Sometimes when it rains it pours, which has been my misfortune with the boat this last month. After dealing with an engine overheat 30 miles off-shore, water in the fuel and fueling issues due to a faulty design of the fuel venting system, my steering recently failed two weeks later with a blown hole in a hydraulic line just near the steering cylinder. The cause, improper installation of the hydraulic hoses to the steering cylinder when I took possession of the boat two years ago. After talking with the manufacture of the steering system (Lecomble & Schmitt) and sending them pictures, they determine the hoses we’re not properly installed, causing one hose to clip and rub on the other hose connection nut to the cylinder, which ultimately tore a hole in the hose. As you can imagine, failure of the hydraulic steering can lead to a very bad situation, so check your setup and ensure the same is not happening on your boat.
Thanks Capt'n Ron. I will check our steering hose connections. Our boat is currently in for the 100 hours. Appreciate you posting issues that arise so we may avoid them. Where are you at with the fuel system venting issue. Will there be a replacement trap. Dogbreath
Hi dogbreath, Sundance fixed the fuel vent problem by adding a siphon loop where the vent hose connects to the p-trap. I don’t believe Attwood has released the new p-trap yet. I encourage all owners with fuel vents on the side of the hull (new 895’s shouldn’t be an issue) to contact the dealer to have them add the siphon loop.
I’m working with a Sundance now on getting the hydraulic hose issue repaired. Unfortunately, these hoses are custom made and come from Jeanneau so I don’t know how long this will take. It will be interesting to see how they configure it to avoid this from happening again. This is what the the tech from the Steering manufacture L&S said.
“Looks like (this is just a theory) the hose may have clipped the head of that bolt when moving. Typically these hoses should be angled in a way that allows them to be a little more free, they way it is now the outside hose is keeping the inside hose on a certain path and if the bolt was in the way it's going to do damage to the line. I originally was thinking some kind of solvent damage but this looks like an external puncture caused it”
We are currently having our engines installed at Sundance Blaine. I went down to see how things are progressing today. It looks like they are using completely different and shielded hoses. (Jeanneau nc895)
Folks, This is Capt Gary. We had the same problem. The hydrolic hose got a hole in it. Fortunately we were in a marina and after 3 days got it fixed. I think the problem is when the Starboard engine comes all the way up it pinches the hydrolic hose. So now when I bring this engine up I don't come all the way up. Since doing that I have not seen any wear on the hoses.