We were sailing along today with a nice gentle breeze when I went to bring in the genny sheet a bit. Not being too much wind, I took a few wraps on the winch and pulled. I was standing behind the wheel and so was pulling up a bit.
Well, I suddenly lost my balance, lots of noise, and the genny sheet started to take off. I looked down and this is what I saw.
A bit disconcerting to say the least.
Amazingly enough, thanks to my wife's quick action, we didn't lose any of the pieces of the winch overboard. This was the first time I have seen this Lewmar 54 winch apart. After a bit of thinking, I was able to reassemble it.
It appears that for some reason the top screw piece that holds the whole thing together back off and popped off. When it did, the self taling section came off as well as the two small geared sections that hold the tailing "thumb" in position. Still can't believe we didn't lose any of those bits overboard.
Anyway, I put it together and it works fine. My concern is why it came apart to begin with? Any ideas? When I get back home, I now know that I need to lubricate the winches as well. It looked like the inside could use a cleaning and regreasing.