If it’s been a while since you serviced your sailboat’s winches, this before and after shot should speak for itself. Regular maintenance prolongs the life of these expensive machines and keeps them functioning properly. Although they may look just fine on the outside, poor maintenance results in friction and inefficiency and allows corrosion to set in. A screw driver, wire brush, lubricant and a little time will make a big difference in your winch’s performance. For an excellent how-to tutorial, check out https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/DIY-Servicing-Your-Winches. Not into do-it-yourself projects? Then ask your boatyard to have the work done before the season starts.