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I have purchased an 1972 Venture. The winch on the port side has broken springs . The tail of the spring is about 1 inch loops around the pivot point for the pawl and sticks into the pawl . I do not know if these winches are the stock winches . I cannot find any identity marks on the winches anywhere. I have not removed the plate that holds it down to the boat so it may be under there. I need some new springs ! Any Help ???
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I made some pawl springs out of piano wire. Most good hardware stores carry several sizes in stock. Pick out some that is about the same diameter. You can work the wire with some needle nose pliers by clamping one end in a vise and forming it to match an existing pawl spring. You can form a loop by bending the wire around a smaller diameter nail or drill. The wire will spring out after it is formed and be close to the right loop size.

also West Marine has some springs available for other makes. Take a look at them, you might just luck out!

Jim
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Thank You . I will try to make some and also look at West Marine site . Thanks again . Bawgy
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Take a magnet with you when you pick out your piano wire. Stainless is what you want... it will not be attracted to the magnet.

I also recall the pawl spring making process a little better than on my first post. Make the loop first by wrapping around a small nail or drill bit. The trick is to get the loop the right size and to have the "tails" of wire from the loop at the proper angle. You can determine this by doing a couple and see what size the loop is when it springs back. i.e., too big, use a smaller diameter drill bit or wrap it tighter. The angle of the tails will be determined by how far you bend the wire around the drill bit. They will spring back also, so it will take a couple of tries to get the right angle.

Good luck!

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I made new springs from some #13 SS piano wire and so far they have worked perfectly. Thank you for the tips and Full Sails . Bawgy
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