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Old 13-10-2014, 15:32   #16
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Re: Inside Tips from Volvo on Saildrives:

Thanks guys for all the input. We had a Bukh sail drive for years and changed the engine oil every 100 hours. We always put the gear shift into reverse when sailing to stop the prop spinning.

We had a saildrive destroyed by electrolysis as we unknowingly acted as the anode for a marina which had excessive stray current. (The marina has now been upgraded with floating pens and all is well).

We now know when the sail drive anode is working as my captain fitted an anode to the exterior of our hull and wired the anode through a 50 milliamp scale meter to the engine. This means we can easily see if electrolysis is happening when we arrive in different ports and anchorages. This simple system saved us yet again when the automatic controller on an impressed current cathodic protection system failed at a commercial wharf - we were taking fuel at the time and we very quickly departed but not before the prop speed had been blown from the tips of the propellor.

Now we are waiting for our new Volvo propulsion to be installed, so this system will have to be rewired to attach to our new Volvo saildrive as the volvo saildrive and engine are isolated from each other.

Perhaps this tip may save others from expensive replacements.


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Old 13-10-2014, 18:22   #17
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Re: Inside Tips from Volvo on Saildrives:

Originally Posted by Helia 44 View Post
In Australia we Blokes do not thoroughly read Owners Manuals until we have broken something...
That isn't unique to Australians - I think everyone else (maybe not Germans) never RTFM.



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Re: Inside Tips from Volvo on Saildrives:

Blokes don't read manuals.

Just ask my admiral !!!!
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Re: Inside Tips from Volvo on Saildrives:

Ha ha ha, heh he..
ROFL... heh he

Roll On Floor Laughing... Struth as they say in Oz... Blokes don't read manuals.

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