Are you talking about the self-tailing ring? If you are, I had a very similar experience on my first sail with my new boat. Wish I could have channeled Cam for that priceless bit of advice... Lewmar doesn't make the replacement an easy process, at least as far as this 27-year-old winch is concerned. Does anyone have a suggestions as to where a Lewmar 30 self-tailer could be come by? Didn't mean to hijack the thread...