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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.
Sailboat Winch Maintenance is Greasy and Messy If youre like most sailboat owners you havent serviced your winches since you owned the boat. Every year you say this is going to be the year you clean and grease the winches but something more important always comes along. Servicing sailboat winches is a greasy messy job that intimidates even the most boat-savvy person. However winches need to be greased because they are among the most expensive items on the sailboat! The Sailboat Winch Jigsaw Every winch is different so theres no good way to memorize how a winch goes back together. However a sailboat winch can not be put together wrong because the parts only fit together the right way - with the exception of maybe getting a washer in the wrong place.
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.
Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... the skill set required is vastly different To be a successful sailboat racer requires quickness agility and strength in order to attain the maximum sailboat speed. If you look at a team photo of a crew entered in the Americas Cup for example... you will see very young and very fit men and women. The exception is the Captain and the tactician... these two men or women are on board for their experience... knowledge of race tactics and ability to make the boat go as fast as possible. The sailboat cruiser on the other hand can be any age any body type and know very little about sailboat racing.