The Story of AMEL SUPER MARAMU MILLENNIUM # 418
I sold this boat to the original owner. I watched it while it was built and marshalled the process. I worked closely with this man to make sure he made the most worthy option choices. He sailed it across the Atlantic, up and down the eastern seaboard and just about all of the Caribbean. He took it to Texas where it was sold to the second and current owners in August of 2016.
These second owners are experienced boat owners and quite proficient with many marine trade skill sets. They embarked on a thoughtful refit and upgrade program that took the better part of nearly three years. A list of these efforts is available for the asking
SOME WORDS ABOUT THE BUILDER AMEL
You are probably aware of how well respected the AMEL SUPER MARAMU is amongst knowledge-able, experienced ocean voyagers. With four watertight bulkheads describing the five genuinely watertight compartments. It is chalenging to think of another fiberglass sailing yacht that offers the same security as the SUPER MARAMU. With the AMEL designed and constructed all furling rig and powerful bow thruster and powered Lewmar winches, the SUPER MARAMU can be managed by one competent sailor offshore and is truly child's play for a cruising couple to manage in any circumstance.
Perhaps the main reason AMEL has been able to consistently build such a top quality product is because every member of the AMEL team, from the floor sweeper to the chairman, are all shareholder-owners of the AMEL shipyard. Since they all know their share of the profit at the end of each fiscal year is predicated mainly on how well they do their jobs, they are highly motivated to get it done right the first time they do it. Few things eat profit as fast as do-overs and warranty work.
Why did AMEL go to the time, trouble and expense of manufacturing their own internal furling spars, furling headstay and potent bow thruster? None of the commercially available options met AMELS standards for fool proof and reliable operation. The only way AMEL could build such a high quality serious cruising yacht for such a reasonable price is because all 479 SUPER MARAMUS built have virtually the same configuration. Ask anyone who has ever been involved in boat building and they will tell you that relocating bulkheads and offering “owner customized” interiors is the best way to become a non-profit organization in a hurry.
With this standardization comes familiarity. The workers repeat virtually the same processes, refining and perfecting the processes each time they are performed. I have had the opportunity to be in the company of as many as 20 SUPER MARAMUS at the same time and it is truly something to appreciate how they all are virtually identical and the perceived quality is absolutely uniform from boat to boat.
How do I know so much about AMEL stuff? I was AMEL’S exclusive representative for North America for over three decades and have sold more than 100 new AMEL boats and hundreds of brokerage examples, some of them four and five times. I remain enthusiastic and knowledgeable regarding all things AMEL. I like this boat a lot and I’ll be pleased to show her to you.
U.S. CUSTOMS DUTY PAID
For more information please contact Joel F. Potter (954) 462-5869
Please reference the layout diagram in the photo gallery.
In the forward stateroom, the two single berths can quickly be reconfigured into a port side double and a starboard side single with the provided filler panel and cushion. The bulkhead in the extreme forward area of the forward stateroom is a watertight collision bulkhead with a water tight door access into the chain locker.
Just aft to port is the forward head with Jabsco Silent Flush electric marine toilet and black water holding tank, vanity and wash basin, and a shower with clever curtain arrangement that keeps everything in the head dry when using the shower.
Opposite to starboard is a very large hanging locker.
The saloon is aft and separated from the forward area by a fully watertight door on a watertight bulkhead. The saloon has a U-shaped dinette area. Opposite to starboard is a sofa. There is an extension for the dining table that allows the sofa to be used while dining.
The U-shaped galley is aft to port and includes the following:
Four Burner propane stove with oven
Galley extraction cowl with 24-volt motor
Automatic lid opening trash can
Front opening fridge/freezer totally rebuilt including compressor, controller and
evaporator in 2019
Two top loading deep freezers that can also be operated as refrigerators located
beneath the U-shaped settee in the saloon
Legal propane storage for a 20 lbs. and 10 lbs. propane bottle
Clothes washing machine
The navigation station is opposite to port with an outboard facing navigation desk with seat and storage for charts and navigational equipment. There is an open hanging locker adjacent to the navigation station.
The sea berth is in the passageway to the owner's cabin aft. This berth is located quite low and is positioned close to the vessels pitch axis. It is very secure even in the most trying conditions. This berth, like all the berths on the boat, has a sturdy lee board.
The owner's cabin aft has an ensuite head with Jabsco Silent Flush electric marine toilet with blackwater holding tank, vanity with wash basin, and the same clever shower curtain configuration as in the forward head that keeps things in this area dry. The double berth is offset to the port side and is nearly 6'6" long. Opposite to starboard is a single berth. There is a good-sized hanging locker in this cabin. The entrance to the aft cabin has a watertight door on a watertight bulkhead. The bulkhead fully aft in this cabin is also a watertight bulkhead.
It should be noted that there is more useable storage in the SUPER MARAMU than in any other vessel of comparable interior volume. Seriously, you will be amazed the first time you go aboard any SUPER MARAMU. A good part of the reason for this is that there are five very large lockers outside on deck and two smaller ones that hold all the bulky and often potentially smelly stuff like awnings, outboard motors and maintenance chemicals outside of the interior accommodations. Seriously when you first go aboard a SUPER MARAMU you will be mightily impressed with the unsurpassed volumes of on deck storage. The interior of the boat is kept uncluttered. Nothing goes down the companionway into the interior unless you eat it, read it, or wear it.
CONFIGURATION: Probably best described as a ¾ aft cockpit, the cockpit area in the AMEL SUPER MARAMU is situated deep within the vessel for enhanced security and to minimize undesirable motion. The steering station is in the forward port side quarter of the cockpit where it can be completely protected from sun, spray, rain and other undesirable environmental conditions. The cockpit is exceptionally comfortable as the seat backs and the seats themselves are ergonomically designed to conform to the human anatomy with subtle curves in just the right places. As we tend to live in the cockpit, Amel went to great lengths to make this area the most comfortable room in the house. The hard dodger protects the cockpit from the sea and spray while the extendable/pull out Bimini keeps the sun and rain away. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing the uncommon comfort of the SUPER MARAMU cockpit, be sure to spend a few minutes investigating this for yourself when you get aboard.
Just below the cockpit is a large engine and machinery room that offers easy stand up access to all the ships machinery to include the main engine, generator, water maker the pumps and battery chargers. The engine room is accessed by lifting the cockpit sole which is hinged at its aft end and opening is assisted by hydraulic struts. All the noise, vibration, heat and smells of the machinery are isolated to the engine room and never make their way into the accommodation. This entire area is airtight and can be made water tight by operating two shut off valves. Access to all maintainable systems is easy and immediate.
The forward deckhouse is a wedge configuration. Both the forward and aft deckhouses are bordered by side decks that are unencumbered by rigging or equipment. It is quite easy and safe to make your way about the decks on board the SUPER MARAMU.
Each and every element of the deck and cockpit design was drawn, reconsidered, and then ultimately configured to provide the optimum in functionality, comfort, and security. Amel's 50 plus years of experience with offshore sailing boat design really shows everywhere aboard the SUPER MARAMU.
The hull is an evolution of Henri Amel’s cruising keel and skeg hung rudder philosophy that he helped popularize for cruising boats in the early 1950’s. The raked bow with semi-rounded forefoot provides a fast yet sea-kindly face to the waves. The wide low aspect ratio keel gives up maybe a couple of degrees in pointing ability in providing an exceptionally strong and secure mount for the external ballast. All 1000 liters/264 gallons of fresh water are carried in the stub keel, not only providing a double bottom but keeping the weight of the water quite low in the boat (and not in tanks under settees where they would rob storage). The keel has long wings, which not only aid stiffness and weatherlyness, but also act as pitch stabilizers when going 5 knots or better. The keel has a flat bottom and is wide enough to allow the boat to stand, unsupported, on the keel. However, we strongly urge you to use support stands when on the hard.
The propeller is mounted on the trailing edge of the keel where it is well immersed and very well protected from sea junk. It is also not under the bed in the owner’s cabin, as in most center cockpit designs, allowing you to sleep when powering. Propeller noise is effectively marginalized.
The rudder is hung from a massive full-length skeg assembly that can support the entire laden weight of the vessel in case of a grounding.
The hull's run aft is wide enough to support powerful reaching performance yet shaped with a gradual buoyancy increase so when immersed in waves to impart a steady ride in a sea way. In conjunction with the same gradual buoyancy increase in the bow, there is a very predictable and linier motion at sea.
As in all elements of the entire vessel’s design, the hull and deck were conceived to do their job properly and efficiently, not to have a certain look or to make a fashion statement. In cruising yacht design, as in nature, the most satisfactory results are achieved when form follows function.
CONSTRUCTION: The AMEL SUPER MARAMU has a construction technique that is absolutely unique in the industry. The yield is an extremely strong and solid one piece hull and deck assembly; a true monocoque.
All AMELS, since 1967, have been built with AMEL designed biaxial fiberglass cloth. This is a flat woven fiberglass cloth that is much stronger in sheer and tension than conventional mat and woven roving laminates. It is lighter, stronger, and better. The hull is molded in one piece incorporating one piece/non-spliced lengths of biaxial cloth running from bulwark, down through the keel/centerline, and up to the opposite bulwark. In the same fashion, the next series of laminates run from the bow lengthwise to the stern, again, employing one piece/non spliced lengths of biaxial cloth. The deck assembly is built in a similar fashion. While the hull is a solid fiberglass laminate with no core, the deck assembly employs a core of Baltek vertical end grain balsa in strategic horizontal areas to enhance stiffness and in insulation from heat and noise. There are also substrates of “Iron Wood” in the deck assembly where cleats and the windlass are installed to easily accommodate the increased compression and shearing loads in the foredeck.
While the completed one-piece hull is still in the mold, ALL the furniture and structural bulkheads, less non-structural drawers and cabinet faces, are installed. After all these structural assemblies are completely installed, the separately completed deck assembly is joined to the hull (again, while the hull is still in the mold) with six layers of the same biaxial cloth used in the primary laminations, around the inside of the entire hull to deck interface. What this accomplishes, effectively, is the elimination of a conventional hull to deck joint. The hull and deck are married with a homogeneous fiberglass matrix, which insures a strong and leak free hull and deck join for the entire life of the vessel.
Ketch rigged with AMEL painted aluminum alloy spars and booms with AMEL designed and manufactured in the mast furling. Furling is by 24-volt motors with manual back up on the main and manual furling on the mizzen. The headstay is equipped with an AMEL designed and manufactured roller furling system with 24-volt electric furling with manual backup.
All standing and running rigging was replaced with entirely new components in 2018.
The AMEL down-wind ballooner system is present that allows one person to reef and unreef the 1400 square feet double headsail system from the cockpit unassisted.
There are ten self-tailing Lewmar winches, three of which are 24-volt powered including the main sheet and both primary winches.
Main sail, Quantum Tri-radial – 2017
Mizzen sail, Original
Genoa jib, Original. Sun cover replaced. Serviceable.
Ballooner sail, Deme, France – 2003, Serviceable
Mizzen staysail by Deme, France – 2003, Serviceable
MAIN MAST CLEARANCE HEIGHTS:
At Masthead - 63' 4'
At Tricolor light 64' 1"
At Wind instruments 64' 3"
At the VHF antenna top 66' 6"
12-volt DC ships engine and generator start system
24-volt DC ships house supply system
660 watt Solar Array on arch-at stern
220-volt AC ships generator system
220-volt AC shore power system
The 12-volt DC ships engine and generator start system draws from one group 31 maintenance free lead acid battery with 1000 cold cranking amps capacity. This battery is charged by 18 amp 12-volt alternator on the generator or by a 50- amp 12-volt alternator on the Yanmar engine. This battery is isolated from the 24-volt house service bank. It can be jumped from the house service bank easily if ever required.
The 24-volt DC ships service system draws on twelve group 31 110-amp hour DEKA DC31DT deep cycle batteries that were replaced in 2020. This bank of twelve batteries are wired in series by pairs to provide 660-amps of reserve capacity at 24-volts and are charged by the following means. At the stern is an Atlantic Tower Solar Cell Arch on which there are 2 Panasonic 330-watt solar panels with a combined output of 660-watts that were installed in 2018. They are controlled by two Victron 100/30 Solar Controllers. This redundancy provides more efficient charging as if one panel is shaded the other can still provide output. Additionally, there is a Victron Venus GX programable solar computer controller that can automatically start the generator/battery charger if voltage falls below a preset level.
There is a Newmar 24-volt to 12-volt step down transformer for powering the 12-volt electronics from the ships 24-volt supply bank of batteries.
The 24-volt alternator on the Yanmar has a maximum output of 140-amp continuous and has a Balmar MC624 external regulation device. The primary battery charger is a Victron 70-amp automatic charger with a 3000-watt 24 to 200-volt inverter. The optional battery charger is a Xantrex automatic 60-amp 24-volt charger with a 2400-watt 24 to 220 volt inverter. The reserve battery charger is a Samplex automatic 40-amp 24-volt charger.
The 24-volt system is fully monitored by a Victron 712 unit that is blue tooth compatible.
The ships 220-volt AC diesel generator is a Northern Lights 7kw unit. with 90 hours that was installed in 2019. It is mounted in the engine room on vibration isolating mounts and is nearly silent in operation. It is not mounted in an enclosure. The generator has a Northern Lights TSC digital programable converter at the 220-volt main panel with a remote start in the engine room.
The ships 220-volt AC generator and shore power system are controlled by an all circuit breaker control panel. There is a ground fault interrupter that protects the entire 220-volt AC system and all of the outlets. There is a manual selection switch for the shore power or generator.
Some words of advice is required here. People who are only familiar with 110-volt shore and generator power systems are often concerned about 220-volt systems. This is a very common occurrence that I have been able to explain away and make even skeptical folks 100% comfortable using 220-volt power which is available even at the very few docks with only 110-volt power by using a $400 Y-cord shore power cord. Please let me explain if you have any doubts or concerns.
All air conditioners replaced in 2019 with Dometic reverse cycle raw water cooled units. Forward stateroom - 8,000 BTU, saloon - 12,000 BTU, aft cabin -10,000 BTU. All three units have more BTU's than the original equipment they replaced. The saloon unit added another air delivery vent as on the AMEL 54. The raw water cooling pump was upgraded to a March TE-5C-MD AC unit providing 1500 gallons per hour, also in 2019,
There is the optional AMEL installed fresh air ventilation system which employs a powerful 24-volt blower motor that draws in fresh dry outside air from a plenum in the cockpit and distributes it into the interior. There is a fresh air outlet in the forward stateroom, the saloon , and the aft cabin. Although there is a good volume of air supplied, the system is very quiet in use.
There are ten inobtrusive cabin fan mounts with integrated 24-volt supply for mounting electric fans located intelligently throughout the interior. There are four fans proided.
There are three large overhead hatches plus one on the incline of the aft cabin's after end that provides exceptional ventilation when facing the wind on anchor as well as the four opening portlights, one each in the galley and aft head, as well as one in the aft cabin and in the passageway to the aft cabin. There are Ocean Air sun screens/insect screens, for the hatches in the forward stateroom, the saloon, and in the aft cabin.
Garmin Reactor Autopilot - at the helm, 2019
Linear Autopilot Servo Drive - to the rudder quadrant
Chain drive autopilot Servo Drive - to the steering rack
Garmin 7612 XSV GPS plotter/radar display M.F.D. - at the helm, 2019
Garmin wireless hand held remote for the plotter, 2019
Garmin GMR Fantom Doppler Radar - on the mizzen mast, 2018
Garmin Panoptix Forward Looking Sonar, 2018
Two Garmin GNX20 MFD's, wind, depth, speed - at the helm
Garmin GMI 20 Color MFD, wind, depth, speed at the navigation station
Garmin Sail Pack 52 masthead sending unit, all wind function, 2018
Garmin 19X NMEA 2000 GPS, 2018
Garmin GND 10 Black Box Bridge, 2018
Garmin AIS 800 Class B AIS Transponder/in-out with defeat switch to quiet "out" transmissions, 2018
Icom dedicated GPS antenna for Icom SSB radio
Icom M802 SSB Radio, rebuilt by Icom, 2018
Icom AT-140 Automatic SSB antenna tuner
GAM SSB backstay Antenna with KISS Counterpoise
Icom 506 VHF Transceiver with remote handset - at the helm, 2018
Icom Hailer/Horn programable unit, 2019
Garmin VHF Transceiver with plotter DSC call capability and a remote handset - at the helm, 2019
Standard Horizon H870 GPS enabled handheld VHF transceiver, 2018, programmed to MMSI number
Two Stainless-steel VHF antennas - at the masthead, with new coax cables, 2019
Metz DSC Antenna, 2018, dedicated to SSB radio
Iridium GO with eternal antenna, 2018
Island Time Bullet rail mounted, weatherproof Eternal WiFi Antenna with Cisco Router - at the helm
Fusion RA-70 NMEA 2000 Compatible and Blue Tooth compatible music system
Two interior stereo speakers
Two cockpit stereo speakers
Garmin Sirius XM GXM 53 weather and music satellite receiver integrated to Garmin Plotter
100 HP YANMAR 4JH3-HTE Marine Diesel, 4 cylinder, 4 cycle. Turbocharged (turbo comes into play on the last 15% of the power curve). Water to air intercooler. Fresh water-cooled. Z-F 2.8:1 hydraulic reduction drive with automatic disc-type propeller brake. Oil/water transmission cooler and hoses replaced in 2019. 1:1 AMEL designed and contructed U-DRIVE system. Three bladed 22" AUTOPROP-automatic feathering propeller. Dual Racor 500 fuel filters on easy-switch manifold with vacuum gauge. Engine mounted fuel filter. Engine hours are less than 4300.
The engine, and most all of the vessel's machinery, is mounted in a very spacious engine room that allows easy and unencumbered access to all the machinery for inspection, service and repair. This is a true step in/stand up engine room that contains all the noise, heat and mess of the machinery thereby keeping it all out of the accommodations. Please note there is a 24-volt powered 60 G.P.H. Racor fuel polisher in the engine room. Engine instrument displays include a tachometer, hour meter, temperature gauge, voltage gauge, and warning lights/aural alarms for high water temperature low oil pressure and low wattage. There are two automatic blower/extractors that remove the heat from the engine room.
Pull-Pull rack and pinion system employing sheathed stainless steel cables/rods. The rods run in greased tubes and have no wear points as in systems that use wire and pulleys. There is a finely engineered and fitted emergency tiller system provided that would allow one to steer from atop the aft trunk cabin and not from the inside of the aft cabin as with most other center cockpit sailboats.
There is one seachest with a ballcock type valved through-hull below the waterline for all incoming raw water and three ballcock type discharge through-hulls above the waterline, and a removable transducer for the fathometer. The rudder shaft has a conventional stuffing box.
As with all true world cruising capable boats, the ground tackle aboard the Super Maramu is exceptionally sturdy and well engineered. It is quite easy to deploy and retrieve the anchors. The primary anchor can be set and retrieved from the cockpit control station.
Specific Anchoring Equipment Includes:
Lofrans Tigress horizontal capstan 1500-watt 24-volt anchor windless
Double bow rollers in the stemhead
Controller for the windless - at the helm
Pressurized salt water chain washdown
Fortress 55 anchor
66 Lbs. Bugle/Wasi stainless-steel anchor
Wasi anchor chain swivel - 2019
240' 10mm anchor chain - 2019
With four watertight bulkheads describing five watertight compartments as well as true monocoque construction with no hull to deck joint, you won't find a stronger or safer fiberglass cruising sailing yacht. Your safety is the paramount consideration at AMEL when designing and building their highly touted cruising yachts. This will be easily apparent when you inspect any AMEL boat ever built.
Lee boards for every berth.
Well engineered and fitted emergency steering tiller that allows one to steer from the vessels exterior and not from inside the aft cabin like most other center cockpit sailboats.
SPECIFIC SAFETY EQUIPMENT INCLUDES;
Double bottom in keel area and garboards
Engine room easily made airtight and watertight from rest of the boat by operating two valves
Saloon floorboards lock-downs
Stainless steel tube life lines around vessels perimeter.
Two stern mounted stainless steel handrails
Lee boards for every berth
Well engineered and fitted emergency steering tiller that allows one to steer from the vessels exterior and not from inside the aft cabin like most other center cockpit sailboats.
Automatic 24-volt diaphragm type bilge pump
Secondary electric bilge pump
Stainless steel safety bar at stove
Masthead anchor lamp with LED bulb
Masthead tri-color lamp with LED bulb
Deck level LED running LIGHTS
LED stern light
LED foredeck flood lamp
LED cockpit flood lamp
Red and white selectable LED lamp beneath the solar arch illuminating aft deck and aft deck locker area.
ACR GPS EPRIB
Datrex 6-person offshore life raft in valise, 2018
Lifesling M.O.B. retrieval system
MOB function on plotter
Large CO2 engine room fire extinguisher engaged from outside of the engine room
7 red LED sole level interior lights
Stove propane solenoid with red light
Five 5 Lbs. Dry Chem fire extinguishers
Atlantic solar arch with dingy davits and optional cross brace, 2017
Achilles 10' 4" 315 LX Hypalon inflatable dinghy, 2017
Honda 9.9 HP four stroke outboard, 2015
New improved keel grounding strap, 2017
All LED interior lighting with selectable red and white fixtures in appropriate locations
Whirlpool TDLR 70210 clothes washing machine, 2019
Complete Dessalator D160 Watermaker replaced in 2019, 42 GPH, 220-volt powered - custom built at AMEL to original specification
Cockpit soft dodger/Bimini top
Fixed hard dodger in front of the cockpit
Self-stowing bifold cockpit table
The second and current owners of #418 bought the boat after a thorough marine survey that indicated that while sound and not abused, several components were reaching the end of their service lives. They took time to plan out a thoughtful process to properly and carefully upgrade and improve this AMEL into the very capable cruiser that she is today.
When some unanticipated challenges made them aware that their long held cruising plans were not going to be realized. The last things they were going to address were the saloon upholstery, the fabric components of the cockpit weather protection, and some of the sails. Rather than attend to these personal preference items, they correctly surmised that the next owners might like to make these decisions so they priced the boat accordingly. When reading this listing, please take note of all the dates behind expensive equipment such as the generator, water maker, and almost all of the electronics. In just about every category it is easy to see that this boat was refitted with top quality components that are in the very beginning of their life cycle.
Very well preserved both inside and out. I believe that #418 represents exceptional value on today's market. Request the comprehensive log of all the improvements and then let's talk.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Joel F. Potter
401 East Las Olas Blvd., #130-126
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301