OK - it's that time of year to service your winches!!
It is one of the most expensive items onboard your boat - but OFTEN overlooked, or put off to next year......
However, it's not hard to do once you can convince yourself it's not going to be like a 10000000 piece jigsaw puzzle getting it back together!! Take pics as you go along. If it is a Harken winch, have a look at their website - they have manuals, exploded pictures of every winch they have made plus some videos - so if you do run in to trouble, help is only a web page away!! Link for Harken Winch Manuals and Winch Service Video
As for oils and greases. I used Harkens own. Don't over pack the winch thinking the more oil / grease the better it'll be!! Wrong - it'll just gum up quicker.
Despite my Harken 44 winch looking pretty disgusting inside (I only bought the boat two months ago) - nothing needed replacing.
Just a good wash off and a lube. Even the Pawl's were in good condition.
Note the wine glass level
nearly there... Note the wine glass level
Right, I'm off to finish that wine! Hope this helps someone.
Ian - French Connection - Sun Odyssey 37
EDITOR NOTE - There is another helpful owner guide by TEDP here