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Old 24-10-2012, 11:46   #1
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Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

I have Hood Stoway in-mast furling that was installed in 2001. For the past 18 months I have had an infuriating problem of the trip alarm going off for no rhyme nor reason. Sometimes it happens while sailing. Sometimes in the middle of the night in the marina. Sometimes it sounds for a few seconds sometimes a minute or two. When the alarm is sounding, I cannot furl/unfurl

It is a long saga that I will not bore the forum with. I have changed the control box, the swtich and the motor (which had burned out).

If someone else has had this problem - and found a cure - I would be ever so grateful to know what the cure was! Formula Spars, who took over Hood, say they have never come across the problem before and have run out of ideas

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Old 13-12-2015, 01:51   #2
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Re: Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

We have had the same problem with our Stoway (2005) on our oyster 53. W ehave changed the motor and gear box. Its has just failed again.

Did you get the problem resolved?
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Old 13-12-2015, 02:56   #3
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Re: Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

Hi Paul
I think my saga went like this......
Always wondered why there were some extra resistors on the control box. I wonder if the previous owner had had a problem
Something caused the alarm to keep going off, maybe moisture in the control box
Delivery crew fiddled with the box and probably left it so that it did not alarm as it should when the load was too high
Motor burned out at a result of repeatedly overload.
Then
Motor replaced, still spontaneous alarms
Replaced control box, still spontaneous alarm
Then
Had an external transformer to drop down from 24v to 12v (Amazon) rather than using the one in the control box.
No more alarms!

Replacing the motor in Palma was a nightmare. Mainly due to overuse of sikaflex.
Has been fine for over 2 years now.
You have my sympathies. Formula said that mine was a unique problem. The people who make the box in the States had no explanation either

BTW are you a member of the oyster-owners.com website?

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Re: Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

Thanks for that. You may have saved me a couple years of iterations and another very expensive motor change out.

Yes, have joined the oyster forum but have not used it yet..
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Re: Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Paul Viv.
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Re: Do you have Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling?

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Thanks for that. You may have saved me a couple years of iterations and another very expensive motor change out.

Yes, have joined the oyster forum but have not used it yet..
It may be worth making a thread on the Oyster owners site in case anyone else has had this "unique problem".

I still live in fear of the unwanted beep returning!

When I got the new box from the american company, I got a refurbished box. Quite a bit cheaper.

I guess you need to be sure you know why the motor burned out. I would note that on our current set up, the alarm trips ever so easily and I am hoping that this means that the motor load is never excessive

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