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Old 11-28-2012
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Re: Worn holes for the Winch Pawls

Thank you Minnewaska for your suggestion.
I am going to try and attach a photograph of the problem.
In the picture you'll see that the one pawl can be pushed in with ease from the side. It should however only be pushed in from the top down. The spring does not hold it any longer in the opening, it falls right out from the side.
The next lesser expensive option would be to replace the alluminum outer housing. But I am not certain that Lewmar has that option. All in all there ought to be a much better mouse trap than this. And I agree, this is a very dangerous problem. I always have to feed the sheet around a cleat to prevent the danger of losing my hand. Maybe I'll just let that happen and sue the mfr for enough to replace the winches and a larger boat....
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