Ready for Some Serious Cruising?

“Bon Edda” is a well equipped example of the Amel Maramu 46 (also called the Maramu 48) launched in 1986. She is the slightly smaller, slightly older sister to the Super-Maramu of SV Delos youtube fame.

Built for blue water and designed to be easily handled by a couple, she is also ideally suited to a family looking to explore the world in comfort.

"Bon Edda" received some minor hull damage during Hurricane Irma; this has been professionally repaired and she has been surveyed in preparation for new ownership. She is ready to set sail on new adventures; very competitively priced for a quick sale and located in St Martin in the Caribbean Leeward Islands.

About the Amel Brand

Bluewater Sailing Boats Built Without Compromise

Amel Yachts is the legacy of one man, Henri Amel, who was born in 1913. Having previously outsourced his boat designs to other builders, in 1964 he took over a composite boat construction yard in La Rochelle, France with the sole aim of producing sailing boats which were robust, comfortable and easy to handle in all conditions. Although Henri Amel is no longer with us, the same ethos continues in the Amels built in the same yard today.

Amels are true bluewater boats. This is a big statement with even bigger implications for a sailor’s safety! But what it means is that they’ve been designed and manufactured without compromise - every potential safety issue linked to sailing offshore in remote parts of the world has been considered and addressed as part of the design process.

As one reviewer put it:

“Amels are focused, ocean-going machines”.

Another factor contributing to the intuitive layout and features synonymous with the Amel brand is that Henri Amel was blind for some years of his life; having lost an eye during the war, he became completely blind for several years. The result is that gear is placed where you would “expect” to find it and is readily accessible for both usage and maintenance. You can learn about the aspects of Amel design and construction which make the boats so unique in the videos to follow.

Amel owners are passionate about their boats, which can be found in all corners of the globe, and there is an active network through Yahoo and Facebook Groups. One owner, when asked why he chose a Maramu 46, said:

"As we neared the end of our extensive search for the 'perfect cruising yacht', one major factor kept popping into our heads. Which one of these boats would get us around the world the safest? And hands down it became clear that it was the Amel. In a seaway with all of the hand holds and deep cockpit, water tight doors, ketch rig {smaller and easier-to-handle sails} stainless steel lifelines, hard dodger where most of the sail trim can be handled from the security of the cockpit, we no longer felt anything on the market compared. For practicality the Amel really is unsurpassed!"

What Makes a Bluewater Boat?

There are many factors which contribute to a boat's ability to carry you safely around the world, on passages up to several weeks long and a long way from outside help. Whilst there are many boats that can be adapted to challenge the rigors of extended offshore sailing, few can claim to have been designed with this in mind.

In keeping with the no-compromise design, and unlike production boats from many other yards, Amel have never offered a host of layout or other options for a new owner to choose from. Instead, each design feature has been included for a purpose and built to meet the Amel goals of comfort, safety and ease of use. For a given model, the only changes made from one hull number to the next have been improvements on the core design. For example, Amel was the first production yard to introduce its electric sail furling system in 1985 and all models since have had electric sail furlers.

Most of the features of the early Amels are still considered essential in a safe and seaworthy offshore cruiser today which is what makes these boats so desirable and future-proof.

About the Amel Maramu 46

Built for Bluewater Sailing in Comfort & Safety

Henri Amel designed the Maramu on a voyage from France to Polynesia between October 1975 and June 1976 delivering a Meltem (one of his earlier models) personally to his customer and friend in Tahiti. The first Maramu hull was launched in 1979 and production continued until 1989. During this time the yard made 288 Maramu’s.

The Maramu 46 (sometimes referred to as the Maramu 48) is the forerunner to the 46′ Santorin and the 53′ Super Maramu and shares a similar interior layout. As with all Amels, this model has the distinctive profile, colouring and ketch rig associated with the Amel brand.

At 46 feet, this was a BIG boat in 1979, a time when most yards were happy to be producing and selling a 30 to 36 footer! As one of the biggest sailing boats in serial production at that time, the Maramu 46 was aimed at the luxury end of the market and this is reflected in the quality of the interior fitout and the inclusion of several features such as blown air ventilation, a bow thruster and electrically furling sails. Even today these features tend to be found exclusively on larger high end sailing boats and superyachts.

Everything considered, the Maramu is a boat where you really do get a LOT of boat for the money!

Interior

Beautiful real wood finishes and a versatile living space make the Maramu 46 a great liveaboard.

On Deck

Electric sail furling with everything handled from the cockpit makes sailing effortless.

Under Sail

A flexible sail plan and a great downwind setup; Bon Edda eats up the miles in comfort.

Maramu 46 - "Bon Edda"

Ready to Sail On to New Adventures

“Bon Edda” is hull no. 202 in the Maramu 46 production line, launched in 1986. The original buyer owned her for 19 years and clearly cherished her; there is a photo album on board from her time in build, together with the original sales document and invoices for much of the work done in the years following! The second owner, also German, sailed her for 10 years, and she was sold again in 2015 to a French guy who quickly became very ill. Thus, she was sold on again in March 2017 having only sailed sailed very lightly in the Caribbean since 2005. There are 250 hours on the engine which was new in 2006.

"Bon Edda" was out of the water in Geminga Boatyard on St Martin when hurricane Irma hit on 6th September 2017; and she was blown onto her side. It’s a testament to Amel build quality that the masts stayed up, and there was little notable damage other than 2 small holes in the hull where she rolled onto the stands. No bulkheads were compromised.

The hurricane damage has been professionally repaired, and all the boat’s systems have been tested. A pre-purchase survey has been completed in readiness for the next owner and is available on request.

She is in excellent condition inside, and is well equipped with pretty much every conceivable blue water accoutrement including an SSB long range radio, solar and wind power generation and a water maker, and she carries a comprehensive collection of spare parts. Whilst some of the electronics could do with updating and the standing rigging should be renewed before a long trip, she is a solid boat ready to go sailing and a very comfortable liveaboard.

Work carried out 2018-19

  • The hull has been repaired by Pascal Rogister of St Martin
  • The mizzen forestays have been replaced by Yacht Rigging SARL

We ourselves have:

  • remounted and wired in the wind generator
  • rewired the solar panel
  • replaced the mainsail furling motor
  • overhauled the cooker
  • rebuilt the windlass & installed new foot switches
  • replaced the engine oil sump which had a hole in it
  • replaced the electric salt water pump
  • renewed the lifelines
  • strengthened the Mizzen support which had had a botched repair prior to the hurricane
  • checked and replaced the aft toilet pump
  • cleaned and polished her with pride
Most of these repairs were not hurricane related.

Full Specifications & Inventory

General Specs

Name: Bon Edda
Make & Model: Amel Maramu
Designer: H. Amel and J. Carteau
Year: 1986 (Hull no. 202)
Rig: Ketch
LOA: 48'
LWL: 35'9"
Beam: 13'6"
Draft: 6'6"
Weight: 28,440lb
Keel: Integral fin & skeg with 8,820lb iron ballast
Engine: Volvo D2-75, 75 HP, inboard diesel & transmission (2006)
Speed: Cruising - 6 knots @ 2,000 RPM
Max. - 7 knots @ 2,300 RPM
Tankage: Fuel - 127 Gallons / 500 litres (1x stainless steel tank)
Water - 285 Gallons / 1,000 litres (1x fibreglass tank)

Galley & Fresh Water

2x Stainless steel sinks 11 Gallon Isotemp water heater
12V Frigoboat top opening freezer (compressor 2018) 12V Kissman front opening fridge (2005)
Electrolux 3 burner propane/butane stove with
grill (overhauled 2019)
Misc. cutlery, kitchen equipment & pots
Pressurised fresh water at sink (+ foot pump) Pressurised salt water at sink (new pump 2019)
Powersurvivor 5 litres per hour Watermaker (not tested) 2x Hot and cold inboard showers
2x Manual toilets Cockpit shower

Electrical System

12 Volt DC 110/220 Volt AC
6 Lead acid 4D batteries - total 750 AH in one
house bank (new 2019)
Dedicated engine start battery (2014)
2x engine driven alternators Propellor shaft driven alternator
12V 60 Amp Dolphin battery charger Aerogen 6 wind generator (2013, overhauled 2017)
150W solar panel 12V to 220V Fein on-demand inverter
125/250 Volt, 50 Amp Marinco shore power cord,
230 Volt, 15 Amp European style shore power cord
Various plugs and adapters

Electronics & Navigation Equipment

Radar IRC – IMA 2254 Neco autopilot (+ complete spare unit)
Raymarine C80 multifunction display & Caribbean charts (2005) Garmin handheld GPS
B&G Hornet speed and distance logs B&G Wind direction and speed indicator
B&G Forward looking echo-sounder (needs new screen) B&G Instrument repeaters at helm
ICOM IC 401 Euro and distress primary VHF radio (2006) Skanti SSB radio (not tested)
Raymarine wind indicator (needs masthead sensor) 2x Barometer

Sails & Rigging

Amel deck stepped electric furling main mast Amel deck stepped manual furling mizzen mast with steps
316 Stainless steel standing rigging Manual backstay adjuster
Main boom & mizzen boom North Sails furling genoa (2013) on electric furler
Doyle furling mainsail on electric furler Doyle furling mizzen sail on manual furler
Doyle hanked mizzen staysail ELectric furling controls at helm station
Amel twin headsail pole system Mainsheet traveller controls led to cockpit
10x Lewmar self tailing winches

Deck & Safety Equipment

20kg Lewmar claw primary anchor 70m/200' 10mm galvanised chain (2006) & 80' nylon rode
2x Fortess aluminium anchor (FX37 + FX23) Danforth stern anchor
Double bow anchor rollers 1200 Watt Lofrans Tigress windlass (2004) with controls
at bow & helm station
10' Highfield dinghy 2.5 hp Four stroke Mercury Outboard (2015)
Stainless steel pulpit, stanchions, rails & pushpit Hard dodger
Stainless steel davits for dinghy Swim ladder / passarelle
2x cockpit tables Canvas covers, shades, cockpit cushions & sunbeds
8 Man Bombard cannister liferaft Life ring, light & heaving line
6x Lifejackets Navigation lights, spreader lights & masthead lights
Fenders & docklines Vented propane lockers
2x Powder fire extinguishers Salt water deck washdown system

Mechanical Equipment

Sohneebeli Chabaud diesel warm air heater (not tested) Blown air ventilation system
Emergency tiller Vetus Bow thruster with control at helm
3 blade fixed bronze propeller Prop mount rope cutter
Rule electric bilge pump with automatic float switch Whale manual bilge pump
Easy access Racor fuel filter Raw water strainer for main engine
Bilge blowers & engine ventilation fans Music stereo & speakers

Other

Osmosis treatment (2015 approx)
Extensive invoice history
Books & cruising guides
Paper charts
Tools & spares

Suggested Updates

"Bon Edda" is for sale at well below market price reflecting the work that she would benefit from.
Approximate cost indications are for professional work; a competent DIY'er could undertake much of the work suggested:

Ready to Sail Now

Note that the above work is a "nice to do" list but doesn't stop you from going sailing!
"Bon Edda" is waiting for you in St Martin in the French West Indies. Start your cruising story in Caribbean paradise.