Not ever having used a manual windlass, can anyone tell me if that's normal? If so, I could save myself a whole lot of trouble tearing the whole thing apart.
Odds are the grease is dried up and the salt
has caked on the gears. It's not much different than a Jib winch
. The gears probably would love a nice cleaning
and grease job with waterproof grease.
The WD40 illustrates it's not busted but is in need of service
. WD40 does a lot of things well but gear
lubrication under heavy loads isn't very long term with WD40.
Non detergent oil
would last a little longer. Detergent oil
(like you put in your engine) breaks down the grease and you normally don't want that in a gear