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I need to rebuild an integral Navtec backstay adjuster. Who would you all reccomend to send this to? There are numerous shops on their website, any good personal experience? Thanks
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What is wrong with it? What model is it? More information rather than less usually makes getting good recommendations and suggestions easier.
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It is a hydraulic that leaks. Just needing rec's on a good rebuild shop to send it to. Thanks
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If it is just the hydraulic cylinder that is leaking, there are probably a lot of hydraulic equipment shops that can fix it for you locally. There is probably no real need to send it off to a "marine" vendor.
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Most riggers will be familiar with what's needed, or know who to send it to. We took ours to a local rigger years back.

That said, there's probably nothing special about the seals from a hydraulic point of view.
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You are in freshwater which is good as the unit should come apart

BUT we found it was a better deal to go with something like a new sailtec as on the older square saltwater units coming apart is less than a sure thing
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As I understand it, Navtec hydrualics use specialized parts that are only available to Navtec-certified service shops, so your local truck stop might not be able to do anything for you. But that's just my understanding -- I could be wrong.

I have had my Navtec hydraulics serviced by Chesapeake Rigging in Annapolis, MD -- complete rebuilds of both backstay and vang cylinders and my central pump panel -- and by Maloney Marine Rigging in Southport, Maine (fixed a leaking vang cylinder). I am satisfied with the work that Chesapeake Rigging did, but I have to say that Jay Maloney is a great guy to work with -- I recommend him highly.

Maloney Marine Rigging, Inc
P.O. Box 364
Southport, Maine 04576
P: (207) 633-6788

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Thanks for the helpful information. I have tried to purchase parts, and you are correct, Navtec does not sell to individuals. I can get an estimate for repair and if it is more than 50% of a new Sailtec, I will do that, otherwise, will probably get this one rebuilt. Normally, I dont back up from tearing into anything and we do a bit of hydraulics in our shop here at work, but if you cant get parts that makes it a bit more difficult. Again, thanks for all your feedback!!
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I had Chuck at Sound Rigging in Essex, CT rebuild my Navtec backstay last summer. As I recall it cost about $250. He did the job in about 3 days.
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