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Old 14-01-2012, 17:12   #1
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Lewmar Vertical Windlass Problem

Hello Folks,I, am in Deale MD,My new Used boat has a Lewmar Vertical Windlass.It has aup down switch the windalass will not go down,checked switch appears to be ok.Motor will not go down when switch is pushed,Any advice will be appreciated.
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Re: Lewmar vertical windlass problem

Why do you think the switch is OK? If it goes up but not down, it is most likely the switch or the wires between the switch and the control box. One easy thing is to swap the switch wires at the control box so the "up" switch is now connected to "down". These are small wires. Don't touch any big wires and turn off the breaker while you're changing things.

If it now goes down when you press the up switch, you need a new down switch. They're inexpensive and fail frequently. There's a lot of power around a windlass so don't do this unless you feel comfortable.

If it still doesn't go down, then it's probably the control box and you need someone with some experience.

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Re: Lewmar vertical windlass problem

Does it pop a breaker? Does the solenoid click? More information is needed.

I've had switches go.
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But you checked that.

I've had it simply jam.
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If it is a mechanical flaw it would probably trip.

Could be a bad solenoid.

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Switch was checked with ohm meeter.Reversed wires no go alll this points to a selenoid?Any way to drop the anchor manually and retrive with windlass,I am trying to go south on Mon and doubt I could aquire a selenoid that quick,.
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Switch was checked with ohm meeter.Reversed wires no go alll this points to a selenoid?Any way to drop the anchor manually and retrive with windlass,I am trying to go south on Mon and doubt I could aquire a selenoid that quick,.
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Do you have a free fall gypsy? I hardly ever use my down switch.
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Switch was checked with ohm meeter.Reversed wires no go alll this points to a selenoid?Any way to drop the anchor manually and retrive with windlass,I am trying to go south on Mon and doubt I could aquire a selenoid that quick,.
Many Thanks for the help,
Read the post I suggested. I described a manual drop and recovery, though briefly. Simply take off the front cover (2 screws) and you'll be looking at the hause pipe. Gloves are useful.
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