Mindy Abbott Sailboat February 27th, 2018 - 14:31:26
Before you start with Servicing a Sailboat Winch Its a good idea to have everything handy before you begin because youll be too greasy to dig around your clean boat for needed items: plenty of paper towels mineral spirits small can to wash greasy parts in small paint brush winch grease tools including metric Allen wrenches and access to hot water. The paper towels let you keep sailboat winch dissassembly mess under control. Pour the mineral spirits into the small can and use to clean parts with the small paintbrush (after cleaning rinse all the parts in hot water).
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.
Some people called the wooden sailboats as the older sailboats because it is made out of wood. This can be very beautiful particularly when properly maintained. With the right woods a sailboat can be lovely to look at. However there are plenty of problems associated with woods. This is the advantages of wooden sailboats even treated wood will tend to rot away over time and it is something that also attracts insects and pests both air and waterborne which will destroy the wood. The advantages of wooden sailboat for some this may be here nor there but a wooden sailboat is more attractive. The shine of teak wood shimmering against water is an age old sight that invokes thoughts of freedom and the sea. Fiberglass while more easily colored does not bring the same traditional beauty of sailing.