Trisha Flores Sailboat February 09th, 2018 - 10:00:33
Where are you going to store the sailboat? This is an important question as you have to consider potential storage and maintenance fees. People generally keep their sailboat at a public access location marina or on their own property. Determine which options make the most sense for you. The last item on a checklist for buying a sailboat is the inspection. In fact a proper sailboat evaluation should have its own checklist including searching for evidence of damage worn materials and that all parts are functioning and in good condition. To make your own detailed checklist research all the information pertaining to your potential sailboat. It will help you organize your goals and set a path for you to become the proud owner of a sailboat.
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.
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.
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.