Winch Cleaning

Discussion of solvents for cleaning winches: Good Video on stripping down a Lewmar winch.,.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCunPhQHw4 I’ve disassembled my Lewmar¬ winch and was attempting to degrease¬ everything using mineral spirits. I didn’t have enough so I went to Lowes to buy more but I found out they no longer supply mineral spirits in my area due to new regulations. The salesman suggested acetone which is doing a very poor job. Any suggestions on a degreasing agent? Lewmar¬ folks recommend cleaning the winch parts in liquid paraffin which is nothing more than clear lamp oil.¬ I does a nice job of degreasing¬ without the drying effects of acetone and no more expensive.¬ I’ve been doing this for years. ¬ Don’t use grease on the pawls¬ or the pawl ratchet, use only light machine oil.¬ Grease in the pawls¬ will bind them up and they will stop working.¬ Lewmar¬ has instructions on their

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Owner Improvements

The list below provides links to owner websites and their descriptions of improvements they have made to various aspects of the Catalina 380 series. I include them in this post so that they will be available to the search routines of this site. RIGGING Spinnaker Rig Details – Som Sikdar Whisker Pole – Paul McManus In Boom Furler – Kevin Murray Back Stay Adjuster – Kevin Murray Double Footblock – Som Sikdar Boom Brake – Kevin Murray Preventer – Som Sikdar Power Primary Winch – Kevin Murray Mainsheet Cam Cleat – Kevin Murray Jib Furler Line Clutch – Kevin Murray Go Fast Rigging – Steve Dublin Bobstay – Kevin Murray STAINLESS Stern Handrails -John Estes Stainless Projects – Scott Brear CREATURE COMFORT Drop Leaf Salon Table– Jim Jaeschke Table Tray – Robert Taylor Sink Boards – Kevin Murray Stove Cover Board – Robert Taylor Cabin Storage – Som Sikdar Fridge

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Freedom 800 Windlass

FREEDOM 800 WINDLASS 2 Richard Herbst Date: Feb, 2007 Hull #: 93 Following is the second of two articles on this subject, this one by Richard Herbst, second owner of C380 #93, a late 1997 boat. The extra emphasis on the Freedom 800 is because of several serious relevant problems reported on our Sailnet email list and due to my desire to maximize your happy-hour time, at least for the captains of the 300 or so C380’s out there with this windlass. Other boats in the fleet have the VW800, either horizontally mounted [first approx 75 C380s] or, for late C380’s & C387s, vertically oriented. Background & Repairs I would like to amplify Warren‚Äôs article appearing in the previous issue regarding the Freedom 800 windlass. Warren was right on target when he advised owners to wash down that windlass frequently. A vertical main shaft only encourages water, salt, mud, silt

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Electric Halyard Winch Conversion [C 387]

Electric Halyard Winch Conversion [C 387] Dale Hartwig August, 2007 Hull #: C387 #85 ¬ Powering Up Footloose Regardless of where we sail, how we sail, and with whom we choose to share our sailing, I suspect most of us spend time evaluating options to make our experiences easier, simpler, and safer. Bottom line for me is: anything I can do to increase my time on the water is a primary consideration – physical effort included. When we moved from our C320 to our C387, we chose the Forespar LeisureFurl mainsail boom furler option. This article is not about our ‚Äúlearning‚ÄĚ experiences with the boom furler but about our decision to replace the standard manual halyard winch with a powered winch. In discussions with Forespar, while ‚ÄúFootloose‚ÄĚ was in production, we understood a powered winch was recommended, to make raising the big main a snap. However, we had missed the

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Lewmar Electric Halyard Winch Upgrade

Lewmar Electric Halyard Winch Upgrade Scott Brear 5/1/2000 Hull #: 44 I have been considering an electric halyard winch ever since I had a ride on a Catalina 470 a year ago. Not only does it make sail handling much easier, but it can act as a valuable safety aid (if rigged properly) in being able to hoist crew out of the water! In the Bay’s cold waters, timing can be critical. Gerry (ANTSY #13) was kind enough to share his experiences in installing the Harken equivalent winch on a couple of boats, so I thought I would offer my version with Lewmar. The #40 EST is a new, geared, winch that replaces the much less capable OP1 but now discontinued. As the #40 EST is horizontal mounted below decks, the installation is very similar to the Harken. I selected the Lewmar because it matched the other winches and has

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