Last week, before the race to Ensenada, I installed a hydraulic steering pump on my partner’s boat. Everything felt good, but it made a weird noise that I have never heard. I want to take the boat out for a day cruise this weekend, so a weird noise, especially in the steering mechanism, is a little discomforting.
I had some time to work on it this afternoon with a friend and his suggestion, “Call the mechanic that fixed the pump.” So I did. The mechanic came by, said that the brass shaft is rubbing against the rubber seal, put some oil on the seal. He looked at the install and stated that I did a good job.
I am grateful that the mechanic was willing and able to come by this afternoon, especially on short notice; that is unheard of in the boating community. I am grateful that the pump is working properly and that I can cruise this weekend.