We have Helia 116 and she's about six months old. Our windlass
stopped working whilst thankfully the anchor
was up and not down (we found a mooring
instead of anchoring). After some testing - and some very helpful advice on this forum! - we've located the problem as the starboard alternator
has stopped kicking out a current
which was preventing the windlass
for powering up.
Has anyone had any issues with their alternators and know of anything worth testing. If I can't fix it while in the boat, then the next stage is to get it out and have it tested/rebuilt, which will keep me here in the marina and away from the beautiful anchorages
for another few days, which I'm keen to avoid!!
As a heads up for a quick solution so that you can get your anchor
up/down if you encounter this problem - there is a relay in a box under the main 12V breaker unit in the Starboard Engine
room. If you bypass this (by directly connecting the two wires that go to the windlass unit - relay ports
30 and 87) then you appear to have a working windlass again. Which is handy. Just be careful not to run your batteries down. I know there is discussion also in this forum of how to permenantly bypass this relay, which is another option.