The Boat

General INFO

Name                       PITU
Make Model           AMEL   SUPER MARAMU
Launched                  1995
HIN 0030017SM1481995
Registration     Switzerland

LOA        52'6" (16 m.)
LWL        41'4" (12.6 m.)
Draft      6'8" (2.05m)
Beam     15'3" (4.6 m.)

Displ.     35,840 lbs.(16,254 kg.)
Ballast   12,320 lbs. (5,588 kg.)
Sail area (100%) 945.4 sq. ft.  (125 sq. m.)

Engine   115 hp. Nanni n4.115

Fuel       158 gals. (600 L.)

Water     264 gals. (1,000 L)

Sail Area/ Displ. 14.12

Displ. /Length      223
Ballast/Displ.       34.37%
Beam/LOA            32%


When we decided to buy our sail boat to sail around the world, and after visiting several sailing boats we decided that the Amel SUPER MARAMU was the perfect boat for us like a couple.
We had the opportunity to visit the yard in La Rochelle, France to see and understand how their boats are built and we were after this visit even more convinced of their responsibility to do their boats.
We found a lot of advantages on the AMEL boat like the SUPER MARAMU:
- Central cockpit that brings security and comfort
- Easy to work with the sails from the center cockpit (just one person can do the job without going out the cockpit)
- The interior is nice, elegant and classic (The wood work with mahogany is beautiful)
- Working on the engine room is easy and comfortable
- The aft cabin for guest is comfortable and private
The quality and safety of the AMEL construction has been proved over the years

  We bought PITU in 2011 and since we are happy sailing and living in as our home.
  We navigate in the Mediterranean Sea until 2014 where we cross the pacific. We visited the Antilles islands the west coast of USA until de Chesapeake Bay.
  We decided to continue our adventure in the Pacific and we did the transpacific Panama-Galapagos-Gambier- Marquesas and Society Islands. We are located now in Tahiti and we would like to sale PITU to go back to Switzerland
  When someone is going to buy our boat PITU, she will be ready to sail! This is important, we did already all the improvements!

  As Bill Rousse from Amel School says “Buying an Amel is akin to joining a clan of like-minded sailors, of which there are thousands around the world cruising happily. “

  If you are interested in more technical information take the time to learn about our

s/v   PITU


The interior accommodation is finished in burl cut plantation grown African Mohogany with a semi-gloss polyurethane varnish. The overheads are cream colored vinyl. The sole in the saloon and galley are made in mahogany and have wonderfully large deep dry storage lockers beneath, and with beige carpet in the staterooms and hallways.

Beginning in the forepeak and working aft there is a large chain locker that is isolated from the accommodation by a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead with a watertight door allowing access in to the chain locker.
The guest stateroom is just aft and has a very large V-berth with 2 single berths. A filler panel and cushion are provided that can convert this V-berth into a large double berth to port with a single berth to starboard. There is a writing desk hung on the bulkhead that easily folds down or up as require.

Just aft to starboard is a very generously sized hanging locker with the guest head opposite to port. The guest head has a vanity with extra deep wash basin, Jabsco marine toilet with holding tank and an integral shower with a well-designed spray curtain that effectively provides a stall shower. The head includes 6 large deep storage cubicles. A laundry drying rack folds up flat against the wall.

Just aft the head area is the saloon. The saloon is separated from the forward accommodation by a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead with a submarine type watertight door. The saloon contains a very spacious U-shaped dinette with table port with a couch/love seat opposite to starboard. Outboard of the couch is a pull-out pilot-sea berth. Outboard of the sea berth are very deep storage lockers. A virtually identical locker arrangement is opposite all the way outboard to port less the television compartment (We have installed a TNT antenna television that works in all European countries including French Polynesia). The storage space in the saloon is extremely impressive.

The full-sized navigation station is aft of the saloon to starboard with the U-shaped galley directly opposite to port. The navigation station faces outboard with a large chart table and a pylon seat. There is storage inside the chart table for navigation supplies as well as two drawers and two lockers beneath. Just next to the navigation station is a large hanging locker, suitable for jackets and foul weather gear.
The passageway to aft cabin contains a single berth with the battery containment compartment just beneath. This is a superb sea berth that will guarantee a restful sleep in even the worst of conditions as it is located quite low inside the vessel and very close to the forward-aft pitch axis.

The owner’s stateroom is all the way aft and has a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead at its entry with a submarine style watertight door. The owner’s stateroom has an extra deep wash basin, an electric Jabsco Marine toilet with holding tank, and an integral shower with a well-designed spray curtain that effectively replicates a stall shower. The owner’s stateroom includes a small settee and queen berth, as well as a nice sized vanity table with swing-out seat. A locker door above the vanity table is equipped with a mirror mounted on the interior side of the door. Mounted on the exterior side of the head door is a full-length mirror.

The U-shaped galley is located in the port side after quarter of the saloon. This galley is, truly, an ergonomic “tour de force” that will be very much appreciated by a seagoing gourmet both when offshore and in harbor.
There is plenty of counter space for meal preparation and an abundance od storage both in and about the galley so that the sailing chef can have all the conveniences found in a shore side of the kitchen without the usual clutter present in most fully equipped sailboat galleys.

Double very deep sinks (There is a SEAGULL IV drinking water purification system installed)
Stainless steel ENO gas stove
Gas oven beneath stove (2015)
Front access fridge/Freezer (2013)
Deep freezer underneath the seat in the saloon
Galley ventilator exhaust fan 24 volt
Clothes washer SOBA (2014)

  Our kitchen is fully equipped with pans, dishes, glasses, etc.


Probably best described as a center cockpit, the cockpit area in the AMEL SUPER MARAMU is situated deep within the vessel for enhanced security and to minimize undesirable motion. The steering 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. The cockpit is exceptionally comfortable as the seat backs and the seats themselves are ergonomically designed to conform to the human anatomy with subtle curves in just the right places. As we tent to live in the cockpit, Amel went with great lengths to make this area the most comfortable room in the house. The hard dodger protects de cockpit from the sea and spray while the extendable/pull out Bimini keeps the sun away.

The forward deckhouse is a wedge configuration. Both the forward and aft deckhouses are bordered by side decks that are unencumbered by rigging or equipment. It is quite easy ans safe to make your way about the decks on board the SUPER MARAMU.

Each and every element of the deck design was drawn, reconsidered, and the ultimately configurated to provide the optimum in functionality, comfort, and security. Amel’s 30 plus years of experience with offshore sailing boat design really shows everywhere aboard the SUPER MARAMU.

The hull is an evolution of Henri Amel’s cruising keel and skeg hung rudder philosophy that he helped popularize for cruising boats in the early 1950’s. The raked bow with semi-rounded forefoot provides a fast yet sea-kindly face to the waves. The wide low aspect ratio keel gives up maybe a couple of degrees in pointing ability in providing an exceptionally strong and secure mount for the external ballast. All 1,000 liters/ 264 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 where they would rob storage). The keel has long wings, which not only aid stiffness and weatherlyness, but also act as pitch stabilizes when going 5 knots or better. The keel hs a flat bottom and is wide enough to allow the boat to stand, unsupported, on the keel. However, we strongly urge to use support stands when on the hard.

The propeller is mounted on the trailing edge of the keel where it is well immersed and very well protected from sea junk. It is also not under the bed in the owner’s cabon, as in most center cockpit designs, allowing you to sleep when powering. Propeller noise is effectively marginalized. (we have a MaxPro propeller from 2012).

The rudder is hung from massive full-length skeg assembly that can support the entire laden weight of the vessel in case of grounding.
The hull’s run aft is wide enough to support powerful reaching performance yet shaped with gradual buoyancy increase so when immersed in waves to impart a steady ride in a sea way. In conjunction with the same gradual buoyancy increase in the bow there is a very predictable and linier motion at sea.

As in all elements of the entire vessel’s design, the hull and deck were conceived to do their job properly and efficiently, not to have a certain look or make a fashion statement. In cruising yacht design, as in nature, the most satisfactory results are achieved when form follows function.


The AMEL SUPER MARAMU has a construction technique that is absolutely unique in the industry. The yield is an extremely strong and solid one-piece hull and deck assembly; a true monocoque!

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 hat conventional mat and woven roving laminates. It is lighter, stronger and better. The hull is molded in one piece incorporating one piece/non-spliced lengths of biaxial cloth running form 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 lengths of biaxial cloth. The deck assembly is built in a similar fashion. While the hull is a solid fiberglass laminate with no core, the deck assembly employs a core of Baltek 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 and shearing loads in the foredeck.

While the completed one-piece hull is still in the mold, ALL the furniture and structural bulkheads, less non-structural drawers and cabinet faces, are installed. 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 laminations, around the entire hull to deck interface. What this accomplishes, 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.


12-Volt D.C. Ships Engine Start System
12-Volt D.C. Regulated 30 Amp. supply for computers and other 12 V items
24-Volt D.C. Ship House Supply System
220-Volt A.C. Ships Generator System
220-Volt A.C. Ship Shore Power System
220-Volt A.C. Ship inverter System

The 12-Volt D.C. ships engine start system draws from one 160AH Lead cell battery to provide starting current to both the main engine and the generator. The battery is charge by a 50-amp 12volt engine driven alternator and/or by an 18-amp 12volt alternator on the diesel generator. When connecter to shore power, this battery is charge by a 6 amp230V battery charger. This battery is totally isolated and cannot be co-mingled with the house supply batteries. If can, however, be jumped cables if it ever needs to be.

The 24-volts D.C. ships house supply battery bank consists of 8 12 volts for total of 440 amps. These batteries are charged by an engine driven alternator as well as the following: 220 volts chargers; Dolphin 30 Amp automatic charger and a Victron 80 Amp automatic charger.

All the ship´s batteries are secure within and locked down inside of a fiberglass containment system that is both waterproof and vapor proof. The house batteries and the starting battery are AGM Victron.
The house batteries are monitored by 2 units: Magnetronic DCC400 and a octopus. These units show voltage, amps out and amps into the house batteries.
The shop´s 24 volts D.C. house supply system is controlled by an all circuit breaker master panel.

The house of batteries is charge by any/all of the following:

24 Volts main engine driven alternator
80 Amp 24 Volts 230VAC charger energized by the ONAN generator
30 Amp 24 Volts 230VAC charger energized by the ONAN generator
420-Watt Solar System consisting of 3 each Kyocera multicrystalline solar panels mounted on a stainless steel stern arch/davit and regulated by a Victron MPPT charger regulator 150/70V 40Amp
Wind Generator DUOGEN D400 Wind Genset 24volt

  The ship’s 12 Volts D.C. regulated 30 Amp supply for computers and other 12V items is controlled by an all circuit breaker master panel.
  The 220 Volt A.C. 6.5 ship’s diesel generator is an ONAN unit with a fresh water-cooled three-cylinder diesel power plant. The generator has 2000 hours of use of Nov. 2018. It is mounted in the engine room and is nearly noiseless in operation.

  The 220 Volt A.C. ships inverter is a VICTRON PHONIX INVERTER unit that provides 2000 Watts from 24-volt house batteries. Both the 220 Volt A.C. ship´s diesel generator and the 220 Volt A.C. ships shore power system are controlled by all circuit breaker master control panel. There are 220 Volt outlets located conveniently throughout the accommodation. There is a ground fault interrupter in the primary 220 supply line.

  If only 110 Volt A.C. is available dockside, there is a provided doubler power cord that converts two 110 Volt dockside outlets into one 220-volt supply outlet.

NAVIGATION ELECTRONICS And enternaiment systems

Radar Furuno 1831
Raymarine Rotative Drive Motor Type 2
Lecomble et Schmitt Hydraulic linear drive autopilot 40ST16
Furuno Electro Magnetic Heading Sensor
SSB ICOM M801E (2013)
VHF ICOM S604 (2014)
Raymarine P70 Pilot Controller (2013)
Raymarine Smart Pilot SPX 30 (2013)
Raymarine i60 wind instrument (2018)
Raymarine i70 wind instrument (2018)
Raymarine Chart Plotter AXION (2018) MFD display
Raymarine 650 Classe B Transceiver
Furuno GPS / WASS Navigator GP-32
Fusion Radio system MS-IP600 with internal and external speaker
Wifi Antenna Bullet M2
Two depth sounder are installed: one is connected to a Hydra station and another is connected to the Raymarine AXIOM chart plotter.
Iridium GO satellite telephone system


Mastheaded ketch rig with AMEL designed and constructed furling on the jib, main, and mizzen. The main and jib furlers can be operated electronically or manually. The mizzen is manual operation only from the cockpit position. Additionally, the main sheet traveler and the jib sheet cars can be also positioned from the cockpit area.

Like all SUPER MARAMU, this boat has the exclusive AMEL double headsail ballooner system. For those who have no experienced this, you are in for a treat. It allows one person to control 1431 square feet of the wind headsail from the cockpit without effort.
The standing rigging is 1x19 stainless steel wire with Stalock fittings. The aluminum alloy spars and booms are zinc chromated, primed and painted in cream colored polyurethane. Both mast are deck stepped to massive compression assemblies that carry the compression loads into the hull. All rigging has been totally changed in 2014.
A new staysail from an Amel 54 has been installed on our SUPER MARAMU in 2014.

Winches are Lewmar and all are self-tailing. The primary cockpit winches Lewmar are powered and can also be operated manually, as in the mainsheet winch.


Genoa (2010)
Mainsail (2010)
Mizzen (2016)
Asymmetrical (in sock) -optional
Staysail (2017)
Ballooner (Twin Genoa)
Mizzen Asymmetrical
There are sheets, lines, winch handles etc. for proper operation of all sails.


NANNI N4.115 with 115 HP has been mounted in France in 2013. Amel design and constructed a C-DRIVE system. Thee bladed MAXPROP automatic feathering propeller is installed, (also a new 3 blade non-feathering propeller is store on board). Engine mounted fuel filter and extra filter water separator.

The engine, and most of the vessel’s machinery, is mounted in a very spacious engine room that allows easy and unencumbered access to all the machinery for inspection, service and repair. This is a true step in/stand up engine room that contains all the noise, heat and mess of the machinery thereby keeping it all out of the accommodations. The engine has 2400 hours as of Nov 2018.


Pull-pull rack and pinion system employing sheathed stainless-steel cables/rods. The cable run in greased tubes and have no wear points as in systems that use wire and pulleys. There is a finely engineered and fitted emergency tiller system provided that will allow one to steer from atop the aft truck cabin.


As all genuine cruising boat, the ground tackle aboard the SUPER MARAMU is sturdy, well-engineered, and easy to deploy and retrieve. The primary anchor can be set and retrieve from the cockpit without effort with the windlass remote control. Specific ground tackle includes:

Lofrans Tigres  1500 watts windlass
Double Bow Rollers
Remote control for windlass at helm
80-m anchor chain
25 kg Delta anchor
Digital chain counter deactivated- Possible to re reinstall.
FOBB anchor 18 kg
Danforth anchor 20 Kg.
2 x Extra chain 15 mts and 60m rope
Stainless steel drum for stern anchor with 80 mts rope (14 mm) and 50 mts chain 8 mm for stern anchor
Stainless steel box for stern anchor chain
2 mooring reels with webbing strap (80 m each x 35mm)


The SUPER MARAMU has a C.E. A/Unlimited Offshore rating as well as a French Merchant Marine Class A rating.
Specific safety items:

GPS EPIRB Kannad marine
Orange Horseshoe
Flares, Rockets and Smokes
Rescue ladder
Life raft (8p)
Watertight Battery Compartment
Watertight Engine room
Stainless Tube Life Rails
Masthead Tri color light
Masthead anchor light
24V D.C. bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
MOB Rescue sheet
6 fire extinguishers
6 life jaquets
First aid
Stainless steel Security bars for all hatches
Stainless steel Life raft quick release frame.


In 2017 we purchased a new aluminum AB ultralight dinghy 10ft with a Yamaha Enduro Two strokes 15 hp.
This dinghy can be suspended at the stainless-steel solar panel arch.


Watermaker Dessalator  60 littles /hour 24 Volts (New motor 2015)
Climma  air conditioner system for master cabin and saloon.
Amel patented Bow thruster. (Really strong)

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