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    Default Winch ID help and disassembly

    Hi everyone first post and sorry it will probably be easy for someone with experience.

    What brand of winch on this boat and any info about maintenance would be appreciated. They don't spin smooth so will need a cleaning. Boat is a 1974 Columbia 23.

    I do not see any markings to ID it.

    Thanks

    Ryan

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Hello and welcome!
    Those look like the old South Coast (and others) from that time. Looking down from the top, you should see a big, wide, giant, straight screwdriver-like slot. The winch handle end engages the big screw, (counterclockwise turns) and out it comes. Solvent clean, regrease, and off you go. If you've no handle, you'll have to fabricate something to engage the slot (steel flatbar, etc.)

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    With old winches, parts are VERY hard to find and losing any part probably means the end of the winch.
    Before opening up a winch, tape cockpit and deck scuppers and keep the parts contained in a box of some kind. A plastic dishpan makes parts cleaning easier.

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Thank you for the help with the ID and MX recommendations. I will give that a go and keep an eye out for any parts sense they are hard to come by.

    Thank you again.

    Ryan

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    Beware of springs and pawls flying out as you lift the drum. A partner to cup their hands around the base while you lift may help.
    "Where we would wish to reform we must not reproach." -Thomas Paine

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    I had a plastic pan with a circle cut in the bottom just big enough to fit over the winch. I'd tape it to the coaming around the winch. Hit on that after pulling a drum off and hearing a feint ping followed by a tiny splish.

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Quote Originally Posted by JimConlin View Post
    With old winches, parts are VERY hard to find and losing any part probably means the end of the winch.
    Ouch. I made Barient winches for a while, there's nothing too difficult inside them. If the winch is worth anything to you, I wouldn't throw it out over missing parts. A decent machine shop should be able to replicate anything inside them.

    Agree with you it's much better to not lose the parts in the first place

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Thanks everyone these are great and helpful tips. Ill Give that a try to make sure not to lose any components. I'm hoping the interior is just in need of a cleaning.

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    diesel fuel was the recommended solvent,
    last time i rebuilt some lewmar winches...
    bonus that it's cheap too !

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    Ill let you know what I find out. I have researched the winches but not sure I have found the exact ones. Mine seem to have a taller top piece for the winch handle then what I see on merriman, barient, barlow, southcoast... Perhaps mine is even older than I think.

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    IIRC, my SC winches had pawls with a little slot cut in them, transverse to the axis of the pin on which they swiveled. The springs also encircled the pin. I lost one spring upon disassembly (as recounted above) but made a functional (for years) replacement out of some SS leader wire.
    Good luck

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    noticed a winch similar to yours on ebay:
    wilcox-crittenden 'marinium'
    aluminum, i guess ?






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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Yes that is definitely it thank you!

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    Grind an end of the handle to fit the big top screw!
    I just pulled one of then off my mast last year after tensioning my topsl hlyd for 30 years.
    Rugged and simple, things not very valued anymore.
    (I upgraded to a Murray)

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    Default Re: Winch ID help and disassembly

    The good news is you will probably find they only need cleaning and lubing.

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