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“Sabbatical III” Amel Super Maramu Millenium, Hull #419

Built by Chantiers Amel, La Rochelle, France

Launched October 2003 and owned by us since launch
US flagged and Coast Guard documented
MMSI:  366907550    Call sign: WDB5248



Basic specifications:



Length Overall

52 feet 6 inches

(16 meters)

Length at Water Line

41 feet 4 inches

(12.6 meters)


15 feet 1 inch

(4.6 meters)


6 feet 7 inches

(2.05 meters)

Air Draft

65 feet 2 inches

(20.0 meters)


12,320 pounds

(5,500 Kgs)

Displacement (loaded)

35,840 pounds

(16,250 Kgs)


100 hp Yanmar diesel



7 Kw Onan MDKAV diesel

Kubota D114 block


158 gallons

(600 liters)


264 gallons

(1000 liters)

Sail Area – Main

378 sq. ft.

(35 sq. m.)

Sail Area - Genoa

(155%) 764 sq. ft.

(71 sq. m)

Sail Area – Mizzen

204 sq. ft.

(19 sq. m)


Sails and rigging:
Main, genoa, and mizzen built by QSails (Izmir, Turkey) in 2016.  Tri-radial construction, laser cut by Dimension Polyant in Germany using their HydraNet Radial (HNR) sailcloth.
    Sail details: Foam luff pad for genoa, Spectra webbing reinforcement at clews, soft Spectra genoa clew, stainless steel rings for main and mizzen clews, Dyneema leach lines,
        Heminway Bartlett UV resistant thread, foot line for genoa, leather reinforcement used at clews, aluminum clamcleats for leech lines and foot line.
   Sail cloth and weights: HNR 393/343 for main sail, HNR 303/343 for mizzen, HNR 393/HNR 343 combination for genoa.

Standing rigging new 2016 using ACMO (France) parts. Swaging by ACMO at French factory.  Installed by Ogemar Spars and Rigging (Izmir, Turkey).
All halyards replaced in 2017 with Gleistein Mega-Twin Dyneema line.


Other sails:
Cruising spinnaker (1213 sq. ft.) built by Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.) out of 1.5 ounce nylon, on Selden GX 25 top down furler

Nylon ballooner (750 sq. ft.) set on pole (built by Deme Voiles,  Le Pouliguen, France)

Mizzen ballooner (nylon) (built by Deme Voiles, Le Pouliguen, France)

Blade jib (110 %, 475 sq. ft.) built by Quantum (Thurston), Bristol, Rhode Island

Storm jib built by ATN (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) (never used!)
Backup mainsail built by Calibre Sails (Whangarei, New Zealand) in 2008 using Challenge Marblehead sailcloth



220V/50 cycle AC power.  24V DC power for house uses (lights, refrigeration, bowthruster, windlass, autopilot, etc.) and 12 volt DC power for instruments and engine start.

175 amp alernator (24V, by Leece-Neville model 8SC3009ZA) and 55 amp (12V) alternator both belted to Yanmar propulsion engine.

12 volt alternator belted to Onan generator.
Balmar Max Charge MC-624H charging regulator controlling 175 amp alternator.

100 amp and 30 amp (at 24 volts) Dolphin (France) chargers powered by Onan generator or shore power.

House battery bank (24 volt):  Twelve Victron 12 volt deep-cycle AGM batteries (BAT412101080), 110 amp-hours each @ 12V

Starting battery:  one Victron 12 volt deep-cycle AGM batteries (BAT412101080), 110 amp-hours

Charger for 12v start battery:  Marinco 27104 portable 4.3amp charger (110/220v AC input, 6/12v DC output)
All batteries in compartment sealed from interior of the boat and vented overboard

DC/AC Inverter:  1800 watt Xantrex ProSine 1800i sine wave inverter (220v 50 hz) with remote controller in galley

Blue Sea inline digital multimeter (220V) with LED display in galley
Promariner 22074 ProSafe 50-60 Amp Failsafe Galvanic Isolator

E-Meter battery monitor with LED display for house battery bank
Sailor 24 volt to 12 volt transformer for instruments, VHF, stereo, etc. (each of 3 installed units of the Sailor 24v/12v N420 regulator provides up to 8 amps at 13.4 volts)
Two Sharp 123 watt solar panels (multi-crystal silicon, model ND-L3EJE) hinge-mounted on stainless steel railing
    connected to Manson SBC-7230 photovoltaic 3-stage charge controller (24V, 30amps)


Extra diesel fuel:

100 gallon bladder tank (ATL) that can be strapped aft of mizzen mast when in use

20 liter jerry cans x 7 (Mil-spec made by Spectre, Canada)


Engine and mechanical:

24 volt Amel retractable bow thruster

Three-blade feathering prop (Autoprop H6-566 LH roller bearing propeller) with Spurs line cutter.  Painted with Velox anti-foul paint.
ZF Hurth marine gearbox model ZF25

Automatic fire extinguisher in engine room
Manual engine room fire extinguisher operated from companionway

Central bilge system with automatic (AMFA model "MARINAZZ" 24 volt) and manual (Henderson Whale Mark V) bilge pumps
Spare bilge pump:  Jabsco 50890-1100 Marine Filter-less Waste Pump (24-Volt, 7-Amp, 1.5")
Aqualarm Bilge Pump Cycle Counter
SpeedSeal Life on Yanmar cooling pump

Three independent air conditioning and heating units 220 V (Climma "Compact Quatro", Italy)

Spare AC pump: March pump #AC-5C-MD, 230v, 17gph, 1/8hp
Seven Hella two-speed fans and two "Port Fans" by Hotwire (all 24 volt)

150 liter per hour freshwater maker (Dessalator, France) with two Dow SW2540 RO membranes,

     two sediment pre-filters (20 microns and 5 microns), and freshwater flush with 5 micron carbon block pre-filter (Matrikx CTO Plus)

Omega inline water quality monitor with LED display and alarm in galley (Model  CDCN 204)

24 volt forced air ventilation system throughout

Dual Racor 500 fuel filters (10 micron elements) with vacuum gauge
Fuel polisher (150 gph, Reverso 24 volt fuel pump, Racor 1000 fuel filter with 10 micron element, Algae-X FPS-500A)
Hose teed to fuel polisher used to drain bladder tank and jerry cans
Vetus sea strainer with basket SET0187
Jabsco 24v engine room blower (model 35440-0010 )


Sail control:

11 Lewmar self tailing winches: 2 electric #58 primaries, 1 electric #44 mainsheet, 2 #44 self-tailling, 3 #40 self-tailing,  4 #16 self-tailing single-speed

AMEL electric furling jib (manual backup)

AMEL electric furling and reefing main (with manual backup)

AMEL manual furling and reefing mizzen

Double downwind AMEL pole system with complete rigging

Control of mainsheet traveler (Lewmar) with traveler winch (Andersen) in cockpit

Control of jib sheet car traveler (Lewmar) next to cockpit


Deck and anchoring:

Center cockpit with fully protected helm seat and leather-covered wheel

Hard dodger

Folding bimini with extension, side panels, and dodger cover (made in Sunbrella by Canvas Creations, Phuket, Thailand)

Shadetree awnings from bow to mizzen

Seven watertight lockers

Aluminum ladder/gangway combination
Stainless steel rub rails

Four hatches (Goiot)

Four opening portholes (Goiot)

Double bow rollers for anchors

Automatic anchor washdown (AMFA model A66B) with cockpit control
High pressure freshwater deck wash 

Cockpit table

Freshwater hot/cold deck shower in cockpit with thermostatic control

Lofrans Tigress 1200 watt electric windlass 24 volts

Bow anchor: Buegel anchor (30 kg) by Wasi (stainless steel) connected to "Wasi Power Ball" anchor swivel

10 mm galvanized Grade 70 anchor chain (90 meters, new 2017) made by Chainerie Limousine (France)

Anchor chain counter at helm

Stern anchor: Spade ALU 100 (aluminum) with 30 feet chain + 250 feet line
Storm anchor: Fortress FX55 with 6 meters chain + 350 feet of 3/4 inch double-braid  rope rode


Navigation and electronics:

Radar display/chartplotter at nav station Raymarine RL80C Plus

Radar display/chartplotter at helm station Raymarine RC530 Plus

C-Map digital charts cartridges
iNavX navigation app running on iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 using Navionic charts
vYacht NMEA wifi router wirelessly broadcasts all instrument and AIS data to iPads and laptops

Raymarine Pathfinder 4 Kw radar with radome mounter on mizzen mast

Raymarine autopilot ST7001+ with 400G AST course computer with Gyro-Plus heading sensor

Backup autopilot is Raymarine Evolution EV-400 Sailing Vessel Autopilot Pack with
   Actisense NGW-1-STNG NMEA Gateway for SeaTalk ng System
Raymarine Type 2 24 volt long linear drive autopilot motor (M81134) on rudder quadrant (with backup linear drive in box)

Second installed autopilot motor (Raymarine Type 2 24 volt rotary drive model M81137) as installed backup

Raymarine ST60 depth, speed, and ST70 wind instruments with displays at helm and nav station

Raymarine Raytalk 240 VHF with handsets at helm and in companionway

Raymarine  Raynav 300 GPS (Raystar 125 GPS as backup)

Raymarine wireless "Smartcontroller" autopilot remote

Extra Seatalk network ports at helm, nav stations, and galley
Raymarine PC/Seatalk/NMEA interface box (Model 85001)

Hawkeye H22PX portable depth sounder
SOLAS/USCG flare kits

Digital Yacht AIT1000 Class B AIS transponder attached to dedicated antenna at masthead and

    broadcast as wifi signal via vYacht NMEA router

AIS Backup (uninstalled): (i) VHF antenna,  (ii) Digital Yacht SPL2000 VHF/AIS Antenna Splitter, and
   (iii) QK-A026 Wireless AIS+GPS Receiver by Quark Electronics

ICOM M802 SSB radio with ICOM AT 140 automatic tuner, whip antenna

Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium - Wireless Access Point - AirMax (BM2-TI(US)) with

   Alfa 9 dBi AOA-2409TF outdoor Wi-Fi omni-directional antenna N-female connector
TP-Link Hgh Powered Wireless Outdoor CPE TL-WA5210G directional wifi repeater

Cisco router

Two Iridium satellite phones (Motorola 9555 and 9505)
Redport Optimizer satellite hotspot (router) for Iridum satellite connections

Xaxero SSB weatherfax demodulator

Steiner Commander 7x50 binoculars
SeaMe active radar transponder
Aqua Signal Series 40 tricolor (LED), deck-level, and anchor lights (LED)
Holux 1200e GPS logger with bluetooth


Two 24V electric deep freezer/ refrigerators in the saloon (Frigoboat)

Front-opening 24V stainless steel refrigerator in galley (Frigoboat)

Top-loading stainless steel dishwasher (Eumenia 5500)

Eno four-burner stainless steel propane stove with oven (Eno No. 0743 "Marina cooker + grill")
Microwave oven:  Samsung ME83M  220v 50/60 Hz

Isolated and airtight propane gas compartment with solenoid valve

One 20 lb and one 10 lb aluminum US standard propane bottles in sealed gas compartment
Extra 10 lb aluminum propane bottle stored on rail

Galley exhaust fan
Corian countertops



Two Jabsco electric toilets (Model 37245-1094, 24V, EMC) each with Jabsco Par-Mar 4 flush

     water supply pump Model 31631-1094 and Jabsco macerator pump Model 37072-0094 
Two interior showers with thermostatic controls

Two blackwater holding tanks (60 liters each)

Two interior and one cockpit shower with thermostatic control

Clothes washer: Hotpoint-Ariston WMTG 723 H C IT Freestanding 7kg 1200RPM White Top-loading 220v, new 2017

Seagull IV water filter with tap in galley
Jabsco VFLO 5.0 GPM (19 LPM) Constant Flow Water Pressure Pump (Model 42755-0094) (plus spare)
Isotemp Basic marine hot water tank



Sony CDX-GT400 CD player with XA-110IP IPod connector and remote control

Speakers in saloon and cockpit plus JBL Charge Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers

Epson WorkForce WF-100 Wireless Mobile Printer
iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro

Boat PC:  Intel NUC6i5SYK running on 24v DC current stepped down to 19v DC by Intelligent DC-DC converter with
   USB interface (model "DCDC-USB-200" from Ituner Networks). PC connected to USB powered GeChic 2501H 15.6" 1080P Portable Monitor
Boat laptop:  Lenovo - Yoga 710 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5
Fishing gear for trolling pelagic fish



7 watertight compartments
Three EPIRBs:

   ACR GlobalFix 406 Mhz EPIRB with GPS, manual deployment (Model 2744)
   ACR Globalfix Pro GPS EPIRB Cat II (Model 2844)

ACR  Distress Marker Light (Model 566)

MOM8-A man-overboard module

West Marine throw rope
Mustang automatic hydro-static personal flotation devices with harness

Wichard tethers and jacklines
Lifesling man overboard module in hard plastic case

Zodiac Open Sea ISO9650 6-person liferaft (new 2017)

Dedicated liferaft locker
Abandon ship grab bags with water, emergency rations, signaling devices, etc.

Hand-pumped emergency watermaker (Katadyn Survivor 06)

Handheld VHF radios (Standard Horizon and Icom)

Raymarine Lifetag man-overboard alert system connected to Seatalk network with four Lifetags PLDs
Personal AIS emergency transmitter  by easyONE (Germany) installed in two Mustang pfd's

Padeyes in cockpit and Wichard jacklines on deck

Continuous stainless steel railings full length of the boat (25 mm diameter)
Storm drogue: Galerider (42" x 48" - 30,000 to 55,000 lbs) with 350 feet of 3/4 inch double-braid line
Electric hookah diving apparatus (Brownies Third Lung E140 220v/50 hz)
Whale Titan manual emergency pump mounted on wooden board
Masthead tricolor (Aquasignal Series 40) and deck-level running lights
Aqua Signal LED Combination Steaming Light / Floodlight S43

Masthead emergency strobe light
Floorboard lockdowns
Plastimo emergency boarding later
Universal Security Instruments SS-770 Battery-Operated Ionization Smoke and Fire Alarm
Costar Carbon Monoxide Alarm Model 9Marine



AB (Artigiana Battelli) Lammina 9.5AL aluminum RIB dinghy (Hypalon tubes) with Tohatsu 9.8 hp outboard (2-stroke) (Model M9.8)

Backup dinghy:  Zodiac Cadet roll-up (Model C310,10.4 feet) with Yamaha 6-hp 2-stroke
West Marine inflatable kayak