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Manual windlass with frozen clutch
I've got a manual windlass, bronze, (pretty typical, though it is not marked with a maker's log that I can find) and the clutch is frozen. I assume that the slotted rim on the starboard side, in which the windlass handle fits, is for tightening and loosening the clutch. Before I put a giant pipe wrench on this and use brute force I would like to know whether counterclockwise tightens (away from the bow) which would make sense... or is it clockwise to tighten (handle toward the bow).
Can anyone out there shed some light on this issue? I can email a photo of the windlass to anyone who might have a clue and want a better idea of the configuration of the windlass. (Pretty standard - rope gypsy to port, chain to starboard.)