Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Prop Shaft Brake - How to remove brake pads?
Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
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For the record we changed the brake pads out with new ones today. This was not a difficult job at all, but to do this we found it best to remove the complete shaft brake system via the two bolts onto the engine bearers. Once this was removed, it become far easier to remove and replace each brake pad.
Tip to those on Amels setting out for a world cruise.... our departure from Cape Town to the Caribbean was delayed by a day mainly since we did not have a set of cir clip pliers on board, nor did we have spare replacement cir clips. Purchase a set of these and store them on board. The job was a bugger to do until I could purchase these items....
In our case the front brake pad (ie. nearest the bilge) was pretty worn down, so now by replacing this with a new one from Amel, we no longer have an issue with the shaft turning whilst we are sailing. Also, as per the notes in the Amel Owners site, keep a spraycan of disc brake pad cleaner spray on board too. This could also solve this problem for you.
Colin & Lauren Streeter
SV Island Pearl II - sm #332
Now en-route crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town to Grenada
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