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Old 26-08-2011, 11:29   #1
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Mystery Winch Pawls

Greetings! New poster here.

Got an old chromed bronze winch i thought was a Merriman disassembled to clean and found a busted lower pawl. Am looking for a replacement and some spares, but they're proving very hard to find! Contacted RigRite and they told me that it wasn't a Merriman, then they stopped returning my emails/calls. Am possibly looking at having them machined, but that could be overly expensive. Any ideas on the make/model of the winch (it's off a 1967 Islander 33 - could be original), or, more importantly, where i could find some of these pawls?

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Old 26-08-2011, 11:50   #2
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Re: Mystery winch pawls

Shouldn't cost much to get a new one machined, that looks like a simple part.

As an alternative, it looks in the picture like the part is either badly worn or has a piece broken off the end of the pawl. Either way, this can just be built up with a high strength brazing rod and then filed to shape. That will probably be your cheapest and fastest path.
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Old 26-08-2011, 12:33   #3
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Re: Mystery winch pawls

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, SV Pohadka.
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Old 26-08-2011, 12:37   #4
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Re: Mystery winch pawls

You sure about that not being Merriman? I have the identical winch in my hand at the moment. Made my pawls out 3/8"bronze keystock. Try Johnson Sails Inc (JSI) in Clearwater/ Tampa for parts.
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Re: Mystery winch pawls

I second just making your own if you can't find them. Bronze is super easy to work with a grinder and a file should get you what you need. Just be careful drilling the hole as bronze wants to grab the bit as your breaking through. Go easy when breaking through and make sure the part is held good. I would drill the hole first then shape the part around the hole.
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Re: Mystery winch pawls

Took a closer look. If those pawls are on the underside of the rotating cap, with no other moving parts, its probably a South Coast. Popular in the 60s with Cheoy Lee, later bought out by NicroFico, IIRC.
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Re: Mystery Winch Pawls

Thanks for the welcome Gord May!

Interesting tip Pauls - i hadn't considered trying to fix the one that's busted.

Blue Stocking: The cap does rotate, the pawls are on the underside of it; but there is a second pair of pawls at the base of the drum of a very slightly different shape. Not sure if when you say "no other moving parts" you're including the drum as well as the cap...

South Coast winches on Google images sure do look like the one i've got; RigRite came up again as a source for replacements for those winches. Guess i'll try them again and see if it goes better this time.

And thanks for the tips on making the pawls myself!
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