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04-23-2012 10:23 AM
Tonyhibbett
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...
03-26-2012 12:18 PM
Tonyhibbett
Re: Lewmar winch problem

Lewmar don't have a spare in stock and suggest we put the plate in a metal vice
03-26-2012 05:40 AM
Tonyhibbett
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!
03-22-2012 08:24 AM
Wayfarer1
Re: Lewmar winch problem

Why not give Lewmar customer service a call?
The office is in Guilford CT
203-458-6200
03-21-2012 03:15 PM
Tonyhibbett
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!
03-21-2012 12:40 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Lewmar winch problem

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Originally Posted by Tonyhibbett View Post
Thanks for the info on winches. As I said, all the other winches are at '8 o'clock' and work perfectly and are the same type. 5 is very close to 4 and there must have been a good reason why the skipper and the fitter agreed to fit this one different from all the rest. Now I have some idea how to adjust it. What happens is the sheet gets drawn in under the arm.
As for the spinnaker, I have to admit it is new and different from the previous, smaller one. Once up, with the wind on the starboard quarter, it was so smooth and easy, I let a complete novice take the wheel and he had absolutely no trouble holding the course, up to the point when we had to change course to avoid running out of water...
I wouldn't necessarily make that assumption - I've seen a lot of winches mounted VERY haphazardly. From your description, it sounds as if the tailing line might be constrained from falling away from the winch easily enough. I have seen situations where the tail tends to "bunch up" a bit as it is stripped off the self tailing mechanism - usually caused by it piling up on the deck or coaming immediately under the position of the line lifter. Make sure the line can fall away clear from the winch before you pursue other solutions. Without pictures I'm just guessing but I'm inclined to think that repositioning the line lifter a bit farther clockwise might be the resolution.
03-21-2012 12:22 PM
olson34
Re: Lewmar winch problem

If I understand (part of) the O.P.'s question, this involves the Line Stripper and which way it points.
I was always taught that it should point at the trimmer/grinder. Another way to imagine it is that the winches on each side of the cockpit should have the Stripper pointed inwards.

I will attach a little picture of a modern Lewmar ST winch, which will either help, or reveal that we are talking about two different things!
03-21-2012 05:39 AM
Tonyhibbett
Re: Lewmar winch problem

Thanks for the info on winches. As I said, all the other winches are at '8 o'clock' and work perfectly and are the same type. 5 is very close to 4 and there must have been a good reason why the skipper and the fitter agreed to fit this one different from all the rest. Now I have some idea how to adjust it. What happens is the sheet gets drawn in under the arm.
As for the spinnaker, I have to admit it is new and different from the previous, smaller one. Once up, with the wind on the starboard quarter, it was so smooth and easy, I let a complete novice take the wheel and he had absolutely no trouble holding the course, up to the point when we had to change course to avoid running out of water...
03-21-2012 02:08 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Lewmar winch problem

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Once you get your issues sorted the 'PITA' spinnaker will drive your boat much better than a genoa unless you're always sailing with 120 deg AW and 20 knots true.

Twisted knickers and all is usually a sign of lack of practice (or comfort) with the sail by the crew and especially the helmsman. Give it time and practice and you'll come to enjoy it.
An' dat's da troof - I don't know whether rail down to windward or haulin' A under the chute is the best part of sailing, but it's one of the two. Under the chute is usually warmer and more comfortable.
03-20-2012 06:59 PM
rugosa
Re: Lewmar winch problem

Thanks for the current model clarification SloopJonB - seems I was lost in older version and not aware of the new improved . . .
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