2017-10-29 — Haul, Bottom & Stabilizers –Week #16

All the work done thus far was to get us here, to get hauled and the stabilizers serviced. Magnolia in the straps getting the “big chunks” removed.

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Finally blocked and ready for a busy (very) week!

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Pablo got right to work getting the bottom prepped for paint.

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The biggest unknown of this whole refit was the condition of the stabilizer system. Stabilizers are very common on big cruise ships and mega yachts. . The system responds to movement in the vessel and counteracts any wave induced rolling motion. Generally it makes for a very comfortable ride in most all sea conditions. Magnolia is equipped with an older system built by SeaRocq/Koopnautic, which was purchased by Naiad. Though all the mechanical/hydraulics are supported, if the computer fails (monster pictured below) well thats gonna hurt. Will cross that bridge if we get there!

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Mean while, the bottom actually looked pretty decent after sitting around for the last few years.

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The corner of the trailing edge on the starboard side had taken a chip at one time or another. That is a VERY minor repair.

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Since this system had been “under-maintained” for so long we brought in the Naiad Factory guys to do the work.

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The best news we heard was “wow, everything looks really terrific.” This is the hydraulic actuator mounted on the interior hull and rotates the fin as commanded.

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The fin/shaft assembly dropped out of the actuator assembly. The shaft looked terrific with no wear marks anywhere.

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It may not look it but the Teflon coated sheath was perfect with no wear at all. We decided not to replace and hold the new ones as onboard spares.

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Everything went better than we could have imagined, so happy to have that maintenance behind us. On the upside, the maintenance cycle on this system is 3-5 years as opposed to the Naiad every two years!

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While we were out of the water we replaced two transducers so we would have a port and starboard depth finder. That will help keep us in the middle of the channel!

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While the yard was working on the bottom I took the opportunity to varnish the deck plate that will go into the laundry “room.” Yes, its small but there really is one!

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The whole team did a terrific job. Magnolia went from drip to splash in a short 7 days. There was a TON of work accomplished…it was a good week!

6 thoughts on “2017-10-29 — Haul, Bottom & Stabilizers –Week #16

  1. Really impressed with the log book of pictures and getting insight to the inner workings of a boat. Hope to see you soon.

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