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Paul R

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Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:12:29 PM »

Is there an easy way of doing this, without removing the rudder everytime lube is required.?
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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 05:57:03 PM »

All depends on how much you would like to keep the flexi "flexible". if you miss out on an oiling/cleaning session, then there is a likelyhood of rust forming inside the strands, so careful and regular maintenance will help you to keep the flexi going longer.
I was advised to remove a flexi drive after each sailing, clean it, then re oil it and allow to stand for a few hours "in oil" before wiping off the excess and reinstalling.
"works for me"
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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 06:48:15 PM »


I was advised to remove a flexi drive after each sailing, clean it, then re oil it and allow to stand for a few hours "in oil" before wiping off the excess and reinstalling.
"works for me"


I was told similar, but to leave the flex drive in the oil between sailings and only refit before sailing
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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 09:35:57 PM »

A nice oil "bath" can be made from a length of 15mm copper pipe slightly longer than your longest flexi, with a flat piece of copper soldered onto one end. Then jubilee clip it to a bracket on the end of your bench.  Insert the flexi(s) (leaving the prop on, to stop it dropping to the bottom) and fill with light oil (Wilkinsons do a nice cheap one).  As 'essex' infers, the longer you leave it in there, the less chance rust has of developing.

Happiness is a clean flexi :-)

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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 10:38:34 PM »


Happiness is a clean flexi :-)

Danny


And a well lubricated flexi  :o






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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 08:21:30 AM »

putting some brake fluid in with the oil helps as well as brake fluid draws out any water that may be trapped in the flexi shaft, :-))
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Re: Flex Drive Maintenance on Miss Geico 29
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 09:02:36 AM »

Is there an easy way of doing this, without removing the rudder everytime lube is required.?

Change to an offset rudder ? This implies that the one for the Blackjack 29 will fit.

Steve
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