Hi, I inherited a Simpson Lawrence
Hyspeed 510 Windlass
on an old 1976 Islander 36 that I bought sight unseen in The Med.
The "UP" function works fine. I insert the bar, rock fore and aft, and the anchor
comes up eventually (really I prefer to do it by hand in depths up to 20 feet).
What does not work is the clutch
function. I stick the bar in, and the clutch
nut does not move.
Fortunately, now matter how the pawl is set, the windlass
will never rotate such that the chain pays out. I always have to deploy the anchor
by letting the chain slip through my palms.
My best guess is that the clutch is frozen in a locked state. Corroded shut, maybe. It's not a terrible situation. The important function, retrieving the anchor, works as it should. But it would be nice to be able to pay out the chain as designed.
Does this indicate a clear and fixable problem? I'm a bit cautious to take the thing apart, which may not even be possible without breaking it. Further, with the boat an ocean away all winter, I don't have a whole lot of time for troubleshooting, and part availability is very limited in Croatia