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LEWMAR ELECTRICAL WINCH REPAIR

Our SB Lewmar Genoa winch was acting a bit strange in the beginning of the season.  When I pushed the button it was turning slow for 10-20 seconds before it reached normal speed.

One day when I was reading the Blog of HR 43 Yarona, owned by Barrie and Kath, I did find that they had experienced the same symptoms.

I emailed Barrie who suggested that the problem could be carbon dust inside the electrical motor.  He included some valuable tip for the repair.  With Barrie’s instructions it was an easy fix.

I would think this is something that will happen to all electrical winches sooner or later, and want to share how to fix it.

On Bella, it was the SB Genoa winch that needed to be cleaned. This is also the winch that is used most, as we also use it to furl in the genoa.

I removed the end cap to the electrical motor. (2 Philips screws) Inside the motor I did find a tablespoon of dust.  Next step was to clean the motor with help of the   vacuum cleaner.

After the first try there was no change.  But second time with the vacuum cleaner the winch was running normal again.

Total time for this operation was not much more than 15-20 minutes.

If that would not help, I suggest that you remove the brushes for better access to the rotor.  It is the rotor you want to clean.  With the brushes in place, you will not be able to remove all the dust. This was he reason why I had to do it twice.

It is difficult to remove the brushes with the motor attached to the winch. Fortunately it is easy to unscrew the motor from the gearbox.  Just loosen the 2 long bolts that hold the motor in place.  The bolts are accessible after removing the end cap.

Sorry for not having any pictures to this post. Will correct that when it is time to fix the port winch:-)

 

 

TRAPANI AND THE EGADI

The unstable weather is continuing. A Mistral has been blowing hard for several days. Even down here we can feel the force with 20-30 knots of wind.

Trapani with the Egadi island in the background

Trapani with the Egadi island in the background

As soon as we pulled in to the marina in Trapani we got an email from Max on  yacht  “y2K”.  His wife Alessandra, being on their boat, had reported that an HR was coming in to the marina. Max who was in Milano sent us the welcome message. Later in the weekend we had a nice exchange of experiences in the cockpit of Bella Luna.  You can follow their adventures here.

Marina Levante, Trapani

Marina Levante, Trapani

We liked Trapani. It is a mixture between run down houses and really nice looking houses.  On Saturday we visited the historical Aragonese village, Erice.  It was built up on a mountain for best protection. In Greek times the place was known to mariners for its temple of Aphrodite and her courtesans.   We took the cable car up to the mountain and spent all day exploring.   There are more than 70 churches  and a castle ruin.   Different religions are represented as different nationalities have been in power. We enjoyed our day  in the cooler air.

Cable car to Erice

Cable car to Erice

Erice was easy to defend

Erice was easy to defend

Street view

Street view

Musician asking for money

Musician asking for money

The Horse whisper

The Horse whisper

Lazy dog taking siesta

Lazy dog taking siesta

Monestery

Monestery

Sea view from Erice

Sea view from Erice

Art work in Erice

Art work in Erice

On Monday we went out to the Egadi Islands.  First night we anchored in a south cove off Island  Levanzo. It was a wild night with NW gust coming down the hillsides.   Not that much sleep.Sunday night we had  storm.   It was nice to still be in Marina Levante in Trapani. It is a small but friendly marina. They look after you and the boats.  As we were wide awake and up checking, we saw one of the guys walking the docks in the middle of the storm at 0100 in the pounding rain and lightning.

In the morning we got an email from Max saying go to Favignana as it is better with NW winds and would be more comfortable.   We sailed over the strait  between Levanzo and Favgnana and experienced the biggest waves this season.

The anchorage was much better, but the wind increased and clocked to W.  We could see that we were dragging and had to re-anchor, as the anchor was not properly set in the grass. The second time went better.

Then a charter boat arrived with several guys.   They come in with the Danforth anchor full with grass. Drop it and plow more grass in to the anchor. Then they look at us and think it must be better holding close to them so  they drop the anchor quite close, and 6 naked men jump in the water. The boats are dancing around their anchors, as the wind is 24 knots with higher gusts.

I checked the  weather report. It is not a difficult decision to lift the anchor and sail into the Sicily straits.   We get a fast down wind sail to the south coast and drop the anchor behind the large harbour  breakwater of Mazara Del Vallo,  Sicily’s  biggest fishing harbour. Although the winds remain, the waves are insignificant.    As we are anchoring at sundown, we hear the loudspeakers of the mosque calling for prayer.

We enjoyed a  good night sleep.

SOUTH SARDINIA AND CROSSING TO SICILY

After Olbia we changed our plan and cruised down the east side of Sardinia.

In Villasimius we anchored in a nice bay outside the Marina.

Next day we spotted another Swedish boat. It was Synapsen, with Michael and Maria.  Check out their Blog. As we have not been spoiled with Swedish boats I took the dinghy over and they immediately invited us for coffee.  Later in the evening we had them over for Happy Hour. As Michael and Marie is on the same type of part-time cruising as us it was nice to be able to exchange ideas.

Next day the wind was forecasted to come from the West.   Synapsen was going o Cagliari to pick up their daughter. We were planning to cross s to Sicily. In the early morning we woke up to numerous thunderstorms.

I checked the weather for the crossing and decided the Cape index was to high. Cape index is the probability for thunderstorms and lightning.  Wind and waves are O.K. But thunder is not our cup of tea.

Instead we sailed over to Cagliari and anchored. Next day we went in to Marina del Sol in Cagliari. It is a bit tired looking like the company car. But they are very friendly and do everything to help.

Marina del Sol company car

Marina del Sol company car

Friendly Marina del Sol

Friendly Marina del Sol

 

In town we had a nice lunch at a local restaurant. The restaurant owner and the Chef was standing smoking in-front of the restaurant when we arrived. First the owner was a bit reserved. He was not accustom  to tourists in the restaurant.

When we asked for the menu he said, “we only serve fish” That is O.K. we replied. Then he relaxed and became very friendly.

Soon the local guests came in and he puts on the TV. There was some news about Mr. Berlusconi.  The restaurant owner was very animated when he declared his liking of Berlusconi. One of the guest made thumb down for Berlusconi. Then the fight was on. The guest left the restaurant in frustration for some minutes, but was soon back. In the end they all had a good time. That included us that got good food and entertainment.

Roman theatre Cagliari

Roman theatre Cagliari

Cagliari Street

Cagliari Street

Next day we planned to go back to Villasimius and anchor and sail to Sicily the following day.  In the beginning we had to motor, but soon the wind came from SW with 15 knots. When we came to the anchorage we changed the plan and continued to Sicily.  Wind was stabile SW 12-20 knots and we had a fantastic sail, logging between 8 to 8.5 knots for many hours.

Around two a clock in the morning we could see heavy thunder & lightning over Tunisia. Soon the storms came our way. We could track them on the radar and  we understood that we would sail straight into them if we continued with the same speed.   This was not forecasted in the weather reports.

We decided to step on the break for a while. As there was not much wind we furled in the sails and drifted for two hours.  6-7 storms passed just 2-3 miles in front of us.

At daybreak the forecasted NW wind started to clear the air and we continued against Trapani, Sicily with the Blue sky behind and heavy clouds in front of us.

Thunder ahead

Thunder ahead

The last 2-3 hours in to Trapani were a bit boring, as the waves had started building and the wind from dead behind.

Weather is very unstable at the moment, much earlier in the season than normal accordingly to the locals.  But as we are not on a schedule we have no problem adjusting the schedule in order to stay out of trouble.