Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Steering hydraulics

Steering hydraulicsTo say I've a lot of projects on the go at the moment is maybe somewhat of an understatement.

The variety of things I've got to do is great, both in terms of interest and challenge, but not so good in terms of structure and planning or completion.

The steering gear hydraulics is a case in point. In amongst everything else to be done, I'll also need to set aside time to address the various oil leaks in the system.

Each of the four separate leaks is trivial, but collectively they represent a sizeable chunk of work that has to be done. The longer this is left, the more mess there is to clean up afterwards.

What I'm starting to realise is I must set up some kind of plan - and stick to it.

I know me. If I don't make a plan, I'll continue to drift onto new, and therefore interesting, things while leaving a trail of projects with the challenges resolved, but left unfinished.

I remember how constructive the plan I had when leaving Fareham was. Then most things actually got finished.

Step 1 - make a list ....

14 comments:

  1. Microsoft Project...?

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  2. Hi Paul

    Could be, though I was thinking of something somewhat simpler, at least in the beginning.

    Posting planned, current and completed project lists on my website has a certain appeal.

    Regards

    Tim

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  3. Anonymous6:28 PM

    I have had a question since last time you were mucking with the steering gear and now's a good time to ask, I guess.

    What sort of signal is it that travels from the wheelhouse to the steering room? Is it electrical? hydraulic? mechanical?

    What is here in the steering room is essentially a bug powerful servo to make the rudder follow the steering input. I see a hydraulic power pack and reservoir in the back. The two rams that move the rudder are fairly obvious. I think the thing in the centre that looks like an auto oil filter could be the position feedback that controls the solenoids -- maybe? But I don't really understand where the main input signal comes.

    If it is possible to explain the theory of operation, would you mind?

    Thanks.

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  4. I worked on a system similar to this on an old wooden German minesweeper (keirwielder) it was on its way to the Cape verde islands (SalI believe where it was to end its days as a dive vessel) the German owner had some work done to it to convert the auto (best described as) a small yacht one was fitted, however only one of the two rams was being used and as the rudder had been extended to about eight by four feet in size the force eight that they came across to Dover in caused the rudder to slam back against the air filled ram and the steering was badly affected. We carried out the required work to the system and she continued on her journey still using the small yacht signal system, however we did install a more that adequate "peristaltic" pump and had both of the rams operating, so no more slamming. If my memory serves me right the crew deserted at Brixham and we had to fix him up with a new skipper (with crew):o(( ( basically I sent him to the seamans mission to search for such)

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  5. Sorry "auto" should read auto pilot I think it was seatrek or Raytheon( not the commercial model)

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  6. Hi Anonymous

    I'll do a post describing this, as it's likely to be long.

    Regards

    Tim

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  7. Hi Rob

    Interesting storey.

    At least my steering all works, although it could do with upgrading.

    Regards

    Tim

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  8. Hi Rob

    I'm still thinking of one of the integrated radar/gps/moving map/depth finder/autopilot devices.

    Prices are steadily coming down...

    Regards

    Tim

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  9. Most of these comments here are a bit too technical for the likes of me with my hand started old engine and very simple steering gear, but after reading your post, I can relate very well to the stuff about plans..how many mini projects have I left unfinished now...dread to think! Write a list. I know I should!

    I don't know the river Itchin, but Southampton's a great place to be methinks. A real sea faring city. I wanted to go to uni there many many moons ago, but alas didn't get the grades they wanted!

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  10. Hi Valley P

    I try as much as I can to make my posts readable to all, so sorry if it's got a bit technical.

    Regards

    Tim

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  11. Anonymous5:22 PM

    you sweet talking fellow tim hows it go intergrated radar gps depth and cushioned skippers chair mmmmmm!!

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  12. Hi Tim just another job for the list! I admire your drive, go for it!

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  13. Hi Anonymous

    Got to keep the skipper happy :)

    Regards

    Tim

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  14. Hi Rob

    Thanks.

    The whole thing does weigh on a guy though.

    Regards

    Tim

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