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Cassie Decker Sailboat February 13th, 2018 - 14:00:00
If you want to experience the freedom of sailing and moving gracefully through the water with nothing but wind power, than buying a used sailboat is your ticket to getting there. With so many sailors on the water - and owners growing out of smaller boats or down-sizing from bigger boats - there is currently a booming used sailboat market. The sailboat of your dreams may be on sale right now, just waiting for you to find her! Buying a used sailboat can be a safe, high value bet if you know what to look for. Search for sailboats that were kept for many years by the same owner. This means that even if the boat was not meticulously maintained - though many are - you still have access to the history of the sailboat and what kind of conditions it was exposed to.
Disassembly of Sailboat Winch To disassemble, remove the drum from the base of the winch using the screw at the bottom of the winch handle socket. Simply unscrew it, pull the socket out, and the drum will lift off. As you lift the drum, be aware the winch roller bearing cages may momentarily stick inside the drum and could unexpectedly drop out. Make sure they dont bounce off the deck into the water. Now you can remove all the winch gears and bearings for cleaning. Even though the sailboat winch only goes back together one way, it wont hurt to take a good look at everything.
Most sailboats are fiberglass these days, but if you are looking for a really strong sailboat, you are likely to choose steel or aluminum. Fiberglass is fine for normal use, but if you are going cross oceans, or give your sailboat a hard life, metal is best. They are also good materials if you want to get your own design of sailboat built. The reason aluminum or steel are best is that metals are both strong and stiff, and when hit really hard, they bend - fiberglass and even the most advanced composites will break, and even shatter. Then the sailboat will almost certainly sink. A sailboat with a dent in the hull can keep going.
You will need to be good with your hands and have a small workshop with the necessary tools. Its best to buy the tools as you go along to avoid unnecessary expenditure. You may decide to buy a prefabricated hull and sails, or alternatively you may opt to make everything yourself. Whatever you decide, your starting point is a scale drawing with enough detail to get you started. If you are really ambitious you could even create your own design. Beware of scaling down the plans of a full size boat unless you are an expert mathematician because the relationship is not direct.