Winches: click click click.... What you should not be hearing when pulling a line around your winch.
I pulled my winches apart for their annual lubing. To do this I use a star bit on my ratchet, a pair of gloves, a grease gun, rags, and a plastic bag to contain the mess.
As you pull out the screw be sure not to lose the bronze washer/spacer plate. This is one of those things that could easily go plop into the lake. My boat is actually missing one. The winch still works perfectly fine if you lose it, but it has a bit more play in the top plate. One of these days I'll have to find a replacement.
Remove the top of the winch and set it aside on a plastic bag.
Remove the lower portion and also set it aside.
Clean any grime off, lube the lower section and top section.
Reassemble in the reverse order wiping up any excess grease as you go. The result will be well worth it as you sail silently across the water.
I also took a minute to check the fit of my new fore stay pin. A big thanks to John at Torresen Marine Rigging. For the great service and fast follow up on this well overdue project.
List to Complete:
Mount and prep out board.
Check trailer tire air pressure
Load cushions and safety gear.
Go Get Wet.