Hello folks -
here, and new boat owner. While out recently, I noticed that there was oil
leaking from a headliner
panel in my aft cabin
Unscrewing that and investigating, I found that the motor/gearbox assembly for the Harken
44 2 speed electric winch
was leaking oil
. I also noticed that on last hoist of my main it really appeared to struggle with the last few feet, seeming to lose "umph."
I've called Harken
and asked them about it. They believe that the seal between the gearbox
is bad. They recommend removal
of that assembly, installation
of a new seal (they're sending me one), and bench testing of the motor
at a local shop they recommended to me. It all sounds great... if I could actually get the thing apart.
Here's the deal, after disassembling the winch
and removing the bolts that are *supposed* to hold the motor/gearbox assembly to the mounting plate the darned thing doesn't want to come out. When investigating, it appears that during original installation
there *may* have been a sealant
used to prevent water
leaking in - which makes sense. The concern I have is could that sealant
actually be strong enough to bond and hold a 20+lb motor assembly in place by itself? When I say it is stuck, I mean it is really stuck there - muscling it hardly even wiggles the thing. Do I need to take some kind of blade to the sealant around it and cut it out, or am I missing something!? Someone recommended that I take a hammer and give it a good whack to break it loose, but I'm extremely hesitant to pound on something that has moving parts
and is really expensive to replace.
Does anyone else have this same model, and have you run into a similar issue? What did you do? Please don't tell me that I have to buy a whole new electric
winch... that would drive me to drink, if I wasn't already a drinker. Perhaps "it'll drive me to tears" would be better.
Here's hoping you all can help!