Regarding your query:
From 1989 to 1998 came the Super Maramu.
From 1999 to 2005 came the SM 2000.
From 1999 to 2005 came the SM 2000 Red Line ... for the US market
1. Hulls are all the same except.
SM initially had 4 +1 batteries located in the engine
compartment. Overtime most owners brought this up to 8 +1 batteries in 2 different compartments. The last units had 10+1 batteries
From about 1992 (don't quote me), the batteries migrated to under the passage
berth on the starboard side of the boat
. This served 2 purposes: reduce the heat source the batteries were exposed to and rebalance the boats as the SM typically has a list to port... too much gear
on that side.... During the refit
of my early boat
, my batteries were moved to below the passage
2. There are NO black water tanks
on the early SM's. 2 are installed in the SM2000's. I am installing a single
one in the forward heads only.
3. Minor differences in the sea chest due changes in the engine
4. The SM head
sail foil has 2 throats for sail hoisting. If you want to fly both the genoa
and the "ballooner" during a long downwind, you have the use a single halyard
for both sails
(not good idea) or 2 halyards, one for each sail. In both cases, you cannot furl as the spinnaker halyard
used for hoisting the ballooner wraps around the furler
... You must release the ballooner/spin halyard and bring the "ballooner" to deck
then furl the remaining genoa
. That is a serious PITA if you ask me. I am reviewing my options on this one; I can get a 3 throat foil with an Amel patented "mouse" which allows furling
together on the furler
or I can go for a "top down furler" with a cruising genaker. Second solution is double the price
5. The SM has 2 zone AC. (Aft cabin
and saloon) The SM2000 has 3 zone AC (Aft cabin
and forward cabin). Mine now has 3 zone all new Webasto :-)
6. Watermakers were somewhat low output at first. Old SM' had a 25 l/hr production rate.... New 2000's have 50 or 60 l/hr. Changing mine to a Dessalator DUO AC/DC 100 l/hr dual voltage unit 24 V or 220V. Apparently delivers 160 l/hr if the membranes are in good nick.
7. Gensets were a 2 cylinder (3000 rpm) German diesel
unit but these were problematic. Then came proper Onan 6.5 kw 3 cylinder (1500 rpm) units. A major
improvement. Mine has the 1500 rpm
unit. (It is so quiet that I've left the boat with it running...) Some minor in service
problems but nothing difficult... the water
pump">raw water pump tends to leak.
8. Main engines: Initially Perkins
80 HP with TC. Morphed into Volvo
TDM 22 ... exactly the same engine, different name. Later SM 2000's received a Yanmar
100 HP unit. I buy the Perkins
rotables... 1/4 to 1/2 price
9. The earliest SM's had an alu case for the dual 90 degree engine gearbox
. This proved a disastrous choice of material and Amel retrofitted all early boats with a cast iron casing within 2 years. Although it is a practical solution for these boats, this 90 +90 gearbox
is expensive to replace (€10000 I am told) and requires shaft seal
changes every 800 hours and a possible Wear Out Bearing (WOB) change if grooves are forming on the shaft. Not difficult to do but requires a haul out
. Most Amel owners carry a 36 MM wrench and a long length of pipe to remove the retaining nut off the housing ... part of the fun. Do the service
right and you should not need a replacement.
I trolled the For Sale
websites yesterday. Some nice oldies waiting for you. Not quite on your budget
but you get what you pay for.... when you buy, do so from a broker who knows the boat. There are 2 good ones in EU and I passed their names to you earlier. But they are still brokers... so get a surveyor who knows Amels. I can recommend one in EU, he found every wrinkle on Eleuthera... :-)