By MHS Posted 04th November 2019
1- Remember to take care of your paperwork and make sure it is all in order for all your hydraulic parts.. It is very important that you ensure you have ‘As Build’ updated drawings.. As a rule, the shipyard deliver a complete drawing log of the vessel. However, due to the reality of building the boat, certain adaptations are often needed to achieve proper installation of equipment. Occasionally at this point adjustments to the log drawings can be overlooked to include these adaptations which can cause unnecessary delays in case of emergency or during a service. Having the adjusted drawings helps keep costs low and the management team happy… with fewer hidden surprises.
2- When referring to paperwork and servicing your hydraulic equipment on board, particularly deck equipment, do not forget that each hydraulic part of the machinery must be serviced and tested in order for the equipment to be fully certified.. This means that you must keep the paperwork handy for each part when coming in for service, or load testing etc in order to cause unwanted delays.
3- When your equipment is coming up for a service and you send your work request out to tender, its important to send the drawings so the the technicians get a visual idea of what is required to assist the yacht, and assess whether certain parts of the equipment are available, or easy to order in.. This will mean less downtime for the yacht, and again, fewer surprises all round.
4- Often on board yachts, corrosion can be a problem for your hydraulic machinery.. This can come about when the parts of the boat are not properly earthed and stray currents are allowed to tamper with the equipment. This can happen in particular with hydraulic parts made with combinations of different metals working together that haven’t been properly isolated by using 'Tefgel: corrosion eliminator and anti seize lubricator’, or any other non-conductive material.. This can cause a corrosion problem and hence be more of an issue when it comes to servicing the parts.. Maintaining your equipment by protecting them in this way can help prevent future headaches.
5- Top tip: when fabricating new parts for your equipment, always go for stainless steel.. Stainless is easier to maintain and will give the part a longer lifespan, making the overall cost cheaper in the long run.