You should service your winches at least once during the preseason. However, twice a season is best if your boat lives in salt water. If you race your boat hard, you may want to maintain your winches before every regatta. Keep your winches clean and operating smoothly by flushing frequently with fresh water. Check pawls and springs, bearings, gears, and spindles for signs of wear and corrosion.
WINCH Q & A: Which parts do I grease and which do I oil on my Harken winches?
Grease all metal gears and roller bearings with Harken Winch Grease. It’s highly resistant to salt and fresh water, works in all temperatures, and protects against corrosion. NEVER grease pawls or springs because grease causes them to stick. Instead, lubricate with Harken Pawl Oil for optimal rotation. Radial winches and carbon winches have composite roller bearings that do not need to be lubricated.
If you have any questions or issue about Harken Winches, please feel free to contact us at the Mauri Pro Sailing website and our crew will be more than happy to help.