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winch problem

cat5cable 10:07am, 10 September 2007
hi all

Went sailing the weekend and one of the winchs has nearly frozen it just went really stiff, do these come apart easy if so has anyone done it.
Looked on ezboard but mostly talks about replacement.

tim
Skykomish E29 11 years ago
Norman i think has done it, and I Bet Chille Pepper has.
I believe they come apart for servicing quite easily. Infact I am sure there was an article in one of the mags about servicing winches
busy home [deleted] 11 years ago
In the top is an old imperial size allen screw ,do not attempt to remove with one that dosent fit . If you damage it your in to a new winch! Remove it and gently lift up outer shell nothing will fly .
There are 3 pawls top and 3 lower The tight bit is the shaft ,a bit of emery and WD will cure the prob. Reassembly is just patience and small scredrivers some light grease is good to.
cat5cable 11 years ago
many thanks will do this one night this week.
tim
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NormanKlipspringer 11 years ago
My Gibb sheet winches have a slotted screw holding it all together. There may be a plastic blanking plug to remove from the centre before you can see the screw. Be careful when removing it may well be that some of the pawls or springs have come loose. Clean all parts and reassemble with winch greese. It sounds like all you need to do is clean them. My winches have integral under hand levers which can get very loose, although this does not sound like your problem. I found that the plastic washers used by plumbers to seal taps to sinks fits the centre arm support perfectly and have now been in operation on both my winches for months.
busy home [deleted] 11 years ago
I opened a winch to check and there only two pawls on each part and roller bearings .just clean up as required and grease Hope the photos help.
cat5cable 11 years ago
yes thanks for pics, tried to get it off last night but it wont budge i need to take a rubber hammer back this weekend.

tim
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NormanKlipspringer 11 years ago
I published pictures of my winches on Flickr some time back. (assembled and apart). If you look back through my pics you will find them. Three pawls, two on the fixed piece and one on the lever. I guess it depends which you have.
Fleur064 9 years ago
I have Barlow sheet winches on my A24, "Firefly". They are in good condition apart from one problem:

The pawls are pressed out against the ratchet by small "L" shaped springs which locate in holes in the drum. Most of these springs are tired, broken or gone. Does any one have any idea where it might be possible to get them, perhaps as a service item? Alternatively, has any one had the same problem and come up with a really good bodge?
b.mercer 9 years ago
I had a similar problem this summer and found a site called WINCH SERVICING.COM from whoom I bought a pack of Barlow pawls and springs @ £26.90 inc carriage ..... pricey but got out of a hole lot of trouble and came next day.
Phone no 012430430050 Cliff Mogridge.

Hope you sort it out

regards

Bob
Fleur064 9 years ago
Thanks for that, Bob. I found Winch Servicing.Com as well - he sold me a bag of springs for £6 and solved the problem at once. Very useful service.

Piers
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