Roxanne Sailboat February 08th, 2018 - 10:24:16
Sailboat Winch Maintenance is Greasy and Messy If youre like most sailboat owners, you havent serviced your winches since you owned the boat. Every year you say this is going to be the year you clean and grease the winches, but something more important always comes along. Servicing sailboat winches is a greasy, messy job that intimidates even the most boat-savvy person. However, winches need to be greased because they are among the most expensive items on the sailboat! The Sailboat Winch Jigsaw Every winch is different, so theres no good way to memorize how a winch goes back together. However, a sailboat winch can not be put together wrong because the parts only fit together the right way - with the exception of maybe getting a washer in the wrong place.
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The final step is to place all the sailboat winch parts back into the base where they belong. If you do end up with extra parts, youll have to go back through each part and play detective until its home is discovered. Also, its not a bad idea to periodically give the shaft and gears a spin to make sure you are on the right path. Remember, in most cases sailboat winches are used in pairs. Clean one winch at a time. If you become confused as to where a part goes, you can look at its mate for the answer. Final Touches to the Winch Lightly brush on clean winch grease. Do not overpack. Once you are certain the sailboat winch is reassembled correctly, lightly brush on some clean winch grease. Some owners think that because they wont get around to servicing their winches for a long time, the smart strategy is to pack them with so much grease they will last for years. This is a bad idea and only makes a big mess down the road.
After soaking, take the small brush and work off any old grease from the winch component. Dont forget to clean the winch gear ring on the inside of the drum. Now that youve removed the grease and grime, rinse the parts in hot water to remove the mineral spirits. If the spirits are left on, it breaks down the grease. Dry the parts with a clean rag or paper towel. Reassembly of Sailboat Winch As you put the gears back into place, take a close look at how the pawls are working. If they dont open and close smoothly, then the drum could spin backwards. If theres any question that the pawls are not working properly, it is much easier to replace them and the little springs. It is very important NOT to grease the pawls because grease causes them to stick. And if they stick, the gears wont engage. To lubricate your pawls, use any light oil that might be on hand; something like a 3 & 1 oil.