Technical Articles

This page is dedicated to some of the more common technical issues we run into while solving yacht hydraulics problems. We have created this page to provide you some helpful background information in your quest for success in dealing with your own yacht hydraulics issues.

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  • Tips for maintaining your hydraulic stabilizer system. Maintaining your hydraulic stabilizer system is critical to your cruising safety and comfort. In general, NAIAD®, a popular brand of fin stabilizer systems, recommends that lower seals in the units be changed every three years or 4,000 operating hours. However, comprehensive service and maintain is required anytime there is water found in the grease beyond the outer shaft seal or there is signs of grease oozing up from the inner seals around the stabilizer shaft…more
  • Flushing hydraulic systems – when, why and how. Every system on a mega yacht is important to the overall comfort and safety of the vessel and vessel’s using hydraulics are no exception. So how often should a hydraulic system, like those used for the steering, stabilizers, bow thrusters or windlass operations be flushed? To be on the safe side, a sample of the hydraulic fluids should be tested every six to 12 months or whenever the system is opened and potentially exposed to outside contaminants, you suspect that water may have infiltrated the tank or metal particles are found in the oil...more