As a single-hander at anchor, it's going to be a bit more difficult than simply laying it on the dock. However, it seems that if I must take it down & apart, I might just as well change the bearings. One guy on one of the threads found bearings for a smaller unit for a lot less than the repair kits, but what is your suggestion? Are there any other critical parts to change, only available in the kits? Sounds to me that removing the spool end is the real problem, though if it's on a mast, not the bow, it should have had much less salt water immersion???? Maybe I'll get lucky, ha, ha.
Drawings would definitely help, thanks.
Being at anchor does complicate things a bit.
Changing the bearings may not be necessary, but you will be able to tell when you see them. I've had pretty good success reusing the swivel bearings even when they have been rusted. They aren't under nearly the loads that the main bearings are. They are also much larger and heavier.
I have always gotten the bearings from a local bearing supplier. The only time I bought a kit from Rig Rite was when I needed to shorten a rod.
Getting the drum off the bottom end is always a challenge. The first couple of pictures show a tool that I made for this job. I have always been able to remove the drums with this tool using a propane torch. I tighten up the nuts and then apply the heat. In a few moments the drum pops a fraction of an inch then I retighten the nuts and do it again.
I don't know why the pictures came out so small. The last time I did this they were huge.
Maybe if you copy the image you can blow it up on your computer.
If that doesn't work, I can share the Picasa album with you if you send me your email address in a PM.