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Lewmar 40ST install / operation questions
I bought a pair of new lewmar 40ST chrome winches, and they arrived today. Beautiful devices! These will replace my existing Lewmar #40 standard winches. I have a few questions about then and I hope someone can help me.
First, my existing #40 winches are older, but I don't know how old. They have no bolts on top, but nor do they have any groves to grab on to like the new winches. How do I open these so I can unbolt them?
I was able to get the new winches apart easily, which is great. I was planning to bed them with butyl tape but I noticed that the holes are close to the opening underneath, which exposes the gears. Should I be concerned that the putty will ooze into the gears when I tighten the mounting bolts? Is there a better choice for bedding compound/sealant?
I see that there is black plastic tab in the line clutch, and that this floats around the clutch. Is the purpose of this to guide the line out of the jaws and, if so, does that mean that it goes clockwise relative to the feeder arm?