Winch vs. Front
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Winch vs. Front

Winch vs. Front

Winch vs. Front

The port secondary winch was slowly going silent. Normally silence is golden but when it’s a winch doing the whispering, something’s not right.

When working properly they make a satisfying click every time a the spring loaded pawls engage their seats. No sound means the pawls aren’t engaging. If the pawls can’t or won’t engaege, the winch drum will spin out of control.

Looking ahead at the forecast, today would be the day to service that winch. As soon as I started, the cold front forecast to roll over us this evening made an early appearance. The race was on.

I lost. Front 1 – Bert 0. I had to stop and wait out the rain. I thought briefly about speeding things up but I was deathly afraid of dropping some vital spring, gear, race, spindle, screw, collar, bushing, washer, guide, or spacer over the side.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

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