The fact that yours clicks both ways is new. I've been looking at it and thinking that maybe the shape of the spring is off, but I took a picture of it as soon as I pulled it so I wonder if it somehow got tweaked after the pawl broke.
I considered drilling a hole in the side of the winch and running a line to the pawl so I could pull it away to disengage for lowering, but not sure if that would work.
My other thought is to pull the pawl out, and crank it up, tie a line under the boat to keep it up, then with slack in my dyneema
line I could run another piece of dyneema
through it and make a lanyard so I could hook it to a bolt and use that to hold the board up (instead of tieing off the winch handle)
The big problem is if I winch the board up with the pawl in, I'd have no way to lower it, I'd guess I'd have to cut the dyneema to drop it and that would suck on multiple levels.
As to being in la paz
, yeah it's not so bad, just tired of all the repairs
... we've got main and genoa
out for repair, this winch is taking too long, and I have to drill some holes in our ss water
tank so I can fit a sender in it, which is going to be very unpleasant. We're waiting on a welder who is supposed to look at our broken davits
today, and after hurricane
sandra hits mazatlan we're hopefully get off the docks for a while. Our boat and our cruising kitty are not meant for slip life. We'll have to come back to get the parts for our autopilot
, and then we're off for the mainland.