Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
offshore | 65 those were for the rudder, or which batteries drive the pump; this is very basic stuff. If there's a problem you don't just run down below and turn the system off, (as has happened); you keep sailing the boat and work it out. "Another example is the pedestals. When you take a wheel off, or alter the chain for the steering, be careful when you pull our cables in and out of the pedestals. It's the same for your existing nav lights or mast head wind gear. If you damage the cable by crushing or cutting it, it can't do its job of relaying information, which is super important. Also string-pots on the keel and rudder, are super important. These are units about the size of your fist, with a string cable that tells you the rudder position to within a tenth of a degree. These can cost up to $2000; so if you pull the rudder quadrant off with the string still connected you snap the cable - as a sensor, it's stuffed. "When the computer sends out a message it needs feedback. If it doesn't get the feedback, it will process the wrong message. So if the guys at the yard are snapping cables while taking off your rudder, or lifting up floorboards and treading on the string-pots, (which we have seen), they are not helping your sailing budget. String-pots are used in mines and industry all over the world and are tough units, however, try and look after them and disconnect and re-connect them properly. "What is important to the Olectric team is that you are aware of what you have on board, and know its full potential at the beginning, not half way through the season. If you are thinking of getting new instruments or making structural changes to the boat, drop us an email. If you buy a second-hand boat you get the rig checked, and check the hull for electrolysis. It is in your interest to get your electrical and hydraulic package assessed. If the boat no longer has the technical notes or information we supplied, contact us." Greg Waters: Central Coast Hydraulics. Blue: Your advice for owners thinking of buying a canting keel yacht? GW: My advice is to make sure owners understand what they are buying. And the best way to do this is to talk to skippers of other canting keel yachts, and if they can, get the opportunity to go for a sail with them so they know the characteristics of the technology, what the boat does and does not do. It will be different to sailing a fixed keel boat. Then I would say ask as many questions as possible. What maintenance is involved? How often is the boat out of the water?
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