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
    Amel 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."


    Comparison between the Amel Course by Bill Rouse and the Orientation Cruise:


    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