Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 18-08-2016, 23:18   #31
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Up the mast, looking for clean wind.
Boat: Currently Shopping, & Heavily in LUST!
Posts: 5,629
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

Originally Posted by barnaclejim View Post
I enjoy servicing my 10 Lewmar winches so much ita almost a fetish. Easy access, simple solid parts. Soak in Diesel brush the salt crust with an old toothbrush grease reassemble and repeat. So many other boat systems that are confounding and require some higher power knowledge. Winches are easy Wenches much more complicated. Surprising to me the ones mounted vertically on the masts aways look great and the much larger cockpit winches get a lot of salt intrusion, so they get the once over every season. 35 years and still working sweet.
Be careful, with attitudes like this, soon you'll go over to the Dark Side, & become very, very fond of racing & all that goes with it.


The Uncommon Thing, The Hard Thing, The Important Thing (in Life): Making Promises to Yourself, And Keeping Them.
UNCIVILIZED is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-08-2016, 12:33   #32
Registered User
rognvald's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: In the Cold:Prepping Boat for Final Escape
Boat: Pearson 34-II
Posts: 2,305
Images: 2
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post
Mounting wenches vertically on the mast requires athletic ability beyond that of the average cruiser... sheesh, you could start a circus act with that! A sorta adult circus, I guess...

I suppose it would be dependant upon the length of the wench handle, whether it floats, locks . . . has a power, double or palm grip and, of course, the most important factor is the ID of the drum . . . perhaps easier than you think. Remember, a well-lubricated wench works well in all conditions . . . always service your wenches on a regular basis. They will pay great dividends and provide years of dependable service to the regular user. R

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathrustra
rognvald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-08-2016, 12:56   #33
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

I think that after about two years plain Lewmar grease becomes a bit too sticky.

So I would guess about 2 years is fine. You can just open the winch now and then and look inside - if it looks fine and works well, no need to do anything.


barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 12:33   #34
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Myrtle Beach..for now
Boat: Lagoon 410
Posts: 371
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

Originally Posted by thinwater View Post
My guess is the respondents are the more maintenance-intensive that average. I would offer a bet that the average time between service for winches is closer to 10 years. I have also torn down many winches that were at 5-10 years on lightly used boats and they were still reasonably well lubed and without wear. But surely this depends on use, temperature, and whether the winches see a lot of salt (some boats are drier than others).

I imagine the lubricant products also make a huge difference. I've been doing some product testing for an up-coming article and the differences in corrosion protection and oxidation stability are startling to say the least. The number 2 product came from an autoparts store and was 1/8th the price of winch lubes. (Do you really believe winch lubes were developed for winches? Obviously billions have been spent developing vehicle and industrial lubes.) There is no question that some products will last 2-5 times longer than others.

It also strike me interesting that annual lube has been suggested for 30 years at least, while at the same time lube intervals for everything else have tripled. Could it be that winches use the same lubes they always did? I doubt that, as they all use synthetics now and I doubt they did before 30 years ago. Thus, is it plausible that annual lube is simply conservative advise?

As for machine oil, that has always struck me as a little light and poorly suited to a marine environment. In the days of conventional oils and grease there was a concern that the material would get gummy over time and things could stick, but with synthetics this has largely retreated to myth. I will have to investigate pawl oils in a follow-up.

Getting ready to service my winches before we head south. Can you name the "number 2 product" from the auto store?
In Florida headed south for the Keys, then north...
Sid at SailAway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 12:38   #35
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Boat: Able 50
Posts: 3,118
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

Probably Superlube.
savoir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 15:39   #36
Head in a locker
Cavalier's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Boat: Beneteau 461 47'
Posts: 920
Images: 1
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

AquaShield (formerly called "AquaLube") is excellent stuff. We used to use it on subsea vehicles routinely as it isn't affected by salt water (or heat), it's good for o-rings and metal-metal or metal-plastic surfaces alike. I think they changed the name as a "personal lube" supplier recently used the AquaLube moniker and I'm guessing that wasn't the market they wanted to be associated with: One for winches, one for wenches...

Sent from mTalk
"By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars."
Cavalier is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 15:53   #37
Writing Full-Time Since 2014
thinwater's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: PDQ Altair, 32/34
Posts: 4,740
Re: Servicing Winches - Frequency?

NOT Superlube.

Practical Sailor published a review this month. This month is winch lubes. Next month is grease in general... some or which may be superior winch lubes. It included both corrosion and high temperature oxidation testing.

Winch Grease Corrosion Tests - Practical Sailor Print Edition Article

Surprisingly, there were significant differences.

Gear Testing--Engineering--Sailing
Writing full-time since 2014
thinwater is offline   Reply With Quote

enc, winch

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Servicing Lewmar Wave Grip model 56ST winches Hisayasu Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 7 04-04-2016 18:58
Good video on servicing winches scuba0_1 General Sailing Forum 0 21-03-2015 09:59
For Sale: WINCHES ~ Pair of Used Bronze Barlow #23 Winches Seaworthy Goods Classifieds Archive 5 28-11-2011 20:40
Servicing MAxwell winches: Any advice? Weyalan Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14 22-03-2011 20:16
servicing winches sneuman Construction, Maintenance & Refit 5 22-02-2008 12:48

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:46.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.