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Re: Line winds onto itself on winch
It sounds like the winches have been there for a good while. The leads were obviously set up forty years ago and worked then (or they'd have been changed by now). To keep the line on the winch from sliding down towards the base it is important to tail the winch up at a slight angle.- away from the base of the winch- even with just one turn on. The underside of the top flange of the winch shows about what the angle needs to be. This keeps tension on the line, pulling it up, away from the base. If the tail is pulled straight off the drum or downwards, towards the base, not upwards, the wraps will override the base, as you say happens. Try tailing with a slight upward angle and tell us what happens. Winch drums are also sometimes scored to keep the line from sliding around. That would be expensive and probably not worthwhile for '70's winches. A judicious use of sandpaper on the drums might work the same way if you don't mind the scratchy look that would likely result. Whaler's suggestion to wash the lines to limber them up is also a good one.
Last edited by paulk; 05-17-2019 at 06:59 AM.