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• March, 2018

LETTERS ⇑⇓ ALWAYS UNWRAP. ALWAYS All six winches on our boat Soozal are electric Harken 50.3s. We always make it a habit to unwrap the mainsheet on our German mainsheet system winches and hold the sheets in place via jam cleats. Taking the wraps off the winches insures that an accidental firing of the winches will not have any effect on what they are connected to. We also have a large red master power cutoff switch for all of the winches located near the Greg Quilici's Catalina 445 'Blue Seaclusion' main breaker panel, had an electric winch go autonomous on and we make sure him, bringing his boom crashing down on that this separate his hardtop dodger. The unfortunate incident prompted a healthy discussion about main power switch electric winches. The consensus seems to is turned off before be: Unwrap your lines and turn the power off. leaving the boat. Daniel Woolery Soozal, King 40 Dana Point



⇑⇓ LESSONS LEARNED I have had this happen on Moontide twice over the last 12 years, and both times it was due to the microswitch in the foot pedal getting stuck. (I'm on my third set of switches in 12 years of heavy use — come on, Harken and Lewmar.) Both times the switches failed to cut out as the main was being two-blocked. I never knew I could get a line out of the self-tailer that fast. I now hand-tail the last couple of feet of halyard every time. At maybe $40 or $50 a pop for the branded switches, I went to an electronics supply house, and for around a buck apiece replaced the switches. Bill Lilly Moontide, Lagoon 470 Currently in Tyrell Bay, Carricou, Grenada ⇑⇓ IT HAPPENED TO ME I have a Catalina 470 and the same thing happened to me with a Harken power winch — luckily I was aboard and was able to trip the circuit breaker before it did any damage. I had an electrician look at it, and he said it was wired wrong. From that point on, I turn off the circuit breaker for all electric winches (the boat has three) before leaving. Mike Muttart Day Dream, Catalina 470 Alamitos Bay ⇑⇓ PROTECT THOSE BUTTONS I've seen this happen twice in the last year. The first was at Richmond Yacht Club; I was walking down C dock headed for my boat and I heard a squealing coming from a Beneteau 40.7. I found the winch running and the jib sheet fraying, and pieces were all over the deck. I tapped the activation switch/ button a few times and it stopped, so I thought, OK, but when I started to walk away it started up again. I removed the jib sheet from the winch and called the office manager to contact

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Latitude 38 March 2018  

The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2018  

The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.