High Seas delivers expertise in running gear and hydraulics under one roof

2016 January 11
by Chris Brown

new rudder sealsWhen a 121′ Heesen was recently hauled at Lauderdale Marine Center, we were contracted to work on a number of different components on the yacht. As part of the refit and general service, our technicians removed the rudders and replaced the bearings and the seals. We also performed an optical scope alignment on the boat, pulled the shafts, couplers, props and Wartsila shaft seal assembly to ensure that everything was in alignment and in good working order.

While the yacht was hauled it also needed routine maintenance and service performed on its Hydraulic Steering System. It is recommended that this type of service be performed every 5 to 7 years to ensure the yacht continues to run at peak performance. A steering failure can be extremely inconvenient

For this work, we called in our hydraulic experts from our sister company High Seas Hydraulics. As part of the process, we drained and flushed the hydraulic tanks containing the steering fluid, removed and rebuilt the steering cylinders and replaced the old hoses with newly fabricated ones that were made on site in our shop.

Part of the general refit on this yacht included installing new hard hydraulic lines. To ensure that the lines were clean prior to filling the tanks with fresh hydraulic steering fluids, air is blown through the lines starting at the tank and ending where the hoses meet the cylinders.

Having a shops that specialize in both running gear and hydraulics under one roof, can often time save the owners, captains or engineers’ time and money.

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