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Old 26-05-2013, 08:21   #16
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Re: Mystery handles

Top could be for a rotary emergency bilge pump (you know, empty the bilge with it every couple of weeks or your boat will sink.....) Bottom one could be a handle for some sort of emergency rudder system (you know - use every couple of weeks or your boar will sink )
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It reminds me of all the keys I have inherited when I have purchased various used boats--often I never figure out what the keys were for--I have quite a collection of boat keys that don't go to anything.
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Love handles.
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Perhaps they were left on the boat to inspire speculation as to their use?
Well, if that is their design, they worked!
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Top could be for a rotary emergency bilge pump (you know, empty the bilge with it every couple of weeks or your boat will sink.....) Bottom one could be a handle for some sort of emergency rudder system (you know - use every couple of weeks or your boar will sink )

Ahhh.... I wondered why the floorboards were floating around the cabin.

Liked the rudder idea, but could not make either fit anywhere in the system, and I do have an emergency tiller in case the steering fails.
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Meat grinder?
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First one also has a locking device on the top....AT the first look, seems to be a locking winch handle, just as a spare? What winch brand do you have? Couls this eother be an early locking winch handle or a after market brand not meant for the original winch. Does the second one fit any type of water strainer top? An old metal Graco? Or, do you have an adjustible backstay? Some of these crank with a winch handle.......

Interesting idea about the water strainers... will check those.

The current winches are all Claveco (I think that's the spelling) and all use a very different handle. And yes, that seems to be some kind of locking mechanism.
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Love handles.

If so, I can toss them, got my own already.
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Re: Mystery handles

Could have been for deck fills or windlasses (emergency handle) that are no longer on the boat. I wouldnt throw them away until you've had the boat for a couple of years!
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Could have been for deck fills or windlasses (emergency handle) that are no longer on the boat. I wouldnt throw them away until you've had the boat for a couple of years!

Yes, good call there.

I might move them to a less critical area of the boat. That drawer is in the ideal place for stuff you need in a hurry and there are other things I would like to put in there if I could make some space.
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Re: Mystery handles

The square one looks like a roller reefing handle to me... any indication the boom was replaced over the years? Anyone know, did some of the wire halyard winches have sq drive handles?
The one with two pins looks like it would be for a deck fill (type with two holes). Maybe those were replaced? how old is the boat?
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How about windless or back stay
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Just another idea....some wheels have a locking nut to the steering stud and can only be removed from the pedestal with a crank/winch handle device.....perhaps one of these is necesssady? Check the hub on the wheel or remove the hub and then look for the locking nut...........
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Re: Mystery handles

An engine crank will have curved slot in the sides so the handle will disengage as engine rpm climbs after start. Bottom handle looks like it just has two straight pins. That would be an arm breaker if it was an engine crank handle.

Lewmar winches used to have to have a square drive. Will fit into the 'star' crank receptical on later Lewmars and most other winches but are a little sticky. Assume you've tried the square drive handle in your winches and it doesn't fit. Are there any signs that there was a wire reel halyard winch for the main on the mast at one time. Many people have abandoned those because of their arm breaking propensity and might account for one of the handles.
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