Don’t neglect your winches!
One of the tasks we were always very diligent about on ZTC was servicing the winches. Because of that, the 4 self-tailing winches on our cat never missed a beat. When we sailed Frost to Carriacou a couple of weeks ago, we noted that one of the main sheet winches, while still functioning, was groaning a bit. This told us that disassembling and servicing the winches on the boat, all 10 of them, would need to be pretty high on our maintenance to-do list. Little did we know how much this was true.
The other day we decided to begin the process by tackling the smallest, and simplest of the boat’s winches. It was obviously due for service as the tiny bit of grease that was remaining inside it had long ago ceased doing its job properly.
What we found when we opened the larger sheet winch, the one that we determined was less-than-happy when we were sailing, was unpleasant, to say the least. I am happy to report though that with some time and TLC, the winch is all back together and performing as designed. Now we only have 8 more to go.