Service, service, service!
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.
8/23/2016 01:57:15 pm
The Inshore furler on my Weta has done a lot less than 15000 miles but the bearings have become very rough. No one told me I had to grease them - how do I do that?
6/18/2017 08:34:03 pm
Same question as above on my Weta--no answer posted from you folks! I've got the unit in my hand, but can't make out how to access the bearings, even after removing from the housing.
7/12/2022 09:15:49 am
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. Thank you for the beautiful post!
9/22/2022 01:49:30 pm
When we collected it for servicing, the bearing was in pieces and ceased into the housing. Thank you for taking the time to write a great post!
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