One of the items that needs regular maintenance are the winches. We sort of ignored them ,mostly because I was afraid of loosing pieces. I decided to attack them on Sunday. I now realize how dirty they were, but fortunately for us they were still in good condition.
What is a winch? It gives leverage to anyone that is moving a line, sheet, or halyard and allows them to lift greater amounts.
This is a self tailing winch (One that you do not have to pull on the line with just turn the winch handle.
These are shots of the gears also the internal pawls and springs that work making the winch a two speed.
I cleaned the entire winch with WD40, rags and a wire brush.
The in bearings and bottom of the winch.
After some serious scraping, scrubbing, and soaking they started to clean up and fit together smoothly.
After the cleaning some grease on the roller bearings and gears plus a light coating of pawl oil on the pawls and they slipped together beautifully.
A smooth operating winch can take a load off the operators, Tammy and I.
Just a bit of information on how a sailboat operates.