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Matt DI

J 105 Sailtec Backstay adjuster

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So after a windy Sunday at Charleston Race week. We got back to the dock and noticed some hydraulic fluid on the transom. seemed to be leaking from the bottom of the unit. I'm sure this is not a rare event but has anybody had experience with re-building these units?

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There's a rebuild kit - but it's quite expensive and I suspect that it needs presses and seal-pullers and other quite specialized tools because the yard charges quite a bit to do the service. Last time I asked it was about 50% of the price of a new one. To make matters worse, the units have stainless fittings tapped into aluminum and you know how that goes; you might pay for the kit and a few hours of specialist labor and get nothing.

I have a failed unit that I took off several years ago and they were unable to repair, so I bought a new one. The "new" one (8/9 years or so) is starting to feel a little crunchy and I asked the yard about it - their recommendation is to buy a replacement and keep it in the back of my truck for the day that this one fails. 

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That's what I was afraid of. It's not leaking now but it hasn't been under pressure again.

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My Sailtec adjuster on my 109 (back when I had it) had an issue holding pressure.  We were getting ready to head off on a weeks cruise.  Called Sailtec.  Ship it to them, and they had it fixed and returned very quickly, for what I recall was a pretty reasonable price, all things considered.  I would recommend giving them a call.  They were very nice and responsive and met all my rather elevated expectations...

https://www.sailtec.com/

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Sent a couple back to sailtec. One turn around was pretty quick, the other took a little longer. Both were during winter. I have no idea what spring means them.

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I just had a two week turnaround on a panel and cylinder system, in the past month. So now's the time?

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Thanks, I'll give them a call

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