Originally Posted by transmitterdan
Then you may have another choice that does not require a resistor. The small fuse that sends control power to the 2 foot switches could be moved over from the 24V to the 12V bus of your DC system. Then the big wires would still be 24V but the small windlass
control wires would be 12V.
If you have a diagram of how your boat is actually wired it would be helpful in determining which is the best solution.
This is an interesting and elegant solution- especially, as it turns out, that the location of the relay is pretty near the main DC bus, so I should be able to wire the control wires onto the 12v system. Will attempt to do this in the next few days and may come back to this forum for further advice!
To Lake-Effect's point, indeed, this is a temporary solution until I install a propre 24V relay , (I'm a firm believer in KIS, especially on sailboats.)
Thanks again to all who contributed
Jean (aka Bubba Jean from the days when I lived in Texas