Sorry for our delayed response. Once our nightmare of repairing the electric
was behind us, both the Admiral and I were eager to set sail for the open sea.
We sailed to St. Barts, then St. Kitts, St Nevis
and arrived in Antigua
winch worked great the rare times we used it. More importantly, we learned the circuit breaker for our watermaker
is the same one used for the electric winch. What idiot installed it this way I don't know, but that is a project
for the future. Not only were we without an electric winch, which I can live without, water
on the other hand is a no go decision.
After a electrical engineer
and I worked for an hour, we were finally able to remove the chartplotter. My first words were "OH S---!!!!
We found immediately to the left of the chartplotter a solid thick fiberglass
bulkhead support. Absolutely no access to the electric winch motor
or control box. Back to the cabinets. Three, that is three hours of solid work, sawing out panels
and dismantling parts
of the cabinets, we were finally able to gain access to remove the control box. It is a simple Harken windlass
box, no big deal except the price Harken
charges. A quick dinghy
trip to IWW, $178 later we were back onboard our boat. The engineer
replaced our broken unit in less than 30 minutes. Reinstalled our chartplotter and siliconed everything back in including the foot switch for the electric winch. Total time on project
by vendor 5 1/2 hours for $357 and three diet cokes.
IMHO, this is a significant design flaw by Lagoon
. These parts
and/or replacement every 3-5 years if not more. My control box lasted two years!
we choose, is least destructive to our boat and ensured maintaining a watertight environment
. For those of you who face a similar problem I hope you find our experience and post helpful.
All boats have flaws. Some worse then others. I can live with this one, but it seems a fairly simple and not costly fix by Lagoon
. Hopefully, they ask Ikea to make some minor alterations providing access panels
to this equipment