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Old 19 June 2006, 11:07   #11
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very important..........very important

ensure you keep your steering topped (check the levels) up as some folks have been killed on ribs and boats where they have had a leak or loss of fluid and then they lose the steering at some speed. so keep an eye on it, i am sure it would not vent enough out to cause a problem but always best to be safe than sorry
There was a sobering report linked to on here recently about 2 people getting killed when the oil in their steering leaked out and it suddenly went to full lock and chucked them out of the boat with no lifejackets on.....
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Old 19 June 2006, 11:17   #12
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you are most welcome,we are going to the pwilly weekend on the 1-2 july, are you going to that?
I might pop down on the Sunday but I will be without my RIB as I don't trailer it ( it's too big for my car ) and I don't feel confident bringing it round from my marina berth at Deganwy - through the Meni Straights, Caernarfon Bar and Bardsey Sound!!
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Old 19 June 2006, 11:18   #13
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There was a sobering report linked to on here recently about 2 people getting killed when the oil in their steering leaked out and it suddenly went to full lock and chucked them out of the boat with no lifejackets on.....
I read this article in a boating mag which is what got me worried and thinking.
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Oil normally only seeps out of the vent/plug if the level is too high. On my system the oil should be 12mm 1/2" below the top of the helm unit. If oil is in contact with the plug it can seep out through capilliary action. It's as bad having the level too high as it is too low.
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Old 20 June 2006, 06:16   #15
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on my console the whole top of the console lifts backwards bringing oil into reach of the vent plug so if i have the console flipped back for a period of time then i get a very slight seepage.

as mentioned below ensure the oil is to the correct level from the plug, also remember that the helm can be mounted at various levels so take that into consideration as well
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Thanks for the reply.

Do you have to keep topping the system up with oil and is there any special way to do it?
I keep some in a mini shampoo bottle pinched from a hotel
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Old 20 June 2006, 12:05   #17
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I keep some in a mini shampoo bottle pinched from a hotel
Thanks for the advice I think the wife has something I can use although not sure whether she has finished with it - oh well it can be her contribution to keeping up the maintenance on the rib!
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