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Old 04-20-2008
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TD, if the winches are stuffed then as a temporary measure, how about rigging a preventer?? Get a short length say a metre of so of 5mm spectra, tie one end onto the wire fall with a rolling hitch and the other either around the base of the winch or to a nearby cleat as tight as you can get it.

With the winches you have, you could possibly leave the preventer permanently wrapped around the winch base. For a minute or so extra work, this might at least stop the emergencies...
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