Ivy Bonner Sailboat February 06th, 2018 - 10:31:49
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).
Most importantly remember where the washers and other little items go in the winch. Its hard to figure out their location. Dont waste time worrying about the larger winch gears and drive shaft. Its easy to find their homes. Pulling the gears and bearings out is actually quite simple and doesnt require any sailboat winch tools or skill. They just slip over the gear shaft. Cleaning the Sailboat Winch Components Place gears and bearings in the small can. Add the mineral spirits to the can and allow to soak. Take the gears and bearings and place them in a small can. Cover the parts with mineral spirits and soak.
There are a many RC Sailboat clubs all around the world that help enthusiasts make contact with people who have similar interests. These clubs are also able to offer advice on the best model to buy or how to build your own. All sailboats are driven by the wind that is caught in their sails. These need to be frequently trimmed in conjunction with the rudder so as to trap as much wind as possible and gain maximum speed. On model sailboats this is achieved through servo motors that are controlled via a hand held radio transmitter. Experienced enthusiasts who have already owned several commercial sailboats bought at hobby stores often decide to build their own. This may be because they want to experiment with new ideas. More usually their decision is driven by a need to own something different.
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.