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The Winch
24-FEB-2011

The Winch

Cleaning & lubing a winch is not complicated but can get tedious, especially if doing it on-board. This old Lewmar "England" style winch is built like a tank but suffers from a design issue which necessitates removal from the boat for a proper clean and lube. Many newer winches are designed so the base can be left attached and a proper cleaning can be effected, this one was not.
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If your winch was bedded with 3M 5200/Satan Glue, well, sorry for that, and good luck removing it. This starts with the winch already removed from the boat.
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First things first the black top, which also serves as the line stripper, needs to be removed. A simple tap with a plastic hammer, seen in the back ground, in a counter clockwise direction, will have it spinning free in no time.


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roy vollmer 28-Aug-2012 14:49
To remove the winch from its mounting on the boat, I should first remove the black top (bronze in my case) with a soft counterclockwise tap of a plastic hammer (or hard rubber mallet in my case); unscrew the winch top and remove it from the winch; remove the line stripper; remove the drum. Now I should have access to the bolts holding the winch base to the boat (sealant unknown at this time-hopefully not 3M 5200). At this point, I should be able to remove the winch(es) from the boat and take them to my shop for cleaning/servicing per your excellent instructions. Please advise if this is correct procedure to remove winches from boat. Thank you