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Re: Winch maintenance Q, what nut is this?

While the pawls don't look that bad, they are the failure point that is going to break your forearm if they let go under load with a winch handle attached. I would go ahead and replace them, if there is any doubt. They are a wear item. That scoring must have been created by something being caught between the pawl and the grooves they ratchet through. Be sure damage didn't occur to the grooves as well.

That secret stash of grease should clean up well with mineral spirits. Just a light coating of waterproof winch grease, applied with a disposable paint brush works for me. Of course, zero grease on or near the pawls. Oil in the pawl pivot only.

I try to do this breakdown and cleaning every two years. Annually may accually be the manufacturer recommendation.

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Re: Winch maintenance Q, what nut is this?

If you're going to replace the pawls, replace the springs too. How do the sockets that the pawls slip into look (once you have the grease cleaned out)?

I cleaned and greased my Barlow 25 self tailing winches a year ago. The chrome was pitted, and I was afraid of finding repair parts. I replaced them this year with a pair of Anderson 40 Full Stainless. The new winches have a smaller foot print, but just as much (more?) power, and I can get parts easily.

I also replaced the mast mounted Barlow 19 on the mast (referenced above) with an Andersen 10.

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Re: Winch maintenance Q, what nut is this?

I finally got both main winches serviced and back on the boat. I made this video while I was at it. It's a bit longer than I wanted but my editing skills are limited. Enjoy.
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