Please select your home edition
Edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90




Barton Marine Hints and Tips - Regular Deck Hardware Maintenance Saves Money

by Barton Marine 28 May 2022 01:00 PDT
Winch components © Barton Marine

The Barton Marine team is dedicated to providing sailors with a huge range of sailing hardware that stands the test of time, whilst being available at a competitive price point, leaving change for a dinner out or two during the season. Whether looking to upgrade a complete hardware system, or replace individual worn out parts with like for like, the Barton range has been trusted to control the power by thousands around the world for decades.

Like you, we are well aware of the current pinch on budgets. We stand with you as the cost of everyday essentials skyrockets and so want to try and help keep you on the water with lower bills. Well maintained equipment will offer many years of service in the harsh marine environment, so it is not always necessary to replace parts.

It's well worth spending time to carry out hardware checks and cleaning on a regular basis as this can save you money in the long run and prevent a failure during a voyage.

As such we have put together a handy guide on what to look for and how to prolong the service life of your fittings accompanied by useful servicing videos and the details of spare service parts we offer.

Blocks and sheaves

Blocks and mast sheaves use precise engineering and should be checked for potential wear and tear before you re-step the mast and throughout the season. Flush the blocks and mast sheaves through with fresh water if they have been exposed to the elements over the Winter. If you are using a mild detergent to remove mould and mildew, make sure it is ecologically friendly. Don't use oil or grease as this attracts dirt and salt, which is abrasive and will shorten service life.

Check for excessive movement on the bearings of both blocks and sheaves especially at the mast head. A broken mast sheave invites the halyard to jam itself at the worst possible moment, with a trip up the mast the only alternative to remove a sail. Replacement sheaves are available from Barton in a range of sizes, or you can contact your mast manufacturer for replacements. If you can't get the exact same diameter, that's ok, as long as you make sure your replacement sheave is a tight fit widthways in the mast casing to prevent the halyard jumping off the sheave and jamming.

Shackle pins are a must aloft and we recommend that they should be wire seized and taped or even cable tied to prevent unlocking. Take time to have a look at the condition of all your split rings and if they are not tightly coiled then replace them with new ones. Cover both sides of the split ring with a single piece of electrical or spreader tape and stick it onto itself as this will help prevent the split pin snagging in ropes and halyards.

When you are checking ball bearing blocks, the sheaves should spin freely. It is worth flushing them through with fresh water. Any crunching or graunching noises or an uneven spin after flushing would suggest that the block has been overloaded. Ball bearing blocks are not suitable for high static loads, such as around the mast base so we'd recommend using a plain bearing block or a block with a higher rolling load rating for a longer lifespan.

Barton Winches

The Barton winch is really easy to maintain. Undo the drum spiral circlip (or locating screw on older models) and take off the drum before flushing through with warm fresh water. Gently agitate to remove any stubborn salt deposits, let it dry and give a light dab of silicone grease onto the gears.

You can remove all accessible pawls and springs and clean these, take a photo to remind yourself how they go back in. Surface rust staining on the pawls can be removed with a proprietary household abrasive cleaner such as CIF with a scotchbrite pad. Flush with fresh water and leave to dry. On reassembly, add a dab of silicone grease to the springs and refit.

The photo at the top of this article shows components of a two speed winch: spiral clip, drum with pawls, springs and main shaft with roller bearings and drum base.

We supply Winch service kits to include replacement pawls, springs & roller bearings, spiral clips and nylon washers for all three winch models:

  • #21210 spares kit - for the single speed 21200 winch
  • #21211 spares kit - for the twin speed 21201 winch
  • #21212 spares kit - for the twin speed 21202 winch

Take a look at our winch maintenance video

Mainsheet Traveller and Genoa Cars

Rinse the traveller body and fittings thoroughly with fresh water. It is important to really rinse the underbody where the ball bearings run in the car and along the track. You can use a mild detergent solution for stubborn salt deposits as it will not harm the layer of anodising. Take time to look at the state of the black nylon end cap mouldings on the traveller car and end fittings, now is a good time to replace them.

Flush through the control line cam cleats with water under pressure, the cams should open and return freely, if not unscrew them and disassemble to check for broken return springs. Worn cam jaws reduce the efficiency of the cleat and will require replacing. Go for the highest specification cleat you can afford for a longer life, the Barton K Cam series are made from Dupont Kevlar, well known for its strength and light weight. Whilst you are checking the cam cleats then have a look at the condition of the control line sheaves as they are easy to remove, inspect and replace.

We supply mainsheet traveller service parts to include replacement ball bearings, end cap mouldings, sheaves and fixing screws, just let us know your traveller size.

Take a look at our traveller maintenance video

When inspecting the Genoa Cars check for signs of excessive movement about the sheave bearing. A small amount of play is probably acceptable but any more than this may cause the sheave to lock up under load. Keep an eye on warning signs including excessive wear to one side of the sheave where it is not rotating.

Rope clutches

Flush through with fresh water and let dry. We then recommend a dab of silicone grease for the handle and cam pivot points only. If the halyard or control line is slipping, try and look at the cam face inside for wear. The handles can also fail on older rope clutches with tell tale signs being fractures around the pivot point. Repair or replace as necessary.

Make sure your lead deflection into the rope clutch is within 10 degrees, any more is putting excessive side load on the unit.

We supply rope clutch service parts to include:

  • #81545 clutch handle
  • #81546 clutch cam
  • #81547 clutch base plate
  • #81548 four replacement nuts & bolts

Take a look at our rope clutch maintenance video

For more information please visit our website www.bartonmarine.com

Related Articles

2024 Barton Rising Star to be unveiled
Alongside New Dinghy Products at the RYA Dinghy Show Drop by Barton Marine stand Q20 at the RYA Dinghy Show to discover exciting dinghy equipment launches and celebrate the grand announcement of the talented 2024 Barton Rising Star! Posted on 23 Feb
Barton Marine Removable Mainsheet Track System
We take a look at the system during boot Düsseldorf 2024 This adaptable mainsheet track system is designed to span between the cockpit seats when sailing but is easily removable to ensure cockpit space is not compromised when you want to relax on board. Posted on 3 Feb
Barton Marine's Dinghy Photo Competition
Winner to be Announced at RYA Dinghy Show - Last Call for Entries! Barton Marine is marking this year's RYA Dinghy Show 2024 by announcing the winner of their Dinghy Photo Competition on stand Q23 at 2pm on Saturday 24th February. Entries for the competition will close at midnight on Friday 16th February. Posted on 31 Jan
Barton Marine set for Boot Düsseldorf
A great opportunity to showcase the Barton range to the European market Barton Marine will be attending Boot Düsseldorf alongside German distributor Robert Lindemann KG in Hall 10, stand C76 from the 20th to 28th January. Posted on 17 Jan
Barton Marine Launch Land Sailing Hardware Kits
Ranges for Blokart, Odyssey and Manta land yachts Barton Marine have launched a range of Land Sailing kits for Blokart, Odyssey and Manta land yachts. Three kits are available, providing an all-in-one option to update hardware and lines for the different types of land sailing vessel. Posted on 12 Jan
'Barton Race' launching at METSTRADE
New branded product group will be revealed in Amsterdam this week Barton Marine will be launching a new 'Barton Race' branded product group at METSTRADE 2023 on stand 01.474. The 'Barton Race' range will comprise of high-performance low friction ball bearing blocks. Posted on 13 Nov 2023
Barton Carbon Tiller Extensions
We spoke to Leigh from CF by LandL to find out more about the range Barton Marine have launched a technically enhanced range of strong, lightweight and colourful Carbon Tiller Extensions suitable for all dinghy types. We spoke to Leigh from CF by LandL during the Southampton International Boat Show to find out more. Posted on 27 Sep 2023
Barton Marine launch Outboard Motor Sling
Alongside the market premiers of the Tuphblox Tufnol range and Carbon Fibre Tiller Extension series Barton Marine launched a new Outboard Motor Sling alongside the market premiers of the Tuphblox Tufnol range and Carbon Fibre Tiller Extension series at the Southampton International Boat Show 2023. Posted on 25 Sep 2023
Barton Marine Launch New Carbon Tiller Extensions
Strong, lightweight and colourful Carbon Tiller Extensions suitable for all dinghy types Barton Marine are launching a technically enhanced range of strong, lightweight and colourful Carbon Tiller Extensions suitable for all dinghy types. Posted on 6 Sep 2023
Barton Marine relaunch Tuphblox
The original range of Tufnol® Blocks return due to popular demand Barton Marine are pleased to announce the return of Tuphblox, the original range of Tufnol® Blocks, which they first manufactured in 1948. Posted on 27 Jul 2023