Well done. The foot switches fail quite frequently.
It is worth knowing how to bypass both the foot switch and the anchor
solenoid. The later is a bit more difficult because of the large currents involved. Sometimes a a heavy duty electrical
clamp like on the end of a jumper cables
. Making up a short length of heavy duty wire with suitable ring terminal for this purpose is a worthwhile project
. This will fix both a defective switch and defective solenoid.
If you jump the anchor
solenoid the anchor winch
can be operated by using the circuit breaker.
The best solution for the unreliable deck
switch is to have multiple options.
Up/down switches in a handheld wired remote
control are available quite cheaply as industrial switches. These are more reliable (as well much cheaper) than the marine
alternative. The photo
below was taken to show the HH VHF
that I have bolted to the back of one of controls (to communicate with the helm) but you can just see the orange industrial switch housing.
You can also buy $10 wireless remote
controls from ebay which are very handy.
All of these switches can occasional fail in the "on position" so know where fuse is located for them (and fuse them separately)