Winch Servicing

Lewmar recommends regular servicing of the winches. This usually involves disassembling the winches, lubricating the pawls with light oil (they are visible in the first photo), and greasing the spindle with heavy grease (see second photo). This had not been done in a long time on my boat, but the winches appear to still be in good condition. I removed all three from the boat, to take home, wash, and lubricate.
The little black circle in the third photo is the circle of moss that was growing under the jib winch.
When I reinstalled the port winches, I moved them outboard, to have a fair lead from the rope clutch to the jib halyard winch. This winch is now able to service the jib halyard and the first reefing line for the mainsail.
© 2018 Melissa Goudeseune