Continued thanks for all the input!
I met with the local used Amel broker yesterday and finally got the chance to go on board an Amel and poke around. It was a 1995 Super Maramu. She was in beautiful shape inside and I was as happy as I thought I would be with the layout and construction. From what I could see everything was well laid out, solid and it all looked very good!
This one was definitely a bit more than we want to spend, and the broker knew that before I came, but wanted to get me on a boat in person so I could get a better idea of them.
He was a good resource for some of the detailed questions about the Amel boats as he's been selling them exclusively for 25 years.
Sounds like the differences between the Mango and Super Maramu are pretty minor. Hull
Shape has changed slightly, galley
fridge is larger in mango but I don't think they have the separate freezer
under the settee, mangos do not normally come with dish washer and washing
machine, Mango runs 12vdc systems while SM uses 24vdc... I hadn't heard about the cd voltage before, so that was interesting. He said as a result the SM bow thruster is much stronger. I would think that would make a difference in battery
life as well...
We also talked about the Maramu. I wasn't sure the story with them before, if they were just a smaller Mango or if there were a lot of serious differences. He said they are really just a short Mango. I know from photos that most of the length is lost in the galley
and the salon
. He said the cabins are the same size. Engine room is also slightly smaller, but in width, not length, and they have an extra storage
locker instead. He said they are also great boats to go to sea in. My problem with the. Is they do not have a generator
or water maker, but apparently it is not too difficult to eliminate the extra storage locker and make the engine room full width to accommodate a gen and water maker. These boats are priced well enough we could purchase
and modify one for less than the cost of a Mango or SM...
Problem is I've already seen the other two boats and love the galley and space they offer! Not sure I'd be happy with the smaller boat now! Lol.
One thing he did say, is to look for boats '86 or newer. In '85 they added the in mast furling
to the mangos and had a lot of problems with it. If it hasn't already been modified, he said we would probably want to do it ourselves. In '86 they modified it and it works much better. I think there is also that mental thing of the boat being 30 years old vs 28 or 29...
I also got to see a SM tied up alongside an Amel 54 this weekend. It was pretty amazing to see the difference in the hull shape. And while they are way out of my price range, (accepting all applications for sugar Mommas to remedy that problem!), I did peek at the photos of a 54 and they are beautiful inside! It really is amazing to see the evolution of this series of boats.
So know I have a much better idea of what we want, and what price we should be expecting to pay for these boats. Hopefully soon I'll get to go on some that are more realistic options for us. I will definitely post photos as I check them out.
Does someone have the link to the Amel owners forum? Is that on here or somewhere else? I'd love to check it out.
Thanks again everyone. I love the response and info from everyone on here! Really a great community!
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