Originally Posted by landonshaw
I called Imtra Corp, very helpful. They gave me kit numbers for rebuild
. Also suggested to look at voltage. Should be 12v or more at rest. Activate the switches and the voltage should not drop below 9.5v. Inspect the selinode and test the up and down voltages. Also take off the motor
and inspect the brushes
and general inspection
. If after doing this, the windlass still does function, take the windlass off the boat and service
. I shall start this weekend to find the cause and then post what I find.
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Landonshaw is correct. It is generally not recommended to power "down" the anchor
and chain. It isn't necessary either other than you don't have to do a little bit more as in operating the clutch
to stop the chain when it is where you want it to be.
If the clutch
is not tight, however, when you try to power it down (assuming you must have a down switch and solenoid which are required to even try) it may slip and the chain not go down even though the motor and internal drive gears would be turning. You never want to "ride the brake" by partially tightening the clutch cones either. You don't need that level of control since it really doesn't matter if you have a few more feet out either way. I used a piece of pipe to go on the cone nut, with the "stars", to make it easier to control the clutch.
Glad you contacted Imtra and got their advice though. But I doubt from what you are saying that it is voltage related - since it takes far more power to raise the anchor and chain than it does to lower it. Still sounds to me like it is an issue with the clutch (cones and gypsy