Price: *** SOLD ***  USD (With Conveyances)    Location: Galesville, Maryland USA

Maintenance and Operations


Background:
Adagio is not our first boat but she is by far a more complex and intensive maintenance proposal than was our 28 foot sloop.  Nonetheless, we learned a great deal aboard our little Sabre and some of that transferred to the big yacht when we moved aboard.  Adagio requires reguar periodic upkeep as well as keeping on top of  the little "surprises" that come with any boat.  All in all, there is likely to always be a project list as you travel around.  

Gary grew up around motors, took electrical and electronics training during his time in the U.S. Air Force and continued his mechanical, plumbing, electrical and other skills' development as a homeowner, motorcycle mechanic and eventually as a boat owner.  These are good skills to have and will save a bunch of money on labor costs in the long run.  

We normally assess a job and decide whether or not we can do it easily or if it will be over our heads and better accomplished by a technician.  Of course, in some locations you simply are that technician and you just have to sit and figure it out. Except for some of the electronics voodoo stuff, pretty much everything aboard Adagio is straightforward and easy to understand operationally.  It stands to reason, then, that if you ~are~ ever going to have a problem aboard, it'll most likely be in those pesky electric or electrical things that require a lot of mental trials to puzzle out. This ... is the way of things. 
Periodic / Recurring MAintenance
This is not meant to dissuade anyone from becoming the owner of this fine boat.  I put it up just because I hope it offers a bit of insight into the routine of owning and operating a vessel such as this.  It's been a huge learning curve for us both, and if I can ease that a bit for the next owners I will gladly do so here.

First, establish and follow a schedule based on time and operating hours.  For us it includes weekly, monthly, annual and operating hour based tasks.
The list here is not the real McCoy, but it's at least part of of it.  We both feel that by spending time and trying to keep ahead of the game we will save a lot of heartache later on. So far .. so good :)  Adagio has never surprised us with a show-stopping failure.

Weekly we clean things; shower sumps, toilets, cockpit shelves, etc.  and also flush the watermaker with fresh water.  There is ~always~ something that needs cleaning.  Dust and rust are not your friends :)

Monthly is a bigger task and while we try to get it done on the 1st of each month, it often runs two days:
  • Check and top up the water in the batteries
  • Exercise the Manual Bilge Pump
  • Clean Air Conditioner and Freezer intake filters.
  • Insect Rudder quadrant for leaks (never happens)
  • Test Bilge Hi-Water alarm
  • Clean Sea Strainer (this can go to weekly depending on your location)
  • Inspect thru hulls (exercise  them). 
  • Inspect Anchor Wash Down pump area and Bow Thruster for leaks
  • Test Smoke/CO alarms
  • Do a "Vinegar Treatment" for the heads.
  • Clean (via High Pressure Nozzle) the bilge (sump).
  • Top-off/charge all batteries for electric tools, rechargeable radios/Sat Phone/Headsets
There are a couple of additional items but as you can see there is a bit to do to stay 
 on top.

Annually: We normally haul out annually.  Depending on what the sailing year has been like (for instance this year is shaping up to be a very low mileage kind of year) we may defer it until we get some miles and hours behind the vessel). 
We've always had her sanded and bottom painted, replaced the propeller bushing and seals and 'rebuilt' the bow thruster (seals and oil change).  I don't even want to think about sanding this big lady by myself, so I usually wait until our favorite marina has their summer special if we are here in the U.S.  (In 2018 she was bottom-painted in Turkey!)

As needed: Yikes .. there are a lot of possibilities here but mostly it just revolves around things like Joker Valves for the heads, zincs on the rudder, maybe fixing a leaky faucet, finding a rusty hose clamp or rebuilding a sticky winch.  It's a lot of boat and it just pays to keep prowling around for things to fix.

Project List: First off, real live "problems" don't make it on a list (usually) because we try to address them immediately.  Our most recent maintenance item was the coolant circulation pump on the main engine.  At 6,660 hengine hours it was really no surprise when it started a small leak.  To replace it is a rather major task so we took a marina and I began the project.  It (of course) took longer than expected and cost more than expected, but it was mostly because of an error that I myself made and then had to correct. At any rate, the repair was completed and everything is just fine again.  Just for grins, after about 10 engine hours I will swap the coolant out, just to be sue things are near perfect. 

 Two kinds of things DO make the project list:  Stuff we notice that needs to be fixed but doesn't really affect the sailing part and stuff that would be an improvement or upgrade.

To that end, I have a ton of things I'd like to do in both categories ... and ... I'll keep working on them for however long we still own the boat (the you can start a list of your own!)
Big Stuff:
Adagio is well founded and there is nothing pressing in terms of maintenance that would stop someone from making an Atlantic crossing tomorrow.  The essentials are all there and in good working order.  Reliability is not a concern and the condition of the hull, deck, rig, sail and systems are such that she is ready to go sailing.
Is there stuff to do?  Sure!  I'd like to have tons of money and just go at it, but that's not the reality so we have to prioritize and plan ahead.  Someday she'll need an engine rebuild, someday she'll need rigging, someday she'll need a paint job, someday she'll need an electronics upgrade (maybe), someday she'll need a new generator.  These are all things to keep in mind as you look forward and plan for the long term.  We have never been worried that we are nearing end-of-life on a big ticket system, but it could suprise us.  When we first bought her I didn't know exactly what to expect, but the level of reliability we have seen is extremenly confidence boosting.

If we were to choose to keep cruising as Adagio's owners, I would continue to expect longevity and many more miles of cruising before having to do a major refit on any system.  Adagio is not cutting edge in any sense of the word, but tried and true and functional and safe and convenient; all attributes that make the lifestyle enjoyable.  

Well .. there's that bilge thing ... 

Serious prospective buyers will be welcome to look through Adagio's maintenance log to see how she has been kept. 


Regular Expenses
Maintenance
Haul-out, Service*, Bottom Paint
*Propeller Shaft Bushing, Seals & Oil
*Bow Thruster seals and oil
Engine and Genset Oil & Filter Change
Fuel Filter
Impellers
Zinc anodes
Joker valves 
Water filters and treatments
Batteries (every 5 years or so)
Lubes, sealant, cleaners, touch-ups


Stuff you need...
Insurance
Weather Routing
Satellite phone minutes
GEOS Alliance SAR
SPOT (other) tracker/anti-theft service
Memberships (SSCA, OCC, etc)
Printer ink & paper



Bow Thruster deployed
Yeah .. it can happen ..  just not very often :) 
My single line text
OPERATIONS:
Making Adagio go is easy enough.  In this regard she is part racecar and part tractor.  Point of sail or point of course, she will go there and not complain.  
I do need to say that since this yacht was well beyond anything we had experienced before, it was a learning curve that resembled a vertical line for a while.  There are a lot of systems, there are a lot of  "rules" and there are even more "methods" to get the best from the boat and to preserve the future without problems.

Rules like "Make sure the spinnaket halyard is very tight before operating the genoa furler." and "Wait 1 or 2 seconds before reversing the bow thruster motor." just go a long way toward insuring trouble-free times. 

Methods, of course, are just they way ""we" do things and I'll be happy to share them if we get to spend time aboard together.  I've prepared a rather extensive handbook which I have used to brief crew members who have joined us for passagemaking and it is quite useful; both for learning about how Adagio 'ticks' and for what our preferences are concerning day-to-day operations.  You'll see quickly that a good system of practices makes life aboard much simpler.

So, here are a couple of examples:
>Always make sure the Solar and Wind generator are turned off before starting the engine or genset.
>Make sure the shower head in the forward head is laid down on the floor before making a passage. (why?? .. heh .. you'll see..)
>Switch to Autopilot #1 when it's the Admirals turn to sleep.
>If you need to make a BIG turn, disengage the Autohelm and do it by hand. (much less stress on the boat and the occupants :)

There are many more, and the briefing packge actuallly has some of the "why" answers as well. 

Finally, I want to say one thing about resources available to learn more about operating and maintaining a yacht like this: Were it not for the other owners; the kind and amazingly knowledgeable and forthcoming folks that also own Amels, that have stepped forward with guidance and encourgament we would have never been so successful in our journey.  The Amel Users Group is simply amazing and the Amel factory support is unique in the world when it comes to a level of support for older models. I also want to give a nod to several individuals, including Mr. Bill Rouse, for all their help along the way.  These factors set Amel apart in the yachting world and I believe that understanding and using the resources available are critical to making the ownership experience satisfying and fun.  (well ..there's that joker valve thing ...). 

Thanks :)