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Routine maintanance

Loose nuts and bolts
Keep an eye on nuts becoming loose. Tighten if required.

Bearings
Keeping the ballbearings moving freely is the most important maintanance to keep up the performance of the system. In warm and salty circumstances the bearings may clog up due to salt chrystal build up.
Flush with luke warm fresh water daily.

NEVER use any kind of grease or oil on any of the bearings. Under the influence of sunlight and (sea)water this will gum up and block the bearing.

Pendulum rudder blade
There are two versions of pendulum rudder blades:

  • Cast Polyurethane (all Y&B and Walt BYO models and Mr. Vane from 2013 onwards)
  • Plywood (All other models before 2013)

Degradation from poor waterproofing is not covered by warranty so keep the following in mind:

Plywood version
The plywood version needs to be coated with a suitable under water coating system to prevent water ingress.
Carefully examine the blade for cracks appearing in the coating that you have applied.
If you see any cracks, sand those areas smooth and re-coat them to prevent the cracks from opening and admitting water.

Polyurethane version
So far it seems that the PU pendulum rudder can stand being submerged in water for prolonged times. HOWEVER, if you plan to have it submerged continuously, like for multi day sailing, also coat the rudder blade with a suitable under water coating system.

Steering lines
Keep an eye on potential wear on steering lines and its surroundings.

Cleaning the system
If you want to clean the system, best use fresh water and a cloth, sponge or soft brush. NEVER use abrasive materials on the glass fibre and carbon fibre tubes as this may eventually expose the fibres and induce rapid deterioration.

The tubes can be painted if desired.