So my goal this winter is to service all of my winches. I’ve started with my Barient 21 halyard winches.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
- The initial installation, while it had a backing plate, did not have the bolt holes through the cored deck properly plugged. I’ve hollowed these out using a dremel tool after I tried the allen wrench in the drill bit trick which failed miserably. I then filled these with a thickened epoxy mix and re-drilled the holes.
- Simple Green cleaner at the heavy duty concentrations will not touch the thicker layers of grease. I didn’t want to go the petrochemical nuclear option so I opted for lots of Costco microfiber rags and elbow grease. I used a wooden ruler wrapped in one of these rags to clean all the gear teeth. Super fun.
- Upon disassembly I found these winches to be in pretty good shape. The grease was starting to thicken and they were dirty, but they cleaned up well. There was a minor amount of corrosion underneath the base mounting plate. I’m glad I caught that before it went too far.
- When installing the pawl spring, hold your hand over or a towel around the work area. These tiny springs want to jump out with a ‘ping’ and you will never ever find them. How do I know this…? A buck a pop at West Marine.
- As per the internet, I’m lubricating everything with SuperLube. The pawls get light machine oil.
- Everything takes longer than you think. Way longer.
Especially when you’re trying to do everything the right way.
Cheers – Greg
PS. Wailana took the top spot in 4 out of 5 races in our local fall series races. Double-handed.