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Marine Hydraulic Solutions service the J Class

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It has been just four short months since Marine Hydraulic Solutions, MHS, officially opened its doors mid January and already they have expanded the team twice and are working on some of the most sought after projects in the industry.

MHS, situated in STP Shipyard in Palma, has this winter been involved on a major project on the J Class Velsheda, assisting in the installation of a complete new hydraulic system requiring all the valve blocks and every hydraulic hose onboard to be replaced. This upgrade of the hydraulic system will provide more winch speed on deck during regattas allowing sails to be hoisted and trimmed quicker during regattas.

Since beginning work on Velsheda, the team have also started working with Endeavour and reigning Superyacht Cup champion, Hanuman.

Endeavour is one of the original J Class yachts. Having been sold for scrap and the victim of several failed restoration attempts, her survival is a wonderful tale of a labour of love, with a happy ending. MHS are proud to be involved with her going into the Med race season. They have been replacing solid piping with flexible hoses to allow easier servicing and access to other machinery.

The most recent to come into the yard and choose MHS as their hydraulic services team are Royal Huisman built Hanuman. Hanuman is a replica of Endeavour II that was originally built to challenge Ranger in the Americas Cup. She was launched Holland in March 2009. MHS has been providing ongoing hydraulics assistance onboard. 

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MHS is headed up by Steve Branagh of RSB Rigging Solutions.

Steve states

'We are very happy with the way the business is going. The standard of work being carried out and dedication from our technicians is second to none. Working on three J Class yachts in the first months of operation is fantastic and we are looking forward to the Superyacht Cup in Palma where we will see 5 of these stunning J’s on the start line at which point I guess we’ll also see what a difference all these winter modifications have made to each of the boats.’

MHS provides a complete hydraulic and pneumatic service from routine servicing of hydraulic systems, testing, analysis, parts sourcing and replacement to system design, modification and installation.

For all enquiries please contact +34 971 224 978, or contact us via email using the 'Contact Author' button below.

Thumbnail image: This is one of our engineers on the docks this morning carrying the portable hose swaging machine to a yacht racing in the Palma Vela. Luckily MHS were on call to attend to their emergency need and had all the correct equipment to do so in order for the yacht to compete in the day's races.


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