So this is my 2000th post and I figured the best way to use it is to show how stupid I still am as far this whole sailing thing goes, and demonstrate all the CF knowledge I've gained.
So just finished a long weekend trip and since my "new" boat has a windlass
with a new oversized anchor
I wanted to anchor
and not get a mooring
So I pick my spot and we lower the anchor by power (this is the second time we used it) and let the current
play out the rode
for us. But the ferry
came by rocking us and we decided it wasn't that good of a spot and since we have the windlass
it isn't a big deal to move to a "better" spot.
forward and power raise up the anchor with the windlass and it jams (I think I tried pulling up too much at one time and the rode
I think coiled poorly, so this is "I'm stupid #1")! I get the chain freed from the gipsy, straighten up the mess that I figured had caused the jam, put the chain back on the gipsy, and of course the windlass only goes "click" and doesn't run. I of course try it in both directions and numerous times like this is somehow going to correct the problem (I'm stupid #2).
So since I have read all of the boat's manuals
drawings (not completely stupid) I knew that the windlass got power from the start battery
, but the relays got power from the house battery
. So the 'click' just means that the relays had power and maybe the windlass breaker tripped during the jam (seemed pretty reasonable). So go down and reset it and come back up (someone else could have gone and reset it but I haven't made them learn the boat yet, so this is probably "I'm stupid #3").
But all I still get is a click! So I remember reading in the windlass manual that I can loosen the clutch
and manually operate it, but I have never tried this like I should have for back up (I'm stupid #4). So I give it a try and I can not get the windlass to work in manual mode (stupid, stupid, stupid).
So it becomes a manpower job to pull up the anchor by hand. And this becomes the operational mode the remainer of the trip so we lower and raise the anchor this way numerous times. At this point I'm a little happy that I only upsized the anchor 1 size instead of the 2 sizes I had been considering (a good lesson for if you are oversizing is whether you can still get it up if the windlass breaks).
So after the trip we come home I search the internet
and read the windlass manual etc so I can go fix the thing. And a couple of days later go to the boat and get at taking it apart to find the problem. I get it apart enough to know that mechanically it isn't jammed. This of course makes me worried that it is a bigger problem. So even though I have reset the windlass breaker back at the begainning I decide before going further I would try it again (probably should have checked this again the past couple of days when I was anchoring
so "I'm stupid #5/6/7").
Now the windlass breaker is under the nav desk and not all that easy to see. But this time I get on my hands and knees and crawl under the desk and get a good look at it. Turns out the button I thought is the reset, and pushed, is really the trip test ("I'm stupid #8). And since I hadn't really looked at it fully to begain with when tracing the systems I'm going to also assign stupid #9 to it. So reset the breaker and go back up and try it, and of course it works! Now I have to put the windlass back together because I had it 1/2 apart because even though I know to always fully check an electric
problem before jumping to a mechanical problem ("I'm stupid #10)! And of of course way back I had even looked in the manual troubleshooting guide for "windlass doesn't work" and it said to check the breaker and I failed to properly do this ("I'm stupid #11").
So 11 stupids!!!!!
But during the weekend trip I also came to suspect a house battery problem based on my years of reading CF. And I was able to trace that down to which battery and remove it from the bank. So this is my CF knowledge part of the story.
In the end, I'm stupid but trainable!