Thank you for the info, Opie91. We purchased our current
Sailtec (locking version) on that trade-in program 11 years ago ($1220 + $300 shipping), replacing the Sailtec that was already on the boat when we purchased it in CT in 1997. Now, having lived aboard and cruised full-time for 16 years, we are comfortable doing all of our own mechanical and structural work, DC electrical
, etc. Really felt we should be able to replace the seals
in this simple hydraulic device so we ordered the seal kits ($265 list for 20 small O-rings and wee plastic bits, plus $112 FedEx to Malaysia) and are now in the process of breaking down the cylinder and pump. As you predicted, the piston end is NOT coming off the end of the rod. Have sent it to a local machine shop. All joints were bathed in so much excess Loctite, that's been the battle.
suitable for long-range offshore
cruising should be field-serviceable. Well, in a perfect world ...