I was servicing winches this week, and I came across a problem with the one electric winch
we have on board. It is a Lewmar
The problem is: How do you get the small gear
assembly out to clean it? On a normal winch
(and on the large gear
assembly in this one), you just lift
the pin the gears turn on. Then pull the gear assembly to the side and it slides out.
But the electrically driven gear is connected through to the electric motor
under the deck
. It seems that the gear assembly is resting on a shaft that sticks up from the motor
, so I would have to lift
it to get it out. Of course, it is still under the stationary frame inside the winch, so I can't lift it.
Now it looks like one of these options applies:
1. You have to dismount the entire above-deck portion of the winch to clean it.
2. You have to go below and drop out the electric motor
3. There is some clever way to do it that I haven't thought of. (I hope it is this one.)
I looked in the papers that came with the winches, but that documentation
was less than helpful. The instructions work (though are kind of sparse) for the manual winches. The electric
winch book has only one page on servicing, and it basically says "take it apart, clean it, and put new grease on".
I looked on Lewmar's web site, but didn't find anything useful. Finally, I called Lewmar
and they talked me through downloading PDF files that turned out to be the paper documentation
that I already have.
Has anybody here been through this procedure before? Any suggestions?