Originally Posted by donradcliffe
The tropical sun is hard on the seals--I tied a ring of light line around the piston to shield them from the sun, but still only got about 10 years before they started to leak again.
Actually the only seal exposed to the elements is a wiper. I keep a little rag with silicone spray (like for dry suites) wrapped around the shaft as it enters the cyl. Serves a double purpose.
BTW, the system only needs to be loaded when out beating into the wind
. While moored the pressure only needs to be at 1000 psi or less.