For quite a few years now, I have worried about my failure to inspect the means by which the webbing strap from Romilly’s centreboard winch is connected to the centreboard. As this is Speedwell’s twelfth season, I think it’s time I did something about it. Unfortunately I do not have access either to a boat hoist or to a slipway with a grid that would enable me to lower the plate and inspect it. I could have the boat craned out of the water, but would then have to build some kind of structure to support it while I worked safely underneath it.
I have also noticed this season that there are some signs of wear in the centreboard winch, and that makes me feel it will soon be time to remove it and inspect it, when the boat is laid up on the trailer. Can anyone offer any advice on removal of the winch, and does anyone know if its removal enables the webbing strap connection to the centreboard to be accessed through the opening left after removal of the winch?
I dread undoing the wrong screws or Allan keys and hearing the metallic clinking of little bits and pieces falling down the inside of the centreboard case!
Any guidance would be welcome.