To stay on the water longer, keep your equipment functioning the way it should do. We recommend every season that furlers and head swivels should be stripped and cleaned, spindles should be crack tested, pin holes checked for elongation and new bearings fitted with new grease.
At the recent Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland, we saw a huge difference between well maintained furlers and those that had received little love on the long ocean stretches. Teams which had a good maintenance schedule ultimately spent less on their equipment, as the only thing needing to be done was a clean, regrease and reassemble. Poor maintenance resulted in not only needing new bearings but in some cases, new spindles and housings as well.
Pictured here, above and below, is a poorly serviced unit from one of the Volvo Ocean Race teams. When we collected it for servicing, the bearing was in pieces and ceased into the housing. This furler had done 15,000 NM with no servicing. In these conditions we would expect the furlers to be checked and re-greased every 5,000NM !
Talk to one of the team today about scheduling in a service for your KZ parts.
February was an exciting time for the KZ Marine Group team with the Volvo Auckland Stopover in town. We have a long-standing relationship with the race and are official furler suppliers to the boats. Not to mention two of our team – Keryn McMaster and Marleen Cleyndert – have completed four Volvo/Whitbread races between them!
We took advantage of the fleet being in town to offer all the yachts a full service on their furlers and head swivels – over 60 units between them – and were delighted to have positive feedback and how the furling systems had been performing. "It was a pleasure to work with the KZ team again during Team SCA's time in New Zealand for the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover," said Richard Mason, Shore Manager for Team SCA. "The team did an amazing job for us, fully servicing our furler parts and systems."
The Auckland leg of the Volvo stopover is fast approaching, and with the full fleet carrying KZ 10T offshore Racefurlers we are looking forward to seeing our gear back on home soil. The race village opens on February 27th, with the fleet in town until 15 March before the start of Leg 5. While the fleet is in Auckland we will be taking the opportunity to fully service all the Volvo fleet furlers to make sure they are in pristine condition ready for the remaining legs of the race. Stay posted for our activity surrounding the Stopover.
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