How should I remount a winch
to the mast
So 3 1/2 years ago when I got the boat
I replaced the old Merriman steel
winch/halyard that was screwed directly into a flat built in part of the mast
When I replaced it with a Lewmar winch
it either needed to be mounted on an additional winch pad (that mounted using the existing merriman holes) or the mast needed to have holes drilled and tapped for the much smaller lewmar
I went with mounting a teak
winch pad to the mast (boat yard had them on hand) and the Lewmar winch to the pad. Seemed pretty simple and robust....
Well when pulling the dinghy
up for the night (it weighs total ~170lbs so not that heavy in my opinion) the entire winch ripped right out of the teak
and nearly ripped my hand off when the dinghy
fell crashing to the sea.
Ok so the question is how should I go about remounting the Lewmar?
Should I get another teak winch pad? Last time I just screwed directly into the teak perhaps I should have drilled oversized holes, filled with epoxy
and then mount the winch (now that I know how to do that)?
Should I drill and tap the mast? Itís pretty thick aluminum
and thatís how the original was mounted. This is potentially the uglier solution (the merriman mount huge by comparison and the teak pad hid the unfinished area under mast).
Any thoughts are appreciated thanks!