Harken Ratchet Block

I have a deck mounted Harken ratchet block that turns fine but the ratchet will not engage. Are there any solutions other than to replace. - Jim Leggette FS 1518

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Jim.

Jim. Just a thought . The handle on the ratchet may just be turning, see if you can pry the handle off and turn the shaft to engage it. Don't know what a fix is other than maybe glue the handle. Dave

Jim, You can also return it to Harken and they will rebuild i

Jim, You can also return it to Harken and they will rebuild it for you.

Thanks for the thoughts folks.

Thanks for the thoughts folks. On the return to Harken option is there any age limit. I think this block was put on the boat in the mid-70s shortly after Harken hit the market. - Jim Leggette FS 1518

So this block is over 30 years old.

So this block is over 30 years old. The newer ones are neat. They have no switch, are spring activated so they automatically free wheel in light air until pressure engages the ratchet. No messing with the switch when the wind comes in. They come with a replacement warranty. Harken hit the market in 1968..