Hydraulic Backstay Adjuster

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Lew Morris, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Lew Morris
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    Lew Morris Industrial Designer

    All hands,

    This question is a long shot...

    The hydraulic backstay adjuster on my Dufour 39 has given up the ghost, it leaks like a sieve. But other than that it appears to be in pretty good shape.

    The previous owner had it installed on the boat, and the only information he had on it's origin is that, "it came off of a sixty-five footer..."

    The only identifying marking on it is a logo on the face of the dial that looks like to back-to-back parenthesis marks. i.e., )(

    The fasteners are metric.

    Does this strike a familiar note with anyone?

    Not much to go on I realize... but worth $1,200, or so, if I can rebuild it.

    Thanks all,

    Lew Morris
    Port San Luis, California
     
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Sounds like an old David Carne unit. Is it a Stainless Steel unit? Hopefully the leak is only an o-ring seal, anything else and you're out of luck.

    It isn't worth 1200 in any currency.
     
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    If you take it apart and remove the o-rings and seals, a hydraulic parts supplier should have what you need. Many parts are universal.
     
  4. Lew Morris
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    Lew Morris Industrial Designer

    bosco

    It is stainless. The top end is machined aluminum, the lower end is stainless. The leak is a pain in the ***, my transom will attest to it!

    I fabricated a stainless "link" to replace it until the unit is repaired. Hopefully I can find what I need at the local hydraulic repair shop... of course the parts will probably have "John Deere" on them, but what the hell, as long as they work

    Any leads on David Carne? I will assume (always dangerous) that it is a low-volume production unit... the serial number is hand engraved on the tube.

    And you are correct, it isn't worth $1,200 in any currency, but that IS what a new Navtec lists at... .. . if I need to replace the old one.

    Thanks for the help Gents!

    Lew Morris
     
  5. Lew Morris
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    Lew Morris Industrial Designer

    twenty minutes on the net ... David Carne it was. He e-mailed back this morning.

    Thanks for that extraordinary bit of observation!

    Lew
     
  6. Jamesboat
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    Jamesboat New Member

    Hi Lew

    i am having the same hydraulic backstay issue. Can you please give me the contact for David Carne.

    James
     
  7. Omeron
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    Omeron Senior Member

    Dear ''Guest'', Somebody of your calibre, who can identify a piece of equipment with such little info, and without even a photo, in my opinion deserves to be a permanent member. If i may, I would like to invite you to this forum on behalf of everybody here.
     
  8. limoge
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    limoge boat builder

    I have exactly the same problem with a David Carne backstay tensioner. Does this company still exist ? Is it possible to get parts, original or equivalent ?

    Many thanks for the informations
     
  9. bistros

    bistros Previous Member

    Come on, read the thread and learn how to use Google. I did your home work: here's a link to his web site and email address I found in about thirty seconds.

    Dave Carne


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    Bill
     

  10. Ultegra
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    Ultegra New Member

    Ultegra

    Your backstay adjuster is a Veretex. I literally pulled the label offof mine 5 minutes ago and was searching for info for my files. I can't find anything. I assume your boat is a French built boat as is mine. I had mine rebuilt a few years ago. I took it to a friends hydraulic shop. They changed a couple of O rings, I gave him a case of beer Nd itsbeen fine ever since. These thingsare very basic hydrLic rams and any decent shop can fix them easily.
     
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