Freydis 49 Cat
I ordered a hydraulic steering
system complete with autopilot
from Hydrive in Australia
.. Would have preferred A jefa system but the tie bar modifications seemed to difficult considering the boat is in Panama
. Yesterday I asked them for an alternative to their private label hydraulic oil
and was told there isn't one. Teleflex used to play this game
with their sea star but were sued under antitrust laws and now provide an equivalent spec.
To buy hydrive oil
ex New York
approx 200$ , to airfreight to Panama
FedEx 15 liters 609$ plus customs
clearance I guess 200$
Therefore we are around a 1000$ for 3 gallons of hydraulic oil that should cost 40 $ from an industrial supply house ,or say 100$ in aviation grade.
Why do these people do it? I spent more than 7k $ with them and they chicken **** you on oil. They have alienated a customer who spent $7k for a 100$
They then tell me that their oil is unique, made specially for them when we all know that they have bought an off the shelf brand and private labelled it.
I asked for the spec they sent me a Msds sheet.
So my advice find another supplier, I bet their next step,will be to void the warranty if I don't use their fluid.