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Old 03-01-2011, 23:15   #16
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One time I raced on a Santa Cruz 27. the owner wasn't there. He wasn't much on maintaining his boat. Anyway the winch froze solid. He had no tools on board. We took it apart with a fingernail clipper. Then we used sun screen for oil. It lasted a race. Next race the winches worked fine. A boat has to be sailed pretty hard to wear out a winch. Follow Jim's instructions and they shuld be fine. You can get parts on line for most winches even those that they don't make anymore.
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Old 25-09-2011, 03:22   #17
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Thanks for all the help. Just did a basic servicing and they are in perfect order.
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Old 25-09-2011, 05:03   #18
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Thanks for all the help. Just did a basic servicing and they are in perfect order.

Not so scarey after all, pretty simple things once you open them up.
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Old 25-09-2011, 05:54   #19
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Re: Rebuilding Winches

I don't know if I am unusual in this, but I strip, clean and lub my winches every year.

I have very occasionally found pieces that were slightly damaged but not noticeable when the winch was in operation. This year I just found a spring in the self tailing mechanism that was broken. Harken has always been able to cheerfully provided replacements even though these are now 12 year old obsolete model winches.
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I have this to look forward to I suspect. The 35' Hartley I just bought has been a mooring queen liveaboard for some years. Not sure where all the winches and such are yet, but there are a couple of Barlow 25 'coffee grinders' that I'm betting will be happier with a strip, clean and lube and probably a stack of pulleys and blocks here and there.
I heard Barlow are long gone, anyone know if/where you can get spares?

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I have this to look forward to I suspect. The 35' Hartley I just bought has been a mooring queen liveaboard for some years. Not sure where all the winches and such are yet, but there are a couple of Barlow 25 'coffee grinders' that I'm betting will be happier with a strip, clean and lube and probably a stack of pulleys and blocks here and there.
I heard Barlow are long gone, anyone know if/where you can get spares?

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ARCO-Hutton in the western reaches of Sydney have them, and are good guys to deal with (can be pricey, though).

BTW, has this boat been on a mooring near Church Point?

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Re: Rebuilding Winches

I know this is an old thread so, I don't need any reminders. I was searching for anyone with knowledge of resurfacing winches and came up with this thread. I have two Lewmar 42s that have the chrome almost worn off. They work fine so I need to know if anyone has had the winchecs rechromed?

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ARCO-Hutton in the western reaches of Sydney have them, and are good guys to deal with (can be pricey, though).
Ok, thank you Jim. I'll make inquiries.

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BTW, has this boat been on a mooring near Church Point?
On Pittwater, close to Newport, so could be, I've not been there personally.

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I know this is an old thread so, I don't need any reminders. I was searching for anyone with knowledge of resurfacing winches and came up with this thread. I have two Lewmar 42s that have the chrome almost worn off. They work fine so I need to know if anyone has had the winchecs rechromed?

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YEs, no problem getting them rechromed. But be aware: the PO of our boat had all the winches rechromed. The plating shop did a fine job... tooo fine, for they didn't like the knurled finish on the drums, so they ground them to a mirror finish. Blinding in the sun, look great, but they are so slippery that they are not functional! Bugger! So, one uses a couple of extra wraps, and I took some 60 grit sandpaper and did my best to "regroove" them, using longitudinal strokes to break up the mirror. Has helped a lot, but still... be aware!

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