Mindy Abbott Sailboat February 09th, 2018 - 10:42:30
Few things in life can rival buying your first sailboat. Sailboats represent much more than a sport or just getting out on the water - they represent freedom and the ability to be one with nature. This is why its a good idea to find a guide to buying a sailboat, to ensure that you will have a positive sailing experience. The first place to find information regarding buying a sailboat is online, where everyday new advice and tips are posted for beginners. Theres a lot to digest, but you want your sailboat purchase to go smoothly so you dont have to face problems later on. Overcharging sellers is one problem facing first-time sailboat buyers. Sailboats can be expensive, but there are always value deals on the market.
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.
As far as the traditional monhull sailboats that most people are familiar with, the most common of all of them are the single mast sailboats. Also known as a sloop, these sailboats have a single mast that is either set into or stepped to the hull, or the deck of the ship. This mast supports two sails, the mainsail and the headsail (sometimes referred to as the jib). The mainsail is the aft sail and the headsail is to forward sail. The catboat and the cutter are two variations of the sloop. The catboat has the mainsail at the front of the ship and the cutter holds the mast aft and can commonly feature two jibs along with the mainsail. Having a single mast sailboat is easier to control and maintain and therefore is the most common sailboat for schools and lessons.
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.