On my Mango there are twomgrease points, but the upper is facing intomthe hull, and is not accesable. I am thinking about drilling a small hole from the cockpit to be able to grease this one.
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--- In amelyachtowners@..., Serge Tremblay <laetitiaii@...> wrote:
The new steering cables were greased with Superlube (a non drying, synthetic grease) in 2005, since then, I have injected a few ounces of CorosionX (a thin film high pressure lubricant) from the ends at the helm.Â To access the cable entries,Â my mechanic hadÂ toÂ take out the panel with the motor controls & gauges,Â unscrew part of theÂ Â mechanical systemÂ in which the cables are set and use a large sringe. This was done 4 years ago. While I have not noticedÂ any oil appearing at the other end of the cables (at the rudder post, under the bed) I presume that the oil injected at 6 feet higher must be flowing in that direction and I suspect that the grease inside the cables at the rudder end may also be sealing any oil seepage.
In addition, every few years I add grease (Superlube) to the helm connection mechanism thru a grease nipple affixed to the side of the system. I do not know if this nipple has been installed by Amel or a previous owner? What is strange is that there is only one nipple and it only lubricates the steeringÂ mecanism connected to the top cable! For the bottom, grease was added with a screwdriver when attempting to inject oil in the bottom cable!
In 2005, I also changed the chain connecting the helm to the Neco autopilot (it is only maintained as a backup, but it proved useful when, between Gibraltar and Grand Canaria, the Autohelm ceased to work). Probably I could have kept the original chain and just wash it with a degreaser, but I easily found a replacement in a bicycle shop while docked in the Old Port of Marseille.
V/ Opera, Mango #51
DeÂ : Conn Williamson <connwilliamson@...>
Ã€Â : "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
EnvoyÃ© le : jeudi 24 mai 2012 6h09
ObjetÂ : Re: [Amel] rudder cables
How do you go about greasing them.
SVÂ Jasmyn Mango #28
From: Serge Tremblay <laetitiaii@...>
To: Amel owners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Thursday, 24 May 2012 8:22 AM
Subject: [Amel] rudder cables
After 20 years of service the rudder cables had to be replaced on my Mango (#51), regretably one of the cables (Morse Type) broke just a day before entering the Med after a pleasant Atlantic crossing, and the emergency tiller had to be rigged and was used for a few days...
These cables must be greased, once in a while... and as an added security, before crossing the Atlantic from the Med,Â I installed a Autohelm electric pilot directly connected toÂ one of the "tiller" arms connected to the controling cables, so that in the event ofÂ problems at the the helm, the autopilot could be usedÂ to steer.