Windlass control arm?

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  • Aug 22, 2015
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    arima sea explorer 16
    Dumb windlass question of the day:

    My new-to-me boat has a Lewmar V700 windlass on it. Never had a windlass before!

    What's the control arm for? I see that it can swing out and back. But I don't know what for, and the owners manual talks about how to replace it but not what it's for?
     
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    Darksails

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    Blaine
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    Likely just to help guide the chain/line off the gypsy and keep things from bunching you.
     
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  • Aug 22, 2015
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    arima sea explorer 16
    Thanks. Interesting. So it swings back and forth out from the gypsy just to make it easier to clear out a bind or something?

    Tested it underway this weekend and it worked pretty good. But was a little temperamental and wanted to jam once or twice. I'm going to try to increase the fall below it to see if that helps.
     
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