We Broke Our Stabilisers – $10K Repair. (Captain’s Vlog 103)

How’s it going guys? Welcome back to
channel, welcome back to the vlog. If you’re new to the channel, a big warm
welcome. My name’s Tristan Mortlock. This is Captain’s Vlog. So, yesterday our
stabilizers, the electronic box of the motherboard kind of fried itself so the
last couple days and had no stabilizers onboard.
Fortunately, the weather’s been very good so we had our technicians in Italy drive
yesterday to Milan to pick up a brand new electrical box for our stabilizer
units and they got a ferry this morning from the mainland Italy to Corsica. We’re
gonna lift anchor shortly, we’re currently anchored in Deraa later which
on the west side of Corsica we’ve got a two-hour journey to Calvi. We’re docking
in Calvi and then from there the technicians will come onboard, remove the
old electrical box and install a new one, do all the necessary checks and make
sure it’s all calibrated correctly and then the stabilizers will be up and
running. Fortunately, because of the good
weather the guests have not been affected by this, we’ve been very lucky. So, hopefully by
the end of today, possibly tomorrow morning, we’ll have the
stabilizers up and running again. So the guys at the moment are just currently, the deck team
currently is packing away the swim platform, putting the swim ladder away, putting the seabobs away and all the toys. They’re gonna hook up the the chase boat and
then we’re gonna lift anchor and then cruise around to the north side of
Corsica and then we should be in port later this afternoon.
Weather forecasts are looking pretty good so yeah in this video I’m going to
show you the guys coming on board with the box, doing all the installation to
removal, so bit more of a technical video today. And also the procedure of what it
looks like lifting anchor from up here on the bridge I’ll put a GoPro up high
and you can see how I’m manoeuvring the engine throttles, the rudder and if necessary the bow thruster. Normally as there’s no wind today so I shouldn’t really be normally
I shouldn’t really be using the bow thrusters normally. So I really hope you guys enjoy
this video. Okay guys you’ve got the main engines running they’ve got now bow
thruster on green light. I’m going to turn-on steering pump number one,
steering pump number two, we use these when lifting anchor, maneuvering in port, and
coming into port and departing pork. Okay, Barbara clear to start lifting anchor.
RADIO: Copy, starting lifting anchor.
At the moment guys we’ve got four shackles in the water. What’s going to happen, Barbara’s
going to give me instructions on the direction of the anchor chain so I
would maneuver the vessel in accordance with her direction. At the moment we’ve only
got like two/three knots of wind so I shouldn’t really need to maneuver the
vessel that much just move it bit forward so there’s less tension on the windlass. Barbara is now pointing, I’m going
to maneuver the vessel towards, right over to starboard. Engage forward
momentum, forward propulsion on the port side engine. Bring the rudder centerline, I’ve also got
attached the chase boat and those on the on the swim platform are monitoring
chase boat as well. As previously mentioned we’ve got
steering pumps number one and two on, bow thruster, this is normally stabilizers
but the stabilizers are off at the moment because they’ve been… they’re
not operating at the moment. Then we’ll lift anchor, four shackles so around
27 meters to a shackle so around over 100 meters of chain in the water.
We’ve got depth of around 20 meters. 18 to 20 meters underneath the keel. Yeah, copy, switching now to starboard
side bridge wing. Sorry James. RADIO: 30 to run. 3-0. 2-5. 2-5 1-5. 1-5 10 to run. 1-0 So as you saw docked. That’s a horrible
sound. We’ve don’t like that. So, coming in didn’t need to use the bow thruster, had the
wind on the stern. Only used the bow thruster once we were in, just to hold
vessel in position while the deck team got the lines in place. Nicely tied up now,
the technician should be coming shortly to then start fixing the electrical box
for the stabilizers. Hope we get that all sorted. Guests are very happy they’re
on the bridge deck having a nice glass of champagne still. We are right back in
Calvi some of you may have seen it on our previous vlog, we came into Calvi. As you
can see out the window here, it’s beautiful here. Let’s crack on and show
you guys how we fix these stabilizers. Okay we’re down the ECR (Engine Control Room) now guys. I got Slav in here and Francesco from Samos now Samos is the representive for Nyad. Nyad is the brand of our stabilizers. He’s brought the new electrical box. So
Slav, just give us a quick, here it is the brand new one, that’s what we’ve got to replace so
basically as explained previously in the video, Slav was doing diagnostics over
the phone with the technician. Went through all the processes and realized
that we need to get a new box so Francesco drove from Viareggio to Milano
to Milan, got the new box, then he drove to Genoa, and then got the ferry to
Corsica now. And we just came in now he’s met us here. Their guy’s gonna install
this, remove the old one and then install the new one. So this is because the boat
is ten years old, we have old electronics box for
stabilizers. According to the failure the failure was an alarm power failure. The code
it’s eight one zero (810) power failure, so according to this we check the
capacitors. We checked inside the the connections for electric motor and
from main switchboard to the power – it’s all okay. All the connections was
correct, tight, not have any no no leaks no no no grounding. So I
called Francesco explaining the problem and he asked me to, I sent him
some pictures of main panels and boards and everything. After half-hour/one-hour he’s calling the service – Emotron. Emotron. Okay. A CG product. Yes, and he gave him give them the serial number and the number of
the box, everything. They said this is normal a lot after 10 years they’re coming
up, it’s a very old system. Yeah, so what we can do it’s we cannot repair just the
board because we don’t know which resistor going off or something. We need to buy
a new complete new unit but this unit its new maybe need some calibration or I
don’t know we’ll see when we install and it’s complete project. Totally brand new,
the instruction book and practically the how I see here on this box I have one
fan more. I can say it’s more cooling. More cooling? Okay. So I don’t know I will
see when they connect and we need to make test then we will see what’s going
on. Okay, so as for the long-term viewers of the channel you know we underwent a seven-month refit. We did as much as we possibly could. There’s always gonna be
things you don’t pick up. The stabilizers were working fine up until
now, now we’re in August. We got launched back in April but you know it’s one of those
things. Luckily, it hasn’t affected any of charters
the guests are not even aware of the situation, so they’re still happy.
Hopefully between Slaven and… what’s the engineers name again?… Francesco! Francesco, they’ll install this today hopefully calibrate it and we’ll be all
set and ready by tomorrow morning and continue the trip. The current guests
are onboard for two more nights and then there’ll be going home and then we’ll be
shooting down to Bonifacio to pick up the next charter.
So, we’re gonna leave it to the guys now remove the old one and install the new one
and then we’ll do some checks. Right Slav, so this is the old box here? So, this is the old box: FDU or VFD Yeah, Variable Frequency Driver.
This is the specification of control box, the main points. So in this box
here we have three ports and the main power port it’s going to be on the
aft. So, last. Yeah. So, main board, middle and then coming the connection
for the control. Now Francesco will check. I think we just need to replace it really. Okay. Connections are all the same,
just plug and play! Hopefully, plug and play. So, basically guys you can see all the
electronics around here under the port side generator. As you can see they
removed all the wires, obviously the breakers are down so all the
power is being isolated here and it was just mounted against this bracket here
and against that bracket there and then these are the cables that make it make
it functional. Cool! Right so now it’s the next day, the electronic box has now been
installed, we’ve just dropped anchor about five minutes ago. We did an hour
and a half sea-trial, I’m very happy to say that the stabilizers are back in
normal operation. Gunna show you what the guys have done,
how they installed it within the engine room
the generators are running so I won’t be able to talk, I’m just going to show you
footage. “Normal operation” Really happy that’s up and running
again. We were very very lucky last 2-3 days when the stabilizers failed that the
weather was good, so it didn’t affect the time on board that the guests are having. Samos did a great job, the company came over from Italy. Got the part quickly shipped it over by ferry. Installed it yesterday evening Took him three or four hours to install.
Everything operating as usual so now that box has got a year warranty for
a commercial vessel, private vessel you get a two-year warranty. That’ll be good now in
theory hopefully the next 10 years. So before we end the video I can assure you that where we are anchored
is absolutely stunning. Gonna go out the garage, walk through the Sly-master. All
good, it’s all good. Okay. How’s it going Jase?
Living the dream, like everyday! Not a bad place to be mopping the swim
platform. The colour of that water! Yo! Sli’s happy, he’s got a new shore
power plug, exciting times Slav! How to keep an engineer happy – buy him a new shore power plug! Right as always guys I hope you enjoyed
that video if you did please give it a thumbs up. Please do consider subscribing
to the channel that really does help us to to grow and look forward to seeing you next video!


  • Felix Niederhauser

    Capt. Tristan, does the chase boat also have a place on the vessel itself?
    NB: Success with the repair.

  • Michael Garlick

    As always, fascinating and informative, thanks.

  • warren rubin

    Thank you

  • Pieter

    I would probably ram the dock.

  • Marty Allan

    How do you fit 8 crew members on that yacht when there are only 3 double bunk crew cabins and a single captain cabin?

  • Paolo Cabrini

    I am a technician, I repair breakdowns, I am passionate about yachts, what a beautiful video!

  • NGH51

    Hi Captain from Lake Balaton ( "Labrador " Bayliner Yacht ) capt. Zalan

  • Bob Bates

    Please explain what the stabilizer do what they are how they work and why the yacht needs them to remain stable in the water.

  • Captain Surfdawg

    Living the Dream is the absolute truth, they go places people often just dream about, in my time at sea, I sure did…excellent video cap !

  • First Name Second Name

    The number of times I’d ‘accidentally’ fall off that swim 🏊‍♂️ platform 🤦🏻‍♂️🤣
    Brilliant video as always 👍

  • Keith Tucker

    Another good video but, for God's sake, a toothpick stuck in the teeth is a most unflattering picture!

  • willy

    That great,Make me feel useless, but I love you work

  • kevin

    Boat bust out another ten thousand

  • Magnus

    Who are the guests? Are they invited by the owner, friends of the owner, or renting the yacht?

  • Arich Henneman

    Buy that boat you parked next to for your chase boat!

  • mnrobards

    I’ve leaned over the years you could carry spares for everything only to find the spare is a year(s) old, lost, or with old firmware. Still ending up buying a new part.

  • Don Shaw

    Tristan, I always enjoy your informative videos… and love to see the inner workings of AWOL.

  • warp21drive

    It was great/lucky that there was a replacement electronic controls unit in stock for a 10 year old stabilizer! Try that with a retail electronic product! I guess it was good the stabilizer fin did not get stuck in a strange angle causing erratic movement of the yacht .
    Nice fix guys. Warren

  • cruch9

    So was your 10k donation to charity if you hit 100k subscribers just a scam to get people to subscribe? Seems like it!

  • Lee Brown

    Keep the videos coming, don't know why I'm interested in changing a part on a boat
    Especially when it's cost 10k 🤮
    But as per usual I find it fascinating
    Cheers Tristan 👍

  • Jerry Traveler

    My question Captain is…Can You Parallel Park Your car tho'? That was some might fine ship handling.Thank You for Sharing With Us!

  • babemonster101

    This guy had to suck so muck do be where he is right now

  • Stephen Boyle

    Well handled skipper!!

  • donnyboy

    Thank you Tristan Whenever I have any parts swapped out, I like to keep the old one for better investigation of component failure. This will assist in future on-board repairs at a much reduced cost, and allow for more informed decisions with objectivity. Simply because it is ten years old, is not the answer.! I do not want to buy a new car, every time it needs new brakes. Loving your show with much gratitude and respect of ownership. Thumbs up to you all.!

  • Alexander Sovrlic

    What exactly the stabilizers are doing and how they are working

  • DutchMan

    https://nl.yachtworld.com/boten/2009/sanlorenzo-sd122-3205448/ <– Is AWOL for sale? Or is this an old ad?

  • Alpha Views

    I really enjoyed this vlog, thanks

  • N Spctor

    Where is your super duper battery operated deck cleaning machine you featured a few weeks ago?
    I thought you would have been give one to try out for the next year or so…lol
    Great vid

  • Lawrence Stark

    Good video. Now when your done with this trip your going to do repairs on the starboard side right

  • Chad Dixon

    Another great video, Capt. In this instance, are the guests made aware?

  • ttribe

    You say 10k like we are supposed to think thats a lot of money when you are talking about a super yacht. Thats probably not even a provisioning tab for you guys for a couple weeks of charter guests. Happy cruising bro.

  • chunkychinn

    BTW Barbara is the Chief Officer!

  • mayhem661616

    Awesome channel.

    Can you tell us about human resource management? Obviously it’s hard to sack someone while you are at sea and I assume they will be difficult to replace mid season.

  • John B

    So the BIG question. Betwen the Captain, The Engineer, The Chief Stew, The Chef. Who is the one to make sure they are ALWAYS happy? They are all indispensable.

  • WEVallely

    It takes some old school talent to maneuver without thrusters. Well done Captain.

  • Shaun Jackson

    The smile on your face at the end
    Priceless 😂😂😂😂

  • Mike Austin Fan

    Hopefully the box wasn't designed by the Fiat engineers and built in China.

  • proslice56

    Tristan, Tristan my question is why is that control box for the stabilizing system not located in a more suitable place that is temperature-controlled?

  • Fred Flynstone

    that teak is looking pretty dry, Captain.   Those stairs that climb up from the swim platform look terrible, dry and sun bleached white.   I recommend all hands on deck with copious amounts of 220G wet dry sand paper and teak oil before the guests see it.

  • DemonKnight Gaming

    have you ever had an instance where there was a charter scheduled but owner decides last minute they want to use it during the previously scheduled charter time?

  • Jerrett Jackson

    Would a yacht your size ever use mooring balls?

  • Paulo Grinke

    Cool video. Thankyou.

  • David Zimmer

    Amazing technical support for a already professional and highly trained crew. Does this get any better for the clients? I think not.

  • Travel With Us

    Do they stabilizers have a Manuel engage, disengage? Wondering if they broke while in the extended position would you be able to bring them in. Really wish I was out there in paradise with y’all. Heat here in south USA has been so bad this summer.

  • s sw

    Why do I have more trouble parking my 7m rubber boat than you parking this monster? You make it look soo easy…good job.

  • Richard Zawora


  • Claes Lundin

    Question??? Why not use the follow Boat to pick up the Engineers??? It is quite Big??? As a captain What do you say about putting the steering in the front of the Boat instead of where it is Placed know??? From A view and navigation point of view???

  • jsunit5

    I think the decision to upgrade was a good call, considering the effort to diagnose, good logistics support, little down time, guests happy, captain and crew confidence high, and the cost was acceptable considering annual maintenance budget.
    I appreciate the honest reality of what's involved – no fluff. . And a thanks to the owner as well.

  • Carlo Demicheli

    double view during mooring operation is super interesting, hope to see it often!

  • Callie Masters

    Just wondering: do you need keys to start the yacht engine (like a car)? If so, do you have multiple copies in case you lose them?

  • Callie Masters

    How much do you pay to dock the yacht in port? Is it by the hour or day, how/when do they collect the money, and does the price vary a lot between ports?

  • Martin Kjenna

    What a coincidence! We had some issues with our stabilisers today as well.

  • Rick Jones

    Wow. This brings up just one huge advantage to cruising the Med, vice Caribbean or South Pacific. Better food, better anchorage’s and seem to be easier to provision. Not to mention get repair parts to you. Very informative.

  • Johann luckemberg

    Stabilizer broken? what do you all do onboard all the time? ……. that's what my boss would say 🙁

  • Barbara Ross

    very very interesting. love the tech side of yachts. bravo

  • cicco

    Thank You for Sharing With Us!

  • Dave McNutt

    You are shooting yourself in the foot by posting your problem and broken gear problems.

  • EumelHugo

    This is a frequency converter which probably drives the electric motors of the stabilizers.

  • James Edmister

    That WATER!!!!

  • Andrew

    9:51 when they say it's a very old system, they're really saying "we can make more money selling you a new unit than spending the time trying to find the $5 component that caused the failure of your existing unit"

  • declan mannix

    Hi. Great video. Can you at some stage, do a vlog on the stabilizers, differences between on and off.

  • Michael Mccarthy

    How did the guests handle the 2 day detour for repairs? I imagine the charter contract spells out the protocol for such situations. But guests could still be unhappy because their itinerary was changed….

  • grondhero

    Sorry about the stabilizer failure, but glad it's all better now. For future videos, when you're talking to someone on the phone or over the comms, can you add subtitles so we know what they're saying? If possible – and not terribly time consuming – that would be great so we can understand what they're saying. Also, would love to see "a day in the life" of Barb, as well as the stewardesses!

  • Dave O

    How about a video on the "5 things you least like doing as a Captain"?

  • VeeDubTDI

    Enjoyed very much. Good combination of technical, operations and maneuvering.


    good docking

  • rocky southflorida

    Awesome job docking Captain! Those deck hands on lil silver yacht were sweating it hard watching you come in! They heard about your little fender bender last month!
    Great job! Cheers from USA!

  • News Now Allegan

    It is like a Fiat. Fix it again Tony. That is boat life fix and maintain is content.

  • Mars Life and Beings

    Which vessels can you take to inner Earth?

  • Bob Clark

    Thanx Tristan for the text overlay describing the controls while docking!

  • John Price

    See. 1/.

  • cbrusharmy

    Couldn’t have happened at a better time. Glad Sly is happy. 😆

  • Craig H

    Engine room related videos are very good and interesting 👍

  • Mentat

    Interesting to note how little the guests know about what is really happening on board. Guest: why are we doing sea trials? Capt: Have another glass of champagne.

  • Mark Morgan

    Hey Captain Mortlock, ur doing an amazing job with the videos keep up the awesome work! And just curious, I was wondering if u could attach a go pro to the anchor chain so that way we could all see the anchor going down to the bottom and setting! That would be an unreal video! And where did u say u were at and how deep of water were u in, in this video!

  • adam iskandar

    Hihooo skipper..

  • Benoît Grangé

    How do you calibrate the stabilizers? That part of the video would have been very interesting.

  • Mullvaden83

    Love these technical videos! Keep em coming! Great stuff.

  • DeKempster

    10 years for a vfd? What is this shit brand

  • Shane Merrick

    Judging by the shine on the bright work in the engine room, there is an engineer who is detail oriented and takes pride in his work and work space. Being an automation/electronics guy, I could listen to Slav with his vast knowledge talk mechanics all day.

  • Douglas Brown

    Is it of any value to use the stabilizers at slow speed or docked?
    The Stabilizer "BOX" looks like a VFD or Servo Controller. Does that control both stabilizers and is there another system that provides motion control to the box or is this a standalone system?

  • Perro Oceaniko

    very interesting …… happened the same to us ,not stabilizers but electronic engine controls. We lost forward/reverse capabilities in one engine. We didnt changed a box but a whole board from Mathers controls.

  • Perro Oceaniko

    after many years I discovered a magic number.
    yes the magic number is 12.

    after 12 years HOLD TIGHT because a lot of things start to fail !!! AFter 12 years , and within few months , hell broke loose and failed several pumps, engine control board dead , have to blueprint the turbochargers, a LARGE engine service needed, 2 fried autopilots, 2 fried chartplotter, the big rudder ram failed miserably , some cabling get also out of servcie (specially on areas of vibration) , fresh water pumps dead too, several circuit breakers get damaged … and more that i Cant remember ..!!!!! Was epidemic. For me 12 is the number to be afraid of …

    Probably after 10 years you are over the MTBF (medium time before failure) on most of the systems and individual components ……
    nobody (that i know) has documented this , but happened to me in 2 yachts already. After that terrible time fixing stuff like crazy every single week, calm shows up and things comes to a normal status again ……..

  • vtx106

    Very informative video, thank you. That is a very beautiful boat you are parking next to at the 6:00 mark, not that yours is not, just saying. A gorgeous place you are at. Living the dream!!

  • Dier Krieger

    This video reminds me of how I would have to change out frequency drive computers on tower cranes. Super cheap parts but charge an arm and a leg for the system. They have $2000 in parts and charge 15 to 20 thousand.

  • The Omega's Chow

    I saw Awol in Bonifacio this evening it seems so big IRL

  • RingoComedyNews

    Love your boat…

  • William Smith

    Always so interesting. Much better than watching TV. Thank you.

  • robert hartfield

    Capitan Tristan i just would like to thank you and the crew of the AWOL. i have stage 4 esophageal cancer and so as a way to escape for a little while ive been watching your videos. The beautiful views of the Mediterranean as well as your amazing yacht. Ty its the best therapy so far.

  • Anthoney King

    OMG I bet that box was a lota Cash but you had to have it being a Super Yacht Great Vlog as all ways Captain thanks

  • Paul Peters

    Great information about old stabiliser systems. National Historic Ships UK would be interested in how to keep this vessel afloat.

  • jonsie1083

    are these used for at rest stabilization? I would like to see a high level overview of the ships systems and electrical demands.

  • M M

    From my experience the tech rep visit was at least $1000, the parts depending on refurbished or new could make a difference of 50% in cost. ask for the part to be repaired and returned, to be retained as a spare. Finding out why it failed is a good step, environment, electrical spikes etc. (CE – Stm, Dsl, GT – Unlimited)

  • PI

    Actually an explanation of the stabilizer operation would be interesting.

  • James Brien

    Very interesting.  I'd like to know how the stabilizers work on the ship.

  • Marcus LeeP

    Looking very nice….Thank you..

  • gary Wroan

    This was a great video!! Give one a good understanding of Super Yachts!!

  • ken petersen

    if you can't fix it with a hammer, it's an electrical problem.


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