Orientation Cruise




Amel Orientation Cruise with Extras
Amel 7-day Orientation & Learning Cruise aboard an Amel hosted by an Amel owner/captain: The learning portion will follow an Amel Owners Yacht School approved Learning Outline. This Cruise will include a copy 400-page Amel Book, as well as, an Amel Owners Yacht School "Certificate of Completion." 
Hosts Available Worldwide:
Caribbean - Eastern and Western
Spain - Barcelona
Mediterranean - Other
Australia 
Panama Canal crossing between December 2019 - January 2020
French Polynesia
Atlantic Crossing from the Canary Islands to Martinique. 

One of my clients purchased his Amel 54 two years ago. When he heard about this new program. He said, "Excellent idea Bill, I love it!  We would have done that in a second." 

Included and Provided by the Amel yacht Host (owner/captain):
- Berth for up to 2 adults for 7 days and 6 nights accommodation and instruction on-board the Amel
- Yacht School Orientation Cruise Learning Outline by Bill Rouse and followed by the Host
- Experienced, Amel yacht Host (owner/captain)
- Newest Edition of my 400-page Amel Book (1 book) with online updates
- Any Custom and Immigration fees that may apply.
- Any Cruising Permit that may apply
- All Fuel and water
- Fully equipped Amel….just bring your clothes and personal items
- Amel Owners Yacht School Certificate of Completion














Excluded and on your own:
- Airfare
 -Taxi transfers from/to the airport
- Shore accommodation, if required
- Food & Drink. You will make advance plans with your host regarding Food & Drink.

You should not expect this to be the same learning experience as the intensive Premium Yacht School Course that I give aboard your Amel. This Orientation Cruise will cover most Amel systems and will give you hands-on experience with most systems/operations, however, you should not consider it all that you need. It will certainly answer the questions: "Should I buy an Amel?" and "Do I like Amel yachts?"

Your actual fee for the Orientation Cruise (paid to your Host) includes the above "Included" items and varies, depending on the Amel yacht chosen, the location, and other factors. I have urged the Hosts to keep the total cost for up to 2 people to between 3,000 - 4,000 (USD or Euro) for 7 days and 6 nights. There are several available at 3,000. This fee would be the total cost for a couple, including the "Included" items above. This fee does not include the "Excluded" items above. 

There is no intent to charge you for passage as a passenger. You are not chartering the yacht, nor will you be considered a passenger, rather you will be listed on the yacht's log as "crew." Since you are not chartering the yacht, or a "passenger" you will sign a simply-written waiver of liability. To be completely transparent, the Host pays me for your Amel Book, the Learning Outline and your certificate. You pay nothing directly to me.


There is a possibility that the Host of the Amel used for your Orientation Cruise may provide a berth for more than a crew of two. If this fits your situation, ask.

Comment from a European Host in the Med: "The Orientation Cruise is a great idea. And even better when you are organizing it over the Yacht School learning platform. I want to be a Host and provide the Orientation Cruises with my Amel and help seriously-interested future AMEL owners. My personal experience when looking to buy my Amel: It was extremely difficult to find Amel owners willing to do this. Finally, I spent 2 weeks on an SM2K and one week on a 55. That helped me a big portion to make my buying decision."

Comment from a US Host in the Caribbean: "The orientation Cruise seems to answer all questions. I would be very pleased to be part of this and am grateful for the opportunity to help those new to Amel."

Comment from a US customer for a Caribbean Orientation Cruise: "Thank you for putting this together I’m comfortable with everything you describe here. It is exactly what I was looking for."

Review of an Orientation Cruise Client (ower/hosts and client names removed for privacy reasons):
"My Orientation Cruise experience, spending a week sailing on an Amel with experienced owners, exceeded all my expectations. I was drawn to the Amel due to how well thought out they are, though that comes with a degree of complexity in all the systems aboard. Having the opportunity to see them all in use, both at anchor and during a 40+ hour passage, was invaluable as a future owner. Now knowing how to care for and repair all the systems will definitely save me time and money many times over the cost of this orientation. Not to mention all the knowledge gained not specific to the Amel; learning more about the lifestyle as a liveaboard cruiser that can be daunting for anyone coming into it without any prior experience. I'm excited to be joining the extremely friendly and supportive family of Amel owners and look forward to perhaps one day having the experience and knowledge to give back by hosting an orientation cruise for a future new owner myself in a few years.

With regard to the ower-hosts, they were great and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you for connecting me with them. The owner was definitely very technical so I really enjoyed going over his Lithium install in-depth and helping him solve a few open issues he had. I also got to help him troubleshoot his bow thruster spending a good deal of time with a voltmeter sitting in the sail locker. Also wiring up an alternator disconnect in the mechanical room, pouring over technical manuals, charts, etc. All the things that come up living on an Amel. The owner/hosts answered every question I had and they regularly reviewed the Yacht School learning outline to make sure everything was thoroughly covered. The owner/hosts took great care in making sure I was getting full value from the experience. I'd highly recommend this Orientation Cruise to anyone else interested in an Amel, I'm definitely ahead of the curve now that I've had the week on an Amel 54 but also having the owner/hosts as "Amel friends" who are willing to answer any questions that I may have about my future Amel 54. Thanks again, Bill Rouse."


Review of an Orientation Cruise Client: "Bill, I wanted to thank you for putting together this strong network of Amel owners. I was studying sailboats and I kept finding a revered reference to Amel’s sailboats and their strong community support. The knowledge that you share in your book and your leadership in connecting people is truly a life skill to be admired.

I instantly connected with Captain Dave Goodman and his Admiral Bobbi Rae. I spent a week sailing of Bel Ami a 1998 Super Maramu around St. Thomas. This gave  Dave and I a chance to study every nook and cranny of Bel Ami and plenty of practice setting sails and anchor. Luckily we had your outline to guide us and keep us on track. Dave’s extensive knowledge of Bel Ami’s systems and how they differ from other boats to what to make an  Amel “the Citroen of the sea”. Going through each system helped me understand the great responsibility attached to the ownership of a 53’ sailboat.

The real-life experience of the Amel Owners Yacht School could never be attained through the YachtWorld listings or YouTube. The Amel Owners Yacht School is the only simple way to test drive an Amel and see if it works for you.

I will certainly want to go through Amel Owners Yacht School again with my family once we purchase an Amel."



Comparison between the Premium Amel Course and the Orientation Cruise:


Premium Amel Course by Bill Rouse
Orientation Cruise with Host
400 page Amel Book by Bill Rouse
Included
Included
1 Year of 24/7 Support
Included
Additional cost
Online updates to your Amel Book
Included
Included
Preferred Vendor Discounts on OEM and replacement parts for as long as you own your Amel.
Included
Included
Part 1 Deck


Windlass, Chain, Anchor Counter, Controls
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Bow Locker
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Hawse Pipe
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Genoa & Possibly Staysail Furler
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Genoa Furler Swivel
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Bamar Genoa & Staysail Furlers A- 54
Operation & Maintenance
Operation
Setting Downwind Poles SM, 54, 55
Operation & Maintenance
Possible if conditions allow
Standing Rigging
Operation & Maintenance
Show and Explanation
Running Rigging
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Mainsheet Traveler
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Outhaul Car Rigging
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Outhaul Service (Gearbox)
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Outhaul & Furling Motor
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Genoa Car Rail
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Jib Car Pulley SM
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Masts
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Booms and Preventers
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Boom Bungee
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Mast Climbing
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation
Miscellaneous Deck
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Main & Mizzen Manual Furling SN, SM, 54
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation
Hatches & Ports SM & 54
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Dinghy – Lifting, Outboard Lifting
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Aft Bumper(s)
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Fuel, Water, Waste Cap Styles, Pump Out, and Black Water Valve
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Keel Ballast – Cast Iron & Epoxy
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Part 2 Electronics & Electrical

N/A
Shore Power Connections
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation w/Amel Book
Navigation Equipment (each device)
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Capacitor - Checking
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Brush Replacement DC Motors
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Bulbs – LED conversion & Plugs Receptacles
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
B&G Hydra Speed, Wind, & Depth
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Electronics Flowchart Amel 54
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
GPS Failure Amel 54 Workaround
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Electronic NMEA Data Sharing SM 54 55
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Planning for New Navigation Electronics
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Alarm Security System
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Converters 24VDC to 12VDC
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
SSB Grounding & Bonding
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
VHF Radio & AIS
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Inverters 24VDC to 220VAC 50htz
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Battery Compartment & Jump Starting
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Show
Battery Monitor
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Battery Replacement
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Battery Testing and Temperature
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Galvanic Isolator
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Battery Chargers
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Bonding Check
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Agua Signal Fixtures
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Solar Power Wiring
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Wire Splicing & Connections & Rope Finishing
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Lithium/LiFePO4 Conversion SM & 54
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Part 3 Mechanical


Bow Thrusters SN, SM, Amel 54 & Amel 55
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Struts, Gas for Engine Room Hatch
Operation & Maintenance

Air Conditioning - Climma
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Dessalator Water Maker
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Diesel Fuel Quality & Pre-Filtering
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Main Engine & Generator
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Isolated Ground (12VDC Negative)
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Exhaust
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Yanmar Most Common Service
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Vetus Coupling Replace SM
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Transmission Oil Cooler – Service & Clean
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Volvo Most Common Service
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Onan Most Common Service
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Fridge & Freezers Frigoboat
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Clothes Washer SM2k Remove & Service
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Clothes Washer/Dryer 54 Remove & Service
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Stove ENO & Dishwasher Remove & Service
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
C-Drive – Detail and Service
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Show
AutoProp
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation Show w/Book
Shaft Brake
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation Show w/Book
Replacing the Rack Gears/Cables SN SM 54
Operation & Maintenance

Engine Room Pumps and servicing
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Gray Water Sump and servicing
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Saltwater Damage and mitigation
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Sea Chest, operation and connections
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Part 4 Plumbing


Head – Toilets
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
-Macerator Pump
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
-Freshwater Flush for SM & 54 Solenoid
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
-Discharge lines Replacing
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
-Shower Valve Repair - GROHE
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
-Ball Valves Replacing
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
-Saltwater Supply Pump (SM)
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Fresh Water Pump
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Fresh Water Tanks
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation Show w/Book
Anchor Wash Pump
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Gray Water Sump and “Bilge” Pump
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Bonding Strap - Cast Iron Ballast & Keel Bolts
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation Show w/Book
Water Heater System and Accumulator
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Sea Chest
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Saltwater Manifold & high Water Alarm
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Gas for Cooking (Gaz & Propane)
Operation & Maintenance
Explanation and Operation
Pumps OEM to MARCO Replacements
Operation & Maintenance
N/A
Part 5 Miscellaneous


Haulout and Maintenance 2-Year
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Ordering Parts from Amel
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Hard Storage Preparations
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Lubricants & Oxidation Treatments
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Maintenance Schedule SM 54
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Spare Parts
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Basic Tools for a SM, 54 or 55
Explanation w/Amel Book
Explanation w/Amel Book
Part 6 - Training Session Customized for each client based on needs
Customized Portion based on client needs
Each day an effort should be made to show and explain different points of sail and to experience each of the above. Have FUN.


If interested in either taking this special orientation cruise or being the Amel yacht owner/captain/host, please contact me at Bill@AmelYachtOwnersSchool.com