I have a 10 year old Lofrans
Cayman in my sailboat, and have ordered the maintenance
kit in order to "keep it as good as new" :-)
However, I have some questions about the features of this windlass
, as the documentation
is not very impressive.
has the ability to use the gypsy
for chain and a drum on the opposite side for rope
. If I am to use the rope
drum I guess I have to either losen the clutch
in order for the gypsy
not to move the chain, or to remove the chain from the gypsy. Is this correct?
The windlass has a pawl (see enclosed picture) that is bolted to the windlass housing, and I don´t understand the function of this pawl, as I´m not able to move it. It looks like it could be used to lock the gypsy, which would be very useful, as there are no other locking mechanism that I´m aware of. When the anchor
is out, I take the load from the windlass, but when I´m sailing with the anchor
hosted, there are no locking mechanisms. That means that if the clutch
disengages during sailing, the anchor will drop dow. Is the pawl ment to have this functionality, or must I try to fix this another way.
I highly appreciate any comments on this.