Lewmar winch maintenance schedule

Just a note on the Lewmar winch maintenance schedule. I just finished taking apart all my winches, cleaning them, re-greasing them, and putting them back together. This is the first time since 1996, when I had Godspeed #108 built by SLM. The surprising thing is that only one of them actually needed cleaning. The staysail halyard winch was home to some mud dobbers, so the ratchet wasn’t engaging due to mud. Lewmar and others recommend a cleaning yearly. I think, though, that my next cleaning will be far into the future. Just saying. Happy cleaning.

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