Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Genoa furling gear - Grease Nipple - Zerk Fittings
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Thanks. Adding grease to the drill bit and tap makes sense. I also think the nylon bolts might be a better idea. Thanks again. It is always best not to mix metals. I was thinking that the nylon would disintegrate in the UV but now that I rethink it, I could just change them out with each greasing.
I also like the idea of using the same size grease fitting as the AutoProp however, I have had a hard time finding a metric adaptor for my grease gun to fit it correctly. I made a huge mess servicing the AutoProp J
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of eric
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2014 1:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Genoa fuling gear - Grease Nipple - Zerk Fittings
I use hex head nylon bolts instead of stainless no corrosion with the aluminum.
Adding grease nipples to all furling gear housings is a priority on my to do list. I like the idea of having 2 stainless steel bolts with the same thread as the grease fittings, one on each side, tapped into the housing. I would insert the grease fitting only when adding grease. This would allow me to open one side and fill the other. When the grease is oozing out, then I know I have a full gear housing. This approach, I think, would eliminate any excessive forces on seals as grease is being pumped in.
My question is to those that have done this. How did you contain the metal fragments and prevent them from entering the housing when tapping the housing for the fittings? Or, am I over thinking this?
Too true, Eric. I, like John Hollomby, have an affinity for the Sunbeam Tiger, built by Jensen in West Bromwich in England. They had a Ford V-8 made in Michigan and the only way they ever leaked much oil was when installed in this English chassis. Must be the air…Rovers are invincible if a bit leaky. The zerk fittings work very well and I would urge you to make this fairly simple modification. You’ll be glad you did.
All the best,
Joel F. Potter - Cruising Yacht Specialist, LLC
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If you did not act on the advice to fit a grease nipple and another removable machine screw to let the old grease and metal waste escape when forced out by new grease then you ought to do so urgently before the bronze gear wheel finally wears out altogether. I did after I stood in the fore cabin and heard the horrible grinding noise whilst Anne furled. It vanished after I added new grease and thus forced out what little remained of the original grease. The same applies to the mainsail furlers.
Good luck, Anne and John, Bali Hai, SM319, Malta