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Instead of using winch lube can you use marine lube for the bearings of the winch?
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I have plain old waterproof boat trailer wheel bearing grease on board which is used for everything mechanical that requires grease. The words on the container say it is for all marine equipment.
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Any good waterproof, corrosion-inhibiting grease should work.

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I should add that, with respect to winches, it is probably not good to use grease to lubricate the pawls. Those need to move very quickly during operation and the high viscosity of grease may interfere. I think the manufacturers prescribe a light oiling.
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Just a FYI, some manufacturers specify to not use grease with Teflon added. Did we mention not greasing the pawls?
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How often do you do that?

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Winches need to be serviced periodically. I just did 5 of my cockpit winches (Barients from size #23 to size #31, all self-tailing).

Usually, all that's required is to disassemble them carefully, wash all gears and bearings in kerosene, check the pawls and springs, lube the gears and bearings with a waterproof grease (Lewmar makes a grease you can buy at West Marine), and put them back together being sure to get all the parts back in the right place.

It's not hard; it's just time consuming.

Springs for the pawls are easy to find. Depending on the make/model of the winch, pawls and other parts may be harder to find.

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How often do you do that?
Every year. Only takes about 30 minutes for my small/simple 4 winches, but I have the drill down pat. It's a simple mechanical device, but keeping it clean and properly lubed extends it's life and functionality greatly.

The PO never did it and I had to replace the bearings and do some repair work on the cylinders and spindles to get them operational again.
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sorry did not mean to include lewmar, but maxwell.
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