The 36-meter Miss Silver sailing yacht has returned to her New Zealand birthplace for a complete refit, including fore and aft Vesconite Hilube propeller bearings.
The two bearings, 5¼-in. on the outside diameter, 4¼-in. on the inside and 17-in. long, replaced phenol-ic-backed rubber bearings.
The Vesconite Hilube bearings offer the advantage of close clearances, thus reducing vibration.
They do not swell in water, do not delaminate or distort under high loads, do not corrode, do not require lubrication, are resistant to oils and fuels, are easy to fit and remove, and prolong shaft life.
“This luxury yacht is known for its robust, updated and elegantly simple engineering systems,” says Vesconite New Zealand technical sales consultant Eddie Swanepoel.
Its propulsion system is also vital, since the Miss Silver is a performance yacht, coming in first place in the Millennium Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, in March 2021, he notes.
Besides the replacement of the propeller bearings, the refit will include interior décor and fittings, new teak decks, complete repaint, mast service and rigging replacement, new sails, and systems maintenance, and/or replacement as needed.
The refit is taking place at Superyacht Coatings’ world-class shed and facility in Tauranga and will be ready for New Zealand summer cruising.
Miss Silver was designed by Ed Dubois and built by Alloy Yachts.