Ok I feel stupid.
That little hole through the windlass clutch
handle is for tieing it onto the boat
Started thinking about this at about the same time I was deciding it was too late to dive through the lifelines
as it headed south. Oh well I thought, I'll tie the new one down, the water
looks kinda cold and murky and I know the bottom where we were dropping is pretty muddy so I skipped diving
for it and decided to hit west marine
Now I find its a little hard to track down parts
for the windlass! While I'm at it I'd like the part I've read about that allows you to wind
up by hand too.