I have a Lewmar
30ST as a main sheet winch
, and the other day out sailing we found it was jammed, but only when trying to wind
it with a winch
handle, the winch drum itself was fine (i.e. the sheet could be pulled in when wrapped around the drum).
After taking the feeder arm off (according to steps in the Lewmar service manual
) I found the inside rather correded and salty maybe (that green/white corrosion
on brass) so much that the retaining collets would not budge until being tapped a with a hammer. However, I was totally unable to lift
out the main spindle, it seems to be completely jammed in there (i guess corrosion
or a build up this manganese ore dust our harbour is full of).
I opened its partner to see how it compared, and it was fine, collets come out easily and the main spindle just lifts out, no problem.
The question now is how should I remove this without damaging the winch? I was nervous to putting a winch handle in and banging it with a mallet as I did not want to damage the mechanisms? I was wondering if I should remove the gears (step 6 in manual) so just the spindle is left, then bang at it with no fear of damage, but I am not sure if I can remove the main gears with the spindle still in, given the manual lays out a very specific order?
Anybody ever had a situation like this?
Many thanks in advance
(p.s. also, any suggestions on the best way to clean the salt/corrosion from the brass collet fittings and the spots of salt/corrosion on the drums and spindle threads ?)