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Are you in Sint Maarten now?
I expect to be there Thursday afternoon.
We are at Simpson Bay Yacht Club.
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 12:13 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Mizzen Roller Reefing
I took the frozen shaft to FKG in Sint Maarten, and they were able to remove the very tight Allen wrench bolt and free up the shaft rotation. Apparently there was some corrosion that had built up in the connecting shaft. Best advice, crank you mizzen back and forth every once in a while to prevent corrosion buildup!
I added some lithium grease to the bevel gears before reassembly, and used blue locktite on the aluminum threads joining the shaft to the main gear housing. After fitting the whole assembly back into the mizzen, I put the foil back on the main gear housing, and then put mizzen sail back on the foil. Everything now works smoothly as expected.
I posted a few more photos in the SM Mizzen Gearbox album to show the greasing of the bevel gear and the final assembly before reinstallation on the mizzen mast.
Derick Gates SM2K #400 Brava
We left Sint Maarten yesterday with the last bridge opening, and are currently in St. Barts, looking for a weather window to sail down to Antigua. I have a haulout date set on Friday morning the 17th, in Bailey's Boatyard in Falmouth Harbour, so I am afraid I missed you. Kimberlite looks stellar!