How to Service Lewmar Winches

June 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Duet has a lovely pair of Lewmar 8 sheet winches which I wanted to service as part of her annual maintenance (can’t call it ‘winter maintenance’ any more as it is now June!) It’s recommended that winches are serviced (basically taken apart, cleaned and regreased) every year to remove salt and grit that might have worked up into the innards, and as she’d been sand blasted it definitely needed doing this year.

Now, although I’ve grown up with a Trapper 500 which we fairly comprehensively refitted (a couple of times!) in the course of 20 years of family ownership, I don’t think her winches ever got serviced, and I’ve actually never seen it done!  I’ve certainly never done Duet’s before…

There was a bit of shopping to do first though;  Lewmar actually sell a Winch Service Kit which consists of a tube of winch grease, a bottle of light oil (or Race Lube as they provocatively call it), 10 pawl springs, a disposable paintbrush and some written instructions and this retails for about £42.

However, I was able to buy the same size tube of grease for £11.50, the Race Lube was £6.99 and pawl springs are 6p each from Force4.  So effectively with the ready made kit that’s £23 extra for a disposable paintbrush and some instructions which are freely available here! Daylight robbery Lewmar!

To complete the job I also needed some white spirit, a tray to make a bath and a cloth.  Tools to take the winch apart are straighforward; I used a small precision screwdriver to get the circlip off and a normal philips to get the top of the drum off.

Service Lewmar Winches

Collect everything you need:
White Spirit, tray, cloth, Gear Grease, Race Lube, Paintbrush, Spare Pawl Springs, Precision Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver

So, even though my little winches are relatively simple (one speed/ not self-tailers), it all looked a bit daunting to start with… but it actually turned out surprisingly straightforward and the second one was a total doddle. However, I do have an admission to make… I put the money I ‘saved’ on the kit towards a pair of Barton Winchers which are rubber cuffs that effectively turn the winches into self tailers.  However I can’t get them on! I’m not done with them yet. I will keep you posted on that…

Anyway, here’s some step by step pictures:

Service Lewmar Winches

1) Remove the circlip on the top of the winch

Service Lewmar Winches

2) Remove the shiny disc on the top of the winch

Service Lewmar Winches

3) The whole drum should now easily slide off

Service Lewmar Winches

4) The 2 bearing drums should all now slide off. Also remove the white plastic clip halfway down the drum (I poked it out with a screwdriver). Once this is off the centre of the drum should also lift off.

Service Lewmar Winches

5) Wash all that lot off in white spirit.

Service Lewmar Winches

6) Once it’s clean, reassemble in the reverse order

Service Lewmar Winches

7) To get at the pawls, undo the 3 screws on the top of the winch and remove the top

Service Lewmar Winches

8) Check and oil the top pawls, replacing the pawl springs if necessary (I didn’t)

Service Lewmar Winches

9) Turn the drum over and check/oil the bottom pawls

Once it’s all clean, just put it back together in the reverse order! Service Lewmar Winches Really glad I’ve done this – there was alot of blue and grit left in the bath at the end which presumably was detritus and antifoul from the sand blasting.  Job done.

How I Saved My Sole

May 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

When I bought Duet she had fitted carpet.  It was green (though it may once have been blue?), hessian backed and full of sand.  It was stuck to her 3 piece plywood cabin sole with lots of double sided carpet tape and it had to go.  I think ripping that out was one of the first things I ever did.

However, I was only able to remove 2 pieces and it left a horrible residue that stuck to your flip flops so I quickly bought some cheap door mats that didn’t fit properly and looked worse than the carpet had been.  The middle section remained carpeted as it was not only sticky taped down but was also sandwiched in place underneath a corroded table leg fitting.  It wasn’t nice.

Hurley 22 Cabin Sole

Before: Green carpet, sand and corrosion.

Originally I had planned to bin the lot after cutting some new ones using them as a template. However, to be honest my woodworking skills are pretty minimal and besides I don’t own a jigsaw, so one day while I was prepping the rubbing strake I had a bit of left over Nitromors which I slapped on the glue tape, and lo… it was dissolved and could be scraped off!  I brought the boards home for some intensive TLC.

Now, anyone who knows me will know that I do rather like stripes… And I have always thought that the lovely striped teak and holly cabin soles on boats are very smart. However, teak and holly inlaid 12mm ply is an eye watering £300 a sheet, while laminate to stick on top yourself is over £150 a sheet. Way out of my budget.

Then I saw this awesome hack with a roll of masking tape and some white paint. I clearly had to give that a go!

The sticky tape and varnish took 2 goes with Nitromors to remove, and I scraped off the gunk each time before reapplying.  Finally it had a good scrub with a hard brush and some washing up liquid.  Once it was dry it had a good sand and then a wipe over with some white spirit to remove the dust before I started with the masking tape and white paint trickery.

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

Left: one go with the Nitromors, Centre: Original, Left: 2 coats of nitromors and sanded

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

Stripped, sanded and ready to go

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

Masking up. I did this by eye using the width of the tape

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

Painted with a watered down white emulsion

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

“The Reveal” Unfortunately I didn’t press the edge of the tape down well enough in places and there was some bleed. But I neatened it up again by cleaning the edges with a fresh paint brush dipped in water before it dried.

Cabin Sole Refurbishment Hurley 22

Back in the kitchen it got 2 coats of exterior silk varnish.

I have also bought 2 new brass ring pulls from which came from Australia via eBay as they were 50mm size which seems to be non-standard for the UK.  They cost $30 including shipping, so that’s £15 for the pair.  I also bought a new table base from eBay for £7 – it’s plastic so won’t corrode again.

I’m really chuffed with the result, it’s a vast improvement – they’ve gone from “Grotty to Yachty” (sorry I couldn’t resist that)

There are a few blemishes in the wood, and the stripes aren’t perfect but it’s flooring and hopefully won’t be looked at that closely. Anyway it’s all “character”, eh?


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