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Winch Grease Corrosion Tests

Andersen, Lewmar, and Harken deck-hardware lubes face off.

When it comes to most mechanical things—like wheel bearings on a car—“it’s miles that wears ’em out,” as my grandfather used to say. And while there are many reasons why 200,000 miles on a modern car is less remarkable than 75,000 miles was in his day, improvements in lubrication rank high on the list. Lubes of old would oxidize to sludge, stop circulating, wash out, fail to suspend dirt, and drop in pH from acid buildup—or all of these.

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