesis-uno
Amel vs others

Eric, Thanks for your info...I''m looking for an Amel 46''do you happened to know of one in the market that is worth looking at? the idea is when we finish sailing in Europe or who knows where is to finish back in Chile, were we are now.
regards
01-11-2006 03:46 AM
genesis-uno
Amel vs others

Jeff, thanks very much for your opinion. The reason that I have choose to have a boat with electric furling is only from past experience. I sail for the last 20 years in south America where weather condition changes from 5 knots winds to 55 knots, always short handed, that means my wife and I.
I had no problem with my 30 feet Plenamar reefing manually in any weather condition.
For the last 12 month I have been sailing a 47 feet Beneteau that a friend bought and being every thing by hand, there is no way that me and my wife could handle it, even in good weather conditions.
I have been on board of an Amel and seen how it handles, and it is a beauty. That is the reason of my simple question, by the way...no one have answered my question.
The idea is to sell the present one an buy the next boat in the Mediterrano ( France, Greece or Croatia), and start sailing from there, for how long…. Who knows….
Thanks every one
01-11-2006 02:26 AM
Jeff_H
Amel vs others

Hi Eric,

My reponse came from an earlier discussion of this system. In that discussion, the part number and a link to the Bosch page was provided. I figured that since you have one of these boats you should be able to pull the model number off of the boat either from Amel''s famous Owner''s Manual or else from drive motor''s I.D. plate. If you find out otherwise I would like to know because this has stuck in my mind since that original post.

Fair winds to you as well.
Jeff
01-10-2006 06:00 PM
kimberlite
Amel vs others

jeff,
what is the part number?
fair winds,
eric
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