Thomson Australe Clothes Washer Questions

Kent Robertson

Hi all,
I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter as the case may be),

The belt on my Thomson Australe broke.  I found a replacement which appears to be identical to the one tha broke, but when I try to install the new belt, I'm lacking a good 30mm or so to get it on.  To make matters more difficult, the drum is locked, and I can't figure out how to get it unlocked so I can (hopefully) turn the drum while I try to install the new belt.

I'm sure someone else has done this, can you tell me how you got the new belt on?

Thanks in advance.
SM 243
Currently at Yacht Maintenance in Cambridge, MD USA, pulling masts and booms for painting, replacing all running rigging, repairing sails, adding reclining loveseat where settee and pullout sea berth are removed, adding tool chest to forward hanging locker, adding drawer under companionway ladder, rebedding cabintop hatches, replacing/raising cockpit cover and enclosure.......