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Old 16-04-2021, 11:17   #1
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Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

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could somebody help me find out how much husstle it is to gain access to the keelbolts at an Amel Mango? There is a hair wide cut between the keel und hull from the outside of the hull. Now I am thinking about buying that Mango, but am not sure about the amount of work it will take. Haven't found technical drawings neither I know somebody who has done the job already. Can you help me out with some information please? It didn't occure from grounding.



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Old 16-04-2021, 11:20   #2
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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

Did you try contacting Amel?
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Old 16-04-2021, 11:29   #3
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Yes, I did. No respond. Maybe because I was asking in english language not french?




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Old 16-04-2021, 15:44   #4
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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

Do not know from personal experience, but I believe the Amel factory are very good in English. Just got this email address from a website: SAV@Amel.fr
Never heard of keel bolts getting loose (on an Amel). The Mango keel bolts are in the bottom of the watertank, most of them impossible to reach unless you destroy, saloon floor and the top of tank.
You could try this question on the Amel facebook group or the Amel group https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/main. Hmmm, I thought this was an yahoo group.
Like with any boat: seeing a crack between keel and the hull means caution, in particular if the keel is encapsulated (like the Amels are). Get a qualified opinion before you buy.

Edit: Oops, when I started writing the above there was no picture, now I see i posted a picture during my writing. I think the above is still valid, assuming that the line is where the ballast is, grinding out will tell you, but ..... it is not your boat
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Old 17-04-2021, 10:33   #5
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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

Did that on our Mango few years ago. The bolts are in the bottom of the FW tank, in the bilge under the cockpit stair and in the engine bilge. Not hard to get to, but you need quite long extender rod to reach them.
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Old 17-04-2021, 13:42   #6
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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

I suggest you to contact Olivier Beaute, who in the past worked for 17 years at Amel and provides surveys:https://atlanticyachtsurvey.com
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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

Thank you for your support. Everything I was hoping for. I'll drive there again and have a closer look into engine bilge and into FW tank. Hope the bolts are not covered too much.


If problems occure, I'll shoot you a pm @BentP and contact Oliver Beaute from Atlantikyachtssurvey.



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Re: Amel Mango advice for retightening keelbolts

All comes apart quite easy. There’s two more doors. One under the galley sink and second aft. One more in the bilge compartment. Good luck.
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