Annie Wiley Sailboat February 07th, 2018 - 11:39:08
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.
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There are other advantages too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull enlarging then slightly and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still if you press your sailboat really hard the bolts can breakand you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers estuaries and a little offshore cruising then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further or you want your boat to be of a particular design choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.