Gibb winches maintenance

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bubulo
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Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:04 pm

Hello

I have recently purchased a fin keel Sabre 27 and would like to know if anyone had the experience of doing the maintenance of the Gibb winches with a fixed handle on the bottom?

The winches on my boat are a bit stiff and presumably they need cleaning and lubricating.

If anyone had the experience of doing this and perhaps have some photos showing the process that will be very much appreciated.

I am concerned of losing parts of these discontinued winches when dismantling them.

Many thanks

Alex

samphire2014
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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by samphire2014 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:56 pm

Search for service Gibb winches on Google. Follow link to westerley centaur winches. Click Serviced winches, go to 8th thread down and there is a link to a how too page with pictures and instructions. If you are short of a cleaner, diesel does a good job of dissolving old grease.

bubulo
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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:38 pm

Great!

Many thanks for your help

I will try it!

Alex

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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by samphire2014 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:04 pm

I did it from iPad and I am no expert. If you struggle to find it, I will run it on my laptop and mail you the proper link.
Best
Chris

bubulo
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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:03 pm

Hi Chris

If you could email me the link will appreciate it

Many thanks

Alex

samphire2014
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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by samphire2014 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:34 am


bubulo
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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:17 pm

OK Chris many thanks

I will try it!

Alex

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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:26 pm

Chris

Tried to remove the winch covers today but no luck. They are really hard to remove. I must be doing something wrong. Do you know of any other site with more instructions/photos on how to clean the Gibb winches? Many thanks
Alex

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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by samphire2014 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:51 am

Hi, I am not an expert, but have done the research as I faced the same problem when I first bought my boat. I have lewmar winches, but they were stuck on as well, so you have my sympathy!

http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.ph ... ch-removal

According to this http://www.bluemoment.com/manuals/gibbwinches.pdf should lift off after removing retaining screw. The split bearing may have something (broken spring part?) in the groove making it tight for removal.
Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.ph ... Gtq4xDW.99

You just have to keep turning and lifting up at the same time. Gentle warming with a hot air gun may help soften the grease inside. Be careful about using too much heat as the plastic sleeves can be damaged and replacements are obtainable. If you're just softening grease, a hot air gun or hair dryer is safer.

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.ph ... Gtq4xDW.99
Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.ph ... Gtq4xDW.99
(Borrow wife's hair drier?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJEM_U3WMEo - This will show you what to expect once you get the drum off.

Hope this helps.

Good luck

Chris

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Re: Gibb winches maintenance

Post by bubulo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:43 pm

Many thanks again Chris

I managed to take off the covers!

All done

Quite easy really....once you know how to do it!

Thanks again

Alex

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