21 Dec 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: