|Amel 46||Hull #135, year commissioned 1983|
|Length||46 ft on deck. Measured 49’10” at Panama Canal.|
|Displacement||Net weight, 16 tons. Gross, 18 tons.|
|Mast Height, Main||Main mast Isomat double spreader, height w/ antennae, from waterline: 54’3”|
|Mast Height, Mizzen||Mizzen mast Isomat, single spreader, height, from waterline: 41’6”|
|Tankage||Water 1000 liters (264gal) Fuel: 500 liters (132gal)|
|Engine||Perkins 4.154 60hp #GA0027ON44135J, 771 hours|
Owner's Notes About SV Minerva:
Amel Maramu 46’s built in LaRochelle, France are serious ocean-going ultimate passagemakers, not dock queens kept in a marina. The Maramu is truly a classic, ready-to-sail anywhere, short-handed or single-handed in comfort and safety. Minerva’s adventures include US coastal passages, Cuba, Bahamas, Atlantic crossings, and a 3yr circumnavigation beginning in Maine via Panama Canal, Tahiti, Sydney, Bali, under Cape of Good Hope, BVIs and home to South Carolina. Beautiful inside and out, Minerva is a well-loved and well-maintained vessel.
Amels are readily identified by cruising sailors worldwide. One feels very safe holding stainless steel life rails all around the deck while underway.
Cleverly designed staunchions are bolted thru the toerail, not thru the deck, thus no leaks into lockers below decks. Circular rings store spinnaker poles. Stern rail holds a 10ft man-overboard pole, life ring with floating strobe, and a 4-man 119lb commercial life raft--which can be deployed in seconds, without lifting.
With strong double bow rollers, and Lofrans Tigres anchor windlass, the foredeck leads into a sloping cabin trunk. Foredeck locker storage is outstanding. On Minerva we store two full-sized Trek bikes, boathook, lines, to starboard. Port locker holds two large F7 sausage fenders, F5 fender, 42lb French FOB, FX-55 Fortress w/100’of 3/8” chain plus 175’of 5/8” line, (2) folding anchors, 20ft 3/8” S/S chain for locking dinghy, 3/4 inch double braid dock lines. Lockers’ size: 72” length, 20” deep, width tapers 36” aft to 16” forward.
The deep center cockpit with its distinctive hard windshield dodger, assures safety at the wheel. Standing height under dodger is 6’5-½”. Visibility excellent. Flat counter in front of wheel provides space for coffee, binoculars, books, charts, stereo speakers. Six self-tailing Lewmar winches are well-positioned for single or double-handed sailing. Two 3” cockpit drains are molded into the hull and deck--no clamps to fail. A guillotine-style companionway door slides below. Large drains and salt water faucet-- the perfect place for cleaning flopping fish. The well-designed near-midship swim ladder swivels three steps into the water, stores parallel on the rail. ESPAR diesel heater is accessed from the cockpit; ducts open into all rooms. The port cockpit seat is 6’6” in length, perfect for snoozing underway.
Opening the huge cockpit locker, 76” in length and 45” deep, reveals a storage rack for (2) outboard engines, shelf for 5gal dinghy fuel can, 5gal gas, (2) 5gal diesel, (1) 5gal fresh water. Shelf for emergency tiller, and 42” bolt cutter cuts 3/8” HT chain. Separate shelf for reciprocating interchangeable salt water, fresh water, and bilge pumps. On Minerva, in this locker, we also store (7) scuba tanks vertically, a 50ft 2nd stage for cleaning the bottom, 3/ 4 inch double braid dock lines, and PDFs. Hot water heater is accessed below this removable shelf.
Aft of cockpit is the distinctive aft cabin trunk/ mizzen deck which allows for nice headroom below in master cabin. Mizzen boom swung athwartship—clears a sundeck or dancing space for two couples. Flush with lower aft deck, a proper propane locker holds aluminum 20lb bottle and (2)10lb bottles. A winch is mounted for retrieving a stern anchor. All lockers can be locked from inside the boat: including deck, engine room and propane.
Amels have a long encapsulated fin keel and massive full-length skeg-hung S/S rudder that can support the entire stern laden weight of the vessel in event of grounding. The 54ft-3” (from the waterline) main mast and 41ft-6” mizzen are traditional masts. It can be gently argued that standard rigs with sliding slugs are preferred over post-1985 units which had furling issues. No downwind slot jams. Removing and storing sails is much simpler.
Amel construction is exceptionally strong. Built with patented biaxial fiberglass cloth, stronger in sheer and tension than conventional mat and woven laminates.
Hull is molded in one piece incorporating non-spliced lengths running bulwark to bulwark; the next series runs in one-piece bow to stern, switching back-and-forth. Deck assembly is similarly constructed. Iron Wood is strategically placed where cleats, windlass, masts are installed to accommodate increased compression and shearing loads. Deck is joined to hull while still in the mold, with six layers of same biaxial cloth, around the entire length. This creates the exceptionally strong and leak-free hull-to-deck join.
264 gallons fresh water are carried midship above the keel, in five baffled tanks, providing a double bottom. Keeping the weight of water quite low in the boat (not in tanks under settees)-- creates a more stable vessel in rough seas. Wide decks and coach decks have slight slopes, while retaining flatter surfaces to enhance foot safety. No curved, slippery edges.
Interior joinery is beautiful African mahogany, real teak and holly floors. Step down only three easy treads into the saloon from the cockpit to 6-ft-7” headroom. At the forward bulkhead, 6ft-5-1/2”. Minerva’s galley is now semi-U shaped with a 28” white maple chopping counter with teak fiddles, above 6 zebra wood faced drawers. Solid 1” mahogany dropleaf table seats six comfortably, eight in a pinch. Adjacent the double sink is Amel’s legendary water tank meter-- simply a buoyant stick and scale on the wall.
Another of the Maramu’s most unique features is the 6’8” true pilot berth, mid-ship. Sets up in seconds, very comfy, heeled starboard or port. Dressing the overhead are (8) mahogany racks for storing approx 200 paper charts. Bow cabin suite includes single berths which can be joined across, head, large closet w/two shelves, a total of (20) lockers/storage spaces. Under berths: scuba gear, spare parts, open access to bow thruster. The forward water-tight bulkhead, is the chain locker-- holds 220ft of 3/8” HT chain with 180ft ¾” 3-strand woven thru bitter end, plus 60lb CQR. Excellent for anchoring in 75ft deep Tuamotos atolls. The second watertight bulkhead isolates the forward third of the vessel.
Galley has two-burner propane stove with high fiddles, electric frig, veggie locker, double S/S sink, electric and foot pumps. Saloon has amazing storage: total of (79): lockers, spaces, shelves, and under-floor divided spaces. The French brag that 400 bottles of wine can be stored under the floor. Minerva has two small dedicated “wine cellars”. Portside saloon settee folds out into a double berth. Seven can sleep inside the boat comfortably.
Aft of the pilot berth is a wide nav station which displays full charts, lifts to store chart books, binoculars. Wide deep drawer to the right. There are (11) mahogany handholds in the saloon-- one can easily move around, or be at the stove, in rough seas. SSB radio, radar, VHF. All lockers have sliding doors, effectively securing items from falling out and preventing one’s face from slamming into an open door. 16ft of book shelves.
Aft hallway with its own drain, serves as wet locker and stores (2) cockpit tables. Hall shelf has shore power charger, Clarion stereo system, inverter. Aft cabin ensuite head/ shower, has (20) lockers/ spaces, large closet. Computer desk, printer/copier underneath, DVD player and screen, large storage under queen-size 9” memory foam mattress. Excellent reading lights. Watermaker fits beautifully on shelf in head.
The walk-around-in-daylight engine room is beneath the heavy cockpit sole hatch. Perkins 60hp was removed to a shop, completely disassembled and refitted with new OEM bearings, sleeves, pistons, camshaft, rods, Balmer alternator, Jabsco raw water pump. Transmission disassembled & renovated. New shaft flex coupling. Blue silicone hoses. Fans inhale fresh and exhale hot air. Steering is strong push-pull enclosed cable system. New Jabsco toilets and Isotemp hot water heater. 132 gal diesel S/S tank. Approx 800 mile motoring range.
SV Minerva Circumnavigated 2010-2013: