We had to share this photo of what we found yesterday on a Client annual haul-out. There was a serious vibration on the starboard side, and a short-haul was recommended, as it had been 14 months since the last haul, and the vessel was ready for a new bottom.
1. Shafts should be centered in their bearings. Check the stuffing box as well as at the struts. Remember that a minor misalignment at the bearings is multiplied by the length of the shaft.
2. Check your zincs at least once a year. Replace sacrificial anodes if they have lost half their weight — not just size. A full-size anode that looks like Swiss cheese has got to go. Don’t paint them, and make sure they are fastened tight.
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