''This whole excersise is not just pointless but downright dangerous. Because of the state of some if the ratchet abc pawl mechanisms and the inability of some people to operate the equipment correctly, others are now being put at risk. The logical answers would be to repair the faulty ratchets and teach people not to leave win lasses on paddle gear.''
''I have always thought that reducing the profile of the taper on the paddle gear would help to reduce the number of slippages. Time tested pawls give the best of both worlds. Especially when you need to shut a paddle pronto by dropping it. Being able to use the windlass as a hammer to knock the pawl out of engagement is a must.''