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I have an ABI manual windlass about ten years old, which has been lightly used. What maintenance procedures should I perform and what grease should I use?
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Take the windlass apart
clean the bearings and parts in gasoline or kerosene
Apply light oil to the pawls and springs
Apply heavy grease to the bearing surfaces of the windlass
Re-assemble
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Thanks for the quick response!
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One other thing... if any parts are heavily worn or damaged... replace them ASAP.

Finally, I highly recommend you read the post in my signature...since your Opening Post basically sucks...

For instance:
  • You don't say what specific model windlass you have. Different models may often have different maintenance requirements.
  • Your thread title "Bootneck" really sucks rocks...cause it doesn't have anything to do with the topic of the thread.
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  • You don't say what specific model windlass you have. Different models may often have different maintenance requirements.
  • You don't say whether the windlass is electric or manual—an electric windlass will often have more maintenance requirements.
  • Your thread title "Bootneck" really sucks rocks...cause it doesn't have anything to do with the topic of the thread.
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Aw, come on SD
  • OP did say it was a manual windlass
  • The info you provided on maintenance was good but not in any way model-specific.
But I suppose you're right, the title sucked.

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Sailing Dog, i screwed up the title, won't happen again. However read my first post. It clearly states ABI manual windlass.
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Way to make a new guy welcome SD
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Pleez!!!! Don't clean stuff in gasoline!! Gasoline is toxic as hell and extraordinarily flamable (and will burn you to a little pile of rubble)!

I will now resume normal breathing and heart-rate.

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Maybe he doesn't know windlasses?

Ease up Saildog.
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What model is the Windlass?
There should be a picture on the net.
Generally the maintainence should be minimal, and it hasn't had much use.
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