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The Winch

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.
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.
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