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1979 46 (ft.) AMEL Maramu, extensively updated

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General Information

Listing# 51286

Sausalito , CA, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Henri Amel and J Carteau
Maramu, extensively updated
46 (ft.)
Bridge Clearance
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details


Amels are rare on the west coast and it is almost unheard of to find a Maramu for sale that has undergone a major refit. All systems and equipment have been renewed. Except for the Isomat spars, practically every piece of gear on this boat was replaced sometime between 2004 and 2010. Exit Strategy is a well found cruising yacht with multiple trans-Atlantic crossings and far ranging explorations throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and northern Canada. This was Henri Amel's personal yacht for the first 6 years.

Famed bluewater cruiser John Neal describes the Maramu as "strong and well designed. Excellent passagemaker, great value. Low maintenance." In John's evaluation of cruising rigs, Neal states:

I used to think I would not like a ketch rig, but after seven years and 70,000 miles....I changed my mind. I appreciated the flexibility of the rig and the ability to drop nearly half the sail area (mainsail) in less than a minute without having to resort to a furling mainsail. Amel of France is one of the few yards presently building ketches.

Yes Amel is still building ketches and for nearly 40 years their boats have remained basically unchanged in basic design and execution. The newer ones are larger and loaded with luxury items putting them out of financial reach for most people.

You need to inspect an Amel for yourself to understand how much careful thought and planning went into these designs. All Amels are built and designed for extended passagemaking by a couple. Maintenance requirements are minimal by design. Many tasks take a fraction of the time they do on other boats. Components and systems are intelligently placed rather than having the boat built around them.

Exit Strategy will appeal to the sailor who desires a reliable low maintenance true go anywhere yacht. Elegant in simplicity, this boat does not have the complexities of later model Amels. The prop shaft is a simple straight shaft as opposed to a complex C-drive that can cost many thousands to replace. The owner, a lifetime sailor and industry pro, deliberately chose to keep the boat and systems simple and reliable. Unlike most boats of this vintage, every piece of equipment has been updated, thus offering the new owner the prospect of many years of trouble free cruising. 

 Exit Strategy represents an incredible value, particularly when you conside the extent of the refit. A sistership, still equipped with the original engine, sold in October 2011 for $183,000. Our listing offers an excellent value proposition for someone looking for a truly go anywhere cruise-ready yacht. Included in the sale of the boat is a comprehensive orientation with the owner who is a licensed captain, former instructor and charter captain, and owner of a successful sail loft. Opportunities like this don't appear often. Call for an appointment to view Exit Strategy today. You could be leaving for Mexico or the South Pacific this season. 

Trade-ins, smaller sail or power, will be considered.

Anyone purchasing Exit Strategy can obtain a 10% discount on insurance through Pantaenius, which is an excellent choice for cruisers. 



All Amels, since 1967, have been built with Amel designed biaxial fiberglass cloth. This is a flat woven fiberglass cloth that is much stronger in sheer and tension than conventional mat and woven roving laminates. The hull is molded in one piece incorporating one piece/non-spliced lengths of biaxial cloth running from bulwark, down through the keel/centerline, and up to the opposite bulwark. In the same fashion the next series of laminates run from the bow lengthwise to the stern, again, employing one piece/non-spliced length of biaxial cloth. The deck assembly is built in a similar fashion. While the hull is a sold fiberglass laminate with no core, the deck assembly employs a core of vertical end grain balsa in strategic horizontal areas to enhance stiffness and is insulation from heat and noise. There are also substrates of "Iron Wood" in the deck assembly where cleats and the windlass are installed to easily accommodate the increased compression and shearing loads in the foredeck. After all the structural assemblies are completely installed, the separately completed deck assembly is joined to the hull, (again, while it is still in the mold) with six layers of the same biaxial cloth used in the primary lamination, around the entire hull to deck interface. What is accomplished, effectively, is the elimination of a conventional hull to deck joint. The hull and deck are married with a homogeneous fiberglass matrix, which insures a strong and leak free hull and deck join for the entire life of the vessel. All 1000 liters/265 gallons of fresh water are carried in the stub keel, not only providing a double bottom but keeping the weight of the water quite low in the boat and not in tanks under settees. The propeller extends from a secondary fin aft of the keel. The rudder is hung from a massive full-length skeg assembly that can support the entire stern laden weight of the vessel in case of grounding. As in all elements of the entire vessels design, the hull and deck were conceived to do their job properly and efficiently and not to have a certain look or to make a fashion statement. In cruising yacht design, as in nature, the most satisfactory results are achieved when form follows function. There is very little exterior wood as Henri Amel felt that you would prefer to be enjoying cruising as opposed to varnishing or paying to have brightwork done constantly.  
The electrical system is the heart of a cruising boat. Exit Strategy has been completely rewired bow to stern with properly sized Ancor marine wire. With the exception of a few light fixtures every electrical component has been replaced. That's correct, none of the dated French electrical components remain.  Most electrical needs are handled by the two 130 watt Kyocera solar panels. A 220 amp Balmar provides high output charging. The Balmar charges the house bank while the stock 60A alternator keeps the starting battery topped off. In the event of a failure of either alternator, a paralleling switch allow either alternator to charge both house and starter battery. An isolation transformer provides protection while plugged into marina power. An Outback 2000 watt inverter/charger is installed.  All batteries were new in 2009. The house bank consists of 3 8D's. New batteries 2009 All electrical panels replaced (primarily with Blue Seas) Most interior lighting upgraded to LED Newer LED tri-color and anchor light Newer steaming light/deck light combo LED light under dodger  
Exit Strategy features a modern electronics suite. The plotter is mounted near the helm where it's visible from anywhere in the cockpit. A standard computer monitor can be used as a repeater downstairs if desired. All that's required is the wire and the monitor. An ultra-reliable rotary drive AP motor rated for boats up to 44,000 lbs. displacement combined with the Raymarine 8001 with S3G brain has proven to be an excellent AP.   Raymarine E-80 color plotter with chart chips all the way down to Panama, the entire Carribean, Florida and more Raymarine ST-60 Depth/Temp Raymarine ST-60 windpoint/windspeed Raymarine ST-60 closehauled windpoint/windspeed Raymarine 4kw radar with radome mounted on mizzen mast Icom M-602VHF with repeater mic at nav station Portable HF receiver with long wire antenna PC demodulator for receiver to display weatherfax on PC Software for demodulator
Sails and Canvas
Island Planet Sails (IPS) built new sails for Exit Strategy shortly before leaving for Mexico in 2009. The Maramu has a very efficient downwind arrangment offering the ability to easily fly twin headsails with an innovative articulating spinnaker pole arrangement. The achilles heel of most cruising boats is sailing deep downwind angles. Amel solved that. With the twins, much of the roll associated with downwind sailing is eliminated. This can be demonstrated during sea trial. A Harken Battcar system makes mainsail handling easy.  IPS full batten main with 3 reefs and Robichaud epoxy battens Harken Battcar system for main IPS furling genoa with Sunbrella cover IPS mizzen with top batten full and 1 reef UK furling genoa which was recut by previous owner UK furling jib (short hoist) which was recut by previous owner Retractable lazy jacks for main and mizzen Staysail with wire luff Twin nylon sails with luff tape New awning (mast to mast) Cockpit awning (needs minor repair) Small awning for over aft cabin Covers for windlass and winches Cover for wheel, cockpit inst., and plotter (hides it all) Wraparound cover for hard dodger (2009, restitched 2012)  
Spars and rigging
Exit Strategy has unpainted anodized Isomat spars. There is no corrosion on the spars that we know of. Once a spar is painted, it sets up a continuous need for maintenance. Like everything else on the boat, Henri Amel made choices to reduce maintenance. In the mid 1980's Amel went to in-mast furling on the Maramu. The early all furling rigs are somewhat problematic in that the manufacturer is long defunct so parts are not available for the rather complex furling mechanism. After that manufacturer went out of business, Amel started building their own masts and furling systems which are noted for reliability and the fact they can still be supported by the manufacturer. Thus we recommend if you are shopping for an Amel with furling rig to find one with Amel manufactured components. Otherwise buy our boat and enjoy the simplicity! In 2004 the masts were removed, new mast wiring installed, and restepped with new rigging at Svendsen's. The main boom traveler was installed in 2009 and is Harken Big Boat gear. The mizzen traveler was replaced with a Garhauer. Harken Big Boat low beam mainsail traveler Adjustable backstay Preventers 2 reaching struts 2 spinnaker poles 1 short pole for heavy air reaching Electric genoa furler (motor rebuilt) Rigid boom vang  
Engine & drivetrain
Exit Strategy has been repowered with a reliable Yanmar 75hp turbodiesel. This modern engine is easily accessed thanks to the design of the Amel with engine room under the hinged cockpit floor. Oil changes are quick and easy with the permanently mounted Reverso electric oil pump. A floodlight provides illumination at night. Yanmar 4JH3-TE Engine service and overhaul manuals Stuffing box serviced 1/11 1 3/8" prop shaft replaced in 2004 New cutless bearing in 2008 19"x14" 3 blade prop with spare prop onboard Spares kit from Golden State Diesel (RIP Barbara)
Accommodations and Saloon Details
The interior accommodation is well maintained and finished in burl cut plantation grown African mahogany. Entrance from the cockpit is down 3 very easily managed steps. Handholds are present everywhere and the motion at sea surpisingly gentle, which makes for comfortable passages. The companionway hatch is ingenious. It slides up and down. There are no hatchboards to remove. A simple friction lock allows the hatch to be left in any position desired. A deadbolt is provided for security and can be engaged from inside or outside. We appreciated this when we bought the boat as our youngest grandson could be below and there was no worry of him being able to access the cockpit.  The main saloon features settees to port and starboard of the saloon table. The port settee lifts to access storage space and has a filler board that converts the port settee into a double berth. The starboard settee lifts to access to more copious storage space and can be converted to a pilot berth by deploying the backrest to the leeboard position. The saloon table has two leaves, one hinged to port and one that is fitted to the starboard side allowing the table to seat ten easily. Inside the saloon table and accessed from the starboard side is space for beverage bottles and glasses. The aft end of the saloon table contains four drawers. All living spaces have dry under floor storage compartments.  All drawers have positive latches. All cabinets have sliding doors. We have never had anything fall out underway. Preparing to get underway is just matter of latching the drawers and making sure the cabinet doors are closed. 
Forward guest cabin and head
At the forepeak there is a large chain locker with a water tight bulkhead hatch allowing chain inspection. Aft of the chain locker is the forward V-berth. Both berths have leeboards and lift to access storage. The port side berth can be made into a double. The large hatch overhead allows access to the foredeck. An AC outlet is available to starboard. Aft and to port of this space is an ensuite toilet compartment with many storage area bins and a gorgeous okume wood cabinet facing created by the legendary Derek Stroenig. The toilet is a Lavac. Waste can be directed overboard or to the holding tank. A well thought out plumbing arrangement allows the single toilet pump to also pump the holding tank contents overboard. The same plumbing arrangments allow the holding tank to be pumped out without waste going through the pump. A shower is provided. To starboard from the forward head is a spacious hanging locker. The forward cabin and toilet are separated from the main saloon space by a water tight collision bulkhead that can be dogged down similar to a submarine hatch. This offers some peace of mind in the event of a hull breech.
The galley is as close to the center of roll, pitch and yaw axis as one can get. Standing at the galley double sink you are low in the hull and all moves around you in those three dimensions of movement. It is calming and secure and that position gives access to the pots and pans locker under the galley sink, galley tool drawers behind you in the saloon table, sloped dry counter to your right, and spice and oil containing spaces for your immediate cooking needs. There is a double stainless steel sink into which hot or cold fresh water and foot controlled fresh water can be pumped. An additional tap has been added to supply water from a Seagull filter, which is able to filter out bad stuff like giardia. Each basin can be covered by a custom fit cutting board thereby expanding counter surface area. The deep storage area to port of the sink and aft of the Force 10 stove/oven is accessed by a removable hatch. A Waeco front opening refrigerator/freezer is located between the galley sink and the stove. The cooker is a two burner Force 10 and can be covered by a swing down board expanding counter space. Outboard of the settees are storage compartments with sliding access doors. A BBQ provides on deck cooking opportunities. Galley near center of roll, pitch, and yaw Waeco front open refrigerator/freezer Force 10 stove/oven new in 2009. Double stainless steel sink with custom cutting board covers Microwave Seagull filter Abundant storage  
Owners cabin and toilet compartment
The owner's stateroom is a bright airy cabin with an ensuite head to port containing a deep sink with extendable faucet for showering. Since we cruise as a couple we converted the toilet compartment to storage. Adding a toilet would make this into a conventional toilet compartment. If we moved back on board we'd consider a composting toilet for this compartment as it would preclude the need to visit a pumpout. Sliding doors close off outboard storage spaces on the port and starboard sides surrounding the berth. To the port side of the bed is a vanity with fold-out chair and sliding mirror. Thermostat for Webasto is mounted in easy reach of bed so you can adjust temperature without getting out of bed. Comfortable berth with leeboards Deep sink Vanity  
Heating and ventilation
When at anchor, open the three Goiot overhead hatches (forward stateroom, forward head area, and saloon) and close the cockpit companionway hatch. Goiot hatches of this vintage are excellent quality and better than the newer ones on current European production boats. Open the hatch at the extreme aft end of the owner's cabin, and enjoy exceptional natural flow through ventilation. The key is to close the companionway hatch. Fans can be used to supplement the ventilation.  Additionally, there are two awnings (one covering the cockpit, one covering over the main boom suspended from main mast to mizzen mast).  A diesel fired Webasto heater keeps all aboard warm during chilling nights. All compartments are heated and the thermostat is mounted in the aft stateroom so you don't have to get up to adjust it at night. 4 Goiot overhead hatches Goiot opening ports in galley, head, owner's cabin Webasto diesel fired heater with ducts throughout vessel Spare gaskets for all ports  
The cockpit is situated deep within the vessel for enhanced security and to minimize the undesirable motion experienced in high mounted center cockpits and stern cockpits in lumpy seas. The steering station is in the forward port side quarter of the cockpit where it can be completely protected from sun, spray, rain and other undesirable environmental conditions. This is the living space while at sea or at anchor and it performs well. The helm seat is a saddle like structure supported by a vertical stainless steel pole that is an excellent hand hold. All sail trimming is easily managed from the cockpit. Furling the genoa is simply a matter of flipping a switch located in the instrument pod. Two cockpit tables are included, one large one for use at anchor and a smaller one for use underway. Under the cockpit is the easy to access stand up engine space. The companionway hatch simply lowers out of the way allowing easy access from the cockpit to the Saloon without the problem of manipulating slat boards or leaking side by side swing doors. This hatch can be locked from inside or outside.  Cockpit brightwork renewed summer of 2011.     
Deck equipment and ground tackle
A versatile pasarelle (boarding ladder/gangplank for medmoor) can be deployed from mounts on either side of the cockpit. For use when med mooring, there is a socket in the stern. There is a folding plywood surface to walk on and a set of stanchions with rope lifeline. Very elegant for when you're moored to the quay in Papeete. We like the fact the ladder can be quickly swiveled up and secured to the lifeline. This discourages visitors in sketchy anchorages.  Continuous stainless rail around entire boat Heavy duty double bow roller 55lb Delta with 350 5/16" HT rode with one season of use Chainstopper Heavy duty bridle type snubber Chain hook snubber Fortress FX-37 16kg French manufactured fluke (possibly original equiment?) 2 - 12 braid Plait rodes with 3/8 stainless chain for use with spare anchors (practically unused) Maxwell HWC 1200 12V windlass with one season of use Controls for windlass at helm Foot switches installed for windlass (new in 2009, serviced 2012l) Lewmar 40 winch mounted on stern (great for stern anchor or really large fish) Jacklines made of properly rated webbing
Small boats and motors
We have long been fans of the folding Porta-Bote. They are all but indestructable, row well, and can be powered with a much smaller outboard than a RIB. While we cruised Mexico we used a combination of the Porta-Bote and an 8.5 rollup inflatable that stowed on top of the aft cabin fully inflated. For a brief stop somewhere, we'd toss the inflatable in the water. If we had a longer stay we'd assemble the Porta-Bote. Exploring the esturary of San Blas in the Porta-Bote was a blast. Included in the sale is a 2hp 2 stroke outboard. We do not favor four strokes for use outside the US as they seem to be less reliable and can be hard to get parts for. The Porta-Bote planes with the 2hp and a single adult. An 8hp allows it to plane with 3 adults. Sadly, the inflatable disappeared during a stay in San Diego. So at this time, the only dinghy is the Porta-Bote. 
A note to fellow brokers
This listing is my personal boat. I am open to co-op but would prefer a call to discuss first.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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