About

My best friend and wife, Judy, and I enjoyed 11 years circumnavigating the world aboard our 2003 Amel Super Maramu, BeBe. We logged over 40,000 miles and visited 58 countries. After this adventure, I created 
Amel Owners Yacht School (Amel School) to share my knowledge and experiences with others who would like to follow the course that Judy and I completed. We were awarded the prestigious 2016 Sailor of the Year Award from Sailing Today. That photo is us accepting the award via video conference. This was the first time the award was given to a couple. The image below is of our Amel, BeBe, in Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia. Our Circumnavigation Blog aboard BeBe, SM #387, is at www.svbebe.com. See the 10-year average costs aboard Amel BeBe.

During our circumnavigation aboard our Amel Super Maramu, BeBe, I became self-taught on almost everything about Amel yachts and the systems installed on Amels. I obtained hundreds of OEM device installation and operations manuals, thoroughly reading every one of these. When in doubt, I consulted experts at the OEM device manufacturer. Additionally, I networked with dozens of highly experienced Amel owners. I audited Amel employees performing routine maintenance. I created maintenance instructions with illustrations used by hundreds of Amel Owners. The culmination of this 11-year effort is my 400-page Amel Book and consulting services, including my 24/7 Support for Amel owners, my Pre-purchase Consulting, and my Orientation and Training Courses. Last year, I started Certified Pre-Owned Amels for Buyers and Sellers. As a bonus to my clients, I offer Preferred Vendors/Discounts (click here). Over 400 Amel owners are clients of mine.

I have developed a full assortment of products and services that will be very helpful to you Before you buy an Amel and After you own your Amel. Some of my products and services are at no cost, while the others are low cost. My services and products are divided into two major categories: Before and After you buy an Amel. Certified Preowned is between these two because Certified Preowned is essential to the Amel Buyer and the Amel Seller/Owner.


This learning and Amel orientation cruise costs less than half what it costs to charter a cheap sailboat and gives participants a complete orientation of an Amel Yacht. I now offer a 7-day Amel Orientation Cruise aboard an Amel with an experienced owner/captain in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, French Polynesia, Australia, and New Zealand. More...

I will share my experience with Amel Yachts or answer any questions you may have about yachting at no cost. I offer a free one-hour consultation on any subject. Ask anything you may want to ask and get experienced answers. I prefer Zoom meetings, but a phone call is OK. More...

Pre-Purchase Consulting, Amel Boat Reviews, and Advice & Recommendations to Help You 
Pre-Purchase/Sale Consulting is now available to both Buyers and Sellers of AmelYachts. I am an experienced Amel Yacht Specialist, and I understand the complexities of selecting the right Amel yacht and the issues in the sale & purchase process. I am not a broker, nor am I a surveyor. I am a non-conflicted, knowledgeable consultant to future Amel owners and current Amel sellers. I am a consultant on 3/4ths of all Amels sold worldwide. 
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Available for SM2k, A54, A55, and A50
I certify preowned Amels for Owners and Brokers. I am an experienced Amel Yacht Specialist and understand Amel yachts better than most surveyors. A Preowned certification is perfect for all Amels between the Super Maramu and the Amel 50. It is ideal for those Amels in remote areas or where the Amel's value could be more apparent.

REFFERAL: I am hired as a Buyer's consultant (Pre-Purchase Consulting) for about 50 Amel Buyers each year. If I have performed a Preowned Amel Certification for the Seller or the Broker, I will refer my Pre-Purchase Clients to you. There is no fee or commission for this referral.

My Review and Certification of Preowned Amel Yachts consists of two parts: More...

As a bonus to you, when you purchase anything from Yacht School, you become a Yacht School Client for as long as you own your Amel, qualifying you for discounts on Amel OEM and quality OEM substitute systems, devices, and parts from Yacht School Preferred Vendors. Purchase discounts for our clients include sails, rigging, pumps, some critical engine parts, membranes, Yacht Transport, and others. The discounts range from at least 5% up to 20%. More...


The Amel Owners Yacht School Course is my premium course, perfect for those new to Amels. The course is taught aboard your Amel with as many crew members as desired. It is an intensive and complete course. More...

FastTrack Course
I recommend the Premium Yacht School Training Course aboard your Amel if you have recently purchased your Amel. However, only some have the availability, time, and/or budget to take this course. If you do not take the Premium Amel Yacht School Course, the FastTrack Course is a pathway to gaining important operating and maintenance information. 
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I wrote this 400-page "Amel Book." I have it color-printed on 100-pound (271gsm) gloss cardstock and 100-pound (271gsm) matte paper. It is a 3-hole punched and inserted in a custom 3-ring binder with custom tabs. This book is an operation and maintenance reference guide for many Amel models. More...

This Online Amel Book is free if you have subscribed to 2 or more years of 24/7 Support. It is updated weekly and has links to over 2,500 individual files regarding your Amel. These files (Supplement) are stored in the Cloud and require access to the Internet. More...

Amel Book Supplements are available online to all Amel Book owners. These are different than the Amel Book. This is all of the Amel information I have acquired and compiled over 15 years. I have made over 2,500 individual files (over 3 gigabytes of information) available for download. If printed, this would be more than 20,000 pages. More...

Not knowing how to operate, maintain, repair, and replace systems and components will cost owners new to Amel from hundreds to thousands with each occurrence. This is true whether or not the owner hires a typical boat mechanic to do the work. I have seen this cost as much as 30,000. My 24/7 Support and my Amel Book solve most of these issues. More...

When you purchase anything from Yacht School, you become a Yacht School Client for as long as you own your Amel, qualifying you for discounts on Amel OEM and quality OEM substitute systems, devices, and parts from Yacht School Preferred Vendors. Purchase discounts for our clients include sails, rigging, pumps, some critical engine parts, membranes, Yacht Transport, and others. The discounts range from at least 5% up to 20%. More...



Additionally, I own and moderate Amel Yacht Owners Group, which has over 1,300 active members and offers additional information. 

You can view my QUALIFICATIONS & REFERENCES here.


BeBe arriving after crossing the Atlantic and completing 40,000 miles 11-year journey to 58 countries