Originally Posted by SollaSollew
Thanks much. Looks like a half an hour per winch once you get established.
I'm wondering how a proper winch stripping & maintenance can be done in 30 minutes:
1. remove the winch from it's base (usually necessary to get all the parts disassembled) (est. 5 min)
2. disassemble the winch (down to singular parts) (est. 10-15 min).
3. soak all parts in solvent (gasoline, kerosene, diesel, or other solvent) (est. 10 min)
4. clean all grease and solvent off parts with tooth brush and clean rags (est 20 min).
5. reassemble and lubricate parts as reassembly proceeds (oil on pawls, light coat of grease on everything else, plus tefgel on dis-similar metals) (est 20 min.)
6. remount reassembled winch on its base (est 5 min).
....and those times are after you've been doing it for a while.
I've done it on and off the boat, but my favorite way to do it is sitting at my garden table, under the unbrella, with cold beer at hand. That way, it doesn't matter how long it takes!
Tip: Buy extra allen wrenches of the required sizes and other necessary tools and keep them, along with all the grease, oil and spares, in a separate box marked "Winch Stuff". That way when its time to mess around with your wench you just grab the box and have at it.