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Old 17-06-2018, 13:28   #1
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Chain continues to feed out

On a new to us CT47 Ketch equipped with a windlass of 1500W made by “QUICK” we anchored in 7 meters at wind speeds of 20+ knots with all chain.

The anchor was lowered with the electric foot switch.

After releasing the foot switch the chain continued to feed out for an other 8 to 10 meters.....

When it finally stopped I checked the free fall clutch and it seemed tight.,holding the boat without releasing any further chain.

I have experienced on other boats under similar conditions the chain to feed out for an other meter or so after releasing the foot switch .... but never for such length.

Windlass seems adequate for the size boat, P.O. never experienced a similar situation.

Any suggestion what might be the cause ?
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Old 17-06-2018, 14:30   #2
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

Sticking foot switch? Try it in water of less depth.
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Old 17-06-2018, 15:01   #3
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

Every time I've seen this the problem was loose clutch on the windlass.

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Old 20-06-2018, 09:01   #4
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

Did the windlass motor continue running and paying out rode?
-> Cause: Sticky foot switch or short in the electrical connection

OR

Did the windlass motor stop and the chain continue to get stripped?

-> Cause: clutch
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Old 21-06-2018, 11:34   #5
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

likely windlass has wormdrive, so chain cannot turn motor. either sticking switch or solenoid or lose clutch/worn cones (replacement available)
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Old 21-06-2018, 11:53   #6
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

Apart from the above suggestions, Do Not rely on just the windlass to hold you cleat off your anchor.
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Re: Chain continues to feed out

Sticking solenoid in the control box.
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