Installing our Vetus Hydraulic Steering on our boat 102 [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 76] (Ep.85)

Resevoir.. resevoir… resevoir. Yep. Now we have to take everything off. Tip number one guys, make sure all your flipping.


Resevoir.. resevoir… resevoir. Yep. Now we have to take everything off. Tip number one guys, make sure all your flipping holes are closed. She was old and neglected so we cut her to bare hull and built her up from the ground with our blood sweat and tears So follow journey as we plan to sail her to new destinations and make lasting memories What I’m doing is for the next two days I’m supposed to have my leg up a little bit that I don’t know the infection maybe doesn’t travel. Who knows But so I’m gonna put thred tape on all the fittings Built it up. This is our valves we got that we’re gonna make it into Into a bypass valve, so I need to thred all the fittings up thred all the fittings for the pump For the manual pump and everything get everything taped up and then we’re gonna just assemble all the pipes hopefully this afternoon Be sure to check out part one of our hydraulic steering series And there’s our bypass valve complete and now it’s just So like that it will be in the bypass position and like that. We’ll use the pump for the steering and the autopilot will work and if they fail I’ll just switch that over and Then it flows directly around like that in a loop So task number two is doing the hydraulic steering pump we’re gonna connect one of these spaces on We’re gonna put two elbows we’re gonna mount it vertically like this and the pipes need to go that way into the tee over here That’s idea at least Lets go see why I went and changed like that, let me see if I can put it like it **Grunting noises** . Do it like that..or do it like that. So that’s how it’s gonna go and then we’ll have the T For that one over there Maybe there? and the T for the next one just above that And that will come from the manual pump Auto pilot pump they both got non-return valves and that will feed in to the cylinder from that one over there. Just put a elbow in there take it down. Looks good Check at that. So there’s the old reservoirs that are blocked up and I change this one to be the reservoir over here. This reservoir. We’re going to. resevoir.. reservoir reservoir reservoir Sounds french… it is french. So this will go to the reservoir of the manual pump I don’t know… it sounds funny…. Reservoir (repeat like 20000 times 😛 ) So this will go to the f**king french word of the manual pump and that’s a reservoir of the.. autopilot pump and then what we also have is a little tank up top that I want to install at a later stage and That will be the main reservoir and that will send into the manual pump and from the manual pump to this pump What it will allow us if the manual pump had to fail for low fluid levels. This would still be working And if this had to fail bypass and run that thing but yeah by having the main reservoir up top Should eliminate anything from failing due to low fluid levels? So this one’s at the back so it’s gonna face this way then this one’s gonna face over here and these lines are gonna connect up and I’m gonna get That I think it’s spinal rap spine, right? What is it? All right Around them both so it looks neat Okay, hydraulic cylinder done. For those of you who don’t know how these compression fittings work I’m just going to show you there. So that’s how you make a straight one and you get a whole bunch of variants There’s a tee So these are the compression fittings the ones with the nuts on then you get compression to fit which would be one like this which is a NPT type thread. It’s just a naming term or tapered bsp and then over here you have a Compression fitting on this side. So these two threads are all slightly different But in basic terms you have the nut Which is a nut Particularly made for these hydraulic fittings It’s tapered on the I don’t know if you can see inside that’s tapered and what it does is it crimps This which is the ferrule around the pipe around your hydraulic line and Then it’s also tapered on the inside there So it squeezes everything inwards but now because of all the pressure on the outside of the tube and You don’t want to collapse the tube you put one of these in it’s a tube support So let’s do a build up of what it looks like So as your hydraulic line, and these are nylon, this is nylon type line Good for 80 bar So you got the nut the Ferrule and then the tube supports. See how it goes inside and supports it so now that goes over that piece there and all it does it’s not gonna allow the Hose to collapse and then this is gonna crimp The ferrule on to there when you tighten it onto the fitting so that goes on to there over on to there So that’s super tight now you cant twist it You can’t do anything stuck in there and it’s permanent now by the way, guys If you like these videos and you want to keep on watching them make sure that you share our videos share it to your friends Tell your family about it and subscribe below. Don’t forget to press the little Bell icon and that will send you a mail and notify you whenever one of our episodes are out so there it is pretty much Squeeze the living crap out of it. You can even see how the cube is kind of pushing out there But it’s rock rock rock solid. I mean nothing’s gonna move in there. That’s pretty much what it does See so it crimps the outer one onto the tube support and a Really solid entrance in there and really tough and obviously you could only reuse this if you’re going back into the same fitting again or.. Unless you want to plug another fitting if you want to change it to an elbow you could reuse it But you’d need to have access to the other in to stick the nut on Because you can’t get the nut on from this side so in the sense where you wanted to change the fitting that would stay on there You take your take your pipe cutters or whatever you using to cut your pipe with you’d have to cut that away and Chuck that away. get spare ferrules and tube supports You guys recognize it.. lemme know? This is what actually this is a pipe cutter that we used for our plumbing and we’re reusing that it’s a John guest brand so if you do want to know where we got it in South Africa any hardware store builders warehouse plumb link all of them Rest of the world. Just Google John guest I think Home Depot I believe also sells a system very similar to to John guest and I saw one of these pipe cutters in Home Depot too. So you probably also get them there just ask them. It’s for plastic pipe cutters. They’ll probably give you something similar. Just go a nice sharp blade. See what you’ve cut it it leaves no birs behind It’s a perfect cut so you don’t need to clean anything or worrying about any birs and stuff like it get yourself one of those if you’ve got a hydraulic system or if you want to do plumbing if you watch our plumbing videos You’ll see that we also put one of those tube supports in there We just made out of plastic as opposed to these on that are in brass While sizing up and reading the manual for autopilot, we came across something So in our Raymarine it said that you mustn’t put PTFE tape on the fittings which we did and then we read don’t do it because Do not use PTFE or pipe sealing compound on our drilling pipe connection to ensure leak proof Joint, so yep. Now we have to take everything off So that’s a pump secure to that bracket so there’s A, B and Reservoir and then we’re going to change this one here also to an elbow and send it to the reservoir Which is going to be just on the side So start connecting up these two A must go to A and B must go to B so there you can see I marked the pump A, B and R . I marked the pump to A ,B and R so if anyone ever buys the boat he’ll know exactly which one line plunges to where and he won’t have any difficult fixing it. Tube support in and Push that one through there.. We then ran the hydraulic line from our pump to our cylinder Cut them pipes baby cut them pipes. So there’s that that’s the bypass valve And we’re gonna stick it in this aft cabinet here it’s the closest to that hydraulic cylinder Because the hydraulic cylinder gets mounted just over there on the outside. So We can bypass What i’ve notices with these fittings is that when you’re putting it in make sure you turn that until it’s hand tight over there Then you stick the tube support in Then you put it in all the way until the tube support disappears past the fitting Then you tighten it until you can tighten anymore Tighten the crap out of it. hun… you’re wrapped up in it. So what I’ve been up to today is getting the hydraulic steering installed And that’s where it’s gonna be mounted that pin is still temporarily and the hydraulic base where that mounts is also temporary As you can see I’m using the Vetus manual according to there cylinder. I ran the two lines through nice glands over there with stainless steel fitting gland and what a gland is is just like a little rubber grommet that goes inside a fitting and as you tighten it tightens around the pi[es that makes it water proof so put two of of those in there and there’s the A & B lines that are gonna feed into A and B those yellow caps in over there. and that will feed the hydraulic fluid forwards and backwards and Push the rudder which are connected by this tie bar to each other it’s a solid system and we’re just going to paint their box now and prime it and put top coat will remove the cylinder. We’re just doing this so that can get tested and make sure that everything’s fine so we’ve got we’ve built our Holding box or mounting point for our hydraulic cylinder and now that we cut the hole out before that you saw So we take out these covers And we’re gonna get it in there with some butyl tape right around a couple of screws Secure it nicely so that we can access the bottom and then that takes a lid on.. And doesn’t that look somewhat professional Box all nicely painted So I ran some butyl tape right around there put it in place How beautiful does that look so put these fittings in now I said you mustn’t put PTFE tape What I did is I only taped the top half of the threads So the bottom will have no chance of getting thread into the system and I only did that because it’s an older cylinder that we restored and It’s got a little bit hurt. Seal up that cylinder baby! Last thing is fitting these hoses, so there’s a tube support. There’s the ferrule inside there and tighten them up Then you take your one size fits all your shifting spanner and It’s actually 17, but I don’t know where probably I misplaced the 17 again Time to get some hydraulic fluid in and test this puppy out . We got some binding we will put binding around these and Just neaten them up so that it’s sealed and protected from the UV and whatnot. We don’t have a funnel so Ricky is improvising it’s gonna work and There one special funnel Autopilot system manual steering, and then we got reservoir at the back We’ve got the bypass valve and the hydraulic cylinder. We just gotta fill it up. I hopefully theres no leaks. Do you know where it’s going? Going in to the system.. that’s where it should be going. Oh s**t… Oh s**t Tip number one guys, make sure you’re flipping holes are closed. We then bled the system Turning.. weeeeee! So we’ve switched up the system I’ve connected that as a reservoir directly to the back of our pump to the reservoir port and I’ve sealed off the top cap So when you get these Vetus pumps you get two caps one with a hole in it Which is a venting hole and one without the venting hole So if you put the one without the venting all that means you’ve got a higher reservoir and that’s what I’ve done now. But this will be cut out and put a nice little tank inside here when I find one. Ricky is busy bleeding the steering cylinder… hydraulic cyclinder. So we hit a snag… our Bypass valve was leaking had to take it out. And obviously where we located was a bitch to get it out again But I figured out what it is the thread on some of these are NPT and the fitting is bsp and that’s why exactly they weren’t sealing up so we’ll take them off and put some thread tape on it Smash it back together and hopefully it will be perfect this time so three hours later. So we had the valve that was leaking Bypass valve and we had one little drip at the bottom there But I thought let’s rather sort it out Now I’m do is get to the hydraulic and just connect those two lines and bleed it into another container Then hopefully we’ll get rid of all the air and Simone will monitor this side and turn the wheel for us. Okay, so I think we’ve got it I think we’d like 70 percent there the only thing we gotta do still connect the autopilot pumps connected and running. Well it’s not running we still gotta connect the positive and negative to it to the control unit and then turn on the electronics and Run the autopilot , everything’s being bled through. That’s what they said. Make sure you bleed the whole system first before you run the autopilot pump so you don’t damage it and we definitely got to get expansion tank reservoir for the top there so that In future if it does run dry or does run low on fluid that will just run into the system and Our rudders are a bit stiff It obviously it’s been standing here for a year and a half and before we took it out. She never sail for like four years We’ll have to get the rudders nice and smooth and nice and worn in and then hopefully we’ll have a smooth hydraulic steering system That’s the plan. She was going like a Boeing So we just finished our hydraulic steering reservoir in there That’s the pump over there and we just installed it inside here, that’s quite convenient above that level And one finger she works well, the steering is all connected up Everything’s done over there. So the steering is finished. We take one more of the list steering Few more to go. 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54 thoughts on “Installing our Vetus Hydraulic Steering on our boat 102 [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 76] (Ep.85)”

  1. how come theres only one ram on the steering french Ricky?
    man you were bleeding all over the place there

  2. Very entertaining as usual, I admire your tenacity Rick, keep it up those post it notes are disappearing.

  3. Good job installing the hydraulic steering…I enjoy learning new things…I never new how hydraulic steering worked….Thanks for sharing

  4. It doesn't look like your keeping your foot up! Infection is nothing to mess with man. Better to listen to the Dr so you don't loose your foot or even whole leg from gain green.

  5. I've seen several sailing channels recently that were dealing with hydraulic steering or water makers. At least you read the directions. PTFE tape should never be used in hydraulics or high pressure water. One channel even recommended buying lots and lots of tape.NOOOOOO. Another one taped everything including the straight thread compression fittings. NOOOOO. PTFE tape can flake off and clog hydraulic valve passages. These are made to very tight tolerances. The Fluid you are using is very low viscosity. If tape flacks off and gets into the passages you may as well pack it with grease. Also the type of compression fitting you are installing, and those are used on high pressure side of water makers, PTFE would prevent you from getting a good seal. It is a metal seal, not a tape seal.

  6. Already stopped watching this series… the refit is neverending… Are you actually going to sail or are you avoiding it?

  7. "Going like a Boeing." It nice to hear that its still a South African 'saying' some 25 – 30 years on. Well used by South Africans in my days but I do get some strange looks amongst the Brit population here in the UK if I use it.

  8. Hi you guys Interesting! Not long now and you will be off sailing around the world. Love you're work and vlogs Australia

  9. A big thumbs-up congratulations on getting the hydraulics installed and up and running and bled I'll come out okay looks like that's job it's done hope you all have a great week great weather be safe we haven't seen the motor lately how's it doing?

  10. are you going to link up the hydraulic steering to the stern drive or will you have an independent system?

  11. One suggestion be sure to have a sight glass on your reservoir. If you have slow leak this will be the first indicator that you have potential problem. Now you know about tape. We did have a pipe dope that you could use for oil lines. It purpose was not to seal but lubricate the threads so they did not gall. Tightening the nuts on the fittings I was taught hand tighten then wrench seven flats. After several thousand times I found that to be true.

  12. Great job there Boet! Maar…. daai ples-tik pyp gaan vegaan…. Get a Stainless Steel Flexihose covering like this to protect it from "Clumsy Feet" etc See here: https://www.flexconduit.com/stainless-steel-flexible-conduit/

  13. I hope you found that screw 😉 Keep at it guy's and "make sure all your flippin oles are closed" drink spitting moment 😀

  14. "Doesn't that look professional?" Ricky you two have gone way past professional! You're to the point of perfectionist. You have come a long way from the poor abused cat you originally purchased to a beautiful home afloat.

    For a minute there I thought you had your steering system on an IV (lol). Thank you for your great video. One less item towards your launch. Have a productive week ahead.

  15. Hey guys, maybe I missed it but how are you going to hide the hydraulic tubes that push your cylinder? Also, will you cover the brass cylinder or does that just stay exposed?

  16. Our Hydrive hydraulic system tech support is adamant that only copper tube should be used for sailboats, instead of the plastic tubing due to pressure loss when it expands. Makes the steering "soft". It will be interesting to see how you go with it when steering under high rudder pressure.

  17. Having lived in Durban and PE and being involved in sailing so much of the area is familiar to me. I only came across your channel a few days ago and I am really enjoying watching the effort you are putting into the boat. It's good to see the quality of workmanship.

  18. Another very exciting episode. You guys put a lot of work on that trench, and as all the others, it's an important one. Many moving parts on a boat project (both literally and figuratively). Suggestions and advice in the comments. I trust your choices and also trust you both are smart, skilled and flexible enough to adapt to changes if or when needed. We are zeroed in, all in with you 🙂

  19. Come on guys!! All that work on Lady Africa & its still not out there!! I just cant wait until you guys get out on the open Ocean to follow your adventures!! It will be unlike any other Yachty show on youtube! You will be able to fix any problems in your sleep!! But seriously I cant wait for your adventures on the high seas!!

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