Winches on a sailboat are a pretty important piece of equipment, they're what allows us to control multiple sails on the boat. Have you ever tried to tack or trim a sail without one? Unless you feel like loosing parts of your hands/fingers, you don't want to.
We love having our seriously awesome winches that make controlling the sails a breeze, but they also need some love in return from time to time. And in our case they needed it bad. It's recommended that they be cleaned and re-greased about every year, but I don't think there are many people who actually follow this tip.
We took ours apart to see what they looked like and give them a cleaning they were no doubt overdue for. Dirty, dirty, dirty. Grease and dirt caked everywhere.
|Look at that gunk!|
Ron was a little hesitant about getting them back together but, in the end, it all went pretty darn smoothly. The trickiest (and the dirtiest) were the Lewmar 44ST's (above)...way different than the other 4 we did first but still not too bad, I don't recall any swearing by the Captain anyway.
If we thought these behemoths were fantastic before, they're stupendous now that all the dirt and gunk is out of there! They turn so much easier and the 'clicking' isn't nearly as loud as it was before (which could get pretty loud when pulling in slack line). We put the handle in the top of one and one little flick would send it 'round and 'round. Awesome.
|No gunk, fresh grease, (almost) ready to go!|