Home-It's a great place to live (really)6/23/20160 Comments At the risk of sounding repetitive, I can't express how fortunate I feel to live in an aquatic-rich community. Our home has a gorgeous view of Watts Bar Lake; Our church is within walking distance of Fort Loudon Lake; The lakes close to…See More
What's your favorite cruising destination?Please include the following in your post:1)Cruising Area-North/So Amer, So Pac, Eastern Med, etc. 2)Specific Anchorage? 3)Recommended Marina? 4)Favorite Eatery? 5)Best thing to see? Include Lat/Long!See More
Bryan, I am so sorry not to have gotten back to you. We have been busy and tonight is the first time in over a month that I have checked the site. We are a Watkins 25' built in 1987 in Largo Florida near Tampa. We have 535 watts of solar panels mounted above the cockpit enclosure, a water maker, 50 watt 5 CD changer stereo and an Engel freezer, 40 gal built in water tank and an 18 hp Nissan outboard as main engine. Carry our 9.5' Avon Dinghy with 5 hp Merc in davits on the stern. Pics on this site. Specs and more are available at watkinsowners.com
"Mike is correct. The is a vertical pin in the middle of the winch handle hole that pushed down and disengages the electric motor on the winch. Also, on my Oceanis 45, there is a circlip that holds the top on. I don't remember if the 40 electric…"
"Thanks Mike. I did use a light hammer but I do have heavier ones at work and I did use WD40. As for a disengagement pin, I didn't see one when I looked down in the top of the winch. I did see a small circular pattern in the bottom that I…"
"Thanks Mike, however I have tightened both attachments and if you grab the track in the middle you can move it side to side making the noise. I took it apart, slid the track forward to add tape to both side of the boom, than careful slid the track…"
"Frank your comment didn't show up in the discussions on the 40/43 site. It's simply a comment on your page. Not sure if others will see it. For what it's worth I don't have the problem on our boat. There are two pieces of…"
"I can't imagine anything in the winch top that would bend. Other than the electric drive and a disengagement pin that activates when the winch handle is inserted the winch is the same as the others. It sounds like the collar is jammed due to…"
Took care of the lint build up on the fridge condensers and the leaky shower sump this weekend. Then went to the electric cabin top winch to disassemble, clean and lube only to find the top cap wouldn't unscrew. It should have by light tapping with a screwdriver but to no avail.So I stepped it up a notch with a brass drift and screwdriver and again, no go. I then tried a steel drift and the cap never moved in the slightest. It is as if it was secured with permanent Lock Tite.Now when I say its…See More