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Old 01-02-2012, 16:40   #1
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One Way Windlass

I,purchased a new used boat.Installed is a Lewmar 1000 pro windlass.
It only operates one way up.NO GO DOWN,I,can lower the chain by reducing clutch pressure via lossening the nut,I,tighten and raise the rode,I,have 700 miles to go to get back to Fl.I,used an ohm meter to test the switch seem's ok.Never having had a windlass before,I,need some tec advice as to what to check.
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Old 01-02-2012, 16:51   #2
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Re: one way windlass

That's actually a micro-switch that throws a solenoid, right? (I had a Lewmar Sprint 1000 on an earlier boat, and it was set up that way. Is the pro the same?)

Here's a link to a manual:

Chances are pretty good is that your problem is in the solenoid, not the windlass itself.

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Old 01-02-2012, 16:55   #3
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There may be several solenoids. .one could be bad. But start with the down switch and a ohm meter. No ohm meter use a bulb and battery source check the connections. Check voltage at the switch. Could be you just clean some connections and down you go.
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Old 01-02-2012, 17:05   #4
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Re: one way windlass

I had a similar problem once. I found that clicking the up & down switch alternately a few times would get down mode active. I agree it is the solenoid microswitch sticking or a bad contact. The solenoid switch should be close ti the windlass in a dry spot. follow the wiring back from the windlass.
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Re: one way windlass

May be a feature or a bug. If you have 2 footswitches, then it's likely a bug and you'll need to check the reversing solenoid. As stated above, an ohm-meter will do the trick. If you only have one footswitch, then it's likely a feature. I installed our new windlass with only the 'up' switch. I prefer to loosen the clutch to lower the anchor manually, so no need for the extra cost and complexity.

I've heard good arguments both for/against powering down as an option. I'm sure others will weigh in with some of them.
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Old 01-02-2012, 18:45   #6
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Re: one way windlass

Thanks Guy's,I,checked the switch with an ohm meater look's ok clicked a number of times no go.I,tapped the selenoid no change.The switch and selnoid are both out of the wether they are below deck the switch has a long wire attached to it and will run up thru the forward hatch to the windlass so the operator can see the action,poor arrangement but not ready to re engineer it now.How about jumping the selenoid to see if it will turn in reverse?Any more thoughts will be appreciated
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Re: one way windlass

No worries mate. I always liked a manual down. You have good control.

Snug it up, put your snubber on, let out 10 feet then tighten the clutch up good.

Used maunal down for 6 years and loved it.
New boat has power down and it's just to slow for me and why use power when you can use free gravity.

Fix it when you get home.
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Re: one way windlass

casual, Before you take everything apart, check all connections for corrosion or loose or bad connectors. Next switch the wires on the switches and see if it will now go down in reverse and not come up. Reverse the solenoid first and then the wiring to the switches. If either fixes the problem you will know what to replace. Trial and error. Chuck
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:39   #9
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Re: one way windlass

Thanks for all the input,Beach House,I,did reverse the wires on the switch still no go.
I,beleive from all that you folk's posted that my problem lies with the
solenoid or motor,I'll jump the solenoid and try and get the motor to run,backwards.if that doesn't work then I,need a motor,I,checked all conections first before I,did any thing elese and cleaned them.No Help.My fear in not correcting then problem is two fold if I,feefall the rode and the up quits 100 ft plus of chain is a lot of hauling,especially since I,am singlehanding,two electrical shorts something may develope leading to fire the Sailors worse nightmare.
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Re: one way windlass

Reverse the leads at the contactor

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