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Re: Lewmar winch problem

Hopefully all will be resolved at the weekend, but the skipper has a dodgy knee fom planting grapevines and my physiotherapist has advised against strenuous repetitive tasks for the time being. I could be forgiven at 61, but he is only 46! We are scratching around for winch gorillas, but young folk of today can't be relied upon and are easily distracted when the weather isn't quite right!
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Re: Lewmar winch problem

Why not give Lewmar customer service a call?
The office is in Guilford CT
203-458-6200
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Re: Lewmar winch problem

Turns out the locking arm is bent slightly upwarsd and outwards, less than 2 mm but just enough for the tailing sheet to get caught in it, forcing out the key of the self tailing mechanism, allowing the sheet to double up and jam under the arm. It is brand new so Lewmar should replace the part, rather than me attempting repair with the subtlety of a sledge hammer, which, I suspect could easily make matters worse!
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Re: Lewmar winch problem

Lewmar don't have a spare in stock and suggest we put the plate in a metal vice
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Re: Lewmar winch problem

Problem solved. Using a large vice and a ruler, I squeezed the locking arm in 3 mm. We tested it under load in a force 6 and it behaved perfectly, unlike a female crewmember, who overtly showed signs of jealosy with the introduction of a slimmer, fitter, prettier, younger, faster, nimbler, stronger and more competent blond! Perhaps 3 latin women is 1 too many...
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