Re: New gearboxes - painted or bare alloy?

Bill Shaproski

I agree with Ian about removing the outhaul gearbox shaft regularly to keep it free.  However, I recommend once a year minimum.  I had to replace the outhaul gearbox after two years of ocean sailing and it was completely frozen.  I hired a local Amel specialist and it took us 6 hours to get it off.  We tried 3 different pullers and eventually had to use a grinder to cut the gearbox into small pieces.  Not a fun project.  I greased the shaft heavily.  There's no need to remove the gearbox completely, just remove the shaft which is held by a single nut and regrease it.  Should be 20 minute job.  
Bill Shaproski
Former Amel Owner

On Sat, Sep 26, 2020 at 5:15 AM Ian Park <parkianj@...> wrote:
You may have to grind the fins off the mainsail furling gearbox to fit in the mast profile. So you’d need to paint over anyway.
I changed mine three years ago. I painted with an aluminium primer and top coated with a one pot paint that matched the mast/boom.  It’s worked fine, and if it gets scruffy I can paint it again.
I would say that one of the gearboxes was filled with oil, the other with grease (there was a discussion on this) The oil dripped out (in small amounts) of the seal onto the deck,  so I refilled it with grease instead. Don’t know when you last removed the boom gearbox, but I take mine off every two years now to keep the outhaul shaft easy to free.


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